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Differences between Hinduism and Abrahamic Religions

In this article I will analyze in-depth the differences between Hinduism and Abrahamic Religions. Hinduism is a great religion producing saints and great people, whereas Christianity and Islam consistently produce morons, bigots and terrorists. The best Christians are those who have never read the Bible or gone to the Church. The best Muslim is he who has never read the Koran or done the Azan. As a Hindu myself, I always found this Christian/ Muslim concept of "religious tolerance" very odd and disturbing. Hindus are taught to accept and embrace every person. Hindus do not kill people in the name of religion like Muslim terrorists. Hindus do not criticize or make fun of any other religion. Hindus do not try to convert anyone like Christian Missionaries. Yet people call Hindus "facists" and what not, and still talk about the non-existent so-called caste discrimination which is largely a myth. Why does Christianity produce so many bigots and pompous jerks?

5 Interesting Facts about Sama Veda

In this article I will talk about some interesting facts about Sama Veda . The Sama Veda is the third out of the 4 Vedas and forms an important core of Hindu religious tradition. The other three Vedas are the Rig Veda , the Yajur Veda and the Atharva Veda . Interesting facts about Sama Veda #1 Sama Veda is one of the oldest texts in any Indo-European language . It is generally believed to have been composed around 1000 BC with some of the oldest parts of the Sama Veda can be dated to as early as 1700 BC. At that time Europe and Arab were still barbarians! Interesting facts about Sama Veda #2 The Sama Veda is the shortest of all 4 Vedas.The total number of verses in the Sama veda-Samhita is 1875 of which  1771 Verses are from the Rigveda and 99 verses belong to Sama Veda. Source .     Interesting facts about Sama Veda #3 The Sama Veda is the oldest musical arrangement and earliest human literature on music in the world. It contains all apsects of music including metre, mantra, chh

Divodasa II

Divodasa II (Sanskrit: दिवोदास , Bengali : দিবোদাস )  was the son of Sudeva and the grandson of Haryashva. They belonged to the royal family of the Kashi Kingdom. In an earlier post I had talked about his ancestor Divodasa I . Haryashva fought with the Vitahavya branch of Haihayas at the confluence of the Ganga and the Jamuna, and was killed in battle. His son Sudeva was also defeated in battle. His son Divodasa II retreated and build a new capital at the confluence of the Ganges and the Gomati. The Haihayas defetaed Divodasa II and rove him out of the city. Divodasa II took refuge with his purohita who belonged to the priestly Bharadvaja family. Divodasa II’s son Pratardana, finally defetaed the enemies, the Vitahavyas. Divodasa II was thus a contemporary of Vitahavya and a Bharadvaja purohita. Reference/ Further Reading The Bharadvajas in Ancient India By Thaneswar Sarmah Ancient Indian historical tradition by F.E. Pargiter --- END  --- That's it. Thank you

Ritvik Vedic Priest

The Vedic priest who officiates Vedic sacrifices or rituals known as Yajnas is known as Ritvik (or Ritvij). The qualification for becoming a Ritvik were as follows. He should have been well-versed in the Vedas. He should have gained his knowledge in the traditional way from his teacher, the guru, in the guru-shishya tradition of learning. He should have been from a good lineage. He should have been leading a pure life. There are 4 types of Ritviks representing the four Vedas. Hotar representing the Rig Veda Adhvarya representing the Yajur Veda Udgatar representing the Sama Veda Brahma representing the Atharva Veda Each one of these Ritviks had 3 assistants as below. Hotar - Maitravaruna, Acchavaka, Gravastut Adhvaryu - Pratiprasthata, Neshta, Unneta Udgatar - Prastota, Pratiharta, Subrahmanya Brahma - Brahmanachamsi, Agnidhra, Pota --- END  --- That's it. Thank you for reading about Ritvik Vedic Priests . You may also like the following. Interestin

Great Emperors of India – The 16 Chakravartins

In this article I will talk about the Great Emperors of India – The 16 Chakravartins as mentioned Mahabharata . The Mahabharata has a list of 16 monarchs who were known as Shodasa Rajika, and were chakravartin rulers. A chakravartin is a sovereign who has conquered surrounding kingdoms and established dominance over an extensive region around their kingdom. The 16 Great Emperors of India as per the Mahabharata are as below. Marutta Avikshita (Sanskrit : मरुत्त आवीक्षित , Bengali : মরুত্ত আবীক্ষিত ) Suhotra Atithina (Sanskrit : सुहोत्र आतिथिन , Bengali : সুহোত্র আতিথিন ) Brihadratha Vira of Anga (Sanskrit : बृहद्रथ वीर , Bengali : বৃহদ্রথ বীর ) Shivi Aushinara (Sanskrit : शिवि औशीनर , Bengali : শিবি ঔশীনর ) Bharata Daushyanti (Sanskrit : भरत दौष्यन्ति , Bengali : ভরত দৌষ্যন্তি ) Rama (Sanskrit : राम , Bengali : রাম ) Bhagiratha (Sanskrit : भगीरथ , Bengali : ভগীরথ ) Dilipa Ailavila Khatvanga (Sanskrit : दीलिप ऐलविल खट्वङ्ग , Bengali : দীলিপ ঐলবিল খট্বঙ্গ ) Mandhatri Yauva