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Japa, an aid to meditation

Japa, an aid to meditation

Japa is a mental gym. It is a thought training which effectively strengthens the mind to collect,command and concentrate it’s...

Karma yoga benefits from Bhagwat Purana

Karma yoga benefits from Bhagwat Purana

The Bhagwat Purana has a story of Raja Nimi asking Yogi Avirhotra ji how karma yoga could purify one of...

Shantih, shantih, shantih

Shantih, shantih, shantih

Hounded and lacerated the mind of man searches for an unknown peace that will bring about balmy quiet, a restful...

Misconceptions about Hinduism

Misconceptions about Hinduism

If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. There have...

Change in set-up, we get upset

Change in set-up, we get upset

Seeking the permanent from the ephemeral and the infinite from the finite is a mistake man constantly makes. We seek...

Invocation to Agni from Rig Veda

Invocation to Agni from Rig Veda

This is a translation of a hymn from the Rig Veda by me. It is an invocation of the Agni...

How free are you?

How free are you?

“Prison walls do not a prison make”, yes ,famously said. Then what truly makes a prison? Even when man is...

The God of grass

The God of grass

A beautiful legend in ancient Hindu lore narrates how, at the time of creation, the Lord assigned duties to the...

The miracle factor

The miracle factor

Someone whose faith depended on witnessing a miracle, questioned Swami Chinmayanandaji, “Can you show me a miracle?” “Don’t you see...

The mahatma and the birds

The mahatma and the birds

In the thick, green, lush jungles of Dandakavan (a forest), there lived beautiful, happy and chirpy birds. They flew about...

Celebrate the variety

Celebrate the variety

The Geeta lays great emphasis on equanimity in dealing with life. Chapter 6 verse 9, says: “He who is of...

The miracle factor

The miracle factor

Someone whose faith depended on witnessing a miracle, questioned Swami Chinmayanandaji, “ Can you show me a miracle?” “Don’t you...

Experience the  experiencer

Experience the experiencer

Objective thought (Idam Vritti) is the food that fattens subjective thought (Aham vritti). The more importance we give to objective...

A new beginning

A new beginning

A new beginning is a new Era. A fresh outlook on life, new ways of living, a change in attitudes,...

A unique  gurudakshina

A unique gurudakshina

As per tradition after the completion of any scriptural education a given dakshina (a gift expressing gratefulness) is offered by...

Brahma kamal, the divine lotus

Brahma kamal, the divine lotus

The Lotus is a symbol of divinity in Hinduism. Also called (Kunj) born of water, it rises above the water...

Idol worship

Idol worship

Idol worship helps the mind to ideal worship.An idol is a symbol for the human mind to adore and the...

I ‘lead’ my life

I ‘lead’ my life

Really? Or does your life “lead” you? Did it take your permission to decide your birth? The time, place, parents,...

I ‘lead’ my life

I ‘lead’ my life

Really? Or does your life “lead” you? Did it take your permission to decide your birth? The time, place, parents,...

The three great shackles

The three great shackles

Never can you dance to the tunes of the world and also reach out to the higher. The lower rungs...

The perfect Guru

The perfect Guru

Sometimes Gurudev talked about his perfect teacher. TapovanMaharaj used to bathe in the cold ganges when still dark, and be...

Ravana’s hamartia, tragic flaw

Ravana’s hamartia, tragic flaw

Rama, the prince who was a paragon of virtues the mighty hero, the unparalleled warrior, the noble and righteous king...

Answers to common questions

Answers to common questions

A short visit by Swami Brahmanandaji gave some people the much desired chance to ask questions. Q: Swamiji, should one...

About heaven  and hell

About heaven and hell

Heaven and Hell are not geographical areas on the world map. Yet all scriptures mention the enjoyments of heaven and...