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Symbolism of Eighteen Steps at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple – Symbolism of Pathinettam Padi

One has to climb the Pathinettam Padi or the eighteen steps to reach the Sanctum Sanctorum of the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. There is deep symbolism associated with the eighteen steps. One can climb the eighteen steps only if one is carrying the irumudi.
The widely accepted belief is that the eighteen steps represent the eighteen mountains in Sabarimala.
Another popular belief is that Lord Ayyappa had placed each one of his eighteen weapons on the eighteen steps and entered the temple and merged with the murti in the temple.

There is another belief which states that eighteen steps are the eighteen Puranas.
Another belief is that the eighteen steps are associated with Yoga. Some people also claim the steps represent the eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita.
It is also believed that the first five steps represent five Indriyas or Panchandriya; The six to thirteen steps represents Ashta Roga – Raga, Dwesha, Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Mada and Matsarya; The fourteen to sixteen represen…

Sanskrit A Binding Force For Knowing The Relationship Of Different Languages And Cultures Of Asia And Europe

An article in the Hindustan Times titled ‘Sanskrit - a powerful binding force’ written by Dr Satyamurti attempts to understand the linguistic unity in Europe and Asia. And Sanskrit is the key to understanding the linguistic unity. ‘Sanskrit - a powerful binding force’  The history of the development of various languages of Asia and Europe reveals an interesting fact. Nearly 4000-5000 years ago, the ancestors of the majority of people in Asia and Europe had been living together for hundreds of years at one place and our forefathers, whom we call arya, used to speak one language. The original language of the aryans has been termed as Proto Indo-European language -- called PIE in short. While studying the family tree of Indo-European languages, the similarity among languages becomes very visible. It has been established that Sanskrit is more similar to classical languages like Greek, Latin, Avestan and Gothic than the modern languages like English, German and French that have been direct…

Dispassion is letting go of the past and keeping your mind free – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Thoughts on Dispassion

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Thoughts on Dispassion

Without dispassion there is no progress in life. Dispassion brings freedom to your mind. Dispassion keeps you in the present moment. Dispassion brings a smile on your face; it brings that energy and enthusiasm in you.
What are you hanging on to? You hate somebody? What for? The world will definitely have such people, all the time. Now, if you want to keep them in your world, what can anybody do? It is you who is making this happen by keeping them in your head.
If an unfortunate incident happened, it happened; you should move on. Don’t sit and chew on it.

Dispassion is letting go of the past and keeping your mind free. Know that these are all different roles being played. We must wake up with dispassion and work towards a better society that is free from violence and is more spiritual.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar