A quotation from the Brahma-saṃhitā

This text does not seem to be the popular text beloved by Gauḍīya vaiṣṇavas,but a(presumably lost) text quoted by Parāśara Bhaṭṭar,hence it is of interest to me(and looking at the Catalogue edited by Sadhu Parampurushdas,the other Brahma-saṃhitā seems to be available only in unpublished manuscript fragments featuring about matters relating to prāyaścitta and utsavas)

hṛt-padma karṇikāntasthaḥ puruṣaḥ sarvatomukhaḥ|
sarvajñaḥ sarvagaḥ sarvaḥ sarvam āvṛtya tiṣṭhati||
tasmāt tu paramaṃ sūkṣmam ākāśam bhāti nirmalam|
śuddha-sphaṭikā-saṇkāśaṃ nirvāṇaṃ paramam padam|
tatpadam prāpya tattvajñāḥ mucyante tu śubhāśubhāt||
trasareṇu-pramāṇāste raśmikoṭi vibhuṣitāḥ|
bhūyaste naiva jāyante na līyante ca te kvacit||


Rajya – a draft

Notwithstanding the opinions of the author on the divinity of Rāmacandra as an avatāra of Nārāyaṇa or his opinions on the status of the Bāla and Uttara Kāṇḍas(since I will stick to tradition here),this is still a good piece.

The Heterodoxian

The foremost selling points of democracy and universal suffrage are that it provides for stable, just governance, freedom of the populace, equal rights, equal power and thereby peaceful power transition, along with a platform to resolve differences through bipartisanship rather than through open conflict.

The US perhaps comes closest to India among all democracies in terms of population and diversity. They ended up being so polarized within a hundred years of its founding that it resulted in the nation splitting up and the two sides going to war with each other. Disagreement was resolved through conquest. Within a few decades of implementing universal suffrage and the loss of a common binding cause (the Cold War), the US again became severely polarized – the most it has been since the Civil War era according to Jonathan Haidt’s data. Worse, the two sides seem intent on demonizing the other side rather…

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