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Path of selfless action

Rama’s valour surfaces throughout Rama Avatar even as His commitment to Dharma remains unshakable, pointed out Sri B. Sundarkumar in a discourse. An epithet in Rama Ashtothram which alludes to Rama... »

Qualifying factor

The most fascinating aspect in human beings is the differences in physical and subtle natures that are unique to each individual. In addition, birth, wealth, status, learning, valour, skill, achiev... »

Commitment to protect

Possession of a weapon is always a cause of danger, says Sita to Rama at the beginning of their sojourn in the Dandakaranya forest. In a lecture, Nannilam Sri V. Rajagopala Ganapadigal drew... »
October 21, 2014

Sages seek His protection

Rama spent 11 years in Dandakaranya forest in the company of the many rishis and sages seeking their blessings and following their austere way of life. Dandakaranya is described as a vast expanse o... »
Krishnadas Namboodiri
PATHANAMTHITTA, October 19, 2014

New head priest for Sabarimala

E.N. Krishnadas Namboodiri, 42, of Ezhikode Mana at Panjal in Thrissur district has been selected the next head priest (Melsanthi) at the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala for the next one-year pe... »
October 16, 2014

For our good

It is our tendency to desire those things that will keep us chained to samsara, and to neglect that which will lead us to the Supreme One. In the Gita, Lord Krishna shows us how to reach Him, elabo... »
October 14, 2014

Necessary advice

The Kurukshetra war has ended in triumph for the Pandavas, and Yudishtra is now the ruler. But Yudishtra is unhappy, elaborated Goda Venkateswara Sastrigal, in a discourse. Yudishtra takes stock of... »
October 12, 2014

Supreme is this knowledge

It is ironical that the jivatma’s possessions like wealth, health, and even good deeds get exhausted in due course, except his ‘karma’ which alone seems to multiply manifold to make his future birt... »
October 9, 2014

Equanimity of perception

Lord Krishna makes it clear that only a realised soul in whose perception the truth is unambiguously clear can transmit it effectively to the deserving disciple and that only a rare disciple become... »
October 7, 2014

Search for permanent peace

Scriptures and the teachings of acharyas offer insights into the spiritual path. The path is difficult, steep and hard. Self-control, self-discipline and renunciation of worldly attractions form t... »
October 5, 2014

The import of sacrifice

The Festival of Sacrifice, Eid al-Azha, being celebrated on October 6, is one of the two most important festivals of Islam along with Eid al-Fitr. It honours prophets Ibrahim and his first son Ism... »
October 3, 2014

Garuda’s trick

Vinatha and Kadru were the wives of Sage Kashyap. Kadru, with the help of her sons, who were snakes, tricked Vinatha and defeated her in a bet. As a result, Vinatha and her son Garuda became... »
In this October 1, 2014 photo, Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, during the annual haj pilgrimage in Makkah.
Mina, Saudi Arabia, October 2, 2014

Haj pilgrims march to Mina as journey of faith begins

Clad in white seamless cloth, about 1.50 lakh Indians along with tens of thousands of Muslims from across the world on Thursday moved from the holy city of Makkah to nearby Mina marking the beginn... »

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October 19, 2014

Divine couple

In his Mummani Kovai, Vaishnavite Acharya Vedanta Desika talks of the auspicious qualities of the Supreme One. This world is like the little water bubbles that appear, when it rains. The water bubb... »
October 17, 2014

Words of devotees

The Kurukshetra war is in progress, and the Kauravas suffer heavy casualties. Duryodhana accuses Bhishma of not doing his best. Bhishma vows that the next day, he will make Lord Krishna pick up His... »
October 15, 2014

Garuda’s service

Garuda, the divine bird who is Lord Vishnu’s vehicle, served the Lord with his swiftness, whenever the Lord had to go to the rescue of His devotees who were in distress. When Gajendra, the elephant... »
October 13, 2014

Outstanding quality

In his Mummani Kovai, Vedanta Desika brings out all the main qualities of the Lord, which make Him the Supreme One. The qualities of Satyatva, Amalatva, Anantatva, Anandatva and Jnanatva are all sp... »
October 10, 2014

Discernment is necessary

Adi Sankara’s insight into the way of the world and the law of human nature is evident in his claim that it is difficult for one to surmount the pulls of paternal love, wealth and pride in worldly... »
October 8, 2014

Hard to dispel ignorance

The Vedas offer guidance for the attainment of goals, both worldly and spiritual. In both cases, there is a difference between what the human mind, senses and intellect can grasp and what lies beyo... »
October 6, 2014

Penance is deep meditation

The Upanishads reiterate that austerity is the key to enlightenment and practice is important, pointed out Sri R. Krishnamurthy Sastrigal in a lecture. In the Taittiriya Upanishad, Varuna teaches h... »
Pilgrims arrive to cast stones at pillars symbolising Satan, during Haj at Mina, near the holy city of Makkah on Saturday.
Mina, Saudi Arabia, October 4, 2014

Haj culminates with stoning the devil ritual

Over 2 million believers, including about 1.5 lakh Indians, on Saturday ritually stoned the devil in Mina Valley marking the end of the Haj pilgrimage, as Muslims around the world celebrated Eid-a... »
Muslim pilgrims pray on the plains of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah on Friday.
Mount Arafat, Saudi Arabia, October 3, 2014

Pilgrims throng Mount Arafat as Haj reaches climax

Over 2 million Muslims, including about 1.5 lakh Indians, thronged Mount Arafat and its surrounding plain in Saudi Arabia on Friday for the high point of the Haj pilgrimage, with a sea of people f... »
October 1, 2014

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... »

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