conduct - taking the baby steps:
Living as per dharma is not easy because man has chained
himself with his ego and with his obsession over power and possessions.
Can he discard these shackles and start on an ideal path Yes, by making
a start and by taking a few baby steps.
Self-knowledge is the basis
of all knowledge (The Upanisad).
Myths do not belong,
properly, to the rational mind. Rather, they bubble up from deep in the wells
of collective conscious (Carl Jung).
for Salvation The
Hindu sages consider Sankeerthana or expressing bhakthi through music to be
the most desirable and the most effective path to salvation. Thyagaraja
Swami, the great composer, emphasizes that Sankeerthana or Nadopasana will
lead to salvation not only for the purest among us but also for the worst
sinner - one who had succumbed to poor conduct and character in the past.
quotes are sayings of great seers, philosophers,
and thinkers of this world that
encourage us to inquire into our minds.
Gita a story of War? There is
a common misperception that the teachings of the Bhagawad Gita suport an apocalyptic
world view where, clash among races and religions, justify a war. On the contrary,
Gita's teachings are more about moral and ethical dilemmas we confront in
our everyday lives. The war is just a metaphor for our inner wars - the constant
battle we fight, wavering between good and bad thoughts and between ethical
and unethical conduct.
subconscious mind knows more about you: Vedic
the inconsistencies between our conscious and subconscious minds. They recognized
that who we are influenced be are influenced by our subconscious minds.
into the mind is a fundamental
human need. Life should make sense and it should feel aligned. In the absence
of such alignment, life would become meaningless.
- Climbing the Ladder: Why
would people of repute, faith, and education make decisions that hurt
others, often significantly?. While education, faith and more could help,
eventually, we need to take charge of our conduct.
Dr. Ram S. Sriram
Thiruvayaru: The enthusiasm shown by
the Indian community and the concert-level caliber exhibited by the youngsters,
reinforces the view that Carnatic music will continue to preserve its glory
and its nurturing will, slowly but steadily, shift to North America.
is in charge of your mind? Neuroscientists
state that, it is actually our inner mind that is influencing our emotions,
motives, and behaviors. Can one then take charge of the inner mind and guide
- Way of Life or Religion? Although
the Hindu way of lifer eflected the collective conscience of its people,
it was not enforced as law. The people voluntarily followed the unwritten
code because they recognized its values.
Dharma - A Path to Perfection: Sanatana
Dharma emphasizes conduct and character more than faith and religious dogma.
Why? Because, more than rituals and dogma, only an enlightened mind can
A collection of articles on SaintThyagaraja's (the illustrious
classical music composer from Southern India), music philosophy.
- Secular Flagellum
Does life evolve and sustain itself through the interaction between
the organism and its environment?
Mythology is not invented; they
are found. You can no more tell us what your dream is going to be tonight than
we can invent a myth. Myths come from the mystical region of essential experience
Hatred never ends by hatred
but only by love, that is the eternal law (Sanatana Dharma - Buddha).
It will be illogical for
us to hold that any system of theology is an official, orthodox, obligatory
and final presentation of truth (C.E. Rovan).
For More Profound Quotes
..promotes a communion,
a union of man with his fellow man and with the Supreme Being
need for Contemplation
should I lead my life? How should I live in a society? What is knowable? These
three questions have puzzled mankind through the ages. Ideally, our lives
should lead us to a feeling of plentitude, so that we have no regrets at the
moment when we die. Life in society should inspire us with a sense of universal
responsibility. Knowledge should teach us about both the nature of the world
around us and about our own minds. A quote from Quantum of the Lotus (Trinh
ife evolve and sustain itself through the interaction between the organism
and its environment?
Yogis Among US: The
Karma Yoga discussions from the Gita stand out as a timeless and practical
manual to deal with everyday dilemmas and decisions. The stories of Mrs.
Janaki and Mike illustrat the life of true karma yogis.
must change with the world
We now live in an age of humanism and critical
thinking. Religious followers must challenge religionís established practices
if they are inequitable with contemporary social norms.
Scince or Subjective Spirutalism
A few prominent scientists
have declared that only knowledge obtained through rational and objective
analyses, i.e. scientific methodologies, is valid. Are these scientists
justified in their opinions?
- Secular Flagellum
Does life evolve and sustain itself through the interactio between the
organism and its environment?
is not just faith but understanding:
religion more as a weapon than as a means to unify people. Religions are
turning into blind belief and authoritarian. We must revisit our religions
for a greater understanding of its history and objectives.