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August 24 , 2012

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This week we have 7th chapter of Sundarakanda in Ramayanam ; and 7th chapter of Uddhava Gita in Bhagavatam.

Chapter 7 of Sunadarakanda is one chapter which is absolutely lyrical with rhyming stanzas. If you like reading in a sing song fashion this is a must. For a parayana specialist this chapter goes off in a jiffy !! To give a feel for what we mean, we are listing some of the rhyming words !!

Pandurani, Pushkarani,Kesarani, Vanani

Megharupam,charurupam,balanurupam, pratiruparupam


It is as though Valmiki forgot about the story and went into a lyrical mood as he imagined the Pushpaka Vimana !! Actually this mood continues into the Sundarakanda 8th Chapter also.

As part of chapter 7 in Uddhava Gita , Krishna explains the association of Saints as the surest path towards liberation. He even list the examples of all those who benefited by such association. And asks Uddhava to leave everything and simply " follow me " !! . At this point Uddhava says that all his doubts still persist. This dilemma is elaborated as "Uddhava's Dilemma". The roots of the dilemma can be traced through the uddhava- Krishna dialog. The sequence of Uddhava- Krishna dialog starts with Krishna telling about those taking refuge in Him follow a Karma without attachment . Then he details the Path of Knowledge and Bhakti . Krishna almost declares the path of Bhakti as the surest path ! Then he elaborates on the importance of association with Saints ( or devotees). And asks Uddhava leave everything and simply "follow Me ". At this point having heard so many options Uddhava is indeed lost, specifically not being sure of "the" path to be followed. And Uddhava clearly states without hesitation that he is confused .

The dialog of Krishna and Uddhava provide a model for the leader and the led .This is presented in the One more thing

We are also reproducing "Vakbhushanam - Bhushanam" on the home page. The elaboration is illuminating . A recent discussion reminded me of this , hence it came back on to our home page.

Yes one more thing !! The Ramayana page has settled down into a format. It has a shortened version of the Sunadarakanda 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 !!


What is on the kasarabada.org?

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

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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