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Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Plans to Preserve Palm Leaf Manuscripts

In recent years, there have been several attempts to preserve palm leaf manuscripts containing vital information on Hinduism. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) now is planning to collect manuscripts from across India and digitize the manuscripts for posterity. As part of its efforts, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams is organizing a national seminar on palm leaf manuscripts at Tirupati on November 17 and 18. Several eminent scholars and manuscriptologists are participating in the seminar. It is estimated that there are more than half a million palm manuscripts in India and majority of them are in Sanskrit. This is the count of known manuscripts, no idea about the unknown manuscripts stored in temples, private houses and old government offices.Most of the manuscripts are in a rotten state due to lack of maintenance. It must be remembered that ancient scholars had used a mixture of turmeric and oil to preserve the leaves for hundreds of years. This is one reason why the palm leaf manusc…

Panchatantra Retold by Virgin Comics

Virgin Comics is releasing a five issue mini-series titled ‘The Tall Tales of Vishnu Sharma: Panchatantra.’

Panchatantra needs no introduction to Indians. It is the first anthology of animals and also the oldest collection of stories for children. The stories are credited to Vishnu Sharma.So how is the story being retold? The flier of ‘The Tall Tales of Vishnu Sharma: Panchatantra’ in Virgin Comics gives some indication.Something is invading the stories of our childhood, leaving death and oblivion in its wake. Now, a motley crew of animal heroes from ancient Indian fables must unite to survive. But first they must find the boy destined to save them, the chosen guardian of the Panchatantra. Thing is… he has no idea they even exist.Vishnu Sharma, would be boy-hero, is too busy playing in online tournaments to care about fighting storybook wars. But when a none-too-fictional talking lion, monkey and bull arrive at his doorstep, Vishnu must choose between protecting the tales of the Pancha…

Bhagavad Gita on the food we take daily

The food we daily take has its effect on our psychology and character. It may be satvik, good and strengthening to the spirit; or destructive of serenity, passion-producing, rajasik; or wholly bad causing deterioration of mind and intellect and increasing inertia, tamasik.
The foods that promote long life and vitality, bodily vigor, health, joy and amiability, which are pleasant to the taste, soft, substantial and satisfying are liked by the satvik natures. Chapter XVII – 8
The passionate desire foods that are bitter, sour, saline, over-hot, pungent, dry and burning are rajasik in nature. These produce sickness, pain and grief. Chapter XVII – 9
Food that is not freshly made, food that has lost its flavor, stale food, and food that has gone putrid, left-over food and food which is filthy, appeal to men of tamasik nature. Chapter XVII – 10
(Source: Book - Pilgrimage to Sabari by K.R.Vaidyanathan)