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Now, that light, which shines

beyond the whole creation,

beyond everything,

in the highest worlds which are unsurpasingly good,

it is certainly this which is the light

within a person.

 

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Chandogya Upanishad 3.13.7

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A very important Sutra from the Chandogya Upanishad, in which it is said that the root of the whole world is the same as the root of a person. Thus the Universe has Brahman as its root, and the individual person also has Brahman as its root. This is the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta.

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P,J,Mazumdar is the author of “The Circle of Fire”, a book on Advaita Vedanta and Yoga. To read further on Advaita Vedanta philosophy, please go here for an overview of the basic principles and logic of Advaita:

-> Advaita Philosophy

To read more articles on various aspects of Hinduism, Enlightenment, Upanishads, etc. from the website thecircleoffire.com, please click here:

-> Advaita Vedanta Yoga

You can look up the book on Amazon here: The Circle of Fire.

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What God, of those who hear, is he

whose well-praised name we may record in this our sacrifice;

and how?
Who will be gracious? Who of many give us bliss? Who out of all the Host

will come to lend us aid?
The will and thoughts within my breast

exert their power: they yearn with love,

and fly to all the regions round.

 

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Rig Veda 10.64.

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An evocative sutra from the Rig Veda, describing the yearning for God in the sacrificer’s mind, and an earnest supplication for His blessings.

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P,J,Mazumdar is the author of “The Circle of Fire”, a book on Advaita Vedanta and Yoga. To read further on Advaita Vedanta philosophy, please go here for an overview of the basic principles and logic of Advaita:

-> Advaita Philosophy

To read more articles on various aspects of Hinduism, Enlightenment, Upanishads, etc. from the website thecircleoffire.com, please click here:

-> Advaita Vedanta Yoga

You can look up the book on Amazon here: The Circle of Fire.

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O good looking one,

by what logic can existence

verily come out of non-existence?

But surely, O good looking one,

in the beginning all this was Existence,

one only, without a second.

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Chandogya Upanishad 6.2.2.

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A very important sutra from the Chandogya Upanishad, in which the Rishi explains to his disciple the logic of the Advaita Vedanta philosophy. Something cannot come out of nothing, since the universe exists now, and is finite, there must have been something that existed before the universe, something that is Infinite.

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P,J,Mazumdar is the author of “The Circle of Fire”, a book on Advaita Vedanta and Yoga. To read further on Advaita Vedanta philosophy, please go here for an overview of the basic principles and logic of Advaita:

-> Advaita Philosophy

To read more articles on various aspects of Hinduism, Enlightenment, Upanishads, etc. from the website thecircleoffire.com, please click here:

-> Advaita Vedanta Yoga

You can look up the book on Amazon here: The Circle of Fire.

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O thou who art the nourisher,

the solitary traveler, the controller,

the acquirer, the son of Prajapati,

do remove thy rays,

do gather up thy dazzle.

I shall behold by thy grace

that form of thine which is most benign.

I am that very person

who is yonder in the sun.

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Isa Upanishad 16.

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A very important sutra from the Isa Upanishad, is which oblation is paid to the sun. Here also is declared the philosophy of Monism. That which is the root of our self, Brahman, is also the root of all that exists. Hence is declared, I am that very person who is yonder in the sun.

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P,J,Mazumdar is the author of “The Circle of Fire”, a book on Advaita Vedanta and Yoga. To read further on Advaita Vedanta philosophy, please go here for an overview of the basic principles and logic of Advaita:

-> Advaita Philosophy

To read more articles on various aspects of Hinduism, Enlightenment, Upanishads, etc. from the website thecircleoffire.com, please click here:

-> Advaita Vedanta Yoga

You can look up the book on Amazon here: The Circle of Fire.

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There is no doubt that Churchill was instrumental as the man who kept up the British morale during her worst hour, and led the British  in their fight back against the Nazis.

But at the same time, it is also true that he was an indomitable racist, and this racism was not just a quiet personal oddity, as many historians try to veil it, but an active malevolent hatred of other peoples, that led him to active genocide.

The first clear instances of this were his First World War era involvement in the various atrocities perpetrated by the Imperial forces of Britian. Churchill was not a leader in these, but a joyful participant who seemed to actually enjoy the blood letting. Link: Churchill’s Empire

Another well known historical fact is when he handed over the anti-Soviet army soldiers after World War II to Stalin, who immediately had them killed in various ways. Link: Rense.com

Now, a recent book has brought into glaring light Churchill’s active complicity in a terrible devastation, the Bengal Famine.

The Bengal famine occurred in 1942, and it is remarkable that it occurred at a time when there was no major crop failure.

In her book, “Churchill’s Secret War”, Madhusree Mukerjee brings out in apalling detail the complicity of the entire British administration, and in particular, Churchill’s role, in allowing the death of 3 million people.

The famine occurred entirely because of the panic stricken reaction of the British forces when Japan conquered Burma, who destroyed all roads, bullock carts, boats, etc. in Bengal to prevent them falling into the hands of the Japanese if they reached there. This might be somewhat condoned as a war game, but it is what followed afterwards that puts the blame squarely on Churchill.

As the massive famine followed, British officials again pleaded for import of food. Huge stocks of food were being acquired in the Mediterranean region and ships full of grains were passing from Australlia by the Bay of Bengal, but Churchill steadfastedly refused to allow the diversion of any of the grains to Bengal. It was obvious to everyone, including Churchill, that the British had themselves created this famine, and also that some of the food could be diverted safely without any hindrance to the war effort. But Churchill decided instead to let 3 million die and go for exagarrated precaution for the troops.

