Monday, June 27, 2011




HINDUISM - The Oldest Living Belief System in the World.


Ancient Hindus called it the Sanatan Dharma or the Eternal Way of Life, for Hinduism is more a guiding philosophy than a religion in true sense of the word. Millenia after it originated, millions of Hindus all over the world still continue to follow the customs and beliefs practised and prescribed by their ancient Emperors, Sages and Magi.

My fascination with Hinduism began some years ago, with the realization, that of all the ancient religions of our World, Hinduism is the only one that is alive and thriving even today; boldly withstanding the ravages of Time n Tide as well as Travelers n Transgressors.

Over the Eons of its evolution and gradual distillation, Hinduism has developed into a highly personalized religion as each Hindu is allowed and encouraged to discover his own path to reach the Almighty. One has to listen to his own voice of conscience -the God within- to decide the right direction for himself.

The only requirement to be adhered to, is that the person does not leave the path of Dharma, and should strive to attain Moksh or Liberation from the Kalchakra, The cycle of Birth and Death and attain the abode of the Supreme God Himself.

The ancient seers of India scaled the pinnacles of Science and Spirituality to such an extent that it is difficult to differentiate the two in classical Sanskrit texts. I, being a student of science and by the virtue of growing up in a religious household, developed immense interest in finding out the commonality between these two branches of studies.

All Indian religions follow the basic principles of Hindu Philosophy, Cosmogony, Transcendentalism, Astrophysics, Metaphysics, Astronomy, Astrology, Mysticism and Spirituality which combined together, are an extremely rich source of scientific data about the beliefs of the ancients at the beginning of  Human History.






I have been involved, over the past few years, in researching ancient texts from Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Tibetan, Sikh, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Native American and African traditions in an endeavor to arrive at a common end point and I have realized that most so called myths in Indian and indeed the World religions, point towards one common source of all Spiritual and Scientific endeavor.

The collection presented here is an effort on my part to present and share that knowledge with people who may have a similar pursuit in mind.

I have divided the blog into different Pages such as HistoryMythologySriptures etc. hoping to cover various interesting potentialities based on the research carried out by older as well as recent theologists and my own insignificant efforts to understand my roots in a better way.

The reader can click on any of the pages above and go through the introductory passages about each topic. You can also provide feedback through comments on the posts or share your thoughts by e-mailing me. The purpose here is not to glorify Hinduism above all religions because that is against the very nature of it! A true Hindu will always be open to respecting and learning from other religions and grow self spiritually.

Instead, the objective is to gain better insight into the basic philosophies and intricate mythologies of a religion which has never sought conversions or confabulations to spread its message and has still managed to influence thousands of people in hundreds of countries without resorting to the use of Sword or Evangelism. 

I hope the readers who stumble upon this blog find the experience Enriching and Educational and if not either, at least Entertaining enough to germinate a new thought process in their own minds. I start this journey remembering my favorite Ganesha and sharing with you a verse I learnt in school.. Verse I-89-1 of the oldest written sacred text in the world, the Rig Veda.


Aa No Bhadra: Kratvo Yantu Vishvata:
Let Noble Thoughts Come Unto Us From All Directions




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 Aum Shanti: Shanti: Shanti:
Let there be Peace - Mentally, Physically and Spiritually!

83 comments:

  1. Aha its gud
    Ma prayers n
    best wishes
    we can collect things
    and gv those to othrs
    u r ma bro :)

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  2. Its a narrow path
    always b aware bro
    u can never go back
    u r already started
    so ter s no otherways
    Deep darkness
    and bright ligthinings always ter
    n tiz path...

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  3. Thanx a ton bro :) need ur help in this too!!!

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  4. Best of luck....Vineet Aggarwal....I know u can do it..

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  5. ‎Nisha Patel thanx a ton :) meri sunayi hui kahaniyan yaad hain ya nahin :)

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  6. ha ha yaad hai....bt den also i hav to revise it.....

