Prarthna Saran

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...

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...