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Holy Bath in Brahma Sarover in Kurukshetra during Surya Grahan

Millions of Hindus take a holy dip the famous Brahma Sarover at Kurukshetra in Haryana on the Surya Grahan or solar eclipse day. The Brahma Sarover located here is a highly sacred ‘Tirth’ and it is believed that Lord Brahma began the creation process from here. Lord Krishna discussed the Bhagavad Gita with Arjuna on the battle field of Kurukshetra and the greatest battle in epic Mahabharata also took place here.
It is widely believed that to bath in the in Brahma Sarover in Kurukshetra is equal to performing the famous Ashwa Medha Yajna or Yagam mentioned in several Hindu scriptures. During the Surya Grahan period it is a mela like atmosphere in Kurukshetra. It is also said that all the holy waters in the rivers mentioned in the Hindu scriptures flow to the Brahma Sarover Tirth during solar eclipse.It must be also noted that during the famous 18-day Kurukshetra battle fought in the Mahabharata, on the fourteenth day of the battle a total solar eclipse takes place, which helps Arjuna to…

Panchamirtham Prasadam of Palani Muruga Temple to Be Made By Automated Machines

The sweet Panchamirtham prasadam of the famous LordMurugaTemple in Tamil Nadu will soon be produced by automated machines. At present, it is being prepared by hands and only the crushing and mixing of fruits is partly automated. Panchamirtham, considered to be the oldest form of jam, is made from bananas, dates, raisins, sugar, ghee, cardamom and sugar candy. There is an ever increasing demand for this sweet prasadam of Lord Muruga.PalaniMurugaTemple is visited by more than 200,000 in a month and the numbers double during festival seasons. The temple administration cites following reason to shift from handmade to machineryHygiene.Increase the production to meet the high demand.To give a constant taste to Panchamirtham Prasadam – it used vary when it was prepared manually.Hindustan Times reportsThe automated units have a chain of crushing, mixing filling and packing machines and the production was expected to commence in the first week of August.The trials have proved that the machines…

MBX – Mahabharata Fused With Technology and Super Beings

Virgin Comics, an international comics publisher, Perspective Studios, a leading producer of digital animation, and Grant Morrison, acclaimed comics scribe, are collaborating to create a new intellectual property and animation franchise based on ‘The Mahabharata’ titled MBX. In simple terms, epic Mahabharata will be fused with modern technology – gadgets, modern weapons etc – and super beings. The project got its first public look in San Diego Comic-Con 2008. The joint venture is planning to create animation films, feature films and video game adaptations based on the Mahabharata. Grant Morrison is a noted comic book writer and his popular works include The Invisibles, New X-men and numerous scripts based on popular comic characters for Marvel Comics and DC.So what to expect from MBX:This is not a strictly accurate historical portrayal of events, but a poetic, fantastic interpretation of the original text,” added Morrison. “The world of ‘MBX’ is a place of incredible art and technolog…

Hindu Bible – Mary in Sari – Joseph in Loin Cloth – Aim Conversion of Hindus

(It must be noted that Bhagavad Gita is also referred as Hindu Bible in the West but this is topic is on a different subject)
The wholesale dealers of Christianity cannot tolerate and respect other cultures and religions. They have destroyed nearly 90% of the cultures around the world. Due to the crude business tactics and cunning methods employed by the wholesale dealers, Christianity failed in India and in Muslim countries miserably but that has not stopped the Vatican and missionaries from perusing its hidden agenda of conversion. Timesonline in an article titled ‘Vatican hopes Indian Bible will translate into surge of converts’ discuss this yet another attempt by Christianity to harvest souls in India.
‘The calculation is that India is the last great missionary front on Earth,’ John L. Allen Jr, a Vatican expert based in Rome. The tactic to conquer the last great missionary front is to use the secular culture of Hindus to attack them. It might sound strange but Vatican never has the…

