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Author: Hari Ravikumar

The word ‘saṃskāra’ has no single-word equivalent in English; it has many meanings including ‘refinement,’ ‘cultivation,’ ‘perfection,’ ‘embellishment,’ ‘consecration,’ ‘education,’ ‘positive transformation,’ ‘effect of past deeds,’ etc. In general, it refers to ‘doing something well’ or ‘improving upon something while removing what is undesirable.’ Swami Harshananda says, “The word ‘saṃskāra’ literally

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You and I are constantly changing. Throughout our lives, we change in many ways: at the level of the body, in the emotional sphere, in the mental realm, in our various relationships with people, the roles that we play in society, and in many other ways. This change is continuous and unstoppable,

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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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