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The Love of the Gopis

A special post on Krishna Janmashtami Since times immemorial, Sri Krishna and His Lila remain a captivating source of inspiration for painters, sculptors, poets, musicians, dancers, storytellers and all types of classical, folk, traditional and contemporary artists in India. Krishna as balgopal stealing butter, his childhood antics and pranks, his acts of remarkable and extraordinary valour and courage,… Continue reading The Love of the Gopis

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Stone Worshipers

Sometimes when you are browsing through the photo folder on your computer, you come across some old photograph which takes you on a little meditation of sorts. Bringing you to an insight, an understanding or a realization perhaps, but more like a remembrance of something. Something you had read long time ago. Something you thought you… Continue reading Stone Worshipers

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She, who rides the Lion

Ma Durga is in news these days. No, not because it is Durga Puja time.  But because the Asura is in news these days.  A bunch of folks who see themselves as the voice of the marginalised, the advocate of the down-trodden, the champion of the oppressed have been made the ‘news of the hour’ by some vested… Continue reading She, who rides the Lion

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Saras, That Which Flows: Let the Inspiration Flow

So much is constantly happening in the life and the world around us. There is so much darkness, so much falsehood, so much ignorance, so much suffering. Within us. All around us. It is so easy to be sucked in by all that. So easy to forget that there is a whole other way of being. No,… Continue reading Saras, That Which Flows: Let the Inspiration Flow

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A Diwali Prayer

New post in the series Satyam Shivam Sundaram Light, More Light Diwali, the day we invoke and worship the Mother, some as Ma Lakshmi, others as Ma Kali. Diwali, the day we remind ourselves, once again, to turn toward the Light, to remove the darkness and dullness within. Diwali, the day, we recall and rekindle,… Continue reading A Diwali Prayer

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Book Review: The Thinking Indian (Guest Post: Gilu Mishra)

To see readers’ comments, please click HERE to see the blog’s previous version. ॐ श्री गणेशाय नमः A perfect day to share the first detailed review of my e-book, The Thinking Indian   I am happy to host today, Gilu Mishra, a friend and a fellow lover and student of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.… Continue reading Book Review: The Thinking Indian (Guest Post: Gilu Mishra)

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सुमिरन कर ले मेरे मना…

आज, १४ सितम्बर, हिंदी दिवस के अवसर पर एक विशेष प्रस्तुति   चित्रकार: बिंदु पोपली संगीत जब उपासना की ओर ले जाए…कल सुबह के कुछ पल ऐसे ही थे… एक दिव्य अनुभूति थी जब गुरु नानक के भक्ति-भाव से भरे शब्द पंडित जसराज के भावपूर्ण सुरों में और डॉ एल सुब्रमण्यम के मनमोहक वॉयलिन की तारों… Continue reading सुमिरन कर ले मेरे मना…

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A Desi Secularist Dilemma (Or How to Secularize a Hindu Religious Festival)

To see readers’ comments, click HERE for the previous version of this blog. If you are part of the so-called educated, English-speaking, urban/semi-urban sections of Indian populace, and spend any time on social media, you must have noticed all the status updating, tweeting, sharing etc. that happen on most of the so-called secular ‘holidays’ (since… Continue reading A Desi Secularist Dilemma (Or How to Secularize a Hindu Religious Festival)

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Hare Krishna

A Krishna Janamashtami Special   For the last couple of weeks I have been reading and thinking about a few things on Indian Art, especially focusing on the theme of spirituality in Indian Art. It has been a wonderful learning so far, and someday hope to go deeper into what is now a very preliminary… Continue reading Hare Krishna

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Eyes that Dance: Performance of Anguliyankam

June 12, 2014. SPIC MACAY CONVENTION, IIT-Madras, around 9:00 pm The wonderful performance by Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt had just finished. The soul-stirring music of Mohan Veena was still ringing in the ears and creating a peaceful vibration within. A group of people were busy rearranging the stage for the Koodiayattam performance by Shri Margi… Continue reading Eyes that Dance: Performance of Anguliyankam