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Shakuntala’s Discovery of Truth – A Chapter that taught her to believe in two sides of the coin!

Shakuntala, asks Kanva Maharshi ‘Who do you support’? Kanva Maharshi is now going to describe a completely different angle to the complex question posed by Shakuntala. He asks, ‘Is it important to know my viewpoint’? Also, why do you think that Ahalya was not at fault? Shakuntala frowns and says, ‘I knew this was coming, […]

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Bhagavadgita Chapter 18 Moksha Sannyas Yoga Verse 49

Asaktabuddhih sarvatra jitaatmaa vigatasprihah; Naishkarmyasiddhim paramaam sannyaasenaadhigacchati. He whose intellect is unattached everywhere, who has subdued his self, from whom desire has fled,— he by renunciation attains the supreme state of freedom from action. Interpretation This shloka talks about the person who sets himself free from actions. We ourselves choose actions and we only want […]

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Bhagavadgita Chapter 18 Moksha Sannyas Yoga Verse 40

Na tadasti prithivyaam vaa divi deveshu vaa punah; Sattwam prakritijairmuktam yadebhih syaat tribhirgunaih. There is no being on earth or again in heaven among the gods that is liberated from the three qualities born of Nature. Interpretation This shloka is explaining clearly the nature and importance of the three gunas. Lord Krishna says that these three […]

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Bhagavadgita Chapter 15 Purushottama Yoga Verse 15

Chapter 15 Purushottama Yoga Verse 5 Nirmaanamohaa jitasangadoshaaAdhyaatmanityaa vinivrittakaamaah; Dwandwairvimuktaah sukhaduhkhasamjnairGacchantyam Free from pride and delusion, victorious over the evil of attachment, dwelling constantly in the Self, their desires having completely turned away, freed from the pairs of opposites known as pleasure and pain, the undeluded reach the eternal goal. Interpretation After talking about how to […]

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Bhagavadgita Chapter 10 Vibhuti Vistara Yoga Verse 18

Chapter 10 Vibhuti Vistara Yoga Verse 18 Shloka Vedaanaam saamavedo’smi devaanaam asmi vaasavah; Indriyaanaam manashchaasmi bhootaanaamasmi chetanaa. Translation Among the Vedas I am the Sama Veda; I am Vasava among the gods; among the senses I am the mind; and I am intelligence among living beings. Interpretation This shloka sounds very similar to the shloka […]

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Chapter 10 Vibhuti Vistara Yoga Verse 2 

Chapter 10 Vibhuti Vistara Yoga Verse 2 Shloka Na me viduh suraganaah prabhavam na maharshayah; Ahamaadirhi devaanaam maharsheenaam cha sarvashah. Translation Neither the hosts of the gods nor the great sages know My origin; for, in every way I am the source of all the gods and the great sages. Interpretation After talking about the […]

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Bhagavadgita Chapter 9 Raja Guhya Yoga Verse 21

Chapter 9 Raja Guhya Yoga Verse 21 Shloka Shubhaashubhaphalairevam mokshyase karmabandhanaih; Sannyaasayogayuktaatmaa vimukto maamupaishyasi. Translation Thus shalt thou be freed from the bonds of actions yielding good and evil fruits; with the mind steadfast in the Yoga of renunciation, and liberated, thou shalt come unto Me. Interpretation This shloka is a continuation of the previous […]

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Bhagavadgita Chapter 9 Raja Guhya Yoga Verse 19

Chapter 9 Raja Guhya Yoga Verse 19 Shloka Patram pushpam phalam toyam yo me bhaktyaa prayacchati; Tadaham bhaktyupahritamashnaami prayataatmanah. Translation Whoever offers Me with devotion and a pure mind and heart, a leaf, a flower, a fruit or alittle water—I accept this offering. Interpretation In the previous shloka Lord Krishna talked about the sacrifices that […]

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Bhagavadgita Chapter 9 Raja Guhya Yoga Verse 16

Chapter 9 Raja Guhya Yoga Verse 16 Shloka Te tam bhuktwaa swargalokam vishaalamKsheene punye martyalokam vishanti; Evam trayeedharmamanuprapannaaGataagatam kaamakaamaa labhante. Transaltion They, having enjoyed the vast heaven, enter the world of mortals when their merits are exhausted; thus abiding by the injunctions of the three Vedas and desiring objects of desires, they attain to the […]