Prarthna Saran

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...

Karma yoga benefits from Bhagwat Purana

Karma yoga benefits from Bhagwat Purana

The Bhagwat Purana has a story of Raja Nimi asking Yogi Avirhotra ji how karma yoga could purify one of...

Shantih, shantih, shantih

Shantih, shantih, shantih

Hounded and lacerated the mind of man searches for an unknown peace that will bring about balmy quiet, a restful...

Misconceptions about Hinduism

Misconceptions about Hinduism

If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. There have...

Change in set-up, we get upset

Change in set-up, we get upset

Seeking the permanent from the ephemeral and the infinite from the finite is a mistake man constantly makes. We seek...

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...

How free are you?

How free are you?

“Prison walls do not a prison make”, yes ,famously said. Then what truly makes a prison? Even when man is...

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...

The miracle factor

The miracle factor

Someone whose faith depended on witnessing a miracle, questioned Swami Chinmayanandaji, “Can you show me a miracle?” “Don’t you see...

The mahatma and the birds

The mahatma and the birds

In the thick, green, lush jungles of Dandakavan (a forest), there lived beautiful, happy and chirpy birds. They flew about...

Celebrate the variety

Celebrate the variety

The Geeta lays great emphasis on equanimity in dealing with life. Chapter 6 verse 9, says: “He who is of...

The miracle factor

The miracle factor

Someone whose faith depended on witnessing a miracle, questioned Swami Chinmayanandaji, “ Can you show me a miracle?” “Don’t you...

Experience the  experiencer

Experience the experiencer

Objective thought (Idam Vritti) is the food that fattens subjective thought (Aham vritti). The more importance we give to objective...

A new beginning

A new beginning

A new beginning is a new Era. A fresh outlook on life, new ways of living, a change in attitudes,...

A unique  gurudakshina

A unique gurudakshina

As per tradition after the completion of any scriptural education a given dakshina (a gift expressing gratefulness) is offered by...

Brahma kamal, the divine lotus

Brahma kamal, the divine lotus

The Lotus is a symbol of divinity in Hinduism. Also called (Kunj) born of water, it rises above the water...