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Faren Rajkumar
Sometimes New York, sometimes Florida
English student, music teacher, newspaper and literary magazine editor, writer and photographer - Windswept swirls of ink and giddy phrases spill from me - Thank you for reading! My name is Faren, and I live in too-sunny South Florida. I'm a pre-med student turned English student, and I dabble in tons of art forms and genres of writing, obsess over literature and nothing makes me happier than the clicking sound of a camera's lens or the end of a perfectly crafted sentence. Books, books, books, make me happy. Whatever I'm doing, I'd rather be reading or writing. A bit of nerd at heart. I'm also a violin teacher to a lovely group of kids, and I dream of moving to a big city where writing, music, art and good food can comprise my life everyday. I adore anything reminiscent of a time past; sometimes I feel like an old soul just waking up in the wrong body. I also have an affinity for all things Eastern: food, languages, culture, philosophy, religion... I'm an Indian girl who loves America to the depths of her soul, but never forgets where she is from. I'm here to share all of these things, the things I create, the things I love and the things that inspire me, with you.
Interests: Finding meaning where there usually isn't.
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EVIL IS OFTEN LOOKED UPON AS A force against God. But the Hindu knows that all forces are God’s forces, even the waywardness of adharma. This is sometimes difficult to understand when we see the pains and problems caused by men against men. Looking deeper, we see that what is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at My Veda:
Ever seen a marshmallow bobbing on top of a tiny hot chocolate wave? Sweetness in a spotlight you're meant to crave. Doesn't the melting sugar orb remind you of the moon? Luminous and proud and gone too soon. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Wanderling
As the University of Chicago prepares to celebrate two major anniversaries in South Asian studies, a new gift will help to ensure UChicago’s continued leadership in the study of the Indian subcontinent. The Anupama and Guru Ramakrishnan Professorship in Sanskrit Studies, established by a $3.5 million gift from Guru and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at My Veda:
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Vastu Shastra architecture is the oldest and the most systematic of the world’s architectural systems. The information on Vastu architecture comes from Manasara and the Maya Mata and other ancient Sanskrit texts that describe the knowledge (Veda) of establishing form (Sthapatya). These texts apply to all created structures, natural and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at My Veda:
Shrimp and okra and spice, good for the soul only if yours is a sinning one, they said. I took one bite, and felt the Cajun spirit flaming in my mouth. It was heat like a fire I saw blazing on an oil slick on the Atchafalaya, just low rising... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Wanderling
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Cues and Clues Keys to Hindu protocol for novices and Western pilgrims to the holy lands Nearly every indigenous people on Earth is reevaluating, rediscovering and reappreciating its ancient ways, the traditions of the forefathers. Tradition is the best of the past that has been carried forward for the future.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at My Veda:
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The Ramayana is undoubtedly the most popular and timeless Indian epic read and loved by all. The term 'Ramayana', literally means "the march (ayana) of Rama" in search of human values. As a literary work, it combines "the inner bliss of Vedic literature with the outer richness of delightfully profound... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at My Veda:
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-Dharma - fulfilling one's purpose -Artha - prosperity -Kama - desire, enjoyment -Moksha - enlightenment Dharma- path of righteousness and living one's life according to the codes of conduct as described by the Hindu scriptures. Artha, (Sanskrit: “wealth,” or “property”), in Hinduism, the pursuit of wealth or material advantage, one... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at My Veda:
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SANSKRIT older than Hebrew and Latin. The first words in English language came from Sanskrit. The word MOTHER came from SANSKRIT word MATA and FATHER came from SANSKRIT word PITA as per the PBS video THE STORY OF ENGLISH. Believe it or not the word GEOMETRY came from a SANSKRIT... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at My Veda:
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" God sleeps in the rocks, proclaims the Hindu scriptures, "dreams in the plants, stirs toward wakefulness in the animals, and in mankind is awake to his own ego individuality." Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at My Veda:
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In Sanskrit, the coiled serpent is used to represent Kundalini, the energy that rises from the sacrum -- the bone at the base of the spine -- and results in enlightenment when it properly reaches the crown of the head through the practice of Kundalini yoga, which channels the energy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at My Veda:
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Hinduism may not be called a religion in the sense other religions are known. It is much more than a religion, it is a total way of life. Hinduism has no founder. Its authority is Eternal Truth. The cumulative record of metaphysical experimentation. Behind the lush tangle of religious imagery,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at My Veda:
MISCONCEPTION #2 “Hinduism has 330-million Gods.” No it doesn’t. There is a statement in the Vedas about there being 330-million devas but most certainly not 330-million Gods. Unfortunately, some early Western orientalists mistranslated the word “deva” as “God” and began spreading the erroneous “330-million Gods” idea which most Westerners automatically... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at My Veda:
This is one of the most frequent misconceptions about Hinduism and it is totally false. Hinduism is not, and has never been, polytheistic, meaning the belief in many Gods. Hinduism is, and has always been, pluralistic, meaning many ways to think of and relate to the ONE God. It is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at My Veda:
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The practice of vegetarianism for spiritual and ethical reasons originates in Hinduism – the world’s oldest religion – where it is viewed as a fundamental and important thing. But what are some of the reasons for vegetarianism and the avoidance of meat eating being esteemed so highly by the Hindu... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at My Veda:
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at My Veda:
See 5000+ years Hindu Devata Vishnu’s temple found underwater near Bali, Indonesia. Local call this new Scuba diving spot at Pemuteran Beach as “Underwater Temple Garden – Bali” Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at My Veda:
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at My Veda: