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Bhagavad Gita and Communism

In a thought provoking article written in the New Indian Express, Justice K P Radhakrishna Menon suggests that the admirable communist principle that there shall not be differentiation among human beings lies hidden in the Bhagavad Gita. After briefly explaining Communism – as a political doctrine based on Marxism and Leninism – and the failure of communist states, Justice Radhakrishna Menon explains how Bhagavad Gita tries to attain equality through the concept of Brahman. Some excerpts from the article: (Could not find the link to the original article on the newspaper’s website as it appeared in a city edition of the New Indian Express)Marx lost sight of the differences seen in human beings living at a sensory level, out of which emerges all the evils in society, namely crime, violence, evils of caste and racial attitude, evils produced by the unchecked desire for money and power and such similar evils when he established scientific communism ‘which has as its central tenet the comm…

Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple March 2008 Monthly Puja and Annual Festival

The annual festival, Ulsavam, of the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala will be held from March 12, 2008 to March 21, 2008. Apart from this the temple will also have its monthly pujas during this period. The monthly pujas are held from the first to the fifth day of every Malayalam month.
In March 2008, the temple will open at 1730 hrs on March 11. Monthly pujas will begin on March 12, 2008. The temple festival, Ulsavam, will also begin on the same day with the Kodiyettam – hoisting of the temple flag. Arattu, the bathing of the deity, and the closing ceremony of the temple festival will be held on March 21. There will be also special pujas for Panguni Uthiram on March 21. Thousands of Ayyappa devotees who like to avoid the huge rush during the Mandala Makaravilakku season (November – January) make use of the monthly puja days. Nowadays, even these few days are attracting huge crowds. It must be remembered that SabarimalaAyyappaTemple remains closed for the majority of the period in…

Tejo Bindu Upanishad Quotes on Jivanmukti

He who realizes I am beyond the three bodies, I am the pure consciousness and I am Brahman is said to be a Jivanmukta.
He is said to be a Jivanmukta who realizes I am of the nature of the blissful and of the supreme bliss, and I have neither body nor any other thing except the certitude ‘I am Brahman’ only.
He is said to be a Jivanmukta who has not at all got the ‘I’ in myself, but who stays in Chinmatra (absolute consciousness) alone, whose interior is consciousness alone, who is only of the nature of Chinmatra, whose Atman is of the nature of the all-full, who has Atman left over in all, who is devoted to bliss, who is undifferentiated, who is all-full of the nature of consciousness, whose Atman is of the nature of pure consciousness, who has given up all affinities (for objects), who has unconditioned bliss, whose Atman is tranquil, who has got no other thought (than Itself) and who is devoid of the thought of the existence of anything.
Tejo Bindu Upanishad (Source: The discussio…