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What is Dharma?

The following is an excerpt from Bhishma Parva of Mahabharata: Sri Bhishma narrates an incident in the Devaloka where many Gods and Sages are assembled. One of them puts forth the question, ‘What
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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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Religion in everything

Swami Vivekananda has said, We have not invaded any country not because we lack bravery or valour. It is because in the heart of hearts, we Indians look for aspects beyond material riches –
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Talk to my right ear!

During Upanayana Samskara (ceremony of administering the sacred thread to the young boy), the father of the boy performs the ‘Brahmopadesha’ by chanting the Mantra to the right ear of the boy. If
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The lone companion

During Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi’s time at the Ramanashram in Tiruvannamalai, a cow by name Lakshmi used to live in the Ashram. Bhagavan Ramana’s mother also lived in the Ashram. It is interesting
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Don’t poke your nose!

People use the term ‘do not poke your nose in this matter’ quite commonly. How did this come about? What does this mean? The source of origin for breath force and mind is the same. One can bring
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Mahamantra

‘As Dwapara yuga came to a close, Sage Narada approached Lord Sri Brahma and asked “ Lord! What is the remedy for all in the Kali yuga that is approaching?” Lord Brahma replied “I disclose to
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Rahasya Traya Saram

Swami Vedanta Desikan was a well-learned Vaishnava Saint and an exponent of Vedanta. He used to teach the Upanishads to his disciples in his house. As the tradition prevented womenfolk from listening
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Selfishness

Once, Bhagavan Yogiramsuratkumar took a devotee of his to ‘oya madam’. The English writer Ayn Rand has written a book titled Virtue of Selfishness. She has condemned all Mahans, Jnanis and Gurus
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Saravana Bhava

Lord Subrahmanya also has a name ‘Saravana Bhava’ . What does ‘Saravana’ mean? ‘Sara’ in Sanskrit means dried grass (‘dharba’ grass). So ‘Sara vana’ refers to a forest of dharba
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