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upaniṣad – The philosophy

The upaniṣads formulate the final section of the vedas. Unlike the previous sections of the veda, the upaniṣads almost exclusively deal with philosophical and theological subjects with no attention given to rituals. The term upaniṣad can be loosely translated as ‘treatise heard sitting next to a teacher’, thus the knowledge is exposed through conversations between … Continue reading

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

īśopaniṣat – A comparative study

This series will attempt to compare and analyse the commentarial works of Shamkara, Madhva and A.C Bhaktivedanta on the īśa upaniṣad, thus providing an objective, informative and impartial view on the upaniṣad. om pūrṇamadaḥ pūrṇamidaṁ pūrṇāt pūrṇamudacyate | pūrṇasya pūrṇamādāya pūrṇamevāvaśiṣyate || om śāṁtiḥ śāṁtiḥ śāṁtiḥ || Commencing the work on the Upanishad, Shankara and … Continue reading

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