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The Ethical Paradox of the Jñāna-Karma Dialectic and Its Solution in the Yoga Vāśiṣṭha – 1

In this article, the author analyzes the age-old dilemma: whether to seek self-realization or to engage whole-heartedly in the welfare of the society or those who are in need? Some term exclusive efforts for self-realization as selfish. Datta analyzes Mokshashastras and comes to the conclusion that there is really no...
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The Vedic Yajña: A Conduit for Transcending the Conditioned Consciousness

Evolutionist and anthropological frameworks of interpretation have belittled the Vedic mantra as well as the Vedic Yajña by categorizing the two as naïve and obscure religious expressions (e.g. through labels like hymns and rituals, respectively) of the early humans. This article highlights the consciousness-altering potential of the Vedic Yajña and...
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Tathāgata, or the Buddhāvatāra of Hari

Arising in this holy land in an age of dreary nihilism, Buddhism invited with open arms the cynic-sceptic, the nihilist-pessimist, and the sufferer-seeker-confused alike to take refuge not only in the figure of the Buddha (alas! – who the Buddhists of a certain kind soon turned into a mere figurehead),...
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Brāḥmaṇa by Rabindranath Tagore (Part II)

Who are the people who can steadfastly defend those ideals? Only those – who have hereditarily stayed aloof from the conflicts arising out of a pursuit of self-interest; only those who have found glory in economic deprivation, who do not see good deeds as a commodity, whose minds, permeated with...
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Jagadguru Shri Adi Shankaracharya

Shankaracharya travelled in and through the land of Bharata for reestablishing the Vaidika Dharma which was in the verge of losing all its importance. His effort in unifying the Bharata by establishing various mathas and other centres has saved Bharata from losing its spiritual treasures.
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