Prarthna Saran

The sandwich story

The sandwich story

There was a young professional working for a multi national company. He brought a packed lunch with him everyday to...

Animal sacrifice on Durga Puja

Animal sacrifice on Durga Puja

Animal sacrifice to Gods and Goddesses has been performed by the Greeks, Romans, Hindus and others for centuries. John Keats’...

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Kanya daan is kanya maan

After years of hard effort in the bringing up of this child, it is a huge emotional and physical sacrifice...

Upavaas

Upavaas

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

Varsha on Pravarshan mountains: Part 3

Varsha on Pravarshan mountains: Part 3

The next couplet describes beauty of the earth , as it now wears a mantle of beautiful green grass! This...

Shraadh: A thankful tribute to ancestors

Shraadh: A thankful tribute to ancestors

In youthful irreverence and educational pride a young person asked Swami Chinmayanandaji to explain how the offerings of food and...

Varsha on Pravarshan mountains: Part 2

Varsha on Pravarshan mountains: Part 2

The next image is of shallow waters that make noise. The small rivulets that suddenly appear have no depth and...

Varsha on Pravarshan mountains: Part I

Varsha on Pravarshan mountains: Part I

Pravarshan means ‘where the rains pour in abundance!’In all literature around the world, one has never come across such a...

The butter thief

The butter thief

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

The blue boy of Vrindavan

The blue boy of Vrindavan

“Why is your God, Ram, or Krishna depicted as deep blue in colour? Isn’t that unnatural?” This is a common...

Some Covid-time  resolutions: Part III

Some Covid-time resolutions: Part III

Maun is ‘Vaani Tapas’ austerity in speech. It is not only difficult to keep the tongue in check, but extremely...

Some Covid-time resolutions: Part II

Some Covid-time resolutions: Part II

It is advised by masters that we should mainly be careful of five things before speaking:1) Think carefully what to...

Some Covid-time resolutions: Part I

Some Covid-time resolutions: Part I

Death rarely announces its visit, and has no respect for time, place or person. Let’s live life momentously, fearlessly, and...

Symbolism of tortoise at temples

Symbolism of tortoise at temples

Many a Hindu temple has an etched or stone-made tortoise on the doorstep of the entrance. It always faces the...

Bali, embodiment of lust

Bali, embodiment of lust

Lust, like all sins, is precious energy misspent in unproductive and wrong channels. Bali, in the Ramcharit Manas, is depicted...

The ubiquitous ­namaste

The ubiquitous ­namaste

The corona has coronated namaste. Yes, this Indian greeting is now the best and the most preferred greeting the world...

Do you mind your mind? Part II

Do you mind your mind? Part II

Modern psychology tells us that the conscious mind is only 1/9th of the mind. The rest of the mind is...

Do you mind your mind? Part I

Do you mind your mind? Part I

“How dare my mind not listen to me!” said Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda to me when I asked him how he...

Bhagavan Ramana, the last days

Bhagavan Ramana, the last days

“If you want to be a sannyasin you must get rid of your clock and your mirror.” , said Swami...

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...

Jadugar O’ Jadugar…

Jadugar O’ Jadugar…

The hat becomes a rabbit and then the rabbit becomes a glass of water, then the glass of water transforms...

Be a Smile Millionaire

Be a Smile Millionaire

Spring beckons but once a year. Did you smile and say “hello”? Choose to paint the mind’s canvass with the...

The ever smiling Krishna

The ever smiling Krishna

The biography of Krishna is full of tears, yet Krishna was always joyous and bubbling with enthusiasm. Adversities unlimited, yet...

The lost Needle

The lost Needle

There was an old woman who lived in a humble hut in some small hamlet of India. She was a...