Tranquility

Chapter - 8    Define tranquility and what are the ingredients of tranquility? Tranquility literally means freedom from disturbance. It means calmness. The following are the ingredients of T-R-A-N-Q-U-I-L-I-T-Y :- Touchstone of immobility Reticence in disposition Ambrosial feeling Nagging silence Quietness in approach Unassailability with ultimate reality in mind Impervious to criticism Laudable action or reaction... Continue Reading →

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Sri Rama’s Dilemma

Vibheeshana went ahead to meet Sri Rama only to discover he was still in a state of despondency. He for one was very happy that he had brought Sita Devi to Sri Rama, the very purpose for which a huge battle was fought and won! He offered prostration to Sri Rama and announced the arrival... Continue Reading →

Poems from Prayers of the Pen

AUM ‘Aum’ is Brahma of one seed-letter ‘Beeja-akshara’ is thus of divine form Chanting produces divinity in flutter The divine manifesting by charm:   Aum is the origin of Vedas four Beginning and end of literary lore: To amplify secret knowledge it has power Meditators go into it as if to supreme tower:   From... Continue Reading →

Foreword to Prayers of the Pen

By: Ihaparasowbhagyavathi Brahmarshi Smt. Umadevi Amma Reflecting the Inner Voice of Sadguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Long ago, this Kaliyuga had been bedecked with many a worthy poet. They had rained words of wisdom for the world and for the uplift of living beings. Now the world has become smaller. This makes prayers significant and important.... Continue Reading →

Vibheeshana meets Sita

The moment Vibheeshana saw Sita Devi in Ashoka Vana, he brought his hands together above his head to show his innate reverence to the great dame. “Daughter of the King of Videha!” he said to her with characteristic humility and submission. “Auspicious forebodings to you! Kindly have a bath and with all the royal adornments,... Continue Reading →

Legendary bear and tiger

Na parah paapamaadatte pareshaam paapakarmaanaam Samayo rakshiihavyastu santashchaaritrabhooshanaaha (Valmiki Ramayana: Yuddha Kaandam, Sarga 103, S1.44) The sloka lays down a sensible observation that a wise one will not take serious note of sinful deed committed by one at the behest of others. The righteous one must therefore safeguard one’s resolutions, vows and righteous conduct at... Continue Reading →

The Lesson and the Last word

Sadguru Sree Seshadri Swamigal, known as an ocean of kindness and a Sadguru in all the three worlds, has been only preaching this doctrine of wisdom and enlightenment, as our Brahmi-bhuta guru. There can be only one Bhagavad Gita! And, it is known to all as a unique one. However, those who have taken shelter... Continue Reading →

Seshagita

If after the fall of the body, what remains as “Sesha” is the Atman, then even before the bodily frame withers away, the Sesha portion referable to the Atman is very much there, as the body is an appendage. An individual seeker is immersed in thoughts of the “Sesha”- in contemplation of the Atman and... Continue Reading →

The self-luminous “Sesha!”

All spiritual seekers absolutely need a Guru. There can be no doubt about it. Instead of spoiling one’s life in needless gossip and without arrogating to oneself an air of superiority and immersing oneself in the egoistic expressions of “I”and “Me” to roam about aimlessly, if one succeeds in coming out of the dreams of... Continue Reading →

Greatness of the Guru

Wherever a devotee has reached the stage of mental concentration on the object of contemplation and has inculcated the ideal of inward purity in himself, the Almighty God manifests himself as the “Guru” and appears before him in order to bless him with the elixir of life in the form of his teachings. This Guru... Continue Reading →

Eligibility for Mother’s Grace

Every spiritualist must have the romance of hair-raising experience on the threshold of fulfillment. One such person who becomes a personification of purity singularly gets eligibility to earn Mother’s grace. One whose centre of the soul - antaratma – goes into articulation of the Mother’s name- Amma! - once at least everyday leading to the... Continue Reading →

From Dvaita to Advaita

The great ones who left their indelible impressions on the spiritual path came to know the quintessence of Advaita from a Dvaitic posture. In other words, they learnt all about monotheism from a position of dualism. And those who experienced the truth behind Advaita have given warm words of wisdom with extraordinary love and affection... Continue Reading →

Self-Examination

The journey to the centre of the heart – the abode of the Atman-through the graceful instrumentality of the Guru, who takes one to the sublime state of the Brahman, is the ultimate journey towards immortality. This process or evolution involves one in self-examination and metaphysical disquisition; discussion and deliberation leading to the motivation for... Continue Reading →

Way to God Realization

There are quite a few ways to realization of God. One of them is the path of bhakti or devotion to efforts in order to come face-to- face with the Ultimate Reality of Existence. If the doctrine of devotion gets immersed in the inner frame of the individual, then it leads to enlightenment, to the... Continue Reading →

Eight-fold qualities of intellect

Sita was so much pleased with Hanuman’s reply that she said he was the only one capable of intelligent and balanced conversation accompanied by the eight –fold qualities of the head, namely: Grahanam dhaaranam chaiva smaranam pratipaadanam Oohaapohaarthavijnaanam tattvajnaanam cha dheegunaaha meaning: Grahanam - absorption; Dhaaranam –installation of absorbed material; Smaranam – memory of installed... Continue Reading →

Hanuman meets Sita

As enjoined by Sri Rama, the great son of Vayu. entered the city of Lanka to the reception of the rakshasas. As per directions of Rama and Vibheeshana, he made his way to Ashoka Vana where Sita was staying. He sent a message to her of his arrival, in consonance with the usual practice. As... Continue Reading →

Coronation of Vibheeshana

One of those who were supremely happy with the auspicious turn of events was Lakshamana, who looked a picture of peace and contentment, besides exuding a rare glow befitting an immediate brother of Sri Rama. In the army barrack, the great ones were together. Rama took the earliest opportunity to tell Lakshmana something which had... Continue Reading →

The aftermath

The Devas, Gandharvas and rakshasas, having witnessed the end of Ravana, slain by Sri Rama, returned from the lively but peaceful atmosphere of Lanka to their respective places, relating to another on their return journey, the incidents that culminated in the removal of the rakshasa gaint, which according to many is the climax of Ramayana.... Continue Reading →

Conclusion

The tragic tale of Draupadi’s distress must have a silver lining. Born of fire, she was endowed with the fiery power to reduce Duryodhana, Dusshaasana, Karna and Shakuni (besides whomsoever she wanted) to ashes in a second. But she willed otherwise! Those armed with divine power refrain from exhibiting their talent and resources. So did... Continue Reading →

