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Physiological Benefits of Fasting

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Fasting is an integral part of the rituals performed by followers of Sanathana Dharma (Hinduism) and is observed widely all over India. The method of fasting varies in different parts of the country, based on the beliefs of the people. It is usually observed on religious occasions and special days of the month such as Ekadashi and Janmashtami. Some people fast on different days of the week, such as on Mondays by the devotees of Lord Shiva. People observe different levels of fasting. Some people observe complete fast where they do not eat or drink anything except water for 24 hours. Some consume only liquids and abstain from solid food. Some eat only one meal a day. And so on and so forth.

Traditionally, in India, fasting almost always has a religious or spiritual

Benefits of “Karadarshanam”, the Wakeup Prayer

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It is a part of the daily routine for many Sanathana Dharma (Hinduism) followers to start the day with a prayer – the Karadarshanam. Some people do this only because they have been habituated to do so from their childhood. But, unbeknownst to many, this simple and short prayer is very powerful and gives us both

Conflict Between Science and Religion: Is True Hinduism the Solution?

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In the paper named “Conflicts Between Science and Religion”, Bradley Sickler explains,

“Science is the study of the empirically observable world, while religion pertains largely to what is immaterial and cannot be detected through the senses”

The very definition of the words science and religion are contradictory to each other. Sickler elaborates the conflict between science and religion using the hostility model and remarks that, according to the model, “scientific claims are false if religious claims are true, and religious claims are false if scientific claims are true“. Each side also claims that “the opponent is not simply incorrect, but operating under great and dangerous delusions“.

What is Sanathana Dharma or Hindu Dharma or Hinduism?

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Sanathana Dharma is the original term for what is today known as Hinduism. “Sanathana Dharma” is the Sanskrit word which can be roughly translated to eternal law or eternal righteousness. It is used to describe the totality of the philosophy and lifestyle established and contributed to by thousands of philosophers, rishis (sages), teachers, kings and scholars over the last few thousand years and documented in thousands of literatures.

Who has founded Hinduism or Sanathana Dharma or Hindu Dharma?