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This week Sundarakanda moves to Chapter 57 .

The last sloka of Chapter 56 says Hanuman flew into the sky. Thus the Chapter 57 is about Hanuman descending on the Mahendra mountain from which he leaped into the sky in the first place in search of Sita (Chapter 1 ). Hanuman descends on the Mahendra mountain to the delight of everybody ! They all want to hear the full story and that comes in the long Chapter 58 !!!

Incidentally , there are some tid bits (covered under 'Ramayanam lO Pidakala Veta'). While Hanuman was giving his advice ( Chapter 51) , he refers to the Ravan's epic efforts in penance acknowledging that he is a bhakta in his own way . And looking at Hanuman, Ravana too has his bout of doubts . He says to himself .' is he that Nandi himself' ? Thus reminding himself about that Nandi who cursed him ! He even reminds himself that all that happened when he tried to move the mount kailash . These are small tidbits in an epic. Nevertheless they reinforce the Puranic stories. The main story of Ravana and his penance to please Lord Siva is probably part of Siva Purana . Adi kavi Valmiki while referring to these tid bits in Ramayana gives confirmation of the these other legends.

We can see that through out Sundarakanda Valmiki gives expressions to his views on a number of aspects of life ( like the thoughts about the angry man ! in chapter 56 ). While these thoughts are to be seen referring that time and that place , they are also universal truths. That is the greatness of the Adikavi Valmiki !!

The regular features as usual continue !!

The Telugu home Page is updated . We found work arounds for the technology issues . Hope to continue this page on a monthly basis !! keep looking !!!

The Kathopanishad in Simple words continues with Part3, as continuation of earlier Part 1 and Part 2 - this goes as part of our Athato Brahma Jignyasa. This week Part 3 completes the Kathopanishad Second Adhyaya with Valli4. The Valli 1 and 2 were part of Part 1 . Part 2 covers the Valli 3 which threads through a few concepts of duality Jivaatma and Paramatma, Brahman the Un-manifested and the manifested , and the two goals namely one of reaching heaven and the other attaining Moksha. . The Athato page also carries links to interesting notes on Kathopanishad !! . Now we have quite a bit of material on Kathopanishad; and it is not completed yet !!

With this Ugadi we started a page in Telugu titled - "Subbalakshmigari Kalam loninchi" . There is also a technology change. We are adding language support so that Indian language text van easily be accepted . Readers may see a bit of not so well formatted texts on the Telugu pages. Hopefully this will be resolved.

The extracts of an old book( 1899) by an Oxford Scholar on the History of Sanskrit Literature , appeared earlier under "one more thing" !!

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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 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 56 chapters of Sundarakanda and also complete bouquet of articles on Ramayana. These articles include "Role models from Ramayana" namely 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 a 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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