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Traits of a Devotee

What is true devotion? Is it mere allegiance to a particular deity or prophet? Does it necessitate a change in lifestyle? How does one know [...]

The Guna Code

The Bhagavad Gita helps achieve excellence in the world. And takes us beyond, to the state of Enlightenment. The Gita makes a thorough analysis of [...]

The One Among The Many

The Vedas speak of oneness, unity and equality. Yet we experience diversity, differences and demarcations. Enlightened masters have merged with the Spirit which is the same in all. They see the one, unifying substratum of the universe. From the vantage point of Atman they enjoy the diversity. We see matter which differs in different beings. We feel threatened by the variations, are affected and get crushed by them. […]

The Guna Code

The Bhagavad Gita helps achieve excellence in the world. And takes us beyond, to the state of Enlightenment. The Gita makes a thorough analysis of the human personality, and identifies your strengths and weaknesses. It helps leverage the strengths and marginalise the weaknesses. […]

Traits of a Devotee

What is true devotion? Is it mere allegiance to a particular deity or prophet? Does it necessitate a change in lifestyle? How does one know if one qualifies as a devotee? In Chapter 12 of the Bhagavad Gita Krsna lists 35 qualities of a devotee that help assess our spiritual level as well as develop the qualities to evolve further. […]

Distress to De-Stress

Distress to De-Stress Stress is the disease of the 21st Century! Everyone seems to be in stress – from a child to a [...]

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RELATIONSHIPS

Guest Article   Shakun Narain Kimatrai has won the 2nd prize for the ‘WRITE AN ARTICLE’ contest held at the recent lectures at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai for writing this piece.   Relationships? In today’s world? Where the cookie crumbles even before one has had time to savor it? […]

The Significance of Ganesha

  As Indians, we are often asked how we worship an elephant-headed, pot-bellied, broken-tusked god who travels on a mouse. But as strange as it seems, every little peculiarity of Lord Ganesha’s has a deep spiritual significance. As we go along in this article, we will look at the meaning of this symbolic representation of Lord Ganesha. Before we do, however, let’s take a look at Lord Ganesha’s mythological origin. […]

Raksha Bandhan: The Bond of Love

  Celebrated on the full moon day in the Hindu calendar month of Sharavan, Raksha Bandhan is one of the most widely celebrated festivals of India. It is a day that symbolises the sacred relationship between a brother and sister. Literally translated, raksha means protection while bandhan means bond. Raksha Bandhan, therefore, signifies the bond of love out which comes a sense of security and protection. […]

The “Beginning” of Wisdom

Guest Article   Adil F. Rangoonwalla has won the ‘WRITE AN ARTICLE’ contest for the month of March for writing this piece. Congratulations Adil!   Today we experience more stress, anxiety, aggressiveness and disturbance than ever before. Even happy persons face many problems in life. Talking things over with family and friends brings temporary relief but not permanent change. Perfect self-management can come under special conditions. These special conditions are created when we align our intellect with a superior intellect. To think of things we ourselves can never think of! To become what we never hoped to be. This is the miracle we must perform as the finest creation of God. Instead, we give in to negativity. We crib and blame others. We even blame God for our problems. This is probably what led Voltaire to say: “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him!” […]

Surrender

Guest Article   Manish Sidhpura has won the 1st prize for the ‘WRITE AN ARTICLE’ contest held at the recent lectures at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai for writing this piece.   Recently I was fortunate to attend a series of lectures on Chapter 12 of the Bhagavad Gita, the chapter on the Path of Devotion or Bhakti Yoga. I say fortunate because it is during these lectures that I learnt about a brilliant life transformational tool: “surrender”. […]

Oneness

Guest Article   Poornima Aggarwal has won the 2nd prize for the ‘WRITE AN ARTICLE’ contest held at the recent lectures at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai for writing this piece.   In recent years, when I questioned what “being related” meant, memories of years spent at my grandparents’ home fought for priority. In their dictionary, ” Being Related ” definitely meant “feeling a connection of oneness with another.” […]