Shaivism’s Shiva Lingam.

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Shaivism (Sanskrit: शैव पंथ, śaiva paṁtha) (Tamil: சைவ சமயம்) is the oldest of the four major devotional sects of Hinduism, the others being Vaishnavism, Shaktism and Smartism.

Shaivism is a pan-Hindu tradition widespread mostly across all of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Other areas where it’s notably practiced include parts of Southeast Asia especially Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Traditionally, the Sanskrit word śaiva means “relating to the god Shiva”. Followers of Shaivism, called “Shaivas”, “Saivas” and also “Saivites”, accordingly revere Shiva as the Supreme Being.

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Observing Girls’ Education.

Day of the Girl (I): Observing Girls’ Education.

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“Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody” ~ Jane Austen.

Feminism has no truer values than those of equality, self-determination and independence. For only in learning to value the self, can one equally value others and live in prosperous mutually-fulfilling relationships with them.

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Quotes: Ghaznavid’s Brutal Conquests of India.

“Swords flashed like lightning amid the blackness of clouds, and fountains of blood flowed like the fall of setting star. The friends of God defeated their opponents… noon had not arrived when the Musalmans wreaked their vengeance on the infidel enemies of God, killing 15,000 of them, spreading them like a carpet over the ground and making them food of the beasts and birds of prey. Fifteen elephants fell on the field of battle, as their legs, being pierced with arrows, became as motion-less as if they had been in a quagmire, and their trunks were cut with the swords of the valiant heroes… God also bestowed upon his friends such an amount of booty as was beyond all bounds and calculations, including five hundred thousand slaves, beautiful men and women.”1

~ Sultan Mahmud’s minister al-Utbi on his campaign to India

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