Friday, October 24, 2008

Free From Passions

I am the power of discrimination in those who are intelligent, and the glory of the noble. In those who are strong, I am strength, free from passion and selfish attachment. I am desire itself, if that desire is in harmony with the purpose of life.

-Bhagavad Gita 7:10-11

Hidden by Selfish Desire

Knowledge is hidden by selfish desire--hidden by this unquenchable fire for self-satisfaction.

-Bhagavad Gita 3:38-39

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Desire Freedom from Birth

At all times and to all creatures
The seed of ceaseless births is desire.

If you must desire, desire freedom from birth.
That will only come by desiring desirelessness.

-Tirukkural 37:361-362

Death is like Falling Asleep

The soul's attachment to the body resembles a fledgling
Which forsakes its empty shell and flies away.

Death is like falling asleep,
And birth is like waking from that sleep.

Not yet having a permanent home,
The soul takes temporary shelter in the body.

-Tirukkural 34:328-340

You become Happy and Still

All sorrow comes from fear.
From nothing else.

When you know this,
You become free of it,
And desire melts away.

You become happy
And still.

-Ashtavakra Gita 11:5

And Pray Again and Again

O god of fire, lead us by the good path
To eternal joy. You know all our deeds.
Deliver us from evil, we who bow
And pray again and again.

-Isha Upanishad

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The World of Separateness

Those who dwell on and long for sense-pleasure
Are born in a world of separateness.
But let them realize they are the Self
And all separateness will fall away.

-Mundaka Upanishad


Even if you have nothing,
It is hard to find that contentment
Which comes from renunciation.

I accept nothing.
I reject nothing.

And I am happy.

-Ashtavakra Gita 13:1

Do Not Brood Over you Past Mistakes

Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures, as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret, and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.

-Swami Sivananda

Immoral Conduct's Legacy

Morality is the birthright of high families,
While immoral conduct's legacy is lowly birth.

-Tirukkural 14:133

Monday, October 13, 2008

Contact Intellectual Hinduism

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Thank You and Many Regards,

Hitarth Jani

About Intellectual Hinduism

Welcome to my blog - Intellectual Hinduism.

I am Hitarth. I am no Saint, no Guru. I am a simple 26 years old young lad hailing from Western India and presently working as a Web Developer in Sydney, Australia.

You may come across many blogs which writes about Hinduism, age old mantras, explaining concepts of Gita, Upanishads and Vedas. Sometimes I feel all those great Granths are okay, but what is that real essence of Hinduism that it is the only one religion that is oldest among the all ?

In my quest to find the answer, i felt that there is a great need to understand the Logic about Hinduism and its evolution rather than just reading, learning the texts and various different granths that are available.

In this blog, you will find my effort that logically describes -

Why Hinduism is the Oldest Religion and Still followed ?
How did Hinduism has evolved all these years ?
How Hinduism is Logically and Scientifically Correct ?

And also, along with that logic i will also try to write in traditional way i.e. explaining various different texts, its meanings, etc.

Alongwith, that i will also try to write and evaluate the time line about the evolution of Hinduism. I have also tried to relate Hinduism with the Modern life style that most of us have adopted. I sincerely hope my message is well received in the society and understood. Again, I am no Saint, no Guru.

Long Live "Sanatana Dharma"

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Those who worship me with perfect Faith

Even among those who meditate, that man or woman who worships me with perfect faith, completely absorbed in me, is the most firmly established in yoga.

-Bhagavad Gita 6:47

The Lord is the Operator

The Lord is the operator; we are
But his innumerable instruments.
May we, in our consciousness, realize
The bliss he alone can give us.

-Shvetashvatara Upanishad

I am easily attained

I am easily attained by the person who always remembers me and is attached to nothing else. Such a person is a true yogi, Arjuna. Great souls make their lives perfect and discover me; they are freed from mortality and the suffering of this separate existence. Every creature in the universe is subject to rebirth, Arjuna, except the one who is united with me.

