Eternal Dharma & MahaBharatiya Doctrine of Satyam

Last year we discussed the UpaNiSadic Doctrine of Satyam. This doctrine is featured consistently across many important UpaNiSad. It is remembered via immortal quotes including  “Tat Tvam Asi” (तत् त्वं असि  ) from Chandogya-UpaNiSad and “Satyam Ev Jayate” (सत्यं एव जयते) from Mundak-UpaNiSad. It is important to remember that the UpaNiSad are the end or […]

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Om-kaar, Brahman and Ganesh

                                                We all know, hear and recite the sound Om, the sound known as Pranav or the primordial sound of the universe. Today, we review some of the authorities on Om, its elements and what they represent. The first authority we discuss is the famous Mandukya-UpaNiSad which belongs to the Atharva-Ved.  This UpaNiSad identifies the […]

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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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A Story from the Past – 13 – Nachiketas & Yam

This story goes back to the times when Yadnya were performed regularly in Eternal Dharma.  There was a wealthy man named Vaaj-Shravas (वाजश्रवस) who performed the Vishwa-Jit Yadnya  (विश्वजित यज्ञ) . This Yadnya requires the performer to give away all his wealth and material possessions after the Yadnya. This is why this Yadnya was rarely […]

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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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