Meet a Sage: Adi Shankara

Shankara is an enormously important figure in Hinduism, most particularly my branch of Advaita Vedanta. He was a brilliant philosopher from a young age and wrote amazing commentaries on all the Hindu scriptures in the 8th century CE.He re-energized the branch of Hinduism known as Advaita or Smartha. He believed that the ultimate reality was one of complete unity.During his young life, he traveled by foot over all of India discussing and spreading his ideas, attempting to unify Hinduism. … [Read more...]

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Meet a God: Agni

Agni is a very old God and one that was heavily featured in the Vedas. By the time of the Upanishads, his importance had lessened considerably. His name is synonymous with fire and the frequent use of sacrifices into fire in Hindu ritual all connect to him.Agni is the first word of the first prayer of the first Veda. He is said to be a messenger between humans and Gods.While some Gods are distant and in the realm of the subtle world, others personify aspects of the world, as Agni does wi … [Read more...]

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Reading the Upanishads: Part Eight

I thought it would be nice to read along through some scriptures and discuss the passages. I have a translation of the Upanishads done by Eknath Easwaran, a teacher whom I deeply trust and love. In this book there is an introduction before each translation with some insight from Easwaran.Here is a link to the Amazon page for the book I have:The eighth verse of the Easwaran translation of the Isha Upanishad is... The Self is everywhere. Bright is the Self,Indivisible, untouched by … [Read more...]

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