Yudhishtira’s reply

“Draupadi! I have followed the path of righteousness not with any expectation of fruits. I have chosen the Vedic path. I have adopted the righteous path in the same way as other righteous ones have followed. By nature, my mind is fixed on the pursuit of dharma. Do not have doubts about dharma which is... Continue Reading →

Draupadi’s dig at dharma

Yudhishtira’s sermon on the qualities of kindness and mercy were not acceptable to Draupadi.  She said: “I offer my salutations to Parameswara who has caused unrealistic attachments to your intellect, and to the inexorable fate (Prarabdha) responsible for your present unfortunate state. Although your intellect had to toe the line of your forefathers, it has... Continue Reading →

Quality of mercy

Yudhishtira continued his sermon to Draupadi:   Kashyapa spells out Mercy’s “marma” Quality of mercy is man’s “dharma” Displaying the attribute is “dharana” Mercy personified is Vedic scripture One knowing this rises to ancient culture!   Mercy is Brahman and verily the truth, Foundation for future and present path, In world’s operations aftermath! Mercy is... Continue Reading →

Anatomy of anger

Yudhishtira Uvaacha: “Enlightened one! Anger kills men: Conquest of ire Bales them out of fire! Flame is cause of all Men’s rise or fall!   Whoever subdues anger Verily is bound to prosper! For one unable to zoom Ire spells the doom!   The irritable one In a veritable sinner! Sans Introspection, ‘Speaks’ many a... Continue Reading →

Brahma Thejas & Kshaatra Thejas

The distress of Draupadi and of the Pandavas in the forest had a silver lining. The best among the Brahmins who were Vedic scholars had joined the Pandavas’s camp in the forest and were patronized by Yudhishtira and the entire clan of Kshatriyas. The forest which was reverberating with the soothing sound of Vedic hymns reminded... Continue Reading →

The Inner Light

The Transcendental Principle of self-effulgence and self-manifestation has been glowing at all times without a respite as the Inner Light - antaranga jyoti. The Supreme Creator has conferred, on the human beings only, the benefit of extra-sensory perception so that a person may perceive and know the ramifications of the Supreme Principle. The Creator himself, called... Continue Reading →

Origins

The Almighty creator has been pervading the whole gamut of creation called Universe he originated. This Almighty has, in the vast and expansive universe, not only been responsible for the emergence of ever so many types and forms of life, but has also filled the womb of universal origins enjoying his perceptions in the ocean... Continue Reading →

Sri Arunachaleshwara

Greatness of sri Arunachaleswara (A) “Naamasmaranamaatrena yat paataka vinaashanam” – Skanda (3-1-11) (B) “Na kshetramarunaadasti Naasti devo-aruneswaraat Naapi pradakshinaadanydividyatebhya- adhikam Tapaha” –Skanda (3-24-52)   In praise of Sri Arunachaleswara (From Ashtothram)   1 Aum Shronaadreeshaaya Namaha 2 Aum Arunaadreeshaaya Namaha 3 Aum Devaadheeshaaya Namaha 4 Aum Janapriyaaya Namaha 5 Aum Prapannarakshakaaya Namaha 6 Aum Dheeraaya... Continue Reading →

Four causes of distress

That Yudhishtira would recover his lost kingdom (after the forest life) from the Kauravas was also asserted by Markandaya Maharshi. Sri Krishna sought to assure Yudhishtira that the Pandavas would not have been lured into playing the accursed game of dice if he had been in Dwaravathi. He said he would have personally intervened and... Continue Reading →

Draupadi cries before Krishna

There used to be many visitors to Pandavas in the forest. Draupadi and Arjuna once offered long prayers to Krishna. The Lord came to offer words of comfort. “Krishna!” said Draupadi shedding tears, “you are aware of the shame and distress caused to me in the august assembly the other day. In an inhuman way,... Continue Reading →

Dusshasana should beg Draupadi’s pardon

The scene at Hastinapur was somewhat different as tensions in Dhrutharashtra’s mind were mounting. Vidura gave a three-point formula for the King to follow to set matters right. The first was that Dusshaasana should, in an open court-hall filled with members, offer unconditional apology and seek the pardon of Draupadi and Bhimasena for the heinous... Continue Reading →

Draupadi’s distress in the forest

What was the factor that brought distress to Draupadi and the Pandavas? The people who found it difficult to part company with them had a unique answer. They had gone into the fundamentals of the problems.  They had known that the Kauravas and Pandavas were poles apart in principles and qualities.   Satsang “Dharmaraja!” said... Continue Reading →

Draupadi’s distress, crime & punishment

While Dhrutharashtra and Vidura were still in conversation with each other, Narada Maharshi heading a team of Rishis entered the royal auditorium and confirmed Draupadi’s prophecy and disappeared soon: “In the fourteenth year from now,” said the resplendent Narada, “as a result of Duryodhana’s sin against Draupadi and the Pandavas, all the Kauravas will be destroyed at... Continue Reading →

Draupadi’s farewell

How did Draupadi leave for the forest?  How did Yudhishtira and his brothers migrate to the forest and what was their frame of mind? These were the questions that confronted Dhrutharashtra, son of Ambika, and for which he sought an answer from Vidura. “Maharaja!” answered Vidura, “Yudhishtira had his face covered at the time of... Continue Reading →

Recollections of distress

Vidura felt very unhappy with the circumstances leading to Pandavas's bad time. But recovering his balance, he led Kunti to his house, with words of wisdom he was known for.   Women’s protest in Kauravas’s camp The news from the women’s camp in the Kauravas’s palace was also one of great sorrow. They had known... Continue Reading →

Draupadi’s parting pangs

Draupadi sought mother-in-law Kunti’s permission to accompany the Pandavas to forest. She informed all the ladies about her readiness to leave and they were very sad about it. She offered salutations to the elders and embraced those equal to her. Some of the ladies could not help shedding tears and embraced her and gave a... Continue Reading →

Bhima’s vow

Bhima’s anger knew no bounds. He openly declared and took a vow to kill Dhrutharashtra’s children to quench the bloody thirst and anger. Duryodhana added fuel to the fire by making highly indecorous and indecent gestures aimed at Pandava’s humiliation. But his awkward demeanor delighted the other members of the “gang of four”, namely Dusshaasana,... Continue Reading →

Draupadi, the target again!

