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Yoga of life

Krishna’s advice on the knowledge of the self which He defines as the Sankhya system is valuable for every individual caught in Samsara. With a firm grasp of the system when one leads life accordin... »

Maricha and Rama

Maricha’s experience of Rama is exceptional. Though a rakshasa, Maricha is not only fully aware of Rama’s extraordinary valour that he had occasion to witness first-hand, but also precisely enlight... »

Divine instruction

Contrary to the general outlook in today’s world that study of texts such as the Bhagavad Gita should feature as a post-retirement pastime, its relevance to every individual early in one’s life is... »
February 24, 2015

Worldly Vs spiritual

The paths of the worldly and the spiritual run on different tracks since the goals are different. The worldly-minded run the race to seek success, wealth, name, fame, etc. Krishna says in th... »
February 22, 2015

Lord is with the righteous

The biggest strength of the Pandavas, was the presence of Lord Krishna on their side. With the Lord on their side, none could defeat them. But why was the Lord on their side? How could He be partia... »
February 19, 2015

Essence of Bhagavad Gita

In his Tamil work Gitartha Sangraha, which is analogous to Alavandar’s Sanskrit work by the same name, Vedanta Desika briefly sums up the essence of the Bhagavad Gita. The work is in 21 verses. The... »
Thanjavur Big temple.
February 19, 2015

It was the pinnacle of fine arts

(This is the last of the four-part series on music and temples.) “Last but not the least,” is a phrase that may have been coined for the thillana! Everyone will love a thillana for... »
February 18, 2015

They are equal

Intense devotion to one’s favourite deity is understandable, but sage Bhringi carried things too far, said K.Sambandan, in a discourse. The story goes that the sage was determined never to worship... »
Chennai, February 16, 2015

Boy who met Yama

Vajasravas performed a yaga, and vowed to give away all that he possessed too as part of the yaga. But as time went on, all the good cows in his possession had been given away, and all that were le... »
February 14, 2015

Ravana’s sin

Like his brothers Kumbhakarna and Vibhishana, Ravana is fully aware in his inner being that he has committed a sin in taking Sita forcibly from Rama. But his vain-glorious conceit does not allow h... »
February 13, 2015

Benefits of satsanga

Spiritual practices such as yoga, dhyana, penance, yagas, yagnas, study of the Vedas, and even sanyasa may be taken up with great effort by an aspirant. Each of these has its own merit and confers... »
February 11, 2015

Path of renunciation

Life is a mix of joy and sorrow where nothing is steady and every moment is fleeting. Even with this drawback, the short-lived moments of joy in one’s life time seem to attract people into samsara... »
February 9, 2015

Vidura’s diplomacy

Vidura is sent to invite the Pandavas to Hastinapura. Vyasa says Vidura comes to meet the Pandavas. Why does he not say that Vidura ‘goes’ to meet the Pandavas? The reason is because Krishna is wit... »

Focused effort

Nothing is impossible

The Archa form

Paths of Karma and Jnana

Dharma, the highest goal

Way to infinite bliss

Sensible advice

Andal’s advice

Many messages

February 23, 2015

Acharya Parampara

Vaishnava tradition traces the Guru Parampara from one’s immediate acharya through Ramanuja, Nathamuni and Nammazhwar to the primordial acharya at the helm who is the Lord along with Sri. The tradi... »
February 20, 2015

Unfathomable One

Lord Krishna tells Yudishtra to put his questions to Bhishma, if he has any doubts regarding dharma. Bhishma then gives the thousand names of the Supreme One, and this is how the world was blessed... »
A view of Arulmigu Akhilandeswari Samedha Sundareswarar temple, Thirailokki near Thirupaanandal. Photo: Special Arrangement
February 19, 2015

Awaiting funds

Among the numerous Hindu temples that adorn the northern bank of river Cauvery, the one at Thirailokki near Thiruppanandal in Thanjavur district has a special significance. It is here that... »
February 19, 2015

Hanuman Chalisa enters Guinness Book

The mass recitation of Hanuman Chalisa by 1,28,913 devotees for 27 times has entered the Guinness Book of World Records. Mysore Datta Peetham seer, Guru Ganapathi Sachindananda, conducted the pro... »
February 17, 2015

Pitfalls in life

We may make every effort to reach the feet of God. But we find that we come up against a huge obstacle. That is the obstacle of desire. We are unable to conquer our desires. Desires are the biggest... »
February 15, 2015

Rare is this wisdom

Those who commit evil deeds are deluded by misconception and think that all enjoyable things of the world are their own and for their enjoyment. Hence they do not resort to the Lord. They indulge i... »
February 13, 2015

Meet ‘Valentine’ Lord Krishna

Sholinghur, a picturesque town in Vellore district, is most famous for its two hill temples: one for Yoga Narasimhar and one for Anjaneya. In between both these hills housing the Hindu gods is also... »
February 12, 2015

Import of salvation

Salvation is hailed as the highest Purushartha and the nature of salvation is to be known only through Sastras. Sastras speak of many karmas and upasanas and their effects. The Purva mimamsa... »
February 10, 2015

He protects the good

The Lord’s dharma is such that though He is impartial to all, He is prompt to save His Bhaktas from their enemies. The Lord does not have any personal enmity towards Hiranyakasipu; but He do... »
February 6, 2015

Unmatched love

When Uddhava visited Gokula, the Gopikas thought Krishna had returned with him. The Gopikas were simple people, with no pride of any kind. We usually display three kinds of pride — pride in our edu... »

Trait of great men

Practical philosophy

Hallmark of devotion

Acharya in town

Not mutually exclusive

In Her father’s footsteps

A Triumph of the Spirit

Of Krishna and his adventures