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On Itihasa, Historicity and Myth – a Dharmic view

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I came across an interesting passage in RM’s book Being Different which I thought was worth reproducing here. The excerpt is from a section called “Itihasa Combines History, Myth and More” in the second chapter Yoga: Freedom from History. Many years ago, I read a few aphorisms by Sri Aurobindo which suggested, among other things, […]

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Ravi Shankar – the Legend

11-12-12. On this day of Ravi Shankar’s passing, I feel deeply grateful for everything that he has done and has been to India, to Shastriya sangeet, and to World music, and of course to the countless people he inspired over the past 7 decades. It was only a few years ago, after reading his utterly […]

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The concentric spread of Indian culture

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his is a very interesting passage from Malhotra’s book ‘Being Different’, taken from a chapter called Non-translatable Sanskrit versus Digestion. This is perhaps some of the content that ought to have been part of our history exploration at school – how cultures spread, interact, and develop. The final bit below is a short examination of […]

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The Real Gandhi – impressions of a tribute

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  Amal Kiran (1904-2011), the gifted author of more than 50 books on literature, poetry and history penned a tribute to Gandhi in the 1950s titled ‘The Real Gandhi – An impartial estimate of his Greatness”. In all my readings on Gandhi and his life story, I have not seen a finer tribute and assessment […]

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Indian influence on ancient Lithuania

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I just discovered that ‘back in the day’, Vedic culture existed even in – hold your breath.. Lithuania. I had to look up where Lithuania was to derive some meaning out of this finding. It is a tiny country (about half the size of Tamil-Nadu), situated all the way near the Baltic sea and having fewer […]

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The extraordinary relevance of August 15 in world history

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Why is today that special? Is there something more to it than its being India’s independence day? Amal Kiran, in his brilliant 1950 essay “August 15 – Its World-Significance” observed that there are several “spectacular associations” with this date that make it a date with “momentous implications for the values of civilization”. [Amal Kiran (1904-2011), was […]

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The Fire that gave the Mantra – who really was Bankim Chandra?

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I cannot forget the first time I read about this great personality of India. I had never heard the word ‘Rishi’ being used in a modern context, and here I was starting to read a piece which was titled “Rishi Bankim Chandra”. The opening and concluding paragraph alone makes it worthy of wide reading, for […]

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Evolution Fast-Forward

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Someone sent me a trailer to this short-film last year and I eagerly awaited for months until the full film was released. Nothing of the kind has been done before, and for this reason it is a first in the history of cinema and media – to put technology at the service of a deep, […]

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Archaia Olympia, the Greeks and Physical culture

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We are now in the thick of the Olympian spirit; the games have started, and our modern age is celebrating the athletic ideal just as the Greeks did 3,000 years ago. But there are a few notable differences : Back then, women were not allowed to even watch the games; Now, not just are women […]

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The most beautiful evocation of Raag Kaushi Kanada

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This recording from a live concert in 1968 is the ‘stuff of legends’. It is by far the most soulful rendition of a particular Raag (Kaushi Kanada) that I know of, and I felt this ought to be shared. Play the file (see download link on bottom left) In Indian classical music, the Raag is […]

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