When both the Pandavas and Kauravas sat for the game, Shakuni, sporting a mischievous smile said to Yudhishtira, “Dharmaraja, the King has returned all your wealth which you lost last time. It is quite appropriate to see something which belonged to you being restored to you. Now, we are no longer interested in staking wealth... Continue Reading →

Gandhari’s counsel

It is natural to expect a mother to be more attached to children than a father. Being an embodiment of tolerance, the mother forgets a son’s mistakes or lapses and forgives him. It is often said - and very correctly too - that when a mother goes to a temple or when she offers prayers... Continue Reading →

The gang of four again

The moment the Pandavas left Hastinapur for Indraprastha after seeking permission from Dhrutharashtra, Dusshaasana met his elder brother Duryodhana and said to him in a low tone, “This old man has in a minute lost all the huge wealth we had amassed with very great difficulty. Even the laurels of the game of dice were... Continue Reading →

Dhrutharashtra acts!

“Blessings to you!” said Dhrutharashtra addressing Dharmaraja, with the qualifying appellation of “ajaatashatru” one bereft of enemies, “commanded by me, all of you build a rich and prosperous state and rule it. Old as I am, heed my advice and act accordingly. Yudhishtira! You are fully aware of the subtlety and manifestation of dharma. You... Continue Reading →

Karna’s innuendo

Karna was bent upon indulging in further provocation of the Pandavas. “Among the beautiful women in the world,” he said with his tongue in the cheek, “I have not seen one like Draupadi. When the Pandavas and the sons of Dhrutharashtra were overcome by anger and got excited, it fell to Draupadi’s lot to bring... Continue Reading →

Draupadi’s prayers

“Head of the Bharata clan!” said Draupadi, “If it is true you have decided to grant me a boon, I would ask for the redemption from slavery of this rich Yudhishtira, who is the knower of all dharma.  Let not ignorant boys call my bosom one Prativindhya, the son of a slave. It is never... Continue Reading →

Inauspicious indications

Exactly at that time, the cries of a fox were audible from the place of sacrificial fires (homas) in Dhrutharashtra’s palace. Following this inauspicious sound, donkeys started braying. The birds made weird and awkward sounds in response. Both Vidura and Gandhari were able to understand the shape of things to come from the inauspicious indications.... Continue Reading →

Vidura’s fears

The moment Vidura heard Bhima’s vow, he hastened to address the assembly again as he apprehended there would be total destruction: “Noble ones!” he said, “Ponder over the threat from Bhima to the very survival of the Bharata clan. It is definitely a matter of divine dispensation that this unfortunate happening should manifest as a... Continue Reading →

Bhima’s wrath

Some of the members present welcomed Duryodhana’s words. Their token of acceptance was indicated by weird utterances and movements of their lips and eyes. Some others could know the innate innuendo in Duryodhana’s words and expressed shock. For those on Duryodhana’s side, his speech was very sweet. All the Kauravas were very happy. Some of... Continue Reading →

Draupadi’s fame and shame

After narrating Prahlada’s episode in which he gave an answer fearlessly even at the risk of staking his son’s life, Vidura returned to Draupadi’s vital question. “Hey, Kings!” he said,  “At least after hearing this episode, I hope you will break your silence and provide an answer to Draupadi’s question as per tenets of dharma.... Continue Reading →

Vidura on Prahlada

The well-known asura king Hiranyakashipu, killed by Vishnu in the avatar of Narasimha, had a famous son Prahlada, who succeeded his father to the throne. “Prahlada” recounted Vidura, “had a son called Virochana. There ensured a conflict between Virochana and Sudhanva, son of Angirasa, over a damsel each wanted to marry. In order to resolve... Continue Reading →

Bhima’s revenge

“Rulers from far and near!” he said to them. “Please hear these words patiently and my vow.  You would not have heard these in the past. There is no likelihood of your hearing it in the future also.  If I do not fulfil the vow I am undertaking, let me not get the fortune of... Continue Reading →

Draupadi disgraced

Vikarna’s observations were, however, absolutely unpalatable to one among the wicked gang of four (Duryodhana, Dusshaasana, Shakuni and Karna) namely Karna.  Karna was provoked by the praise showered by the respectable ones and by the criticism leveled against his colleague Shakuni.  Overcoming by his anger, he admonished Vikarna, raising his handsome hand in the process.... Continue Reading →

Draupadi dragged to court

Stung by the bug of arrogance, Duryodhana scoffed at Vidura and protesting against his words, called a messenger.   He asked him to bring Draupadi to the court and said, “You need not be afraid of the sons of Pandu.  The only one who fears is Vidura.  He, however, is not interested in our progress.” Duryodhana... Continue Reading →

Vidura pulls up Duryodhana

Duryodhana, rendered indiscreet by the flush of victory lost even the modicum of mental balance and commanded Vidura to undertake an unpleasant task. “Vidura!” he said to him, “Go at once and bring Draupadi, the love of Pandavas.  Let her sweep the floor of the house and keep it clean.  That unfortunate one shall live... Continue Reading →

Draupadi as stake

In the midst of this confusion and total disillusionment in Yudhishtira’s camp, the cunning Shakuni had a brain wave. “You made a mistake”, he said to Yudhishtira, “by staking yourself.  However you are left with one more valuable item of wealth.  In spite of it, it is unfortunate on your part to have offered yourself... Continue Reading →

Yudhishtira loses all in the game of dice

The game of dice and the crescendo of Kaurava’s delight in a stormy and tempestuous atmosphere continued unabated as Yudhishtira suffered successive defeats.  Victory appeared to be unknown to him.  Addressing the losing Yudhishtira, Shakuni said, “Yudhishtira You have staked and lost  all the wealth belonging to Pandavas.  Is there anything valuable which has not... Continue Reading →

Introduction to “Draupadi in Distress”

Draupadi constitutes the most unique example of a dame in distress  - the kind of distress probably unknown to any other heroine or female  character in a story, legend or epic like the Mahabharata. She would perhaps have willingly subjected herself to any severe punishment coupled with dignity but was destined to stake all her... Continue Reading →

Aurora of Arunachala

The importance of the sacred place of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu lies in the secret of its being the centre of the thejo linga kshetra and in its being the secret abode of the Supreme Lord Shiva in his elemental form of fire. While the celebrated linga adorns the temple of Arunachaleswara, Skandapurana comes out... Continue Reading →

An an-thrilling conception

The Skandapuranic legend centering round Vighneswara is doubtless known to many but is narrated here not only in the interests of accuracy and authenticity of the anecdote but also to include it as part of a fairly comprehensive series of legends that throw light on the greatness of Arunachala and to focus attention on the... Continue Reading →