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  7. Sab yaad karva dunga yahan don worry :)thanx a lot for d encouragement!! God Bless :)

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  8. Good work bro.. Impressed :)

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  9. fantabulous work bhai keep it up boht achaa kaam kaar rahai ho :))))

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  10. Hi!! all d best....i have always tried to reason out and findlink between the belives that have been inculcated in us with the scientific reason behind each belief. Hope we can exchange thoughts on this thru ur blog

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  11. @Aniket thanx a lot yaar :)

    @Youzaar Khan tu hi to mera saccha dost hai :) jo b karta hu u always appreciate it :) thnx for being there bro!

    @Avni Desai totally!!! m always game for a discussion abt Science and how it is inherently present in the religious texts :)

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  12. hey bro just saw ur blog and website! pretty neat. i love reading on mythology as well! would be sure to keep abreast with what u put up there

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  13. Thanx so much buddy :) wil sure keep u updated when i post something new!!!

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  14. Hey Vinny, this article is very intuitive and brings out true colors of sanatan dharma, which due to total liberal ideology is sometimes underestimated for its uniqueness and principals. I am sure those who interested in knowing more about eternal way of life and pricipals of Dharma and Karma would certainly benefit from this.

    Heads up bro!

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  15. Great start. You've managed to capture the essence of sanatana dharma. And i guess I'm gonna recommend this to a couple of friends. And the last time i read your myth website,i found it a bit patronizing which this is not. So keep the good work going bro. You're only getting better:)

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  16. @Rahul thanx a ton bro! And ur right about the observation that most people tend to overlook the liberal nature of Hinduism which places absolutely no restrictions on its followers to follow any or all religious practices which is indeed a unique quality amongst all the established world religions..

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  17. @Enfant thanx man.. guess m learning wid age :P

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  18. All d best Bro.

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  19. Nice Bro...
    All the Best...
    WAHEGURU Bless You.

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  20. OMG...You are extremely talented buddy....Impressive work..I must say.....Keep going :-))

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  21. ‎Nidhi Bansal thanx a ton dear!!! u know hw crazy i have always been for mythology :) jab time miley to check karna pages :)

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  22. Am doing it right now.....EXCELLENT.. I must say...!!

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  23. Thanx a ton!!! Have tried to add as many references as I can.. from books, scriptures, online texts.. and have also given d links so that people can click on them and check it themselves rather than just relying on my words :)

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  24. Hats off to u man... its awesome too good. Came to know so much about Hindu Dharma. Its even designed beautifully. Keep doing such amaaaazzziiiing work Dr. God bless you boy

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  25. Keep it up dear!!!

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  26. @Arvo Thanx a lot buddy.. Have been working on this for a while now so its good to know people r finding it educational!

    @Shoaib thanx for d encouragement bhai :))

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  27. surprised and glad to see this dimension of you..just a co incidence i am myself reading mythology these days .. would surely give you my feedback..keep up the good work..

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  28. our friendship started wid mythology...gud to see u reviving old habits again!

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  29. @Gauri Thanx so much :) i hv been hooked to mythology since i was a kid!!! gud to knw i hv company :) wil be waiting for ur feedback!!

    @Sonu Sekharan yeah i remember!!! those were d old days of orkut right :)

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  30. yep. U were the sole person responsible regarding Comic Convention especially Ramayana 2099. What happnd! Afterwards,heard Virgin comics would take care of the rest of publication...but...

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  31. Yeah man those were d days!! These Virgin guys had such an awesome bgng.. Ramayana 3392 had a fantabulous 0th issue! Even Sadhu n Devi had a real nice start but they failed to keep pace wid d subsequent issues :(

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  32. still crave 4 the rest of it! Wonder if the mummy warrior who took Angad captive in last series was really Hanuman.? Even John Woo's 7 brothers were awesome!last time i heard Nicolas Cage was gonna play the part of Sadhu..wondered what happned?

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  33. hi vineet. i have been going thru the mahabharata part of indian mythology again n again. love to read interpretations of those characters by different authors. looking forward to read your thoughts on them and sharing a few. keep me in the loop if u dont mind. all the best.

