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Vishnu Sahasranama

The ‘Vishnu Sahasranama’ is the 149th adhyaya of the Anushasana parva of the epic, Mahabharata. Tradition holds it that it was composed by Sanaka and was given to Bhishma. Bhishma, in turn, recited it to the Pandavas in the presence … Continue reading

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Uddhava Gita

The Uddhava Gita contains teachings given by Shri Krishna to His beloved devotee and follower, Uddhava, shortly before His departure from this world. This forms the main part of the eleventh canto of the Shrimad Bhagavatham. Various instructions are given, but … Continue reading

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Shri Rama Gita

“यदन्यदन्यत्र  विभाव्यते भ्रमादध्यासमित्याहुरमुं विपश्चितः  |  असर्पभुते  हिविभावनं यथा रज्ज्वादिके तद्वदपीश्वरे जगत्  ||”   (श्रीरामगीता – ३७ )    “To perceive a thing to be something other than itself and to recognize that thing to be only what you perceive it to … Continue reading

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Gratitude to the Guru

स्वाराज्य साम्राज्य विभुतिरेषा भवत्कृपा श्रिमहिमप्रसादात  |  प्राप्ता मया श्रीगुरवे महात्मने नमो नमस्तेSस्तु पुनर्नमोSस्तु || “By the supreme majesty of your Grace, I have gained the grandeur of the sovereignty of Self-effulgence.  O noble Teacher, salutations to thee, again and again.”     Sovereignty … Continue reading

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Shri Rama Gita

विश्वं यदेतत्परमात्मदर्शनं विलापयेदात्मनि सर्वकारणे | पूर्नस्चिदानन्दमयो अवतिष्टते न वेद बाह्यं न च किन्चिदान्तरं || Shri Rama advises Lakshmana that a in the seat of meditation the meditator must recognise that the entire world of plurality, the names and forms are … Continue reading

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Nirvana Shatkam / Atma Shatkam

मनोबुद्ध्यहंकारचित्तानि नाहं न च श्रोत्रजिह्वे  न च घ्राणनेत्रे न च व्योमभूमिर्न तेजो न वायुः चिदानन्दरुपः शिवोऽहं शिवोऽहं ||१|| (निर्वाणषट्कम्) The first of the six verses of the Nirvana Shatkam, otherwise known as the Atma Shatkam is a composition of Bhagwan … Continue reading

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Self Knowledge – Brahmagyaan

“येषां वृत्तिः समावृद्धा परिपक्वा च सा पुनः | ते वै सद्ब्रह्मतां प्राप्ताः नेतरेशब्दवादिनः || ये हि वृत्तिं विजानन्ति ज्ञात्वापि वर्धयन्ति ये | ते वै सत्पुरुषा धन्याः वन्ध्यास्ते भुवनत्रये || ” (अपरोक्षानुभूति – आदि शङ्करा) “Those who’s knowledge is complete in … Continue reading

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Shankara’s ten-versed hymn – ‘Dasha Shloki’

Adi Shankara met his Guru Govindapadacharya for the first time and the Guru asked Shankara who he was. Shankara’s reply was in the form of ten verses each ending with the words ‘Shivah Kevaloham’ (I am of the form of … Continue reading

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Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi

किं  स्वरूपमित्यात्मादर्शने | अव्ययाभवा  आपुर्णचित्सुखं || (उपदेश  सार: २८ )   Kim svaroopamityaatmadarshane| Avyayabhava apurnachitsukham|| (Upadesha sara: 28) “What is my nature?”, thus enquiring one realizes the Self and knows the Self to be indestructible, unborn, all encompassing, complete Consciousness-Bliss. Bhagavan Ramana … Continue reading

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