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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Branches of Knowledge of Hindu Dharma
Hindu Dharma, or the Hindu way of life is more technically called as Vedic dharma or Vedic way of life.
Hindu dharma has fourteen abodes or branches of knowledge.
There are four steps or dasas in learning. Reading, understanding what is read, living according to the teachings contained in what is read, and making others also live in accordance with them.
The Vedas – Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda, and Atharvaveda are the first four authoritative texts of vedic religion.
Six Angas or basic parts of Vedas are Siksha, Vyakarana, Chandas, Nirukta, Jyotisa and Kalpa.
The four upangas or sub parts are Mimamsa, Nyaya, Purana and Dhrmasastra.
The four more branches of intellectual learning which are not part of learning dharma but are part of learning for living are Ayurveda, Arthasastra, Dhanuveda and Gandharva Veda.
Origin of VedasVedas are breath of the Paramatman. Brahma is the primordial sage who saw or received all the mantras of Vedas. They were imparted to him through his heart by the Paramatman. Kanchi Swamiji, Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamiji said, Vedas are always present in the heart of Paramatman. They are not created by him.
Content of Vedas
Vedas have Samhita, Brahmanas, Aranyaka and Upanishad as the principal parts.
Rigveda: The Rigveda Samhita is all in the form of poetry. The Rigveda Samhita has 10,170 RKs or Shlokas and 1,028 suktas. It is divided into ten mandalas or eight astkas.
Yajurveda: Yajurveda has the description of worship associated with RKs and suktas.
Yajurveda is available in two different versions – Sukla and Krishna.
Samas of Sama Veda are sung with musical tones.
Athravana Veda: It has mantras with which one wards of misfortunes and disasters and indicates ways of fighting with enemies.
All Vedas have one common goal. The goal is the well-being of the entire world and all creatures living in it.
Brahmanas lay down the various rites to be performed. Aranyakas provide more meaning to the mantras of samhitas. They are more oriented towards enquiry and understanding. Upanishads provide more detailed discussion on some specific issues.
Speeches of Kanchi Swamiji, Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamiji, Hindu Dharma, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, 2000
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Indian Heracles (Krishna) is recorded by the Greeks as having lived 138 generations before the time of Alexander and Sandracottos which we may take to be c. 330 BC. Taking 20 years per generation, which is known to be a good average when ancient Indian dynasties are involved, we are led to the computation 2760 + 330 = 3090 BC which is remarkably close to the Kali date of 3102 BC. So a reckoning based on ancient Greek records takes us again to the traditional date of c. 3100 BC .
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In the beginning, there was nothing in the universe. The brahman (the divine essence) alone was everywhere. The brahman had neither colour nor scent, it could not be felt or touched. It had no origin, no beginning or no end. The brahman was constant and it was the origin of everything that was destined to be in the universe and the universe was shrouded in darkness.
When it was time for creation to begin, the brahman divided itself into three. The first part became Brahma, the creator of the universe. The second part was Vishnu, the preserver of the universe. And the third part was Shiva, the destroyer.
At the time of creation, water appeared in the universe and the water was everywhere. In the water was created a golden (hiranya) egg (anda) that floated like a gigantic bubble. Brahma was born inside the egg. Since garbha means womb, Brahma came to be known as Hiranyagarbha. Since he effectively created (bhu) himself (svayam), he is also referred to as Svayambhu.
Brahma had four faces.
Also inside the egg were all the worlds (lokas) that would be created, in embryonic form. The earth was there, with its land, mountains, oceans and rivers. The moon, the sun, the stars and the planets were there. Also present were gods, demons, humans and other living beings who would be created.
This was the original creation of the universe (sarga).
But at the end of one of Brahma’s days, a minor destruction takes place. The universe is once again flooded with water during Brahma’s night. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are not however destroyed. Each of Brahma’s days is known as a kalpa (cycle). Thus, a minor destruction takes place at the end of every kalpa. When a new day dawns for Brahma, creation begins afresh. This periodical process of destruction (pralaya) and re-creation is known as pratisarga.
The present kalpa is known as varaha kalpa.
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In the dream, he saw Lord Lakshmeenarasimha of Ahobilam and he heard his command to appear before him at Ahobilam and don the robe of a sanyasi and be instructed in his future mission of life there. He informed his Guru, Gatikasatham Ammal his dream. The guru told his disciple Srinivasacharya to obey the mandate.
Ahobilam. Having arrived there, he climbed the hill amidst dense forest (which
Thirumangai Azhvar describes as one which none can reach except God), had a dip
in the river Bhavanasini and took up abode in that wilderness. Meanwhile
Mukundaraya, the local chieftain also reached the, place to receive him on
divine command. Lord Narasimha appeared before Srinivasacharya in the form of a
sanyasi and initiated him with the "Preshmantra", gave him 'Sanyasa asrama'''
and named him 'Satakopa Jeeyar'. Thus was born Sri Ahobila Mutt and its First
Direct Disciples of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
Important Events in Their Life
Swami Saradananda went to the United States in 1896 on the request of Swami Vivekananda. His calm and gentle disposition, courteous and loving manners and able exposition of Vedanta won him many friends and admirers in America.
