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A Comparative Study of Consciousness in Buddhism and Hinduism

Feb 27, 2022

Ancient Indian seers were pioneers in the study of human consciousness. As early as 1000 BCE, they developed several contemplative and mindfulness techniques to study consciousness and understand its powers and potentials to improve one’s life, knowledge and intelligence or manifest one’s desires or open communication channels with gods and supernatural beings or resolve human suffering. They tried to harness the powers of the mind to manifest reality and fulfill their desires for peace and happiness. In this podcast, we present a comparative review of consciousness in Buddhism and Hinduism, and how they are similar and dissimilar and attuned to their respective beliefs and practices and the methods they use for self-purification and liberation.

Justification For Hindu Caste-System

Feb 02, 2022

The Hindu caste system probably came into existence around 3500 years ago due to various factors. It brought together people from diverse backgrounds under a social contract to live together and ensure order and regularity of society and polity. Somehow the system was accepted as a workable solution to ensure peaceful coexistence of diverse groups to live together and share social and economic privileges as dictated by their faith. In the early days of its origin, castes ensured stability and continuity of large populations ...

The Meaning and Significance of Advaita in Hinduism

Jan 25, 2022

The idea that you are the universe, not the mind and body or the ego complex, is what we consider oneness or nondualism or Advaita. It is what we mean by kaivalya or aloneness. A kevalin sees himself only amidst the dualities of life. He sees the world or the universe or the entire objective reality as an extension or projection of his consciousness. It is where you see nartaka atma, the Self acting as the master of the dance and the world dancing according to his will. You see the whole word as your state (rango’ antaratma). ...

The True Spiritual Significance of Maha Shivaratri

Mar 11, 2021, 2018

Maha Shivaratri is a well known Hindu festival. Millions of devotees worship Shiva on this auspicious day. After fasting for the day until midnight and worshipping him variously, they also keep a night vigil. There is a hidden spiritual significance of the festival, which is not known to many. It is explained briefly by Jayaram in this short podcast. ...

The Resilience of Hindus?

Feb 28, 2018

India is the only country where its ancient culture and native faiths survived centuries of foreign oppression, colonialism, imperialism, the Industrial revolution, two World Wars, scientific rationalism, and an organized onslaught by well-funded foreign institutions to undermine and degrade them. India is also the...

Does God Possess a Specific Name and Form?

Jan 22, 2018

A few thoughts on how Brahman (God) should be worshipped or approached, and whether he has a specific name and form. Occasionally you come across people who dispute the notion that God is impersonal and formless. According to them God cannot be impersonal or formless. For them, God is personal and possesses specific,...

An Important Lesson From the Bhagavadgita

Jan 8, 2018

The Bhagavadgita contains many lessons. The one presented in this podcast is very important. It is indeed the heart of Bhagavadgita wisdom. Those who understand it do not judge people by their actions but look to the motive and use their discernment to know whether those actions are justified or not. Find out what...

Brahman in Vedic Tradition

Nov 7, 2013

This is the audio version of a chapter entitled "Brahman in Vedic Tradition," from the book Brahman by Jayaram V published by Pure Life Vision LLC.

Basic Concepts of Saivism

Jan 29, 2013

Saivism is a major sect of Hinduism. In fact, like Vaishnavism, it is a religion in itself. Until medieval times, it was also the most popular sect of Hinduism, with widest following. The Sect regards Lord Siva as the Brahman Himself and all other divinities as aspects of Him. The origins of this sect are probably...

The Two Paths of Life - Materialism and Spirituality

Nov 13, 2013

There are two basic approaches to life. Both are well known and historically important. Since the earliest times, people have tested both and left behind a great repository of knowledge about their value and importance in securing our lives and minimizing our suffering. Both approaches are meant to shield us from the...

Atman, the Individual Self

Jan 26, 2013

Each and everyone of us has an opportunity to practice yoga and enter into deeper states to see for ourselves what is hidden in each of us, where there is anything beyond this flux which we call as our consciousness or awareness. Mere intellectual knowledge does not help us to remain awake in deep sleep. But through...

Practicing Hinduism

May 11, 2013

Hinduism is not an easy religion to practice. Centuries of oppression corrupted the Hindu mind with conflicting values. Hindus ought to be aware of the implications of disobeying the moral codes and the virtues of good human conduct. They ought to be aware of the consequences of their own actions that lead to...

Significance of the Vedas in Hinduism

Nov 27, 2013

About the ritual and spiritual significance of the Vedas in Hinduism and why they are held with such great importance in Hinduism

A Note on the Translation of the Chandogya Upanishad

pr 24, 2013

The Chandogya and Brihadaranyaka Upanishads are like the two eyes or two wheels  of the Vedanta. Without studying them, it is difficult to gain insight into the Vedic philosophy and mindset. Both cover a wide range of topics and provide a rare glimpse, to a keen observer, into the origins of Hinduism and the...

