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Science and Spirituality - A Jugalbandi or entwined twins!

Hello all, Namaste! Until now we tried to discuss some Spirituality, Vedic astrology and Metaphysics. There is another area that is very close to my heart, which I want to discuss today. I want to write about Science and how I feel Science and Spirituality are stronger together than being apart and how after deep contemplation we may come to realize that one cannot stand apart from the other. I myself am not sure how to put my thought process into words. But I will give it my best try! To start with what does the word Jugalbandi means? 'Jugalbandi' is a performance in Hindustani classical music where a duet of two solo musicians is rendered. According to Wikipedia, it literally means 'entwined twins'. In the performance, both musicians act as principal players and they complement each other to bring a competitive spirit to the performance. So here I am trying to say Science and Spirituality are two lead performers creating their music together to bring out a great

Every one of us is an Arjuna! Part 2

Hello all, Namaste! Last week we discussed how Arjuna was given 'upadesa' or divine advice by Krishna, the divine Self in the human form. We analyzed the scenario where Arjuna was reluctant to fight the battle. How about today we discuss a new version of the same scene with a twist that can happen in anyone's life. Arjuna is standing on the same battlefield and overwhelmed with a different kind of problem, namely a mid-life crisis. Sometimes in our life, a crisis pokes its head around the middle of our life and then suddenly we are jolted into the realization that something, which we had perceived as worthwhile to do loses its importance and we are thrust into an entirely new terrain with no experience or skill. Let me elaborate this landscape more with two examples. Scene 1:   It was Durban, South Africa on 7th June 1893. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (now Mahatma Gandhi ) was a young lawyer who had come from India on indentured labor. He was supposed to travel to Pre

Every one of us is an Arjuna! Part 1

Hello all, Namaste! Today I am going to write about Mythology and how we can bring it into our everyday lives. Before starting this post, I want to mention that many times when I am reading a book or an article and later contemplating on them, insights flash across my mind like a lightning bolt. So some of the ideas I am going to discuss here came as insights to me. This is one of the very authentic resources I found, which can be of help in analyzing the ideas further. Most probably many of you have heard about the epic Mahabharata and how in the middle of the story, in a battlefield called 'Kurukshetra'; two sets of cousins fight over land, surrounded by army, cavalry and elephants; the main warrior Arjuna is given philosophical guidance by Krishna, who is  God or the Universal wisdom depicted as an 'avatar' in a human form. The scene unfolds like this. The cousins 'Pandavas' and 'Kauravas ' have decided to wage a war over the right to the ki

Vedic astrology - My perspective

Hello all, Namaste! Until now we were discussing philosophy, culture and a bit of biology. How about Astrology for a change, which is another area I am very much interested in. There is both Vedic astrology and Western astrology and I am interested in the Vedic. This is the knowledge that was passed down orally during Vedic times and later written down as part of Vedic scriptures. It is as vast as an ocean and I consider myself standing in front of that ocean, awed at the depth and breadth of it. In this post wherever I mention astrology, please assume it as Vedic astrology. There are many astrologers who are efficient in predictions or guiding people in the right direction. But there are also astrologers who use their knowledge to take undue advantage of people and make them fearful of everyday life. Can we dissect and see how can we apply astrology as a tool of guidance and use it more aptly?   Horoscope - a light house to show the way of life! Image credits - OK, ho

True path!

Namaste!  Many a time when one finds their true path in life, it will be laden with flowering trees, a bench to take a short break and shade to walk on the path with a beautiful bright Sun. May each one of us find our true path- our Dharma!   Note: Image by Swaroopa .  Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, "There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance ; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried".     All rights reserved to the author (SwaroopaStargazer) and SwaroopaBlog. To my Blog readers : As all of you know, the European Union has passed laws regarding the co

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