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Raaz Kashyap

Blogger living in London. Passionate writer on Hinduism. Presenting the world the beauty of Hindu spirituality in a nutshell.

Celebrating Diwali 2017

Globally, October 19th is celebrated as Diwali, the festival of lights. It is arguably one of the biggest celebrations inside and outside of India for the South Asian community. What is most incredible is the diversity of significance of the day for a number of different faith communities including Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. While Diwali is…

Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Ganesh. It is a 10-day festival marking the birthday of Ganesh, who is widely worshiped for auspicious beginnings. Ganesh is the patron of arts and sciences, the deity of intellect and wisdom and identified by his elephant head. In 2017, Ganesh Chaturthi,…

How Spirituality & Spiritual Practice Shaped the Olympics

A 600-foot footrace was the only athletic event at the first Olympics, a festival held in 776 B.C. and dedicated to Zeus, the chief Greek god. For the next 1000 years, Greeks gathered every four years in Olympia to honour Zeus through sports, sacrifices and hymns. The five-day festival brought the Greek world together in…

Celebrating Holi 2016, Welcoming Spring in Colour

Holi is the Hindu festival of colours. It is celebrated at the end of the winter season, on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna. In 2016, Holi falls on March 23-24. A photo posted by PureJewels, London since 1975 (@purejewelscom) on Mar 24, 2016 at 2:45pm PDT Holi is observed with great fanfare…

Diwali 2015

Globally, November 10th is celebrated as Diwali, the festival of lights. It is arguably one of the biggest celebrations inside and outside of India for the South Asian community. What is most incredible is the diversity of significance of the day for a number of different faith communities including Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. While Diwali is…

Kumbh Mela 2015

Kumbh Mela is a holy time for many Hindus where millions are expected to take part in one of the world’s largest religious gatherings by the Ganges river. The festival brings millions of pilgrims to the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers in India, to take a dip in the holy waters. The festival lasts for…

Common Myths About Meditation

With so much information out there about meditation and its benefits, it makes sense that there is some misconceptions along side it. With over seven billion minds active from moment to moment, there are endless streams of thoughts on every aspect of creation. Some thoughts perceive reality the way it is, some are imagination and some are simple misconceptions. While there…

Mindfulness Meditation Found To Improve Sleep Quality

It seems that a new study comes out every week leading to another physical or mental health potential benefit of mindfulness to add to the stockpile of positive research. Just recently new research associated meditation with a prevention of age-related cognitive decline among older adults while another study found that the practice could help children improve their mathematical skills.…

Janmashtami 2014

Hindus around the world today are observing Janmashtami, a holy day that celebrates the birth of Krishna, who is believed by devotees to be the eighth avatar of Vishnu (the Hindu deity of cosmic maintenance) and the Supreme Lord of the Universe.  Krishna, whose name is often translated as “all-attractive,” is honoured and worshipped in…

Can Meditation be Important?

Meditation is necessary for every human being. Meditation fulfils the natural tendency of human life to look for a joy that does not diminish, a love that does not get distorted or turn into negative emotions. Some may ask if meditation is alien to us? Absolutely not. Everyone meditated for couple of months before their…

Diwali 2013

Globally, November 3rd is celebrated as Diwali, the festival of lights. It is arguably one of the biggest celebrations inside and outside of India for the South Asian community. What is most incredible is the diversity of significance of the day for a number of different faith communities including Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. While Diwali…

The Hindu Concept of Reincarnation

According to the Vedas, there are 8.4 million species of life and the conditioned soul is continuously passing through the different species according to their karma, under divine supervision. The Bhagavad Gita (2.22) says that just as one gives up an old shirt to put on a new one, the soul gives up an old…

Eleven-Volume Encyclopedia of Hinduism Launched

A 25-year quest to document and present one of the world’s oldest living traditions came to fruition Aug. 26, when the Encyclopedia of Hinduism was unveiled at the University of South Carolina. Hundreds of scholars, dignitaries, Hindu families, students and the public converged on the university’s campus to witness the release of the much anticipated…

Hindus Appeal to Church of England to Approve Women Bishops

Distinguished Hindu statesman has urged the General Synod of Church of England to endorse introduction of women bishops in its debate and vote on the issue on Monday. It would be a “step in the right direction”, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed in a statement in Nevada Monday. Rajan Zed…