Humility melts the Lord

It is not perhaps know to many that the thejo linga of Paramatman does not get destroyed even in a deluge and that it enjoys the reputation of constantly being worshipped by rains of flowers, by the melody of divine music and by the dance and prayers of the celestial nymphs. The kind Lord Paramashiva,... Continue Reading →

The Antaryamin

The real greatness of Arunachala lies in its being the embodiment of jyoti (divine light) and in the fantasy and phantasmagoria of the aurora of Arunachala. The profound secrets of Arunachala are known only to Rishis, Sages, Yogis and true devotees of Arunachaleswara and Apeetha Kuchamba. The jyotirlinga kshetra, which is unique for the manifestation... Continue Reading →

The greatest kshetra – A profound secret

There was once a great desire on the part of Sages in Naimisharanya forest to know which among the many Shiva kshetras on land was the greatest one. Earlier, this indeed was the question which bothered Sage Markandeya who however preferred to seek an answer from Nandikeswara. “Deveswara, Ocean of Kindness!” said Markandeya, addressing Nandikeswara,... Continue Reading →

Thithi pujas

It has been authoritatively stated in Skandapurana that Arunachaleswara would like certain specified major offerings (naivedyams) depending upon the phases of the moon (thithis) in the same way as different offerings are earmarked for the ruling constellations (nakshatras). The impact of lunar rays on earth especially on vegetation, herbs, oceanic waves and tides and certain... Continue Reading →

Nakshatra pujas

It has been repeatedly mentioned in Skandapurana that Arunachaleswara will always have a soft corner for those who undertake pradakshina, thapas and austerities in Arunachala. There will be no experience of physical and mental aliments wherever the linga of Arunachaleswara is worshipped.   Offering during 27 Nakshatras Arunachaleswara likes different offerings on each day of... Continue Reading →

Legendary Light on greatness

Sage Markandeya once asked Nandikeswara, “Bhagawan! You are always immersed in the thoughts of the blissful image of Shiva. The nectar called the greatness of Arunachala related by you has made me ecstatic. How is it that the Pandyan King Vajrangada having been found guilty of committing sacrilege in Arunachala regained the glory of his... Continue Reading →

Mahan Seshadri

Bhagavan Seshadri Swamigal’s ways and means of conveying the quintessence of our philosophy and shedding light on the ultimate reality of existence have been as profoundly simple as they have been unique. “When the physical frame withers away”, according to his cryptocrystalline tattva nirupana, “The sesha or what remains following the fall of the body... Continue Reading →

Adi Sankara

If one reaches the appropriate spiritual level, it is entirely possible to come face to face with Sankara. A small group of spiritual aspirants was exchanging notes and sharing personal experiences in a satsang in a Nadi (palm leaf) astrologer’s house in Bangalore more than two decades ago. The subject of their conversation was Adi... Continue Reading →

Universe glows from the glowing Arunachaleswara

"Great Nandikeswara!" said Sage Markandeya, “I had the pleasure of listening to your narration of the legend about Vidyadharas (Kantishali and Kaladhara) - a legend which can be likened to the lunar disc throwing light on the ocean of greatness called Arunachaleswara. However, how did King Vajrangada attain salvation? How did he worship Arunachaleswara? How... Continue Reading →

Iswara

The legendary description of Iswara’s leela is wonderful, according to all the Rishis who had first-hand knowledge of the vignettes of Iswara tattva and Vedanta. It inspires bhakti even in an atheist! Great Rishis like Vyasa and Sanatkumara, all-knowing as they were, had displayed rare knowledge of Shiva tattva. Vyasa Maharshi met Sanatkumara once and... Continue Reading →

Gautama

There is a legend attributed to Vyasa Maharshi about the great Gautama – a legend, the knowledge of which helps to redeem one from the karma of past sins. Gautama Maharshi had performed penance for 10,000 years at Brahmagiri in the South. His spouse was the well known repository of dharma, namely, Ahalya. Once a... Continue Reading →

Chandrasena

Once the Rishis wanted to know from Suta Maharshi, the repository of the vignettes of Vedanta, the secret about any jyotrilinga kshetra (apart from Arunachala) the knowledge of the greatness of which would promote the quality of bhakta in one. The repository replied that the jyotrilinga of Mahalinga which had the reputation of being the... Continue Reading →

Sangira

Long ago, there was a Brahmin called Sangira stepped in ignorance and bereft of faith in Vedas as a result of sins committed by him in his previous incarnation: “Puraa kashcin-mahaa-murkhah-Sangiro namma baadabaha, Poorva-janma-kritaath-paapaath-Veda-shraddha vivirjithaha”. He was interested in Logic; he tried to know the transcendental principal of the Brahman and the pictures of good... Continue Reading →

Shashivarna & Shubhaga

“Suspecting devotees of God”, said Iswara, addressing Vishnu, and doubting Brahma, you and me bring about major impediments to rise of jnana in a person. Displaying total lack of understanding of those on the dharmic path and causing harm to the reputation of those who have understood the Vedas also impede one’s progress towards Atma... Continue Reading →

Durghata

Durghata, born of poor parents, was a well-known legendary figure with notoriety for having committed more sinful deeds than others. He was not afraid of his vicious record nor of the results of his inglorious past. Flaunting his cruel hands, he dared to indulge freely in devilish deeds. He had killed many virtuous men, destroyed... Continue Reading →

Andal

A great devotee of Vishnu called Vishnuchitta, a resident of Srivilliputtur, had developed a flower garden mainly for the purpose of offering everyday a garland chiefly to tulasi leaves to the temple in the vicinity. His labour of love behind the offering was intense. His faith in God was equally unique and unwavering. One day,... Continue Reading →

Alchemy!

