Prarthna Saran

The unravelling of the shroud

The unravelling of the shroud

Penelope was the beautiful wife of Odysseus, the wise king of Ithaca in Greece. Since Odysseus was morally committed to...

A lake sans ripples

A lake sans ripples

Most people live their lives, without questioning their pursuits. Why am I doing what I spend most of my time...

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...

Guru suggests spiritual discipline

Guru suggests spiritual discipline

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

Perception, our reality

Perception, our reality

Old European pubs and taverns hung a picture of TWO drunkards, drink in hand, with the caption ‘We Three’. The...

A Beauty Secret

A Beauty Secret

Experience is the best teacher, so a Guru used it for imparting a valuable lesson to his disciple. “ Go...

Mind, a sacred space

Mind, a sacred space

A mind at rest is a temple of pure joy. Just as one daily cleans and sweeps every particle of...

Live in peace, not in pieces

Live in peace, not in pieces

There seems to be no parallel in the memory of man to the fear and anxiety, neurosis and tragic projection...

Givers and takers of charity

Givers and takers of charity

The Geeta classifies charity into three broad categories. The first is Satvik which is the giving of charity selflessly, respectfully,...

Of Bheekh and Bhiksha

Of Bheekh and Bhiksha

Bheekh is given to a Bhikhari and Bhiksha to a Bhikshu. One is lower and the other is higher than...

Charity, the great purifier

Charity, the great purifier

Wealth is given the pure and noble stature of ‘mother’ Lakshmi in Hinduism. She is worshipped as the mother who...

A tale told by Swami Ram: Part III

A tale told by Swami Ram: Part III

The king put forth his next question: “ What does God do?” The Pajee asked for his master to be...

A Tale told by Swami Ram: Part 2

A Tale told by Swami Ram: Part 2

Now with the Pajee comfortably ensconced on the throne, the humbled yet arrogant king repeated his first question, “Where does...

A tale told by Swami Ram

A tale told by Swami Ram

An emperor once summoned a governor (Qazi) to test his religious knowledge. The Qazi had some religious pretentions which helped...

One Guru with true knowledge

One Guru with true knowledge

Should one have just one personal Guru? Swami Shivanandaji answered: “Drink deeply from one man alone.It is useless to wander...

How does a Guru help?

How does a Guru help?

Can the guru carry you to the goal? No doubt that the guru purifies and uplifts the mind from its...

What about the fake gurus?

What about the fake gurus?

There is a whole bevy of fake ‘God-men’, in India and the world over, in the fancy dress of spiritual...

Why do I need a Guru?

Why do I need a Guru?

The word ‘Guru’ forms a market vocabulary today. There is a ‘ Style Guru’, a ‘Diet Guru’, ‘ Management Guru’...

The ‘Me’ that wasn’t

The ‘Me’ that wasn’t

Things are important so long as you give them importance. Free yourself from judgement and peace will flow through you....

A visit to Bankey Bihari temple

A visit to Bankey Bihari temple

In a narrow alley, precariously perched on the seat of a cycle rickshaw, we jostled through the crowded street of...

Please mind the gap

Please mind the gap

You are mature when you learn to ’let go’ mentally. The warning announcement by the London Tube, “PLEASE MIND THE...

Why is camphor lit for arati?

Why is camphor lit for arati?

According to Vedanta the body takes birth to fulfill desires.These desires are subtle , like the mental fragrances of the...

A mad man’s story

A mad man’s story

A well decorated delicious cake may tempt your tastebuds, but if you are told, “No, stop, don’t eat that, there...

Prime Minister of Vijaynagar

Prime Minister of Vijaynagar

An extremely powerful administrator in the fields of politics and diplomacy,whose entire life was spent in ruling and administering of...