Vishnu means omnipresent. Eswara means omnipotent. These are two attributes of the same nirguna brahma, the cosmic energy.
प्रज्ञानं ब्रह्म (pragñānam brahma) Knowledge/Consciousness is Brahman Aitareya Upanishad Rgveda
अहं ब्रह्मास्मि (aham brahmāsmi) Iam of Brahman Brhadāranyaka Upanishad Shukla Yajurveda
तत्त्वमसि (tat tvam asi) You are It Chandogya Upanishad Samaveda
अयमात्मा ब्रह्म (ayamātmā brahma) This Atman is Brahman Mandukya Upanishad Atharvaveda
Genealogical intro for my Telugu friends
చతుస్సాగర పర్యంతం గోబ్రాహ్మణేబ్య శుభం భవతు
అంగీరస సైన్య గార్గేయస త్య్రై ఋషేయ ప్రవరాన్విత గార్గేయస గోత్రహ
ఆపస్తంబ సూత్రహ కృష్ణ యజుర్ శాఖాద్యాయినే
వెంకటేశ్వరరావు శర్మన్…అహంభో అభివాదయే.
Spiritual Intro for my Indian friends
मुझ पे ये एह्सान करो
मत पूछो हम क्या है मेरे दोस्त
हम तो बने बन्जारा
खुदा के तलाश मे
जब मिले खुदा हम से
वो तो आयिने मे छवि निकले
The larger question of my Identity is perhaps best explained in the Nirvanashtakam by AdiSankara
मनोबुद्ध्यहङ्कार चित्तानि नाहं
न च श्रोत्रजिह्वे न च घ्राणनेत्रे ।
न च व्योम भूमिर्न तेजो न वायुः
चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥१॥
Mano-Buddhy-Ahangkaara Cittaani Naaham
Na Ca Shrotra-Jihve Na Ca Ghraanna-Netre |
Na Ca Vyoma Bhuumir-Na Tejo Na Vaayuh
Cid-Aananda-Ruupah Shivo[a-A]ham Shivo[a-A]ham ||1||
1.1: Neither am I the Mind nor Intelligence or Ego, Continue reading “Who Am I?”
It was a blissful week. The young man met some of his friends after a long gap of 25 years. Time changes a lot of external appearances but not the friendships. It was great to relive some old moments again. Very rarely does time fly back.
While returning from the meet, he heard a beautiful song from old telugu movie Bhakta Prahlada, his all-time favorite aired at one of the temples. His thoughts delved into the interesting story of Prahlada from Srimad Bhagavatam, a Hindu scripture. While not as popular as Ramayana and Mahabharatha, this story of Prahlada summarized a beautiful vedantic thought and answered some fundamental questions Continue reading
Another pleasant day in the life of the young man. He was watching a show on Hindu epic ksheera sagara mathanam (churning of milk ocean). The show ends with Vishnu (as Mohini) distributing amritha deceivingly to only devas and depriving danavas of their hard earned treasure.
While the young man enjoyed the show, it brought smile on his face while contemplating Continue reading
It was another beautiful day in the rhythmic cycle of life for the young man. He got an opportunity to meet with few of his friends and had a wonderful time.
While coming back in the car, he noticed a poster of a festival where Siva and Parvathy are portrayed in ardhanaareeswara(half male half female) Continue reading
Dharmardhi prapnuyat dharma
Ardhardhich ardha mapnuyaath
Kaamaana vaapnuyat kami
Prajardhi chapnuyat prajah
Looking at this picture, makes my heart blissful.
A perfect demonstration of leadership qualities.
This picture denotes the very essence of Rama rajya and the inner meaning of dharma.
Ramo vigrahavan dharmaha.
रामो विग्रहवान् धर्म:।
There are individuals who are human faced, monkey faced, lion faced, donkey faced, parrot faced, rakshasas, asuras, rishis, deva, the most strongest (both in physic and wisdom) of beings sitting at the feet as a humble servant, people worthy of being kings ready to serve, people who can’t leave their egos showing off etc, all coming together harmoniously with each other to be with Rama.
Lord Rama as their leader, mentor, guide showing no difference based on any of these superficial attributes.
Rama has equanimity understanding the different nature and needs of each in their current form.
Rama is ensuring all having good time and harmony living together and proceed in each of their journeys of realization and blissful living.
No wonder that even after so many millennia, people still talk in awe when they refer to Ramarajya, the leadership of Rama.
A perfect demonstration of leadership.
రమింప చేయునది ఆ రామ నామము
రామ నామము రామ నామము
రమ్య మైనది రామ నామము
రోమ రోమము రోమ రోమము
నిండి ఉన్నది రామ నామము
Ramimpa cheyunadi Aa Rama namamu
Rama namamu Rama namamu
Ramya mainadi Rama namamu
Roma romamu Roma romamu
Nindi unnadi rama namamu
నీవే శరణమని నమ్మితి
నీవే మము బ్రోవు మొక రీతి
నీవే శరణమని నమ్మితి
ఈ ఇల లోన నీకెవరు సాటి
నా హృదయమున నీవె ఘనపాటి
నీవే శరణమని నమ్మితి Continue reading