The Indian Institute of Scientific Heritage (IISH) on Bharat, Culture & Science

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Many of us have a lot of questions on India, Sanathana Dharma, Karma, Superstitions, Idol Worship, etc… If you really want to understand India’s culture and heritage in a scientific way, listen to Dr. N Gopalakrishnan of Indian Institute of Scientific Heritage (IISH). Everyday at 6:30 am, Amrita T V airs Dr. Gopalakrishnan’s Paithrukasandesham programme, in Malayalam.

Indian Institute of Scientific Heritage (IISH), is a charitable organization founded by Dr. N Gopalakrishnan. The Institute serves as a research center for studies regarding the History of Arsha Bharatham, its Science & culture. IISH publish a lot of books, audios and videos with the objective of learning and teaching the scientific and cultural heritage of India with a scientific vision.

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You can download speeches of Sri. Gopalakrishan from IISH, file size varying from 50MB to 110MB. There is a lot of recordings worth listening for months, download them into your cell phone or iPod!

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19 Comments

  1. Hi Dr. Gopalakrishnan sir,
    I want to know whether there is anything wrong with inter caste marriages provided a brahmin follows his culture without any change. ?

  2. sir,
    I arm very interest in your speech.(Can you give the explanations in Malayalam ,because it will help the students more)

  3. is it necessary to do “shaardham” for our dear departed ones. if one fails to do so is it bad to the existing members of the family?

    • To my belief, the customs and rituals being practised in Sanatana Dharma is to uplift all human being to lead and attain a peaceful mind. As Bhagawan Krishna says in Gita, there is nothing good or bad for him that we perform, but all is alike.

      The essence of ‘Shradham’ is that we remember our forefathers who are responsible for our life in this world. It is also a demonstration to our children that we love our parents very much and we still remember them. The remembrance of our parents gives us peace and happiness, and the rituals like Shradham have an important role to play throughout our life. Let us not believe that there will be ‘Dosham’ to the family members in case we do not perform Shradham, but we should understand that the simple remembrance at least once in year gives us a positive energy and peaceful mind.

  4. If you are looking for Spirituality related content such as articles, MP3 audio and PDF books, visit SREYAS.IN, the Malayalam language website dedicated for spirituality, advaita vedanta and sanathana dharma.

  5. The deterioration is Hinduism is mainly because Hindus are not united. Both upper and lower casts are responsible to this issue. In the earlier stages, it was the upper castes who wanted supremacy, and they believed that they are the only group belonging the community which is more attached to the God. They tried to suppress the ‘lower’ people by their strength and they did whatever they can do (also with the help of the invadors). However, this started backfiring on them and now they are crying for their own existence.

    The lower class gained reservation on many issues in order for them to uplift themselves from the earlier sufferings. This continued for long, and now they are more developed. Even though, they appeal for the same status to continue (may be till the end of the universe). As per the quote from the Supreme Court itself, Indian is the only country where people compete for reservations. Even though, they are far higher economically, they are mentally on the backward. Sometimes, they do not want themselves to come out due to this mental struggle.

    These different attitudes of both the upper and lower castes are jointly responsible for the current situation prevailing in our country.

    It is high time that every Hindu mentally come to a level that they believe and practise the same Hindu Dharma. Nobody is up or down, and all have equal importance. The caste system is in existence only refers to their work and nothing else. Everybody should come forward and unite themselves, which is the only way of Hindu existence and protecting Sanatana Dharma. All organizations like NSS, SNDP, Yogakshemama, KPMS, Dalits, etc. should come forward to unite.

    The importance and essence of Sanatana Dharma should be taught to every Hindu child and every Hindu family. The above organizations can provide a lot of help in this regard. They may arrange regular classes within the community (jointly or alone) to see that we gain a lot from our own Dharma and Paithrukam. Let everybody understand the essence of Vedas, Upanishads, Itihasas, Gita, etc. for their own upliftment.

  6. It is taught that one’s own karmaphalam follows to his next life.Also it is heard that we are experiencing the karmaphalam of our ancesters. which can be taken into account on scientific basis?

