The Paramacharya Speaks  

The Paramacharya Speaks  

General Notes (Five Chapters)




Translator's Note

For the Reader's Attention

 Part 1: Religion In General (Seven Chapters)

Chapter 1: Dharma Alone Protects

Chapter 2: Papa and Punya 

Chapter 3: The Purpose of Religion

Chapter 4: Man and Beast 

Chapter 5: Devotion Common to all Faiths 

Chapter 6: The Unity of Religions 

Chapter 7: Qualities of Religious Teachers 

 Part 2: The Vedic Religion: Introductory (Five Chapters)

Chapter 1: The Religion without a Name 

Chapter 2: The Universal Religion 

Chapter 3 : Distinctive Features of Sanathan Dharma 

Chapter 4: The Vedas - the Root of All 

Chapter 5: The Vedas in their Original Form 

 Part 3: The Vedic Religion And Varna Dharma (Ten Chapters)

Chapter 1: Division of Labour 

Chapter 2: What is Varna Dharma? 

Chapter 3: Unity in Diversity

Chapter 4: Divided by Work but still of One Heart

Chapter 5: Why Only in This Country

Chapter 6: Who is Responsible for the Decay of Varna Dharma? 

Chapter 7: Preserving the Vedas: Why it is a Lifetime Mission 

Chapter 8: The Least Expected of Brahmins 

Chapter 9: Is Cutting off the Head a Cure for Headache? 

Chapter 10: My Work 

 Part 4: The Sastras And Modern Life (Four Chapters)

Chapter 1: The Cure for the Disease called Modern Civilization 

Chapter 2: Religion and Society 

Chapter 3 : Neither too Much Ease nor too Many Comforts 

Chapter 4: Sastra or Conscience? 

 Part 5: The Vedas (Forty-three Chapters)

Chapter 1: The Basic Texts of Hinduism: Our Ignorance of Them 

Chapter 2: Why Religion?

Chapter 3: The Fourteen Abodes of Knowledge  

Chapter 4: Past Glory and Present Shame

Chapter 5: The Root of Our Religion

Chapter 6: Eternal 

Chapter 7: Sound and Creation

Chapter 8: Western Vedic Research 

Chapter 9: Date of the Vedas: Inquiry not Proper 

Chapter 10: Methods of Chanting 

Chapter 11: Word of God

Chapter 12 : The Vedas are Infinite 

Chapter 13: Mantrayoga 

Chapter 14: Sound and Meaning 

Chapter 15: The Glory of the Vedas 

Chapter 16: Yajna or Sacrifice

Chapter 17: Not in Other Religions

Chapter 18: The Threefold Purpose of Yajna 

Chapter 19: The Celestials and Mortals Help Each Other 

Chapter 20: The Capacity to Work and the Capacity to Protect

Chapter 21: Rites for Celestials and Rites for Fathers 

Chapter 22: The Purpose of Sacrifices

Chapter 23: Is Sacrificial Killing Justified? 

Chapter 24: Animal Sacrifice in the Age of Kali 

Chapter 25: The One Goal

Chapter 26: Those Who Conduct Sacrifices

Chapter 27: The Four Vedas 

Chapter 28: To Discover The One Truth 

Chapter 29: Brahmana and Aranyaka 

Chapter 30: The Upanisads 

Chapter 31: The Brahmasutra

Chapter 32: Veda and Vedanta: Are They Opposed to One Another? 

Chapter 33: The Ten Upanisads 

Chapter 34: What do the Vedas Teach Us? 

Chapter 35: Essence of the Upanisadic Teaching 

Chapter 36: Vedic Sakhas

Chapter 37: Brahmins and Non-Brahmins

Chapter 38: Sakhas now Studied

Chapter 39: Duty of Brahmins

Chapter 40: Veda Bhasya

Chapter 41: My Duty 

Chapter 42: Greatness of the Vedas

Chapter 43: The Six Limbs of the Vedas

 Part 6: Siksa (Fourteen Chapters)

Chapter 1: Nose of the Vedapurusa 

Chapter 2: Yoga and Speech

Chapter 3: Root Language - Sanskrit

Chapter 4: Pronunciation

Chapter 5: Scripts 

Chapter 7: Languages and Scripts: Indian and Foreign

Chapter 8: Aksamala

Chapter 9: Importance of Enunciation and Intonation

Chapter 10: Versions with Slight Differences 

Chapter 11: Vedic Vocalisation and the Regional 

Chapter 12: Impact of Siksa Sastra

Chapter 13: Names of Months 

Chapter 14: Other Notable Aspects of Siksa 

 Part 7: Vyakarana (Six Chapters)

