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The Guru’s instructions produce the greatest good

Mahābhārata (śānti parva) 12.123.24 गुरवॊ ऽपि परं धर्मं यद बरूयुस तत तथा कुरु | गुरूणां हि परसादाद धि शरेयः परम अवाप्स्यसि || guravo ‘pi paraṃ dharmaṃ yad brūyus tat tathā kuru | gurūṇāṃ hi prasādād dhi śreyaḥ param avāpsyasi || That which is instructed by the Guru must be acted upon as [the disciple’s] supreme righteous duty. As … Continue reading

Dharma – Reasoning = Adharma

केवलम शास्त्रमाश्रित्य न कर्तव्य् हि निर्नयः। युक्ति विचारेतु धर्माहानिः प्रजायते॥ kevalama śāstramāśritya na kartavy hi nirnayaḥ | yukti vicāretu dharmāhāniḥ prajāyate || – Brihaspati Ensure decisions are not made solely on the authority of sacred scriptures and devoid of reasoning, otherwise one causes destruction of Dharma. [ITRANS] kevalama shAstramAshritya na kartavy hi nirnayaH. yukti vichAretu … Continue reading

Navaratri – Day 7 – Dedicated to Goddess Kālarātri

एकवेणिजपाकर्णपूर नग्ना खरास्थिता। लम्बोष्टि कर्णिकाकर्णि तैलभ्यक्तशरीरिणी॥ वामपादोल्लसल्लोहलतकण्टकभूषणा॥ वर्धनमूर्धध्वजा कृष्णा कालरत्रिर्भयङ्करी॥ ekaveṇijapākarṇapūra nagnā kharāsthitā | lamboṣṭi karṇikākarṇi tailabhyaktaśarīriṇī|| vāmapādollasallohalatakaṇṭakabhūṣaṇā|| vardhanamūrdhadhvajā kṛṣṇā kālarātrirbhayaṅkarī|| ekaveṇi  – with braided hair, japā – with the rose flower, karṇapūra –with her ears adorned with ornaments, nagnā – naked, kharāsthitā – seated on a donkey, lamboṣṭi – long lips, karṇikākarṇi – from … Continue reading

Kalyani’s Gap Year Blog

Namaste All, A young lady named Kalyani Lodhia is travelling India and putting her experiences on her blog (http://kalyanil.tumblr.com/). We hope you enjoying reading it as much as we do. Jigyasa Team

Rape and the absence of leadership

Originally posted on Political Animal:
From the time of the Delhi rape, to the time of writing this column, around 960 rapes have happened in India. My clever words are meaningless, I want to smash the faces of the rapists. Amir Khan, the actor, produced a series of TV programmes on social issues in India…

External Article: Is Jiva Gosvami’s philosophy the same as Sri Caitanya’s?

By Dina Dayala dasa (Dario Knez) – Is Jiva Gosvami’s philosophy the same as Sri Caitanya’s? (http://www.dandavats.com/wp-content/uploads/Dina_Dayala_dasa_-_On_Jiva_Goswami.htm) Introduction Jiva Gosvami (1513-1598) is the youngest of the six Gosvamis of Vrindavana [1] who are honoured as genuine representatives of the teachings and faith of Caitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1534). All of them, except Jiva Gosvami, were personally inspired, instructed or commissioned by Caitanya. (Kapoor, 1984, 54). It seems that Jiva did not have the privilege to … Continue reading

Thought of the Day – Paramhamsa Yogananda

As long as you are making the effort, God will never let you down! – Paramhamsa Yogananda

Have you fulfilled your three debts?

The ancient texts of the Hindu sages speak of three debts that are to be paid during ones life. These three debts known in sanskrit as the ṛṇa trayi, are considered central to the life of the Hindu where the obligation of fulfilling these debts are not ideals but rather obligatory. The taittiriya samhita[1] states that … Continue reading

Thank you! 20,000 reached!

Namaste All, This a quick post to say Thank you to you all for supporting the Jigyasa blog and as a small gift we have created a small trailer for crash course, I hope you enjoy it 🙂 We have now reached 20,000 hits! ] Once again thank you 🙂 The Jigyasa Team

Happy 65th Indian Independence 2012

जननी जन्म भूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी॥ jananī janma bhūmiśca svargādapi garīyasī The mother and the mother-land are greater than the heavens Vālmiki Rāmāyana 6-124-17 Firstly on behalf of the Jigyāsā Team we would like to wish all citizens of Mother India a Happy Independence Day! Today, we celebrate 65 years of independence from the shackles of … Continue reading

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