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  34. @Sonu Sekharan yeah man tht was d last update on tht!! personally i feel Jude law wud do a btr job of it :)

    @Pritee Mehta for sure!!! have u tried reading the 'Palace of Illusions'? its a beautiful take on mahabharat from d point of view of Draupadi :)

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  35. Go Green July 10 at 11:30pm Reply • Report
    The best line in this blog is - Before polarizing ourselves around linguistic, ethnic and caste groups, we belonged to an old family of wanderers..

    hope everyone realizes this fact.. and understands that its one human life with which each one of us is blessed with.... lets not waste it!

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  36. That was beautiful Jayati.. thanx a ton :)

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  37. very nice bro...
    Thanks for sharing this knowledge...

    i am very glad to read ur blog...
    i will spread this knowledge here in Pakistani Hindu community...
    Keep going bro...

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  38. @Manish Pinjani Thanx a lot buddy :)
    d pleasure is all mine!!!

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  39. Great work dude i will share your link in my socal networking media i wanna know something about the black stone placed in mecca worshiped by Muslim its a proven fact that mecca belonged to king vikramaditya but is this is also a fact that stone is shivalnga if u have any informaton about it please share

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  40. @Mohit thanx a ton buddy!! I have heard stories about the legend of Raja Vikramaditya and his kingdom covering the middle-east as well.. wil try n find out more about it and i get something conclusive will post it here k :)

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  41. I am still to read the blog but you have devoted considerable time and drawing are awesome .

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  42. @‎Noyanika Vats thanx a lot!! yeah i hv done quite a lot of research bfr posting coz i dont want it to turn into a propaganda site!! its just an analysis of our ancient texts by a scientific mind :)

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  43. Excellent!

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  44. Thanx a lot Mohnish!!!U can click on the FOLLOW tab on the rite hand side to stay updated abt the latest posts as well.. wud b great to get feedback from all of ya!

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  45. sir you hjave done a marveless job i am with you whole hearteedly and solely

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  46. Thanx a lot brother!!! If u liked my efforts plz do pass on d link to ur frnds n all so tht more n more ppl bcm aware of d richness of our traditions!!

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  47. Nyc info sir.... Specially about Vedas..

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  48. Very true Vineet, these 'sankrut' texts are not only religious texts.. but 'Gyanbhandar'.eg. Shree.BhagvadGeeta, this is not a religious text but full of 'NeetiShastra'. This is really a laudable work you are doing.

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  49. great one.
    i think, at last, i got someone who can clear my doubts on mythology.

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  50. Well I sure hope to try my best buddy :)

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  51. just marvelous thats all i can say after reading all the stuffs

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  52. Thanx a lot @Alok!!!
    Gud to c like-minded people responding to my efforts :)

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  53. Namaste na mitakuyasin. I just read your intro on your page after having read aboout the finding of the Saraswati River.

    I've been busy doing translations of various words and I am finding a lot of over-lapping of cultures. Namely, the Native American Tribes having ties to Hindu. I am Wazhazhe/Lakota/Dakota. It sounds crazy maybe, but the stories being pretty much the same, especially among the Dine'--Navajo and Lakota, I'm wondering if these people didn't actually have Hindu ties prior to their migration.

    I'm very much looking forward to more of your thoughts and insights. There were dreams in the past which seem to be manifesting. Wastecinlaka, Charlie

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  54. @Charlie, thanx a lot for ur appreciation!! Yes even I have found such similarities in various legends and am currently working on one involving the Navajo n Hindu cosmologies.. wil post it soon and update u on fb :)

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  55. Your blog feels like another loka :) .... mesmerizing :) ! Keep it going bro!Love reading your posts :) !

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  56. Good Show on crossing 25,000! proud to have u on board as one of our prime researchers Bro!