Watch Online Jagannath Rath Yatra Chariot Festival Held Around the World

Jagannath Rath Yatra is today held in more than 90 countries around the world. Majority of the Jagannath Car Festival in different countries around the world is conducted by International Society for Krishna Consciousness’ (ISKCON). There are also Jagannath Temples around the world, founded by Oriya and Hindu community living abroad, that conducts the world famous chariot festival dedicated to an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Now ETV Oriya is hosting a comprehensive show online which contains videos of Jagannath Rath Yatra held around the world.The episode titled ‘Dariaapari Jagannath’ (Jagannath around the World) is the last episode of the series on Jagannath titled ‘Jeebana Jagannath.’ The online presentation of the last episode has videos of Jagannath Rath Yatra held in cities around the world and an introductory program on the spread of Jagannath devotion outside India. Some of the most important Jagannath Rath Yatra outside India is held in cities and towns in United States, Unite…

Varalakshmi Nombu - Varamahalakshmi Nonbu

Varalakshmi Nombu, or Vara Mahalakshmi Puja, is a popular Hindu ritual observed by married women in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and by some communities in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. In 2019, the date of Varalakshmi Nonbu is August 9. Married women worship Goddess Lakshmi on this day. In Tamil Nadu the festival takes place in the Aadi month of Tamil calendar and in Karnataka in the Shravan month of Kannada Calendar.
It is believed that worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on this day gives the benefits of worshipping Ashta Lakshmi – the eight goddesses of Earth, Learning, Wealth, Love, Fame, Strength, Peace and Pleasure. Legend has it that Lord Shiva explained about the importance of Varalakshmi Nombu to Goddess Parvati, when the Goddess wanted to know about the most beneficial nombu or Vratam that married women should observe.
On the day, homes are cleaned and will be decorated with mango leaves and rangoli. Footprints of the goddess will be painted from the threshold to the place of worship, s…

Ravana Worshipped in Kolar District of Karnataka

Ravana, the demon King of Lanka in epic Ramayana, is always portrayed in the negative. For majority of the people, he is the villain and demon who is ultimately killed by Lord Ram. But there are also several positive traits to the character of Ravana, which is worshipped by certain communities in Hinduism. For centuries, there is a tradition of worshipping Lankadipathi, the king of Lanka, by the people in Kolar District of Karnataka during the harvest festival. One of the positive traits in Ravana’s character was his unfathomable devotion for Lord Shiva. The people of Kolar District celebrate and worship this particular aspect of Ravana. Lord Shiva is popularly referred as Ishwara in this region because he is here known mainly as Gangadharishwara, Ramalingishwara and Markandeshwara. A procession of a ten-headed idol of Ravana along with an idol of Shiva and the village deity takes place in the annual harvest festival procession. Interestingly, there is also a temple dedicated to Ravan…

New Jai Shri Krishna Television Serial on Colors Viacom 18 Channel

‘Jai Shri Krishna’ serial on Colors Viacom 18 Television Channel is yet another mythological series based on Hindu religion that explores the childhood adventures of Lord Krishna.
Update: The little kid who plays the role of Child Krishna is hugely popular with television audiences around the world and the adorable and cute child is making the serial hugely popular.
About ‘Jai Shri Krishna’ serial from the makersA multi-layered, magnificent epic tale of this universal God will trace Natkhat Gopal’s journey from his birth under dire circumstances to being taken to Gokul and being nurtured by his surrogate mother Yashoda. The story of Murli Manohar transcends across all age groups with his mischievous yet, sweet and playful actions compelling the Gopis of Gokul to designate him as ‘Makhan Chor’. Jai Shri Krishna serial chronicles the growing up years of the Krishna in Gokul and then moves to Mathura wherein Krishna takes on his evil uncle Kans and frees his parents and grand father. The s…

