October 2019

Śānti-parva After offering the jala-tarpaṇa and other funeral rites to their departed relatives, Dharmarāja, Dhṛtarāṣṭra, and the rest of the Pāṇḍavas and Kauravas spent a month on the banks of the Gaṅgā until their mourning period was complete. Yudhiṣṭhira was overcome with disgust and cynicism. He looked at Arjuna and said, “Arjuna! It would have been better for us to spend our days seeking alms in the kingdom of the Yādavas rather than...
Śri Ḍoṅgre Vīreśvara Śāstri who hailed from Maharashtra was Lakṣmīnarasiṃha Śāstri’s classmate during one of the batches. In later years, he served in various institutions in a number of capacities: in Andhra Pradesh, as professor of Vedic exegesis; in the Sanskrit section of Deccan College in Pune, as a senior scholar; and in the Pāṭhaśālā established by Svadharma-svarājya-saṅgha in Hyderabad, as professor. Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha based...
Around 1914-1915, when Visvesvaraya was the Diwan, Hariyanna, who was a trader in the wholesale market (Mandi), was appointed by the government to the Legislative Council. In those days, I wasn't well acquainted with Mandi Hariyanna. I had heard that he was a big businessman and a very respectable person. I had also gone to him a few times seeking donations for some public cause. Then it was imprinted in me that he was a great man. Once, when I...
VS Srinivasa Sastri
Beauty in his Words Even if a minor grammatical mistake in the English language fell on Sastri’s ears, he would react as though he was gravely wounded on his body. He was very particular about the right pronunciation of English words too. Suppose an English word has two to three syllables, there is going to be a stress on one of those and this is called accent. Sastri was always particular about getting the accents right. Once, the Town Hall of...
dvg and tyagaraja
When the world-renowned scholar, India-aficionado, and multifaceted expert on various art forms, Ananda Coomaraswamy was asked to deliver a message regarding India’s independence, this is the note he wrote from America: “Be yourselves. Tread on the path showed by Mahatma Gandhi, Kumarappa, D.V. Gundappa and Ramana Maharshi.” Political Reforms in Mysore DVG directly involved himself for several decades in the politics of Karnataka (then, Mysore...
ಪುರುಷಾರ್ಥಜಿಜ್ಞಾಸೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿಯ ಸಂದೇಶದ ಅಂಶಗಳು ಗ್ರಂಥದುದ್ದಕ್ಕೂ ಅಲ್ಲಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದಿರುವಂತಹವೇ ಆಗಿವೆ. ಮುಖ್ಯವಾದ ಸಂದೇಶ – ಜಗತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಾಥಮ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಅರ್ಹವಾದ ತತ್ತ್ವವೆಂದರೆ ಧರ್ಮವು ಮಾತ್ರವೆಂಬುದು; ಧರ್ಮವು ಮಾತ್ರ ಅಂತಿಮವಾಗಿ ಜಗತ್ತಿನ ಸಂಸ್ಥಿತಿಗೂ ಸಂಕ್ಷೇಮಕ್ಕೂ ಕಾರಣವಾಗಬಲ್ಲದು – ಎಂಬುದು. ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯವಾಗಿ ವ್ಯಾವಹಾರಿಕ ಜೀವನದ ಸ್ತರದಲ್ಲಿ ಜನರ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಯವನ್ನು ಸೆಳೆಯುವವು ಅರ್ಥ ಮತ್ತು ಕಾಮಗಳೇ ಆದರೂ, ಭೌತಸಮೃದ್ಧಿ ಮತ್ತು ಕಾಮಪೂರಣಗಳೆಂಬ ಪುರುಷಾರ್ಥಗಳನ್ನೂ ಧರ್ಮವೇ ಸಾಧಿಸಿಕೊಡಬಲ್ಲದು – ಎಂದು ವ್ಯಾಸರು ಹೇಳಿರುವುದನ್ನು ಗಮನಿಸಬೇಕು...
Partition of India
Public Organisations The public meeting that took place towards the end of 1919 was organized by D.V.G. In the South Indian Princely States Conference held in 1929 in Travancore, D.V.G was the secretary to its president, Sir M. Visvesvaraya. In the People’s Conference of South Indian States held in May 1925 in Pune, in the All India States People’s Representative Conference held in December 1927 in Mumbai, and on numerous such occasions, D.V.G’s...
Dharmarāja walked past all the women who were shouting at him, went to the old king Dhṛtarāṣṭra, and bowed down to him. The others too called out their own names and saluted the king. Dhṛtarāṣṭra embraced Dharmarāja without any affection. He asked, “Where is Bhīmasena?” His anger was getting invigorated by winds of rage and it seemed as though he would burn Bhīma to death. Kṛṣṇa, who knew Dhṛtarāṣṭra’s heart, was already prepared for such a...
In 1931, Lakṣmīnarasiṃha Śāstri joined the Pāṭhaśālā in this Maṭha for higher studies. He was then eighteen years of age. The background of this Pāṭhaśālā requires mention. शुद्धाद्वैतपथस्य पालनकृते पूर्वं त्वया स्थापित- स्थानेष्वन्यतमस्थशिष्यततिगस्तत्कार्यकृत्यक्षमः। अज्ञानां धुरि कीर्तनीयचरितो नाद्यापि विद्यालय- स्तस्मात्स्थानमिदं गुरूत्तम कृपावार्धे त्वमेवाश्रय॥ यद्वा दुर्मतभेदपाटववतीं मेधां नवोन्मेषिणीं विद्यामश्रुतशास्त्रपाठनचणां...
Magadi Karanika Krishnamurthy is worthy of remembrance. He had a mind that was liberal, a heart that was generous, and an outlook that was progressive. The reward the world gave him was—to some extent—admiration and a bit of ridicule. The Karaṇikas were descendants of a minister of the famous chieftain Kempegowda, who had apparently donated plenty of land and gold to him. Krishnamurthy’s ancestors were virtuous; they had utilized the wealth and...