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The Greatness of Ve(i)liyanadu-kṣetra  Introduction:  A couple of verses in the śloka-vṛtta introduce this composition – क्षेत्रे विलियनाड्वाख्ये केरलेषु व्यवस्थिते। जातश्श्रीशङ्कराचार्यः निजमातृगृहे सुखम्॥ इति जानपदीं श्रद्धां समादृत्य चिर ...



The (‘great sage’) Vyāsa was born Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana (‘dark, island-born’) in a swirling mist on the Yamunā at Kalpi, in an illustrious heritage of knowledge and learning, the son of Parāśara and Satyavati, and great-grandson of saptaṛṣi Vasiṣṭha ...


A Caterpillar’s Journey

There is a Franciscan Friars shrine near our house, where I enjoy either walking on its trails, or sitting in its beautiful shaded spots. One shaded spot is next to a lotus pond. A couple of weeks ago, I first saw the pond on a sunny day in July. I had co ...


Work, Worship

मयि सर्वाणि कर्माणि संन्यस्याध्यात्मचेतसा। निराशीर्निर्ममो भूत्वा युध्यस्व विगतज्वरः ॥“Offering all actions to Me, with mind focussed on the Self, do your duty without ownership and desire for results.” I work in a Bank. I attend to the customers, collect ...


Ignorance and Its Ways

On rainy days in the summer, centipedes and other small worms creep through the filters of the water outlet in the bathroom, on the ground floor of the house where I live. Normally I scoop them up with a broom and throw them back into the garden. One even ...


At a Lecture Hall

“यथा सोम्यैकेन मृत्पिण्डेन सर्वं मृन्मयं विज्ञातं स्याद्वचारम्भणम् विकारो नामधेयं मृत्तिकेत्येव सत्यं ॥“ “Dear boy, by knowing a lump of clay, all things made of clay become known; for all transformation has speech as its basis, and any change to clay&nbs ...