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Prarthna Saran

Upasana

Upasana

“Man’s control of external nature is called civilisation. His control of internal nature is called culture”, said Swami Chinmayanandaji. What...

An afternoon of grace: Part II

An afternoon of grace: Part II

Satsang with Swami Brahmananda Q: Should one renounce all comforts and live the austere life of a renunciate? A: Kartalabhiksha,...

An afternoon of grace: Part I

An afternoon of grace: Part I

One warm afternoon, some of us gathered around this great master, Swami Brahmananda, and one daring soul put some questions...

The living joy of newness

The living joy of newness

The Ram Charit Manas has a very poetic description of the blissful life of Shiva and Goddess Parvati as newlyweds,...

Children celebrating the upcoming New Year 2023 at a village near Balurghat

Break the hypocritical mask of the old beggar individuality

When we wish each other a “Happy New Year” do we not think what is so ‘New’ about it? Has...

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...

Aditya, the sun

Aditya, the sun

Hindus have worshipped the sun always, and not without reason. Interestingly, the puranas depict the sun as Adityas (plural). Some...

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...

Jahnavi, the Ganga

Jahnavi, the Ganga

How ridiculous it sounded when we first heard the story of the sage Jahnu, who after great tapas and meditation,...

How can I find happiness?

How can I find happiness?

Mullah Naseeruddin once met a dejected man by the roadside. He befriended the man and then asked the cause of...

Sadhu avagya: Insulting a Sadhu

Sadhu avagya: Insulting a Sadhu

A sadhu may or may not wear saffron. Any one who has ‘sadhutva’ is a sadhu. Sadhutva is a set...

A saint’s holy presence

A saint’s holy presence

It is the experience of many, that when one is in the proximity of a saint one can easily turn...

The lotus and the bumblebee

The lotus and the bumblebee

A man holding a hot gold brick in his hands, is screaming in agony. His Guru commands, “drop it ,drop...

Ravan as depicted in Angkor Watt

Ravan as depicted in Angkor Watt

While visiting the 12th century old temple Angkor Watt in Cambodia, I came across an amazing statue of Ravan with...

We celebrate light

We celebrate light

Our cultural tradition is not only to celebrate light, but even worship light. The sun, the moon, fire, even the...

The Vish Kanya effect

The Vish Kanya effect

Ramana Maharishi would stroll near his ashram in the scorching afternoon sun. He would instruct other walkers to run and...

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...

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...

The controller and the controlled

The controller and the controlled

When the mind continuously runs for happiness, then how come you are continuously unhappy? You are rich but unhappy, materially...

A clay idol of Goddess Durga is on display for the upcoming Durga Puja festival

Durga and the concept of shakti

All over India the holy month of Ashwin (October-November) is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga. Many devotees fast...

Nature worship in Hinduism

Nature worship in Hinduism

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

Good memory, bad memory

Good memory, bad memory

Mullah Nasiruddin took his wife to a doctor. “I have come to you after hearing of your great fame as...

Giving differs from offering

Giving differs from offering

Once while serving breakfast to Poojya Swami ChinmayanandaJi, I happened to ask, “Swamiji, what can I give you?” Stern and...

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...