Hindu Excess

It is a grand temple, built according to shilpa shastras, dedicated primarily to Goddess Meenakshi, the eternal ruler of Madurai. She reigns supreme from the inner garbhagriham (the sanctum sanctorum) of the temple. She is the one worthiest of worship. For most people, she alone would have been enough. Hindus are not most people. Just…

Boldness To Face Terrible Things

“The most practical teaching of the Gita, and one for which it is of abiding interest and value to the men of the world with whom life is a series of struggles, is not to give way to any morbid sentimentality when duty demands sternness and the boldness to face terrible things.” -Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Maha Sivarathiri at the Village

“மேன்மைகொள் சைவநீதி விளங்குக உலகமெல்லாம்,” the priest implores at this tiny temple in a remote corner of India.