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The Eight Types of Marriage

July 30, 2010

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Mahabharata classifies marriage into eight types. They are Bráhma, Daiva, Ársha, Prájápatya, Asura, Gándharva, Rákshasa and Paisácha...

The story of the Cat and the Mouse

July 22, 2010

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Once there lived a mouse by the name Palita in a large forest. It resided in the base of an expansive banyan tree. In one of the branches of that tree, there also lived a cat by the name Lomasa, which subsisted on birds that visited the tree. There was also a Chandala hunter living […]

Pandavas receive the gift of Akshaya Patra

July 18, 2010

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When Pandavas marched towards the forest to serve the next thirteen years in exile, a lot of Brahmanas followed them. The entourage stopped at the banks of River Ganges to spend the night...

The parallelism of Noah’s ark with Matsya Avatar

July 11, 2010

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Vaivaswata Manu, the son of Vivaswan (Surya), once took to doing austere penances at the banks of river Cheerini. One day, a small fish in the river approached Manu and said: “O Sire, I am but a small fish that lives in fear of the large ones in this river as they may prey upon […]

The Story of King Indradyumna

July 10, 2010

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The story of Gajendra Moksha, where Vishnu saved Gajendra, the King of elephants, from the clutches of a crocodile is well known. Gajendra, in his previous birth lived on the earth as King Indradyumna. The King was born in the lineage of Svayambuva Manu, and ruled the Pandya country. (The above is not narrated in […]

Quote: The greatness of Bharata

July 8, 2010

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"Everything related to the four Purusharthas of Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha, that is found in the epic can also be found elsewhere. But what is not here is nowhere else"