Apāntaratamas meaning apa+antara+tamas i.e., one who is free from all internal darkness is popular in Indian scriptures. He is mentioned in the seventh skanda of the Subala Upanishad and in the Adhyatma Upanishad etc. However, the fact he took rebirth as Sage Vyasa is mentioned directly only in the 3.3.32 of the Brahma Sutra Bhasya of Adi Shankara and ...
There is a semblance of democracy originating in the conduct of emperor Bharata (of BharataVarsha a.k.a., India).
He was well known to have sidelined his nine sons from his three wives and proclaiming Bhumanyu (the son of Bharadwaja) as heir apparent because he felt those nine being unfit for the throne.
A reference here and here.
Further in recent times, TN ...
There are some refrences regarding this in scriptures. Ashtavakra was cursed by Khagodara in womb of his mother.
Thus insulted in the presence of his disciples, the great sage in anger cursed his child in the womb, saying, 'Because thou speakest thus even while in the womb, therefore thou shalt be crooked in eight parts of the body. The child was ...
No. We have less than a dozen shakhas of the Vedas that started out to be over 1000 at the beginning of the Yuga. For details, see this Wikipedia entry.
Even this is just the portion revealed to Rishis in the current Chaturyuga. Vedas are infinite in size. This is illustrated by the following story.
The Kathaka Shruti (Taittirya Brahmana 3.10.11) has the ...
Well as per the Brahma Bindu Upanishad due to Maya it's being compared to darkness of not knowing the Truth i.e the Brahman:
शब्दमायावृतो यावत्तावत्तिष्ठति पुष्करे। भिन्ने तमसि
śabdamāyāvṛto yāvattāvattiṣṭhati puṣkare। bhinne tamasi
जब तक नाम-रूपात्मक अस्तित्व रखने वा...
Krita Yuga - Dhyana. Treta Yuga - Yagna. Dvapara Yuga - Puja. Kali Yuga - Nama Sankirtan
Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.52
कृते यद्ध्यायतो विष्णुं त्रेतायां यजतो मखै:
द्वापरे परिचर्यायां कलौ तद्धरिकीर्तनात्
Whatever result was obtained in Satya-yuga by meditating on Viṣṇu, in
Tretā-yuga by performing sacrifices, and in Dvāpara-yuga by serving
the Lord’s lotus feet ...
Ignorance or avidya is an Advaita Vedanta term. It hides Brahman and makes it appear as the universe. It is the same as maya.
Advaita Vedanta says that ignorance of Brahman has created this world.
Ignorance, which is the opposite of knowledge (jnana-virodhi), is not
something negative. It has a positive character (bhavarupa).
It has two ...
Not only cutting branches or leaves, even going near to trees at night is not permitted.
Manusmriti 4:73:- Let him not enter a walled village or house except by the gate, and by night let him keep away from trees.
"Reading" Gita is easy. It is available in several languages. However, to understand and use its knowledge to improve the life is the task most Hindus and Indians do not put in practice. For several of us this book has become a historical document. I live in USA, and hear people including Americans read and understand and discuss it in English only....
Alright, let me just add few more words. The Kaankal Malini Tantra describes the Varna-Samuha. According to it varna from अ to अः are of SatvaGuna. From क to थ are RajoGuna and remaining of TamoGuna. It says:
आदावसौ जायते च शब्दब्रह्म सनातन: ।
वसुजिह्वा कालरात्र्या रूद्रडाकिन्यलंकृता ।
विषबीजं श्रृतिमुखं घ्रुवं हालाहल प्रिये ॥ॐ॥१८॥
Om is made of three ...
Mandukya Upanishad says that OM is a Combination of (A + U + M)
That same Self, from the point of view of the syllable, is Om, and
viewed from the stand point of the letters, the quarters are the
letters, and the letters are the quarters. The letters are A, U and
M.(Mandukya Up 8)
Vaisvanara seated in the waking state is the first letter A, owing to its all-...
The components of Om is explained very well in Shiva Puran.
"The syllable “A” came first from northern face; the syllable “U” from the western; the syllable “M” from the southern and the Bindu (dot) from the eastern face. The Nāda (mystical sound) came from the middle face. Thus the complete set cropped up in five-fold form. Then all of them united in ...
The Omkāra is made up of 3 letters: (1) akāra - अ; (2) ukāra - उ; (3) makāra - म and also an anusvāra (ardhamātrā).
It is often a misconception that it has only the first three letters but the Upanishads are clear that it has even an anusvāra. So you will pronounce it as Om and let the ma resonate after for a bit in the mouth/ nose area.
The Nādabindūpaniṣad ...
In the Uddhava Gita XVI.19-20 (Swami Madhavananda translator), Sri Krishna says:
By ascribing worth to sense-objects a man comes to be attached to them; from attachment arises the desire for them; from attachment arises the desire for them, and desire leads to dispute among men.
Dispute engenders vehement anger, which is followed by infatuation. ...
During Samudra Manthan, Bhagavan Vishnu gives the analogy of a snake, rat & hunter, to Devas when discussing whether to shake hands with Asuras temporarily.
When a snake gets caught in a hunter's net, it asks it's janma-virodhi (rat) for help to gnaw away the net, assuring it of future safety. When rat gnaws off the net, the snake escapes then ...
The astrological treatise Hora Ratnam mentions some features that natives born on Amavasya Tithis have:
Chaturdasi: One born on Chaturdasi (fourteenth day) will perform every undertaking flawlessly. He will be intelligent, bereft of
sickness and will ever patronize his relatives.
Purnima: One born on Purnima (Full Moon) will possess abundance (of things), ...
The following verse shows that fasting leads to accumulation of merit (Punya or good Karma).
Manu 2.188. He who performs the vow (of studentship) shall constantly
subsist on alms, (but) not eat the food of one (person only); the
subsistence of a student on begged food is declared to be equal (in
merit) to fasting.
And verses like the ones given below show ...
Consider this simple thought. What exactly is a believer? People today assume that belief means to acknowledge the existence of a Being, but even the most evil Beings in the creation know that God exists. Would you call an evil demon a believer? Of course not.
Contrary to modern opinion, to believe in something does not simply mean to believe it exists. Do ...
This is a good question often asked by people. This question is asked because people think that good karma automatically should lead to moksha, bliss and relief from suffering. I will try to establish that this simplistic idea is not right.
Does Ishvara distinguish between a devotee and an atheist?
The answer is no.
I am the same towards all beings. None is ...
I would like to reply your answer 2 ways, one in practical manner and second factual,
First PRACTICAL MANNER
Think of yourself, one day you are invited in a party by your friend, it was the birthday party, after enjoying a lot, dancing, singing, and after all the performances it was time for dinner. Your friend doesn't asks you to have the food but seeing ...
The question can be answered to an extent by the following Manu verses:
श्रोत्रियस्य कदर्यस्य वदान्यस्य च वार्धुषेः । मीमांसित्वोभयं
देवाः सममन्नमकल्पयन् ॥ २२४ ॥
śrotriyasya kadaryasya vadānyasya ca vārdhuṣeḥ | mīmāṃsitvobhayaṃ
devāḥ samamannamakalpayan || 224 ||
The gods having compared the food of the miserly Vedic Scholar and
that of the liberal usurer, ...