Prarthna Saran

The colours of love

The colours of love

Along with rigorous spiritual disciplines and fasting, Hinduism prescribes feasting and festive gaiety. Holi, this festival of colour, is one...

The divine  metamorphosis

The divine metamorphosis

The caterpillar is a crawling worm,dragging its body on mud and stones, it’s only occupation in life is to search...

The Djinn and  his master

The Djinn and his master

“Oh Guru”, pleaded the desperate student, ,grant me that power which will enable me to fulfil all my desires.” “Tathastu”,...

Kapi Mushti

Kapi Mushti

In jungles around the world animals are caught by hunters using the animal’s weakness as a trap. The monkey is...

Mind stilled is self gained

Mind stilled is self gained

The backbone of Krishna’s philosophy in the Geeta is balance and equipoise gained by stilling the mind. It sounds as...

Arjun’s question  is our question

Arjun’s question is our question

Evolution is not a Revolution. The climb is steep ,slow and tough. The enemy is invisible and fights from within....

Trust the Giver

Trust the Giver

Can we stop asking for something or the other? A change in one’s situation, adding one more new toy,improving a...

Hans vahini  Saraswati

Hans vahini Saraswati

Saraswati is the goddess of learning in Hinduism. Her vehicle (Vahana) is Hansa. The fabled bird Hansa is a swan-like...

The nine avoidable dangers

The nine avoidable dangers

The sustainable value of any spiritual text depends on its applicability and practicability to modern day living. The Ram Charit...

Why spirituality?

Why spirituality?

One may well ask , “Even if I am able to undertake all the hard disciplines that are prescribed for...

Krishna, the  butter thief

Krishna, the butter thief

“But Mom, why should I worship Krishna? Wasn’t he a thief?” Yes, Krishna stole, but he was not a thief. ...

Resting, not rusting

Resting, not rusting

The exigencies of everyday life put strains on your mind and body. If the nervous system is in tension for...

A subtle teaching

A subtle teaching

Once a Vedantic master was approached by a seeker and asked, “Explain to me Sir, the nature of the self.”...

Tale of the  cracked pot

Tale of the cracked pot

Once a poor villager had to carry water daily from a  distant well  right upto his far away home. For...

The meaning of Prasad Bhakti

The meaning of Prasad Bhakti

Disappointment comes to those who make an appointment with the future. We expect love from all but never learn to...

Too many Gods?

Too many Gods?

Far too many Gods and goddesses are worshipped in Hinduism. Which one should we worship, or all of them? The...

A Hindu wedding ritual

A Hindu wedding ritual

A Hindu wedding is not a contract but an inseparable union for life ,yes for life, as there is no...

One needs to attach to detach

One needs to attach to detach

Give up’ ,’renounce’ , ‘let go’ or ‘detach’. So often are these instructions heard. The scriptures are never tired of...

Upavaas,  self discipline

Upavaas, self discipline

Upavaas, does not mean starving the body, nor does it mean dieting.  Diet alterations are taken up by people for...

Providing is not parenting

Providing is not parenting

Most parents today are busy providing, not parenting. The inculcating of obedience and discipline in children is a major part...

Can one really  ‘see’ God?

Can one really ‘see’ God?

During one of Swami Chinmayanandaji ‘s visits to Delhi we were sitting around him and basking in his divine presence,...

The ten headed demon

The ten headed demon

The ten headed and twenty armed Ravana is a biological monstrosity. No such human being ever existed. So, what was...

Ravana’s Trikoot, the mount sans fear

Ravana’s Trikoot, the mount sans fear

The fabled Trikoot mountain on which the megalomaniac Ravana had built his gem studded golden capital called Lanka, had three...

Why do we need to pray?

Why do we need to pray?

Do we pray ‘let thy will be done ‘ or do we pray ‘ let my will be done?’ Is...