The Effulgence Within

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ch II: The Reality of the Eternal Soul

Addendum to Ch I: It is the fight of Dharma against Adharma, righteousness against unrighteousness. On the side of the Dharma are Pandavas, the five sons of Pandu – Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva. Those assembled against desiring to unlawfully usurp the kingdom are the Kauravas,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Dejection as a Tool for Rejuvenation

All of Arjuna’s chivalry vanishes into thin air as when he requests Krishna to place his chariot in the middle of the battlefield, so that he could observe as to whom all dared fight with as skillful and brave a warrior as himself. Krishna the lord, could detect the slight stench of the ego in his... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Battle begins and yet not begins.

No sooner did the grand old sire of the Kuru dynasty, Bhishma, saw Duryodhana's somewat pallid countenance, than he roared the blood-chilling roar of a lion and blew his conchshell announcing the start of the battle, and bringing cheer unto Duryohana. 'For, as when the raging fevers boil the blood,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Thus Begins the Battle

It is Day Ten on the battlefield. Bhishma, the unconquerable grand old one-man-army felled by Arjuna, using Shikhandi as a shield against whom he could not use his weaponry, lay in the battlefield on a bed of arrows, yet alive but removed from action. Sanjaya, Dhritarashtra’s charioteer comes back... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Workings of the Cosmic Will

Now begins the second part, a sequel, as to how another chain of events in the divine 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... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Background to The Bhagavad Gita (A repeat of an incredible story)

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, December 21, 2016

The Lucy Poems

Of the five Lucy poems composed by Wordsworth four were printed in Lyrical Ballads of 1800. These four poems, all in the lyrical vein, are sober meditations on the death or apprehension of death of a girl who was the object of a deep and tender love. The love is not impassioned but meditated in... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Life in kinship

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.

Friday, December 16, 2016

A Sonnet on Mixed-up Gropings

I know not what strange affliction assails me today Somehow it tells me Aba, you’ve gone too far Hold, hold, why don’t you realize it’s not your day Conscerate all to Lord and spare the unnecessary spar You indulge in, in your rationality walks of daily life All are nothing but mere exercises in... Sign in to see full entry.

Tranquil, Universal, Versatile.

The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more." ( The Solitary Reaper ) In the course of one of his walking tours, Wordsworth once saw a Scottish Highland girl reaping and singing all alone in a field. Her song, which had a melancholy ring, filled the entire valley, and the poet was... Sign in to see full entry.

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