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 mind; and by yet others as being honest in your communication. Speaking of self, I never understood it, nor did

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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 the following Sanaatan Dharm Literature repeatedly : The Shriymad Bhagwad Geeta, Ishavasya Upanishad, Mundak Upanishad, Mandukya Upanishad, Ken Upanishad, Kathh

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The Wonders of Silence {Sanaatan Dharm Series}

The Wonders of Silence… the sheer magic, the simply sublime beauty of total silence is an experience that needs to be felt, so that its compelling hypnotic pull can be understood… a state of mind combined with an external environment that is totally silent, not a sound … fully complemented by an equal silence in your subconscious, and a state when that small voice in your mind says not a single word… oh, the lovely

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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 supreme means of liberation       These words above are from our scriptures; and this verse is just one

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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 is the site Speaking Tree. The commentary has also been taken from both sources. The objective of this is to apprise those

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Use Technology – Dont Let Technology Use You!

Use Technology – Dont Let Technology Use You!

THE WHATSAPP GENERATION The Whatsapp Generation… this is what we are. Regardless of age, in my opinion, it is fair to state that we, the people on Social Media in general and on Whatsapp particularly, can be termed as the Whatsapp Generation. Over the past week or ten days, two or three people have made the same telling comment, focused approximately on how Whatsapp has both brought people together, improved communication / information dissemination –

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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 task of a very high order of complexity. More so, as the past 20 years have seen a huge explosion

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Top Rated Movies or Serials – Any Language

This is a list of my favourite movies / serials, spanning Marathi – English as well as Hindi. While I am openly tilted towards Marathi entertainment of all kinds, in compiling this, I have made every effort to remain as unbiased as feasible. That said, this subject – AV Entertainment – is by definition subjective, and thus, to that extent, the element of subjectivity is present. I have enumerated the top 30 here –of these,

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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 ahead – let me document the first verse and its translation so that the base can be established for our

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Book Review : Nehru’s India – Essays on the Maker of a Nation

Nehru’s India : Essays on the Maker of a Nation is a collection of essays on the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, by a series of eminent personalities who have had  personal experience of the great man, or knowledge of some rarely known aspect.  The book is an excellent resource for all of us, and a short reminder of what a tremendous contribution he made to the nation, and that Modern India

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Understanding & Acquiring Peace of Mind

Understanding & Acquiring Peace of Mind

One of the most prominent questions in the modern world is the hunt for Peace of Mind, and the worries over Materialism that is fast rising in the developed and developing worlds. One stream of thought states that the real world requires Hard Work, Commitment, Discipline, Mental Focus and has myriad issues and crises to contend, and thus Peace of Mind {PoM} is hard to come by. Another stream maintains that it is very much

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Book Review : Aurangzeb by Audrey Truschke

Book Review : Aurangzeb by Audrey Truschke

Rare is the book that causes a sea-change in opinion or perspective; this book – Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth, by Audrey Truschke, is one in that category. A book that quite successfully challenges, at least in my case, a strongly held opinion, and overturns it through sheer dint of a strong, logical, data-and-fact backed series of arguments that is also intuitively accurate when put into the larger picture of the era under question.

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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, I looked up at the Saptarshi; only this time, there was one difference. My eyes were in 2018, but my

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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 being – or trying to be – funny. The fact of the matter is that most of us have now

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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 name; Hinduism is name coined by our Colonial Rulers, to the best of my knowledge. I have not found this

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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 misdemeanour that are increasing. This, far from being a problem, is actually a welcome development, if that is indeed the

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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 आपोआप सहज रीती ने पोचलं … खूप वेळा नंतर एक बघितलं ज्याच्यात एका पत्रामुळे सर्व चित्रपट उजळून आलं … खरंच,

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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 : it is not a bad book by any means. But, as a good reviewer, I need to place both my

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INDIAN FARMERS : A LOOK AT ROUGH ESTIMATES OF PROFITS

INDIAN FARMERS : A LOOK AT ROUGH ESTIMATES OF PROFITS

This is the first part of an ongoing series on Agriculture – specifically Profits from Farming. This article is the first in the series, and first appeared elsewhere 3plus years ago. This series is targeted at the average Urban Indian, who does not know the status of farming as a business enterprise in India, and its problems. The numbers are calculated as per the methodology given below for all articles, and are to be used

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The Great Indian Middle Class – Neither Middle Nor Class

The Great Indian Middle Class – Neither Middle Nor Class

The Great Indian Middle Class – the driver of India’s growth; the focus of business entities from across the world; the source of some of the most-qualified people both in India and in the migrant Indian Community abroad; the cynosure of all eyes in the media; the pride and joy of India; the drivers of India’s consumption, as well as one of the main of the national savings rate; the most educated and erudite people

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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 through my mind as I attempt to come to terms with the larger questions relating to the purpose of life,

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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 a nation – these parameters are what establish Human Development, which is fundamental to any nation. Now, let me start

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Budget analysis 2018 -Part I

Budget analysis 2018 -Part I

This is the first part of a 3-part analysis on the Union Budget 2018-19, in which I propose to go into the basic strategy behind the budget, and look at its pluses and the minuses pointwise – in two parts;. The third part will be the background, history and Macro-Economic Framework analysis, which has been my standard approach in studying the budget. And my first impression of this budget was listening to it / reading

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