The Upanishads- An overview
The word ‘Upanishad’ denotes Brahma-vidya by its derivation. Sri Sankara Bhagavatpada says in his Bhashya on the Kathopanishad that this word is derived by adding the prefixes ‘upa’ (meaning near) and ‘ni’ (with certainty) to the root ‘sad’ which means ‘to destroy’, ‘to reach’, and ‘to loosen’. Thus the meaning of the word ‘Upanishad’ is that it is the knowledge that destroys the seeds of worldly existence such as ignorance in the case of those seekers of liberation who, after becoming free from all desires approach (upa sad) this knowledge. Continue reading
The Secret – of being the effect!
“I will tell you a Spiritual Secret: be the cause and the effect will follow; but let me tell you an even deeper spiritual secret: be the effect and the cause will follow! Osho”
The first secret simply outlines that we are the cause; not some outside other, fate, or god. We can call this ‘cause’ our thinking, feeling, focus, which reflects as outer effects; we can view it as our energy field which attracts like-wise effects; or we can call it karma – what we have chosen to explore, experience and expand and thus meet as outer effects. Continue reading
A BOX OF CHOCOLATE CAN GIVE US A SUBTLE MESSAGE!
There is a subtle difference in being all-accepting ….and in being jaded or indifferent !
In indifference nothing matters; in acceptance everything is… fine… embraced!
So in both states of being …in layman dialogue…people use the same words :
“How does it matter”-“Nothing matters” Continue reading
“For there was never yet philosopher
That could endure the toothache patiently.”
With my next dental visit drawing near, I “coincidentally” came across the above quote from Shakespeare. Needless to say it immediately occurred to me that my next article should definitely be on teeth – and everything related to them. Continue reading
In the gItA Krishna speaks as Brahman and not as an individual or even as an incarnation. He is referred to in the gItA as bhagavAn which means saguNa brahman. The meaning of the word Krishna has been given in a popular verse thus: ‘kRRiSh’ stands for Existence and ‘Na’ for Bliss. The union of the two is Krishna, the Supreme Brahman. In Srimad bhAgavatam it is said – krishnastu bhagvAn svayam—Krishna is bhagavan Himself, contrasting him with all the other incarnations which are said to be only part-manifestations (amsha avatAra). Continue reading
The True Master
A True Master does not tell you to do this or that.
Already, you are bewildered going to motivational speakers, visiting one guru after another, practicing mantras, and trying to stand on your head and put your legs behind your back.
The Master simply brings attention to your nature as “Being”, and invites you to rest in your own Heart.