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Gurupurinma

by Swami Dayananda Saraswati

[ Published in the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam 15th Anniversary Souvenir, 2001 ]

As we have Father’s Day and Mothers Day, Gurus also have their own day. This day is Gurupūrṇimā and it marks the anniversary of Veda Vyāsa, who occupies an exalted place in the hierarchy of teachers. Although there were also gurus for Veda Vyāsa, we look upon Vyāsa as the one who forms a link between the teachers that we know and the teachers that we don’t know.

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PRATAḤ SMARAṆAM 6

Satsang with Swami Viditatmananda

…continued from previous issue

The first verse describes the Self as sat cit ānanda, while the second verse describes It as self-effulgent. In the third verse, the Self is described as the Self of all.

Early in the morning, I bow to the limitless, that which is beyond darkness, which has the luster of the sun, which is the changeless support known as the supreme being,

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What is the meaning of Life

Swami Dayananda Saraswati

If we take the word “meaning” to be “goal”, the meaning of life certainly cannot be death. If death is the goal of life, then I need not be born at all, the goal being my absence. If I was absent before I was born, I do not need to be born in order not to be. So, I cannot say that death is the goal of life.
Nor can I say that anything other than life itself is the goal of life.

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PRATAH SMARANAM 5

Satsang with Swami Viditatmananda

The non-Self is able to reveal objects only due to the presence of the Self

Vāco vibhānti nikhilā yadanugraheṇa. Yadanugraheṇa, by whose grace, nikhilā vāco vibhānti, all these words manifest, is speech also manifest. What makes speech function? Again, the Kenopaniṣad [1-5], says,

yadvācā’ nabhyuditaṁ yena vāgabhyudyate,
tadeva brahma tvaṁ viddhi nedaṁ yadidamupāsate.

“Brahman is that very (consciousness) which one does not know with the mind and by which (consciousness),

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Īśvaropāsanam

Swami Tattvavidananda Saraswati

[From the book, Āditya Hṛdayam with the commentary Tattvaprakāśikā by Swami Tattvavidananda Saraswati]

 

In the Vedic culture, worshiping of Īśvara – Īśvaropāsana – is very characteristic and unique, and probably slightly different from what we come across today in the Hindu society. Here, Īśvara is worshiped in a form, which is readily available for our perception as part of the Nature before us.

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