The Effulgence Within

Monday, September 19, 2022

The Finest Fruit on the Tree of Knowledge

All religions, excepting that of the Hindus, are founded on a single historical event or by a prophet. Thus Moses was for the Jews, Christ for the Christians, Mohammed for Islam and Zoroaster for Parsees. The first three are the only religions that were born outside of India, since Zoroastrianism... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Thomas Gray as a Poet

It is no easy task to estimate the place Thomas Gray ( 1716 - 1771) occupies in the English poetry. We never turn to him to reflect our passions or aspirations, yet the attraction cannot be doubted. It is not the Pindaric odes, but the Elegy and the Eton College ode have an appeal that is perennial.... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

A Heroine whose Chastity was at War with her Sexual Appetite

Shakespeare loved to show his heroes with flaws and doubts and unheroic impulses, and heroines whose chastity was at war with their carnality. The play is the story of a man (Antony) who would lose all for a woman (Cleopatra) who would take all. There obviously could be no place for moderation... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Edmund Spenser’s lovely Wedding Gift to his Wife

Born in London in 1552, Edmund Spenser had a short span of life of forty-six years. The most classical of his works was the epic poem Faerie Queene, due to which he was greatly admired by Alfred Lord Tennyson, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, among others. The poem,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Why De-intellectualize Human Perceptions

M odern Quantum Physics states: "The essential stuff from which the universe is made of, is non-matter". 7000 years ago the Vedas declared that "t he one and only existent form of eternity is the Void from which come all things". Note the uncanny similarity of the conclusions of both; it is... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 26, 2022

Thomas Gray: A Full Sensibility Working under Precise Control

The greatness of Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (Tap on the title to read the original poem) has never been doubted. The poem is a chain of melancholy musings on the obscure lot of the humble village folk who lie buried at Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire. It reveals much of... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

VEDANTA : Unfolding the Divine Knowledge and thus the End of all knowledge

By the word Vedānta is meant the end of all knowledge. The Sanskrit word Vedānta breaks in two: Veda, the knowable; and anta, the end. Vedānta recognizes two worlds of human investigation - the external and the internal. The external world is what is revealed to us by the five senses. Today,... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Age of the Universe? Part 2

If the present time Brahma's 51 st year corresponds precisely to 155.52197 trillion human years. His 100 years thus equals 311.04 trillion tears. Let us study the scientific principles – or better still – the symbolic names ascribed to various Units for the sake of understanding of this mind... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Age of the Universe - Can you guess? Even Science seems to go way off mark

(Part I... Inspired by Sea Gypsy) Just as God in Christianity is the Supreme Being, the be-all and end-all of all things manifest or unmanifest, so is Hindu God conceived to be three plenary expansions of the same Energy of the Supreme Being, only the roles each assume are different. First we call... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Heart of Darkness: A Spiritual Voyage of Self-Discovery

Marlow is the narrator and central character of Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness. Marlow is a fictional seaman who frequently appears in Joseph Conrad's novels. The story is concerned with the effect of the Dark Continent (Africa) on Kurtz and Kurtz’s effect on Marlow. Marlow’s journey up the Congo... Sign in to see full entry.

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