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Vishnu Sahastranam: Sanskrit text

Vishnu Sahastranam, was written in Sanskrit, the language of gods. It is a part of the world's longest epic: Mahabharat Purana or Jai-granth, which translates as 'the scripture of victory'.

Vishnu Sahastranam gives a 1000 names of Vishnu. These were told by Bhishma to Yudhishtir in answer to six questions put to him by Yudhishthir. Yudhishthir wanted to know who to look up to as the highest ideal. Bhishma gave him a 1000 names of God, elaborating on God's qualities, the reason for choosing God as the best friend. Chanting or singing this piece of poetry is said to have therapeutic effect on the body and mind.More...

Suryashtak - Sanksrit text

Suryashtak is an eight-versed tribute in Sanskrit to the sun - the source of all energy. The Sanskrit text for Surya-ashtak is familiar to those familiar with Indian ritual worship. It is mostly recited as the Gayatri mantra is, to the accompaniment of a water offering to the sun at sunrise, or Sandhya puja. It is recommended for wellness in body and mind. Sunrise More...

Ayurveda - gaining ground in the face of synthetic medicine

Ayurveda: using herbs for life

Ayurveda's legacy is legendary. Only that clinical evaluation is bringing Ayurveda to the masses. Turmeric's potency to heal wounds was authenticated by reserach at the Mississippi Medical Centre in the year 1995.

Take the issue of patenting a process for stabilising azadirachtin (neem extract), thus giving this natural insecticide a longer shelf-life. This is not theft of traditional knowledge but an improvement on it. Other inventors can further improve on it, rendering W.R. Grace's patent obsolete. This invention too is based on Ayurveda.

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Sanskrit - Renewed interest...

The Metroploitan Opera, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues registers a new interest...

The Metropolitan Opera Fills House with Sanskrit Lovers:More...

Girija Devi - Thumri Queen - Classical Indian Music

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Girija Devi is a revered icon in Indian music. She belongs to the Benaras gharana and is known as the Thumri Queen. Her repertoire includes, Khayal, Thumri, Chaiti, Kajari, Jhoola, and Hori among others.

Malini Awasthi, a disciple of Girijia Devi in conversation with AnandWay…

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Mainu teri diwani ve Ranjhna...

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Sufi Qawwali is a genre of music developed trans cultures. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sings a song from the famous folk collection of Heer-Ranjha songs, originally written by Sufi saint Waris Shah. Here are the lyrics to 'Mainu teri diwaani ve, Raanjhanaa, duniyaa kehndi e...' It is difficult to draw lines in love, be it sensual or spiritual. Waris Shah eulogises a sensual love story from rural Punjab, dedicating it to his love - God. More...

Creativity as therapy

Creativity as therapy

"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than a cruelly delicate organism with the overpowering neccessity to create, create, create - so that without the creating music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out a creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.": Pearl Buck More...

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