Why does Krishna in the Gita say that food determines the gunas of a man? Does it mean that eating non-veg food leads to bad behaviour?

According to Srimad Bhagwad Geeta the food each person prefers is of three kinds, according to the three modes of material nature- Satvic, Rajasic and tamasic. Our food habits say a lot about us— āyuḥ-sattva-balārogya-sukha-prīti-vivardhanāḥ rasyāḥ snigdhāḥ sthirā hṛidyā āhārāḥ sāttvika-priyāḥ (chapter 17, verse 8) Satvic foods promotes longevity, virtue, strength, health, happiness, and joy …

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If Hinduism is not a religion, why did Swami Vivekanand insist on attending a conference of all religious leaders when he wasn’t even invited?

Hinduism (Sanatan Dharma) is the oldest religion of the world. But, it is more than just a religion- it is a way of life. As far as, Swami Vivekananda is concerned— he sailed all across the sea to America to rejuvenate the lost confidence of his countrymen. Swami Vivekananda traveled to various places of spiritual significance, …

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What was the secret behind Swami Vivekananda’s extraordinary intelligence?

The Secret behind his intelligence and extraordinary memory power lies in his high level of Concentration. Some are born intelligent and some develop it through external effort. Swami Vivekananda’s intelligence came naturally—practice of meditation boosted his ‘natural intelligence’. Swami Vivekananda was a voracious reader from his childhood- his interests were particularly in the fields of …

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How do I develop my concentration power, intelligence, attention power and thinking ability like Swami Vivekananda?

High level of concentration, intelligence, attention span and thinking ability can be developed through meditation. Swami Vivekananda was inclined to meditation since his childhood. His guru Pujya Sri Ramkrishna Paramhansa used to send him in various places at night in the garden of Kali Temple to practise meditation. In his book Raja Yoga, Swami Vivekananda …

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Why didn’t Swami Vivekananda join the National Movement against Britishers for the Motherland?

Can an enlightened soul take the lives of other human beings and violate the notion of non-violence? If he would have taken part in the Freedom fight, today many of us would have questioned whether Swami Vivekananda had really practised what he preached?? Swami Vivekananda was a monk and a monk’s duty is not limited to …

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What do the Vedas say about fair treatment?

Upanishads preach – there is only one consciousness, not two. So hurting others mean hurting self. ‘Amritasya Putrah’ – “We are all begotten of the immortal.” This is how Hinduism introduces human beings. “Every individual soul is potentially divine”, proclaimed Swami Vivekananda. Taittiriya Upanisad of Yajurveda. Om saha navavatu, saha nau bhunaktu Saha veeryam karvaavahai Tejasvi naa vadhita mastu …

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What is the contribution of Holy Mother Sarada Maa?

Universal Motherhood – A live demonstration. Just imagine – You went to visit a place where an unknown woman served you food. During that short interaction, something evolutionary happened within you. You felt like your own mother standing in front of you. You started developing childlike tendency forgetting gender and sex barrier. More strange, you …

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Is Sarada mission the first independent women organization in world religion?

Yes. This is correct. Holy mother Sarada Devi has a vision to establish a nunnery to uplift the women. She wanted that to be an completely independent organization managed by females without any male involvement from Ramakrishna Mission. This is known from the correspondence of Swami Saradananda with Mrs Ole Bull. In fact Swami Vivekananda has …

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When exactly did Indians/Hindus/Vedic societies start assigning caste (varna) to people from birth?

Mostly caste by birth has happened during Smriti period which is 200 BCE to 200 CE. There is also genetic evidence – Caste system has left imprints on genes: study In Vedic time, caste was A self-declared system and later converted to hereditary system. Our Veda (the Sruti), the only Hindu authority, does not mention anything on caste …

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Why didn’t Swami Vivekananda allow women in the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission?

Swami Vivekananda has established a women branch. This is known as Sarada Math, a sister concern of Ramakrishna Mission. Holy mother Sarada Devi has a vision to establish a nunnery to uplift the women. She wanted that to be a completely independent organization managed by females without any male involvement from Ramakrishna Mission. This is …

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