Books on or by the Swamijis
Sri Ramakrishna Math
Ramakrishna Paramahamsa - Biography and Teachings - Birthday 18 February
2455 Bowditch Street
Berkeley, California 94704-2429
Phone: 1-510-848 8862
Fax: 1-510-845 4583
- A library with 2904 books.
- Regular worship, meditation, and celebration of special religious events.
- Spiritual counselling to seekers.
- Lectures on Sundays, classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and discussion on Vedanta scriptures on other weekdays.
- Invited by different organizations and colleges, the swami delivered several lectures in the neighbourhood and other cities of the United States as well as in Canada. He also participated in several interfaith meetings. He gave fortnightly talks in the Society's house at San Jose.
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58 Deerfield Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Phone: 1-617-536 5320
Website: www.vedantasociety.net; www.vivekananda.org
- A shrine for prayer and meditation.
- Celebration of the birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda, Jesus, the Buddha and Sri Krishna.
- Sunday lectures and weekly classes.
- Swami Tyagananda gave lectures at the Boston and Harvard Universities, and also at MIT.
- A children's camp, regular classes, and a retreat for devotees at the Society's Sarada Ashrama, 60 km to the southeast at Marshfield, which also maintained a shrine for daily prayer and meditation.
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14630 South Lemont Road,
Homer Glen, IL 60491
Phone: 1-708 301 9062
Fax: 1-708-301 9063
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Narendra Modi went on a Sadhbhavana Fast in Godhra. The Times of India in its paper dated 21 January 2012, in page 15 of Mumbai edition published the comment by VHP Leader Pravin Togadia with the caption "All netas in race to appease minorities" within the news item on Modi's fast. It is reported that Pravin Togadia took on CM Narendra Modi and asked whether there was any sadbhavana for those killed in the Godhra train carnage. While what Pravin Togadia said in this connection is difficult to know, we know only the reporting of the Times of India reporter Sachin Sharma.
In India, there are people of more religions apart from the main stream Hindu religion and many variants of Hindu religion. There are organizations which are working for the cause of sustaining and promoting Hindu religion. What is their outlook regarding other religions in the country? Advani, a senior leader of BJP, a party considered to argue that Hinduism is not getting its due in the country and minority appeasement is being practised by the ruling governments, advocates cultural unity. He does not advocate one religion for the country. Hinduism itself does not advocate one religion or prayer of only God. It has the concept of crores of deities or divine beings and even the supreme God is different in different occasions or scriptures. Even though in principle one God is stated, who is this one God in form is subject to belief of each person or family or group of people. Hinduism accepts that salutation to any God ultimately reaches that single person who is the world when there is pralaya and every other form is destroyed.
So there is an attempt by certain people to create alignment within all the people in India towards protecting and growing India. Even Viswa Hindu Parishad needs to have a plan for creating this alignment and in this regard they are participating in multi-religious functions and discourses. So VHP leaders in principle will not criticize every relation that Hindus have with other religion people as appeasement.
The news paper reporters also have to be careful to understand the context and report the statements and replies of various persons appropriately. There is a need for more discussion on this topic of alignment versus appeasement issue.
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Hydrogen-fuelled three-wheelers developed in the world for the first time in India were unveiled at the Auto Expo 2012 New Delhi. The vehicle is name ‘HyAlfa'. The three-wheeler is almost a zero-emission vehicle while its fuel consumption is substantially lower as compared to gasoline with 1 kg of hydrogen giving around 80 km mileage.
The three-wheelers have been developed under a project, DelHy 3W, of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)'s International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (UNIDO-ICHET) in association with Mahindra & Mahindra and IIT-Delhi, and support from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
Development project outlay $1 million.
News Items and Related Reports
The Hindu 9 January 2012
UNIDO International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies funded half the costs.
WSJ news item
MNRE web page on projects related to hydrogen energy
Interesting. A prototype was already and demonstrated by Energy Conversion Devices Inc., Rochester Hills, MI in collaboration with Bajaj Auto Ltd. in 2005
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Srisailam Dam, constructed across Krishna river, lies in a deep gorge in the Nallamala hill range. Its elevation is about 300m and it is about 512m long and is located in Kurnool District. The dam is one of the twelve largest hydroelectric projects in the country with 12 radial crest gates. Srisailam Dam provides irrigation water for about 800 km(310 sq mi). It has a live storage of 250 thousand million cubic feet (TMC). The left bank hydro electric station generates 900MW of power and right bank generates 770MW of power.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
In the factories, in the machine shops and fabrication shops the presence of women was almost negligible. But the trend is chaning now in India. Last week, I visited the TVS Motors plant at Hosur and there were women working in the machine shop. Of course the job involved was only loading and unloading light weight work pieces. But they are working on costly CNC machines and handing motor cycle parts.
Today on 3.1.2012, Economic Times carried an article with the title "Women now break into the shopfloor."
Anant Talaulicar, CMD Cummins talks of 25% target for women by 2011 and 50% target in the next five years.
Kirloskar Brothers is also increasing women on shopfloor.