The Nationalist who turned Spiritualist:Rishi Sri Aurobindo

ShareTweetA Prophecy Sitting in a small village of Nagai near temple town of Mannargudi of the then Thanjavur district of Tamil  Nadu, Sri Vasudev Iyengar, head of a congregation that used to More »

Sanskrit Tidbits-32:A shloka by Vivekananda in honour of Paramahansa

ShareTweetSwami Vivekananda mostly wrote in English.  There is the odd piece he wrote in Bengali.  Some people may also know that he was extremely fluent in Sanskrit.  There is an anecdote about Swami Vivekananda and More »

Evolution of man,need for Religion in world and perfection of Hinduism

ShareTweetSome 5 billion years ago, earth was a molten mass and there was no life here. Slowly, the miracle happened and life appeared on earth from the same matter. In due course More »

Bharat-Vs-India, Swami Vivekananda and DNA of Intellectuals

ShareTweetMy grandfather used to tell me a story. There used to live a great astrologist and palmist in a village. He could look after the palms and foretell future of anyone as More »

Renaissance in India:A Prelude

ShareTweetOf late, there has been a lot of awareness about how we have been consistently and deliberately betrayed and ditched by our own men on whom we trusted more than ourselves for More »

Delhi Gang Rape,British Raj Inherited Section-144 and Rise of Shakti in India

ShareTweetFor some strange reason, I had been following the rape cases in the country for the last couple of days honestly. Now that my respect for the Government, Opposition, Media and Society More »

India:This country has rotten to the core.Now, it is at the verge of collapse.

ShareTweet1.      A student “XYZ” studies day and night and makes it to a top-level world renowned B-School in India. One morning she wakes up and finds her boyfriend updating his status message that More »

Was there a salacious dimension in Radha-Krishna relationship: An Open Letter to Swapan Dasgupta

ShareTweetDear Sir, I came across the above mentioned tweet of yours and I am sorry to say that this was the most unfortunate tweet that would have ever landed on my TL, More »

Sanskrit Tidbits-10: Fun with riddles in Sanskrit

ShareTweetSanskrit is also fun.  Did you know Sanskrit literature is full of puns?  In 1982, Gurupad K. Hegde wrotean entire book titled “Pun in Sanskrit Literature”.  It was published by Mysore College More »

Narada and Maya: A story from Swami Vivekananada’s Works

ShareTweetThere was once a handsome young sage named Narada. He was devoted to god ad well versed in holy books. In one of these he came across a word, Maya, that was More »

Bhagat Singh’s letter to his Father

ShareTweet[When the case was in its final stage, Sardar Kishan Singh (Bhagat Singh's father) made a written request to the Tribunal, saying that there were many facts to prove that his son More »

Bhagat Singh On the slogan of ‘Long Live Revolution’

ShareTweetShri Ramanand Chaterji the editor of Modern Review, ridiculed the slogan of ‘Long Live Revolution‘ through an editorial note and gave an entirly wrong interpretation. Bhagat Singh wrote a reply and handed More »

Sanskrit Tidbits-8: Myth behind different names of Lotus in Sanskrit

ShareTweetThere are statements that Sanskrit was elitist.  It wasn’t spoken by the masses.  The brahmanas controlled access to the language.  From whatever I have read, that’s not the impression I have formed.  More »

But what is the Hindu religion?

ShareTweetLess than a month after Sri Aurobindo’s acquittal from the charges brought against him in the Alipore Bomb Trial (May 1908–May 1909), he delivered this speech in Uttarpara, West Bengal. It was More »

Sanskrit Tidbits-7: Myth behind most commonly used words in hymns

ShareTweet We now know the word namah is associated with chaturthi vibhakti and it should be easy for us to understand expressions like नमः शिवाय शान्ताय कारणत्रय हेतवे or या देवी सर्वभूतेषु More »

Frog in the Well: Why we fail to live at peace with one another

ShareTweet In a well a little away from the sea, there lived a big black frog. He had been born there and not for a single day been out . He knew More »

The science of living: An aimless life is a miserable life

ShareTweetAn aimless life is always a miserable life. Every one of you should have an aim. But do not forget that on the quality of your aim will depend the quality of More »

Hymn to Mother India-II

ShareTweetIndia, my India, where first human eyes awoke to heavenly light, All Asia’s holy place of pilgrimage, great Motherland of might! World-mother, first giver to humankind of philosophy and sacred lore, Knowledge More »

Sanskrit Tidbits-4:Can you detect anything wrong in this picture?

