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Reader’s Digest…( Contributed by Reader )

Posted in Readers Digest, Religion with tags on October 23, 2011 by Sharmila

Selected reading from Narada’s Bhakti Sutra – The ecclesiastical code of devotion
by Reader

Athato Bhaktim Vyakhyasyamah ||
… … … I shall now elucidate the meaning of devotion ||

Satvasmin param prema rupa ||

… … … This is the eternal form of love || Continue reading


The $8 billion mystery… by Pritish Nandy

Posted in Pritish Nandy, Readers Digest, Tiger Trail, Times Blogs, Times of India with tags , on April 26, 2011 by Sharmila

The Hasan Ali case gets curiouser and curiouser, as Alice would say.

Every few days, the IT guys keep upping the tax dues of the Pune-based stud farm owner. Recently they added penalty and made it a nice round figure of Rs 100,000 crore. So you now have one lakh crore of tax dues and they still don’t know where the money in his Swiss bank accounts came from. Meanwhile, rumours fly fast and furious. Some say the billions belong to a powerful Maharashtra politician who is everyone’s pet target these days. Others say it belongs to a Tamil Nadu politician currently out of power. There are also dark whispers that it belongs to an Andhra politician who passed away sometime back. While Ram Jethmalanai alleges dramatically in court that it leads all the way to the very top. The general consensus is that it belongs to many politicians and businessmen, and Hasan Ali is just a banker for them. The list includes even Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, once touted as the richest man in the world. But whoever the money belongs to must be so powerful that Hasan Ali, even in custody, refuses to sing. No one has managed to get the slightest clue from him as to where the billions came from. Continue reading

Rig Veda, Part 3… By Reader

Posted in Readers Digest with tags on January 17, 2011 by Sharmila

Rig Veda: Constellatory I; Section II, Hymns 12 to 23; Author: Hrishi Medhaathih Kaanvah

Agni, my urge, my desire, the fire in me is also the envoy, the cause, the offering and the aspirant; the demons and afflictions in me are the fuel; This fire keeps that fire alive. Continue reading

Rig Veda.. Part 2…By Reader

Posted in Philosophy, Readers Digest on January 10, 2011 by Sharmila

An Objective Introduction to the Rig Veda Samhita – II

(Continued from I) Continue reading

An introduction to the Rig Veda….By Reader

Posted in Philosophy, Readers Digest with tags on December 25, 2010 by Sharmila

I am attempting a synoptic, objective introduction to the Rig Veda Samhita, mainly for those who have never had the opportunity to read it in any form before.
There are 10,552 mantras of 1028 hymns in 10 constellatory books. I shall quote the first mantra of each hymn to give you a feel of its contents and also provide a synoptic account of the rest.
I leave the evaluation to your good judgment.
The translations and interpretations are entirely my own.
I hope it is useful.
All my love,

Reader Continue reading

The Upanishads ( Post 5 )….By Reader

Posted in Readers Digest with tags on December 14, 2010 by Sharmila

Dear Readers, Sharmila and EF,

This is the last part of the Brihad Aaranyak Upanishad. I have summarized a 350 page treatise into 5 pages and I cannot say that I have been able to disclose all the revelations in the book. I have merely highlighted the essentials in each article for your consideration. Each article is called a ‘Brahmana’

I hope it has been useful in some way.

All my love,


Chapter IV

Article 2

About the Soul…

It is not enough to know the scriptures for achieving peace of mind. Mere knowledge of Veda and Upanishads does not remove anxieties caused by death and suffering. Continue reading

The Upanishads ( Post 4 ) …by Reader

Posted in Readers Digest with tags on December 13, 2010 by Sharmila

Chapter III

Article 7

About the Principle of The Universe…

This article searches for that one elusive principle that one likes to presume common to everything in the universe. The basic uncertainty is if there is such a thing as a single all-pervasive principle, or is it just another force? Continue reading