Nibbles

Madhura Vani: Humility brings freedom

Even though Airavata, the vehicle of Lord of Devas, is mighty and big it is goaded by the hook in the hands of Lord Indra and suffers constant pain. But an ant, though small moves about freely! With
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Temple for Brahma

Why is there no temple for Brahma? Lord Brahma is nothing but the very form of the Vedas. And the Vedas are nothing but Sound. The best way of worshipping sound is by continuously echoing it and
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Only way out in Kali Yuga

There are ten key Upanishads and a host of other Upanishads. There is an upanishad that talks about the greatness of the Mahamantra “Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare Hare Krishna Hare
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The Vedas

The Vedas ‘Ved’ means Knowledge. They are said to be the Divine Knowledge of God. The vedic Mantras are said to pervade the cosmos and are ‘heard’ by the Rishis and given to us. Hence they
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The five people

According to the Shastras, the one who has been responsible for the body, the one who gives ‘upadesa’ of the Gayathri Mantra, the one who feeds, the one who imparts education and the one who
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Fragrance and Vasanas

In Indian tradition, during marriages, the bride and the bride-groom exchange flower garlands. Sri Swamiji beautifully explained the significance behind this! Flowers have Vasana (tamil word for
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Respect to one who performs Nama Sankirtan

Sri Bhagavan Naama Bodendra Saraswati Swamigal has performed a Siddhanta on the greatness of Divine Name in a text called “Bhagavan Naama Rasodayam”. In the text, he says the following: One
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Respect for women

Respect for women has been one of the basic tenets of Sanathana Dharma. Once in a gathering, ‘Kalki’ R. Krishnamurthy (a renowned writer and the founder of the tamil magazine ‘Kalki’), MS.
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Sundara Kandam

What is the greatest ‘phala’ of Sundara kanda ‘parayana’? One receives the ‘phala’ of having performed the ‘parayana’ of the whole Ramayana. How is this? In Sundara Kanda (a section
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Ramayana – nectar droplets 3

Why did Sri Hanuman burn the city of Lanka? Sri Hanuman had an ‘amsa’ (characteristic) of Sri Rudra who is the embodiment of the destructive power and thus He burnt
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Ramayana – nectar droplets 2

While so many other monkeys were present, why did Sri Rama choose to send Sri Hanuman alone as a messenger to Sri Lanka? When Sri Rama and Lakshmana came to Kishkinta in search of Sita devi,
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The nectar Yayati advocated

Here is an instance from Padma Purana (one of the eighteen Maha Puranas) to illustrate the glory of Hari Nama Kirtan – Once Sri Narada Maharishi (celestial sage) met Lord Indra (the head of all the
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