The Atman cannot be cut, burnt, suffer any decay or be dried out. The five forces of nature which are capable of destroying physical elements by their combined actions have no influence on the Atman. That is why it is referred to as nitya or permanent or unchangeable.
The soul or Atman casts off its worn out physical body and takes residence in a newer physical body at regular intervals in time. Just like the clothes that we wear do not represent the real state of our physical body, the state of our physical body (which deteriorates over time and is hence impermanent) does not represent the truly unchangeable and permanent nature of the soul that resides within it.
The omkaaram mantra is chanted to acknowledge one of the most powerful principles of hinduism which is OM. The Upanisads say that the word OM represents the inter-breath, i.e. the gap between the in-breath and the out-breath. OM is the same entity as Brahman.
The ideal of Rama is the reason to celebrate Ramanavami. The story of Rama defines the concept of dharma in the form of the ideal husband, wife, brother and parents. Ramanavami is an ideal day to emulate these ideals in our lives.
Bhagavad Gita on Moksha, Maya, Truth
Adi Shankaracharya was one of the most prominent teachers of the Vedanta philosophy. One of his major contributions to Vedanta was his extensive commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita. The core principles of purity, detachment and renunciation were explained in the previous article. The next three principles from the […]