Eternal Dharma & UpaNiSadic Doctrine of Satya

Since the very beginning of Indian Civilization, the cohesive force in Indian Society has been Dharma. To this day, as you travel through the Indian subcontinent across different states, different languages, different customs, you see the differences unite into a common set of philosophic concepts that we call Dharma. 1. Rta (Rutam) Dharma originates in […]

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Why is Santi-Mantra from the Isa-UpaNiSad Recited at every Pooja?

Every UpaNiSad begins with a Santi-Paath or Santi-Mantra, an introductory verse that is a Bhadra (भद्र)  (auspicious & noble)  invocation. Most of the Santi-Paath are intuitively bhadra: Lead us from falsehood to truth, Lead us from darkness to light, Lead us from death to immortality – Santi-Paath of the Brihad-Aranyaka-UpaNiSad May we all be protected, […]

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Ganesh Chaturthi 2011

The Utsav of Ganesh begins with Ganesh Chaturthi (4th day) and ends on Ganesh Charurdashi (14th day). This year, Ganesh Chaturthi is on September 1. We extend our humble wishes to our Readers for this Dhaarmic and Joyous Ganesh Utsav. Last year, we featured a clip of श्री गणेश अथर्वशीर्षम or Shree Ganesh Atharva-Sheersham by […]

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Reflections on the Bhagwat Geeta – Chapter XVIII – Section 1

Chapter 18 is the final chapter of the Bhagwat Geeta.  As such, it first summarizes the discussion of the prior chapters. This we consider as Section 1 of Chapter 18. Rather than revisiting the entire summary, we shall highlight a few Verses that illustrate central concepts of the Bhagwat Geeta.We all understand the feeling of […]

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Reflections on the Bhagwat Geeta – Chapter XVI, XVII

The Saamkhya approach introduced in Chapters 13-15 is extended in Chapter 16 & Chapter 17.  We shall produce some key Verses from these Chapters to illustrate this point. In Chapter 14, the three गुण (Gun), सत्व (Satva), रज (Raj), तम (Tam) were discussed in detail. The तम (Tam) is the most dangerous & destructive of all. […]

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