The word samadhi literally means sama and dhi – Sama means equanimous and dhi means the buddhi or intellect. If you reach that kind of equanimous state of intellect, it is known as samadhi.
There use to be a Gulmohar Tree in a street silently watching all the activities of the people surrounded by it., whose branches use to reach all through the balcony of my room. Women of four houses in the street were always after this tree, they were fed up of leaves, the tree used to shed. When ever and who ever feel like, they used cut its branches.
Men of older generation used to say that all knowledge is there in the Vedas. Anyone who hears such words will have the first reaction that it is an exaggeration. We should remember here that any sloka in the ancient Hindu manuscripts has more than one meaning.
Professor K. Ramasubramanian, son of R. Krishnamurthy Sastri, former Principal of Sanskrit College, Chennai (who was honoured with the President’s award last year) was in the city recently on the occasion of the 900th birth anniversary celebration of the great Indian mathematician of 12th century, Bhaskaracharya. Currently employed in IIT, Mumbai, Prof. Ramasubramanian, a Masters in Physics, delivered a lecture on the ‘Lila of Leelavati’.
According to modern astronomy and science, we know that the earth’s orbit around the sun is not a circle and is slightly elliptical. Therefore, the distance between the earth and the sun varies throughout the year. At its nearest point on the ellipse that is the earth’s orbit around the sun, the earth is 91,445,000 miles (147,166,462 kms) from the sun. This point in the earth’s orbit is known as Periapsis (perihelion) and it occurs around January 3.