876 – First among the heroes of the universe

Who is this hero? What are the qualities such a hero should have? Dear ones, I will list them.

Heroic deeds.
Marvelous feats of strength and bravery.
Sense of duty.
Great skill in military tactics.
Crossing the sea in one leap.
Lifting a mountain peak in the palm of his hand.
Carrying his brothers on his shoulders from the nether world.
An ideal Nishkama-Karma Yogi or Selfless Worker.

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716 – A snake on a rope

Having no attachment for sound and other sense objects, and the Self not being an object of perception, my mind is freed from distractions and is one-pointed. Thus, therefore do I firmly abide.  – Ashtavakra Samhita

There are five lessons which we learn from the Ashtavakra Samhita (500-400 BCE). It is also known as the Ashtavakra Gita and is considered one of the greatest treatises on Advaita Vedanta. Ashtavakra was twelve years old, fully realized and enlightened, when he expounded his teachings to King Janaka, the ruler of Mithila and father of Sita. Continue reading

417 – Understanding Rama

Is it possible for us to emulate Rama? What is Ram Rajya? Can we make this earth, Ram Rajya, so we have love and peace prevailing? No wars and food for all.

Ram Raj is the kingdom of God. Equal rights to rich and poor. We have to look within ourselves. We have to address our faults and shut our eyes to the faults of our neighbors. Practice Atmabhava. Love for our fellow beings. Continue reading