In the heart of a thick forest, stood a small hut. In front of the hut there was a platform of stone and a deer-skin adorned it. Seated in half-padmasana posture radiating peace was one whose body had grown thin with thapas. An emaciated exterior, a far reaching forehead, a pair of eyes glittering with... Continue Reading →

Some Jeevanmuktas

( A ) Sri Shuka Maharshi A lofty king among mountains called Himalaya stretching from East to West adorns our land of glory in the North like a yardstick meant to measure it.  At the foot of the mountain lies a place of divinity called Badarikashram.  Once it was at this place that Veda Vyasa... Continue Reading →

Regulation of worship

Arunachaleswara wishes that utsavams at the temple are celebrated in a fitting manner at least once a month. The shishyas who process the pujas, according to him, must be well-versed in the Vedas, virtuous, gifted, pure in mind and always radiating a pleasant attitude and exuberance. They should be disciplined and display internal and external... Continue Reading →

Worship of Arunachala

“I have already told you”, said Arunachaleswara addressing Sage Gautama, “how I had settled in Bhu-loka as Arunachaleswara. You are very dear to me. Many among the fortunate start worshipping me right from early times by virtue of their “punya” of the previous life. I want you to excel all and, as the foremost among... Continue Reading →

The jyothi of Arunachala

Devi assumed the role of Mahishasuramardini - as Durga and put an end to the life of the mighty rakshasa. Although there was widespread jubilation of a justifiable nature, Parvathi’s calculations and conclusions were different. Addressing Durga, she said, “Vindhyavasini! As a result of your unique accomplishment, my thapas reached its fitting finale without impediments.... Continue Reading →

Nityananda

“Yogananda! Your idea appears to be well-founded indeed. It may well be that Gurudeva’s view is also identical. Adhyayana may demand two people being present in a place but it is in the fitness of things there should be only one person for thapas, namely the tapasvi alone!” “Nityananda! I have also been thinking over... Continue Reading →

Upanishad of a Jeevanmukta

Shukarahasyopanishad Prajnaanaadimahaavaakya-rahasyadikalevaram, Vikalevarakaivalyam tripaadraamamaham bhaje. “Shukarahasyopanishad is verily the crown of all Upanishads” - Shiva “The Upanishads”, said Sri Sadashiva, “is to the Vedas what the head is to the body, but Shukarahasyopanishad is verily the crown of all Upanishads.  Whoever meditates on the Brahman conceived by this secret Upanishad develops detachment,” as a prelude... Continue Reading →

A Jeevanmukta par excellence!

Sage Pareekshit, the recipient of Shuka Brahma’s grace in full measure and author of the unique Shuka Gayathri mantra described the son of Vyasa, the repository of Vedic knowledge and the patriarch of Puranas, as a Jeevanmukta par excellence and a personification of peace. “Jeevanmuktam sadaa shantam” Shuka, according to Pareekshit, was not only an... Continue Reading →

A Jagadguru extols qualities of a Jeevanmukta

His Holiness Sri Sri Bharatitheertha Swamigal of Sringeri Sharada Peetam says that the subject of Jeevanmukti has been particularly discussed in Advaita Siddhanta; the Vedas, he reiterates, assert the essence in many ways as with such authoritative passages as “Atra Brahma Samsrute”. In clear terms he describes Jeevanmukti as attaining liberation while this body lasts. ... Continue Reading →

Greatness of Arunachala

“Mahishasura”, explained sage Gautama to Parvathi, “must really have been a devotee of Arunachaleswara in his previous life. That is why although he acquired the form Mahisha by a curse of the Rishis for his misdeeds actuated by pride and prejudice, he has a Shiva linga adorning his neck.” “Is there any one in the... Continue Reading →

Invincibility of earthly wonder

It is Lord Arunachaleswara’s wish that Parasakti who through her inimitable powers and prayers is protecting the universe which is a projection of herself should receive sevas In Arunachala in the attractive name of Apeetha-kuchamba -a name suggestive of eternal youthful energy, inexhaustible source of knowledge, illimitable kindness and insatiable thirst for fulfilling the wishes... Continue Reading →

Shortcuts to Divine Grace

Identification of the factor that brings about a flood of knowledge is rendered easy and quick through the grace of Sadgurus like Mahan Sri Seshadri. Knowledge is the causative force leading one to salvation. Alternatively, attainments such as this can be very easily reached by observance of vratams (austerities and disciplines) in Shiva kshetras. Material... Continue Reading →

A visit for visible fruits

“Great thapasvi!”, said Parvati Devi to sage Gautama, I have a feelings of complete fulfillment from what you have told me about the greatness of Arunachala. I am struck by its mystic glory. Namaskarams to you! You will be glad to note that Shiva himself has directed me to carry on the balance of thapas... Continue Reading →

Devadevi

The inner frame of mind that has surrendered itself at the Lotus Feet of Sri Hari who is a repository of soundarya (beauty) should not be carried away by delusions of female beauty. Your idea of capturing him to gratify your earthly desires is, therefore nothing but a mirage”. “How is that? As if this... Continue Reading →

Need for Sadguru

The rise of Brahmajnana is the vanishing point of ignorance and ignorant deeds it circumscribes but on account of an infinitesimal residuum of prarabdha karma, the Brahmajnani’s links with the world continue for some time after the vital God-experience catapulting him into the state of Jeevanmukti.  In other words it can be said that the... Continue Reading →

True end and aim of human life

While the benefits of a Jeevanmukta’s life to the world cannot be precisely described, so far as the Jeevanmukta himself is concerned, it is not only an ample demonstration of the highest attainment but also of a living example to seekers and sadhakas in particular and others in general of the true end and aim... Continue Reading →

Benefits of Jeevanmuktittva

From the moment of instant rise of Pratibha Shakti in the person following Sakshatkara or vivid God-experience the jeevan’s state of Jeevanmukti starts; the golden chapter of the sublime life dedicated to humanitarian service and protection of the world goes on till the moment of Videha-kaivalya when the mortal or corporeal appendage withers away. The... Continue Reading →

Eligibility

The Swetashwara Upanishad says that those who are eligible to receive the benefits of Jeevanmukti state are threefold: (1) The disciples of a Sadguru (2) The devotees of God, and (3) The neutral ones among the atheists and theists (even an atheist gets cleansed of all sin and redeemed from bondage if he catches the... Continue Reading →

Ishwara on Jeevanmukti and Videhamukti

Videha Mukti “All knowing Maha Vishnu!”, says Iswara according to Soota Samhita (Mukti Khanda – 2nd chapter) which is part of Skandapurana, "In Vedanta Sastra, the concept of Mukti is explained as of different types.  But the most important five of them are (1) Salokya (2) Sameepya (3) Saroopya (4) Sayujya and (5) Swarupa.  Mundakopanishad... Continue Reading →

Vedic therapy for the fiery flame

“How did the fiery lingam of Arunachala”, Parvathi asked Gautama Maharshi, “come within reach of all living beings? How did it cool down? How did holy waters originate in Arunachala?   Cooled down for universal protection : “As the fiery Arunachaleswara stood and occupied a radius of several miles”, replied Gautama, “all Maharshis did a... Continue Reading →

Sadhu Nischaladas

Vittalapura was a village. Range Gowda was the Patel of the village. God had been quite merciful to him; for, he had a number of servants to help him. He had been remitting a land revenue of three hundred rupees every year. Irrespective of the distinctions between the poor and the rich, everyone in the... Continue Reading →

