MAHA-TAMAS, NOT MAHATMA: DO HINDU LIVES MATTER?

The Sanskrit word ‘tamas’ means ‘darkness’, and ‘tamoguna’ is ‘the quality of darkness or ignorance’.  The Bhagavad Gita in Chapter 14 expands on this, and gives us the characteristics of a person who is tamasic. These include ‘ignorant’ and ‘delusory’. At least as far back as 2004, and again in 2017 and 2018, the late Navaratna […]

A PATTERN OF POSTULATES, THROUGH THE LENS OF TIME

1.  Biologically, the human is a herd animal, a social animal. 2.  Biologically, human identity is that of a herd, a society. 3.  The human is a self-reflective culture-producing animal. The human is the product of the interaction of biology and culture. 4.  Culturally, we seek to give ourselves a self-reflective identity. 5.  We do this through opposing or denying […]

THE RATIONAL FOUNDATION OF THE SANATANA DHARMA

The sanatana dharma is a worldview rooted in the existential significance and implication of dhiyo yo nah prachodayat.  ——————————————————- Explanation – Dhiyo no nah prachodayat– “awaken the intellect” – is the optative (icchasoochak) of the Gayatri mantra – Rig Veda 3.62.10.  In one verb in English – “To THINK”. This is the essence of the dharma.  The dharma […]