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Helping the World – The First Necessity

In spiritual practice there is often so much emphasis on liberation that the world is neglected, forgotten, or even seen as an illusion. But this emphasis is there because attaining the liberated state is the qualification for helping the world. Buddha spent many years seeking for knowledge and meditating before he became enlightened. Then he […]

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Asmitā (अस्मिता)

This article is written by Srivatsa Ramaswami and is reproduced here with his kind permission: The Sanskrit root ‘as’ rhyming with ‘bus’ would mean ‘to be’. The sanskrit ‘as’ is like ‘is’ in English. ‘as’ becomes ‘asmi’ when conjugated in its first person, singular, present tense. Asmi means ‘am’. Just like the English ‘am’ refers […]

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Vyāhṛti-व्याहृति: beautiful, highly potent and meaningful mantras.

This article is written by Srivatsa Ramaswami and is reproduced here with his kind permission: The two most important mantras of the Vedas are Pranava (OM) and then the Gāytri. There is another mantra or a group of mantras used extensively, the vyahritis. Ahriti is to hold back whereas Vyahriti is to give out and […]

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