Day: November 15, 2018

Advaita

There is only one Reality, Brahman.  The world is not the ultimate reality.  World is the relative reality.  It appears and disappears.  The individual self, Jivatma is identical with the Supreme reality, Paramatma (or Brahman).  Since Brahman alone exist...

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Sri Adi Shankara

Sri Adi Shankara was an 8th century Indian Hindu philosopher and theologian whose teachings had a profound influence on the growth of Hinduism. He was a religious reformist who critiqued the rituals-oriented schools of Hinduism. Adi Shankara is best re...

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Guru Purnima – Revering the Gurus

Guru Purnima 2018: Friday, 27 July The word Guru is derived from two words – ‘gu’ and ‘ru’. The Sanskrit root ‘gu’ means darkness or ignorance. ‘Ru’ denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore, a Guru is one who removes the darkness of our ignoranc...

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Stories from Puranas- The Filial Son

Shravan Kumar is a historical character whose short and poignant life is depicted in Ramayana, an ancient Sanskrit epic. Shravan Kumar was a young boy of fifteen with parents who were blind. Ever since he was young, he cared for them. He took his respo...

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Sri Mariamman Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple in the 1800s – the original Rajagopuram constructed for the Temple was three-tiered and less ornate than the one which can be seen today. (Left Photo: National Archives of Singapore) Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple ...

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Vishisvadvaita

INTRODUCTION  The three principle philosophies of Hinduism in terms of the God and Man are Advaita (non-dual), Vishistadvaita (qualified non-duality) and Dvaita (dual). These different philosophies appeal to different people. It is believed that one ph...

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Sri Ramanujacharya

Ramanujacharya, the main exponent of Vishishtadvaita philosophy, was born in Tamil Nadu in a small village of Sri Perumbudur, formerly known as Bhutapuri to a Brahmin family. There is conflicting evidence in establishing the precise years of Ramanuja’s li...

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Why do we chant ‘Om’ or ‘Aum’?

Om is the universal name of God and the symbol ‘ௐ’or ‘ॐ’ represents God. It is used as a universal symbol of Hinduism. Om is repeated as a mantra or meditated upon. It is the primordial sound from which all sounds emerged, and it includes all the mantras....

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About Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple

The history of Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple dates to the late 1800s when influential community leaders like Mr Arunachala Pillay, Mr Cootaperumal Pillay, Mr Ramasamy Pillay, Mr Appasamy Pillay, Mr Chockalingam Pillay and Mr Ramasamy Jamidar, all of whom h...

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Dvaita

INTRODUCTION  The three principle philosophies of Hinduism are Advaita, Vishistadvaita and Dvaita. They may appear as different from each other, but they are the different stages of spiritual evolution.  They are different steps on the ladder of spirit...

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