As learnt at the Lotus Feet of Bhagavan

N. Kasturi (1897-1987)


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Bhagavad Gîtâ: The Divine Song. Geetha Vahini by Sathya Sai Baba.

Neti neti: this nor that: the way Prahlâda meditates on the essence of the Soul. See 7.7: 23 and also 12.6: 32-33.

Prahlâda: A great devotee of the Lord and son of Hiranyakas'ipu, a demoniac ruler who by means of severe penance enforced not to be destroyed by any weapon, but ultimately was torn apart by the nails of Nrisimha-deva. Prahlâda is of special significance to the devotees, the bhaktas, because by remembering Krishna he ultimately found the grace of liberation from the misery of his father. [see S.B. 7.5 and further]

Veda Purusha Yajña: See 'esoteric significance of the Veda Purusha Jñâna Yajña' & Summershowers in Brindavan, Chapter 4: Nabhaga, Nâbhâga & Ambarîsha.

Dasara: The Dasara festival commemorates the victory of the gods over the demons, of light over darkness, of knowledge over ignorance. [Read more about Dasara].

Vâjasaneyi-(Yajur Veda)-Samhitâ: see Wikipedia.

Christopher Smart (1722-1771): was an English poet. His works include A Song to David and Jubilate Agno, both of which were at least partly written during his confinement in an insane asylum.

Johannes Eckhart or Meister Eckhart. (1260 - 1328), also known as Eckhart von Hochheim and widely referred to as Meister Eckhart, was a German theologian, philosopher and mystic, born near Erfurt, in Thuringia. Meister is German for "Master", referring to the academic title he obtained in Paris.

Rta: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Lexicon - Search Results for Rta:
mf(%{A})n. met with , afflicted by (with instr.) TS. v ; proper , right , fit , apt , suitable , able , brave , honest RV. VS. xvii , 82 ; true MBh. BhP. Mn. viii , 82 ; 87 Bhag. &c. ; worshipped , respected L. ; enlightened , luminous L. ; m. N. of a Rudra MBh. ; of a son of Manu Ca1kshusha BhP. iv , 13 , 16 ; of a son of Vijaya VP. ; (%{am}) n. fixed or settled order , law , rule (esp. in religion) ; sacred or pious action or custom , divine law , faith , divine truth (these meanings are given by BRD. and are generally more to be accepted than those of native authorities and marked L. below) RV. AV. VS. S3Br. &c. [223,3] ; truth in general , righteousness , right RV. AV. MBh. Mn. viii , 61 ; 104 Pan5cat. &c. ; figuratively said of gleaning (as the right means of a Bra1hman's obtaining a livelihood as opposed to agriculture , which is %{anRta}) Mn. iv , 4 ff. ; promise , oath , vow Ta1n2d2yaBr. La1t2y. ; truth personified (as an object of worship , and hence enumerated among the sacred objects in the Nir.) ; water L. ; sacrifice L. ; a particular sacrifice L. ; the sun L. ; wealth L. ; (%{a4m}) ind. right , duly , properly , expressly , very RV. BhP. ; (%{Rtam} %{i} , to go the right way , be pious or virtuous RV.) ; ind. right , duly , properly , regularly , lawfully , according to usage or right RV. AV. ; truly , sincerely , indeed RV. MBh. i.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin [1881-1955]

Rabindranath Tagore [1861-1941] was a Bengali poet from Undivided India, Brahmo Samaj (syncretic Hindu monotheist) philosopher, visual artist, playwright, composer, and novelist whose avant-garde works reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A celebrated cultural icon of Bengal, he became Asia's first Nobel laureate when he won the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Thyagaraja: was one of the most important composers of Carnatic music. He is regarded as one of the "trinity" of Carnatic music composers, along with Muthuswami Dikshitar and Syama Sastri. He was a devotee of Lord Râma.

Ekanath (Eknath): (1533-1599) was a unique combination of poet, infused with bhakti and a scholar, greatly versed in jñâna. Much loved for his legendary patience and tolerance, he never felt the least anger of irritation towards people who tried to offend him. He was part of the extraordinary galaxy of poet-saints to have emerged in the state of Maharashtra in central India between the 13th and 17th century.

Eknath was a major saint of the varakari sampradaya founded by Jnanadeva. Born in 1533 at Paithan, Eknath lost his parents at an early age and was brought up by his grandfather. Eknath's great-grandfather was Shri Bhanudas (1448-1513), a major figure in the Vitthala sect at Pandharpur.

Eknath was initiated by his guru, Janardana, a devotee of Dattatreya. Eknath was unique since he combined a blend of Vedanta and Sufism. Eknath was a devout gurubhakta and wrote under the name of Eka-janardana meaning eka of janardana.

A profilic writer, he wrote bhavartha ramayana, numerous abhangas (unbroken verses and a prolongation of the famous ovi meter) and bharudas (short poems with two meanings, one secular and the other spiritual). However, his major work was Eknath Bhagavata, a marathi commentary on the 11th skanda of the bhagavata purana. Started in 1570, it has over eighteen thousand ovis and was completed in 1573. In the work, Eknath stresses on the uplifting value of kirtana (singing God's names), rememberance of God's name (namasmarana) and meditation (dhyana) of the name. He explains beautifully the nine traditional limbs of the bhakti marga (navangani) with examples from saints.

Eknath distinguished two forms of bhakti to Saguna Brahman (God with form) : as an end in itself and as a means. Generally, the advaitic tradition identifies with the latter, considering that meditation of God with form does not lead to moksha (liberation) but only to krama-mukti (gradual liberation). However, a person who attains krama-mukti is freed from samsara (the cycle of births, deaths, and rebirths).

Eknath's Bhagavata popularized the vedanta philosophy to a great extent. Shri Ranade, a modern day historian, notes that `With Jnanadeva, philosophy reigned in the clouds; with Eknatha, it came down upon earth and dwelt among men.'

Sigmund Freud: (1856-1939) was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology.

Purâna: narration; eighteen very old books about the history of the planet and other worlds (there are also eighteen upa-purânas, smaller ones).
- The stories; eighteen very old books or bibles from big, 81.000 verses to small, 9.000 verses, six about Vishnu, six about S'iva and six about Brahmâ, containing (vedic) histories about the relation of mankind with the different forms of God and their worlds. The Vishnu-purâna the S'rimad Bhâgavatam, also called the Bhâgavata Purâna and Paramahamsa Samhita, is considered the most important (see
12.7: 23-24).







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