Mystic mountain of miracles

Arunachaleshwara has the reputation of being the champion of the handicapped and the unfortunate in the legendary fight at the time of Daksha –yagna  several Devatas who had lost their limbs at the hands of Veerabhadra worshipped Arunachaleshwara and recovered their former figure and blemishless beauty. Thus Indra got his teeth, Agni his hands, Sun... Continue Reading →

The Glory of Indian Motherhood

(Immediately after the royal wedding, Kashiraja was ushered into Queen Madalasa’s chambers. The Queen bowed and started an interesting conversation with the King. “Madaalasaam manjula vaagvilaasam”, was the poetic tribute which Kalidasa gave. ) “I want to spend my time in Brahmacharya.” “Then why did you get married?” “I was not interested. My view was... Continue Reading →

The magic of Holy Waters

Shiva stands majestically in the form of mountain in Arunachala. “Shivam Shonachalaakritim”, says Gautama, also, the Shiva linga is mountain itself “Shivalingam-adirupam”, he asserts. The wonderful lingam of gigantic stature is worshipped by all Devatas and Rishis.   Sacred waters There are several theerthams in Arunachala containing the holy waters of Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Narmada,... Continue Reading →

Yogavashishta on Jeevanmukti

Yogavasishta is “the most wonderful of books” according to Swami Rama Thirtha.  Whoever reads it, according to him, will not fail to reach the highest. It explains the doctrine of Advaita through a series of legends. It is also called Vaasistha Ramayan because the great Sage Vasishta initiated Sri Rama into the lore of enlightenment... Continue Reading →

Shiva bestows boons

“People who indulge in mere nama-sankirtan or offer prayers to Arunachaleswara even from distant places”, Gautama Maharshi told Parvathi Devi “will have salvation conferred on them. (“Kirtito janardooraihi Shonadririti muktidaha”). Gifts, havans, homas, japa and all types of thapas in the mountainous region will bring infinite benefits. Long ago, in order to enlighten Brahma and... Continue Reading →

Parvathi descends to Earth

“Great Brahma!”, said Sanaka Maharshi to the Creator, “You are endowed with a wealth of qualities. By Shiva’s grace and your kindness as the Jagadguru, I have heard from you a lot about the greatness of Arunachala. The sanctity of the place is as wonderful as it is capable of redeeming people from all sins.... Continue Reading →

Vedic authority

The Vedas recognise the existence of the phenomenon of Jeevanmukti. Kathopanishad proclaims that a person freeing oneself from the bondage of “eeshanas” will attain salvation. Transcending the crushing and visible bondages of desire, anger and the other inimical forces will mean putting him on the threshold of complete liberation. A  Jeevanmukta’s life is one of... Continue Reading →

The secret doctrine

Adi Shankara lays down the basic postulate that a person who has understood the secret doctrine of Brahman - Brahma-tattva – will no longer have the kind of family attachment he had before. Conversely, a person who continues to have such attachment (and lives like most others) will not have assimilated the Brahme-tattva. (Sloka 441)... Continue Reading →

Qualities of a Jeevanmukta

Though the body is an inseparable factor just like the shadow that follows one incessantly, the quality of a Jeevanmukta is such as to display the total absence of thinking on “I” or “Mine” or the distortions of selfishness (which originate as a result of egoistic preoccupations of the body). Absence of selfish thoughts and... Continue Reading →

Concepts of Jeevanmukti

Srimad Shankara Bhagavatpadacharya devotes an entire chapter (68) in His “Vivekachudmani” to describe the qualities of a Jeevanmukta, i.e., one who is in the state of bliss having been liberated during his lifetime. As many as 20 Slokas extol the virtues of a Jeevanmukta. “In the whole Bhu-loka’’, Adi Shankara says, “there will only be... Continue Reading →

Introduction to “Joys of a Jeevanmukta”

(By Iha-Para Sowbhagyavati, Sesha-nada-rupini,  Brahmarshi Umadevi Amma, reflecting the Inner Voice of Sadguru Seshadri Swamigal)   In recognition of a Sadhaka's spiritual efforts, God Himself descends into his saintly life to glorify it during the life-time of such a Sadhaka. He becomes a Jeevanmukta. Jeevanmukti is the crowning success of divinity manifesting in him to make his... Continue Reading →

Genesis of Jyothir-linga

Once Sanaka Rishi asked Brahma about the greatness of Arunachala, ” Chaturmukha! Lord of the fourteen worlds, foremost among the Devatas and praised in the Vedas”, Sanaka said to Brahma in great humility and with folded hands, “By Your Grace, I have got full enlightenment. By Your great and singular initiation, the wealth of devotion... Continue Reading →

Apeetakuchamba & Arunachaleswara

Krittika is a great star ruled by Agni, the Lord of Fire – in consonance with the hymn of Yajur Veda “Agnirnahpaatu Krittikaaha….” That is also incendiary constellation identifiable with the manifestation of Devi. Hence when Goddess Parvathi herself undertakes a pradakshinam of the fiery lingam in Arunachala on Karthika Krittika day especially at sunset... Continue Reading →

Benefit of Giri-Pradakshinam

“Whoever undertakes the Giri-pradakshinam with the mind securely fixed in My dhyana”, says Lord Arunachaleswara, "will get the benefit of My early grace.The dust he himself raises with his feet will serve as an instrument of immortality”. Whoever begins the mountainous pilgrimage will get unexpected help even from the Devatas in various ways. The Devatas... Continue Reading →

Greatness of Arunachala (that attracted Mahaan Seshadri and a host of Sages)

If Varanasi(Kashi) is reputed to confer immortality on those dying there, Arunachala (Thiruvannamalai) holds out the same benefit to all those who remember its glorious name! Remember, it is just the remembrance of Arunachala: “Nama smaranamatrena yatpaatakavinaashanam” declares the celebrated Skandapurana. By remembering the great name, all sins of a person will disappear and he... Continue Reading →

Introduction to “Greatness of Arunachala” by Mahaan Sri Seshadri Swamigal

Sadguru Sri Seshadri Swami's "Sesha Gita" The mountain of Arunachala, Thiruvannamalai, is a monumental linga affording protection to animate and inanimate world in addition to the incomprehensible galaxy of bodies in Brahmic manifestation. As a place endowed with the potentiality for erasing sinful karma and for promoting prospects of salvation, Arunachala is the only one of... Continue Reading →

