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Philosophical interpretation

In the Gita, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that he should be unattached to the fruits of his action. Often, a worldly interpretation is given to this advice. People talk of failure in mundane things an... »

Welcome always

An oft repeated instruction is that we should welcome guests and treat them as if they were divine. But who is a guest? Atithi is the Sanskrit word used for a guest. By its very definition,... »

Dear to Him

Vaishnavite Acharya Vedanta Desika wrote a work titled ‘Mummani Kovai’ in praise of Lord Devanatha, the presiding deity of the Tiruvahindrapuram temple in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that the work h... »
VISUAL TREAT:The illuminated decorations at Meenakshi Temple for Navaratri. Photo: S. James
MADURAI, October 1, 2014

Gods and gopurams in full glow

Illuminated figures of Goddess Meenakshi, Lord Muruga, Ganesha and Shiva stand in line atop the outer prakaram, overlooking the lotus tank. The still waters of the tank bear a resplendent r... »
September 26, 2014

The great equation

An equation is a mathematical statement that says two amounts or values are the same though expressed differently. Or it is a situation when two or more parts have to be considered together so that... »
Nisa Azeezi.
Photo: K. K. Najeeb
Thiruvananthapuram, September 25, 2014

In praise of the Almighty

Nisa Azeezi’s passion for music has seen her explore many streams of melody. Notwithstanding the ambience of Hindustani music at home, she passed Ganabhushanam from Chembai Memorial Governme... »

September 23, 2014

Gracious nature of Devi

Preceptors such as Adi Sankara, Ramanuja, Madhva and Ramakrishna have shown that the sublime spiritual thought contained in the scriptures can reveal the subtlest insight into the eternal scheme of... »
September 21, 2014

The right path

When a man is on travel, he often comes to junctions and crossroads, and gets mixed up about which road to take. Life too is a journey, the goal being the attainment of liberation from repeated wor... »
September 18, 2014

Power of anjali

Uttara, wife of Abhimanyu and the daughter-in-law of Arjuna and Subhadra, is expecting her child. Aswattama, son of Drona, shoots the Brahmastra to kill the foetus in Uttara’s womb. She runs up to... »
September 18, 2014

Lord Shanmukha saves

‘Atrupadai’ is a genre of literature in Tamil, where a poet, who has received gifts from a generous patron, is magnanimous enough to guide others to the patron. Tirumurugatrupadai is a work by Nakk... »
September 15, 2014

God — an experience

What form does Lord Siva take? The answer is that He is formless, but He takes the form of a Linga, and also has a form such as we see in idols, said K. Sambandan, in a discourse. In additi... »
September 12, 2014

Krishna the Yogeshwara

What is perceived through senses and sense activity is called knowledge. But there is a higher knowledge gained when the mind is disciplined by concentration and meditation. This is known as the po... »
September 10, 2014

Search for true guru

The search for the ultimate Truth seems to be a distant possibility. Scriptures say that this has to be realised in one’s inner self with unshakable clarity as is evident from the lives of saints a... »

Realising the ineffable

Maternal love

Divine man

Jain woman fasts for 31 days to ‘purify soul’

Mystic experience

The rugged path of dharma

A dutiful brother

Efficacy of His name

God’s plans

September 28, 2014

Freedom from sorrow

To an individual caught in worldly life, the experience of joy and sorrow is unavoidable, say the scriptures. But they also show the way to be free from this experience and to learn to live in peac... »
September 25, 2014

Tale of a disciple

The Lord comes in person to grace the disciple when the penance and longing in him is complete. This is seen in the life of one of Adi Sankara’s disciple by name Sananda who later came to be known... »
September 24, 2014

The Lord’s vibhuti

The marvel of the entire creation is a reflection of the Lord’s infinite greatness. When the Lord explains to Arjuna the most prominent truths of His divine greatness, He merely indicates some aspe... »
September 22, 2014

Two types of awareness

Analysing the Jiva swaroopa and its relationship with the Supreme Brahman is the central theme discussed in the Brahma Sutra. Krishna too elaborates on this when he speaks of two types of awareness... »
September 19, 2014

True believer

The Vamana Purana says that if a person thinks of Lord Mahavishnu as dear to him, and is also considered dear by the Lord, then such a person will never have rebirth. The Pandavas were such ideal d... »
The board game designed by T. Sampath. Photo: T.R. Sudha
September 18, 2014

Divinity now child’s play

For many, playing cards is just a pastime. But now, we have cards with a devotional twist! This one is on the 108 Divyadesams. What does Divyadesam have to do with playing cards? Well, Srimaan Car... »
September 16, 2014

Garuda’s power

Vedanta Desika’s Garuda Panchasat describes how Garuda attacked the snakes which had, by resort to trickery and deceit, enslaved Garuda’s mother. Garuda’s sharp beak, his talons and his teeth strik... »
September 14, 2014

Knower of the Self

Human life becomes meaningful only when an individual probes one’s true identity. To think of oneself as the body is the natural tendency in beings, to the extent of ignoring the welfare of the sel... »
September 11, 2014

Sentiments vie with dharma

In the Bala Kanda, Valmiki portrays the strong ties of affinity that exist between Rama and Lakshmana and Bharata and Shatrugna right from birth. Lakshmana is shown as capable of being both a fire... »
September 9, 2014

Compassion is the key

There is no greater human virtue to be practised than the ability to show compassion to all beings.The Saiva saints are noted for this trait and Sekkizhar’s record contains many instances wh... »

Impossible to repay

Respect for the righteous

Immeasurable love

Power of His feet

Embodiment of compassion

Spirit of humility

Shirdi Sai Baba should not be worshipped as deity, says Dharma Sansad

Indra humbled

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