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In the Vana Parva (Book 3) of the Mahabharata, during the course of Yudhistira’s discussion with sage Markandeya, the latter narrates the story of Kaushika and Dharmavyadha. It is a wonderful episode of how a learned ascetic obtains life-lessons from an unlettered butcher in Mithila. Following a series of incidents, Kaushika

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Vijayadashami – the victory on the tenth day – is when Rama killed Ravana. While the victory of Rama over Ravana was a great one, greater still are the several personal battles he fought and emerged victorious. Being the elder son, he was the natural choice for being the king,

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In chapter 13 of the Gita (verses 7 to 11) Krishna gives the various parameters that constitute true knowledge: अमानित्वमदम्भित्वं अहिंसा क्षान्तिरार्जवम् | आचार्योपासनं शौचं स्थैर्यमात्मविनिग्रहः |७| इन्द्रियार्थेषु वैराग्यं अनहङ्कार एव च | जन्ममृत्युजराव्याधि दुःखदोषानुदर्शनम् |८| असक्तिरनभिष्वङ्गः पुत्रदारगृहादिषु | नित्यं च समचित्तत्वं इष्टानिष्टोपपत्तिषु |९| मयि चानन्ययोगेन भक्तिरव्यभिचारिणी | विविक्तदेशसेवित्वं अरतिर्जनसंसदि |१०| अध्यात्मज्ञाननित्यत्वं तत्त्वज्ञानार्थदर्शनम् | एतज्ज्ञानम् इति प्रोक्तं अज्ञानं यदतोऽन्यथा |११| He stands testimony to each and every one of those qualities: amanitvam –

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