Book: The Strides of Vishnu – Hindu Culture in Historical Perspective

Yet another book on Hinduism titled ‘The Strides of Vishnu – Hindu Culture in Historical Perspective’ by Ariel Glucklich, Professor of Theology at GeorgetownUniversity, provides a rich and compelling introduction to Hindu culture. The book, published by Oxford University Press, uses historical material to explore important religious, scientific, aesthetic and philosophical ideas of the Hindu world. Each important and engaging viewpoint in the book is supported by substantial quotations from scriptures and other Hindu texts. Another highlight of the book is its focus on historical, cultural and archaeological aspects. Apart from an engaging introduction, the book has twelve chapters: 1. The Dig and the Temple
2. Sacred Knowledge and Indian Origins
3. A City Where the Rivers Meet
4. King Janaka's Contest
5. Vedic Science: The Grammar of Reality
6. Kanishka and Krishna
7. Performing Arts and Sacred Models
8. The Second Rationality
9. Maps and Myths in the Matsya Purana
10. Shankara and Kumar…

Karnataka Bhagawatha – Bhagavad Purana in Kannada

The Bhagavad Purana is one of the most important Puranas that narrates about the divine actions of Lord Vishnu. It is one of the Mahapuranas and is also noted for its philosophical discussions. Karnataka Bhagawatha is a 16th century translation of the Bhagavad Purana by Nityatma Sukhayogi in Kannada. It was written on palm-leaf manuscripts by Ramannaiah. Now the entire Karnataka Bhagawatha composed in 11,682 poems on 232 palm leaves has been published in book form by Holalkere R Chandrasekhar. Ramannaiah was one of the forefathers of H R Chandrasekhar. Holalkere R Chandrasekhar is a professor of Physics in the University of Missouri in Columbia and transcribing, translating and editing the mammoth book took more than a decade. The original palm leaf manuscript had to be microfilmed then transferred to computer and then edited into print format. Karnataka Bhagawatha is in two volumes and each volume contains more than 700 pages along with illustrations and color plates. It is in poetry…

Book on Underwater Archaeological Studies at Dwarka and Somnath

Underwater search for Lord Krishna’s Dwarka on Gujarat coast on the west coast of India is an ongoing process and occasionally Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) comes with vital clues regarding the existence of an ancient city, which was swallowed by sea. A new book titled ‘Underwater Archaeology of Dwarka and Somnath’ by National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India, details the scientific analysis of systematic explorations carried out in Dwarka and Somnath. The book is writeen by A.S.Gaur, Sundaresh and K.H.Vora and they have published several other research papers on the same topic. Epic Mahabharata mentions about the phenomenon of sea level rising and the total destruction of Dwarka as predicted by Lord Krishna. Many people scoffed it as wild imagination and fiction. But today sea level rising and swallowing land is a common phenomenon and it is happening around the world. Once oceanography accepted sea level rising as a fact, large-scale excavations have been taking place to…

Origin of Yellamma – Renuka Yellamma Story

Goddess Yellamma is a popular Hindu deity in South India especially in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and in parts of Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. She is the Hindu Goddess of the poor and downtrodden and is popularly associated with the Devadasi concept. The story of origin of Yellamma is unique and is associated with Goddess Renuka the mother of Parashurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to legend, Renuka, the wife of Sage Jamadagni, was famous for her devotion and chastity. It is said that her chastity was so powerful that she had the divine power to collect water even in unbaked pots.
But once she happened to see a king making love to his wife on the riverbank and she had adulterous thoughts. She lost her divine powers and her husband Sage Jamadagni came to know about this. The sage had five sons and in anger he ordered them to cut the head of Renuka. Four of them refused but Parashuram, the fifth son readily agreed to cut the head of his mother. When Parashuram raised his axe …

Why New Mahabharat Serial on 9X Channel Failed To Impress?

