Tattva-An International Online Magazine for Youth, June,2008

published on June 1, 2008


always, with each new month comes a new edition of Tattva. An important
festival falls in this month-Hindu Sanghatan Diwas, or Hindu Unity Day.
This day marks the coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji, the 17th century
Hindu king who defeated the invading Moghul rulers and established an
ideal kingdom. This day reminds us that unity is strength.

As many will
remember, last September to mark the first anniversary of Tattva, we
released a special print edition of the magazine. This September, we
will be printing another edition to mark the second anniversary. If you
are interested in contributing to the second anniversary issue, please
e-mail [email protected].
Ways you can help: write an article, help edit articles, suggest topics
for articles, help with the formatting of the magazine, and encourage
your friends to contribute to contribute to Tattva.

Please visit http://www.hinduyuva.org/tattva-blog/2008/06 to read the June 2008 edition of Tattva.

In This Issue:

Samarth Ramdas – The Guru of Chhatrapati Shivaji
Hindu Evolution, by, S. K. Balasubramanian
My journey to the abode of God: Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra, by Sowmya Ranganathan (Part 2)
Bhagavad Gita: Maya, by Mahendra Mathur
Global Warming and Christianity, Islam, Capitalism, Socialism

Samarth Ramdas – The Guru of Chhatrapati Shivaji

Shivaji was the 17th century Hindu King who inspired and organized the
native people for the fight against the Moguls and five Sultanats
(Shahas) –foreign invaders who had conquered Bharat to loot its wealth
and intellect and to destroy its ancient culture and civilization.
After 36 years of fighting, Shivaji established the ideal kingdom with
rule of law, a Hindu kingdom, rather than a kingdom under his own name.
His coronation as a king took place in 1674 A.D. on the Jyeshtha Shukla
Trayodashi (13th day of the bright half of Jyeshtha Maasa) day at
Raigarh in Maharashtra. His kingdom was known as “Hindavi Swaraja”
(Sovereign Hindu State). Shivaji set an example for all Hindus that
they belong to the same faith and should be a united force. His
coronation day is therefore celebrated as Hindu Sangathan Diwas (Hindu
Unity Day). In 2008 this day falls on June 15th…. Read the full article

Hindu Evolution, by, S. K. Balasubramanian

accepts and advocates evolution. I look upon Dharma as the ethos that
promotes social evolution. I depend upon the Taittiriya Upanishad, the
concept of the Dahshavatara or ten incarnations of God, and the Gita,
to explain evolution according to the Hindu beliefs. We shall discuss
these below. Hindu evolution is different from Darwinian evolution.
Darwinian version has two derivative postulates, natural selection and
survival of the fittest. According to the first postulate, environment
or circumstance decides which species survive under a given set of
conditions. Thus, white, snow-covered ground favored the survival of
white minnows. They became less visible to predators. When the snow
turned blackish with coal ash after industrial revolution, the
environment favored the gray-colored bird…. Read the full article

My journey to the abode of God: Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra, by Sowmya Ranganathan (Part 2)

is the second of a 3-part series on Sowmya Ranganathan’s Kailash Yatra,
a journey that was a life-changing experience for her. She was 15 years
old at the time that she embarked on this 18-day yatra. Below, Sowmya
shares her diary account of the pilgrimage…. Read the full article

Bhagavad Gita: Maya, by Mahendra Mathur

Hard it is
To pierce that veil divine of various shows
Which hideth Me; yet they who worship Me
Pierce it and pass beyond.
Verse 14 Ch VII

Maya and Illusion The
word Maya is generally used to denote the divine veil. But the theory
of Maya forms one of the pillars of the Gita. It means it has no
absolute existence. It exists only in relation to my mind, to your mind
and to the mind of everyone else. With every breath, every impulse of
our heart asks us to be selfish. At the same time, there is some power
beyond us which says that it is unselfishness alone which is good…. Read the full article

Global Warming and Christianity, Islam, Capitalism, Socialism

If God is an integral part of any ideology that governs the human mind,
then we need not worry about problems like global warming.
This small article is to provoke some thoughts in the readers’ minds
about the effects of Christianity, Islam, Capitalism, and Socialism on global warming. It is not an argument. It is a humble suggestion to scientists and those who are genuinely concerned about global warming to study Hinduism and other ideologies from this point of view…. Read the full article

About Tattva

Tattva is an international online monthly magazine, published by Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh’s
Hindu YUVA. Tattva, which means “essence” in Sanskrit, draws
inspiration from the roots of Hindu Dharma. It aims to present
inspiring aspects of ancient Hindu culture and history along with
related current day issues. It is an avenue to gain a better
understanding and appreciate the most ancient culture thriving on this
planet. It also offers us an opportunity to share our ideas and inspire
others…Learn more about Tattva

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