Speak From The Heart – Sanaatan Dharm Series

Speaking from the heart is an idiom, a statement that we have often heard; I have always wondered how can we do that? Its full meaning was always beyond me, beyond my understanding. How exactly do we speak from the heart? Its meaning has been understood by some as being truthful; by others as speaking your

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Sanaatan Dharm Explained : My Personal Path; The Basics {Sanaatan Dharm Series}

I am an ardent student of the Ancient Literature of our Religion, Sanaatan Dharm. The following article is the next article in a series in an honest attempt to consolidate my readings in my mind, and represents a continuing hunt, a search and a struggle to understand. This article is basis 3.5 years of studying

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Example of Scriptural Basis of Truth – Sanaatan Dharm Series

  सत्येन वायुरावाति सत्येनादित्यो रोचते दिवि सत्यं वाचः प्रतिष्ठा सत्ये सर्वं प्रतिष्ठितं तस्मात्सत्यं परमं वदन्ति ||   {Anuvaak 79, Mahanarayan Upanishad}     By Truth, the wind blows. By Truth the sun shines in the sky. Truth is the foundation of speech. Everything in practical life depends on truth. Therefore, they say Truth is the

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Upanishad Dnyaan : Shivling {उपनिषद ज्ञान : शिवलिंग}

Upanishad Dnyaan : Shivling {उपनिषद ज्ञान : शिवलिंग} This article is a reproduction of a verse of the Mahanarayan Upanishad, षोडशोनूवकः {16th Anuvak}, which is being reproduced here from two sources : one – the original book where I first came across this,Mahanarayan Upanishad by translated by Swami Vimalanand, and 2nd – the website Śrī Vaiṣṇavism. A third confirmatory source

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The Path To Success : Doesnt Exist; You Have To Build It!

HOW TO DEFINE SUCCESS? Success…. This is something that is a very subjective topic, more so in the modern times. Each person will like as not will have a highly individual perception on this rather hot and debatable topic. There is no easy way to broach this topic; which makes writing some on this, a

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Our Actions and Our Nature : Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta Series 5

This article, or rather  -series of thoughts – is based on The Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta, Chapter 15, verses 5-9 and Chapter 18 verses 56-60; while reading these, some realizations and thoughts came to my mind – on the nature of our interaction with the outside world, our responses, thoughts actions and reactions. Before I go

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Footprints of Humanity

Footprints of Humanity

It was late at night – for me anyway. My sleep time stands at around 10-1030; it must have been around that time. I switched off the lights, and was in the Balcony outside my French windows. The Saptarshi Contstellation is visible just outside my bedroom window – from the balcony. As is my habit,

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Understanding Corruption In Depth

Understanding Corruption In Depth

Welcome to the never-never land where we discuss how to eradicate corruption… the digital space! Even here, “how to eradicate corruption” is a never-never land, for the Spark platform is one of the few to invite readers and contributors on their thoughts on how to eradicate corruption! I am not being sarcastic, neither am I

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Hinduism…. And Sanaatan Dharm

Hinduism…. And Sanaatan Dharm

There is a rather disturbing trend, currently at very minute levels, of identifying  the rise of a doctrinaire tenet in what we like to call Hinduism. I find this observation surprising at worst, and a sweeping generalisation at best. First of all, The word “Hinduism” has no historical or religious basis. Our religion has no

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Changing Gender Equations in India

Changing Gender Equations in India

Sexual violence in India and its increasingly relevance to the public discourse, that is frankly a comparatively smaller problem in comparison to the major problem facing our society : that of Gender roles, and their redefinition in the changed world. The reality may even be that it is the percentage of reported rapes and sexual

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Movie Review – Aamhi Doghi {Marathi}

Movie Review – Aamhi Doghi {Marathi}

मी हंपी च्या रिव्यू मध्ये म्हणालो होतो कि “शांतता बोलते” – ते मात्र एका संपूर्ण चित्रपटा बाबत होतं … आजच्या चित्रपटात अर्थात “आम्ही दोघी ” मध्ये पण शांतता बोलते … पण ती फक्त एका उत्कृष्ट अभिनेत्री मुळे : मुक्ता बर्वे – ज्यांच्या अभिनय च्या पाठी वरती हे चित्रपट ह्या वर्ष्या च्या सर्वोत्कृष्ट चित्रपटांच्या यादी मध्ये

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  This promises to be among the bluntest reviews I have written; I don’t mean to state I wont do justice to it – that I will, most certainly so. But in this particular book, there is no scope, to be anything but perfectly honest. Now that doesn’t mean it is a bad book :

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Life, And Death… The Unending Circle

Life, And Death… The Unending Circle

This is a small peice of introspective thought I wrote 2 years ago… still think about it; do let me know what you feel!   Another year… Another Month… and Another Day… Yet another tragedy strikes close to me and my family, leaving us behind…leaving my mind in a turmoil, with questions and observations crashing

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BUDGET ANALYSIS 2018-19 -PART II

BUDGET ANALYSIS 2018-19 -PART II

In the first part of the budget analysis, I looked at Health, Education, and the Rural Economy; in this, let me move onto the remaining aspects and points raised in the budget, leaving the Fiscal and Number aspects for the closing article to be taken up later. The first part dealt with the basics of

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