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Bhagavad Gita Weekly – Chapter 1 – Arjuna Vishada Yoga – Part 3 – And The Story of Shikhandi and Kapi Dhwaja

This is the Part 3 of the Bhagavad Gita Weekly series. You can read Part 1 and Part 2 if you’ve not read it yet. We have already looked at the Gita chapter 1, verses 1 to 10 where Sanjaya was describing what was happening at the Kurukshetra battlefield in detail to his King, Dhritarashtra. In this part, let us look at verses 11 to 20 of the chapter 1. Jump to the Commentary for Chapter 1, verses 11 to…

Bhagavad Gita Weekly – Chapter 1 – Arjuna Vishada Yoga – Part 2

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In the part 1, we looked at the story behind the Bhagavad Gita. Let us now start reading the Gita. Aum Ganapataye Namah! Aum Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya Aum Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya Aum Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurur Devo Maheshwaraha Guru Saakshaat Para Brahma Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Jump to the Commentary for Chapter 1, verses 1 to 10 The Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 1, Verse 1 to 10 Chapter 1, Verse 1 धृतराष्ट्र…

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…

Njanappana – The Fountain of Wisdom [Part 5]

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This is the 5th part of Njanappana / Jnanappana series. Please read the Part 1 , Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 if you have not yet… Njanappana- Malayalam Lyrics Njanappana- English Transliteration Njanappana- Meaning in English Njanappana- Comments in English Njanappana – Malayalam Lyrics Part 5 – ജീവഗതി (The Unpredictable Life) നരകത്തില്‍ കിടക്കുന്ന ജീവന്‍ പോയ് ദുരിതങ്ങളൊടുങ്ങി മനസ്സിന്റെ പരിപാകവും വന്നു ക്രമത്താലേ നരജാതിയില്‍ വന്നുപിറന്നിട്ടു സുകൃതം ചെയ്തു മേല്‍പ്പോട്ടു പോയവര്‍ സ്വര്‍ഗ്ഗത്തിങ്കലിരുന്നു സുഖിക്കുന്നു സുകൃതങ്ങളുമൊക്കെയൊടുങ്ങുമ്പോള്‍ പരിപാകവുമെള്ളോളമില്ലവര്‍ പരിചോടങ്ങിരുന്നിട്ടു ഭൂമിയില്‍ ജാതരായ് ദുരിതം ചെയ്തു ചത്തവര്‍. വന്നൊരദ്ദുരിതത്തിന്‍ ഫലമായി…

The Bhaja Govindam of Shri Adi Shankaracharya

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Bhaja Govindam: Lyrics Bhaja Govindam: Listen on YouTube Bhaja Govindam: Meaning in English Shri Adi Shankracharya is one of the greatest gurus from India who established Advaita Vedanta – the non-dualistic philosophy in the 7 and 8th century. It is believed that, Shri Adi Shankara was an avatar of Lord Shiva. The story goes that, at one point of time, Sanatana Dharma (Vedic Culture) took a downfall due to various religious sub-sects, namely, Dvaita, Advaita and Vishishtadvaita. Lord Shiva took…

Njanappana – The Fountain of Wisdom [Part 1]

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This will be a series of posts on Jnanappana (Njānappana / Njanappana / ജ്ഞാനപ്പാന) – The Fountain of Divine Wisdom – which is considered as the Bhagavad Gita of Malayalees, the people of the Southern State of India, Kerala. Before I go into the details, my heartfelt thanks and salutations to the following people for their great works and inspiring me in this series of posts on Jnanappana: – K.R.Neelakandan Nambeesan who wrote “Tatva Deepika” – one of the most…

Sanatana Dharma – The Eternal Path

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Sanatana Dharma is a universal tradition which is primarily based on your experience rather your belief. The word “Sanatana” (सनातन​) means “eternal”. Unfortunately, the word “Dharma” (धर्म​) doesn’t have an English equivalent, however, it is a set of rules and disciplines that upholds, sustain and lead the humanity to the sublime heights of glory – both worldly and spiritually. Dharma is the natural law, the compassion, the morality, the truth, the cosmic norm that holds together and sustains natural order…