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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A Story from the Past – 14 – Jagannath Pandit, Lokmanya Tilak & British Rule

Jagannath Pandit was probably the last great scholar in the tradition of great Sanskrut scholars of the past. By ‘great’ we don’t just mean best of a period or of his time, but someone who leaves such a mark that his works are read avidly centuries after his life. Not many people know of Jagannath […]

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10 Most Popular Articles in the 1st Quarter of 2012

Below are this Blog’s 10 most popular articles in the first quarter of 2012 (in terms of viewer hits): 1. A Story from the Past – 13 – Nachiketas & Yam – October 15, 2011 2. Why is Santi-Mantra from the Isa-UpaNiSad Recited at every Pooja? – December 17, 2011 3. Reflections on the Bhagwat-Geeta – Chapter II – […]

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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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Krishna Vaasudev from Maha-Bharat – per Irawati Karve

Editors’ Note:  We are grateful to a reader, a friend from Mumbai, who was kind enough to loan us the English version of Yugant.  This is the first article in our series Dharma in Maha-Bharat – Irawati Karve vs. Gurcharan Das announced last week. Naturally it is about Krishna who towers above the Pandav-Kaurav period […]

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