The Effulgence Within

Saturday, April 10, 2021

To an Athelete Dying Young

In the poem "To an Athlete Dying young", Housman recalls a time when a young athlete won the race which brought honour to the town. For his victory he was given a hero's reception by being carried in a chair throughout the market place. He was brought home held shoulder-high while people young and... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Death, Be Not Proud

The title is from one of John Donne's Holy Sonnets --- though some have called thee, Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so. For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me. (Opening lines) The greatest thing about the teachings of the Vedas and the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

The Music Mystical

I see with wondrous eyes the danes Of life and death going on unceasingly Without a pause, for there are no full stops or commas In the cosmic cycle of Nature; it is always a continuous “IS” A yellowed leaf falls, detached from the tree, silently Without leaving a tear or a scar behind; it happily... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Knowledge versus Truth

There is a huge chasm between knowledge gathered from books and one’s experiential learning. The two can be categorized: the former most often drowns you, the latter enlightens you.The one is rote, memorized; the other is a live knowing, known from your lived experiences. No memory is required here.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Every Soul is Destined to be Perfect

The Shandilya Bhakti Sutra (the Thread of Shandilya's aphorisms on Devotion) says, "Jivānām brahmabhāvāpattir muktiritii vakshyate", meaning every soul is destined to be perfect, and every being in the end, will attain to that state. But the beginning has to be made from where we stand at the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Should you listen to the braying of an ass?

Many people, more so the moralists seem to be hell-bent upon winning an argument, no matter whether these emanate from idiots or nondescript persons. Knowing fully well that nothing is to be gained, or: rather a lot is to be lost, - the peace, the balance, the equipoise - they still go on arguing... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Without Religion Science is a beautiful corpse

Science and Religion, both have a role to play in equal measure in the lives of humankind. One cannot exist without the other. Science can give you a better body, better health, longevity; it can give you more comforts, all the luxuries of life possible to be bought with money. One can buy a... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Mystics truly experience the Grandeur of the human heart

A mystic is a person who seeks by contemplation and self-surrender to obtain either union with or absorption in the Universal Spirit or God, or spiritual apprehension of the truths beyond the understanding. In the Vedic and Upanishadic traditions are enumerated many techniques leading one to... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Religion often goes haywire. Spirituality, Never.

Religion is not the same as spirituality. Religion, as it is understood and practiced, is about control. Religion keeps one in thralldom, Spirituality is about liberation. It is the final journey of an individual soul’s merger with the Supreme Soul, unsullied by any religious conditioning. But that... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

The Spirit of Dynamic Universalism of all Religions

The earliest of the world's scriptures, the Rig Veda, contains the greatest declaration of religious harmony: "Truth is one but sages call it by various names". Religious harmony has been, in the main, the central theme of the Eternal Religion (Santana Dharma). Buddhism was an attempt to reform... Sign in to see full entry.

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