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  57. Very Nice Blog dear... keep it rolling.... a look made me nostalgic... reminds me of my active days on my fav community 'Hinduism' on now retired Orkut... administered by Surya with over a lac members and wonderful contributions coming in daily... anyways all the best :-)

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  58. congrats and gud going bro!
    anytime u feel to quit ur present line of work...u know where to turn to..!

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  59. Hari bol!. . .congrats! . . u hv no idea hw g8 job ur doing,spirituality is need of society at least nw n ur giving so much by ur deep studies.even my faith is increased by dis knwlg.godless society is root cause of all sins.thanks4all this.may Krishna give you all success n strength whatever you do. . hare krishna!

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  60. love reading your blogs :-) something I find different and good read

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  61. Thanx Asha, Karan, Sonu, Satya, Avimanyu n Navin.. it's all due to Krishna's mercy and support from u guys that I get the encouragement to keep gng on.. When I started I had no idea how it wud b accepted by people but I am grateful for the support I have got till now :)

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  62. That's awesome...you totally deserve it and much more...infact your readers should thank you for such an interesting take on Mythology :).. best wishes always!

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  63. Hahah thanx a lot Harsh Chopra but the pleasure is totally mine :) lukin forward to more discussions on other interesting stuff together :)

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  64. hi,

    I just wanted to thank you for putting together such a lucid and endearing explanation of our mythology.

    I've taken the liberty of sharing your blog: http://decodehindumythology.blogspot.in/ with my facebook friends; hope that's alright.

    Again, brilliant effort!

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    Thanks,
    Shivani Kaul

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    1. My pleasure.. sharing the blog only serves the purpose of spreading this knowledge more hence no worries on that account :) thanx a lot for ur kind words..

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  65. Hi Vineet,

    I have read a few of your blogs and you are surely not surprised that they are too good. Well, allow me to introduce myself. I am Pallavi and work for the clinical research field. I have begun doing spritual practice since 6 months. After practicing spirituality I am in the lookout for articles like yours to strengthen my belief in God. I have been sharing your articles with many of my friends and relatives. Are you planning to release any articles on how to attain moksha? and never to return back to mrityuloka?

    Kind Regards

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    1. Hi Pallavi, Well writing about nirvana is not on the cards right now coz I myself m learning about this path.. But as far as Shri Krishna says in the Bhagvad Geeta you can attain the Lord through three means - Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Gyan Yoga which respectively refer to action without desore;devotion to God forgetting everything else and last but not the least reaching God thru attainment of true knowledge about Him.. Thts what I am trying to do with the blog and I hope it is helping you find your own way in this journey back home.. Please feel free to write whenever and I shall try to respond to the best of my knowledge.. Hari Bol

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  66. Decided to start reading from beginning just to know how you started such a beautiful journey. God's grace are on you still you are continuing for all these years.

    Just for inquisitiveness, which school you studied and in which part of Mumbai you belong to? I came Mumbai in 2007. I believe i am Mumbaikar now though know very little Marathi. I am staying at Panvel.

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  67. DEAR VINEET.

    THE ONLY THING I WANT TO MENTION IS THAT ALL THE OTHER ANCIENT SACRED AND RELIGIOUS BOOKS AND EVIDENCE ARE SHOWING THAT HUMAN IS A ONE RACE. EVOLVED FROM ONE FATHER AND MOTHER AND ALL THE KNOWLEDGE IS SAME. BUT DUE TO SEPARATION DURING THE TIME OF EVOLUTION ON EARTH THEY MOVED AWAY FROM ONE ANOTHER AND DEVELOPED THEIR ON CULTURE AND RELIGION AND BELIEFS. BUT THE CENTRAL THEME REMAINED SAME. MAY BE THE NAMES AND OTHER SIGNIFICANCE CAN BE CHANGED. TO KNOW THE HUMAN RACE BETTER WE SHOULD PUT EVERYTHING TOGETHER AND TRY TO ELIMINATE THE CONTRADICTION AND WE CAN DRAW A NEAR PERFECT PICTURE OF HUMAN HISTORY.

