About this Website:

This website records my experiences and understandings gleaned thus far in my life including an attempt at codifying my thoughts and thought-processes. Having so stated, I am immediately open to the question whether I believe that my experiences and understandings have meaning and relevance to others, that they will be interested to read, learn and benefit from the ideas discussed in the web-site. An additional, and larger, question can also be posed whether uniqueness, a necessary requirement, can be claimed for the writings on this site.

The answer to these questions is simple in my own mind. Neither a belief of extraordinary value of this website to others nor any claims of uniqueness, beyond an occasional one
here and there, is implied in my decision to develop this web-site. This site is simply intended to serve as a forum for expressing the various ideas, thoughts and thought-processes that have occurred during this lifetime of mine. By my own accounts, I have varied interests including, but not limited to, professional studies in the engineering field including teaching, research and entrepreneurship; basic understanding and deep faith in the ‘Sanatana Dharma’ way of life including our hoary scriptures; reading interests; interests in finance and management including affairs of state; interests in sports; interests to travel and to the writing of travelogues; interests to debates and articulation of viewpoints; in short almost many differing and different type of interests spanning a wide spectrum. The hope therefore is that the ideas and thought-processes of such an individual may help others in either strengthening their current interests or acquiring new interests; at a minimum, allow readers to look at things differently than previously. The few topics that are discussed herein as the site is released in early 2009 and the future hoped-for additions on other topics, thus, may provide the readers of the site something of interest, that in, and of, itself is considered a worthy goal for starting this website. Additional claims for this website, in particular the question related to uniqueness, are the possibility of ‘unique’ items appearing in the website in its initial release and in its ongoing updates – as in the provision of an ‘electronic’ version of the ‘Devanagiri’ script of the “Sree Rudra Krama Paata” provided herein. Whereas many print versions of the ‘Krama Paata’ are available, this appears to me as the first effort to provide an ‘Electronic Downloadable Version’ of this Yajur Vedic Mantra ‘The Sree Rudra Krama Paata’.

You, the readers, are the judge how my goal for this website and your interests meet. It is my hope that your perusal of this site, indeed, will benefit you to advance some aspects of your personal and professional interests. It is my intent to keep this website updated with new articles and to address questions, suggestions and concerns expressed by readers. So, read on and use the ‘Visitor’s comments’ section to provide your suggestions to make this site useful to you and to your friends.

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Char Dham Yatra:

The term ‘Char Dham’ (meaning ‘Four Sacred Places’) has been used variously by various authors. Many of them have used the term to denote the four sacred places in Uttaranchal, the Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath – which are sacred places in Hindu religious worship. Others have used the term to refer to the ‘four mutts’ established in the four corners of Bharath by Adi Sankara – the one in South (Sringeri and Kanchipuram), the one in the East (Puri), the one in the North (Joshimath near Badrinath) and the one in the West (Dwaraka). This short write-up, in the description of a Yatra (or journey) to the char dham, the sacred places in Uttaranchal, is a travelogue highlighting the pilgrimage undertaken by my wife Sarasa and myself, along with our good friends Amita and Chetan Dave. This write-up provides details of the places visited en route, the thrills experienced by us, the dos & don’ts when one sets out for a pilgrimage like this one etc. etc. Read and enjoy our experiences and decide for yourself whether such a travel is to be considered by you, the reader, with your family – and friends!

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SreeRudram:

Krama Archana of Lord Rudra Siva is an important offering to Lord Rudra performed in Hindu ritualistic worship for thousands of years. All Vedic mantras have been transmitted from generation to generation by the ‘Guru Mukha’ style of teaching (oral teachings from the guru to the disciple), though of late printed texts have appeared. This version is in Devanagiri script and in electronic form with free download – considered to be one of the first attempts of electronic storage of important Vedic mantras. Errors once detected are easily fixed and updated. Readers are, therefore requested to notify of any errors that they find in the current version so that it can be updated and kept in an error-free form for use by future disciples.

