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New Year Musings

Gudi

Today is Varsha Pratipada, the first day of the Hindu Lunar Year. It is also called  Yugadi ( first day of the era),  or Gudhi Padwa [here in Maharashtra].

Gudhis  are bamboo sticks with a coloured silk cloth and a garlanded metal vessel on top, symbolising victory.

A very interesting year has come to an end and now we look forward to what the coming one holds for us.

It promises to be an interesting one, too- particularly in the political sphere! Continue reading New Year Musings

Knowledge Is That Which Liberates

“सा विद्या या विमुक्तये|” –

Most of us have heard this quote at some time or the other. This is the motto of quite a few educational institutions in India. The complete verse, which is from the Vishnu Puran, is as follows

तत् कर्म यत् न बन्धाय सा विद्या या विमुक्तये|

आयासाय अपरं कर्म विद्या अन्या शिल्पनैपुणम्||

Continue reading Knowledge Is That Which Liberates

To Speak or Not to Speak

They say that Speech is silver, but silence is golden.

Silence, or perhaps we should say discretion, is better than speaking eloquently. When in doubt of what to say, in many cases, it’s better not to say anything at all.  Talking can land us in a lot of trouble.

This Sanskrit subhaashit tells us-

 आत्मनो मुखदोषेण बध्यन्ते शुकसारिकाः |
बकास्तत्र न बध्यन्ते मौनं सर्वार्थसाधनम् ||

Talking birds like the parrot and the myna, are caught and imprisoned in cages. However no one puts  a crane [who does not/cannot speak] in a cage. [The moral is that] silence is the means to get whatever one wants. Continue reading To Speak or Not to Speak

The 24 Gurus of Dattatreya

I first heard the story of Dattatreya’s twenty-four Gurus many years ago. It is an interesting story and goes something like this-

A great king was travelling through a forest along with his large retinue. He came across the young Dattatreya, an Avadhuta. The king saw that Dattatreya was radiant with an inner joy, and realized that this was no ordinary ascetic.

The king began to converse with Dattatreya, and asked him who his Guru was. Dattatreya told the king that he had twenty-four Gurus, and proceeded to explain. Continue reading The 24 Gurus of Dattatreya