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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Krishna and the Art of Unconditional Service – LVIII

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana retells a tale of seva (unconditional service) that Krishna narrated, from the Bhagavatam. He cites the examples of a tree and wives of wise men. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Sukha had paused for a while before narrating the next story of Krishna. Parikshit followed his gaze that had […]

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The Tamil Harvest Festival Pongal Celebrates Bounty and Camaraderie

Reading Time: 3 minutesLily tells us about the four-day harvest festival, dedicated to the sun, in Tamil Nadu. It’s also celebrated in other states in South India. It means ‘spilling over’ of rice cooked in a pot, signifying bounty. Read more about it, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. The translation of Pongal is ‘spilling over’. It refers […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: What did Krishna Promise to the Gopis – LVII?

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana recounts a popular tale from the Bhagavatam where Krishna steals the clothes of the Gopis, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths.  Pariskhit was all ears as Sukha continued narrating the stories of Krishna. Sukha said, “The gopis were full of love for Krishna. He was still, what you would say, a little boy. But […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Magical Flute – LVI

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana recounts the tale of Krishna’s magical flute from the Bhagavatam, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Parikshit asked, “If bhakti (devotion) is the road to moksha (liberation), then Krishna’s contemporaries were all liberated?” Sukha responded, “Some were definitely liberated. In fact, the simple cowherds were an epitome of devotion. Why the cowherds only? Even nature danced […]

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A Year of Musings: Recounting the Bhagavatam in 2017; the Story Continues

Reading Time: 4 minutesSrimad Bhagavatam skillfully combines all the aspects of creation, where the divine in various forms create, preserve and annihilate only to transform and create again. A close look at the stories can trigger amazing insights that still has many bearings to our daily life, says Nilanjana, our columnist for more than a year. She talks […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Changing Seasons – LV

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana recounts a tale from the Bhagavad where Sukha likens the human mind with different seasons of nature. He also explains the four stages of the life of a bhakta (devotee), in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths.  A stray cloud just hovered around the sky, perhaps to listen to the stories of Bhagavatam […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Forest Fire – LIV

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana recounts a tale of the Maya or Cosmic Game of Lord Krishna, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. “The innocence of the cowherds is amazing. They liked being led on by Krishna.” Parikshit observed. Sukha answered, “Oh, yes. To be a part of the cosmic drama, where one is merely an actor […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Pralambha and Balarama – LIII

Reading Time: 2 minutesNilanjana recounts the tale of Pralambha Asura and Balarama, from the Bhagavatam, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. “Another of Kamsa’s cronies?” Parikshit asked. “Will they never give up?” Sukha answered, “Not so easily. Kamsa’s henchmen were all dedicated and committed to the cause. It looks like they were all brainwashed into believing […]

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Dawood Depressed, Dawn of a New Son, Peak XV Everest, and From Akhila to Hadiya

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Mafia don Dawood’s only son has become a Maulana. Is he paying for his father’s sin, who is depressed with his son’s decision?  The gharana politics is so deep in the Congress party that he is the sole contender for the post of Congress Party. The highest mountain in the world is named after […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Ramanaka – LII

Reading Time: 3 minutesContinuing with the story of Kaliya, Nilanjana retells the story of Ramanaka Island, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. “Ramanaka Island? My curiosity is kindled for this story now,” Parikshit confessed. Sukha smiled, “Well your curiosity is insatiable. You see human beings are scared of snakes. Hence they try to keep the snakes […]

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