Rama always had a word for everyone in the crowd" (Narayan 6). He gained their respect by thinking of each citizen as a person, not as a subject under his father's rule. Narayana’s depiction of Rama as the ideal son of a king is one who is first a good citizen, fine with whatever he has, even if it is nothing. He told his step-mother, Kaikeyi, who felt threatened by his potential power, "be assured that I will not shirk. I have no interest in kingship, and no attachments to such offices, and no aversion to a forest existence'" (Narayan 45).
Religion Hanuman is a popular deity among the north Indian Hindus because of his role in the epic Ramayana. His leap across the ocean to Lanka, his singlehanded destruction of Lanka, his journey to the Himalayas and flying back with the mountain are a few of Hanuman’s common and popular exploits in Tulsi Das’s version of Ramayana. Hanuman also called as “Mahavir” (the great courageous) is worshipped in countless temples across north India. He stands for two things: strength (Shakti/bal) and devotion (bhakti). These two factors are inter-related; the more perfect the bhakti, the greater his strength.
Krishna, in showing this unlimited and infinite form, offers proof to Arjuna of his divinity. It is coveted by many to be able to see this spectacular form of Krishna, in fact, one may only perceive it through pure devotion, “The vision you have been granted is difficult to attain: even the gods are always longing to behold me like this” (Chapter 11, Verse 52), he goes on to say, “Only by single-minded devotion can I be known as I truly am, Arjuna – can I be seen and entered” (Chapter 11, Verse 54). This chapter calls to attention the question of proof versus faith, and humanity’s need to see in order to believe. After all of Krishna’s teachings and showings, Arjuna still insists on seeing his greatest form with his own eyes. Instead of teaching Arjuna the value of faith, Krishna indulges Arjuna and shows him all that there is to see.
Karma yoga is the first step to attain Moksha. The happiness begotten from moksha encapsulates the joy begotten by earthly pleasure. Such a sthita prajna gives out love to all beings, without expecting anything in return. He is always satisfied with himself. Also, he may have preferences to which he is unattached.
Hence he was bestowed with the name Ganesha! Lord Ganesha is one of the most ardently worshipped deities across the world. But most importantly, he is the Pratham Pujya i.e. the first one to be worshipped during any Puja or auspicious occasion. Significance of Ganapati Sthapana and Visarjan Puja: Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta also states that there is an indestructible
The underlying fact here is that Leo Tolstoy had a virtually sound hand in invoking the idea of peace and non-violence in Gandhi and even Gandhi himself admitted to this. Leo Tolstoy may be a page in Gandhi’s life but that page helped in making an entire history book for
James 1:17 says “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” This verse speaks of the Unchangeable Nature of God. Prior to this verse James describes Spiritual maturity, and part of this maturing process is the testing of faith, and subjection to temptation which is a constant inner struggle of a sinful human nature. Verse 17 is the encouragement that in the midst of testing and temptation we can be sure of God’s “invariable goodness.” He only gives good gifts and “His own perfection and invariability are seen by contrast with the heavenly light-giving bodies, the variation of lights and shadows.” God isn’t like the sun which shines for a time and then hides in the shadows of clouds or of night for a while before shining again. God is always good, and “God’s gifts are invariably good. In all the changes of a changing world they never vary.” A God who never differs from Himself means that “In coming to Him at any time we need not wonder whether we shall find Him in a receptive mood.” We can trust that “He is always consistent with his character of love and righteousness.
Sundaram calls Narayan’s work as “religious fables”. (Dewari 108) Hindu myths had gripped the mind of Narayan which is why it is seen flourishing in themes of most of his fiction. Also the western audience is not unknown to the traditional myths and superstition of Indian society therefore it is never rendered into shock through mild representation such as in Narayan’s work and therefore has been always accommodating. William Walsh once said “the religious sense of Indian myth is a part of Narayan’s reality, of his particular view of human life and his individual way of placing and ordering human feeling and experience.” (Walsh 166-167) We notice in Such Perfection how beautifully Narayan projects the superstition held by villagers on Soma’s Nataraja. The
Varanasi is where most of them live because their most sacred Temple is there. They are devoted worshippers of Lord Shiva, following his footsteps very dearly. They believe that the world is perfect and that whatever happens, happens because of Lord Shiva and therefore everything is perfect and everything is Lord Shiva. Anything on the opposite side, is maya [illusion] to them. The clan is said
Purified of sinful reactions, they take birth on the pious, heavenly planet of Indra, where they enjoy godly delights. The word trai-vidyāḥ refers to the three Vedās -Sāma, Yajur and Ṛg. A brāhmaṇa who has studied these three Vedās is called a tri-vedī. Anyone who is very much attached to knowledge derived from these three Vedās respected in society. Unfortunately, there are many great scholars of the Vedās who do not know the ultimate purport of studying them.