The Effulgence Within

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Events in the Mahabharata that led as background to The Bhagavad-Gita

Bhagavad-Gita, which appears in the form of eighteen chapters in the world’s greatest epic, the Mahabharata, essentially means the song of the divine, sung in the battlefield of Kurukshetra some five thousand three hundred years ago. Another peculiarity, it is the only scripture of its kind... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Sequel to the Beginning of the world's Greatest Epic Mahabharata

(Interesting Sidelights: Mahabharata, composed by Rishi Veda Vyasa in Sanskrit, is the longest epic poem ever written. Each shloka is a couplet which means a hundred thousand shloka equaling two hundred thousand individual verses. Mahabharata is close to ten times the lengths of Iliad and the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Can We Trust those that Go Mad (the concluding Part II)

Kindly bear with me for bringing you this rather long article. We discussed in the previous issue that Kant did monumental work in trying to find one common thread among the four major streams of philosophical speculations, viz. Berkeley’s idealism, Hume’s materialism, Voltaire’s rationalism and... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Eye without the Mind is Blind. (Part 1)

“Fire”, says an eastern proverb, “destroys wood but strengthens iron”. And the iron in Kant’s soul was strengthened by a childhood of deprivation. Immanuel Kant began his academic career as a scientist. He wrote treatises on Fire, Winds, Natural History, Anthropology, the Theory of the Heavens and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Secret of Knowing Truth First Hand

Truth is truth. Truth doesn’t follow any religion. How can you say I can't believe in a Christian truth, or a Mohammedan, a Buddhist or a Hindu truth, because my religion says otherwise. Such a closed-door parochial attitude is limited, contaminated and compartmentalized. The space for fresh winds... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Christianity and Science are at Loggerheads with each other

The above title is the exact wordings of a dyed-in-the-wool materialist, Colin Humphreys, a former British professor of Materials Science and director of Research at the Cambridge University. Being a staunch apologist of the power of science, he asserted, “I think you can explain the universe... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 25, 2018

How to See the Light of Good

The greatest teachings I hold dear to my heart are the ones that talk of strength, and in these, the Vedas and the Upanishads are unmatched. I am somewhat averse to those that talk about your guilt, your sin, and by this and that retribution you’ll be freed and be led to your salvation. Such... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Sequel: 'Evil to Evil' . . . can never be erased from human nature

A rundown of the story so far: (Scotland is marred in battles. Macbeth tears to shards the defenses of Cawdor, a disloyal traitor of Scotland, and is returning home at sunset accompanied by Banquo, when suddenly, they are visited by three nightly hags materialized from thin air. They predict... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Lady Macbeth's mental preparations before murdering King Ducnan

The story until now: An advance letter from Macbeth, while returning victorious from the battlefield, is sent by a messenger to Lady Macbeth which she reads out aloud to the audience, her blood boiling with excitement at the prophecies made by the Witches that her husband will be elevated to the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Has Fate already crowned Macbeth with the golden round?

ACT I, Scene V, begins at the Inverness, Macbeth's palace, with Lady Macbeth entering the stage, alone, reading a letter she has received from Macbeth, while still on his way home returning victorious from the battlefield, informing her the news of his strange meeting with the three Witches and of... Sign in to see full entry.

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