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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,...

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....

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...

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...

PRATAḤ SMARAṆAM

Satsang with Swami Viditatmananda Introduction The meditator and the object of meditation are different from each other in one type of meditation. Prātaḥ is dawn and smaraṇam is remembrance or meditation. Prātassmaraṇam is thus, meditation at dawn. The meditation is upon the Self, the very meditator. Usually, meditation involves a division of meditator and that upon which he or she...

Availability of the Mind, Śama

Swami Dayananda Saraswati What is this Śama? The author of the Tattvabodha says, mano nigrahaḥ. What does mano nigrahaḥ mean? They will generally translate this as mind control, or mind destruction—as though the mind needs to be destroyed.  Anyone who wants mind destruction is already destroyed, otherwise, why should he need mind destruction? His whole thinking is destroyed, so he...

MahaSivaratri celebrations at AVG [video]

Siva means mangalam , ‘auspiciousness’. Sivaratri means an ‘auspicious night’. On Sivaratri, we worship Lord Siva all through the day as well as the night for ajnana nivrtti (removal of ignorance of the Self). Devotees observe fast during the day and remain awake during the night, absorbed in nama japa and mantra japa (chanting the Lord’s names) and spend the...