Dating of Ancient India, Is from prehistoric times to the start of Medieval India. Which is typically dated to the end of the Gupta Empire. This timeline of Indian History covers every major milestone in the history of India.
Sage Shuka, son of Sage Vyasa, is an important person in Mahabharata. It is Shuka who narrates Srimad Bhagavata to King Pareekshit. Moksha is a fascinating story in Mahabharata that elevates one to look at life with divine dispassion.
Savarkar’s contribution to all he touched is immense. The life of Veer Savarkar continues to inspire countless people even today. Self-sacrifice and devotion to duty are the outstanding qualities that stand out throughout his life.
In ancient inscriptions, we hear a lot about guilds of bankers which indicates the prevalence of some kind of a banking system. The guilds acted as the bank and used to keep deposited money for charity and other functionaries. However Banks in ancient India were very different from the ones we have today.
The larger goal of life must be renunciation and striving for Moksha. Nahusha rediscovers this emphasis for himself, eventually, in his conversation with Yudhishthira – in the discussion of who a genuine brahmana/sage is and the nature of the Parabrahma vastu. Thus, he sets himself firmly in the path of renunciation in the guidance he provides to the future that is Yudhishthira. Hence, he regains his divine form and the right to be back to the exalted worlds.
So, when the second lockdown was announced, a sudden realisation dawned upon me. Hey! I have precisely 18 days. Eighteen. Like the chapters of Bhagvadgeeta! I started a project. A project to keep me positively motivated, while also re-enforcing self-discipline. I started posting a few shlokas from each chapter on Twitter.
Are we aware that corporate bodies have a hoary history in India? These corporate groups of merchants and artisans following a common profession have played a very active role in the economic set up of ancient India. The whole manufacturing sector and trade networks were controlled by these guilds. In English they are known as mercantile guilds and the Sanskrit and Pālī equivalents of this term are śreṇī, nigama, gaṇa, saṁgha and vrāta. Apart from economic functions, these guilds were also involved in making acts of charity to religious institutions like Buddhist Monasteries.
The story of the death of King Pareekshita is narrated in Adi Parva twice – once narrated by Sage Ugrashrava Souti to Shaunaka and once more by the ministers of Janamejaya to the king himself. This is a great story how our passion creates a prowess and the lust to demonstrate that prowess takes us in the wrong direction. The story goes thus.
I have always been in awe of how Bharat as a country has treated any Dukha or sorrow. From the time our civilization has started, our country has been unique in the way Dukha has been given acceptance and respect so much that we even had one philosophy or religion based on Dukha – Buddhism. While most other countries and civilization were more interested in Bhog-vilas (success and luxury), we were more interested in accepting and handling Dukha. One could even say that our explanation of Karma was in a way aimed at explaining why we have Dukha and how we can prevent ourselves from having it in the future.
This article discusses power of sound, chants and the voice as a tool to help, heal and progress.Raghu Ananthanarayanan a yogi coach helps give more details on yoga, sound and chanting. Shankar Janardhanan has been practicing and studying Vedic Chanting for many years and joined us in the conversation.