ShareTweet  त्वमेव माता च पिता त्वमेव।  त्वमेव बन्धुश्च सखा त्वमेव। त्वमेव विद्या द्रविणं त्वमेव।  त्वमेव सर्वं मम देव देव॥ From what you already know, this should be simple to translate and understand.  More »

Sanskrit Tidbits-1

ShareTweetअहम् युष्माकम् अध्यापकः न अस्मि। युष्माकम् अध्यापिका रोहिणी अस्ति। I don’t possess the skills to teach you Sanskrit.  My learning of Sanskrit is entirely self-taught. There is nothing formal about it.  In More »

An Appeal by Sudharma, world’s only Sanskrit daily

ShareTweet  Sanskrit, A glorious language : Most of the gems of our cultural and religious heritage (the Vedas,Upanishads, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Subhashitams, the Puranas) originated in this language. Even today,Sanskrit is taught in More »

An Introduction to Tilak by Sri Aurobindo-I

ShareTweet  Today is the birth anniversary of great nationalist leader Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak (23rd July 1856-1st August 1920). Who can say better about Tilak than Sri Aurobindo who had the opportunity More »

Internet Hindus and Renaissance in India-I

ShareTweet  When you were in school, you were taught: Mahatma Gandhi is the father of Nation. Now an RTI says, Mahatma Gandhi was never conferred Father of Nation title. Unlearn it and More »

Why I am an atheist: Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh

ShareTweet“Bhai Randhir Singh aka Baba Randhir Singh was a Ghadarite in Lahore Central Jail in 1930-31. He was a God-fearing religious man. It pained him to learn that Bhagat Singh was a More »

Samya: An essay on “Equality” by Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay-I

ShareTweet“Samya means “equality”. This essay was written by Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay. Bankim says that there are two kinds of inequalities: 1. Real 2. Artificial. In this essay, Bankim has shown how More »

Sri Aurobindo on Rishi Bankim Chandra:The man who gave us the mantra of Vande Mataram

ShareTweetThere are many who, lamenting the by-gone glories of this great and ancient nation, speak as if the Rishis of old, the inspired creators of thought and civilisation, were a miracle of More »

Bhawani Mandir: How nationalists used to conceieve the idea of India’s independence

ShareTweet[This is an extract from the article written by Sri Aurobindo Ghose and distributed in the form of pamphlets in 1905. A copy of this pamphlet was put in as evidence when More »

An Open Letter to Ramachandra Guha on Freedom Of Speech

ShareTweetDear Ram Chandra Guha, Of late, I have been reading your views on  Xenophobia  and freedom of speech with reference to an American writer, Peter Heehs, who has been living in India More »

Unity: An open letter to those who despair of their country

ShareTweet[Note: This open letter is from the "Archives of India" series of The Mother India site. It was written by veteran Freedom Fighter Sri Aurobindo in his Newspaper Bande Mataram to give More »

Criticism By Family And People Biggest Hurdle in a Social Initiative

ShareTweet  Neither the finances, or the time factor nor the difficulties in field work can pull down my enthusiasm and passion for this initiative. But the challenges to be faced are discouraging More »

Hymns To Mother India-1: Bande Mataram

ShareTweetIn 1938, Mira Alfassa, Spiritual Collaborator of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother, said, India is not the earth, rivers and mountains of this land, neither is it a collective name for the inhabitants More »


An agenda for reforms in school education for Smriti Irani’s HRD ministry

Ever since Narendra Modi has taken over the charge of this country, the air has changed. The inertia that had pervaded this nation seems to have vanished and there is a spark

Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat, Abki Baar Modi Sarkaar and the Management Guru in Narendra Modi

Each nation, like each individual, has one theme in this life, which is its center, the principal note with which every other note mingles to form the harmony. If any nation attempts

The Nationalist who turned Spiritualist:Rishi Sri Aurobindo

A Prophecy Sitting in a small village of Nagai near temple town of Mannargudi of the then Thanjavur district of Tamil  Nadu, Sri Vasudev Iyengar, head of a congregation that used to

Sanskrit Tidbits-43:Exploring Sanskrit Bharati’s Sanskrit Wikipedia

I am deviating from the usual tidbits, with legitimate reason.  I am personally thrilled, because Wikipedia now has a Sanskrit version.  You will find it here .   संस्कृतविकिपीडिया संस्कृतभाषायां विद्यमानः स्वतन्त्रः विश्वकोशः। विकिपीडियानामा विश्वकोशोऽयं बह्वीषु भाषासु उपलभ्यते। अस्य

Sanskrit Tidbits-42: Introduction to Yantras, Magic squares and Occultism

I am deliberately jumping around in what I cover in tidbits.  That’s not quite incoherence.  My intention is to introduce variety, so that this series remains interesting.  Consider the word यन्त्र​.  This has many meanings – machine,

