Mahabharata: Puru Vamsha Kathana

In the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata, as Vaishampayana Muni begins to narrate the story of the Pandavas and the Kauravas, Raja Janamejaya requests him to explain the benefits of listening to, or reading, the Mahabharata. Vaishampayana then narrates the great benefits of Mahabharata Katha-Shravana highlighting how it rids the listener of major sins and... Continue Reading →

Ramayana: Destroying the Moolabala of Ravana

Valmiki Ramayana is no doubt the most popular version of the Ramayana and is considered as one of the Itihasas in our land. Many sampradayas, though, refer to the existence of a 'Moola Ramayana' or the original Ramayana that predates Valmiki Ramayana. Sri Madhwacharya, in his Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya, has explained that he has used... Continue Reading →

The purpose of creation

I was going through an extremely interesting article on the problem of evil according to Hindu view. In that article there is a section that explains two sutras of the Brahmasutras from an Advaitic and Vishistadvaitic point of view. The particular sutras I am referring to are part of the “na-prayojanatva-adhikaranam”. According to Sri Shankaracharya and Sri... Continue Reading →

Jwara and Sri Krishna’s Remedy

The Vishnu Parva of the Harivamsha Purana and the 10th Skanda of Srimadbhagavata narrate a very interesting incident from the pastimes of Sri Krishna. Usha, who was the daughter of Banasura, once had a dream of uniting with Aniruddha, the grandson of Sri Krishna (son of Pradyumna). Aniruddha was an extremely handsome man, and Usha... Continue Reading →

CAB: An Expression of Our Gratitude

Yesterday, the Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill. This Bill, once it is cleared in the Rajya Sabha, eases a few provisions for religious minorities from three neighbouring countries to become citizens of our nation. It also exempts them from being termed as "illegal" entrants into this country. In its present form, the bill... Continue Reading →

Karma and Phala: The Dvaita Interpretation

The 47th shlōka of the second chapter of the Srimadbhagavadgīta is the famous shlōka where Sri Krishna instructs Arjuna on how to perform (and at the same time, how not to) perform karma. कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन | मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोsस्त्वकर्मणि || "You have the right only on the performance of karma, not on... Continue Reading →

RJB: The Dharmavigraha Returns

In the 1540s, Sri Vadiraja Tirtha went on a tirtha yatra to Ayodhya. While there he composed a shloka describing that sacred land of the Hindus. He said: “ayOdhyA nAma nagarI bhAti sAdhvI vadhUriva | vanaM gatasyApi tasya pAdukE yA$karOt patiM” "The town of Ayodhya appears resplendent like a chaste wife (woman). That city which... Continue Reading →

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