Let us become nobler

Sanskrit word 'Arya' or 'Aryam' stands for nobility. Let us implore everyone to become noble, the Arya or Aryam. Christians, Muslims, Hindus or Jews, communists or capitalists, rich or poor, clever or dumb, weak, meek or bully. Uncomfortable perhaps are they with other, threatening peace. Ray of hope for the world is ‘include-all’ ideas of ancient Indian wisdom popularly known as Hinduism. Only they knew how to celebrate individuality of each person. Aryas respect ideas of others, respect way of worship of others, help others and become a noble citizen of this wide and varied world. Idea behind this blog is to bring out those ideas and help each of us become better than what we are. 'N' in the 'Aryan', by the way, was a mistake made by colonial 'experts' who wanted to underplay and undermine the culture and religion of those who they clandestinely enslaved.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mr. Ramesh Rao, Professor, Communication Studies, Longwood University.

Dr. Ramesh Nagraj Rao is Human Rights Coordinator for the Hindu American Foundation, and professor and chair, Department of Communication Studies and Theatre, Longwood University, US.He is author of several books on Hinduism, a well known columnist and literary critique.I am pleased, He has commented on my book as follows:

"The Bhagavad Gita is a uniquely Hindu contribution to the world, and
the 700 verses in this masterpiece of spiritual, practical, pragmatic,
and transcendental philosophical work have been mined by many for the
many gems it offers. There are beautiful translations of the work in
many international languages and there and thousands of commentaries
on the meaning and import of the work. Is the Kurukshetra an
allegory, or should we take it literally? What lessons can be learned
by modern individuals and organizations from Lord Krishna's advice to
Arjuna? These days many top-rung business schools use the Bhagavad
Gita to shape and toughen the intellect of its raw graduates. And
discourses on the Gita are common not just across India but wherever
Hindus reside around the world.

"So, what can any new commentary on the Bhagavad Gita provide readers?
Written for the general reader, Nilesh Shukla's compendium on the
basics of Hinduism and the Gita contains not only a commentary on the
Gita but short summaries of the views of great thinkers and scientists
on the Gita, as well as the critiques of some of those who chose to
view the Gita through colored lenses. It also provides a background
and context for some of the stereotypes prevailing in the West about
Hinduism. This is a daunting task and it is inspiring to know that
Shri. Shukla, an engineer by profession, has sought to bring his
skills and his dedication to this spiritual enterprise. May this new
compendium on the 'manual for humankind' provide the spark of inquiry
among new readers, and reaffirm the beauty and the profundity of the
Gita for those already familiar with it."

Ramesh Rao, Professor, Communication Studies, Longwood University.
Prof. Rao's website: http://www.rameshnrao.com/

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