Ekta Kappor’s New Mahabharat Serial titled ‘Kahaani humaaray Mahabharat ki’ now being aired on 9X channels is different in all aspects. It is too different that there is no Mahabharata instead what we have is a potboiler which uses the story of Mahabharat to display flashy costumes – reminding one of Hollywood mythical movies – and weapons straight out of videogames. Everything is trendy and different but without soul and no Mahabharata culture. Total disrespect to ancient Indian culture and lack of proper research is evident in all aspects of the serial.Don’t even think about comparing Ekta’s New Mahabharat Serial with BR Chopra’s Mahabharat. The Mahabharata of 90s even though unsophisticated was full of innocence but what it lacked in technology it made up with immortal songs and dialogues and performances by the lead actors.This new version Mahabharata deliberately tries to be different and wants to present something which is fresh and something that the Indians have never seen bef…

Sage Ashtavakra’s Core Teaching

If you detach yourself from the identification with the ego as an individual doer, and remain relaxed in and as Impersonal Consciousness, you will, this very moment, be happy, at peace and free from bondage.

I am immaculate and pure consciousness. With this conviction, like the fire that burns away the forest of ignorance, remain griefless and be happy.

This world of plurality is merely a superimposition on this infinite, blissful Self, like the snake on the rope. That eternal experience of being, Thou Art! Knowing thus, be happy.

He who insists to be free and liberated, is indeed liberated. He who insists to be in bondage is bound. This popular belief in the world is true indeed, as we think, so we are!
The Self is witness, all-pervading, infinite, the one – ever free, consciousness, without any activity, unattached, desireless, at peace. However, out of delusion, appears to be a miserable one.

Here lies your bondage in that you have installed another observer – instead you being th…

Ashada Jathara Bonalu Festival at Sri Ujjaini Mahakali Temple at Secunderabad

Ashada Jathara Bonalu Festival is an important annual ritual held at the famous SriUjjainiMahaKaliTemple at Secunderabad in Telangana in the Telugu Month of Ashada. In 2017, Ashada Jathara Bonalu Festival at SriUjjaini MahakaliTemple is on July 9. Rangam festival will be observed on July 10. Bonalu is an important Hindu festival dedicated to Mother Goddess in the Telagana region and is a major event in Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

SriUjjainiMahakaliTemple is an important sacred place dedicated to Shakti worship in Andhra Pradesh. The deity was installed here in the beginning of 19th century by some devotees from Ujjaini. The devotees were part of an army contingent and when they arrived at Secunderabad, the place was hit by a major cholera outbreak in which thousands of people died.
Some of the soldiers in the army contingent returned to Mahakali Devasthanam at Ujjaini and prayed to the Goddess to save Telegana region from the grip of cholera. Miraculously, the cholera disappeared from…

Download Malayalam Ramayana MP3 Reading

Karkidakam month (July – August) in Kerala is observed as Ramayana Masam in Kerala. Below is the details reagarding Malayalam Ramayana MP3 - how to download. Each day in the month is dedicated to the reading of the epic Ramayan. The reading is scheduled in such a way that the entire Ramayanam is read by the last day of the Karkidakam month. The Ramayanam that is read during the month is the Malayalam version of Adhyatma Ramayanam by Thunchathu Ramanujan Ezhutthachan

Now you can download the reading of the complete Adhyatma Ramayanam of Thunchathu Ramanujan Ezhutthassan at the website Guruvayoor.com. The audio book is around 22 hours in length and is in MP3 format and is rendered by Dr. A.P.Sukumar. The Ramayana reading is broken into small MP3 files of various sizes.
There is also a jpeg format of the Ramayana text in Malayalam too on the website. You can also listen to Ramayanam reading online.
You can download or listen online in this link Malayalam Ramayanam at Guruvayoor.com - fo…

Television Serial Based on Shani Dev on NDTV Imagine

‘Mahima Shani Dev Ki’ a new television serial based on Lord Shani will be aired on NDTV Imagine from July last week. Lord Shani Dev is one among the Navgrahas in Hinduism and Sani’s impact on astrological charts is popularly believed to be responsible for the bad times that one has to go through in life. Shani is the son of Surya (Sun God) and Chhaya and in Hindu religion there is lot of negativity and superstition attached to Shani Dev. The television serial is produced by Sagar Arts noted for the Ramayana serial currently being aired on NDTV and the popular Ramayan serial of 90s. The makers of the serial claim they will trying to alleviate some of these. Mahima Shani Dev Ki will have its premiere on NDTV Imagine Saturday, July 26, 2008 at 2000hrs Indian Standard Time. Saturday has been chosen deliberately as Lord Shani is the God of Saturday or Shanivar and special pujas are held on this day to get his blessings. Mahima Shani Dev Ki will be aired at 2000hrs Indian Standard Time on F…

