Why did a 70-year-old author single-handedly wrote, edited, collected donations for printing, and sold his books going door to door?
Writing and publishing books is a painstaking task involving multiple people with varied talents and skills. Authors prepare a manuscript, take help in the editing work, approach a publishing house, get some books published and the publishing house takes care of the design, paper, formatting, printing, and distribution of books. …
Vrindavan: Pieces of evidence for Krishna spread over 3,000 sq km
I am writing this article right after a short trip to Sri Vrindavan, and few smaller towns close to it. Vrindavan is located about 80 miles south- east of Gurugram. Millions of people reverentially believe it to be the place where Lord Krishna lived and performed supernatural activities 5,000 years ago.
But, contrary to this, there are others who think Krishna and His activities are works of fiction, mere stories cropped up to inspire a man to be righteous. Let’s weigh both of these views and see which one has greater strength.
Vrindavan area, popular called Braja, or literally the place where Lord Krishna and His devotees walked, is presently an area of about 3,000 sq km. It is spread over following districts of North India- Mathura, Bharatpur and Palwal located in states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana respectively. There are scores of towns and villages, hundreds of sacred kundas or lakes and temples and thousands of spots spread throughout Braja, each related to some or the other activity of Lord Krishna or His devotees. …
Digging Deeper on Diwali Celebrations
The beauty of our Vedic Scriptures is that they can be read and re-read and each time, a different understanding would dawn upon us, not to forget the happiness derived. Vedic language is full of metaphors, symbolism and deep meanings which makes it all the more interesting to read it time and again. And as we delve deeper, we unlock higher levels of understanding and pleasure. But our scriptures don’t just give us entertainment through their amazing storytelling, replete with action, drama, thrill, tragedy and humor but also impart life lessons at every step, essentially enlighten us
This implies that the stories they tell are not only limited to the particular characters of the story, but is applicable to our daily lives as well. The characters are real (not mythology, as per some prejudiced beliefs) and are symbolic representations of life situations that we face at present. For example, the questions Arjuna asks to Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita can be the questions of any man who thinks about life and its realities a bit deeply. …
Dussehra-demolition of pride
We often hear pride cometh before fall. The statement holds true even today after thousand of years when Lord Rama killed demon Ravana.
Ravana was manifestations of lust, anger, greed which are three gateways to hell according to Bhagavad gita. And Lord Rama has established the victory of humbleness, respect, self-lessness, love over above given Vices.
Today, we have become quite busy in our personal lives that we don’t have time to rectify these vices which are basic driving force behind everything we do. Ravana’s greed resulted in destruction everything he possessed. …
How did ‘Bhagavad Gita’ transform the life of an International Chef?
Though I had always been deeply spiritual, But, somehow like most people, did not have much clarity in this matter. I considered myself a seeker of truth and God. So, I delved into reading whatever seemed ‘spiritual’ and heard from whomever I thought could enlighten me on this path.
Meditation Tips from the Bhagavad Gita
If I ask you for your introduction, you’d begin by speaking your name and then your credentials. But if I ask you, did you exist before you were given this name? You’d spring up in the affirmative. That means your name is an adopted identity. It does not define you.