Adhyatma Chintane – Issue #15: The Meaning of the Word “Janardhana”

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Today we will learn the meaning of the word “Janardhana.” “Na Jayathe Ardhayathi Cha Samsaram ithi janardhana,” meaning, one who is birthless (Na Jayathe) and who redeems the suffering of his Bhakthas (Ardhayathi Cha Samsaram). Here the sufferings refer to “Samsara.” Since he does both he is called “Janardhana.” Feel free to offer your suggestion […]

Adhyatma Chintane – Issue #14: The Meaning Of The Word “Purushottama”

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Namaskara, Today we will learn the meaning of the word “puruShottama.” This is actually another name for Lord naaraayaNa. In the Bhagavad Gita, kRishNa paramatma says “dwavimou puruShou loke, xara axara eva cha,” meaning, there are two types of people (jiivas) xara (whose bodies are destroyed during praLaya) and axara (whose bodies are not destroyed […]

Adhyatma Chintane – Issue #8: The Meaning of the Word “Mahabharata”

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Namaskara, Today, we will learn the meaning of the term “Mahabharata.” “Mahatvat bharavatvat cha MahaBharatham uchyate.” Meaning of the shloka: Since the epic is of great significance and it is very heavy it was called “Mahabharatha.” The Mahabharatha contains one lac (100,000) shlokas and is most likely the largest epic ever written. All of us […]

Adhyatma Chintane – Issue #2: The Meaning of the Word LakshmiKantah

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Namaskara, Today we will learn the meaning of the word LakshmiKantah. Kantah means husband. Therefore, LakhsmiKantah translates to Lakshmi’s husband, who is Lord Vishnu. The word Kanta, however, means wife. But here the word is KantaH (with a visarga). In other words, You would have heard the word ayaskanta in Kannada which means magnet. Its […]

Introducing “Adhyatma Chintane” – A Weekly Discussion on Spirituality

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GEO 12.97°N 77.56°E has a guest blogger: my friend from school, R. R’s a terrific guy and an email he sent recently gave me a terrific idea: a weekly column titled “Adhyatma Chintane” where R would discuss all things spiritual, in readily understandable tidbits. The purpose is to spread awareness about our culture and tradition, […]