Aadi Pirappu

Aadi is the fourth month in the Tamil Calendar. Aadi Pirappu means ‘the first day’ or the beginning of the month Aadi’. The day and the month are of great significance as Dakshinayana Punyakalam begins on this day – sun changes its course. Next six months from Aadi to Margazhi is considered to be the nighttime of the Devas. In 2019, Aadi Pirappu is on July 17.
Since it is the beginning of the nighttime of Devas people believe that the month is not auspicious and important ceremonies should be held during this month. But the month is also noted for numerous festivals and rituals therefore there is also an argument that the month is auspicious. The month is also considered highly auspicious for the worship of Goddess Amman.
On the Aadi Pirappu day people visit nearby temples and pray for a hassle free month as the monsoon is at its peak.
Related Is Aadi auspicious or inauspicious?

Hindu Women Priests

Hindu Priests, known as ‘Pandits or Pujari,’ are traditionally men and it is etched in the mind of many Hindus that only men can do the traditional pujas. It is true that the puja in temples and other auspicious ceremonies like marriage and housewarming are performed by men but it does not mean that Hindu women cannot become priests. There is nothing in the Hindu scriptures that bars Hindu women from taking up the job of a priest. And a slow change is taking place in Hinduism with more and more women taking up the position of priests and what is even more encouraging is that many Hindus are welcoming the change - there are thousands of Hindu Women performing pujas in Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and Mumbai. Pune has several institutions training women to become priests.
First of all there is no written code in Hinduism on any matters and therefore there is nothing called scriptural sanction. Many of the modern day practices like keeping out women from the job of priests and certain sections of…

Kataka Sankramana

Kataka Sankramana, or Karkataka Sankramana, is the Dakshinayana Punya Kala. A year in Hindu calendar is divided into two halves or Ayanas. In 2018, Kataka Sankramana begins on July 17 and in some places in South India, Shraddha and Tarpana is performed on this day. One half is known as Uttarayana (January to July) and the other Dakshinayana (July to January). Uttarayana is considered to be the daytime of Devas (gods) and Dakshinayana is the nighttime. In science, Kataka Sankramana is the progress of Sun (Surya) to the south of the equator.

In North India, Karkataka Sankramana is known as Karka Sankranti. Is this period inauspicious? It is not. In Tamil Nadu, the Aadi month begins with Dakshinayana and no auspicious events are held as it is the first month during the nighttime of Devas. But numerous pujas including the Varalakshmi Pooja takes place in this month so there are many people who believe it is not inauspicious.

In North, the four most auspicious months or Chatur Mas happ…

An Initiative to Save the Water Used in Bathing Shiva Idol in Shravan Month

The Hindi Month Shravan is dedicated to Lord Shiva, especially the Mondays in the month.Worshiping the Shivling with water is considered highly auspicious and thousands of pitchers of water are poured on the Shivling in temples across North India. This pure water simply flows out and this is happening when several Indian states like Rajasthan are facing acute water shortage. Purshottam Gaur, a Pandit and Environmentalist in the state of Rajasthan, has come with a plan to recycle the water used in Shiva Temples in Rajasthan and increase the ground water level.This initiative is highly praiseworthy and should be encouraged. Harsha Kumari Singh reports about this unique effort on NDTV.
'This is pure clean water that is allowed to flow into gutters where it becomes dirty and adds to the mosquito menace. Wouldn't it be better to recycle this water?'' says Pandit and environmentalist Purshottam Gaur.

