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Quote: The nature of Time

May 31, 2010


यद इदं दृश्यते किंचिद भूतं स्थावर जङ्गमम पुनः संक्षिप्यते सर्वं जगत प्राप्ते युग क्षये yad idam drushyatey kinchid bhutam sthAvara jangamam punah sankshipyatey sarvam jagat prAptey yuga kshaye yad – whatever, idam – thus, drushyate – seen, kinchid – anything, bhutam – being, sthavara-immobile, jangama-mobile, punah – again, sankshipta – reduced, sarvam – all, jagat-world, […]

Mahabharata: how the narration begins

May 27, 2010


It is well known that entire epic of Mahabharata is structured in the form of a narration, recited by Ugrashrava Sauti unto a group of sages in the Naimisha forest who have been performing a yagna under the head of Shaunaka Kulapati. Ugrashrava Sauti is none other than the son of Romaharshana, a disciple of […]

The story of three disciples: #3 Veda

May 26, 2010


Áyodha Dhaumya had another disciple, Veda, who remained with his Guru and toiled like an ox under harsh conditions for a long time. Veda often forsook food and comfort to take care of his Guru’s needs. Finally, Veda completed his studies with his teacher’s blessings and returned home. * * * The story about the […]

The story of three disciples: #2 Upamanyu

May 21, 2010


Dhaumya once gave his other disciple Upamanyu the responsibility of herding cows. From then Upamanyu would herd the cows during the day and return in the evening to pay his respects. One day, Dhaumya asked him, “Dear child, I see that you are very plump (after undertaking day-long activity outdoors). By what means do you […]

The story of three disciples: #1 Uddalaka Aruni

May 19, 2010


Once there lived a sage by the name Áyodha Dhaumya, who had three disciples – Áruni from the country of Panchala, Upamanyu and Veda. One day, Dhaumya ordered Áruni to stop a breach in the waterway in acertain field, and the disciple obliged. But Áruni did not return for a while. The teacher, wondering about […]

The story of Elephant & Tortoise – Supratika and Vibhavasu

May 12, 2010


Once there lived two brothers Vibhāvasu and Supraťika, who were both sages engaged in ascetic penances. Vibhāvasu, the elder one was susceptible to anger. Supraťika, the younger among the two, was keen to partition their family wealth, and he made repeated attempts attempts to achieve this. One day Vibhāvasu called his brother and said, “Men […]

Profile: Abhimanyu

May 8, 2010


Abhimanyu was the son of Arjuna and Subhadra. He – was the incarnation of Varchas, the son of Soma (the Moon-God) (Mbh 1.67). – when born, had the rituals related to his birth performed by Krishna himself  (Mbh 1.222) – had a broad face like the hood of a snake (Mbh 1.222) – lived in […]

The incarnation of Abhimanyu

May 2, 2010


Abhimanyu was the incarnation of Varchas, the son of Soma (the Moon-God). Once the celestial deities together decided to incarnate on earth to fight the Asuras who had taken birth among humans.  Among them, Soma agreed to have his beloved son Varchas incarnate on earth; but due to the attachment towards his son, he asked […]