“What does it mean to be a 21st century Hindu?” This was the theme of Hindu Awareness Week, and that really got me thinking. As most of us born in the 90s or later, culture largely replaced technology; cool gadgets …
By Miten Kana
NHSF Learning Team
For many, conventional Western medicine is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Over the last 5 years, more ethical, traditional and Dharmic practices are becoming the norm. Believe it or not, this practice is not something new to the world – in fact, it is regarded as one the oldest forms of healthcare in the world – Ayurveda.
By Dhanisha Patel
NHSF Legal Team
In Hindu Dharma we are taught the story of Lord Rama and his search of Sitama, he did not concede that she was lost for good instead he vowed to search the entire Kingdom for her and not to rest until he found her. Rama Bhagwan did not give up and eventually he found Sitama. From this simple parable we are taught that when the going gets tough to keep on going and or not to take the easy option and concede defeat. Instead we must persevere, work hard and eventually the fruits of our labour will bloom. We are further taught through scriptures such as the Mahabharata that truth is an eternal duty. One should reverentially bow unto truth for it is the highest refuge. Truth is the eternal Brahman and everything rests upon Truth, hence telling the truth becomes installed in us consciously or subconsciously.
The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong. What comes to your mind when you hear this? Strength, unity, making an impression, leading the way or using the world as a stage where we can make ourselves heard and learn from our experiences?
By Kajal Valani NHSF President
Wikipedia states that Hindu politics refers to the political movements professing to draw inspiration from Hinduism. It also states that Politics is a group of people who make a decision. So what is …
By Dhanisha Patel
We all know how small acts can go a long way. Like when you’re going back home back from university with a suitcase that is so heavy that if you drop it you’re afraid that it will leave a crater in the pavement. All you want is to get home. But when you finally get off at your stop you remember the huge staircase you have to carry your suitcase up and want to cry! But then, some random stranger offers to help you get your case up the stairs at the tube station, or the train station and you want to hug them. A random act of kindness is just that, being the random stranger who makes someone’s day a little more bearable.
By Niyati Paragjee, University of Nottingham 3rd Year Nursing
‘I know why you’re here, Neo. I know what you’ve been doing. I know why you hardly sleep, why you live alone, and why, night after night, you sit at your computer. You’re looking for him, I know. I was once looking for the same thing. And when he found me, he told me I wasn’t really looking for him. I was looking for an answer. It’s the question that drives us, Neo. It’s the question that brought you here. You know the question, just as I did.’
Trinity to Neo in The Matrix
In 1999, the Wachowski brothers released The Matrix, a film filled with religious and philosophical symbolism. The plot supposes that humans live in vats many years in the future, being fed false sensory information by a giant virtual reality computer (The Matrix). When we meet the protagonist, Neo, he is driven by the question, ‘What is The Matrix?’.
Two months later, in Finland, Bannister’s ‘miracle mile’ was again broken by Australian rival John Landy, who achieved a time of 3 minutes 56 seconds. Within three years, 16 other runners had also broken this record.
So what happened in 1954? Everybody started taking steroids? Sudden growth spurt in human evolution? No. We broke through our mental barriers. Once someone breaks through it, everyone thinks they can do it. And they indeed do.
We all know that our diet needs to be balanced enough to keep us healthy, but in a ‘health-conscious’ world where a new miracle eating plan seems to pop up every week (or every day after Christmas and the new year!), how do we know what we should really be eating? Following ayurvedic principles may be a good place to start.
The basic ayurvedic belief is that everything in the universe is made up of five elements called panchamahabhatas: akash (space), vayu (air), agni (fire), jala (water) and prithvi (earth). These five combine into three doshas or the tridoshas of vata, pitta and kapha. The theory of the three doshas is unique to ayurveda and helps us to understand the human body, its structure and its function.