    I AM PROUD TO BE BORN AS HINDU. AS I AM A HINDU AND AN ATHEIST. WHICH IS NOT CONTRADICTORY AS HINDUISM IS THE ONLY RELIGION WHICH PROVIDES SUCH A LIBERTY.

    ALL OTHER CULTURES ARE MENTIONED IN HINDU SCRIPTURES. LIKE RECENT DEVELOPMENT SAYS THAT "MAYAN" CULTURE IS HAVING HIGHLY CIVILIZED ANCIENT CULTURE HAVING GREAT KNOWLEDGE OF ALL DIFFERENT BRANCHES OF SCIENCE. BUT MAYA IS THE ARCHITECT OF DEMONS. WHO IS A COUNTERPART OF LORD VISHVAKARMA WHO IS THE ARCHITECT OF THE GODS. AND I AM BEING PANCHAL THE VISHVAKARMA IS MY KULDEVTA.

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  68. Well done ,excellent work. I have already finished all of the posts,so today I have decided to check for new one but didn't find, so just scrolling and found comments about Moksha.
    That made me to write some comments.
    Read about Akshar(Brahm) and Prushottam (Par-Brahm) you will find the answer to Moksha. More over that Visit Pramukh Swami Maharaj (Inspired Delhi and Gandhinagar Akshardham ) Once in your life, currently he is residing at Sarangpur, Guajarat, he is the only answer to your all questions.

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  69. From past two days I am reading your blogs, n its just amazing how beautifully you presented all this knowledge to us, giving us a great insight about our religion and its true values!!! Great work, hats off...

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  70. This is great, Vineet. I love your writing and all the work you have done, time you have devoted. I just started and loving all the readings. Great job! Can't be more impressive.

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  71. Dear Vineet,

    Great Work! Enjoy reading your posts. I have a few questions/requests;

    1) Can you make it clear that those who follow a life of Sanatan Dharma never called themselves 'Hindus' and maybe specify when the word Hindu came about.

    2)To a certain extent Sanatan Dharma is not mythology.

    3)Finally, when are we likely to get more posts from you? We are all eagerly waiting!

    Kind Regards

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  72. Excellent work Vineet!..Hats off!. One request, can you please correct the term "mythology" that you have used in several places of your blog...frankly speaking, i found this very term very disturbing...because these are facts and not "myths" :-). There are sufficient scientific evidences to establish through various sciences like archeology, astronomy etc to prove that these are historical facts and not just myths. For eg: Whole city of Dwaraka was discovered sometime back and the archaelogists findings amazingly coincides with the description of dwaraka city in the scriptures. Best regards, Prashanth

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  73. hi vineetji.....u r really doing and wonderful job by posting about such beautiful things.....they are very very interesting ...can't stop reading them....but as I m doing my 12th cant afford much time for internet....but let me tell u that I m very much interested in mythology and would love to read more from ur blog.....thanku

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  74. Dr Vineet, I truly believe that with your in-depth knowledge you can help decipher the Indus valley script. Do think towards it. Is the script of the seal some kind of date as used in Hindu Scriptures to describe the "Muhurats"?

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  75. As per definition a religion is created by a human. There is no founder to what we call hindu religion but it has become a practice to call that way.one question/ clarification. Sansckit is referred as DEVA BASHA HAS TO BE ACCEPTED. SImilarly sanatana dhrma.
    Whatever we are blessed with the spirituality from our yogis I feel,has directly come from the Devas our creators. The Yogis have passed on to us. When we look at the pedigree of our rulers say KURUS the successors, had the genes of Gods, the PANDAVA progeny up to Janamejaya and not KAURAVAS who,all perished. Your comments please.

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  76. Thank You so much this blog. I wanted to do this from ages. Your research is great and added lot to my research too. All the best. Keep posting.

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  77. hi there....so impressed and grateful for this work...its amazing, love the pictures and cross references....am still reading it....its going to help a lot...!!! god bless....:) <3 sync <3

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