“Religion is for people who’re afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who’ve already been there.” ~ Vine Deloria Jr.
If the sun claims that it has power over the moon, let it shine in the night – Central African Proverb
A wise man remembers his friends at all times; a fool, only when he has need of them. ~ Turkish Proverb
“Most people have spent more time in their human conditioning and self imposed limitations than any time spent in liberation and empowerment, the disappearance and dissolving of human conditioning actually triggers the grief of loss.” ~ Matt Karn
Bhojana is a Sanskrit word that means “food,” “meal” and “enjoyment.” Even though bhojana is most often associated with eating, it can refer to the enjoyment of food through sensory impressions, such as smell and sight. In the spiritual traditions that originated in India, bhojana plays a key role in worship, life and even medicine.
In the life of a devout Hindu, bhojana is an important part of the daily routine and is considered a divine act in itself. In Hindu worship, food is offered to the deities and then distributed to the faithful at the end of the service. In Ayurveda, dietary regimens based on the seasons are used to prevent illness and dietary changes are prescribed for healing.
“Life and death and rebirth live within me.” ~ Alberto Villoldo
Those who get lost on the way to school will never find their way through life. ~ German Proverb
Nirukta is a Sanskrit word that means “explained” or “interpreted.” It is one of the six auxiliary disciplines known as the Vedangas, which support the study of the Vedas and other Hindu scriptures. Nirukta is the study of etymology and is concerned with proper interpretation of the Sanskrit words, given their context in the ancient texts.
Written in Sanskrit, the Vedas laid the foundation for both yoga and Hinduism. Sanskrit words can often have various meanings, and to further complicate matters, the Vedas contain obscure and even unknown words. The study of nirukta delves into the origins and meanings of these words and the phrases they form, allowing clearer interpretation of the Vedas.