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Ayurveda (आयुर्वेद; Āyurveda, "the knowledge for long life in Vedas"; or ayurvedic medicine is a Hindu system of traditional medicine native to India and a form of alternative medicine. The earliest literature on Indian medical practice appeared during the Vedic period in India, in Rigved.

Some other known written text are Suśruta Saṃhitā and the Charaka Saṃhitā, encyclopedias of medicine compiled from various sources from the mid-first millennium BCE to about 500 CE, and are among the foundational and formally compiled works of Ayurveda. Over the following centuries, ayurvedic practitioners developed a number of medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for the treatment of various ailments. Current practices derived (or reportedly derived) from Ayurvedic medicine are regarded as part of complementary and alternative medicine. (Full article...)

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  • May 2: 1921 – Birth of Satyajit Ray, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1992)
  • May 3: 1913 – Raja Harishchandra the first full-length Indian feature film is released, marking the beginning of the Indian film industry.
  • May 4: 1649 – Birth of Chhatrasal, Indian warrior (d. 1731) from the Bundela Rajput clan, who fought against the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, and established his own kingdom in Bundelkhand, becoming the founder of Panna State
  • May 5: 1479 – Birth of Guru Amar Das, Indian 3rd Sikh Guru (d. 1574)
  • May 6: 1542 – Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time.
  • May 7: 1861 – Birth of Rabindranath Tagore, Indian author and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1941)
  • May 8: 1916 – Birth of Chinmayananda Saraswati, Indian spiritual leader and educator (d. 1993)
  • May 8: 1891 – Death of H.P. Blavatsky
  • May 9: 1540 – Birth of Maharana Pratap
  • May 10: Visaka Bochea Day (Buddhist)
  • May 10: 1855 – Birth of Yukteswar Giri, Indian guru and educator (d. 1936)
  • May 10: 1857 – Indian Rebellion of 1857 begins.
  • May 11: 1895 – Birth of Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian-American philosopher and author (d. 1986)
  • May 13, 2008. Jaipur bombings
  • May 14: 1657 – Birth of Sambhaji, Indian emperor (d. 1689)
  • May 18: 2012 – Death of Jai Gurudev, Indian religious leader (year of birth unconfirmable)
  • May 20: 1894 – Birth of Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, Indian guru and scholar (d. 1994)
  • May 20: 1975-1979 Day of Remembrance (Cambodia)
  • May 20, 2000: Bagber massacre of unarmed Bengali Hindu by NLFT militants
  • May 21-22, 1996. 1996 Lajpat Nagar bombing and 1996 Dausa bombing
  • May 28: 1883 – Birth of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian poet and politician (d. 1966)
  • May 28: Martyrdom of 5th guru, Guru Arjan Dev Ji, he never bowed to tyrants and underwent 5 days of torture as ordered by Jahangir.
  • May 30: 1963 – Buddhist crisis: A protest against pro-Catholic discrimination was held outside South Vietnam's National Assembly, the first open demonstration against President Ngô Đình Diệm.

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The Right and Left in India - Dr. David Frawley - India Inspires Talks

In this Talk, Dr. Frawley clearly explains the intellectual roots of "The Right" and "The Left" in India. He states that in India, the political terminology of right and left is defined by Marxists, who like to call anyone that opposes them right-wing or fascists. According to their view anything traditionally Hindu would have to be right-wing on principle, just as only their views are deemed progressive, even if supporting Stalinist tactics. This means that in India such subjects as Yoga, natural healing, vegetarianism and animal rights are all automatically right-wing because they are causes of the Hindu mind, with antecedents in ancient Indian culture. Great Hindu yogis and sages from Shankaracharya to Sri Aurobindo are classified by modern Marxists as right-wing, if not fascist.

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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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