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ā Sanātanī ā Brāhmaṇa मनसा वाचा कर्मणाI पुण्यवत् to be born into Sanātana Dhārma in Bhārata Vārṣa, Đ most Sacred land that the Sun visits on his rounds.
8 Apr
The Primary dilemma for most of the Western educated Hindu youth both in India & abroad is that they have little authentic information about their own Hindu Intellectual & Spiritual Heritage.

They do not realise that there are really two distinct & conflicting Hinduisms today :
~ Traditionalist Hindu &
~ Neo-Hindu.
The traditionalists, who are the guardians of authentic Sanātana Dhārma, have not yet completely found a way of communicating this unadulterated Hindu
Dharma, which is the Sanātana Dhārma in a way in which the modern mind can appreciate it or to say more specifically ; the Hindu youth to defend or fight Intellectually against the Anti-Hindu rhetoric or Hindu bashing that has become order of the day.
Until they do so Hinduism
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7 Apr
II Sri Adi Śaṅkarācārya - श्री आदि शङ्कराचार्य II
Sōpānaṁ : 22 Đ Secret of Rebirth :

At Dusk,Acharya & the Brāhmaṇa began their Conversation.
The Topic of the dialogue changed gradually from Bhiksha, the weather & Pre-Sanyasa days, to
Karma &
Upasana ;

Then it took off to the
The Panchagni-Vidya, and finally reached the first sutra in the 1st Pada of the 3rd chapter of The Brahma Sūtras :

तदन्तरप्रतिपत्तौ रंहति सम्परिष्वक्तः प्रश्ननिरूपणाभ्याम् ।।3.1.1।।
As stated in the Bhagavad-Gītā ;

या निशा सर्वभूतानां तस्यां जागर्ति संयमी |

“That which is night to all creatures, there, the enlightened is awake”, throughout the night, waves of divine presence arose inside the cave, surpassing the flow of Bhagirathi outside.
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7 Apr
Kaṭhopaniṣad : {प्रविभागः-ii}

श्रवणायापि बहुभिर्यो न लभ्यः शृण्वन्तोऽपि बहवो यं न विद्युः।
आश्चर्यो वक्ता कुशलोऽस्य लब्धाश्चर्यो ज्ञाता कुशलानुशिष्टः॥७॥

“A teacher who is self-realized is very rare.
The opportunity to hear instructions about

the science of self-realization from such a teacher is even rarer.
If, by great good fortune,
such an opportunity presents itself, students who can comprehend this topic are the rarest.”

an Enlightened Teacher is never discouraged when, despite sincere efforts,
the majority of the people are either not interested in, or cannot understand the Science of the Ātman.
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6 Apr
Kaṭhopaniṣad : {प्रविभागः-i}

कठोपनिषद् is one of the major Upaniṣads, expounds a great truth, very simply, as to what happens to the Ātman after मृत्यु~Death.

It is in the form of a dialogue between Yama~ यम: & Naciketā~नचिकेत, a Brāhmaṇa boy of just 9 summers.

Its importance can very well be gauged from the fact that many of its mantras are reproduced in the Bhagavad-gītā.

Kaṭhopaniṣad is perhaps the clearest of all the 10 Classical Upaniṣads.
Upaniṣad means Brahmavidyā, that is, the Knowledge of Brahman.

Kaṭhopaniṣad explains Brahmavidyā most clearly, most vividly, &
repeats the Essentials without making the subject Complicated.

It goes on adding colour after colour in its description of the pure Ᾱtman,
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6 Apr
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam : {प्रविभागः-ii}

This is 1st Śloka of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam :

ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय
जन्माद्यस्य यतोऽन्वयादितरतश्चार्थेष्वभिज्ञ: स्वराट्
तेने ब्रह्म हृदा य आदिकवये मुह्यन्ति यत्सूरय: ।
तेजोवारिमृदां यथा विनिमयो यत्र त्रिसर्गोऽमृषा

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धाम्ना स्वेन सदा निरस्तकुहकं सत्यं परं धीमहि ॥ १ ॥

"O my Bhagavān, Śrī Kṛṣṇa, son of Vasudeva,
O all-pervading Personality of Godhead,
I offer my respectful obeisances unto You.

I meditate upon Bhagavān Śrī Kṛṣṇa because He is the Absolute Truth and the primeval
cause of all causes of the
Sustenance &
of the manifested universes.

