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August 10 , 2012

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This week we have 5th chapter of Sundarakanda in Ramayanam ; and 5th chapter of Uddhava gita in Bhagavatam.

The classic difference between Sundarakanda which is part of daily prayer ( Parayana ) and Gita which is an exalted text of Hindu dharma become apparent when we see the Ramayan and Bhagavatam of this issue. Sundarakanda is a story , a gripping story full of exploits . But the key element is the Bhakti , Sundarakanda Parayana is the way of Bhakti . Gita is a way of Knowledge . Uddhava Gita is essentially same as Gita, but recounted in a different circumstance.

After the earlier stories of Avadhuta and the stories of Pingala and Pigeon , from now on Uddhava Gita treads onto a more difficult terrain. The further presentation of Uddhava Gita will not be on the basis of a virtual sloka by sloka translation. We may actually touch only parts of a chapter or a few slokas. Relating Uddhava Gita as story is virtually impossible. It is a philosophy. It is about a way of life. But we expect that the gems in UddhavaGita will get highlighted.

We continue the topic of "expectation" and "imagining things". Both of which are at the root of the unhappiness we generate in our own life . That is our "one more thing" - "why so many words" . This as we said is meant as an unabashed column for sermonizing only (no holds barred!!). The two beautiful statements, one from Yoga Vashista and another from Uddhava Gita are unexceptionable and worth reading any number of times!!

Yes, one more thing. The Ramayana page has settled down into a format. It has a shortened version of the chapter in Sanskrit/Telugu slokas with English /Telugu translation under separate columns. Sundarakanda is about parayana. So adding the slokas that make up the story is part of our "Sankshipta Sundarakanda" parayana !!

The "Athato-Brhma-jignyasa", carries the article on Mahavakyas


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For the new visitors we thought of adding a few lines on navigation , so that they may know what is available on !

We now have 89 chapters of Dasama Skandha of Bhagavatam. All these chapters ( stories on krishna) are listed by name and are available on a link on the Bhagavatam page.

We have complete bouquet of articles on Ramayana Role models from Ramayana Srirama , Sita , Hanuman , Jataayu , Sabari , Bharata , Lakshmana. Apart from these there were some special articles namely The Message of Ramayana , Going to the Forests and about Hanuman in "In the thick of the Battle " . Along the same lines are the earlier articles in praise of Hunuman 1 , Hanuman 2 and Valmiki Sundarakanda . Added to this bouquet is the Sundarakanda as a Telugu poem by Pandit Vijayraghavrao. We have also added some downloads specifically for the Sankshipta Sundarakanda ( with Sanskrit slokas) reproduced in different language scripts namely Sanskrit , Telugu , Kannada and Malayalam . There is also a Telugu Sundarakanda Katha for those interested in reading the same as prose story !!,.

One more thing is a page where we get articles which could be on anything , informative and educative handled with a light heart and a touch of contemporary realities. The page lists all the earlier stories on its page

The last new column is Athato Brahma Jignyasaa . This page is focused on Indian Philosophy /Darsanas.This has been started a few months ago and all its earlier issues are listed on its page

In effect to have a look at what is available from the earlier issues you only need to visit the four pages of Ramayanam , Bhagavatam , one more thing. and Athato Brahma Jignyasaa.Each page of these banner pages carry the list of all earlier articles .

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