Chapter – 27

Sri Shuka Paramarshi says, "Child, the transcendental journey and experience known as Swayambhu Lingam that leads to immersion and absorption into the Supreme Self can be achieved only with the help of the atoms or the "body" or manifest or Vyakta state of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet and the unmanifest or Avyakta state of the self-luminous akshara or... Continue Reading →

Chapter – 26

Sri Shuka Paramarshi says, "Child, the real meaning of Swayambhu Lingam is the transcendental journey and experience of the infinite, indivisible, unmanifest of the unmanifest and unknown of unknown known as the Supreme Self. This is beyond words and beyond description. To say it is space or void or to say it is wondrous or astonishing... Continue Reading →

Swayambhu Lingam – Chapter- 25

Swethāranyeswar bows down and asks, "O Great Guru! The astonishing feat of transcending the dense and subtle layers and planes of creation and creation differentials by You rendered all the Rshis and all of creation speechless. I beseech You to guide me further on this." Sri Shuka Paramarshi says, "Son, as I have said earlier... Continue Reading →

Chapter – 24

Sri Shuka Paramarshi says, "Child, as I have said earlier that all of creation lies within the dynamic and complex structure of an atom, it is therefore necessary to perceive its interwoven complex structure, formation and composition to understand how to experience it and transcend it. As I have said earlier, the vast expanse of creation... Continue Reading →

Chapter – 23

Sri Shuka Paramarshi says, "Child, the interwoven structure of the atom is necessary to understand as it contains the entire gamut of creation and creation differentials of light, sound, matter, time, space, movement, ego, mind, intellect, five-fold attributes, five-fold elements and other parameters. What is important to know is that every atom in a created being... Continue Reading →

Atom – Chapter – 22

Sri Shuka Paramarshi says, "Child, the complex gamut of creation and creation differentials of light, sound, matter, time, space, movement, ego, mind, intellect, five-fold attributes, five-fold elements, myriad shapes and forms of beings, myriad forms of the Supreme Self, innumerable mantras, the Vedas, Sabda Brahman, innumerable sadhanas and anustanas and everything else in this ever-changing... Continue Reading →

Transcendence – Chapter – 21

Sri Shuka Paramarshi says, "Child, when the very purpose of one's existence is to know, realize, perceive, understand and experience the Supreme Self and lead him or it to become immersed and absorbed into the Supreme Self, the most appropriate and best method is to abide by the guidance and instructions of the Self or the... Continue Reading →

Chapter – 20

Sri Shuka Paramarshi says, " Child, Brahmopadesham is the Supreme Knowledge that each and every created being will be taught by the self-luminous akshara or alphabet that is the Self. Brahmopadesham is the knowledge, understanding, perception, realization and experience of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet in entirety. That is the doctrine or Upadesh of the Supreme Self. When is Brahmopadesham bestowed on... Continue Reading →

Brahmopadesham – Chapter – 19

Sri Shuka Paramarshi continues saying, "Son, it should be known that a created being is in meditation or Dhyana always. Since, the origin of all creation is Aksharam or the Imperishable, every created being and all differentials of creation i.e. light, sound, matter, time, space, movement, ego, mind, intellect, five-fold attributes, five-fold elements and even the myriad forms of... Continue Reading →

Chapter – 18

Sri Shuka Paramarshi says, " Child, is meditation or Dhyana only about sitting in the manner and position as prescribed in the scriptures or is there something more about meditation or Dhyana to be known? Introspection and contemplation about one's own creation and the form and shape of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet in whose form... Continue Reading →

Dhyana – Chapter – 17

Sri Shuka Paramarshi says, " Child, for a created being to even begin to show gratitude or Kritagyata and practise acceptance or Anumodhana for Self-Surrender, first he or it must contemplate and introspect on the Supreme Self. For a created being to know, realize, understand, perceive and experience the Supreme Self, the "body" or the manifest or Vyakta state of the... Continue Reading →

Chapter – 16

Sri Shuka Paramarshi continues saying, "Son, why has renunciation of the fruits of action and inaction, words, thoughts and speech or karma phala tyāgaḿ been given pride of place in a sadhana or anustana or practice? Why is it placed higher than knowledge or jnana and meditation or dhyana? It is indeed difficult for a created being to even understand what... Continue Reading →

Karma phala tyāgaḿ – Chapter – 15

Swethāranyeswar expresses, "O Venerable Guru! This indeed is beautiful and astonishing to hear. I am grateful and thankful to You for revealing the inner secrets of the Supreme Self. But, when both happiness or sukha and sorrow or duḥkha are inherent in each and every action and inaction, words, thoughts and speech and fruits of the actions and inactions... Continue Reading →

Chapter – 14

Swethāranyeswar asks, "O Perfect Being! I surrender myself at Your Golden Lotus Feet and beg You to help me. Please tell me how am I to offer thanks to the Supreme Self." Sri Shuka Paramarshi replies, "Dear child, as Aksharam or Imperishable is the seed for the self-luminous akshara or alphabet, and the self-luminous akshara or alphabet is... Continue Reading →

Self-Surrender Chapter – 13

Sri Shuka Paramarshi says, "Son, the self-luminous akshara or alphabet i.e. its inherent nature that is Aksharam is one's Guru, one's teacher or Acharya, one's best friend or Hiteshi, one's companion or Sakha or Pārsada, one's Father, one's Mother, one's sibling and one's child. Supreme Self is one but forms are myriad. Why is being grateful and offering thanks imperative for one... Continue Reading →

Gratitude (Kritagyata) – Chapter – 12

Sri Shuka Paramarshi continues saying, " Child, any path or sadhana or anustana undertaken has to be done with devotion and faith - Bhakti  and Shraddha as this will lead the created being to become grateful and thankful to the Supreme Self. The impulse or feeling to be grateful and thankful every second should be spontaneous and natural... Continue Reading →

Chapter – 11

Swethāranyeswar offers salutations to Sri Shuka Paramarshi and says, " O All-knowing One! I am speechless. I am in a state of joy just from hearing your words. It is indeed the greatest privilege to hear the innermost secrets of the Supreme Self from You. I am eternally grateful and thankful to You. I beseech You... Continue Reading →

Four types of Mukti – Chapter – 10

Sri Shuka Paramarshi says, "Child, the composition and structure of this self-luminous akshara or alphabet will dictate the created being's perception of the Supreme Self and this will then dictate the path the created being will follow to realize the Supreme Self. The premise for any path is immersion and absorption into the Supreme Self.... Continue Reading →