He is Directly & Indirectly conscious of all manifestations, &
He is Independent because there is no other cause beyond Him.

It is He only who first imparted the Vedic knowledge
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2 Apr
II Sri Adi Śaṅkarācārya - श्री आदि शङ्कराचार्य II
Sōpānaṁ : 21 Towards Kedār :

The Bhāshyam contains the exposition of the meaning of mantras, assertion of one’s own opinions, & refutation of objections.
The Acharya’s commentaries are Simple, Delightful & Profound.

Among all the Bhāshyas, the Bṛhadāraṇyaka Bhāshya is the most insightful & the most Profound.

Bhagvadpāda composed the Bhāshyas & instructed them to the disciples three times.
Keeping the essence of these Bhāshyas in his heart, the ‘prakarana granthas’ that were written later,
were intended only for the best among seekers.

Texts like ;
Upadeśa Sāhasrī,
Sarva Vedānta Siddhānta Sāra Saṅgraham,
were composed for the discriminating seekers who had no interest in debates & arguments, but were interested only in Sādhana &
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2 Apr
Learn Single-Minded Purpose-Fulness from
Śrī Hanumān- jῑ :

When One Door Closes, Look for the Door that has Opened :

While Hanumān- jῑ was flying on, he suddenly found himself paralysed.
Though he strained to the fullest extent of his phenomenal strength,

he couldn’t move onwards.
Looking down, he saw a hideous demoness looking at him & licking her lips.

He understood that she had used her mystic powers to catch his Shadow, thereby arresting his progress.

As he was considering his options, he found himself being pulled down
towards her devouring, gloating mouth.
Her plan was to chew Hanumān- jῑ in her mouth, thereby killing him & feasting on him.

With remarkable presence of mind, Hanumān- jῑ used the momentum generated by the demonesses pulling him down to keep speeding through her mouth
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31 Mar
۞ Đ Prajña~प्रज्ञ Series ۞

Prajña (Sanskrit: प्रज्ञ) as प्रज्ञा, प्राज्ञ and प्राज्ञा is used to refer to the highest and purest form of Wisdom, Intelligence and Understanding.

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Whether it is the Human personality or the Plant specimen or Animal entity, no one wants to Die or Suffer any Agony & Pain.

there is a positive effort at all times for the Acquisition of Knowledge & the enjoyment of pleasure &
for the Self-Preservation of the Individuality.

Nothing can remain away from its Dhārma (essential nature) –
there cannot be Cool Fire or a Dark Sun.
Every object must express its own Essential Nature.
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10 Mar
Vedic National Prayer :

आ ब्रह्मन् ब्राह्मणो ब्रह्मवर्चसी जायतामास्मिन् राष्ट्रे राजन्यः
इषव्यः शूरो महारथो जायतां दोग्ध्री धेनुर्वोढानड्वानाशुः
सप्तिः पुरन्धिर्योषा जिष्णू रथेष्ठाः सभे यो युवाऽस्य
यजमानस्य वीरो जायतां निकामे निकामे नः पर्जन्यो वर्षतु

फलिन्यो न ओषधयः पच्यन्तां योगक्षेमो नः कल्पताम्॥
(Krishna Yajur Veda, 7–5-44 & Shukla Yajurveda 22–22)

“O God! Let there be born in the kingdom ‘brahmanas’ with ‘brahmatejas’ (divine lustre) who are well versed in the Vedas;
Let there be born the ‘Rajanya,’ heroic, skilled kings, archers & mighty selfless warriors ;
Cows giving abundant milk; Oxen good at carrying; the swift coursers; industrious, cultural women.
May ‘Parjanya’ (Rain-God, identified with Indra) send seasonal rains ;
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10 Mar
Đ Öbserver Series :
Đ Resilience of Faith : Sanātana Dhārma - Part II

Ajñātavāsa - अज्ञातवास of Nataraja : Chidambaram Temple

Nataraja & Sivakamasundari were absent from Chidambaram Temple for 37 years, 10 months & 20 days
{From 24-12-1648 to 14-11-1686}.

Circa 1296(Feb month), Alaudding Khalji was the first Muslim ruler to unleash the terror southward & it opened the floodgates of Untold Devastation, Destruction & Desecration of Sanatana Dharma in South India by the muslim invaders.
This went on for the next 500 Years !
There was some relief in between during the Vijayanagara dynasty & some other brave Hindu rulers but the shadow of threat always loomed.
The situation, however, deteriorated in the 17th-18th centuries, and the Dikshitars (temple priests),
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9 Mar
Why our Ancient Rishis were the Greatest Scientists :

What exactly is Science?
Science is something that tries to discover the different Laws of Nature.
The Ancient Rishis who were the custodians of our Culture were the greatest Scientists ever known.

