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Author: Hari Ravikumar

There is a beautiful poem ascribed to Vedānta-deśika (born Veṅkaṭanātha) that deals with the topic of vairāgya (detachment from worldly indulgences). क्षोणीकोणशतांशपालनकलादुर्वारगर्वानल- क्षुभ्यत्क्षुद्रनरेन्द्रचाटुरचनाधन्यान्न मन्यामहे । देवं सेवितुमेव निश्चिनुमहे योऽसौ दयालुः पुरा धानामुष्टिमुचे कुचेलमुनये दत्ते स्म वित्तेशताम् ।१। (Meter: Śārdūlavikrīḍitam) We hardly bother with those who feel blessed composing verses praising an insignificant king, burning with pride, who rules over a

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This is the second part of the translation of the Yakshaprashna, a conversation between Yudhishtira and Yama on the banks of the enchanted lake. Chapter 297 Verses 32-62: Yaksha किं क्षत्रियाणां देवत्वं कश्च धर्मः सतामिव । कश्चैषां मानुषो भावः किमेषामसतामिव ॥ ३२ How does a kshatriya attain divinity? What is his true dharma? What is the human trait of kshatriyas? What is

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In one of my earlier articles – Happiness, Flow, and the Upanishads – I had discussed the meaning of happiness and how the concept of ‘flow’ closely aligns with the Upanishadic view on brahmananda (supreme bliss). The state of ‘flow’ or ‘getting into the zone’ can be defined as a

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