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Killing Malikappurathamma: There is more to Sabarimala than Constitutional Rights

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Supreme Court is seized of the matter. The five-judge Constitution bench has heard all sides of the argument. Fine high-flaunting law-points. But can Lord Ayyappa and Malikapurathamma be sacrificed and Sabarimala still be saved? What is Ayyappa without eternal celibacy? What is Malikapurathamma without eternal patience? Who will Tripti Desai go to worship, announce […]

Time the Church Took the Confession Test

Reading Time: 4 minutesA woman confessed to pre-marital sex with a priest to another priest. That libido in robes told the secret to two other ‘brothers’. And all three had a time blackmailing her to submit to the missionary position! Four priests in all. It was exploitative. It was humiliating. A report, for Different Truths. A confession in […]

A Tale of Two Villages: Cradle of Spirituality

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn Hooghly district of West Bengal, lie two nondescript yet idyllic villages, Kamarpukur and Jairambati. The two idyllic villages are the birthplaces of Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Saradamoni. Ruchira tells us about a visit to these two divine places, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. In Hooghly district of West Bengal, within a […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Krishna in Mathura – LXXXI

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana recounts the tale of Krishna in Mathura after he had vanquished Kamsa, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. Pariskhit was also moved to tears by the incidents that Sukha was narrating at Mathura. Sukha continued narrating, “Mathura was now a happy city. Everybody was rejoicing the end of a tyrant. Meanwhile, Krishna […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Kamsa and Krishna – LXXX

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana recounts the well-known tale of how Krishna crushed the life out of Kamsa, from the Bhagavatam, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. Sukha took a pause and began narrating the end of Kamsa, “The citizens of Mathura, and the gopalas, in particular, were thoroughly enjoying this festivity. Everyone was rejoicing, apart from Kamsa, […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Wrestlers of Kamsa and Krishna – LXXIX

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana recounts the tale of Krishna and Balarama, the two lads, who vanquished the wrestlers of Kamsa, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. “Krishna had killed so many asuras so easily. He took so much time to kill an elephant!” Pariskshit could not help but wonder. Sukha replied, “Krishna was just entertaining the […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Kuvalayapida and Krishna – LXXVIII

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana retells the famous story from the Bhagavatam about how Krishna vanquished Kuvalayapida, the mighty elephant of Kamsa, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. Sukha was narrating Krishna’s stay in Mathura to Parikshit. “The next morning, the entire city was dressed up for the festival. The great bow was already broken by Krishna […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Krishna Breaks the Great Bow – LXXVII

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana recounts a rale from the Bhagavatam about how Krishna broke the great bow of Kamsa. His men tried to catch Balarama and Krishna but they both took up a piece of the broken bow and beat up their assailants. Kamsa was worried, says the author, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. “So the […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Krishna in Mathura – LXXVI

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana recounts the tale of Balarama and Krishna in Mathura from the Bhagavatam, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. “A city must be very new for Balarama, Krishna and his friends. Till now they were just living amidst nature.” Parikshit reflected. “Oh, yes,” Sukadeva said, “it was all very new to them. And […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Vision of Akrura – LXXV

Reading Time: 3 minutesNilanjana recounts the tale of Akrura’s vision, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. “Akrura was so lucky that he got to ride Balarama and Krishna!” Parikshit observed. Sukhadeva responded, “Yes, he was even blessed with a divine vision! When he was riding the chariot that was taking Balarama and Krishna to Mathura from Vrindavan, […]