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    Seeker: Are there degrees of enlightenment?■ Andrew Cohen: Well, there are many different ways to answer that question. But one way is to say that there aren’t degrees of enlightenment — there are only degrees of unenlightenment. The degree to...

    The Degrees Of Unenlightenment
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    By ASHA KASBEKAR on 23/10/2020

    During the monsoons in India in 2019, the ground floor of a 150-year-old library in Sangli, Maharashtra, the Sangli Zilla Nagar Vachanalaya, crammed from floor-to-ceiling with around 40,000 old books and manuscripts, was submerged under eight feet of...

    ‘Digitise palm leaf scrolls’
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    By RAJYOGINI DADI GULZAR on 23/10/2020

    The festivals of Navaratri and Dussehra celebrated in the month of Ashwin, have several characteristics in common. Durga slays the buffalo-demon Mahishasura after nine days of pitched battle with his evil forces. Rama annihilates the ten-headed...

    'Celebrating Vijayadashmi'
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    By SWAMI CHINMAYANANDA on 23/10/2020

    The day after Navaratri, Vijayadashami, also called Dussehra, signifies removal of ignorance and welcoming of knowledgeYou and I, our real nature is absolute bliss and knowledge. We try to reach these states with the help of mind and intellect. But...

    New Learning, Fresh Beginning
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    By RAM KRISHNA SINHA on 16/10/2020

    Shakti is the divine force, energy; it manifests to destroy demonic and evil forces, and restores balance. As an archetype, Mother Durga, as a fierce warrior who kills the demon Mahishasura and other evil creatures, is invoked as a universal source...

    Shakti Is Energy, Not Power
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    By HARSHA V DEHEJIA on 16/10/2020

    HARSHA V DEHEJIA narrates the story of how yakshis, semi-celestials, came to symbolise fertility and prakriti, natureIn one of the Indus Valley seals, dated to approximately 5,000 years ago, a woman is shown standing within a stylised pipal tree....

    Feminine Love & Longing
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    By Narayani Ganesh on 16/10/2020

    Walking is therapy, says JONO LINEEN, curator, National Museum of Australia, who has solo-trekked 2,700 km across the Himalayas. At the Khushwant Singh LitFest held recently, LINEEN says to NARAYANI GANESH that it was a cathartic experience; it...

    Walking Yatra
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    A system of education that teaches fear, greed, jealousy, competition and which initiates the fever of ambition — how can such education be the propagator of knowledge? How can such education be liberating? It is a propagator of deadly diseases....

    So Much Hypocrisy
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    Let’s ensure that the antim yatra, final journey, of a Covid-19 victim is dignified and as per constitutional rights, says EZEKIEL ISAAC MALEKARWe have been living in a quarantined world, in isolation with social distancing, to prevent spread of...

    A Dignified Farewell
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    By SAMEER GOLWELKAR on 09/10/2020

    Humanity has struggled to resolve problems of the mind since ages; but problems have only magnified with time. One wonders as to why sufficient awareness and knowledge have not percolated for subjective well-being. Why are we still suffering from...

    Let’s Not Give Importance To The Mind
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