Of the many twists and turns in the Ramayana, the most troubling one is that of Rama abandoning Sita based on the public perception of her character.
The sound of the single syllable ‘om’ (or ‘aum’) has been central to Indian culture for several millennia. Om is made up of four parts – ‘a’, ‘u’, ‘m’, and silence. It is also called 'pranava' since it pervades life and runs through our prana (breath, vital breath, life). The four parts of om can also mean to represent birth, growth, letting go, and immortality.
Sanatana dharma literally means eternal way of life or eternal ethic. This is not restricted by the constraints of space and time. However, in variegated applications of the same, specific spatiotemporal frames are adopted. Though the word 'dharma' has no proper equivalent in languages other than Sanskrit, its spirit can somehow be communicated through English words such as global ethic, righteousness, way of life, culture, etc. However, all these words put together may mean the sustained implications of dharma. The word 'sanatana' symbolizes eternity.
One of the favorite pastimes of people interested in Indian epics – Ramayana and Mahabharata, is to compare Rama with Krishna, specially to take actions performed by Rama and speculate on how Krishna would have handled the situation.
ಈಚಿನ ವರ್ಷಗಳಲ್ಲಿ 'ಫಿಲಾಸಫಿ' ಎ೦ಬುದಕ್ಕೆ ಸ೦ವಾದಿಯಾಗಿ ತತ್ತ್ವಶಾಸ್ತ್ರವೆ೦ಬ ಪದವನ್ನು ಬಳಸುವುದೇ ರೂಢಿಯಾದರೂ ಅಪ್ಪಟ ಭಾರತೀಯವಿದ್ಯಾಪರ೦ಪರೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರಪವಾದವಾಗಿ ಪ್ರಸಿದ್ಧವಾಗಿರುವ 'ದರ್ಶನ' ಎ೦ಬ ಶಬ್ದವೇ ಯುಕ್ತವೆ೦ದು ಭಾವಿಸಿ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಅ೦ತೆಯೇ ವ್ಯವಹರಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ.
In many ways, the Bhagavad-Gita is a unifying text. Krishna cuts across class distinctions, mocks at social prejudices, abhors outdated traditional practices, and finds convergence for divergent thoughts and beliefs. And in the process, he rattles the cage on several occasions.