Praṇava (प्रणव) – ॐ holds a position of paramount importance in Dharma. It is the sacred sound that has become the primary spiritual symbol of Dharmic traditions, over millenia, having been chanted either independently or before a spiritual recitation in Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. It is also holds a special position for me, personally, having been […]Read more "Praṇavārth: Brahman, Manifested"
The duality inherent in the Supreme Reality is idiosyncratic and paradoxical: it is contextual and yet transcendent. Advaita Vedanta speaks of the material realm as being illusory, and a manifestation of the Supreme Reality under the influence of Maya – a veil of illusion and ignorance. Seeing the disregard for the illusory (which still had […]Read more "विशिष्टविविधीकरण | Viśiṣṭvividhīkaran: The Principle of Qualified Diversification"
The Coronavirus has brought a spurt of death and destruction in its wake. Having come to the fore in Wuhan – China, it has been spreading at an alarming rate, having crossed 5,00,000 cases worldwide. While it has not caused anywhere close to the casualties that, say, the 1918 Influenza pandemic did (with around 50 […]Read more "Jñanagaman: The Turn of an Age"
Society in the lands we know in modern times as India once was a society firmly placed on the twin-pillars of self-governance and voluntaryism [1-5]. Voluntaryism is a philosophy that posits that all forms of human association should be voluntary [6, 7]. A voluntaryst society is one where people live, socialise, transact and trade without […]Read more "Satyaniti and Swaraj"
The Absolute Truth, both, exists and exists-not! Paradoxical as this statement is, this is the underlying contradiction that truly defines the Absolute Truth. This is because the Absolute Truth transcends the relative, the subjective, the worldly, to the extent of transcending polarities and dualities. Existence is defined as per attributes, be it in expansion in […]Read more "Satyatva: Resonances across Religions and Rejection of Exclusivism"
What if I say Buddha was a proponent of Vedanta? Blasphemous, some would say. Far-fetched, others may venture saying. However, if one were to base one’s understanding on purely spiritual, scriptural and historical aspects, one can see why I say so. Buddha came at a time when one had ritualism sans investing in the essence […]Read more "Rediscovering ‘Sunyata’: Unifying Buddhism and Vedanta"
There is a famous saying: The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause. Recently, after my interviews with Pgurus and the Infinity Foundation, apparently a group of insecure right wingers complained to them. Regarding how I had ‘duped’ both Sree Iyerji and Rajiv Malhotraji. Frivolous as this is, I want […]Read more "A Note to my Fringe Detractors"
Dharma precedes, succeeds and supersedes all there is. This is not just another statement in passing but a reflection of the understanding that all that maintains the natural order of things in the Universe (Ṛta), socially and spiritually, is quintessentially Dharmic. This has been realised and highlighted in all major faiths and civilisations of the […]Read more "Reclaiming Varnasrama"
Hinduism is a recently devised term for the set of Indic philosophies and schools of thoughts that are indigenous to the lands ‘to the east of the Sindhu (Indus river)’. The diversity of ideas, philosophies and sects that come together under this umbrella term has been the greatest strength and yet a weakness of what […]Read more "What Unifies Hindus?"
A bright new dawn, it is. Happy New Year and greetings for Kalpataru! 🙂 Sentience, sanguine In the ebb and flow of time Metamorphoses Into a symphony, so sublime. These few verses that I wrote ere the turn of the year acknowledge the steady flow of time that ushers in a new decade, even as […]Read more "A New Resolve"