Jataka Tales – The Monkeys and the Ogre (Nalapana-Jataka)

Jataka Tales – The Monkeys and the Ogre (Nalapana-Jataka)

There once was a water-ogre living in a lake within a thick forest.  This particular water-ogre would hide in the lake and would attack and devour any creature that would come down to the lake to drink water.  In this same forest, the Buddha in a previous birth lived...
The happening of Kurma Avatar

The happening of Kurma Avatar

The Ten Avatar (Dasavatar) of Lord Vishnu are: Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama, Rama, Balarama, Krishna, Buddha and Kalki. Kurma Avatar is the 2nd avatar that Lord Vishnu took to bring an end to the chaos in the universe. This avatar occurred in...
The Astika School of Thought – Nyaya School

The Astika School of Thought – Nyaya School

Leading Human Beings to Ultimate Reality Ancient India was clear about the goal of life – to end suffering and experience liberation when living (Jeevan Mukthi). To enable this, depending on the mental model of the person, they created varied offerings. The...
The story of Ashtavakra and his father Kahola

The story of Ashtavakra and his father Kahola

The life of Ashtavakra is narrated in the Ramayana of Valmiki, the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata, the Ashtavakra Gita and Bhavabhuti’s play Uttararamacarita. Rishi Uddalaka, mentioned in the Chandogya Upanishad, had a disciple called Kahola. Uddalaka offered his...