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Manas: The Mind

As per Ayurveda – which has its essence and inspiration from Vedic knowledge and wisdom –  says “Healthy mind leads to a healthy body”. Amrita Bindu Upanishad suggests “Mind is the cause for both; problems as well as solution.” The mind is the tool which enables us to understand and undertake that which is unknown. The unknown can be known exclusively through the known. Since mind is the instrument of knowing – we need to know our mind first!

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King Bharat’s Dilemma vis-à-vis Pandava’s Paradox

One of the common questions posed about the Mahabharata is, “How did Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva – who weren’t born to Pandu – all come to be known as Pandavas (sons of Pandu) and claim the throne of Hastinapur over legitimate 100 sons of Dhritarashtra (elder brother of Pandu?” This article by U. Mahesh Prabhu tries to answers this question in depth.

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The Legend of Rajgurus

When Vedic King Bharata, soon after his coronation, declared, in loud voice, "Adandosmi! Adandosmi! Adandosmi!" (meaning: I am unpunishable!); his Rajaguru Bharawaja replied in an equally loud voice, "Dharmadandosi! Dharmadandosi! Dharmadandosi!" (meaning: Dharma will judge you!).

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The Greatest Teachings of Vyasa’s Mahabharata

Translated by U. Mahesh Prabhu “Look how creatures of the highest, middle as well as the lowest degrees are everywhere here enmeshed in grief because of their Karma (actions). Even my body though it seems ,at first glance by the Atman, is not me it is also the Atman  ; …

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Deeds versus Creed

Once, two friends were walking towards a brothel when they heard some people reciting Vedic hymns beautifully. “Come, friend,” said the one to the other, “let us hear the wisdom of Vedas.” So saying he went in and sat down. The second man peeped in for a while but entered …

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Effects of attachment

A young lad in his twenties, frustrated with life, decided to take a vow of Sanyasa. He had nothing but loin cloths with him when he left for the woods to pursue deep meditation ,to practice Brahmacharya as well as Sanyasa – for the rest of his life. He promised …

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Celibate and a young damsel

A beautiful damsel was infatuated with a young celibate rishi(sage). Enchanted, she asked him to renounce his celibacy and marry her, instead. “Why do you want me to marry you?” asked rishi. “To have a beautiful son like you?” she replied,  discreetly hinting at her carnal intent with lustful eyes. …

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The Perfect Guru

There once was a man who searched the entire world for a perfect Guru. But, unfortunately he could not find one. All , the gurus he found were either greedy, deceivers, fools or madmen. Finally he did find one who fulfilled all his expectations. Then, a friend of his asked him, …

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Secret of Happiness

There once was a great rishi (sage)who was always happy. One day, a very vain and selfish young man came to visit him. After talking for a few minutes, the young man rudely asked, “Are you truly happy, or are you just pretending to be happy?” The rishi chose not to answer …

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Wisdom Tales: The mind goblin

Long ago, there was a man who wanted to use supernatural powers as a means of getting quick success because getting success the ordinary way required lots of hard work. He went to a rishi and asked to be given a mantra that would make him rich and successful. The …

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