I really donot know how Hinduism is portrayed in the Text books in the United States of America. In India, in the text books I read, Hinduism was vilified. While the good things about Hinduism did not get a mention, the bad practices in the religion were blown out of proportion. I some how felt that Buddhism and Jainism were placed on a higher pedestal than Hinduism when I completed reading The History of Ancient India in my school. As I had spiritual training at home I was able to overcome that surge in those days.
Recently, I saw these videos where these young women are speaking about the inaccuracies in their text books. I loved the speech of each of these girls. Do listen to them. They made their points and tried to set the record straight.
Here is a another student who is speaking about Bindi .
Here is a young lady who tries to set the record straight about Brahminism
Here is a girl who speaks about divine feminine.
Well it was not women alone . There were men too who spoke about the importance of Hinduism and positive portrayal of the same. Thank you for doing a great job young man.
There are many videos on this subject . I picked a few that I really liked. Thanking all the young women and men who are standing up for a positive portrayal of Hinduism.
Hindu’s receive a lot flak for vigrahaaradhana, (I some how hate the term Idol Worship). People donot understand the fact that we see the divinity inside the moorthi and worship the divinity. Some how any adherents of Abrahamic faiths don’t get this and derive a lot of pleasure in mocking us.
Here is an awesome speech by Swami Chinmayananda on this subject.
I liked Swamiji’s logic. The way he bought out the facts was awesome.
One of the best I heard on Ganapati. Please listen to this . This one is mesmerizing.
Here is a fantastic talk given by Shri Jaggi Vasudev on happiness. A student asked him about joy and happiness and his answer was awesome. Do listen to this one.
Many people unfortunately say that SrimadBhagavadGita actually fosters war. They with their hidden agenda say that Lord Shri Krishna wanted the war to happen and made Arjuna fight it. This is not correct, he wanted both Pandavas and Kauravas to be together. Here is a padyam from the Virata Parvam of the MahaBharatha where SriKrishna speaks to the ambassadors of peace. <It is in Telugu. The English Translation is given below. >
Lord Krishna Says that the Kauravas are like a forest and Pandavas are like the Lions that reside in the forest. A forest protects the lions and the Lions protect the forest so if Kauravas and Pandavas are together they would be protecting each other. If there is a forest that does not have any lions people will come and do what ever they want, they might smuggle wood, kill the animals and destroy the forest. (Self professed rationalist would say that all this is happening now, However I would remove gun and gun powder and look at the statement. Then you would realize what the Lord is saying is correct.) Then if a lion loses it way and and comes out of a forest it is bound do harm itself. Imagine that Majestic Lion, the king of the beasts happens to come into a residential area, it can kill person or two but it either killed or captured very soon. Hence Lord SriKrishna wanted Pandavas and Kauravas to be together, protect each other and be happy. It is a different thing that Kauravas did not want truce with Pandavas and they ended up creating more destruction for themselves. Saying that Lord Sri Krishna wanted the war to happen would be a wrong thing. As any person who read Bhagavadgita would accept, SrimadBhagavadGita is a call for action an it is not a war cry.
Fantastic song by Tanikella Bharani garu on Lord Shiva .
Wonderful stotra and wonderfully rendered, listen the stotram and feel the beautiful positive energy the stotram generates.