The Effulgence Within

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Trial Scene of the Maid of Orleans

In Shaw’s Saint Jones, while the opening scenes depict Joan of Arc’s coming and triumph, the last scene depicts her trial on the charge of heresy and her death. She is handed over by the secular authorities to the ecclesiastical polity to decide on the ‘how’ and the brutal ‘medievality’ of her... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Soul's Inner Calling versus Religious Fanaticism

The familiar conventional view of Joan of Arc (1412 – 1431) pictures her as a romantic heroic soldier done to death by cruelly unjust repigious fanatics. Shaw’s Joan is still a simple unlettered country lass in her teens, a virgin soldier-saint, still the called-of-God, still the martyred-by-men.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A Touching Narrative of Kindness

Wordsworth’s poem “ The Old Cumberland Beggar ” was composed in 1798 and published in Lyrical Ballads (1800 edition). It is a touching narrative of kindness keeping a shell of a man alive; while also an exhortation against the legislative measures to get beggars into poorhouses. Scoffing at the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Different Brands of Communist Ideologies

I was reading about the three brands of revolutionists, namely, Karl Marx, Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky. Each one of them was a radical zealot in their own right, but were also different: Karl Marx was non-violent; Stalin, violent; and Trotsky, violence personified. The Marxist revolution thrived... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

When the Ideas of Good and Bad Converge, Coalesce and Overlap.

Today, I choose to digress from posting the ongoing series on the Mahabharata, and will instead discuss another interesting exchange going on between my learned friend GoldenMean and I, as to how we may at times fail to distinguish what is right and what is wrong? To corroborate this, I bring you... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Another chain of events fuelling fire to the first. (Mahabharata part III)

Now begins the second part, a sequel, as to how another chain of events in the divine design converged simultaneously to the battle of Kurukshetra. We saw Amba, a woman in her earlier birth immolating herself upon being refused by Bhishma to merry her and she taking an oath to exact revenge on him... Sign in to see full entry.

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.

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