Prarthna Saran

The knot that is not

The knot that is not

A traveller with three mules was half way when night fell. So he decided to rest at an ashram. The...

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...

Decurfewed time

Decurfewed time

Only the melodious songs of birds disturbs the serenity of my morning peace. This forced ceasing of activity unfolds upon...

Solitude

Solitude

Solitude is not loneliness. Time and again our spirit beckons us with soft whispering of the spiritual joy one may...

The Spiritual Treadmill

The Spiritual Treadmill

Persona is a mental construct. You yourself first create it carefully, then fall in love with what you have created,...

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...

Yagnya: Part 3

Yagnya: Part 3

Yagnya fire is lit for the dispelling of darkness ( ignorance and negativities) and the establishing of light (knowledge and...

Yagnya: Part 2

Yagnya: Part 2

 We often hear of festivals and ceremonies conducted with noise and tinsel, celebrated with ‘Dhoom Dham’. Of Course this means...

Yagnya: Part 1

Yagnya: Part 1

A simple meaning of the word yagnya is “giving with respect”. The other commonly understood and used meaning is that...

When the Lord falls sick

When the Lord falls sick

The famous temple of Lord Jaggannath at Puri in Orissa was built in 1161 AD. A strange ritual called “Anasaar”...

True Guru vs ­Gurudom

True Guru vs ­Gurudom

Swami Chinmayanandaji was a world famous Guru. His divine aura, majestic personality, his magnetic teachings of Vedanta attracted people in...

The ubiquitous ­namaste

The ubiquitous ­namaste

The corona has coronated namaste. Yes, this Indian greeting is now the best and the most preferred greeting the world...

Never Mind

Never Mind

Diamonds, gold, bank balances and family, all are very precious. You need them all and care for them. So, if...

The rarity of the human form

The rarity of the human form

Hindu religious texts never tire of stating how rare and precious the human body is. Even if one goes by...

Students need to be students

Students need to be students

Ancient Hindu texts classify the first 25 years of a human being’s life as the time for a disciplined life,...

Not just tuition but intuition

Not just tuition but intuition

A meditative mind is a ready ground where knowledge takes root. A mental canvas has to be calm, poised and...

Sacred Knowledge

Sacred Knowledge

Knowledge has always been regarded as sacred in India. It was never bought and sold like merchandise. Any kind of...

Work hard in times of struggle

Work hard in times of struggle

Devotees would often ask Sri Ramakrishna to prescribe the appropriate medicine for their spiritual illness. They would complain that they...

Parents need to be parents

Parents need to be parents

When there are shootings, burnings, rapes and plunder, people wonder whether there is a God and if there is one...

The golden key

The golden key

The great saint and teacher Swami Chinmayanandaji often explained the Upanishadic truths through stories: Once there was a King who...

Vedanta, science of life management

Vedanta, science of life management

We have total belief in the word “Science”. So, the moment we hear “scientifically proven” we believe it as the...

Happy? New? Year?

Happy? New? Year?

“New” and “old” are relative concepts. They gain meaning with relation to time, place, person or thing. “New” for one...

Ganga: Part 2

Ganga: Part 2

Sitting alone quietly on a rock near the Ganges, the mind glides slowly into peace and your whole being experiences...

Ganga: Part 1

Ganga: Part 1

From time immemorial Ganga Maiyya (mother Ganges) has stood for purity, purity of the body, mind, spirit. Worshipped across India...