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August 31 , 2012

Welcome to Kasarabada.org !

My parents named two of their elder children as 'Rama' and 'Krishna'. My mother would explain the parental philosophy that in their old age when ever they would call for the children Rama and Krishna they would also acquire punyam” – a la the story of Ajamila !!. In Madhvacharya's school of philosophy – Purna Pragnya - the first thing you learn is about the three traits namely Ankanam , Namakaranam, and Bhajanam. Specifically about Namakaranam they say Putraadinaam Kesava adi namaa !! "Sons should be named after Kesava and the like.“ Why ? The answer is also stated:"Tannama anusmarana artham!!" To recite "That" name continuously!!

These lines coupled with the fact that my mother named two of the elder ones as Rama and Krishna led me to wonder if we are Madhvas !! The answer to that question is not important. But that led me to go through the Madhvacharya's Purna Pragnya Darsanam . That is the subject of this week's Athato Brahma jignyasaa ! This column has been silent for a few weeks waiting for the editorial partner to become free !! This time the column is back for couple of weeks at least, hopefully !!

As usual the regular items of the week are the 8th chapter of Sundarakanda in Ramayanam ; and the 8th chapter of Uddhava Gita in Bhagavatam.

The Uddhava Gita Chapter 8 also has a sub story of Lord Vishnu's Hamsa avatara. This story has a resonance with Sankara's interaction with a Chandala. So the home page carries an additional story on "Who are you ?" , the question posed by the sages to Lord Vishnu who appears in the form of a Swan. This is carried as part of one more thing

The Chapter eight of Sundarakanda is again one of the short chapters. This is again absolutely lyrical with Valmiki continuing the description of the Pushpaka Vimana, the Arial Car of the Rakshasa King Ravana!!

"Uddhava's Dilemma". continues from the previous week as part of the Bhagavatam page . The roots of the dilemma can be traced through the uddhava- Krishna dialog of the earlier chapters.

The dialog of Krishna and Uddhava provides a model for the leader and the led. This was presented in the One more thing last week.

om tat Sat



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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