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Showing posts from May 14, 2008

Porcelain Figurine Ganesha Diya from Lladro

The porcelain figurine Ganesha Diya is part of the 2008 Spring Lladro figurines. Lladro is a world famous Spanish company noted for its porcelain figurines. The Ganesha Diya is priced at $175 and is available online and in India it is available in select Lladro stores.Diya or lamp is lit daily in Hindu houses and especially during festivals like Diwali. The $175 priced Ganesha Diya would be ideal for display not for lighting.Lladro had earlier released highly quality limited edition porcelain figurines like Bansuri Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi, Veena Ganesha, Radha Krishna and Lord Krishna.The limited editions were priced above $900. Ganesha is the favorite theme of several noted companies dealing in collectibles. Two years back Lenox had brought out a limited edition Ganesh figurine priced at $2000.

English Translation of Nirvana Shatkam of Adi Shankaracharya

Nirvana Shatkam or Shatka illustrates the ‘neti neti’ (not this not this) concept in the Upanishads. Through this short poem Adi Shankara illustrates that ultimate reality or Brahman is without qualities. I am neither the mind, intelligence, ego, nor chitta,
Neither the ears nor the tongue, nor the senses of smell and sight.
Neither ether nor air, nor fire, nor water, nor earth,
I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!I am neither the prana nor the five vital breaths,
Neither the seven elements of the body, nor its five sheaths,
Nor hands, nor feet, nor tongue, nor other organs of action.
I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!Neither greed nor delusion loathing nor liking have I.
Nothing of pride or ego, of dharma or liberation,
Neither desire of the mind, nor object for its desiring.
I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!Nothing of pleasure and pain of virtue and vice do I know
Of mantra or sacred places, of Vedas or sacrifice.
Neither am I the…