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Upanishads:

Upanishad is derived from “upa” (near), “ni” (down), “sad” (to sit) and literally means “sitting down near”. Student sitting down near the teacher and listening to, and imbibing, his teachings (the secret and sacred doctrine) is intended. When two persons with similar interests sit closely together, their minds and thought processes also may be in tune with each other which, in turn, will further the transference of ideas between each other. In that sense, not only physical but also intellectual proximity is intended by the word ‘upa’ (near).

Upanishad thinkers pondered on the problems of deepest concern – problems involving the human Soul and the Ultimate Reality – and the answers they found were communicated to their pupils who were spiritually oriented. The Upanishads contain accounts of the significance of human Soul – ‘Atman’ or ‘the Self’ -, significance of ‘AUM’, significance of Ultimate Reality or ‘Brahman’, the relationship between Atman and Brahman and so on. Naturally, Upanishads soon came to be understood as the work containing ‘esoteric doctrines’, ‘secret (‘rahasyam’) knowledge’, and understandable only by the selected few who are initiated into such knowledge.

There are excellent texts on Vedas and Upanishads; however, the write-up provided herein is intended to give an introduction and a roadmap to our hoary scriptures so that beginning readers will obtain an overview of our scriptures before deciding to proceed for deeper and detailed studies using the expert books on the subject.

Read on ……. Pose your questions, provide your suggestions so that we can make this write-up better readable and understandable by everybody.

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Science, Religion, Spirituality:

The ‘scientific’ basis and reasoning is the cornerstone of our understandings and deliberations. Yet, as we go deep, we find science is unable to answer some of our fundamental questions like origins of ourselves, our universe, whether there is after-life; or even questions that are not so fundamental after all, like many intractable problems of science. Religion is based on belief, belief in a creator or God who is omnipotent and omnipresent. Spirituality is about the spirit or one’s soul.

This write-up discusses these topics and suggests that we stand to benefit by having an appreciation for all the three disciplines. Read on …. And let us know your opinion/suggestions/questions/concerns etc.

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Books and on Reading:

When I was requested to write a ‘book review’ for our website on a book that I think every CSMite should read, I was immediately struck by the contrasts between the simplicity of the request and the complexity of the task. The complexity of the task occurs because such a single book that everyone ought to read must, in my opinion, contribute to one’s overall development, which, in turn, poses questions of what one means by ‘personal development’ – health, wealth, power, fame, fortune, values, …. The questions, undoubtedly, continue.

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Yoga & Surya Namaskar:

Yoga is a science of some 5,000 years old (or longer even) developed by the Rishis and Saints of India. The Rishis meditated in caves, in the mountains and codified their knowledge and experience for human being’s healthy living and for the spiritual and social advancement. The world at large, especially the West and the US, is discovering the joy and benefits of yoga for wellness during the past 50+ years with rapid spread of yoga in US during the past 35+ years. Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation are the main aspects of yoga currently in vogue in the West but yoga is more than all of these and then some. Many leading institutes in yoga in India (for example, the Bihar school of yoga and SVYASA in Prashanthi Kuteeram near Bangalore and other such institutes) are popularizing yoga for wellness and as therapy for various ailments and diseases. Surya Namaskar is an age-old yogasana and exercise combined and is practiced in India during the past 1000+ years. It is recognized as the only yogic exercise that provides unique benefits not available by any other known exercise regimen.

It is customary to do a 15 to 30 minute session of yoga to loosen up the muscles and joints before embarking upon Surya namaskaraas. A session on Yoga & Surya Namaskar lasting 8 hours over 4 Sundays was held in the residence of Dr. R. Narayanaswami in Westlake Village, California, USA in July/August 2009. Mr. Kallur V. Chakrapani, yoga instructor of SVYASA-LA, and, Dr. R. Narayanaswami served as instructors for the course. About 25 friends of the instructors attended the session. The details of yoga lessons and surya namaskar used in the session are provided herein.

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Downloads:

Frequently, visitors may want to download some of the articles of interest to them from this website. With that in mind, facilities to download files are provided.

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