Monday, June 30, 2008

I Am Boundless Space

I am boundless space.
The world is a clay pot.

This is the truth.

There is nothing to accept,
Nothing to reject,
Nothing to dissolve.

-Ashtavakra Gita 6:1

Unitive State

For aspirants who want to climb the mountain of spiritual awareness, the path is selfless work; for those who have ascended to yoga the path is stillness and peace. When a person has freed himself from attachment to the results of work, and from desires for the enjoyment of sense objects, he ascends to the unitive state.

-Bhagavad Gita 6:3-4

Friday, June 27, 2008

My Mind Fell Like a Hailstone

My mind fell like a hailstone
into the vast expanse of Brahman's ocean.
Touching one drop of it.
I melted away and became one with Brahman.
This is wonderful indeed!
Here is the ocean of Brahman,
full of endless joy.

- Adi Sankara

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Seeing God in Everything

It is better to see God in everything than to try and figure it out.

-Neem Karoli Baba

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Cause of Delusion

Delusion arises from the duality of attraction and aversion, Arjuna; every creature is deluded by these from birth. But those who have freed themselves from all wrongdoing are firmly established in worship of me. Their actions are pure, and they are free from the delusion caused by the pairs of opposites.

-Bhagavad Gita 7:27-28

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Meditation is Superior

Meditation is superior to severe asceticism and the path of knowledge. It is also superior to selfless service.

-Bhagavad Gita 6:46

The Formless Self Within Each One of Us

The guru is the formless Self within each one of us. He may appear as a body to guide us, but that is only his disguise.

-Ramana Maharshi

How Fleeting is all life on Earth

These pleasures last but until tomorrow,
And they wear out the vital powers of life.
How fleeting is all life on earth! Therefore
Keep your horses and chariots, dancing
And music, for yourself. Never can mortals
Be made happy by wealth.

-Katha Upanishad

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Kauravas

A List of 100 Kauravas, as found in Mahabharata. It is full list with names, including "Dusshala", the only sister of Kauravas.

I may be wrong, It would be great to hear from anyone, who knows there is mistake in the list and i will try to rectify it.

  1. Duryodhana
  2. Dussaasana
  3. Dussaha
  4. Dussalan
  5. Jalagandha
  6. Sama
  7. Saha
  8. Vindha
  9. Anuvindha
  10. Durdharsha
  11. Subaahu
  12. Dushpradharshana
  13. Durmarshana
  14. Durmukha
  15. Dushkarna
  16. Vikarna
  17. Saala
  18. Sathwa
  19. Sulochana
  20. Chithra
  21. Upachithra
  22. Chithraaksha
  23. Chaaruchithra
  24. Saraasana
  25. Durmadan
  26. Durvigaahana
  27. Vivilsu
  28. Vikatinandana
  29. Oornanaabha
  30. Sunaabha
  31. Nandana
  32. Upanandana
  33. Chithrabaana
  34. Chithravarma
  35. Suvarma
  36. Durvimochana
  37. Ayobaahu
  38. Mahaabaahu
  39. Chithraamga
  40. Chithrakundala
  41. Bheemavega
  42. Bheemabala
  43. Vaalaky
  44. Belavardhana
  45. Ugraayudha
  46. Sushena
  47. Kundhaadhara
  48. Mahodara
  49. Chithraayudha
  50. Nishamgy
  51. Paasy
  52. Vrindaaraka
  53. Dridhavarma
  54. Dridhakshathra
  55. Somakeerthy
  56. Anthudara
  57. Dridhasandha
  58. Jaraasandha
  59. Sathyasandha
  60. Sadaasuvaak
  61. Ugrasravas
  62. Ugrasena
  63. Senaany
  64. Dushparaaja
  65. Aparaajitha
  66. Kundhasaai
  67. Visaalaaksha
  68. Duraadhara
  69. Dridhahastha
  70. Suhastha
  71. Vaathavega
  72. Suvarcha
  73. Aadithyakethu
  74. Bahwaasy
  75. Naagadatha
  76. Ugrasaai
  77. Kavachy
  78. Kradhana
  79. Kundhy
  80. Bheemavikra
  81. Dhanurdhara
  82. Veerabaahu
  83. Alolupa
  84. Abhaya
  85. Dhridhakarmaavu
  86. Dhridharathaasraya
  87. Anaadhrushya
  88. Kundhabhedy
  89. Viraavy
  90. Chithrakundhala
  91. Pramadha
  92. Amapramaadhy
  93. Deerkharoma
  94. Suveeryavaana
  95. Dheerkhabaahu
  96. Sujaatha
  97. Kaanchanadhwaja
  98. Kundhaasy
  99. Virajass
  100. Yuyutsu

  101. Dussala

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Is There Fear in Paradise?

In paradise there is [no such thing as] fear;
Thou art not there, nor shrinks one from old age.
Hunger and thirst, these two transcending,
Sorrow, surpassing, a man makes merry in paradise.

-Katha Upanishad

What Does the Inner Self Perceive?

The inner self perceives the outside world,
Made up of earth, water, fire, air, and space.
It is the victim of likes and dislikes,
Pleasure and pain, and delusion and doubt.
It knows all the subtleties of language,
Enjoys dance, music, and all the fine arts;
Delights in the senses, recalls the past,
Reads the scriptures, and is able to act.
This is the mind, the inner person.

-Atma Upanishad

Way to Liberation

Whatever you are doing, seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, eating, or saying, realize your essential nature as pure Consciousness. This is the way to liberation.


Patanjali on Being 'Firmly Established'...

When we are firmly established in nonviolence, all beings around us cease to feel hostility. When we are firmly established in truthfulness, action accomplishes its desired end.

