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SAYINGS ON THE BHAGAVAD GEETA :

Saturday, Sep 28, 2013.


SAYINGS ON THE BHAGAVAD GEETA :



Aurobindo Ghose 

What is the message of the Geeta and what is its working value, its spiritual utility to the human mind of the present day, after the long ages of transformations of thought and experience? The human mind always moves forward, alters its view-point and enlarges its thought-substance, and the effect of these changes is to render past systems of thinking obsolete, or, when they are preserved, to extend, to modify and, subtly or visibly, to alter their value. The vitality of an/any ancient doctrine consists in the extent to which it naturally lends itself to such a treatment; for that means that whatever may have been the limitations or the obsolescences of the form of its thought, the truth of substance, the truth of living vision and experience on which its system was built, is still sound and retains a permanent valid significance. 

The Geeta is a book that has worn extraordinarily well, and it is almost as fresh and…

SAYINGS ON THE BHAGAVAD GEETA :

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013.


SAYINGS ON THE BHAGAVAD GEETA  :

1. Mahatma Gandhi

The Geeta is the universal mother. She turns away nobody. Her door is wide open to anyone who knocks. A true votary of the Geeta does not know what disappointment is. He ever dwells in perennial joy and peace that passeth understanding. But that peace and joy come not to the sceptic or to him who is proud of his intellect or learning. It is reserved only for the humble in spirit who brings to her worship a fullness of faith and an undivided singleness of mind. There never was a man who worshipped her in that spirit and went back disappointed.

I find a solace in the Bhagavad Geeta that I miss even in the Sermon on the Mount. When disappointment stares me in the face and all alone I see not one ray of light, I go back to the Bhagavad Geeta. I find a verse here and a verse there, and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming tragedies--and my life has been full of external tragedies--and if they have l…

Veda Vyasa Maharishi :

Veda Vyasa  Maharishi :

Veda Vyasa is perhaps the most revered of all the sages in India and is considered by Hindus as a partila incarnation of Lord Narayana. Also known by the names "Badarayana", "Krishna Dwaipayana". Because he classified the unorganised vedic lore into four distinct vedas, he was popularly known as Veda Vyasa. 

The life history of Ved Vyas is an interesting one. The author of the great epic Mahabharata, Ved Vyas was the first and greatest acharya of Sanatan Dharma. He is responsible for classifying the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas and recited the great Mahabharata. In fact, the Mahabharata is often called as the fifth Veda. The most important and the most glorified section is the Bhagawad Geeta, the lesson recited to Arjuna by Lord Krishna on the battlefield. The biography of Ved Vyas is very vivid and makes an interesting read. 

Around some 5000 years ago, he was born on an island on the holy river Yamuna. His father was Parashar Rishi, a sag…

Spirituality In Bharatham :

As the global community becomes increasingly capitalistic, the quest for spirituality grows in urgency.  Bharatham, its people, its infrastructure, and indeed its very soil, encourage and breed Spiritualism, allowing religions to thrive, flourish and prosper.

Bharatham boasts the presence of every major religion in the world, as well many of their off-shoots and facets, all being supported, nourished, and living in comparative harmony. Many of these religions were conceived in Bharatham, and others have come to Bharatham seeking a safe haven from persecution after being created in their own lands. The age-old environment has always supported such freedom of belief. We will thus find Judaism, Islam, The Baha'i Faith, Christianity, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism amongst the major religions being practiced in India, together with a variety of The Lesser Known Religions.

Since religion is the most enduring preservative of social customs, architecture, diet, thou…

Interesting Facts about Bharatham :

1. India never invaded any country in her last 100000 years of history.

2. When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization)

3. The name 'India' is derived from the River Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the early settlers. The Aryan worshippers referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu.
The Persian invaders converted it into Hindu. The name 'Hindustan' combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of the Hindus.

4. Chess was invented in India.

5. Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies, which originated in India.

6. The 'Place Value System' and the 'Decimal System' were developed in India in 100 B.C.
The World's First Granite Temple is the Brihadeswara Temple at Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The shikhara of the temple is made from a single 80-tonne piece of granite. This magnificent temple was built in just five years, (between …

1. Neither Saint Nor Sinner :

PHILOSOPHY


The Mind Of Mahatma Gandhi


1. Neither Saint Nor Sinner :



I THINK that the word 'saint' should be ruled out of present life. It is too sacred a word to be lightly applied to anybody, much less to one like myself who claims only to be a humble searcher after Truth, knows his limitations, makes mistakes, never hesitates to admit them when he makes them, and frankly confesses that he, like a scientist, is making experiments about some 'of the eternal verities' of life, but cannot even claim to be a scientist because he can show no tangible proof of scientific accuracy in his methods or such tangible results of his experiments as modern science demands. (YI, 12-5-1920, p2)

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To clothe me with sainthood is too early even if it is possible. I myself do not feel a saint in any shape or form. But I do feel I am a votary of Truth in spite of all my errors of unconscious omission and commission.


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1. Women’s Problems:

PHILOSOPHY :


THOUGHTS OF MAHATMA GANDHI ON VARIOUS IMPORTANT SUBJECTS IN HIS OWN WORDS 


These selections are from his speeches and writings will give the reader some idea of the working of Gandhi's mind, the growth of his thoughts and the practical techniques which he adopted



1. Women’s Problems:
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a) Women and India’s Future -
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790. I am firmly of opinion that India’s salvation depends on the sacrifice and enlightenment of her women.-H,27-6-36,i53.  

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791.I had flattered myself that my contribution to the women’s cause definitely began with the discovery of satyagraha. But the writer of the letter is of opinion that the fair sex requires treatment different from men. It is so, I do not think any man will find the correct solution. No matter how much he tries, he must fail because nature has made him different from woman. Only the toad under …