Life and Death - Symbolism of Shiva in the Body

May 25, 2013

Siva means the auspicious. That auspicious quality comes from his being present in the  macrocosm as well as in the microcosm as the purifier, liberator and sustainer. By His mere presence, the world comes to life and so also the body.

What is Kaivalya?

Nov 21, 2013

Kaivalya means the state of aloneness, as opposed to the state of duality and attachment. It is not to be confused with the state of loneliness or living in seclusion.

Symbolism of Goddess Lakshmi

Apr 6, 2015

A brief presentation on the symbolism of Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu and the godess of wealth, health and fortune.

Should Hinduism Be Called Sanatana Dharma

Mar 5, 2015

This presentation explores the meaning of Sanatana Dharma and in what context or for valid reasons Hinduism qualifies as Sanatana Dharma. This is part of an essay on the same subject available at Hinduwebsite.com

Maya - Is the World An Illusion?

Dec 1, 2015

Is the world an illusion. An examination of the proposition of Advaita that the world is unreal and has no basis in eternity.

An Introduction to Manusmriti

Jun 23, 2015

A presentation on the importance and significance of Manusmriti or the Laws of Manu in the historical development of Hinduism and a critical overview of its contents and themes.

Moon Symbolism

Aug 27, 2015

The archetypal meaning, cultural significance and symbolism of the moon (Chandra) in Hinduism

Why are Religions So Destructive?

Nov 24, 2015

Why are Religions So Destructive? Why do they cause strife? And what can you do about it? This presentation is about religions that promote group identity and incite religious passions.

Nature's Secret is Our Eternal Dharma

Mar 15, 2013

Our seers noticed this hidden design in the component realities of Nature. They observed both the unity and diversity in the manifestation of the world. They realized that the creation of God was built on the principle of cooperation and service and the purpose of each component of creation and each entity of creation...

Understanding Upanishads

Mar 30, 2013

Upanishads are best understood when you have a good knowledge of Vedic ritual terminology and the Vedic imagery hidden in the verses. Your understanding improves greatly if you pay deep attention to the verses. The Upanishads are mostly fragments of knowledge gleaned from various sources overtime and compiled into their...

Experiences in translating the Selected Upanishads

Apr 6, 2013

In this brief presentation, Jayaram speaks about his experiences in translating the 16 major Upanishads, which are due for publication in three books in a few weeks.

Panca Darshanas - The Five Means to Knowledge

Mar 9, 2013

I think for our personal growth and development, we need to adapt a multipronged approach to learning. We need to use various perspectives or approaches to cultivate an all-round knowledge and stretch our minds in every possible direction to assimilate whatever knowledge we can gather in the course of our lives. We need...

Ganesha As Intelligence, The Mahat Tattva

Sep 21, 2017

Ganesha is one of the most popular gods of Hinduism. He is worshipped by millions of Hindus all over the world in temples and at homes, sometimes in public also. This audio by Jayaram V explains the hidden symbolism and significance of Ganesha in the human body and in creation as the son of Shiva and Parvathi.

The Nature of Suffering

Jul 6, 2013

What suffering means in Hinduism and how it needs to be resolved.

Non-Violence Means

Jul 6, 2013

in Hinduism violence (himsa) not only means injuring or hurting others through force but also causing disturbances within oneself or others through intentional physical and mental actions.

Is the World An Illusion?

Dec 1, 2015

Is the world an illusion. An examination of the proposition of Advaita that the world is unreal and has no basis in eternity.

The Purpose of Incarnation, the birth of God

Jan 18, 2015

The purpose of any incarnation or emanation of God upon earth is to provide the people with an ideal which they can emulate and follow in their real lives. It is to remind them repeatedly that they are God in human form, and if they uphold the Self in them they will uphold the God in creation. 

Mental Liberation

Oct 21, 2013

Liberation in a general sense means liberation from whatever that holds you back or keeps in check. There are many types of liberation. We speak here only two types of liberation, spiritual liberation and mental liberation. Mental liberation means freedom from the conditioning to which we are subject. It is liberation...

Morality and Religion

Sep 28, 2013

There are many religious people who are deeply irreligious when it comes to the practice of morality and virtue upheld by the religion. In fact, the world worst offenders of social and moral norms are religious people. Why this is so? These issues are examined in this audio presentation.

Emotions and Equanimity

Oct 19, 2017

Emotions are useful to perceive reality and know what is going on in you and around you. If you want to know yourself, pay attention to your emotions and their causes. If you want to cultivate sameness or equanimity and learn to accept yourself unconditionally, emotions are the best place to begin with.

Cultivating Detachment For Freedom and Happiness

Oct 13, 2017

Attachments are a greater source of misery, stress and unhappiness. This podcast by Jayaram V is about cultivating detachment for greater freedom and happiness by understanding your attachments and motivation


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