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The power of the Cross

Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary on this day some 2,000 years ago, so that man and woman will live forever by believing in the propitiatory blood shed for sinners there. His substitutionary death... »
The River Tunga, Mathur.

On the banks of the Tunga

On how the pundits of Mathur set an example. »
Youngsters sing as veteran dancer Kamala keeps step. Photo: Courtesy Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival

Hail Rama, the greatest rasika

The curtain went up yesterday on the ten-day Cleveland Aradhana bringing together classical practitioners and aficionados once again. »
A view of Sri Kanchi Mamunivar Sanadhana Shanthi Ashram, in Srirangam, Tiruchi. Photo: A. Muralitharan
Tiruchi, April 17, 2014

Consecration at Nochiyam

Remember the temple for Sri Lalitha Parameswari coming up at Nochiyam in Tiruchi? Thanks to contributions from Mahaperiyava devotees, the temple is ready for consecration set for June 2. ... »
Chennai, April 16, 2014

Tricky question

The Yaksa, who confronts Yudishtra, in the Mahabharata, is clever. His questions are never direct, but tricky, said V.S. Karunakarachariar, in a discourse. There is a man, who is able to have ever... »
Chennai, April 14, 2014

A good guru

A good teacher is needed to help us get rid of our spiritual ignorance. We need to understand how to be attached only to the Supreme One. His feet are our refuge, and we must know how to reach His... »
A scene from Finding Happiness, the docudrama starring Elisabeth Rohm. Photo: Special Arragement
April 12, 2014

Searching for a swami

You may have noticed her in the TV series, Law and Order, which was on Indian screens not so long ago, as the idealist but go-getting Assistant District Attorney, Serena Southerlyn. Elisabet... »
CHENNAI, April 10, 2014

The haughty Ravana

The Uttara Kanda of the Ramayana speaks of Ravana’s birth and of the boons he obtains from Brahma and Siva. Enjoying his unrivalled prowess, Ravana feeds his ego with pride and haughtiness. But wh... »
CHENNAI, April 10, 2014

Supremacy of Sri

Vaishnava tradition holds that the Lord owes His supremacy to the presence of Sri as His consort who is extolled as the very essence of auspiciousness. Azhwars and acharyas perceive graciousness a... »
CHENNAI, April 7, 2014

Preamble to Rama avatar

Sumantra is the charioteer and an important minister in Dasaratha’s court. Prosperity and contentment reign in the kingdom of Ayodhya under Dasaratha’s righteous rule. The only regret for Dasarath... »
Chennai, April 4, 2014

Showcasing His simplicity

Of all the interesting episodes of young Krishna’s life, none is more interesting or significant than the one where Yasoda ties Him up, said Kidambi Narayanan, in a discourse. Krishna asks His mot... »
Dushyanth Sridhar encourages parents to motivate the young to connect to the Vedas. Photo: Nagara Gopal
hyderabad, April 3, 2014

New age exponent

In a Hawaiian shirt and shorts, 27-year-old Dushyanth Sridhar looks a cool dude ready to pack his bags for a holiday. He is in fact taking a group of children and teenagers on a Harry Potter’s tri... » 2 comments
Chennai, April 1, 2014

Two names

As one reads religious texts, one notices how some words are irreplaceable, and that they are the perfect choices for the situation in which they are used. In a discourse, Valayapet Ramachariar sp... »

Tale of two devotees

Friendship as devotion

The day Mirra met her Krishna

With a poetic link

Spirit of renunciation

Unconditional bhakti

True detachment

Reverberated with bhakti

A good teacher

The gopuram of Eri Katha Ramar temple, Madhurantakam. Photos: S. Prabhu
Madurantakam, April 17, 2014

Desikar on Rama’s valour

In 94 Gadyams of delightful prose that is to be rendered in a fast paced style, Vedanta Desikar has captured the essence of entire Ramayana specifically describing Lord Rama’s valour at different p... »
Chennai, April 16, 2014

Atma is indestructible

Arjuna raises many questions to Krishna, and wonders how he can fight. Krishna tells him that he (Arjuna) speaks like a learned man, and yet he shows through his doubts that he is not learned. A t... »
CHENNAI, April 13, 2014

Divine wedding

The Puranas state that the wedding of Srinivasa and Padmavati that took place in the 28th Kali Yuga is linked to the Ramayana. The story goes that Padmavati is Vedavati who belongs to Krita... »
CHENNAI, April 11, 2014

Power of hymns

The Tirumurais of the Saiva saints are expressions of their devotion and unshakable faith in Siva. The underlying sentiment is the surrender of the soul to the Lord who resides as the most intimate... »
Idols at the temple complex at Mel Sithamoor. Photo: Mahima A. Jain
chennai, April 10, 2014

All roads lead to Sithamoor

The road to Mel Sithamoor, 139 km south-east of Chennai, disappears into a single-track of tar, snaking away into rural wilderness. Mel Sithamoor (also known as Melchitamur) in Villupuram District,... »
CHENNAI, April 8, 2014

Auspicious sojourn

Vishwamitra is a great sage renowned for his austerities as much as for his impulsive nature. He is easily moved by emotions such as anger, sympathy and love. He arrives in Ayodhya when Dasaratha... »
Chennai, April 7, 2014

Overwhelming generosity

Kuchela was a childhood friend of Lord Krishna. They had studied together under Sage Sandeepani. Kuchela was extremely poor, but he did not complain, because he did not attach importance to wealth,... »
CHENNAI, April 3, 2014

Significant answers

One of the many questions that the Yaksa asks Yudishtra in the Mahabharata is about who is learned in the Vedas. Yudishtra answers that only he who has studied under an Acharya can become a schola... »
CHENNAI, April 2, 2014

Lasting wealth

Wealth is that which man has always coveted. The definition of what constitutes wealth may vary from time to time, but our attachment to material objects is a constant. There was a time when we va... »
CHENNAI, April 1, 2014

Incomparable mercy

The mercy of the Supreme One is evident in all His avataras. Lord Krishna said that He would forgive Sisupala every time he sinned, but that this forgiveness would be limited to hundred sins. The... »

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Ramanavami festival

Overcome ego sense

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