The Battle of Eighteen Days – The Mahabharata

Hari Om Soon after Krishna had returned from Hastinapur, Duryodhana sent a challenge to the Pandavas. His messenger spake, saying: “You have vowed to wage war against us. The time has come for you to fulfil your vow. Your kingdom was seized by me, your wife Draupadi was put to shame, and you were all … Continue reading The Battle of Eighteen Days – The Mahabharata

More Stories from Mahabharata

Hari Om Dhridhrashtra’s sight Krishna tried to make the Kaurava’s see reason, in order to avoid war. So he reached Dhridhrashtra’s court and tried to make peace. However, Duryodhana and his brothers were not amenable. Karna too, was eager for war. Even as the king, Krishna, Drona and the other elders advised avoiding a battle, … Continue reading More Stories from Mahabharata

Unknown Stories from Mahabharata

Hari Om Rukmi offers help Rukmi, Rukmini’s brother, nursed a grudge against Krishna. Rukmi had wanted his sister to marry Sishupala, but Rukmini herself, had preferred Krishna. She secretly wrote to Krishna asking him to save her from this marriage saying that she preferred to marry him instead. Krishna therefore, carried away Rukmini just before … Continue reading Unknown Stories from Mahabharata

Philosophy of RÂSA (Rasakreeda or Rasalila) – From The Bhagavata Purana

Hari Om The Bhagavata Purana - SKANDHA X. CHAP. 29-33. Suka said: — "Seeing those autumnal nights, gay with Mallika flowers, Bhagavân wished to enjoy Himself by resort to Yogamâyâ." (It looks odd that there should be a show of conquering the God of love by enjoyment of others' wives. But it is really not … Continue reading Philosophy of RÂSA (Rasakreeda or Rasalila) – From The Bhagavata Purana

ÂTMÂ A REFUTATION OF THE SCHOOL OF JAIMINI – From the Bhagavata Purana

Hari Om SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM - SKANDHA XI. CHAP. 10. Sri Krishna continued: — (Self-study is the first stage. It leads to the power of discrimination. Without self study no progress is possible. Therefore Sri Krishna speaks of it as an essential condition. He then goes on to the next stage of preparation.) "Subject to what … Continue reading ÂTMÂ A REFUTATION OF THE SCHOOL OF JAIMINI – From the Bhagavata Purana

JNÂNA YOGA and BHAKTI YOGA

Hari Om JNÂNA YOGA - In Bhagavata Purana, Sri Krishna's reply to Uddhava: SKANDHA XI. CHAP. 28. "Do not either praise or blame other men and their actions. Look upon all as one, pervaded by the same Prakriti and the same Purusha. By criticising others, the mind is directed to a false channel and it … Continue reading JNÂNA YOGA and BHAKTI YOGA

THE THREE PATHS: KARMA, JNÂNA AND BHAKTI

Hari Om In Bhagavata Purana, Sri Krishna's reply to Uddhava: SKANDHA XI. CHAP. 20. Uddhava said: — "Karma is to be performed and Karma is not to be performed — both are Thy injunctions in the Vedas. The Vedas speak of merits and demerits in connection with Karma. They speak of Varna and Âsrama, of … Continue reading THE THREE PATHS: KARMA, JNÂNA AND BHAKTI

Interesting Stories from Mahābhārata

Hari Om Duryodhana’s three regrets Duryodhana lay dying on the battlefield. He took shallow breaths, his life hanging on by a thread, as tears rolled down into the soil. “If only... if only...” His mind raced as they thought of the mistakes that had brought about his tragic end. “If only,” he thought, “I had … Continue reading Interesting Stories from Mahābhārata

Narada Muni and the Power of Narayana Mantra

Hari Om Once Narada was very intrigued by Lord Krishna’s 'Om Namo Narayana' mantra, curiously questioned Him, “What is the significance of Om Namo Narayana (Mantra)?” He asked Lord Krishna to explain to him in detail so every one of his devotee can understand. Krishna immediately replied that while he cannot explain the greatness of … Continue reading Narada Muni and the Power of Narayana Mantra

Krishna – Uddhava Enlightening Conversation, Answering All Controversies

Hari Om Why did Krishna not save Pandavas when they played dice (gambling game) with Duryodhana and Shakuni? (Wonderful explanation by Sri Krishna) From his childhood, Uddhava has been with Krishna charioting him and serving him in many ways. He never asked for any wish or boon from Sri Krishna. When Krishna was at the … Continue reading Krishna – Uddhava Enlightening Conversation, Answering All Controversies