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“Who am I?” This question has haunted thinkers and philosophers from the earliest times. It is the question that drove the sixteen-year-old Venkataraman to eventually become Ramana Maharishi. It is the question that pops up every now and then, only to remain unanswered. Once it is answered, the question never recurs,

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अभिमानदम्भादिकं त्याज्यम् । ६४ 64. Abandon pride, hypocrisy, etc. तदर्पिताखिलाचारः सन् कामक्रोधाभिमानादिकं तस्मिन्नेव करणीयम् । ६५ 65. Having offered all activities (to the Supreme) if (still troubled) by lust, anger, pride, etc. then offer them (to the Supreme) as well. [The Bhagavad-Gita says, “Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer in yajna

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The divine sage Narada is credited with the composition of eighty-four sutras (aphorisms) on bhakti (devotion). In this four-part series, I provide simple English translations of the sutras. I will first present the original in Devanagari and then the translation. अथातो भक्तिं व्याख्यास्यामः । १ 1. Now thus we shall discuss in

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