-Bhagavad Gita 8:14-16

The Four Kinds of Being

Of the four kinds of being,
From Brahma to a blade of grass,
Only the wise man is strong enough
To give up desire and aversion.

How rare he is!

Knowing he is the Self,
He acts accordingly
And is never fearful.

For he knows he is the Self,
One without two,
The Lord of all creation.

-Astavakra Gita 4:5-6

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Life is Uncertain

Life is uncertain, change causes fear, and latent impressions bring pain--all is indeed suffering to one who has developed discrimination.

But the suffering yet to come should be averted. The cause of suffering is that the unbounded Self is overshadowed by the world.

-The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 2:15-17

Pray to him with a Longing Heart

It is necessary to pray to Him with a longing heart. The kitten knows only how to call its mother, crying, "Mew, mew!" It remains satisfied whenever its mother puts it. And the mother cat puts the kitten sometimes in the kitchen, sometimes on the floor, and sometimes on the bed. When it suffers it cries only, "Mew, mew!" That's all it knows. But as soon as the mother hears this cry, wherever she may be, she comes to the kitchen.


I am Here

Meditation is needed
Only when the mind is distracted
By false imagining.

Knowing this,
I am here.

Without joy or sorrow,
Grasping at nothing, spurning nothing,
O Master, I am here.

-Ashtavakra Gita 12:3-4

Self is Supreme

The adorable one who is seated
In the heart rules the breath of life.
Unto him all the senses pay their homage.
When the dweller in the body breaks out
In the freedom from the bonds of flesh, what remains?
For this Self is supreme!

-Katha Upanishad

Those who Worship Me

Even among those who meditate, that man or woman who worships me with perfect faith, completely absorbed in me, is the most firmly established in yoga.

-Bhagavad Gita 6:47

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Durga SaptaShati - 700 Verses in Honor of Ma Durga

It is a long tradition that one reads the Devi-Bhagavatam or the Devi Mahatmyam (Durga saptashati, 700 verses on Durga) during Navaratra to invoke the blessings of Mother Durga.

Devi Bhagavatam notes that Lord Rama meditated and fasted for nine days after Devi Sita was kidnapped by Ravana. 

The reading of Durga SaptaShati (Devi Mahaatmyam) during Navaraatri is to be done follows:

Chapter 1 (Madhu kaitabha samhaara) is to be read for 1st day,

Chapter 2, 3 and 4 (Mahishhasura samhaara) to be read on 2nd day, 

Chapter 5 and 6 (Dhuumralochana vadha) on the 3rd day, 

Chapter 7 (Chanda Munda vadha) on 4th day, 

Chapter 8 (Rakta biija samhaara) on 5th day, 

Chapter 9 and 10 (Shumbha Nishumbha vadha) on 6th day,

Chapter 11(Praise of Narayani) on 7th day, 

Chapter 12 (Phalastuti) on 8th day,

Chapter 13 (Blessings to Suratha and the Merchant)on 9th day

Chapter 14 (Aparadha Kshamaprarthana) on 10th day

I have uploaded these shlokas online and it could be downloaded by Clicking Here

Honor God and Goddess

I honor the God and the Goddess,
The eternal parents of the universe.

The Lover, out of boundless love,
takes the form of the Beloved.
What Beauty!
Both are made of the same nectar
and share the same food.

-Jnaneshwar (also known as Jnanadeva)

Ramakrishna on How to Live Life

Live in the world like a waterfowl. The water clings to the bird, but the bird shakes it off. Live in the world like a mudfish. The fish lives in the mud, but its skin is always bright and shiny.


Love your True Self

Love your true Self,
Which is naturally happy
And peaceful and bright!

Awaken to your own nature,
And all delusion melts like a dream.

-Ashtavakra Gita 18:1

Mahatma Gandhi On Inner Peace

Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.

-Mahatma Gandhi, 1929