Prarthna Saran

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...

Early hurdles in meditation

Early hurdles in meditation

A spiritual seeker’s difficult path is called “walking on a razor’s edge” by the kathopanishad. This is because the seeker...

The significance  of Aarati

The significance of Aarati

The common Hindu ritual of Aarati is done at the end of all pujas. Aarati is done by the lighting...

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...

Significance of Pradakshina

Significance of Pradakshina

Village belles living close to the deserts walk miles every day to fetch water .They usually carry 5 to 7...

True satsang

True satsang

If you keep doing what you have been doing, you’ll keep getting what you have been getting. All animals only...

Mental hygiene

Mental hygiene

The physical hygiene of a daily bath , clean hands, spanking clean kitchen, food cooked hygienically, is a common feature....

Sanyas, a joyous mental renunciation

Sanyas, a joyous mental renunciation

Sanyas is neither tailor made nor barber made! This garment is of the mind. Saffron cloth is a mere fence...

Values in religious teachings

Values in religious teachings

What meaning can life or freedom have if it destroys us morally, socially and spiritually? In our mad chant of...

Hinduism, a liberal science of life

Hinduism, a liberal science of life

Hinduism is a religion that does not limit itself to the rigid dictates and commandments of a single text book...

Change as a  positive value

Change as a positive value

Change is the only unchanging law of the universe. The wheel of change, ( kaal chakra) is represented as the...

Play for the joy, not the trophy

Play for the joy, not the trophy

Success means different things to different people. When we achieve society’s idea of success, we feel we are successful. Mostly...

Perception, our reality

Perception, our reality

Old European pubs and taverns hung a picture of TWO drunkards, drink in hand, with the caption ‘We Three’. The...

Pussy Cat Vedanta: Game goes on

Pussy Cat Vedanta: Game goes on

Placed at the pinnacle of evolution, the homo-sapient man is fitted with a manufacturer’s wonder: the intellect. To use this...

The teacher and the taught

The teacher and the taught

The delicate beauty, the simple elegance, the flaming orange stem offsetting the white starlike form of this softly fragrant flower...

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...

Fire: Symbol of Lord

Fire: Symbol of Lord

Havans, yagnyas, wedding rituals and other ceremonies generally use a lighted fire pit as the holy altar of the Lord....

House of God radiates peace

House of God radiates peace

“When the Lord is omnipresent, why should I visit a temple? He is with me, here, right now.” A logical...

Dharma Patni is a friend and guide

Dharma Patni is a friend and guide

Worldwide different words are used to denote the word “wife”. It is Hinduism alone that translates the word as “dharma...