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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... »

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... »

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... »
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... »
September 8, 2014

Realising the ineffable

What is Brahman? This is a difficult question which even scriptures have to grope to answer, because Brahman is so subtle and stands well beyond all what is reachable to human mind, intellect and i... »
September 5, 2014

Maternal love

While all the Nayanamars, as the 63 Saivite saints are called, are thought of highly, one of them was singled out for praise by the others, and was praised by the Saivite saint Manickavachagar too. »
September 3, 2014

Divine man

Saint Arunagirinathar’s life shows us how we can lift ourselves from the life full of desires that we lead, so that we reach God, said Panasai Aruna, in a discourse. Arunagirinathar began life as a... »
TIRUCHI, September 2, 2014

Jain woman fasts for 31 days to ‘purify soul’

Like many observing the Jain faith in Tiruchi, Rakhee Matalia has ended a significant rite this weekend: she has fasted for 31 days, subsisting on just boiled water. Fasting is undertaken... »
September 1, 2014

Mystic experience

The Upanishads contain records of the spontaneous experiences of the sages steeped in meditation when they try to come to terms with the universe and the ultimate cause of it in their individual pe... »

The rugged path of dharma

A dutiful brother

Efficacy of His name

God’s plans

Similar, yet dissimilar

Destiny triumphs

Raja rishi Janaka

Jnana is bestowed

Rama’s signet ring

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... »
September 7, 2014

Impossible to repay

Lord Krishna says to Arjuna that His avataras are to save sadhus. He who is gentle by nature is a sadhu. The person who has peace in his heart is gentle. And the one who controls his mind has peace... »
September 4, 2014

Respect for the righteous

The virtuous always command respect, including from the Supreme One, and this is borne out clearly in many instances, said V.S.Karunakarachariar, in a discourse. The only way for Garuda to l... »
September 2, 2014

Immeasurable love

Our aim in life must be to attain the feet of the Supreme One. To this end, we must keep the company of only those who will assist in this spiritual journey. We should keep our distance from those... »
September 1, 2014

Power of His feet

Saivite saint Manickavachagar received deeksha from Lord Siva, who put His feet on the saint’s head. Manickavachagar talks of the power of Lord Siva’s feet. He says that the moment the Lord’s feet... »
August 30, 2014

Embodiment of compassion

The Lord is stern and impartial in dispensing the fruit of action to every jivatma in the manner of a father who disciplines and chides, but His compassion is the strongest ray of hope to the jivat... »

Spirit of humility

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

Indra humbled

Think of God

Uncertainty of life

Celestial wedding

The wonderful Avatar

The transcendental form

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