Chapter 1: Mouth of the Vedapurusa

Chapter 2: Grammar and Siva

Chapter 3: Works on Grammar 

Chapter 4: Sanskrit and Tamil Grammar 

Chapter 5: Sanskrit: The Universal Language

Chapter 6: Linguistic Studies and Religion 

 Part 8: Chandas (Seven Chapters)

Chapter 1: Foot of the Vedapurusa

Chapter 2: Pada or Foot

Chapter 3: Feet and Syllables 

Chapter 4: How Poetry was born

Chapter 5: Some Metrical Forms 

Chapter 6: Uses of Chandas Sastra

Chapter 7: Foot for the Vedas, Nose for the Mantras

 Part 9: Nirukta (One Chapter)

Chapter 1: Ear of the Vedapurusa

 Part 10: Jyotisa (Nine Chapters)

Chapter 1: Eye of the Vedapurusa 

Chapter 2: Astronomy and Astrology

Chapter 3: Ancient Mathematical Treatises 

Chapter 4: Planets, Stars 

Chapter 5: The Grahas and Human Life 

Chapter 6: Omens, Signs 

Chapter 7: Modern Discoveries in Ancient Works

Chapter 8: Not Blind Belief

Chapter 9: Empirical Proof

 Part 11: Kalpa (One Chapter)

Chapter 1: Hand of the Vedapurusa

 Part 12: Mimamasa - Karmamarga (Twelve Chapters)

Chapter 1: Explication of Vedic Laws 

Chapter 2: No Concept of God in Mimamsa 

Chapter 3 : Nyaya and Mimamsa: They brought about the Decline of Buddhism 

Chapter 4: Buddhism and Indian Society 

Chapter 5: Sankara and Non-Vedantic Systems

Chapter 6: Sankhya 

Chapter 7: Mimamsa and Adi Sankara

Chapter 8: Determining the Meaning of Vedic Texts

Chapter 9: Mimamsa Beliefs

Chapter 10: Sankara's Reply

Chapter 11: Vedanta and Mimamsa

Chapter 12: How Mimamsa is Esteemed 

 Part 13: Nyaya (Eight Chapters)

Chapter 1: Science of Reasoning 

Chapter 2: Padarthas 

Chapter 3: Pramanas 

Chapter 6: Tarka Treatises

Chapter 7: Cause of Creation 

Chapter 8: Some Stories and Some Arguments 

 Part 14: Puranas (Twenty Chapters)

Chapter 1: Magnifying Glass of the Vedas 

Chapter 2: Puranas and History 

Chapter 3: Are the Puranas a Lie of Are They Metaphorical? 

Chapter 4: Meaningful even if Imaginary 

Chapter 5: Vyasa's Priceless Gift to Us  

Chapter 6: Upa-puranas and Others

Chapter 7: Itihasas and Puranas 

Chapter 8: The Epics and their Greatness 

Chapter 9: Why Differences among the Gods?  

Chapter 10: The One as Many  

Chapter 11: Many paths to the One Goal 

Chapter 12: Who Taught the Puranas? 

Chapter 13: They Speak like a Friend 

Chapter 15: Sthala Puranas 

Chapter 16: The Authenticity of Sthala Puranas  

Chapter 17: Interconnected Stories  

Chapter 18: Importance of Sthala Puranas 

Chapter 19: Preserving the Puranas 

Chapter 20: Palm-leaf Manuscripts in Libraries  

 Part 15: Dharmasastra (Eight Chapters)

Chapter 1: Realising the Ideals of the Puranas 

Chapter 2: Smritis and Allied Works 

Chapter 3: Vaidyanatha-Diksitiyam  

Chapter 4: Freedom and Discipline

Chapter 5: Signs and Marks  

Chapter 6: Smritis - not Independent Works 

Chapter 7: The Source of Smritis is the Vedas 

Chapter 8: Sruti-Smriti - Srauta-Smarta  

 Part 16: The Forty Samskaras (Ten Chapters)

Chapter 1: Samskara 

Chapter 2: Paradise or the Path of Atmajnana?  