Satchitananda – Chapter – 9

Sri Shuka Paramarshi asks," Child, as I said now, the seed or beejam of a created being is the self-luminous akshara or alphabet and the seed or beejam of that self-luminous akshara or alphabet is Aksharam, then what is this self-luminous akshara or alphabet? I have said that it has manifested from Aksharam. I have also said that this self-luminous... Continue Reading →

Chapter – 8

Sri Shuka Paramarshi asks, "Child, why is the knowledge of akshara or alphabets or letters necessary? Why is it known as Akshara Vijnana? What is the science of an akshara or alphabet? As I said earlier, every created being is in the form or shape of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet. The vast and expansive creation with... Continue Reading →

Chapter – 7

Sri Shuka Paramarshi continues to say, " Child, it is imperative to understand the complexity and structure and dynamics of the self-luminous aksharas that is this created universe. Each and every created being is a self-luminous akshara. He or it projects the composition, structure and differentials of light, sound, matter, time, space, movement, ego, mind, intellect,... Continue Reading →

Chapter – 6

Swethāranyeswar humbly asks, "O Great Guru of the Rshis! You are the all-knowing One. I beg you to enlighten me further about the various ways to understand and realize the anustana and sadhana to seek the Supreme Self that is inherent in each and every created being". Sri Shuka Paramarshi says, "Child, there are innumerable... Continue Reading →

Chapter – 5

Swethāranyeswar bowing down says, "O Great One! Your words are so beautiful and yet so difficult for me to comprehend. How is one to begin to understand and realize the path to Self-Surrender and Self-Enquiry that is already inherent? How is one to proceed when one is having so many doubts and lacking clarity on... Continue Reading →

Chapter – 4

Swethāranyeswar asks, " O Revered One, there are so many ways and means to ponder over the Supreme Self and each is considered to be as extraordinary as the next. What should one do?". Sri Shuka Paramarshi says, "Son, each created being who is the self-luminous akshara or alphabet in light, sound, matter, form, time, space,... Continue Reading →

AUM – Chapter – 3

Sri Shuka Paramarshi says, "Child, AUM is said to be the Supreme sound or Nada or Sabda Brahman. What is this AUM? AUM is said to be Akara, Ukara and Makara. What is its origin? Has it self-manifested? Aksharam, the Imperishable manifests the self-luminous aksharas or alphabets that have inherent light, sound and matter. This self-luminosity manifested... Continue Reading →

Aksharam Paramam Brahma – Chapter – 2

Sri Shuka Paramarshi on the request of Bhagawan Shree Krishna approaches Swethāranyeswar and finds him lost in thought staring aimlessly into the dense forest of Swethāranya. Swethāranyeswar suddenly experiences a deep bliss descending upon him and realizes that a great being has arrived. He turns around to find the ever-blissful radiant Sri Shuka Paramarshi standing near him. Swethāranyeswar prostrates and... Continue Reading →

An Introduction to “Arunāmbara”

Prostrations to Lord Ganapathi, Ocean of Mercy and Kindness. Salutations offered to Sri Shuka Paramarshi, the venerable Great Guru of the Rishis Obeisance paid to Bhagawan Shree Krishna, the Supreme Self, The Perfect Being.     "Arunāmbara" is an English translation of a previously unknown discourse and discussion about Self-Enquiry and Self-Surrender, the four types of mukti, Aksara Vijnana, the truth about the Ambiguous Truth and... Continue Reading →

Brahman

Chapter - 11   The Brahman is something not visible to the naked eye; On the other hand this world containing the five elements, the movables and immovables, all living beings including the human species, is vividly visible to the eye; Inspite of all these, Brahman is said to be real and the visible and... Continue Reading →

Thapas

CHAPTER - 10    Human life is supposed to be short; in the earlier Yuga especially the Krita Yuga, people did thapas for hundred to thousands of years. How can one in Kali Yuga make up or even excel the quantum of thapas reputed to have taken place in earlier Yugas? According to the Rishis,... Continue Reading →

Health and longevity

Chapter - 9   What should the priorities be in maintaining health and longevity? What is the ratio behind the priorities? The true end and purpose of life is to achieve salvation. Very few individuals are given the benefit of such a difficult task like salvation as an overwhelming majority of  human folks do not... Continue Reading →

Radiation

CHAPTER – 7   How do cosmic rays originate? Ray is a line of light or other radiation coming from a point. Radiation is a spurt of energy as electromagnetic rays or subatomic particles. Cosmos means the universe seen as a well-ordered whole. The most unfortunate thing about Western science or scientists is that even... Continue Reading →

Communication with God

CHAPTER – 6     What is the nature of communication between Guru and Shishya ( with some examples)? For a devoted disciple, the Sadguru will do anything to bring him up to His own high spiritual level. The disciple on the other hand looks upon his Guru as an embodiment of everything- all knowledge... Continue Reading →

Knowledge

CHAPTER – 5   What exactly is the meaning of knowledge? What is its primary purpose? Whatever enlarges the frontiers of our mental, intellectual and spiritual horizons and whatever broadens our vision and perspective is indeed the subject, the merits and the description of “Knowledge”. The purpose of knowledge is primarily one that allows fuller... Continue Reading →

Division of Time into Yugas

CHAPTER – 4   How are the Yugas classified? What is the meaning of each of the names of the Yugas? Each day of the Creator is called Kalpa. Each Kalpa has 14 Manvantaras and each Manvantara has more than 71 Mahayugas. Each Mahayuga has 4 Yugas. Krita Yuga: “Krita-Kruthyā-nām iti Krita Yugam” meaning that... Continue Reading →

Time

CHAPTER – 3   What is meant by Time? Literally “Time” is indicative of limitless continuation of progress of existence and events taking place in past-present-and-future of existence with all three regarded as a whole. It is in effect the measurement or record of happenings during certain seconds, minutes, hours, years and so on. It... Continue Reading →

Genesis: Theory of the Origins of the Universe

CHAPTER – 2   What is meant by universe? The universe is a five-fold structure created by the Supreme Creator’s will – the Supreme Godhood in action and created in a very short period of time ostensibly through a Big Bang but structured on firm foundations of science. Although literally universe means the conglomeration of... Continue Reading →

An Introduction to “Jugglery of the Universe”

From Human Bondage to Ultimate Liberation … The mystery of creation, purpose of existence and existence itself is a journey of Self-realization. There have been many paths propagated to know, understand and experience the Truth. This book is a question and answer session between the authors to understand the "Jugglery of the Universe".   How the scientists have... Continue Reading →

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