The world is like a city seen in a mirror

Adi Shankaracharya, in the Dakshinamurthy Stotram, says — विश्वं दर्पणदृश्यमाननगरीतुल्यं निजान्तर्गतं पश्यन्नात्मनि मायया बहिरिवोद्भूतं यथा निद्रया । यः साक्षात्कुरुते प्रबोधसमये स्वात्मानमेवाद्वयं तस्मै श्रीगुरुमूर्तये नम इदं…

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Interview: Dr Ramakrishna Puligandla -Part III

Editor’s Note: Following is the third & concluding part of our interview with our new Medha Gold personality, our Resident Philosopher.

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Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta — Are they really that different?

I sometimes visit a website dedicated to my other passion, Taoism and Tai Chi, called “Tao Bums — http://www.thetaobums.com”.

One day, I came across a discussion thread asking for suggestions for possible reading material on the matter of Non-Duality on the forum. With the best intentions in mind, I recommended reading Swami Vivekananda’s “Vedanta — The Voice of Freedom” and an excellent primer and introduction to Jnana Yoga by our on Dr. Ramakrishna Puligandla, suggesting that Advaita Vedanta is a really old school of Non-Dualism and the seeker would benefit from studying it/about it.What ensued was really interesting to me.

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Interview: Dr Ramakrishna Puligandla -Part I

Editor’s Note: Below is a transcript of the interview with our new Medha Gold personality, our Resident Philosopher. We will also make available the audio of this interview, which has more details on each conversation. Please keep coming back to check.

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Interview: Dr Ramakrishna Puligandla -Part II

Editor’s Note: Following is the second part of our interview with our new Medha Gold personality, our Resident Philosopher.

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A critique of the excerpts of Neo-Vedanta and Modernity

Introduction

Nineteenth century was a century of ferment in India. New ideas from the western world poured into India through the medium of British presence in India. These new ideas in science, technology, economics and other material subjects created a crisis of confidence in Hindu dharma in those parts of India

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Vedas are open to all

Introduction

The story of Janasruti in Chandogya Upanishad (Ch. U.) is largely unknown to the vast majority of Hindus. It should be widely known, however, since the story suggests that the Upanishads and the Vedas are open for study to all Hindus. If this is true then why is it that most Hindus are today convinced that the Vedas support discrimination against Shudras? The answer to this question will be answered in this article.

 
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