  7. Hallo Dr.gopalakrishnan sir

    last week i heared a speech of hindu ikya vedi which held at chalakkudy .in that speech they saying that we must separate the devaswom board from the administration of temples and has to rule its on power.and all church and mosque were runinng under their own people.is it any way is there to separete temples from under the kerela goverment.and income from all temples from kerala going to goverment but income from church and mosque were going to their people .single rupee is not coing to kerala goverment.from guruvayoor and sabarimala govt getting more than 200 crores of rupees i a year.why it is happening only for temples.is any way is there to stop this.pls advice me and hindu people of india.also hoping advice from readers.

    thanks & regards
    unni

  8. Yes Sujith, Reservation is required for atleast sometime, to uplift them economically. That is the only reason . Otherwise they will remain servants forever and the caste system will build more firmer ground than it has already for 5000 years. Only teaching them about Hindu Dharma is no use.

    The economically lower people are scheduled under the constitution so that they benefit economically. Here in Australia the ‘aboriginals’ also have reserved seats as they are economically backward therefore the government is helping them to build themseleves. Aboriginal children are granted finance to study in universities and there is a percentage of reservation in the Government jobs.

    Hindu Dharma is very racist in its nature and other dharmas like christian missionaries have taken advantage of this.

  9. Absolutly right… agree 100% with what you say Raju…
    We all need to work against this.. This Community problem becoming a great issue among Hindus. Very pathetic situation i see now days are there are many socities or groups coming out from these communties like Nair Service Socity(NSS), SNDP like that.. In Hindu Dharma there is no such word used like Nair, Dalith, Ezhava etc. in ancient vedas/upanishath or in Geetha or anything.. The only classification mentioned in Hindu Dharma is based on the duty of each hindu is doing. That is Brahmins(those who take learning/teaching as their duty, by that way they are protecting vedas), Kshathriyas(those who protect rashtra), Vaishyas, shoodras etc.. This is very flexible classification. if a kshathirya take his duty as learning and teaching he will be treated as brahmins and vice versa… so here one need not be arrogant by belongs to a brahmin or kshathriya or any other groups.

    My understanding is this classification like Nairs, Ezhava, Theeyar like that.. (i dont know how much…) came by the invasion of foreigners.. may be offcourse by Portuguese/Dutch/French/British.

    Nowdays we can see that there are many types of reservation for the backward hindus (i dont know why they named like this). Is that needed..??? They are seperated to their own colonies. If this go like this it will become a great issue and the number of peoples who follow or know about Sanathanam will reduce..

    We need to bring them forward.. treat them as Hindu.. teach them.. make them aware about Hindu Dharma… take this as our Karma.. and enlighten our life by doing such a great karma.. we will experience the Karma phalam..

    Namaskar
    Sujith

  10. Absolutly right… agree 100% with what you say Raju…
    We all need to work against this.. This Community problem becoming a great issue among Hindus. Very pathetic situation i see now days are there are many socities or groups coming out from these communties like Nair Service Socity(NSS), SNDP like that.. In Hindu Dharma there is no such word used like Nair, Dalith, Ezhava etc. in ancient vedas/upanishath or in Geetha or anything.. The only classification mentioned in Hindu Dharma is based on the duty of each hindu is doing. That is Brahmins(those who take learning/teaching as their duty, by that way they are protecting vedas), Kshathriyas(those who protect rashtra), Vaishyas, shoodras etc.. This is very flexible classification. if a kshathirya take his duty as learning and teaching he will be treated as brahmins and vice versa… so here one need not be arrogant by belongs to a brahmin or kshathriya or any other groups.

    My understanding is this classification like Nairs, Ezhava, Theeyar like that.. (i dont know how much…) came by the invasion of foreigners.. may be offcourse by Portuguese/Dutch/French/British.

    Nowdays we can see that there are many types of reservation for the backward hindus (i dont know why they named like this). Is that needed..??? They are seperated to their own colonies. If this go like this it will become a great issue and the number of peoples who follow or know about Sanathanam will reduce..

