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Showing posts from May 18, 2007

Yoga Patent

The move by US-based Bikram Choudhary to get copyright for yoga asanas have created ripples in India. Bikram Choudhary is the founder of Bikram Yoga and is planning to patent several Yoga asanas. What does this Yoga Patent mean? Well, if you practice a yoga asana patented by Bikram Choudhary, you can be taken to court. So you can only practice the asana with his organizations permission, of course and it will come with a fee. Yoga is a $3 billion industry today and so people like Bikram Choudhary will not like to share that pie. According to Times of India, the US Patent and Trademark office has reportedly issued 150 yoga-related copyrights, 134 trademarks on yoga accessories and 2,315 yoga trademarks.This new Yoga Controversy is nothing but the result of inefficient patent granting process in the United States. Above all scant respect for traditional knowledge. The apathy of the present Indian Government towards Indian tradition is well known. We can only hope that international pr…

Upanishad Ganga

Upanishad Ganga is a new television series based on the stories from the Vedas, Puranas, Hindu Mythology and Indian History. The series is directed by Dr. Chandra Prakash Dewivedi – who had earlier directed the famous Chanakya serial for Doordarshan. The series is produced by Chinmaya Mission.Earlier, it was reported that the serial Upanishad Ganga will be based on stories from the Upanishads. It seems there has been some change. Zakir Hussein, world renowned tabla maestro, is enacting some important characters in the series.

Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati quotes

‘Upaasana’ is ‘dhyaana’ or concentration or meditation. A form is required for concentration. Reality is always the same and changeless. ‘Brahman’, as the Ultimate Reality, is Formless. But ‘Upasana’ of a form is done with a purpose, namely, the attainment of a given benefit. The purpose to be attained by worshipping or concentrating on a form differs. The scriptures tell you how to meditate and on what all forms and with what results. For ‘Upasana’, you have to follow the ‘shastras’ or Scriptures.
The different ‘Upasanas’ are all aids in the path to the ultimate goal, namely, understanding ‘reality.’ Scriptures prescribe ‘Upaasana’ in order to train the mind to concentrate. ‘Upasana’ is the affair of the individual; there is nothing collective about it.
Parameswara and Sriman Narayana are one and the same in reality. They are not two. This is the conclusive view of all the ‘sastras.’ Names differ, forms are different, occupations vary, but the reality which is within Them is one …