Off the Grid for 4 days
25th of July, 2007 - 17:10
I'll be completely off the grid until the evening of Guru-purnima.
Reflections: Emotional Freedom
10th of July, 2007 - 16:15
A recent visit to the Dandavats news site — the first since many moons — got me reading an article by Bir Krishna Goswami of ISKCON on the emotional dysfunctions that have followed the ISKCON paradigm. I'm copying my comments here along with a prologue (that incidentally ended up being longer than the prologued content) on why this is relevant .
Hindu Afterworlds: A Journey Across Heaven and Hell
3rd of July, 2007 - 18:58
The concepts of heaven and hell as destinations of afterlife are sometimes thought of as the exclusive domain of Abrahamic religions. However, heaven and hell are also described in the Hindu scriptures — and very colorfully and elaborately at that!
Guru Purnima, The Day of the Guru
1st of July, 2007 - 7:28
Guru Purnima, the full-moon day of the Indian month of Ashad, is a yearly festival where ancient sage Vyasa, the compiler of the Vedas, and all Hindu gurus, seen as his representatives, are paid homage to and worshiped.

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Guru Purnima, The Day of the Guru
Posted: 1st of July, 2007 - 7:28
This year's Guru-purnima will fall on July 30th. I'm putting out this article in good time instead of on the last moment — may you celebrate well.

Guru Purnima is the day when Hindus gather to celebrate and to honor Vyasa, the original guru and traditional author of the Vedas, along with their own gurus, spiritual guides. The festival takes place on the full moon day of the Indian month of Ashad, corresponding to July-August of the Western calendar. The word purnima means "full-moon", hence the name Guru Purnima, "the full-moon day of the guru". For its connection with Vyasa, the event is also called Vyasa Purnima.

Guru Purnima marks the occasion of sage Krishna Dvaipayana Vyasa's birth. The contemporary guru is seen as a representative of Vyasa's, for it is Vyasa, the ancient sage, who is at the root of all the wisdom at the root of Hindu traditions. . . .

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