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What Happens If Buddha And Adi Shankaracharya Were On Same Boat In Middle Of Ocean?

Ever wondered what would have happened if Buddha and Adi Shankaracharya were on same boat in middle of ocean? What will they do? What will they talk? One day a group was debating the difference between mukti concept of Adi Shankaracharya and Nirvana of Buddha. The teacher solved this problem with an analogy. Lord Buddha and Adi Shankara were on the same boat and it left the harbour. It gradually reached the deep sea; from there one cannot see the shore. Buddha looked upwards and seeing the vast empty space of the sky, he said: ‘Sarvam shunyam shunyam; everything is void, void.’ Shankara looked downwards and seeing the expansive water of the ocean, said: ‘Sarvam purnam purnam; everything is full, full.’ One saw the negative and the other, the positive. Both were in the same boat on the ocean, and each described their experience differently. Some see the same glass of water as half empty, and some as half-full. This illustration solved the debate.

Dariya Saheb – Saint From Bihar 17th Century – Life History

Dariya Saheb was a saint of Bihar who lived during the 17 th – 18 th century CE. Dariya Saheb’s maternal grandmother stitched clothes for the wife of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. He was therefore called the tailor-saint of Bihar. Dariya Saheb Life History Dariya Saheb grew up in Dharkandha village in Rohtas district in Bihar. At the sage of sixteen, he saw flashes of light within himself, had visions of his previous incarnations, and was visited by a satguru (preceptor of truth) who gave him a mantra upadesha to recite. When he was twenty, he felt himself liberated from the cycle of births and deaths. He named the ultimate source as Sat Purusha and wrote his first work, Dariya Sagar. High ranking officers of the Mughal period became his admirers or devotees. Shuja Shah, a chieftain of an estate, became his disciple. Dariya Sahib had several dialogues with Shuja Shah, explaining the true significance of Rama the God as district from Rama the son of Dasharatha, king of Ayodhya. Thes

Chaturvedimangalam – Meaning

Chaturvedimangalam was a village gifted to Brahmins in ancient India. Chaturvedi Mangalam, also known as agrahara, brahmadeya, brahmadesha, brahmapura, or simply mangalam, means a village granted to, or owned by Brahmin’s well versed in the four Vedas. During the ancient and medieval periods, villages were granted to the Brahmins, usually tax free, by the ruling kinds or chieftains as acts of piety, and also to patronize Vedic learning and sacrifices. It is believed that this act of piety conferred merit on the rulers and ensures the welfare of the state and the community. Often, the villages were named after the kings who donated them, e.g. Simhavishnu – Chaturvedimangalam (after Pallava King Simhavishnu (C 575), Srivari Mangalam (Vanamamalai in Tirunelveli district after the Pandyan king Varagruna I), Raja Raja Chaturvedimangalam (after the Chola king Rajaraja I 90-1010 CE) The villages occupied a place of pride in the social and cultural life since they already were or w

Teachings From Dhammapada

The Dhammapada is an anthology of passages from the Buddhist canon, embodying the spirit of Buddha's teaching. The selections are from Dr. Radhakrishnan's translation of the Pali original. Vigilance is the abode of eternal life, thoughtlessness is the abode of death. Those who are vigilant (who are given to reflection) do not die. The thoughtless are as if dead already. (II.1) Just as a archer makes straight his arrow, the wise man makes straight his trembling, unsteady thought, which is difficult to guard and difficult to hold back (restrain).(III.1) They who will restrain their thought, which travels far, alone, incorporeal, seated in the cave (of the heart), will be freed from the fetters of death. (III.5) Not a mother, not a father, nor any other relative will do so much; a well-directed mind will do us greater service. (III.11) The fool is tormented thinking ‘these sons belong to me’; ‘this wealth belongs to me’.  H e himself does not belong to himself. How then

26 June 2021 Tithi - Panchang - Hindu Calendar - Good Time - Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Saturday, 26 June 2021 – It is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 7:59 PM on June 26. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 6:29 PM on June 27. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on June 26, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time till 7:18 PM.  Nakshatra  – Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 6:17 AM on June 26. Then onward it is Uttarashada or Uthradam Nakshatra till 5:22 AM on June 27. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Purva Shada or Poora