Translatability of Gods – If it doesn’t exist?

A simple Venn Diagram. A ∩ B exists only when there is something common between the both. Building upon Assmann, who says two of the major advantages of ancient polytheistic religions were religious tolerance and international law, this intersection exists there because though everyone has got their own religions, there is an equivalent god for… Read More Translatability of Gods – If it doesn’t exist?

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Dara Shikoh’s Introduction to the Upanishads – Sirr-e-Akbar

Anquetil Duperron found a copy of Sirr-e-Akbar, Dara Shikoh’s translation of Upanishads and royally defaced the name, in the usual European style as Oppenk’hat. At the start of the book, Dara gives the author’s introduction to the work. This preface, where Dara says Upanishads are a commentary of the Quran, is considered to be the… Read More Dara Shikoh’s Introduction to the Upanishads – Sirr-e-Akbar

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The Concept of Alternate Religion – Something which coexists with Religion

Somewhere, I wrote, Communism is also a religion – Communists follow the principle “No god is my god”. But, the trigger is a tweet by Prof Makarand Paranjape – Sir, isn’t terrorism itself a kind of religion, with a wide range of adherents, some fanatic, some moderate, some even “liberal”? This makes one think of… Read More The Concept of Alternate Religion – Something which coexists with Religion

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An Agamic Estimation of the Idol of Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala

Again based on the book The Tirumala Temple. It looks like there are four types of Vishnu idols according to Agama Sastras – Yoga, Bhoga, Vira, Abhicharika. Bhoga Murti indicates wealth and should be installed in a village. Vira Murti is installed at the outskirts of a village and is used as a guardian deity.… Read More An Agamic Estimation of the Idol of Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala

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Sri Krishna Deva Raya’s Southern Pilgrimage From Rayavachakam

After the Kalinga expedition, Sri Krishna Deva Raya went on a pilgrimage in the south – both to celebrate his victory and his marriage to Kalinga princess Jaganmohini. The only incongruity is the word Srimukha, denoting the year 1513, by which time, this wouldn’t have happened. But, going by the fact that the author Viswanatha… Read More Sri Krishna Deva Raya’s Southern Pilgrimage From Rayavachakam

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Mantra Pushpam

Yopam Pushpam Veda | Pushpavan Prajavan Pasuman Bhavati | Chandramaava Apam Pushpam | Puspavan Prajavan Pasuman Bhavati | Ya Evam Veda | Yopamayatanam Veda | Ayatanavan Bhavati| Agnirva Apamaayatanam | Ayatanavaan Bhavati | Yo Agner Ayatanam Veda | Ayatanavaan Bhavati | Apova Agner Ayatanam | Ayatanavaan Bhavati | Ya Evam Veda | Yopamayatanam Veda |… Read More Mantra Pushpam

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Nasadiya Suktam – Rig Veda 10.129(Trans Prof. Raimundo Panikkar)

One of the fundamentals of Hinduism. This is believed to talk about what happened before the Big Bang. नासदासीन् नो सदासीत् तदानीं नासीद् रजो नो व्योमापरो यत् किमावरीवः कुह कस्य शर्मन्नम्भः किमासीद् गहनं गभीरम् न मृत्युरासीदमृतं न तर्हि न रात्र्या अह्न आसीत्प्रकेतः आनीदवातं स्वधया तदेकं तस्माद्धान्यन् न परः किं चनास तम आसीत् तमसा गूळमग्रेऽप्रकेतं सलिलं… Read More Nasadiya Suktam – Rig Veda 10.129(Trans Prof. Raimundo Panikkar)

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