There was nothing that they didn’t know about Nature ;
She did not hide any of her abstruse wisdom from them.

The Rishis had extraordinary Powers or Siddhis.

They could control the Elements,Travel with ease in the Astral Worlds, Cover vast distances rapidly through the sky
without any Aircraft, Catch Sound & Light Waves in their Minds and Discern what was happening miles away.

Their Look could penetrate Rocks and Drill holes in Metals, & they could have anything they wanted just by formulating a wish in their minds.
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9 Mar
Lord Hanuman himself explains the Secret of attaining Spiritual Perfection :

ना मन्त्रादिकृतस्तत् , न च नार्संगिको मम,
प्रभा एव समन्यो , यस्य यस्यचुतो हिद्रि।

"Neither by the repetition of mantras Nor by inherited tendencies, Did I gain perfection, But only through

unwavering concentration of the mind on god."

Hanuman states very clearly that his greatness was due to his constant effort and not due to his inborn character, that of an ordinary monkey.
Brahmajñāna ~ ब्रह्मज्ञान is possible for all.
Mokṣā ~ मोक्ष, “liberation,” is everybody’s birthright.

In his case, Hanuman declares that his entire spiritual development was attained by single-pointed devotion to god.
He who constantly thinks of the Supreme becomes Supreme.
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8 Mar
Why Sanātana Dhārma is Eternal & a Way of Life :

युक्ति युक्तं प्रगृह्णीयात् बालादपि विचक्षणः।
रवेरविषयं वस्तु किं न दीपः प्रकाशयेत्॥

"The Wise one should accept whatever is reasonable, told even by a child.
Anything otherwise, even if stated by Brahma, the Creator,

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is to be summarily rejected like a blade of grass."

If this is the basic premise governing Sanātana Dhārma, is there a question or doubt as to whether it is rational, scientific, & logical?
In fact, there are 3 tests for any dharmic statement or revelation.
~ It should be enunciated in the ageless scriptures (श्रुति~Śrutī);

~ It must have the support of reason (युक्ति ~ Yukti); &

~ It should also be experienced by oneself (अनुभाव ~ Ānubhāva).

Only when these three together confirm a proposition can it be Accepted & Followed.
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8 Mar
śrī-rudram is one of the most sacred portions of all the Vedic Literature.

To hear it chanted in chorus in the prescribed manner of intonation (svaras) is a Unique Soul Stirring & Spiritually Elevating Experience.
It is in praise of & prayer to Lord Shiva!

॥ ॐ नमो भगवते रुद्राय ॥
śrī-rudram~श्रीरुद्रम् prashna is a hymn in praise of & prayer to lord shiva and its chanting is the oldest with the names and attributes of lord shiva listed.
The word 'rudra' means the one who melts down all sorrow. रुदं+ द्रावयतीति = रुद्रः through
the chanting of śrī-rudra prashna, Lord Shiva’s various characteristics & aspects are Invoked and Worshipped.
It is seen in all the 100 branches of the 'Yajurveda' & so it is also called Shata-rudrIyam (shata = 100).

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5 Feb
It was the greatest & an Headline Smashing debate of US '20 ; kamala's career was as good as over as it single handedly finished her presidential campaign.
But Sadly now it looks like Tulsi Gabbard is being forced to quit political life.

Guess her fault is being a true hindu & a deshbhakt!
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5 Feb
Đ Sanātan Pratibhā अनुबन्धनम् :
This Series will Unravel Ancient Geniuses of BhārataVārṣa !

Āryabhaṭa & his Āryabhaṭīyaṃ - Part I

Āryabhaṭa was 23 years old when he wrote Āryabhaṭīyaṃ ; It is so Extensive & Detailed that it was 1000 years ahead of it’s Time!

