Around two thousand years ago there was a person of great intellect, influence, and motivation. We don’t know much about his personal life, although there are many extraordinary legends about him. He was neither a warrior nor a ruler, nor a priest. He was a wise sage – a rishi – who rewrote two Vedic treatises, namely: Arthashastra and Artha Sutras. His name was Kautilya (a.k.a. Chanakya, Vishnu Gupta and Vishnu Sharma). Kautilya’s Arthashastra contains many vital principles of management, governance, and polity that can be used with high efficacy to the present day. They can provide keys to solving a great many problems threatening our new high–tech world order by nurturing responsible and effective leadership. Although there are several translations of Kautilya’s Arthashastra, most of its in-depth knowledge and wisdom is neither properly understood nor utilized for various reasons. Also, much of its secrets remain hidden. Presenting his time-tested knowledge and wisdom with incisive insight into contemporary leadership, politics, and diplomacy is this book.
Essentials of Vedic Wisdom for Blissful Living (Third Anniversary Edition) by U. Mahesh Prabhu is a humble attempt to introduce the eternal wisdom of the Vedic rishis (sages) in a simple yet undiluted form. It seeks to elucidate various Vedic ideas, including Atman, Paramatma, Karma, Dharma, contrary to popular incomplete definitions. The authors endeavor to explain not just the grand design of the universe, but also how the teachings of the Vedas can be used to lead a blissful life amid the present day chaos, stress and confusion.
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Ancient Vedic India was a land where knowledge and wisdom were revered as the greatest wealth. There intellectual Brahmins, sagely Rishis, and equipoised Munis were honored for their incomparable knowledge. At a time when writing was not well developed, Smriti or memory was the main medium by which knowledge was recorded before transmitting it through Vak or the spoken word from a preceptor Guru to his disciples Shishyas. Mantras or hymns composed in ancient Sanskrit were used to remember complex knowledge along with Katha or thought-provoking tales. These tales besides being entertaining were also enlightening and promoted deeper Vichara or contemplation. In this first volume of Rishis Tales, U. Mahesh Prabhu presents 21 such stories translated from the ancient Sanskrit. Tales that continue to inspire millions of people towards the true understanding of Self, wisdom, peace, and prosperity.
In this book Mahesh Prabhu presents Vedic stories in their core essence, relaying and focusing their deeper meaning, not interfering with it or reducing it to alien and superficial concepts. His stories are short, poignant, and diverse, with multiple levels of meaning, like parables, conundrums, paradoxes and axioms (sutras). He has drawn these stories from many traditional sources in Sanskrit literature and reworked them in a concise and invocative manner. They feature the names and stories of famous sages, kings, places and the peoples of old India. Such exalted figures as King Bhartrihari or the Vedantic sage Ashtavakra visit these pages and come to life again through them.
Storytelling is one of the oldest art forms known to mankind. It has stimulated imaginations and even built communities of tellers and listeners. Oral storytelling, particularly, is an ancient and intimate tradition between storytellers and listeners. Storytelling is also a social and cultural activity with substantial improvisation, theatrics and embellishment. Narratives have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, cultural preservation besides instilling moral values. However, very few stories have survived tradition and even fewer have made sense with passing time. Panchatantra, translated to “five strategies” in English, has always been an exception. It has not just entertained and hailed the importance of morality, besides defining it, but has also educated people about the intricacies of life – relationships, particularly. The fact that these stories have survived at least 3,000 years – without patronage of any specific race, religion or sect, should speak vehemently about the timeless and time-tested wisdom embedded in it. However, a great many re-tellers of this story have often missed on many parts – Neetis, particularly. In this book author U. Mahesh Prabhu translates the original Sanskrit stories and maxim in its entirety in a way that which is not just entertaining but also enlightening on deep retrospection.