Chapter 3: Three Types of Worlds 

Chapter 4: Meaning of Samskara  

Chapter 5: The Eight Qualities 

Chapter 6: Gunas in Practical Life 

Chapter 7: Importance of Agni 

Chapter 8: Names of Samskaras 

Chapter 9: Samskaras Performed by Parents  

Chapter 10: Why not All Samskaras for All? 

 Part 17: Brahmacaryasrama (Fifteen Chapters)

Chapter 1: Upanayana 

Chapter 2: The Sastras and Popular Custom  

Chapter 3: Basic to the Vedic Tradition  

Chapter 4: Qualities of a Brahmacarin 

Chapter 5: Naisthika Brahmacarya and Family Life 

Chapter 6: Upanayana: When to Perform It? 

Chapter 7: Models to Follow  

Chapter 8: Why Early Upanayana  

Chapter 9: Domestic Life and the Carnal Desire 

Chapter 10: Gayatri  

Chapter 11: The Brahmin must keep his Body Pure  

Chapter 12: Gayatri and Sandhyavandana 

Chapter 13: Other Aspects of Sandhyavandana  

Chapter 14: What about Women?  

Chapter 15: The High Status of Our Women  

 Part 18: Marriage (Seventeen Chapters)

Chapter 1: For the Practise of Dharma

Chapter 2: Upanayana for Girls 

Chapter 3: The Age of Marriage and the Law  

Chapter 4: Controversy about Age of Marriage  

Chapter 5: Eight Forms of Marriage 

Chapter 6: Our Duty Now  

Chapter 7: Make Marriages Simple  

Chapter 8: Duty of Motherhood 

Chapter 9: Duty of the Bridegroom  

Chapter 10: Arrangements made by the Matha 

Chapter 11: The Real Reform  

Chapter 12: Working Women

Chapter 13: Any Use Talking?  

Chapter 14: Marriage Expenses and the Sastras  

Chapter 15: Three Ways to Economy  

Chapter 16: Ideals of Marriage  

Part 19: Grhasthasrama (Ten Chapters)

Chapter 1: Grhastha and Grhini 

Chapter 2: Aupasana

Chapter 3: Can a new Brahmin Caste be Created? 

Chapter 4: Aupasana and Women  

Chapter 5: Agni and the Vedic Religion 

Chapter 6: Sacrifices 

Chapter 7: Other Samskaras 

Chapter 8: Goal of Samskaras  

Chapter 9: A Day in the Life of a Brahmin

 Part 20: Varna Dharma For Universal Well-Being (Seventeen Chapters)

Chapter 1: Jatis - Why so many Differences?  

Chapter 2: Character and Vocation by Birth  

Chapter 3: Vocations according to Guna not in Practice 

Chapter 4: A Wrong Notion  

Chapter 5: Equal Opportunity  

Chapter 6: Strength of Unity  

Chapter 7: Hinduism and Other Religions

Chapter 8: The Eternal Religion

Chapter 9: Brahmins are not a Privileged Caste  

Chapter 10: Universal Well-being  

Chapter 11: The Fourth Varna has its own Advantages  

Chapter 12: Removal of Ego  

Chapter 13: The Ultimate Purpose of Varna Dharma 

Chapter 14: The Universal Remedy 

Chapter 15: Sankara and Sanatana Dharma 

Chapter 16: Cry "Grow" - Don't Cry "Perish"  

 Part 21: From Work To Worklessness (Seven Chapters)

Chapter 1: Outward Karma - Inward Meditation 

Chapter 2: How to Cultivate Character and Good Conduct

Chapter 3: "Samsare Kim Saram?" 

Chapter 4: Inward and Outward 

Chapter 5: Do We Need Rituals? 

Chapter 6: Karma is the Starting Point of Yoga  

Chapter 7: Karmayoga 

 Part 22: Dharmas Common To All (Fourteen Chapters)

Chapter 1: How to Control the Mind  

Chapter 2: Ahimsa  

Chapter 3: Truthfulness 

Chapter 4: Sesame and Water: Where do they Go? 

Chapter 5: Puja 

Chapter 6: Philanthropy  

Chapter 7: To Serve Others is to Feel Blessed 

Chapter 8: Making all Creatures Happy

Chapter 9: Towards Mental Purity 

Chapter 10: Fault-Finding  

Chapter 11: Desire and Anger  

Chapter 12: Are We Worthy of Being Angry?

Chapter 13: Love and Sorrow  

Chapter 14: Love