Prarthna Saran

The Destruction of Ravan

The Destruction of Ravan

Born in the pious Brahmin family of Rishi Pulastya, Ravan was adept in Japa, austerities (tapas) and meditation. He was...

The Revalued Donkey

The Revalued Donkey

The wise mullah Nasiruddin owned a donkey, but he wanted to get rid of it for a younger, sturdier one....

Ashtang Yoga 5

Ashtang Yoga 5

SAMADHI: The Yoga Vashishta describes a mind that is ready for the experience of Samadhi thus: Fed on (Shravan) concentrated...

Ashtang Yoga 4

Ashtang Yoga 4

DHARANA: The mind clings naturally to that which it believes contains joy. Deep concentration and inquiry reveal that the joy...

Ashtang Yoga 3

Ashtang Yoga 3

PRANAYAMA. This fourth principle comprises of the control of the vital air sheath of the body . Oxygen intake reaches...

Ashtang Yoga: Part 2

Ashtang Yoga: Part 2

The second excercise to be practised daily under Ashtang yoga, is Niyam. This comprises of five parts: 1) Purification (...

Ashtang Yoga 1

Ashtang Yoga 1

Patanjali’s recommendation of the eightfold steps of yoga ‘Ashtang Yoga ‘ is a perfect remedy to lift man out of...

Buddhi Yoga: Part 2

Buddhi Yoga: Part 2

‘Buddhi Yoga ‘ as defined  in the Geeta is the yoga of right attitude . The right understanding, motive and...

Buddhi Yoga, the mental gym: Part 1

Buddhi Yoga, the mental gym: Part 1

Everyone today is crazy about physical health and building muscle strength. This lopsided effort, while strengthening the body, totally neglects...

The Sashtaang Pranam

The Sashtaang Pranam

This is the complete prostration to a teacher or an elderly person. It is a namaskar performed with the full...

The compassionate Guru

The compassionate Guru

Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji  Maharaj was a true tapasvi (disciplined renunciate  ) . He used to roar from the podium “...

When Giving feels like Receiving

When Giving feels like Receiving

When love desires the return of love it is not love, it is commerce. By definition love only wants to...

The Controller and the Controlled.

The Controller and the Controlled.

When the mind continuously runs for happiness, then how come you are continuously unhappy? You are rich but unhappy, materially...

Indirect Satsang

Indirect Satsang

If you can have Satsang , sitting right at home, there is no need to go on a pilgrimage. The...

The Real You

The Real You

Mullah Nasiruddin once visited Baghdad. The big and famous city was brimming with traders and visitors from nearby places. Fearing...

The silent discourse

The silent discourse

The serene and blissful presence of a great master fills the heart with divine joy. Such souls have an energised...

Ahimsa in ­Hinduism

Ahimsa in ­Hinduism

‘Ahimsa Paramodharma’. Yes, sure it is. But, what exactly does it imply? A sad misunderstanding of our scriptures has led...

When Less is More

When Less is More

A true master of men is he who has first mastered himself. This state of total control over our own...

The knot that is not

The knot that is not

A traveller with three mules was half way when night fell. So he decided to rest at an ashram. The...

A Phantom called Mind

A Phantom called Mind

I was awakened this morning by a very joyous song, sung with gay abandon by a construction labourer .It made...

Decurfewed time

Decurfewed time

Only the melodious songs of birds disturbs the serenity of my morning peace. This forced ceasing of activity unfolds upon...

Solitude

Solitude

Solitude is not loneliness. Time and again our spirit beckons us with soft whispering of the spiritual joy one may...

The Spiritual Treadmill

The Spiritual Treadmill

Persona is a mental construct. You yourself first create it carefully, then fall in love with what you have created,...

SADHU AVAGYA: Insulting a Sadhu

SADHU AVAGYA: Insulting a Sadhu

A sadhu may or may not wear saffron. Any one who has ‘sadhutva’ is a sadhu. Sadhutva is a set...