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A comparison of Raja Ravi Varma and M F Hussain Painting

The Marxist government of Kerala has decided to award the prestigious Raja Ravi Varma Award this year to M F Hussain. Ravi Varma paintings are noted for its sublimity and beauty. They are the best examples of the fusion of Indian traditions with the techniques of European academic art. A common man who is a novice to the world of painting will be attracted by Raja Ravi Varma’s painting. Now, M F Hussain is better known for his painting controversies. A novice to the world of painting will need to use his/her brain to understand Hussain’s painting. So it is worthwhile comparing the two painters - one who is among the greatest painters in India and another one who is among the greatest controversial painters in India.Quite often the Indian public makes an opinion without actually seeing the paintings. Either a person allies with the communists or the communalists or the pseudo-secularists.Each reader of this blog post should compare the paintings and should come out with an independent…

The Essence of Yoga Vasishta

Yoga Vasishta or Yogavasishta is an important Vedanta text. It is narrated in the style of the Puranas and its content is philosophy. Yoga Vasishta, also referred as Yogavasishta Maharamayana, is ascribed to sage Valmiki and consists of 32,000 slokas.
In the Yoga Vasishta, Sage Vasishta answers the queries of Lord Ram. The questions raised by Lord Ram pertain to problems like life and death, human suffering, desire, happiness etc. Yoga Vasishta is divided into six sections DispassionAspirationOriginExistenceQuiescenceLiberation Through numerous stories, each section elucidates the truths of Vedanta.
There is also a smaller version of Yoga Vasishta called the ‘Laghu Yoga Vasishta.’ It contains 6000 verses and is an abridgement of the original.