Sanskrit Tidbits-41:Vedic Sanskrit and wisdom of Upanishadas

Someone asked me a very valid question.  Why has tidbits concentrated on classical Sanskrit literature and avoided Vedic Sanskrit literature?  The criticism is true.  Let me try and rectify it a bit.  We will return to

Sanskrit Tidbits-40:The brilliance of Sanskrit poet Magha

From Kalidasa, in this version of tidbits, I am going to move on to Magha.  (I have mentioned him earlier.)  He was from 7th century ACE, in what was then Gujarat, and is now Rajasthan.  Magha

Sanskrit Tidbits-39:Kalidasa anecdotes

In the last tidbits, we talked about Kalidasa.  All said and done, we don’t know much about Kalidasa.  We don’t know where he lived.  We don’t quite know the period.  This has a bit to do

Sanskrit Tidbits-38:Kalidasa’s Meghadootam

In earlier tidbits, I mentioned Kalidasa.  One can go on and on about Kalidasa.  In this tidbits, I will stick to मेघदूतम्.  It is obvious this means “cloud-messenger”, which is the name under which Meghadutam has

Sanskrit Tidbits-37:Valmiki’s Poetry

In the last tidbits, I talked about Valmiki.  देवि सुरेश्वरि भगवति गङ्गे त्रिभुवनतारिणि तरलतरङ्गे। शङ्करमौलिनिवासिनि विमले मम मतिरास्तां तव पदकमले॥ This isn’t Valmiki.  It is Adi Shankaracharya.  It is his famous stotram on the

Sanskrit Tidbits-36:First Shloka of Valmiki Ramayana

In this version of tidbits, I want to talk about Valmiki.  The word कवि doesn’t only mean poet.  It means a wise person, someone with insight.  And Valmiki was the first poet, adi kavi.  He composed the first

Sanskrit Tidbits-35: Durga Saptashati famous hymn sung by Gods for Goddess Durga made easy

In the last tidbits, I promised to give you another prayer to devi (the goddess), also from “Chandi”, part of the Markandeya Purana.  This is so famous that you will immediately recognize it.  This

Sanskrit Tidbits-34:An introduction to Maarkandeya Purana

Often, we go to a specific market in the evenings.  There is a temple there and at the time of evening aarati, one often hears the following bein chanted. सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके। शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके गौरि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते॥  Once, I

Sanskrit Tidbits-33:Shivaashtakam made easy

Today, I am going to give you a beautiful stotram. This is शिवाष्टकस्तोत्रम्, शिव-अष्टक-स्तोत्रम्.  Once we break it up in this wa, we know that it is a stotram dedicated to Shiva and that

Sanskrit Tidbits-32:A shloka by Vivekananda in honour of Paramahansa

Swami Vivekananda mostly wrote in English.  There is the odd piece he wrote in Bengali.  Some people may also know that he was extremely fluent in Sanskrit.  There is an anecdote about Swami Vivekananda and

Sanskrit Tidbits-31:Spiritual aspect of Manusmriti

This is the final tidbits on Manu Smriti, focusing on the last and 12th chapter.  The 12th chapter has 126 shlokas.  While this chapter also has material on crime and punishment, what is more interesting is

Sanskrit Tidbits-30:Manusmriti on crimes,punishments,penances and intercourse

Chapter 11 of Manu Smriti has 266 shlokas.  I have said this earlier too.  Manu Smriti has specific terms and specific definitions.  Take the term स्नातक.  In the ashrama classification, there is a brahmacharya stage, during which,

Sanskrit Tidbits-29:More on different Varnas-Brahman,Shudra as per ManuSmriti

What does the word द्विज[dwij] mean?  You might be tempted to say that द्विज means the same thing as ब्राह्मण.  But you are not entirely right. Etymologically, द्विज means someone, or something, that is born twice.  Hence, a bird, or any other

Sanskrit Tidbits-28:Manusmriti and Position of Women

Chapter 9 of Manu Smriti is a difficult one.  With 336 shlokas, it is long.  It is about relations between a man and his wife and with the lenses we wear now, it is

Sanskrit Tidbits-27:18 Types of cases dealt by kings as per Manusmriti

I find Chapter 8 of Manu Smriti extremely interesting.  It is also a long chapter, with 420 shlokas.  I find it interesting because it is about justice delivery and crime and punishment, law and

Sanskrit Tidbits-26:Duties of a king as per Manusmriti

In the last tidbit, we were on Chapter 5 of Manu Smriti.  I will skip Chapter 6, since that is about those who wish to retire to the forest, after having fulfilled their

Evolution of man,need for Religion in world and perfection of Hinduism

Some 5 billion years ago, earth was a molten mass and there was no life here. Slowly, the miracle happened and life appeared on earth from the same matter. In due course

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