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Raghava-Yadaviyam by Sri Venkatadhvari from 17th Century – The Beauty of Sanskrit

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Raghavayadhaveeyam (Raghava-Yadaviyam) written by 17th Century poet, Sri Venkatadhvari, is truly a magnificent work in Sanskrit language! Sri Venkatadhvari was born at Arasanipalai near Kancheepuram and was a follower of Sri Vedanta Desikan (also known as, Swami Desika, Swami Vedanta Desika, Thoopul Nigamaantha Desikan) who was a Guru and a philosopher of Sri Vaishnavism. I chanced upon this poem, Raghavayadhaveeyam, recently and have been fascinated about it since then! The brilliance of this poem is that, Raghavayadhaveeyam is written as…

Sanatana Dharma – The doctrine of Genuine Respect for Other Faiths

Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism as we all know it, acknowledges the fact that there are many ways to attain the Truth, the Supreme, the Brahman, or whichever name you like to call “that”. It believes that no religion is higher or lower than any other religion, but different paths to that Truth. Since Truth can only be One, and that is the only Source of everything in this world, Hinduism contemplates that all the dualities , divisions, etc. we see…

Original Varna Shastra in Sanatana Dharma Vs Today’s Caste System

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The common belief among Hindus in India that one is born into a certain caste is not only flawed but is also not supported by any of the scriptures. The caste system in India has degenerated into a system falsely recognizing men born in Brahmin families as Brahmins even though they do not exhibit any qualities of a Brahmin, who are generally the intellectuals whose duty in life is to seek and share knowledge without taking rewards for it. The…

Why did Lord Rama send Sita Devi in Exile?

Refer to this news on a man in India filing case against Lord Rama for sending Sita Devi in exile seeking, “court’s intervention for lodging of case against Lord Rama and his brother Laxmana, alleging that they had banished Devi (goddess) Sita Devi to a life in exile in a forest without any suitable justification for doing so.” It is funny that so many Hindus do not know their own religion and epics!  Or I wonder, if there is a…

Powerful, Life Changing Quotes from Osho – Part 3 On Marriage, Love and Sex

I previously shared some of my favorite quotes from Osho which you can find it here, here and here… Osho has a profound way of explaining even the most complex human conditions in the very simplistic way ever possible! The following comment by Boston Club, Japan summarises it all: “Now that religion has become just a formality, and the burning messages of the buddhas who have been on earth degraded to mere formal faith, the message of Osho, who has…

Powerful, Life Changing Quotes from Osho – Part 2

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I previously shared some of the most inspiring quotes from Osho which you can find it here and here. Osho, as we all know, was one of the most popular and influential Indian spiritual gurus. He could also be one of the rarest human beings who examined almost all other faiths and became a huge proponent of embracing our authenticity, uniqueness and individuality and most of all, to be truly alive. I grew up reading Osho and was always inspired…

Ten Commandments and More Life Changing Quotes from Osho

In one of the earlier posts, I shared some of my favorite quotes from Osho. Osho always had immense respect for individuality and uniqueness and believed that meditation does not necessarily have to be all about sitting quietly under a tree or a on hill chanting Om…, but, in his own words, “…there is a special door [to the temple of godliness] only for you and nobody else. That is existences’ love for you, it’s respect for you…but the basic…

Powerful, Life Changing Quotes from Osho

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On Love On Life On Trust On Meditation and Awareness On Creativity Osho was one of the most popular, yet controversial spiritual masters from India. He was born in a small village called Kuchwada in Madhya Pradesh on 11 December 1931. His name was Rajneesh Mohan Chandra Jain who was often an independent and rebellious as a child who questioned all social, religious and philosophical beliefs. According to Washington Post, “Osho advocated meditation for everyone, but his technique was revolutionary,…

The Birth and Childhood of Sri Ramana Maharshi – Part 2: Reaching Arunachala

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This is the second part of the series of posts on Shri Ramana Maharshi. After leaving a farewell note to his brother, the little Ramana left his house and headed to Thindivanam railway station, as mentioned in the first part of this series here. He bought train ticket to Thindivanam and was left with just 3 anna (1/16 of one Rupee). Neither the big crowd in the train cab or their noise did not affect the boy. The train stopped…

The Birth and Childhood of Sri Ramana Maharshi – Part 1

Sri Ramana Maharshi

Great Gurus are born in various places, cultures and religions across the world from time to time to illuminate our life and to lead us to the right path – the path of self discovery. Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi was one such great guru born in 1879 December 30th to the blessed parents, Sundaram Iyer and Alagammal. Sri Ramana Maharshi whose childhood name was “Venkataramanan” was born in “Thiruchuzhi” village, about 30 Kilometers away from Madhura, which is known as…