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Vivekananda in yoga posture
Yoga (Sanskrit, योग Listen) is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of Yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.

Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core. (Full article...)

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  • January 14: 1957 – Kripalu Maharaj became the fifth Jagadguru ("world teacher"), a Hindu spiritual leader.
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In this interview taken by Yvette Rosser (a long time researcher into the school text books of Indian subcontinent), Prof Bharat Gupt explains how European Secularism is largely based on Christian values and a rebellion against the authority of the Church. Hence when imported into India by Nehru it created more problems that it solved. India never had a conflict between the State and religious authority. Prof Gupt also clarifies how no state can be unmindful of religious values as every State has to have a moral code. Hence the State is compelled to draw upon religions and their values. These should however be forward looking and not regressive. Prof Gupt points out that Secularism in India is just another name for Hindu-Muslim relations and how the State is supposed to manage them. The Congress and the Left has always been defining Muslims in a regressive way and hence it has created a resentment among Hindus.

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Swami Vivekananda-1893-09-signed.jpg  
To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean”, says the persevering soul; “at my will mountains will crumble up”. Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal.
~ Swami Vivekananda ~

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