I'm starting this Series { Đ Sanātan Pratibhā अनुबन्धनम् } with Āryabhaṭa & his Āryabhaṭīyaṃ and I will try to cover as many details as possible in multiple parts on Āryabhaṭa.
Let’s Begin to Unravel the Astounding Scientific Feats of Đ Āryabhaṭa !
Āryabhaṭa was one of the earliest Indian Mathematicians & Astronomers whose pioneering work in these fields is still referenced by many modern scholars world over.
With so much wisdom compiled in one single book,Let’s have an insight into d book & how its composer created it.
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4 Feb
संस्कृत अनुबन्धनम्~ sanskŕt series - V

Rig-Veda(Maṇḍalā 3.62.10) ~ Viśvāmitra gāthinaḥ

Đ verse 3.62.10 has great importance in Sanātana Dhārma as the Gāyatrī Mantra.
Let's know about this in brief & also experience the Vedic recitation of this divine Hymn.

Vishvamitra (viśvā-mitra) is one of the most venerated rishis of ancient India.
A near-divine being, he is also credited as the author of most of Mandala 3 of the Rigveda, including Gāyatrī Mantra. Vishvamitra is said to have found Gāyatrī Mantra. It is a verse from a sukta of
Rigveda (Mandala 3.62.10).
Gāyatrī is the name of the Vedic meter in which the verse is composed.
Mandala 3 comprises 62 hymns, mainly to Agni & Indra and the Vishvedevas. Most hymns in this book are attributed to viśvāmitra gāthinaḥ.
The Puranas mention that only 24 rishis
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4 Feb
Knowledge & Bharat : Part VI

Main Aspects of Vedic Education :

Đ Educational system of Vedic period focussed on character-formation, development of personality, & contribution to knowledge in all branches of learning as well as social well being & material prosperity.

Some special features of the educational system of the Rigveda era may be summed up as follows :-

I) The admission was made by the formal ceremony Upanayana or initiation by which the pupil left the home of his natural parents for that of the preceptor.
In this new home he had a second birth and was called Dvijya or twice born.

II) The pupil was eligible to admission to the preceptor’s house only on the basis of his moral fitness and unimpeachable conduct.

III) The discipline of brahmacharya or celibacy was compulsory.
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3 Feb
Sandhyā Vandanam ~ संध्यावन्दनम् - {अंश - i}

Of the Dhārma śāstras ; Sandhyā Vandanam is the basic and most fundamental Nitya karma to be followed by us. This series is to understand why this act is important.

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नमः सवित्रे जगदेकचक्षुषे जगत्प्रसूतिस्थितिनाशहेतवे।
त्रयीमयायः त्रिगुणात्मधारिणे विरिञ्जनारायणशङ्करात्मने।।
{आपः सूक्तम्}
"I bow to the Savitr who is the Eye of the world, the reason for creation, sustenance and destruction of the universe, the embodiment of three Gunas and the Image
holder of the power of the Trimurtis - Virinja (Brahma), Narayana and Shankara."

Everyone is aware that the presiding deity of worship through Sandhyā Vandanam is the Sun God. As per the practice, Sandhyā Vandanam is expected to be done daily thrice without fail until we breath Image
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2 Feb
II Sri Adi Śaṅkarācārya - श्री आदि शङ्कराचार्य II

Sōpānaṁ : 15 Chaṇḍāla or Śiva ?

ācārya Bhagavatpāda lived happily in Kāśī along with his disciple Sanandana, the aged sanyasi Sivajnenedra, Sadananda & some other disciples of Govindapāda. Their days were

engaged in spiritual discussions, meditation, bathing in Gāṅga & visits to sacred temples.
One day after his bath, ācārya was walking from Manikarnika towards Annapūrṇa temple, with his disciples.
At that time, he observed a Chaṇḍāla with four dogs coming in the opposite
direction. It was very unusual for a Chaṇḍāla to take the street generally used only by the learned ones. Like a ‘Vaidya’ (Ayurvedic physician) who came upon a very rare herb by the wayside, ācāryaobserved the huge form, which was more than six feet tall.
There was awe,
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1 Feb
Knowledge & Bharat : Part V

The Curriculum of Vedic Education :
According to the Ancient Indian theory of education, the training of the mind & the process of thinking, are essential for the acquisition of knowledge.

Vedic Education System delivered outstanding results.  These were an outcome of the context in which it functioned.  Understanding them is critical in the revival of such a system in modern times. 
The Shanthi Mantra spells out the context of the Vedic Education System.
It says:

ॐ सह नाववतु ।
सह नौ भुनक्तु ।
सह वीर्यं करवावहै ।
तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

“Aum. May we both (the guru and disciples) together be protected. May we both be nourished and enriched. May we both bring our hands together and work
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