Prarthna Saran

Students need to be students

Students need to be students

Ancient Hindu texts classify the first 25 years of a human being’s life as the time for a disciplined life,...

Not just tuition but intuition

Not just tuition but intuition

A meditative mind is a ready ground where knowledge takes root. A mental canvas has to be calm, poised and...

Sacred Knowledge

Sacred Knowledge

Knowledge has always been regarded as sacred in India. It was never bought and sold like merchandise. Any kind of...

Work hard in times of struggle

Work hard in times of struggle

Devotees would often ask Sri Ramakrishna to prescribe the appropriate medicine for their spiritual illness. They would complain that they...

Parents need to be parents

Parents need to be parents

When there are shootings, burnings, rapes and plunder, people wonder whether there is a God and if there is one...

The golden key

The golden key

The great saint and teacher Swami Chinmayanandaji often explained the Upanishadic truths through stories: Once there was a King who...

Vedanta, science of life management

Vedanta, science of life management

We have total belief in the word “Science”. So, the moment we hear “scientifically proven” we believe it as the...

Happy? New? Year?

Happy? New? Year?

“New” and “old” are relative concepts. They gain meaning with relation to time, place, person or thing. “New” for one...

Ganga: Part 2

Ganga: Part 2

Sitting alone quietly on a rock near the Ganges, the mind glides slowly into peace and your whole being experiences...

Ganga: Part 1

Ganga: Part 1

From time immemorial Ganga Maiyya (mother Ganges) has stood for purity, purity of the body, mind, spirit. Worshipped across India...

Life savers in sadhana

Life savers in sadhana

A devotee asked Swami Chinmayanandaji: Q: Swamiji, what is the way to purify the mind, to make it meditation worthy?...

Are you an HNI?

Are you an HNI?

A wealthy man is not necessarily a rich man.These are two different things. If your life is full of wants...

Life savers in sadhana: Part IV

Life savers in sadhana: Part IV

Q. Swamiji if the body is unreal why are the 5 sheaths of the body (Pancha Kosas) described in so...

Life savers in sadhana: Part II

Life savers in sadhana: Part II

Q. How does one detect any progress in meditation? A. Know that you are progressing in meditation when you become...

Life savers in sadhana: Part 1

Life savers in sadhana: Part 1

Seekers questioned Swami Chinmayananda on Sadhana during satsang at Shidhbari.  He always began by making us laugh, “Never ask a...

Why worry?

Why worry?

Worry or enjoy life. Yes, it is either or. Whenever your mind takes a trip into the past or the...

Love, the elixir of life

Love, the elixir of life

Love is the joy of life. Strangely, “it is in giving that thou receiveth”, but most of us “demand” love...

Gayatri: Part III

Gayatri: Part III

The sacred Gayatri should never be chanted for material or physical gains. The very words mean that it is a...

Gayatri: Part II

Gayatri: Part II

In true Vaidica mystic style we have a strange story given out in the Taittiriya Upanishad aranyaka (Upasna kand). It...

Gayatri: Part 1

Gayatri: Part 1

Gayatri is one of the most powerful mantras in hinduism. Sounds harnessed and repeated systematically for  a given period of...

Puja ritual method and meaning: Part 2

Puja ritual method and meaning: Part 2

Then the Rishi says after offering Him whatever is available easily at that ‘Time’ and ‘Place’ the devotee should worship...

Puja ritual method and meaning: Part 1

Puja ritual method and meaning: Part 1

The Rishi, Avirhotraji instructs King Nimi in the Bhagwat “He who wishes for the soonest possible union with the Lord,...

Gita, a handbook of practial living

Gita, a handbook of practial living

The glory of Hinduism is that it is “never divorced” from everyday life but amalgamated into its very fibre. Yet,...

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...