Shakti and the Dance of Discernment

O Mother, as Aruna, the crimson-coloured Goddess,Thou art like the light of morning’s rising sun to the lotus flowers symbolising the minds of gifted poets (helping their poesy to blossom forth).Therefore, those devoted ones who adore Thee become capable of delighting the minds of assemblies of literary connoisseurs with the …

Saraswati: Waters & Wisdom

A short article on Saraswati on this day of Basant Panchami celebrating her.       Mantras from the Rig Veda (1.3.10 to 1.3.12) invoking Saraswati for wisdom and universal understanding: पावका नः सरस्वती वाजेभिर्वाजिनीवती । यज्ञं वष्टु धियावसुः ॥१.३.१०॥ Paavakaa Nah Sarasvatii Vaajebhir-Vaajiniivatii | Yajnyam Vassttu Dhiyaavasuh ||1.3.10|| चोदयित्री …

Taittiriya Upanishad: Rishi Bhrigu’s Meditation

The Upanishads “are the production of the highest human wisdom” claimed German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.
The Bhrigu Valli, part of the Taittiriya Upanishad is an important text especially for yoga and meditation practitioners since it describes the transformation from the gross to the subtle and the experiential understanding reached in yoga, of the ultimate knowledge.