Prarthna Saran

A Tale told by Swami Ram: Part 2

A Tale told by Swami Ram: Part 2

Now with the Pajee comfortably ensconced on the throne, the humbled yet arrogant king repeated his first question, “Where does...

A tale told by Swami Ram

A tale told by Swami Ram

An emperor once summoned a governor (Qazi) to test his religious knowledge. The Qazi had some religious pretentions which helped...

One Guru with true knowledge

One Guru with true knowledge

Should one have just one personal Guru? Swami Shivanandaji answered: “Drink deeply from one man alone.It is useless to wander...

How does a Guru help?

How does a Guru help?

Can the guru carry you to the goal? No doubt that the guru purifies and uplifts the mind from its...

What about the fake gurus?

What about the fake gurus?

There is a whole bevy of fake ‘God-men’, in India and the world over, in the fancy dress of spiritual...

Why do I need a Guru?

Why do I need a Guru?

The word ‘Guru’ forms a market vocabulary today. There is a ‘ Style Guru’, a ‘Diet Guru’, ‘ Management Guru’...

The ‘Me’ that wasn’t

The ‘Me’ that wasn’t

Things are important so long as you give them importance. Free yourself from judgement and peace will flow through you....

A visit to Bankey Bihari temple

A visit to Bankey Bihari temple

In a narrow alley, precariously perched on the seat of a cycle rickshaw, we jostled through the crowded street of...

Please mind the gap

Please mind the gap

You are mature when you learn to ’let go’ mentally. The warning announcement by the London Tube, “PLEASE MIND THE...

Why is camphor lit for arati?

Why is camphor lit for arati?

According to Vedanta the body takes birth to fulfill desires.These desires are subtle , like the mental fragrances of the...

A mad man’s story

A mad man’s story

A well decorated delicious cake may tempt your tastebuds, but if you are told, “No, stop, don’t eat that, there...

Prime Minister of Vijaynagar

Prime Minister of Vijaynagar

An extremely powerful administrator in the fields of politics and diplomacy,whose entire life was spent in ruling and administering of...

The Destruction of Ravan

The Destruction of Ravan

Born in the pious Brahmin family of Rishi Pulastya, Ravan was adept in Japa, austerities (tapas) and meditation. He was...

The Revalued Donkey

The Revalued Donkey

The wise mullah Nasiruddin owned a donkey, but he wanted to get rid of it for a younger, sturdier one....

Ashtang Yoga 5

Ashtang Yoga 5

SAMADHI: The Yoga Vashishta describes a mind that is ready for the experience of Samadhi thus: Fed on (Shravan) concentrated...

Ashtang Yoga 4

Ashtang Yoga 4

DHARANA: The mind clings naturally to that which it believes contains joy. Deep concentration and inquiry reveal that the joy...

Ashtang Yoga 3

Ashtang Yoga 3

PRANAYAMA. This fourth principle comprises of the control of the vital air sheath of the body . Oxygen intake reaches...

Ashtang Yoga: Part 2

Ashtang Yoga: Part 2

The second excercise to be practised daily under Ashtang yoga, is Niyam. This comprises of five parts: 1) Purification (...

Ashtang Yoga 1

Ashtang Yoga 1

Patanjali’s recommendation of the eightfold steps of yoga ‘Ashtang Yoga ‘ is a perfect remedy to lift man out of...

Buddhi Yoga: Part 2

Buddhi Yoga: Part 2

‘Buddhi Yoga ‘ as defined  in the Geeta is the yoga of right attitude . The right understanding, motive and...

Buddhi Yoga, the mental gym: Part 1

Buddhi Yoga, the mental gym: Part 1

Everyone today is crazy about physical health and building muscle strength. This lopsided effort, while strengthening the body, totally neglects...

The Sashtaang Pranam

The Sashtaang Pranam

This is the complete prostration to a teacher or an elderly person. It is a namaskar performed with the full...

The compassionate Guru

The compassionate Guru

Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji  Maharaj was a true tapasvi (disciplined renunciate  ) . He used to roar from the podium “...

When Giving feels like Receiving

When Giving feels like Receiving

When love desires the return of love it is not love, it is commerce. By definition love only wants to...