Hinduism and Buddhism Main Differences
Feb 28, 2020
Both Hinduism and Buddhism originated in India. With a long shared-history of at least 2500 years, they have many similarities and differences. Both are also complex. In this we focus upon a few important differences between them. Buddhism is an organized religion with a well-formed Sangha or the brotherhood of monks....
Feb 28, 2018
India is the only country where its ancient culture and native faiths survived centuries of foreign oppression, colonialism, imperialism, the Industrial revolution, two World Wars, scientific rationalism, and an organized onslaught by well-funded foreign institutions to undermine and degrade them. India is also the...
Does God Possess a Specific Name and Form?
Jan 22, 2018
A few thoughts on how Brahman (God) should be worshipped or approached, and whether he has a specific name and form. Occasionally you come across people who dispute the notion that God is impersonal and formless. According to them God cannot be impersonal or formless. For them, God is personal and possesses specific,...
An Important Lesson From the Bhagavadgita
Jan 8, 2018
The Bhagavadgita contains many lessons. The one presented in this podcast is very important. It is indeed the heart of Bhagavadgita wisdom. Those who understand it do not judge people by their actions but look to the motive and use their discernment to know whether those actions are justified or not. Find out what...
Sep 21, 2017
Ganesha is one of the most popular gods of Hinduism. He is worshipped by millions of Hindus all over the world in temples and at homes, sometimes in public also. This audio by Jayaram V explains the hidden symbolism and significance of Ganesha in the human body and in creation as the son of Shiva and Parvathi.
Learning From Nature Through Observation
Dec 19, 2016
In this audio presentation Jayaram V suggests the importance of learning important lessons of life from Nature through simple observation.
Dec 1, 2015
Is the world an illusion. An examination of the proposition of Advaita that the world is unreal and has no basis in eternity.
Why Are Religions So Destructive?
Nov 24, 2015
Why are Religions So Destructive? Why do they cause strife? And what can you do about it? This presentation is about religions that promote group identity and incite religious passions.
Aug 27, 2015
The archetypal meaning, cultural significance and symbolism of the moon (Chandra) in Hinduism
Aug 4, 2015
This audio is about why it is difficult to explain or remember transcendental states experienced by yogis in deep meditation. In a world without duality there is neither the knower nor the known. There is a process of knowing that is not within the grasp of the mind and the senses since they do not participate in...
Jun 23, 2015
A presentation on the importance and significance of Manusmriti or the Laws of Manu in the historical development of Hinduism and a critical overview of its contents and themes.
The Meaning of Yoga In the Context of the Bhagavadgita
May 20, 2015
This is the audio version of a chapter from the Book, Essays on the Bhagavadgita by Jayaram V, titled The Meaning of Yoga in the Context of the Bhagavadgita. The author explains how the definition of yoga is different from the classical definition of yoga mentioned in the Yogasutras and why it is significant.
Apr 6, 2015
A brief presentation on the symbolism of Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu and the godess of wealth, health and fortune.
Should Hinduism Be Called Sanatana Dharma?
Mar 5, 2015
This presentation explores the meaning of Sanatana Dharma and in what context or for valid reasons Hinduism qualifies as Sanatana Dharma. This is part of an essay on the same subject available at Hinduwebsite.com
Jan 17, 2014
Hinduism is going through a moral and spiritual crisis. Present day Hindus are forgetting their values and ideals. They should be concerned about the degradation that happened to Hinduism in the last hundred years.
Dec 26, 2013
Who am I? I am Jayaram. The IAM part is constant in all while the Jayaram part remain different and separate. It is the latter part which creates the diversity.
Significance of the Vedas in Hinduism
Nov 27, 2013
About the ritual and spiritual significance of the Vedas in Hinduism and why they are held with such great importance in Hinduism
Death is a Phase in the Journey of Life
Nov 26, 2013
Death is a phase in the life of a being, a door to another existence. It is a pause in the long journey of the soul upon earth. In death is hidden the process of renewal, a new becoming, a new opportunity for the soul to begin anew, atone for the past, and make peace with it.
Nov 7, 2013
This is the audio version of a chapter entitled "Brahman in Vedic Tradition," from the book Brahman by Jayaram V published by Pure Life Vision LLC.
Oct 21, 2013
Liberation in a general sense means liberation from whatever that holds you back or keeps in check. There are many types of liberation. We speak here only two types of liberation, spiritual liberation and mental liberation. Mental liberation means freedom from the conditioning to which we are subject. It is liberation...
Jul 6, 2013
in Hinduism violence (himsa) not only means injuring or hurting others through force but also causing disturbances within oneself or others through intentional physical and mental actions.
Jul 6, 2013
What suffering means in Hinduism and how it needs to be resolved.
Life and Death - Symbolism of Siva in the Body
May 25, 2013
Siva means the auspicious. That auspicious quality comes from his being present in the macrocosm as well as in the microcosm as the purifier, liberator and sustainer. By His mere presence, the world comes to life and so also the body.
May 21, 2013
This audio is based on the descriptions of sense organs in the Upanishads. The sense organs are considered the divinities living in the human body, which is similar to the body of the Cosmic Being and considered a microcosm (Viraj)
May 11, 2013
Hinduism is not an easy religion to practice. Centuries of oppression corrupted the Hindu mind with conflicting values. Hindus ought to be aware of the implications of disobeying the moral codes and the virtues of good human conduct. They ought to be aware of the consequences of their own actions that lead to...
A Note on the Translation of the Chandogya Upanishad
Apr 24, 2013
The Chandogya and Brihadaranyaka Upanishads are like the two eyes or two wheels of the Vedanta. Without studying them, it is difficult to gain insight into the Vedic philosophy and mindset. Both cover a wide range of topics and provide a rare glimpse, to a keen observer, into the origins of Hinduism and the...
Experiences in translating the Selected Upanishads
Apr 6, 2013
In this brief presentation, Jayaram speaks about his experiences in translating the 16 major Upanishads, which are due for publication in three books in a few weeks.
Mar 30, 2013
Upanishads are best understood when you have a good knowledge of Vedic ritual terminology and the Vedic imagery hidden in the verses. Your understanding improves greatly if you pay deep attention to the verses. The Upanishads are mostly fragments of knowledge gleaned from various sources overtime and compiled into their...
Nature's Secret is Our Eternal Dharma
Mar 15, 2013
Our seers noticed this hidden design in the component realities of Nature. They observed both the unity and diversity in the manifestation of the world. They realized that the creation of God was built on the principle of cooperation and service and the purpose of each component of creation and each entity of creation...
Panca Darshanas - The Five Means to Knowledge
Mar 9, 2013
I think for our personal growth and development, we need to adapt a multipronged approach to learning. We need to use various perspectives or approaches to cultivate an all-round knowledge and stretch our minds in every possible direction to assimilate whatever knowledge we can gather in the course of our lives. We need...
Jan 29, 2013
Saivism is a major sect of Hinduism. In fact, like Vaishnavism, it is a religion in itself. Until medieval times, it was also the most popular sect of Hinduism, with widest following. The Sect regards Lord Siva as the Brahman Himself and all other divinities as aspects of Him. The origins of this sect are probably...
Jan 26, 2013
Each and everyone of us has an opportunity to practice yoga and enter into deeper states to see for ourselves what is hidden in each of us, where there is anything beyond this flux which we call as our consciousness or awareness. Mere intellectual knowledge does not help us to remain awake in deep sleep. But through...