The Effulgence Within

Saturday, June 6, 2020

The Clan of Brothers will now Meet at the Battlefield, Kurukshetra.

As we learnt up to now that Pandu was born to Ambalika, yellowed and sick. The mother, seeing sage Vyasa's darkened countenance while consummating, went yellow in fear, the son was born pallid. Her sister Annika too, likewise, hid her eyes and the result was that her son Dhritarashtra, was born... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Will of the Cosmic Design.

Now begins the second part as to how another chain of events in the numinous design led to the battle of Kurukshetra. We saw Amba, a woman in her earlier birth, now a man by the name of Shikhandi, a transvestite who, Arjuna used as a shield to fell the unconquerable grandsire of the Kauravas and... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The Background to the Bhagavad-Gita. (Continued)

This oath of Bhishma (née Devavrata) that he will dedicate his life to the protection of the Hastinapur throne, and that never will he lay claim to kingship despite his being the eldest son, puts Matsyagandha's father's 'unjustified' demand and doubt to rest, and on this condition agrees to give his... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

The Tale behind Bhagavad-Gita’s coming to Existence

Bhagavad-Gita, which appears in the form of eighteen chapters (from 25 to 42, consisting of 700 verses) is only a portion of world’s greatest epic (comprising 100,000 verses), the Mahabharata. Bhagavad-Gita essentially means the song of the divine, sung in the battlefield of Kurukshetra some five... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 29, 2020


During the British imperial rule, everything Indian - literature, philosophy, culture, society, customs – all, to their high-headed superiority and biased eye, seemed at best, to be that of the junglees (aboriginal savages, native fakirs). The Bhagavad-Gita which is now considered unparalleled as a... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

The Abuse of the Good Woman of Setzuan

Three Chinese gods representing the ideal of active goodness towards one and all are walking from city to city looking - so far without success - for one good person. When they arrive at Setzuan they have some human complaints - they are tired and their feet hurt. Further, they have been refused... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Why should Honour outlive Honesty

The scene of Desdemona’s murder by Othello marks the tragic climax of the play. Othello is frantic with grief and anger over what he believes to be the unchastity of his wife whom he has so much loved and trusted. At dead of the night with murderous intention he creeps into her bed chamber and finds... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Remove the self and see God

Desires are like shadows, like diseases that keep you away from health. A shadow is that which is not. That is why it does not or, better still cannot, come true. Simply put, it means that either the not is chasing you or you are chasing the not. Whatever be the case, one thing is certain: you are... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Tragedy of the Handkerchief

Othello has been rightly called the tragedy of the handkerchief and this is largely true. The handkerchief in question was the one given to Othello by his mother who had received it from an Egyptian. “There was magic in the web of it” and Othello attached much importance to it. He in his turn gave... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Othello as a Tragic Hero

Othello is a tragedy, and its hero or principal figure Is Othello. Othello is a man at once grandly and simply built. He knows his strength but has not a particle of arrogance. He neither vaunts his services nor affects to disdain them. He wins recognition and deference for his military powers. He... Sign in to see full entry.

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