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Tattvabodha of Adi Sankaracharya is an excellent introductory work for any student of Vedanta. This is a mind map (partial) of the core concepts discussed in Tattvabodha. The translation by Sw. Gurubhaktananda of Chinamaya Mission has been used here.

For thousands of years in our civilizational history, Hindus have worshipped cows, looking upon the cow as their own mother, Gomata. The reason for this is not because it is a rule written in our scriptures and we ought to follow it. Rather, it is based on science, most importantly, it is looking at the cow from an evolutionary point of view.

Shri Adinarayanan talks about how the Kumbh mela is a mega confluence of many different kinds of knowledge streams at a scale that is beyond our understanding. Just as there are sciences that enable us to design our outer technology, there is subtle intelligence governing the inner reality, knowing which one can design this reality. The sadhus and sannyasis undertake severe austerities and dedicate themselves to the pursuit of this subtle knowledge. They are “embodied knowledge” and the kumbh mela is a conference of many such great beings where they can access all the knowledge in one place at one time.

Incidents of deliberate destruction of our scientific and cultural heritage, clearly and directly point to the lack of right history education. History, when taught as a narrative connecting our personal life with our ancestor’s lives, combining emotions and scientific knowledge, changes one’s entire perception of life and immediately makes one feel connected to one’s land, culture and architectural heritage. Learning history the right way is crucial to rebuild the Indian identity.