Category: Reluctant Hindu

  • Kites and Kattle… Siriusly!

    Kites and Kattle… Siriusly!


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    Cittasya suddhaya karma na tu vastupaladbhaye Vastu siddi vicharena kincitkaramakotibhih. ~ VC-16 Selfless work and charity helps to purify the mind, but do not by themselves contribute to the perception of reality. This perception of  reality is only brought about by discriminative analysis. And never by count of action. Vedanta or the guide to understanding…

  • A Pilgrims Progress

    A Pilgrims Progress

    I am at Kumardhara at Subramanya in Dakhina Kannada district. My early memory of this place was thick forests; one would see snakes in abundance.  Local families extended hospitality to the pilgrims. The temple in itself had been so rooted in the jungle it was dedicated to a live snake hill. It was considered auspicious…

  • Why Kankadasa will always remain relevant.

    Why Kankadasa will always remain relevant.

    “How can we let a lowly Kurba in/” the Brahmins of the Mutta hurled at the man, Vadiraja Teertha decided it was time to humble the arrogant Brahmins. He had immense faith in the devotion of the man, so he kept quiet. The Man stood out and sang the praise of the Lord … Lo…

  • Naraka-Chaturdashi


    Today is   Narakachaturdashi, The organic nature of this festival doesn’t cease to amaze me. Growing we heard the story of Narakasura who  captured 1600 women, made them his slaves eventually Krishna the Yadava rescued them. The legend also as it that Narakasura could only be killed by his mother. As Deepavali approaches kids begin collecting trash like old clothes, and old news…

  • Mahabali cannot be Dwarfed.

    As we were driving down from Panaji, to Margao I saw this banner that said, 37%  Goan have votes AAP, 27%BJP, and some X% congress, the conclusion was AAP leads, what occurred to me, is it could also be interpreted as 63% Goans are clear that they do not want AAP. Ultimately every story is…