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Kootaneeti: The Forgotten Art and Science of Covert Politics

Shakti or Power is the essence of Rajyam or Leadership. There are those who consider themselves to be either “unlucky” or “undeserving” of power as they cannot comprehend the dynamics of attaining or retaining it. Those who consider themselves to be “deserving” of power are often the same who are …

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Hitashatru: That mortal enemy we mistake for a dear friend

Jealousy of people is among the many things that come along with success and wealth. And it is by far the most potent threat as it could turn even a dear friend into a deadly enemy. And when that enemy continues to pose as a friend, enjoying proximity to you, (s)he becomes a Hitashatru.

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The Vedic Perspective on Criticism

Vedic Sanskrit word for criticism was निन्दा (Ninda.) The criticizer is निन्दक (Nindaka.) Whereas विनिन्दा (Vininda) & विनिन्दक (Vinindaka) stand for Unjust Criticism & Unjust Criticizer. Interestingly, in the languages that followed Vedic Sanskrit, the very word Ninda is synonymous with Vininda. In most Indic languages Ninda is unjust, unwise and is often, incorrectly, defined as अधार्मिक: (Adharmic) or against Dharma. According to the Vedic Rishis, the problem is not with criticism but with our अहंकारं or ego. What if our adversary is to criticize us with abuse but also say a few facts along? Why not only retain the facts and ignore their abuse? It’s incorrect to assume that someone says something, and we felt bad. We feel bad because of our attachment to our sense of ego, which in turn led us to ignore the truth in their words by holding onto their abuses with undeserving emotions.

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Vedic Approach to Identifying, Conquering and Transcending Fear: Bhayam, Abhayam & Nirbhayam

Fear is natural. But just because it is natural does not mean it is essential for living. We fear things we do not understand. What we cannot understand we must try to understand. We can never fear the known – fear is always about the unknown.

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Spirituality & Adhyatma: Are They Same?

Vedic Sanskrit word Aatmana or Atman is often translated as Spirit by a great many people. And hence the science, or knowledge, of Atman – Adhyatma - is translated as Spirituality. But is that an accurate translation?

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How Value is killed in the name of Valuations

It is easier to create imaginary valuation than real value. The easiest way to destroy our future is to ignore our lessons of the past and disengaging ourselves from the present.

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70th Birthday of a Living Rishi – Dr David Frawley a.k.a. Acharya Vamadeva Shastri

Special Tribute to Dr David Frawley a.k.a. Acharya Vamadeva Shastri on his 70th Birthday by U. Mahesh Prabhu.

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Why Kootaneeti is Now More Important than Ever?

The Neeti offers Dharmic guidelines for individuals to conduct themselves wisely in a familial, social, organizational, and national setup. Rajaneeti is the Dharmic guidelines for an individual to adhere when in the position of leadership. Rajaneeti is also a Vedic approach to Politics. The objective of Rajaneeti, according to Bhartrihari is also to “… ensure people are persuaded, by all means possible, to understand and follow to Dharma.” When people fail to adhere to these Neetis - they often end up being abusive, corrupt, and dictatorial. This drives that specific society, organization and/or nation in a state of chaos. Recovering such organization from the depth of an abyss with minimal force and maximum intellect is the Vedic Art and Science of Kootaneeti. 

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Jyotish is Vedic Astronomy; Not “Vedic Astrology”

Jyotish, short for Jyoti Shastra, is not one book but a broad Vedic knowledge discipline concerning Jyoti or the Light that encompasses the cosmos. It is about the light that emanates from the Surya (Sun) and Nakshatra (Stars.) It is also the light reflected by Chandra (moon). It also concerns with the various planets that are visible, and invisible, in the skies to our eyes because of light. But why is it called Jyoti Shastra or Science of Light? If Jyotish was “Vedic Astrology” why was not it called Bhavishya Shastra or Bhavish or Science of Future. That is simply because: Jyotish is not Vedic Astrology; but Vedic Astronomy.

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RISHI TALES 2: 21 Ancient Sanskrit Tales Translated & Retold by U. Mahesh Prabhu | Author U. Mahesh Prabhu | Foreword by Dr. David Frawley ~ Available on Amazon.COM 

KAUTILYA: UNDERSTANDING THE COLOSSAL GENIUS (Volume 1) | Author: U. Mahesh Prabhu  – Available on Amazon.com


ESSENTIALS OF VEDIC WISDOM FOR BLISSFUL LIVING  ~ ANNIVERSARY EDITION| Author: U. Mahesh Prabhu | Foreword Dr. David Frawley ~ Available on Amazon.COM



RISHI TALES 1: 21 Ancient Vedic Sanskrit Tales Translated & Retold by U. Mahesh Prabhu | Author: U. Mahesh Prabhu | Foreword by Dr. David Frawley ~ Available at Amazon.COM 

ESSENTIALS OF VEDIC WISDOM FOR BLISSFUL LIVING | Author: U. Mahesh Prabhu | Foreword Dr. David Frawley ~ Available on Amazon.COM

TIMELESS TALES OF A WISE SAGE: VISHNU SHARMA’S PANCHATANTRA RETOLD | Author: U Mahesh Prabhu | Illustrations: Shantheri Bhat ~ Available on Amazon.COM 

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