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    Diwali: Light the Lamp of Wisdom

    Diwali or Deepavali is amongst the most celebrated Indian festivals. The word Deepavali originates from two Sanskrit words ‘Deepa’ which means ‘light’ and ‘Avali’ which means ‘a row’. This is why Deepavali is called ‘the festival of lights’. […]

    Dassera: The Triumph of Good over Evil

    Celebrated in the month of Ashvin (September/October) according to the Hindu calendar. Dassera is an important festival that is celebrated across the length and breadth of India. Also known as Vijayadashami, Dassera marks Goddess Durga’s victory in battle over the mighty asura demon, Mahishasura who was part animal. The holy trinity comprising Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara had created goddess Durga to kill the powerful Mahishasura who had been harassing the devas (gods). Dassera has immense mythological significance. As per the Ramayana, Lord Rama invoked the blessings of Goddess Durga by performing ‘chandi puja’ to kill the ten-headed king of Lanka, Ravana, who had abducted his wife, Sita. Dassera marks the day on which Lord Ram vanquished Ravana. This is why effigies of Ravana are burnt at various places across India on Dassera. […]

    Wake up to Reality

    While the rest of the world was still in the dark ages the wise Indian had discovered the laws of life that govern not only the outside world but the fascinating inner realm. The focus shifted from conquering the world to gaining control over the mind. And a brilliant sage appeared on the scene periodically to revive the sagging values in society. […]

    Karma and Rebirth

    Human suffering is one of life’s most compelling mysteries: Why is there so much misery? Is God helpless to act or does He choose not to? What is God’s role in the scheme of things? […]

    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. […]

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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.” […]