Purshottam has a simple but effective way to harvest this water. At a Shiv te…

North India Hindu Marriage – Auspicious Muhurat and Days

The Hindu marriage season for 2008 in North India started on July 9 and the day saw thousands of weddings in North India. Hindus who strictly follow the Muhurat or Astrology or the words of family Jyothish were not conducting weddings for the past three months as it was considered inauspicious. The present cycle of ‘shubh samay’ which started on July 9, 2008 will last till the end of September 2008. After this cycle, the next highly auspicious day for marriage is on November 10, the Tulsi Vivah day.
Updated - you can find the Hindu marriage dates for 2010 in this link- Hindu Marriage Dates in 2010The reason for the three auspicious months that just passed away was due to shukra hast, which means that planet or graha shukra was at zero degree in astrological calculations. In Hindu astrology, Shukra graha brings fortune and happiness. Now, for next three months there will be several weddings and griha pravesh (housewarming ceremonies) as almost all days until the end of September are be…

Hindu Temples and Organizations Turn to Solar Cooking and Generate Revenue through Carbon Credits

A year ago this blog had written about the use of solar cooking by HinduTemples and spiritual organizations. Now, Time Magazine in its latest issue explores this highly encouraging aspect in an article titled ‘India's Temples Go Green.’ The solar cooking project which is environment friendly – reduces pollution and is cost saving. Gadhia Solar Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd located at Gundlav in Valsad in Gujarat is the organization that is helping temples, schools and organizations in India go green.Solar cooking technology cuts down on the amount of diesel fuel and earns valuable carbon credits, which is sold to major companies around the world. Some of the important organizations and temples that are using solar cooking in India with the help of Gadhia Solar Energy Systems include TirupatiBalajiTemple, Brahma Kumaris Mount Abu, Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan and Sringeri Mutt. You can find the elaborate list of the institutions that use solar cooking here. When emissions in India are consta…

Real Life Shravan Kumar of Ramayana

Shravan Kumar, the youth who exhibited unparalleled parental devotion in the epic Ramayan by carrying his blind parents on his shoulders, is being emulated by Kailash Giri Brahamchari by carrying his blind mother on his shoulders on a Char Dham Yatra. The 36-year-old Kailash Giri Brahamchari is a native of Wargi village near Sankat Mochan town in Madhya Pradesh and he has been carrying his 80-year-old blind mother on his shoulders for 12 years. All this to fulfill his mother’s vow – she had promised to go on a religious journey if her only son recovered from an accident.Gautam Sarkar writes about this unique and nowadays rare Mother-Son relationship in The Telegraph, Calcutta“When I was around eight years old, I had climbed a tree top and then fallen down. I broke my hand and my blind mother prayed for my recovery. She pledged that if I got cured, she would set out on a religious voyage to all the important shrines in the country. I recovered very quickly without any medicines and rea…

Cambodia Hindu Temple Preah Vihear Added to UNESCO World Heritage List

The 11th century PreahVihearTemple located on a mountaintop on the Cambodia-Thailand border was included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List on July 7, 2008. PreahVihearTemple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and dates back to the first half of the 11th century AD. Unfortunately, there is an ongoing dispute regarding the ownership of the temple between Cambodia and Thailand. Although the temple is situated in Cambodia, the main entrance lies at the foot of a mountain in Thailand. In 1962, the World Court had ruled that the temple belonged to Cambodia. But successive Thailand governments did not agree to this ruling as public opinion in the country was against acceding the ownership of the temple to Cambodia.Forget the political reasons; the PreahVihearTemple has all the qualities needed to be part of the UNESCO World Heritage ListThe World Heritage Committee quoted the following reasons for making the temple part of the UNESCO’s World Heritage:The site is exceptional for three reasons: its …

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Sand Sculpture Tribute to Lord Jagannath and Puri Rath Yatra

