सूर्य नारायण – अन्नदाता

छठ के पावन पर्व की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ ! क्यों छठ पर्व में भगवान सूर्य की पूजा की जाती है? सृष्टि के प्रारम्भकाल में जब प्राणी भूख से अत्यन्त व्याकुल हो रहे थे, तब भगवान सूर्य ने पिता की भाँति उन सब पर दया करके उत्तरायण में जाकर अपनी किरणों से पृथ्वी का रस ( जल […]

Rama and Yudhishthira on the same Path

Prelude Sources: Valmiki Ramayana and Mahabharata ⇒Translated by Desiraju Hanumanta Rao & K. M. K. Murthy and KMG + Bibek Debroy As Krishna said to Yudhisthira in the Vana Parva; धर्मः परः पाण्डव राज्यलाभा; त्तस्यार्थमाहुस्तप एव राजन् | सत्यार्जवाभ्यां चरता स्वधर्मं; जितस्तवायं च परश्च लोकः ||१६|| “O Pandava! Dharma is superior to winning the kingdom. O king! It is […]

The Cases of Misplaced Duty, Honesty, Integrity, etc. – Part 1 – Bhishma

The sense of duty, honesty, integrity, etc. is of paramount importance when it comes to defining the person. But what should be one’s duty? To follow one’s friends, relatives, well-wishers, no matter what, even if it clearly seen that they are toddling on the path of adharma (wrong-doings)? The Mahabharata throws three such heroes whose […]

Dharma Artha Kama and Moksha

Dharma Artha Kama and Moksha in reference to Mahabharata Pandavas punished and killed many enemy kings, in two cases on account of complains by rishis, on others variety of issues including also on requests from Dhritrashtra and Bheeshma. (Rishi complains come later but here Dhritrashtra and Bheeshma’s requests are noted.) The shelter of rule of […]

Dharma Cycle

Who is Adharmik and who is Dharmik? Duryodhana had answered: जानामि धर्मं न च मे प्रावॄज्ञिल्त; | जानाम्यधर्मं न च मे निवॄज्ञिल्त;: || Draupadi had asked Duryodhana, what is the reason that in spite having many common things in between Kauravas and Pandavas – o Family o Same Grandfather Bheeshma and Veda Vyasa o Same […]