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It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman, probably in his 80s, arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.



I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On examining, I found that it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.



While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.



The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health.



He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease.



As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.
He replied…

Swami Vivekananda on Meditation

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Think of a space in your heart, and in the midst of that space think that a flame is burning.


Think of that flame as your own soul and inside the flame is another effulgent light, and that is the Soul of your soul, God. Meditate upon that in heart.


The greatest help to spiritual life is meditation.


In meditation we divest ourselves of all material conditions and feel our divine nature. We do not depend upon any external help in meditation.


The greatest thing is meditation. It is the nearest approach to spiritual life- the mind meditating. It is the one moment in our daily life that we are not at all material-the soul thinking of itself, free from all matter- this marvelous touch of the soul! ·


There is the infinite joy, unchanging. Meditation is the gate that opens that to us. Prayers, ceremonials, and all the other forms of worship are simply kindergartens of meditation.


Within there is the lion the eternally pure, illumined and ever-free Atman; and directly one realizes Him through m…

Why Be A Hindu?

Why Be A Hindu:

The Advantages of the Vedic Path By Stephen Knapp

Description of "Why Be a Hindu" (From the Preface)
This book is my response to the fact that sometimes I get a little concerned, as I was when I took one of my tours of India (June, 2001), when I see the efforts of those who try to demean and unnecessarily promote serious misunderstandings about Hinduism, the Vedic culture. 
This often times is done in the attempt to convince others of the greatness of some of the minority religions there. This is something that is increasingly going on in India. It is also increasing in other parts of the world in what is called "Hindu bashing."
I have also witnessed young Hindus who have moved to the West and sometimes exhibit confusion or disregard in their attitude toward their own culture, some of which is a result of the Western attitudes and misunderstandings toward Hinduism. 
So this booklet is written in response to that confusion, trouble, and the unnecessary camp…

10 things to know about Anna Hazare and Lok Pal Bill

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10 things to know about Anna Hazare and Lok Pal Bill

1. Who is Anna Hazare?

An ex-army man. Fought 1965 Indo-Pak War

2. What's so special about him?

He built a village Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahamad Nagar district, Maharashtra

3. So what?

This village is a self-sustained model village. Energy is produced in the village itself from solar power, bio-fuel and wind mills.

In 1975, it used to be a poverty clad village. Now it is one of the richest village in India. It has become a model for self-sustained, eco-friendly & harmonic village.

4. Ok,...?

This guy, Anna Hazare was awarded Padma Bhushan and is a known figure for his social activities.

5. Really, what is he fighting for?

He is supporting a cause, the amendment of a law to curb corruption in India.

6. How that can be possible?

He is advocating for a Bil, The Lok Pal Bill (The Citizen Ombudsman Bill), that will form an autonomous authority who will make politicians (ministers), bureaucrats (IAS/IPS) accountable for their deeds.

8. It…

Swami Vivekananda On India

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"Civilizations have arisen in other parts of the world. In ancient and modern times, wonderful ideas have been carried forward from one race to another...

But mark you, my friends, it has been always with the blast of war trumpets and the march of embattled cohorts. Each idea had to be soaked in a deluge of blood.....

Each word of power had to be followed by the groans of millions, by the wails of orphans, by the tears of widows. This, many other nations have taught; but India for thousands of years peacefully existed. Here activity prevailed when even Greece did not exist... 

Even earlier, when history has no record, and tradition dares not peer into the gloom of that intense past, even from until now, ideas after ideas have marched out from her, but every word has been spoken with a blessing behind it and peace before it. 

We, of all nations of the world, have never been a conquering race, and that blessing is on our head, and therefore we live....!"
-Swami Vivekananda