Your Self is That which never Ages.

Ask any one. From a child to an octagenraian they will say, they always felt the same, they don’t feel they have aged at all. Yes, their body has gone through many changes through time, and their mind has recorded, interpreted and abstracted all that it has experienced, but they themselves have not changed. “I…

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Philosophies : God and Vedas in different Ancient Indian Philosophies

The following ideas are a summary of my understanding of Alladi Mahadeva Sastry’s ideas as expressed in his Introduction to the *Dakshinamurthy Stotra. It is the Vedas that tell us that there is something beyond this world as we normally experience through our senses. The orthodox schools of thought lead to the nyaya, vaiseshika, sankhya…

Sankara, Krishna, Yagnyavalkya .. Isa Upanishad and Gita

The Isa Upanishad is last part of the Sukla Yajur Veda, given to us by Yajnavalkya, received by him from Surya. Krishna gave us the Bhagavad Gita which is the essence of all the upanishads. Sankaracharya has written a commentary on the Isa Upanishad as well as on the Bhagavad Gita. He advocated the Advaita…

Advaita, Dvaita and Visisthadvaita

I understood that all the three acharyas gave importance to Bhagavad Gita, BrahmaSutras, Upanishads and Vedas. And not as much to the puranas. ========================================== My next question was, how can 3 brilliant Acharyas read the same texts ie the Bhagavad Gita, BrahmaSutras, Upanishads and Vedas and come up with 3 significantly different interpretations? My first clue came when I…

pArAyaNa or artha, Dvaita or Advaita, bhArat or India..?

Jai Durga Devi! This random title expresses the questions I have been asked of over the past couple of days.. and the post discusses their answers. Yesterday evening we were invited to the Devi Puja celebrations at a friends’ place. Here all the ladies were chanting soundarya lahari. This chanting of sanskrit text culture is…

Bhakti : Vairagya : Halalladaru haku neeralladaru haku Raghavendra ಹಾಲಲ್ಲಾದರು ಹಾಕು ನೀರಲ್ಲಾದರು ಹಾಕು ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ – devata manushya

This lovely devotional song is dedicated to Sri Raghavendra Swamy. The song is sung by the late actor by Dr. Rajkumar, himself an icon of the Kannada People. This is one of my favorite songs. Puja Vidhi : The puja method is clearly demonstrated: It demonstrates a simple puja with song, flowers, incense and lamps.…