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Upavaas,  self discipline

Upavaas, self discipline

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

Providing is not parenting

Providing is not parenting

Most parents today are busy providing, not parenting. The inculcating of obedience and discipline in children is a major part...

Can one really  ‘see’ God?

Can one really ‘see’ God?

During one of Swami Chinmayanandaji ‘s visits to Delhi we were sitting around him and basking in his divine presence,...

The ten headed demon

The ten headed demon

The ten headed and twenty armed Ravana is a biological monstrosity. No such human being ever existed. So, what was...

Ravana’s Trikoot, the mount sans fear

Ravana’s Trikoot, the mount sans fear

The fabled Trikoot mountain on which the megalomaniac Ravana had built his gem studded golden capital called Lanka, had three...

Why do we need to pray?

Why do we need to pray?

Do we pray ‘let thy will be done ‘ or do we pray ‘ let my will be done?’ Is...

Of rivers and  waters

Of rivers and waters

The quiet rippling Ganges unripples the nerves. Incessantly flowing like the mind, unidirectional, disciplined, seeking a single destination, the Ocean....

Fasting and feasting

Fasting and feasting

“No religion will last very long if it does not understand the common needs and desires of people and keeps...

Teachings from an ancient tale

Teachings from an ancient tale

Once a courtier happened to see the beautiful princess. A mad desire to possess her totally possessed him. Desperate and...

Japa: Chant the name

Japa: Chant the name

Japa, or chanting the name of the Lord with total devotion and regularity is one of the most useful tools...

Shraadh: A tribute to ancestors

Shraadh: A tribute to ancestors

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

The meaning of surrender

The meaning of surrender

“Do with me what you will. Only give me ever increasing love for your feet.” This is how Raman Maharshi...

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...

All about greed

All about greed

Wealth falls into three categories , (Artha) is wealth earned piously, spent on your needs and in the service of...

The happiness  story

The happiness story

Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji was a master teacher.  Driving a point home with an interesting story or an unforgettable example was...

Early hurdles in meditation

Early hurdles in meditation

A spiritual seeker’s difficult path is called “walking on a razor’s edge” by the kathopanishad. This is because the seeker...

The significance  of Aarati

The significance of Aarati

The common Hindu ritual of Aarati is done at the end of all pujas. Aarati is done by the lighting...

Ekantam is  solitary bliss

Ekantam is solitary bliss

Someone asked Gurudev, Swami Chinmayanandaji, as to why one should cultivate withdrawal, do Japa or practise mauna ( silence) to...

Significance of Pradakshina

Significance of Pradakshina

Village belles living close to the deserts walk miles every day to fetch water .They usually carry 5 to 7...

True satsang

True satsang

If you keep doing what you have been doing, you’ll keep getting what you have been getting. All animals only...

Mental hygiene

Mental hygiene

The physical hygiene of a daily bath , clean hands, spanking clean kitchen, food cooked hygienically, is a common feature....

Sanyas, a joyous mental renunciation

Sanyas, a joyous mental renunciation

Sanyas is neither tailor made nor barber made! This garment is of the mind. Saffron cloth is a mere fence...

Values in religious teachings

Values in religious teachings

What meaning can life or freedom have if it destroys us morally, socially and spiritually? In our mad chant of...

Hinduism, a liberal science of life

Hinduism, a liberal science of life

Hinduism is a religion that does not limit itself to the rigid dictates and commandments of a single text book...