    We need to bring them forward.. treat them as Hindu.. teach them.. make them aware about Hindu Dharma… take this as our Karma.. and enlighten ur life by doing such a great karma.. we will experience the Karma phalam..

    Namaskar
    Sujith

  11. Dear Dr. Gopalakrishnan,

    Yes I agree with the facts stated in the above e-mail. As far Kerala is concerned both Nair and Ezhava communities are divided in the name of reservation rules. Nair is considered as forward and Ezhava as backword. Is in sanatana dharma everybody is equal? Then why this division prevailing? The alien rulers or the rulers of that time made this forward / backward cast. Both these communities are followers/believers of Hindu Dharma, but when money matters they are not in union. So here we have to find out solution to unite these two communities to preseve our Dharma. Not only these two communities but all the other foward and backward communities as well should unite to save our sanatana Dharma. Otherwise believers in sanatana Dharma will reduce and it will be swallowed by the other cultures. So financial and cutural aid is required to save Hindu Dharma.

    Regards,
    Raju

  12. Hello Dr Gopalakrishnan,

    Further to my e-mail above please also note that in the yester years we lost a lot of Hindus in Kerala because of oprression by the higher castes and therefore Kerala has a 80% Christian population.

    To save Hinduism, we need to help our own Hindu brethren and enlighten the youth of the higher castes regarding this long pending issue. I am doing as much as i can in my own capacity though i know it is so hard to abolish the caste system. I only wish people of your high calibre can address this issue in your speeches. That is all that i want to say.

    Regards
    Padmaja

  13. I donot have the e-mail address of Dr N Gopalakrishnan.
    Please forward this e-mail to Dr N Gopalakrishnan.

    Hello Dr Gopalkrishnan,

    I had the honour of hearing your speech in Sydney. A very powerful speech and very thought provoking speech.Your speech was on promoting Hinduism thru reading the vedas and spreading the knowledge of Hinduism by distribution of documents and CD’s .You then touched the issue of how we are losing 29,500 hindus every minute or everyday.

    Before i proceed ,please note that i belong to a high caste Maharashtrian Kshatriya family and am married to a Bengali Brahmin. I have a Masters in Social work and have worked as a social worker helping Hindus of the lowest caste. I have seen poverty at its closest .

    Hinduism is correctly, as quoted by you, a very flexible religion (unquote).
    Yes but, a very racist religion as well and the world knows about it. So the first thing we need to do is promote Hinduism as a FAIR religion . We also need to alleviate our own Hindu brethren economically and socially and we need to pass this message to our youth.

    We also need to educate our Hindu youth of the origins of the caste system…a system promoted by the invaders who later became the rulers and the higher castes.

    I did approach you after one of your speeches at the Strathfield Library on 5/9/2009, but was very unhappy with the rude reply that i received from you for a topic on which we could have had a conversation on a totally different level.

    Regards
    Padmaja Sahani Sarkar

  14. Inorder to keepup Sanatana Values/Hindu Dharma, may I putfoward the following suggestions. once in a while, like Swami Ramdev is doing, gathering of all prominent Saints, Sadhus and Hindu religious personalities from all the parts of India to be organized so that our dharma should reach and reinforce all the Hindu masses. Can IISH undertake this endevour. I think it is better IISH to start a new TV channel in Malayalam to propogate Sanatana Dharma because this void is still not filled despite the advent of Amrita Tv which is becoming full time entertainement channel now, giving less importance to Hindu Dharma. Absence of visual media to save Dharma is one of our main weaknesses.

  15. Pleas tell me, What is ” Satrusamhara Pooja”? I think it must be to end the satrubhavam in our own towards others. But one of my colleague says it is to eliminate the sathrubhavam of others towadrs us.

  16. Too much simplification of the indecribable makes at least some people atheists and despondent. It is like taking away a habit, to be replaced, the

    Oversimplification of a truth,like the Geetha or Bhagavatham , makes people think for themselves-oo hh is that all,and I knew it all the time, So what is NEW

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