There was a direct moral responsibility in this. There is no doubt that this decision directly led to the deaths of the Bengal famine, but in the racist and xenophobic atmosphere that Churchill built up around himself, the deaths were unimportant.

Churchill no doubt was as much a genocidal maniac as Stalin, Pol Pot and also Hitler, and was as capable as them of letting millions die without any moral qualms.

Link: Churchill’s Secret War

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P,J,Mazumdar is the author of “The Circle of Fire”, a book on Advaita Vedanta and Yoga. To read further on Advaita Vedanta philosophy, please go here for an overview of the basic principles and logic of Advaita:

-> Advaita Philosophy

To read more articles on various aspects of Hinduism, Enlightenment, Upanishads, etc. from the website thecircleoffire.com, please click here:

-> Advaita Vedanta Yoga

You can look up the book on Amazon here: The Circle of Fire.

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Where are they now today? Where art thou,

the Gods in heaven?
Who is the man ye strive to reach?

Who of your suppliants is with you?
Whom do ye visit, whom approach?

To whom direct your harnessed car?
With whose devotions are ye pleased?

We long for you to further us.

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Rig Veda 5.74

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A hymn from the Rig Veda, showing the earlier naturalism of Hinduism. This is a supplication made to the Gods of nature, asking for their boons and blessings, and offering prayers to them.

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P,J,Mazumdar is the author of “The Circle of Fire”, a book on Advaita Vedanta and Yoga. To read further on Advaita Vedanta philosophy, please go here for an overview of the basic principles and logic of Advaita:

-> Advaita Philosophy

To read more articles on various aspects of Hinduism, Enlightenment, Upanishads, etc. from the website thecircleoffire.com, please click here:

-> Advaita Vedanta Yoga

You can look up the book on Amazon here: The Circle of Fire.

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The Self which has no sin, no decrepitude,

no death, no sorrow, no hunger, no thirst,

has unfailing desires, unfailing will-

that has to be known.

That has to be enquired into.

He who, after knowing the self realizes it,

attains all the world and all the desires..

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Chandogya Upanishad 8.7.1

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An evocative Sutra from the Chandogya Upanishad extolling the Self, or the Brahman within us. This Self is all powerful, and it is free from all imperfections. The Self is all prevailing, and the person who realizes the Self can also become all prevailing.

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P,J,Mazumdar is the author of “The Circle of Fire”, a book on Advaita Vedanta and Yoga. To read further on Advaita Vedanta philosophy, please go here for an overview of the basic principles and logic of Advaita:

-> Advaita Philosophy

To read more articles on various aspects of Hinduism, Enlightenment, Upanishads, etc. from the website thecircleoffire.com, please click here:

-> Advaita Vedanta Yoga

You can look up the book on Amazon here: The Circle of Fire.

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The Purusha, the indwelling self,

of the size of a thumb,

is ever seated in the hearts of men.

One should unerringly separate him from one’s body

like a stalk from the munja grass.

One should know him as pure and immortal.

Him one should know as pure and immortal.

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Katha Upanishad 2.3.17

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A very important sutra from the Katha Upanishad describing the Self within. To know the Self is the ultimate goal of all, and we should use discernment and discrimination if order to know It apart from the human body.

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P,J,Mazumdar is the author of “The Circle of Fire”, a book on Advaita Vedanta and Yoga.

To read further on Advaita Vedanta philosophy, please go here for an overview of the basic principles and logic of Advaita:

–> Advaita Philosophy

To read more articles on various aspects of Hinduism, Enlightenment, Upanishads, etc. from the website thecircleoffire.com, please click here:

–> Advaita Vedanta Yoga

You can look up the book on Amazon here: The Circle of Fire.

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This self of mine within the heart,

is smaller than a paddy or barley or mustard

or a syamaka seed .

This self of mine within the heart,

is greater than this earth, greater than

the intermediate space, greater than heaven,

greater than all these worlds.

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Chandogya Upanishad 3.14.3

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A beautiful evocative sutra from the Chandogya Upanishad extolling the greatness of the Self, which is all pervading. The Self cannot be defined by size, and is to be found within the smallest of particles, and at the same time pervading the entire Universe.

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P,J,Mazumdar is the author of “The Circle of Fire”, a book on Advaita Vedanta and Yoga. To learn more on the philosophy of the Advaita Vedanta philosophy, please click here for an article on Advaita Yoga :

Advaita Philosophy

To read more articles on various aspects of Hinduism, Enlightenment, Upanishads, etc. from the website thecircleoffire.com, please click here: Advaita Vedanta Yoga

You can look up the book on Amazon here: The Circle of Fire.

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This self is the ruler of all beings,

and the king of all beings.

Just as all the spokes are fixed on the nave

and the felloe of a chariot wheel,

so are all the beings, all gods, all worlds,

all organs and all these individual selves

fixed in this self.

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Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.4.14

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One of the most important Sutras from the Upanishads. In this Sutra, Brahman is described as the root of the whole world, both the material non-living world and our conscious selves. We all arise from Brahman and depend on it for our reality, just as the spokes of a wheel depend on the center. We are all like different spokes on this wheel.

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To read more on Advaita Vedanta, please click here for an overview: Advaita Philosophy

To read more articles on various aspects of Hinduism, Enlightenment, Upanishads, etc. from the website thecircleoffire.com, please click here: Advaita Vedanta Yoga

You can look up the book on Amazon here: The Circle of Fire.

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