Author:Chandrashekar Subbarao

Khajuraho, Raneh Falls, Madkhera, Deogarh

It was time to head to Khajuraho (from Bheda Ghat).

चलितश्चकितश्छन्नः
प्रयाणे तव भूपते ।
सहस्रशीर्षा पुरुषः
सहस्राक्षः सहस्रपात् ॥

Kosambi finally gives his homemade add-salt-to-taste philosophy of how we should view ancient texts:

The following essay (which will be published in five parts) is taken from the introduction to the book Indian Conception of Values by Prof. M Hiriyanna (Mysore: Kavyalaya Publications, 1975).

बालोऽहं जगदानन्द
न मे बाला सरस्वती ।
अपूर्णे पञ्चमे वर्षे
वर्णयामि जगत्त्रयम् ॥

In one of my earlier articles – Happiness, Flow, and the Upanishads – I had discussed the meaning of happiness and how the concept of ‘flow’ closely aligns with the Upanishadic view on brahmananda (supreme bliss). The state of ‘flow’ or ‘getting into the zone’ can be defined as a state of temporary moksha.

A documentary on the legendary singer Bharat Ratna M S Subbulakshmi. Today, MS is synonymous with melody and devotion.

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इत्यर्थ-क्वथितं चैवा-
प्येतिभावाख्य-तेमनम् ।
सज्जीकृते सुभुक्त्यर्थं
तुष्यताद्भवदाशयः ॥

The Western tradition uses the word ‘philosophy’ (love of wisdom) to denote the study of the fundamental nature of reality. In the Indian tradition, we use the word ‘darshana’ (point of view) to denote the study of existence, meaning, consciousness, and the ultimate reality. It provides us the means to the same ultimate goal, called by different names – ananda (bliss); moksha (liberation); or oneness with brahman, the Supreme Being.