Category Archives: Scriptures

Mental austerity

Says Shri Krishna: मनः  प्रसादः  सौम्यत्वं  मौनात्मविनिग्रह: | भावसंशुद्धिरित्येतत्तपो  मानसमुच्यते  || (भगवद  गीता : १७ : १६ ) Manah prasadah saumyatvam mounatmavinigrahah | Bhavasamshuddhirityetattapo manasamuchyate || (bhagavad gita: 17: 16) Serenity of mind, good heartedness, silence, self-control, purity of nature … Continue reading

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Nobody wants you to be free…

वाग्मिप्राज्ञामहोद्योगं   जनं  मूकजडालसं  | करोति  तत्त्वबोधोयमतस्त्यक्तो  बुभुक्षुभिः  || (अष्टावक्र  गीता: १५ : ३ ) Vaagmipraajnaamahodyogam janam mookajadaalasam | Karoti tattvabodhoyamatastyakto bubhukshubhih || (Ashtavakra Gita: 15: 3) Sage Ashtavakra says, this knowledge of truth makes an eloquent, wise and active … Continue reading

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The Bhagavad Gita prescription..

Emergencies, challenges, dilemnas of present lifestyles, some inevitable, some remediable and yet others that exist only in our imaginations can set us off-balance and we are apt to fall in the dirty ditches of despair, despondency and depression. We often … Continue reading

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Narayanasuktham – नारायणसूक्तं

सहस्रशीर्षं  देवं  विव्श्वाक्षं  विश्वशंभुवं  | विश्वं  नारायणं  देवमक्षरं  परमं   पदं  || १ || Sahasrasheersham devam vivshvaaksham vishvashambhuvam| Vishvam naaraayanam devamaksharam param padam || 1 || विश्वतः  परमानित्यं  विश्वं  नारायनगुं  हरिं  | विश्वमेवेदं  पुरुष -स्तद्विष्व -मुपजीवति  || २  || Vishvatah paramaanityam … Continue reading

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The End of Rituals

A group of Brahmins were performing their evening rituals on the banks of the river Ganga. One of them though was sitting still. On being asked he said, “I am under ‘ashoucha’ (a temporary defilement caused due to birth or … Continue reading

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The Scriptures – a spiritual lighthouse

Man being essentially divine by nature, the call of the higher is dormant in every one of us. Our great religious books help to awaken this dormant faculty within us. Material prosperity raises the ‘Standard of living’ whereas the inner … Continue reading

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Jivanmuktasya lakshanam

अतीताननुसन्धानं  भविष्यदविचराणां | औदासीन्यमपि  प्राप्ते  जीवन्मुक्तस्य  लक्षणं ||(विवेकचूडामणि – ४३३)   No thought for the enjoyments of the past, no thought for the future and indifference even for the present – this is the indication of a jivanmukta. || (Vivekachoodamani: … Continue reading

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The Upanishads

The word Upanishad is made of Upa + nishad. Upa means near and nishad is to sit. There is yet another interpretation wherein the word Upanishad is composed of three words Upa + ni + shad. Upa means to  approach … Continue reading

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About a leader

“यद्यदाचरति  श्रेष्टसतत्तदेवेतरो  जनः स  यत्प्रमाणं  कुरुते  लोकस्तदनुवर्तते |” (भगवद  गीता :३ :२१ ) Whatever a great man does, that other men also do (imitate), whatever he sets up as the standard, that the world (people) follows. (Bhagavad Gita:3:21) “Man is … Continue reading

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Spirit of Sacrifice

“सःयज्ञाह  प्रजा  सृष्ट्वा  पुरोवचः  प्रजापतिः |   अनेन  प्रसविष्यध्वमेश  वो अस्त्विष्टकमधुक || ” (भगवदगीता :३ :१०) The Prajapati (Creator) having in the beginning (of creation) created mankind, together with sacrifices said, “by this (yagna spirit) you shall prosper, let this … Continue reading

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