Prarthna Saran

Why spirituality?

Why spirituality?

One may well ask , “Even if I am able to undertake all the hard disciplines that are prescribed for...

Krishna, the  butter thief

Krishna, the butter thief

“But Mom, why should I worship Krishna? Wasn’t he a thief?” Yes, Krishna stole, but he was not a thief. ...

Resting, not rusting

Resting, not rusting

The exigencies of everyday life put strains on your mind and body. If the nervous system is in tension for...

A subtle teaching

A subtle teaching

Once a Vedantic master was approached by a seeker and asked, “Explain to me Sir, the nature of the self.”...

Tale of the  cracked pot

Tale of the cracked pot

Once a poor villager had to carry water daily from a  distant well  right upto his far away home. For...

The meaning of Prasad Bhakti

The meaning of Prasad Bhakti

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

Too many Gods?

Too many Gods?

Far too many Gods and goddesses are worshipped in Hinduism. Which one should we worship, or all of them? The...

A Hindu wedding ritual

A Hindu wedding ritual

A Hindu wedding is not a contract but an inseparable union for life ,yes for life, as there is no...

One needs to attach to detach

One needs to attach to detach

Give up’ ,’renounce’ , ‘let go’ or ‘detach’. So often are these instructions heard. The scriptures are never tired of...

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...