Author: Satchitananda

Bhagwan Shri Ram through the eyes of his opponents- Part 2

Ram, central to Indian civilization, has influenced it for millennia. Ironically, lots of negative narratives are foisted on not just to sully his reputation but to undermine India itself. To counter this, we merely looked at some of the male opponents of Ram and how they perceived him in Valmiki Ramayana, which has pulverized a […]

Bhagwan Shri Ram through the eyes of his opponents

Shri Ram has influenced the Indian civilization for millennia. We had a peep at just the impact of his name in Shri Ram naama – its impact on the ethos of India. But of late we hear more about Shri Ram in a negative connotation from self styled critics of Shri Ram, folks who have […]

Marriage – A Dharmic institution where the couple can evolve only by cooperation

Marriage is a very special union that has the ingredients of all the navarasas. We see around great success in life or complete failures happening due to the bond of marriage. History has immortalized many great pairs like Vasishta-Arundati, Atri-Anusuya, Agastya-Lopamudra and Thiruvalluvar-Vasuki, amongst others. Many great literature have been created around this topic, how […]

Yudhishtra’s insight: How anyone can become a Brahmana

We saw in How anyone can become a Brahmana – Bhagwan Krishna’s insight article, how Guna and Karma determine the Brahmanahood and not birth. By cultivating the traits identified by Krishna, anyone expressing them becomes a Brahmana. Almost a decade prior to recording Krishna’s Bhagavad Gita, Yudhishtra is challenged to define who is a Brahmana […]

How anyone can become a Brahmana – Bhagwan Krishna’s insight

Brahmanas have always remained a fraction and a minority in Indian society. Though their contributions have been stupendous in the past, they have been highly maligned, used as a punching bag for vote bank politicians, some even fake themselves as one making it almost impossible to understand the original flavor in our Indian society. The […]

A Hidden Gem from Mahabharata, Shri Krishna’s Excellent Definition of a Kshatriya

Krishna declares emphatically that societal divisions do occur by nature and they are a mere representation of their vasana expression. I deliberated this in detail in Varnas – A journey to its roots. चातुर्वर्ण्यं मया सृष्टं गुणकर्मविभागश: | तस्य कर्तारमपि मां विद्ध्यकर्तारमव्ययम् || chātur-varṇyaṁ mayā sṛiṣhṭaṁ guṇa-karma-vibhāgaśhaḥ tasya kartāram api māṁ viddhyakartāram avyayam (4 – […]

A Guide for Every Hindu Who wants to Practice Sanatan Dharma But Doesn’t Know Where To Begin

Disclaimer: This article is not a sanctimonious lecture, nor is it must do prescription. Over the past several months, the same theme came in discussions as to what one can do as a Hindu. This is merely a compilation to serve as a memory jogger for everyone considering themselves a Hindus. It is not meant […]

Devdutt Patnaik Narrated Fake Story About “Shalya” to Demean PM Modi, This Writer Tore into him and his Fake Story

Whenever, one’s position gets endangered, it is natural to get indignant. I could feel the same anger in Devdutt Pattanaik‘s latest article critiquing PM Modi’s choice of Shalya to paint the opponents. There are two factual truths one could give it to the author – the observation that ‘Shalya’ search has shot up and that […]