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Embodiment of compassion

Preceptors extol Bhu Devi’s incarnation as Andal as exemplifying her infinite patience and compassion towards the countless jivatmas who are unaware of the way to salvation when being immersed in s... »

Seek Him with humility

Why do we get this human birth? How did we get it? What is its purpose? These are questions that one needs to ask repeatedly and seek to find the answers. Scriptures state that it is because of God... »

Doctrine of grace

In the heart of Vaishnava faith there is hope even for the worst sinner if only one repents and surrenders at the Lord’s feet. Such is the magnitude of the Lord’s compassion that one’s sins are bur... »
December 16, 2014

Story that gives solace

As a messenger of Sugriva and Rama, Hanuman crosses many difficult hurdles to reach Lanka. He is an eyewitness to Sita’s pitiable state in Asoka Vana. Sitting hidden among the branches of a tree, h... »
December 14, 2014

Karna’s jealousy

In the Mahabharata, Karna has a one-point programme — he wants to defeat Arjuna. He is jealous of Arjuna’s prowess. So he never thinks about the costs of fighting Arjuna, and misleads Duryodhana to... »
December 11, 2014

Amazing One

The Lord’s ways seem unusual to us, because, what He does is out of the ordinary. Who would advise a man who is on the battlefield, and that too in 18 chapters of verses? But that is what Lord Kris... »
December 9, 2014

Intense love for the Lord

Is it possible to wish the Supreme One well? More importantly, why would anyone want to do this, when He is beyond harm, and governs the entire Universe? Pillai Lokacharya explains that inte... »
December 7, 2014

Coping with despair

Only realised sages can transcend the effects of joy and sorrow. Ordinary beings are happy when what is desired happens, and sorrowful with fear and despair when what is not desired befalls. Valmik... »
December 4, 2014

Rare display of Bhakti

The Bhagavata Purana shows how salvation through Upasana and Jnana is possible. But true Bhakti is engendered when one attains the Jnana of his original nature, “swaya swaroopa.” Then he is overwhe... »
December 2, 2014

Indra is humbled

The argument between child Krishna and Nandagopa on the eve of the sacrifice that was to be performed to honour Indra for his grace in bestowing rains on their country rests on the important point... »
November 30, 2014

They served silently

Only three women are given the status of Nayanmars in the Peria Puranam, which documents the lives of 63 Saivite saints. One of them is Karaikkal Ammaiyar. She was devoted to Lord Siva from her chi... »
November 27, 2014

Goal and Means

Dharma is that which is defined in the scriptures as the means of obtaining good results. Paramatma (the Supreme One) is also a dharma. This is where some confusion is likely to occur. We are told... »
November 25, 2014

More popular than Gita

Both the Bhagavad Gita and the Vishnu Sahasranama are found in the Mahabharata. But the Vishnu Sahasranama is more commonly recited than the Bhagavad Gita. What is the reason? The answer can... »

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Pope declares as Saints two Blessed from Kerala

To know and experience

Worship of Brahman

Rare generosity

In the company of gods

Destiny and choice

Greatness of His feet

Delusion of Brahma

December 15, 2014

True essence of Bhakti

The true essence of Bhakti is Jnana and Vairagya. Can sacred books or discourses on the Vedas by learned preceptors help one to gain Jnana and Vairagya? It is possible only when our hearts are stir... »
December 12, 2014

Useful advice

The various episodes in the life of Viswamitra are narrated in the Mahabharata in many places, and Bhishma cites one while offering advice to an agitated Yudishtra, said Goda Venkateswara Sastrigal... »
December 11, 2014

Helping matters

Giving generously to those in need will not only be of benefit to the recipient of our help, but will also cleanse our minds of avarice, and give us peace. There can be nothing equal to the joy of... »
December 8, 2014

Deluge of sweetness

Varying interpretations are given for moksha. Some say it is escape from worldly life. Others believe it is oneness with the Supreme One. In the Visishtadvaita school of philosophy, moksha is seen... »
December 5, 2014

Practice of moral values

Vedic learning and teaching has evolved through the practice of virtues such as generosity, calmness of mind, penance, adhering to truth and so on. Dharma is synonymous with virtue and religious ri... »
December 3, 2014

From Preyas to Sreyas

The gist of all spiritual literature is to show the means for liberation. Our life is meant to be led in such a way that we move towards this goal and scriptures reiterate that life is not for enjo... »
December 1, 2014

Vairagya is essential

Recital of Bhagavata Purana in the proper spirit is important if the listener is to reap the benefits of salvation. In a discourse, Sri M. V. Anantapadmanabhachariar drew attention to this t... »
November 28, 2014

The prime force

When the Gopikas went to the Yamuna to bathe, they would take with them sticks of turmeric. But they had to check the quality of the turmeric. The only way of doing that, was to rub it against a st... »
November 26, 2014

Silent worship

There are those who are ostentatious in their display of bhakti. There are yet others, whose love for God is so strong, that they never expect public adulation for their bhakti. Their bhakti is sil... »
November 24, 2014

In the name of the Lord

Thiruneelakantar was a potter who made begging bowls for Saivite mendicants. He was known to keep repeating the name of the Lord Neelakantam. The name is one used to refer to Lord Siva because He a... »

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Time alone is Supreme

Grace bestowed

Bhakti should have no motive

Pride in generosity

What is nectar?

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