सुभाषितम or Su-Bhaashitam – 1

Editor’s Note: We change directions a bit and begin a journey into the vast collection of सुभाषितम (Su-Bhaashitam) or well spoken phrases from past centuries. The prefix Su is for good, or well chosen, the word Bhaashitam comes from Bhashaa or spoken language and stands for verse or phrase. The objective of a Su-Bhaashitam is […]

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Difference in Outlook of Shri Krishna & Sant Dnyaaneshwar – Difficulty in Interpreting the Bhagwat-Geeta

Sant Dnyaaneshwar is considered to be one of the earliest creators of the modern Bhakti Marg, or the path of Bhakti as a Way to Liberation . One of his great achievements was to translate the Bhagwat-Geeta into Marathi, then a language not of the elite but of the common people. He translated it verse […]

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A Story from the Past – 11

In our 9th Story from the Past , we wrote about शंकर-आचार्य or Shankar-Achaarya and touched upon the doctrine of अद्वैत = Advaita or Non-Duality. We may have inadvertently left the impression that Shankar-Achaarya created the doctrine of  Advaita. This story is partly to correct this impression and to bring to readers the original developer of […]

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The Three Ways to Liberation – Successes & Unintended Consequences?

On July 31, we discussed the Three Ways to Liberation in the Eternal Dharma. In that article, we described the major movements that established the primacy of each of these ways in Indian society. Today, we take a non-dhaarmic look at the successes as well as unintended consequences of these ways on Indian society.  The way […]

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An Invocation for all Indians on Independence Day

In celebration of India’s independence day, we present below the last hymn of the Rg-Ved. This is an exalted clarion call for all humanity but today it will suffice if all Indians follow it.            संगशद्व्हम  सम्वधध्वं सं वो मनांसि जानताम             Assemble, Speak as with one voice, let your minds be of one accord […]

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The Four Aacharya or आचार्य

Last week, we discussed the Three ways To Liberation , Karma or Action, Jnyaan or Knowledge and Bhakti or Devotion. The philosophy of Karma or Action had lost its adherents about 1200 years ago, thanks to Shankar-Aacharya. The dominant philosophy was the Jnyaan and Samnyaas approach of Shankar-Aacharya until about 1200 when the Bhakti Marg […]

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A Story from the Past – 9

Shankar–Acharya is considered to be one of the greatest Guru of वेदांत = Vedanta since the days of the early sages of Eternal Dharma. He became a संन्यासी = Samnyasee or ascetic at the age of 6. By his 12th year, he had written his famous भास्य  = Bhasya or commentary on the Brahma–Sutra. Shankar-Acharya […]

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