When we are firmly established in integrity, all riches present themselves freely. When we are firmly established in chastity, subtle potency is generated. When we are established in nonattachment, the nature and purpose of existence is understood.

-The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 2: 35-39

Striving Is the Root of Sorrow...

You are wise.
You play and work and meditate.

But still you mind desires
That which is beyond everything,
Where all desires vanish.

Striving is the root of sorrow.

But who understands this?

Only when you are blessed
With the understanding of this teaching
Will you find freedom.

-Ashtavakra Gita 16:2-3

Everything Adverse Must Vanish...

Whenever darkness comes, assert the reality and everything adverse must vanish. For, after all, it is but a dream. Mountain high though the difficulties appear, terrible and gloomy though all things seem, they are but maya. Fear not—it is banished. Crush it and it vanishes. Stamp upon it and it dies. Be not afraid. Think not how many times you fail. Never mind—time is infinite. Go forward. Assert yourself again and again and light must come.


Monday, June 9, 2008

Adi Shankaracharya's Works

Here is a list of Adi Shankaracharya's works as known to me. One can comment on any of his work and let me or rather people know if i have missed any or presented them as his work and in reality belongs to someone else. Hope my readers are enjoying my work.

I. Bhashya Granthas

1. Brahma Sutras
2. Isavasya Upanishad
3. Kena Upanishad
4. Katha Upanishad
5. Prasna Upanishad
6. Mundaka Upanishad
7. Mandukya Upanishad
8. Mandukya Karida
9. Aitareya Upanishad
10. Taittireeya Upanishad
11. Chhandogya Upanishad
12. Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad
13. Sree Nrisimha Taapaneeya Upanishad
14. Sreemad Bhagawad Geeta
15. Sree Vishnu Sahasranama
16. Sanat Sujateeyam
17. Lalita Tri-satee
18. Hastaamalakeeyam

II. Prakriya Granthas

19. Viveka Choodamani
20. Aparokshanubhooti
21. Upadesa Sahasri
22. Vaakya Vritti
23. Swaatma Niroopanam
24. Atma-bodha
25. Sarva Vedanta Sara Samgraha
26. Prabodha Sudhakaram
27. Swaatma Prakasika
28. Advaita Anubhooti
29. Brahma-anuchintanam
30. Prasna-uttara Ratnamaalika
31. Sadachara-anusandhanam
32. Yaga Taravali
33. Anatma-sree Vigarhanam
34. Swaroopa-anusandhanam
35. Pancheekaranam
36. Tattwa-bodha
37. Prouda-anubhooti
38. Brahma Jnanavali
39. Laghu Vakyavritti
40. Moha Mudgaram (Bhaja Govindam)
41. Prapancha Saaram

III. Hymns and Meditation Verses
42. Sri Ganesa Pancharatnam
43. Ganesa Bhujangam
44. Subrahmanya Bhujangam
45. Siva Bhujangam
46. Devi Bhujangam
47. Bhavani Bhujangam
48. Sree Rama Bhujangam
49. Vishnu Bhujangam
50. Sarada Bhujangam
51. Sivananda Lahari
52. Soundarya Lahari
53. Ananda Lahari
54. Siva-paadaadi-kesaanta-varnana
55. Siva-kesaadi-padaanta-varnana
56. Sree Vishnu-paadaadi-kesanta
57. Uma-Maheswara Stotram
58. Tripurasundari Vedapada Stotram
59. Tripurasundari Manasapooja
60. Tripurasundari Ashtakam
61. Devi-shashti-upachara-pooja
62. Mantra-Matruka-Pushpamaala
63. Kanakadhara Stotram
64. Annapoorna Stotram
65. Ardha-naree-Natesvara Stotram
66. Bhramana-Amba-Ashtakam
67. Meenakshi Stotram
68. Meenakshi Pancharatnam
69. Gouri Dasakam
70. Navaratna Malika
71. Kalyana Vrishti-Stavam
72. Lalitha Pancharatnam
73. Maaya Panchakam
74. Suvarna Mala Stuti
75. Dasa Sloki
76. Veda Sara Siva Stotram
77. Siva Panchaakshara Stotram
78. Siva-Aparadha-Kshamapana
79. Dakchinamoorthy Ashtakam
80. Dakshinamoorthy Varnamala
81. Mrityunjaya Manasa Pooja Stotram
82. Siva Namavali Ashtakam
83. Kaala Bhairava Ashtakam
84. Shat-padee Stotram
85. Siva Panchakshara Nakshatra Mala
86. Dwadasa Ling Stotram
87. Kasi Panchakam
88. Hanumat Pancharatnam
89. Lakshmi-Nrisimha Pancharatnam
90. Lakshmi-Nrisimha Karunarasa Stotram
91. Panduranga Ashtakam
92. Achyuta Ashtakam
93. Sree Krishna Ashtakam
94. Hari Stuti
95. Govinda Ashtakam
96. Bhagavat Manasa Pooja
97. Praata Smarana Stotram
98. Jagannatha Ashtakam
99. Guruvashtakam
100. Narmada Ashtakam
101. Yamuna Ashtakam
102. Ganga Ashtakam
103. Manikarnika Ashtakam
104. Nirguna Manasa Pooja
105. Eka Sloki
106. Yati Panchakam
107. Jeevan Mukta Ananda Lahari
108. Dhanya Ashtakam
109. Upadesa (Sadhna) Panchakam
110. Sata Sloki
111. Maneesha Panchakam
112. Advaita Pancharatnam
113. Nirvana Shatakam
114. Devyaparadhakshamapana Stotram