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A few gems more…

You can read Part 1 here. Read the following lines in isolation from the rest – take your time and reflect on each excerpt:) Pax perniciosa – peace that’s pernicious (has a harmful effect in a subtle way, like air pollution) because it involves turning your back to the world… John Cassian No rebirth is …

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Bite sized versions for bite sized attention spans…

आदौ राम तपोवनादि गमनं हत्वा मृगं कांचनं । वैदेही हरणं जटायु मरणं सुग्रीव सम्भाषणं ॥ वाली निर्ग्रहणं समुद्र तरणं लंकापुरी दाहनं । पश्चात रावण कुम्बकर्ण हननं एतहि रामायणं ॥  aadau raama tapovaanadi  gamanam , hathva mrugam kaanchanam vaidehi haraNam Jatayu maraNam sugreeva sambhaashaNam, vaali nirgrahaNam, samudra taraNam lanka puri daahanam pashchad raavaNa kumbakarNa hananam yetahi raamayaNam Once when Rama …

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The coming (again) of Mahabali…

Asura is typically construed as evil, and is used interchangeably with Danavas, Daityas and Rākshasās, mainly because in English, they are all demons! But all asuras were not considered evil. Here are some of the niruktas (etymologies) of the root word asu.  Asu can mean, prana – life breath, life- force; in this sense, asura means ‘one who brings, gives prana’ …

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Of pickles and savory memories…

Saw a beautiful movie today. Of Bengaluru, my town, in the 60’s and 70’s, the place I grew up in, far removed from the bustling metropolitan jungle that it has become today. Where Indiranagar was a mini forest and Kamannahalli was a halli( village) outside the main town. Where one could bicycle all around town …

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Of AI and Brahma…

A brain-sized artificial consciousness could have millions of times more experiences than us per second, since electromagnetic signals travel at the speed of light—millions of times faster than neuron signals. However, the larger the AI, the slower its global thoughts must be to allow information time to flow between all its parts. We’d therefore expect …

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The Panchatantra on friendship…

उपकाराच् च लोकानां निमित्तान् मृग-पक्षिणाम् ।भयाल् लोभाच् च मूर्खाणां मैत्री स्याद् दर्शनात् सताम् ॥ ३६ ॥ upakārāc ca lokānāṃ nimittān mṛga-pakṣiṇām |bhayāl lobhāc ca mūrkhāṇāṃ maitrī syād darśanāt satām || 36 || People become friends by helping each other. Animals and birds can also become friendly due to some reasons. Fools act friendly because of greed or …

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What is Yoga…again:)

Every International Yoga Day, I write about yoga. And a whole year passes so fast… Here is what I wrote last year, with a few amendments. The core remains the same – Yog is a way of life, and not an exercise. Asanas form 4 padas in the Yoga Sutras, the rest came much later. …

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Nama Ramayana – Yudhda Kaandam – Part 3

भरतप्राणप्रियकर राम् ॥७७॥ Bharata-Praanna-Priyakara Raam ||77|| 77: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, Who brought Joy to the Life of Bharata after His return. साकेतपुरीभूषण राम् ॥७८॥ Saaketa-Purii-Bhuussanna Raam ||78|| 78: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, Who graced the City of Ayodhya after his return from Lanka. सकलस्वीयसमानत राम् ॥७९॥ Sakala-Sviiya-Samaanata Raam ||79|| 79: I take Refuge in Sri Rama, …

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