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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...

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Yoga is not just asanas

Most people, around the world, consider Yoga to be a set of body contortions designed to stretch and relieve tired...

Action or inaction?

Action or inaction?

“Perform your bounden duty, for action is superior to inaction. Even the maintenance of the body would not be possible...

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Made in India: Exported to China

China and India have through the ages shared not only trade but have exchanged travelers and historians and transmitted cultures...

Letting Go

Letting Go

A Telugu Pandit asked Ramana Maharishi to explain Nishkama karma. Ramana was silent. He used to go up the hill...

A phantom called mind

A phantom called mind

I was awakened this morning by a very joyous song, sung with gay abandon by a construction labourer. It made...

The choice is ours

The choice is ours

Most people live with a sense of impending doom. Some wait for happiness to happen. “If I could own a...

Q &A by Swami Chidananda: III

Q &A by Swami Chidananda: III

Q: If there is an impartial God, why does he dole out miseries to some and luxuries to others? A:...

Ahimsa in Hinduism

Ahimsa in Hinduism

‘Ahimsa Paramodharma’. Yes, sure it is. But, what exactly does it imply? A sad misunderstanding of our scriptures has led...

Q&A by Swami Chidananda: II

Q&A by Swami Chidananda: II

Q: Why are a lot of Hindu gurus concentrating on teaching abroad while they advise youth to practice their expertise...

Q&A by Swami Chinmayananda: I

Q&A by Swami Chinmayananda: I

Q: What norm should people set for themselves when greed itself is the common norm today.? A: Just as we...

True sanyasis

True sanyasis

Ramana Maharishi was known for his friendly co-existence with animals and birds who fearlessly neared him, even lapping up food...

When trees renew themselves

When trees renew themselves

When the early summer breeze flirts through the branches of trees, lovingly nudging them to ungirdle their old wintry garments,...

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Avatars: The what, why and wherefore

The word ‘Avatar’ is a derivative of the Sanskrit ‘Avatarit’, which means to descend. Yes, it is a descent but...

Idol worship

Idol worship

Idol worship helps the mind to ideal worship. An idol is a symbol for the human mind to adore and...

Ram and Krishna Janam

Ram and Krishna Janam

The formless infinite, all pervading reality, concretising itself into a human form for the protection of the good and the...

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...

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,...

Nature worship in Hinduism

Nature worship in Hinduism

Nature is referred to as “Mother” in many Hindu texts. We understood long ago what Nature provides in her mysterious...

Tortoise at temple entrance

Tortoise at temple entrance

Many a Hindu temple has an etched or stone made tortoise on the doorstep of the entrance. It always faces...

Prasad Bhakti

Prasad Bhakti

Disappointment comes to those who make an appointment with the future. We expect love from all but never learn to...

The cracked pot

The cracked pot

Once a poor villager had to carry water daily from a distant well right up to his faraway home. For...

Misconceptions on Hindu thought

Misconceptions on Hindu thought

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

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Seeing my reflection in a mirror I ask, “Is this me?” Is “me” the body, or is it “my” body?...