Prarthna Saran

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...

A balloon story

A balloon story

Multi coloured balloons fascinate any child. He cries to possess them and doesn’t let his father rest till he buys...

Just He, not Me

Just He, not Me

A ‘thought ‘ can stand only with relation to the ‘ thought of’. But the ‘ I’ thought , by...

Invocation to Agni from Rig Veda

Invocation to Agni from Rig Veda

This is a translation of a hymn from the Rig Veda by me. It is an invocation of the Agni...

Dashrath and Dashmukh, a contrast

Dashrath and Dashmukh, a contrast

The great sage Goswami Tulasidasji Maharaj in his most sacred work ,‘Ram Charit Manas’ has given a beautiful description of...

The story of the three skulls

The story of the three skulls

Once a rakshasa (demon) arrived at a king’s court with three skulls which he arrogantly threw down and threatened the...

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,...