Prajnanam Brahma Definition and Meaning - Mahavakyas
Ancient Indian Literature, Hinduism, Vedic Philosophy

Prajnanam Brahma Definition, Meaning – Mahavakyas from Upanishads

The phrase Prajnanam Brahma literally translates to this :- “Prajnanam”= intelligence.” Brahma”=” Brahman”. This means Brahman is intelligence. This is a Mahavākya. Mahavākyas are used in Hindu spiritual tradition for meditation and contemplation. They are usually taken from the Upanishads. Most commonly, Mahavakyas are considered four in number Prajnanam Brahma (प्रज्ञानम् ब्रह्मा) Aham Brahma Asmi (अहम् […]

Ancient Indian Literature, Spirituality, Vedic Philosophy, Vedic Practices

Vedanta Philosophy – The Different Schools of Vedanta

There are six Darshan, that is philosophy in Hinduism which are : Samkhya. Yoga. Nyaya. Vaisheshika. Mimamsa. Vedanta. Among these six schools, Vedanta is very popular and has it’s root in Vedas/ Upanishad (Shruti). Vedanta is a spiritual philosophy which deals with the following three elements and relationship between them: Brahman Atman World/Universe Different Vedanta […]

valmiki ramayana and tulsidas ramcharitmanas
Ancient Indian Literature, Ramayana, Sanskrit Texts

Difference Between Valmiki Ramayana and Tulsidas’ Ramcharitmanas

The Ramayana, written and composed by Valmiki, is one of the greatest works of literature in the history of ancient India. It has survived the test of time, and still continues to be one of the most critically acclaimed works of all generations. It strikes a chord with everyone’s lives and touches their inner soul with […]

Why is Shiva worshipped in the form of linga
Ancient Indian Literature, Hindu Gods, Hinduism, Vedic Practices

Why is Shiva Worshipped in the form of Linga or Lingam?

Shiva meaning “The Auspicious One” is one of the three major deities of Hinduism. He is worshiped as the Supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in contemporary Hinduism and is also called “the Transformer and the Destroyer”. The most popular form of worshipping Lord Shiva in Hinduism is in the Linga form. It is known […]

Shiva Shankara - What is the meaning of Shankara
Ancient Indian Literature, Hindu Gods, Vedic Philosophy

Shiva Shankara – What is the Meaning of Shankara?

We,being Hindus know of  the fact that Lord Shiva has numerous names and manifestations. Many local village deities in both northern and southern India are either named after him or associated with him. Among his many names few are very popular. Of them the name Shankarā (also spelled as Sankara) is one. The name “Shankarācharya” […]

Jnana Yoga
Ancient Indian Literature, Sanskrit Texts, Spirituality, Vedic Philosophy

Jnana Yoga

Jnana yoga is the path of non-dual realization that leads to an experience of absolute truth.   What is the Meaning of Jnana? The word ‘jnana’ (pronounced ‘gyan’) means knowledge. This is of two kinds: 1. Shabdatmak jnana — theoretical knowledge 2. Anubhavatmak jnana — practical knowledge In Hinduism the word jnana has many connotations. […]

Influence of Ramayana on Indian Art and Culture
Ancient Indian Literature, Interesting Hindu Mythology Stories

Influence of Ramayana on Indian Art & Culture

The Hindu art, religion and cultural history have been primarily affected by two major literary works of ancient India: The Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The Ramayana has traveled through centuries and civilizations in the Indian origin and culture. Its influence has been on every living being not only in India, but also almost the whole […]

Bhagwan Krishna - Mahabharata, Srimad Bhagavad Gita
Ancient Indian Literature, Mahabharata

Mahabharata’s Significance in Defining Lord Krishna

Bhagwan Krishna’s life presented in Hindu scriptures can be divided into 3 phases – The Earliest life, the Family life and the Public life. In the tenth Skanda ( the tenth book under Srimad Bhagavatam), Vyasa Rishi describes to us the earliest life of Krishna and his homely life, more generally known as his personal life. […]

Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam - 1000 Names of Goddess Lalitha from Brahmanda Purana
Ancient Indian Literature, Hindu Gods, Hinduism, Sanskrit Texts

Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam – 1000 Names of Lalitha Devi from Brahmanda Purana

Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam Stotra (hymn of praise) occurs in the Brahmanda Purana (history of the universe) in the chapter on discussion between Hayagriva and Agasthya. Hayagriva is an incarnation of Vishnu with the head of a horse who is held to be the storehouse of knowledge. Agasthya is one of the sages of yore and […]

Shrimad Devi Bhagavatam - Saraswati Kavacham
Ancient Indian Literature, Hinduism, Sanskrit Texts

Shrimad Devi Bhagavatam

Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and arts, represents the free flow of wisdom and consciousness. She is the mother of the Vedas, and chants to her, called the ‘Saraswati Vandana’ often begin and end Vedic lessons. Saraswati is the daughter of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. It is believed that goddess Saraswati endows human beings […]

Advaita Vedanta - The Concept of Non-Duality or Monism
Ancient Indian Literature, Spirituality, Vedic Philosophy

Advaita Vedanta – The Concept of Non-Duality or Monism

Advaita Vedanta refers to the non-dualistic school of Hindu philosophy, which is derived mostly from the Upanishads and elaborated in detail by eminent scholars like Gaudapada and Sri Adishankaracharya. Dvaita means duality, and Advaita means nonduality. In simple terms, Advaita means absence of the duality between subject and object. In our wakeful consciousness we experience […]