The world famous sand artist from Orissa, Sudarsan Pattnaik, paid tribute to Lord Jagannath and Puri Rath Yatra by creating a five ft high sand sculpture on Puri Beach and the theme was religious harmony. On the Puri Rath Yatra day, the three chariots are surrounded by people of all religion, caste, class and creed and all get equal opportunity to the divine darshan of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra.
The sculpture had an image of a chariot and an image of Lord Jagannath surrounded by devotees belonging to all religions. ‘Rath Yatra is an occasion when devotees, irrespective of religion, caste, class and creed get an opportunity to see the presiding deities. Devotees even touch and pull the chariots. Through my art, I want to spread the message of universal brotherhood that how Lord Jagannath clinches people from all religions on a single day and occasion,’ said Sudarsan Pattnaik to Kalinga Times. In 2007, too Sudarsan Pattnaik had created sand sculptures of the three chari…

Ramayana Photo Group on Flickr by British Library

As part of its ongoing Ramayan Exhibition, British Library in London has started a Ramayana Photo Group on Flickr and it is inviting photos from around to world in its new Flickr Ramayana Now group. The group is dedicated to pictures and photos of the great Indian epic, the Ramayan. If your photograph is impressive it will be displayed in British Library’s Summer Exhibition – The Ramayana: Love and Valour in India's Great Epic.Some of the photographs already displayed on Flickr explore how Ramayan has been represented and retold over the centuries in different countries and cultures. Most photographs are of modern day presentation of the immortal epic. If you have Ramayana related photographs, you can upload your photographs, pictures and images to the British Library’s group on Flickr. Selected photographs will also be displayed on the British Library website. You can find the British Library Ramayana Now group on Flickr here.RelatedSee and Read 17th Century Ramayan Online

A Poem by Surdas

Gopal has slipped in and stolen my heart, friend.
He stole through my eyes and invaded my breast
simply by looking – who knows how he did it? –
Even though parents and husband and all
crowded the courtyard and filled my world.
The door was protected by all that was proper;
not a corner, nothing, was left without a guard.
Decency, prudence, respect for the family –
these three were locks and I hid the keys.
The sturdiest doors were my eyelid gates –
to enter through them was a passage impossible –
And secure in my heart, a mountainous treasure:
Insight, intelligence, fortitude, wit.
And then, says Sur, he had stolen it –
With a thought and a laugh and a look –
And my body was scorched with remorse.

Surdas

(Source: Song of the Saints of India, Translated by J.S.Hawley and Mark Juergensmeyer.)

Book: A Translation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra translated by Shyam Ranganathan goes beyond the usual literal translation of the foundational text for the practice of yoga. It is a contemporary interpretation with an introduction that explains the challenges of accurately translating Indian philosophical texts, locates the historical antecedents of Patanjali’s text and situates Patanjali’s philosophy within the history of scholastic Indian philosophy.About Yoga Sutra from Penguin FlyerPatanjali’s Yoga Sutra (second century CE) is the basic text of one of the nine canonical schools of Indian philosophy. In it the legendary author lays down the blueprint for success in yoga, now practiced the world over. Patanjali draws upon many ideas of his time, and the result is a unique work of Indian moral philosophy that has been the foundational text for the practice of yoga since.

The Yoga Sutra sets out a sophisticated theory of moral psychology and perhaps the oldest theory of psychoanalysis. For Patanjali, present me…

Quotes Dr S Radhakrishnan

Dr S Radhakrishnan Quotes, thoughts and sayings are from various sources. They are mainly from his books, talks and articles.
Any form of worship which falls short of complete self-naughting will not take us to the unitive life. Faith, devotion, surrender are the means to it. Each individual has to achieve insight by his own effort after long and persistent practice.The Divine reveals itself to men within the framework of their intimate prejudices.Gorgeous flowers justify the muddy roots from which they spring. The law of karma encourages the sinner that it is never too late to mend. Service of one’s fellows is a religious obligation. To repudiate it is impiety. When the wick is ablaze at its tip, the whole lamp is said to be burning. Those who separate themselves from the rest of the world in the name of religion or race, nation or polity, are not assisting human evolution but retarding it. Truth wears vestures of many colors, and speaks in strange tongues. No type can come into existence …