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Your home for all things related to Indic Culture, Tradition, History, Philosophy & Religion

    Meru Media and Brown Pundits From Ancient Kama to Modern Seduction: A Conversation with Dr. Seema Anand

    Meru Media and Brown Pundits From Ancient Kama to Modern Seduction: A Conversation with Dr. Seema Anand

    Join Mukunda and Shahada Hasan of the Brown Pundits, as they speak to Dr. Seema

    • 1 hr 45 min
    An Acharya from the West: A Conversation with Sri Rama Ramanuja Achari

    An Acharya from the West: A Conversation with Sri Rama Ramanuja Achari

    Join Mukunda as he speaks with Sri Rama Ramanuja Achari, also known as Rami Sivan,

    • 1 hr 40 min
    The Journey of Translations: A Conversation with Prof. Bibek Debroy

    The Journey of Translations: A Conversation with Prof. Bibek Debroy

    Join Mukunda and Krishna as they speaks to Professor Bibek Debroy. Prof. Debroy is a polymath, polyglot and a man for all seasons. He is currently the Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on the Economic Advisory Council. He is additionally a translator of the Vedas, Puranas, Bhagavad Gita and now the Mahabharata. In this episode, we discuss a host of topics including:
    00:01:10 Introduction to Professor Bibek Debroy and his background and how he went from economics to translating a huge corpus of Sanskrit literature
    00:18:50 The inspiration and role of Dogs in Vedas and Itihasas, all three of us love dogs and have dogs
    00:22:00 Mahabharata and Puranas translation process and inspirations, what is your methodology of translations
    00:29:20 Bengali culture and translating of the Mahabharata
    00:32:00 Veda Vyasa, Mahabharata and intertextual mesh with the Puranas
    00:38:55 How did the translation process change you or your pre-conceived notions
    00:41:30 Why is Indian society not very familiar with lifeblood of Hinduism, the Puranas
    00:44:50 Story of Rama and the dog in the Ramayana
    00:49:15 The Many Gitas of the Mahabharata and Puranas
    00:57:15 What role do the Mahabharata and Puranas play in today in modern governance
    01:04:20 How do we teach Dharma today, Dharma economic alternative to capitalism and socialism
    01:15:30 Final points and love for discovery in the Shastras

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Narrative and the Puranas: A Conversation with Prof. Raj Balkaran

    Narrative and the Puranas: A Conversation with Prof. Raj Balkaran

    Join Mukunda as he speaks to Professor Raj Balkaran, Oxford Centre of Hindu Studies. He is a scholar of the Puranas and Narratives and the author of The Goddess and the King in Indian Myth. He is also the host of an amazing podcast called New Books in Indian Religions. In this episode, we discuss a host of topics including:

    00:01:10 Introduction to Professor Balkaran and his background, unique journey into Hinduism and academia
    00:20:00 The experience of being Hindu and Brown in the West
    00:23:30 The difficultly of defining and teaching Hinduism, A profound diversity and ecosystem
    00:34:30 The tapestry of the Shastras, in particular the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, and the nature of violence
    00:45:50 The paradox of Dharma, the Dharmic double helix
    00:55:40 Narrative and Framing of Shastras, particularly the Puranas
    01:00:30 Prof. Balkaran’s spiritual journey
    01:12:30 Academia and the Shastras
    01:19:00 Discussion on the Devi Mahatmya and the ring narrative
    01:30:10 What is Markendaya’s role in the Puranas and Privritti and Nivritti Dharma
    01:31:35 The importance of the Azhwars and how the pasurams become the Divya Prabandam
    01:41:40 What role do the King and Merchant have in the Devi Mahatmya
    01:48:50 Karma, Vasanas, Moksha and living in the world
    01:54:40 Back and forth discussion on Free Will vs Karma
    02:10:40 The Narrative power of the Shastras
    02:16:10 Prof. Balkaran’s upcoming works and courses along with online education
    02:21:00 Prof. Balkaran’s closing thoughts
    02:23:10 Why the podcast is called Meru Media

    • 2 hr 26 min
    Tamil Poetry and the Azhwars: A Conversation with Prof. Archana Venkatesan

    Tamil Poetry and the Azhwars: A Conversation with Prof. Archana Venkatesan

    Join Mukunda and Krishna as we speak to Professor Archana Venkatesan, Professor of Religious Studies at University of California, Davis. She is an expert and translator of Tamil Bhakti poetry specifically the poetry or pasurams of the Azhwars, a group of saints, poets and mystics from what is now Tamil Nadu from the 6th to 9th centuries of the common era.

    • 2 hr 3 min
    Tantra and Abhinavagupta: A Conversation with Professor Sthaneshwar Timalsina (audio podcast version)

    Tantra and Abhinavagupta: A Conversation with Professor Sthaneshwar Timalsina (audio podcast version)

    Join Mukunda as he speaks to Professor Sthaneshwar Timalsina, Professor of Religious Studies at San Diego State University. He is also a qualified Acharya and has been trained in Sanskrit and Shastras since he was a child. He is an expert on Tantra and Abhinavagupta, a 10th century polymath genius who worked on philosophy, drama, math, music, aesthetics, and other areas. Acharya Sthaneshwar is also Founder of the Vimarsha Foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit that engages in expounding and maintaining the Kashmiri Shaivism tradition.

    • 2 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Anna19577952 ,

Seriously underrated

There’s no podcast quite like this one - that dives really deep into topics of dharma, history, philosophy, literature, and more. I always learn so much, and the guests are typically insightful and interesting

Gangulki ,

Good to see

Good to see more podcasts discussing indian culture and faith from the younger generation

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