Wake up to Reality Print E-mail

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.

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Karma and Rebirth Print E-mail

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?

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The One Among The Many Print E-mail

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.

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The Guna Code Print E-mail

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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Traits of a Devotee Print E-mail

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.

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Distress to De-Stress Print E-mail

Stress is the disease of the 21st Century! Everyone seems to be in stress – from a child to a retiree. The only time you are free from stress is when you are inactive. So you look for long weekends and holidays to escape from stress. The moment activity begins mental agitation returns. Vedanta speaks of your birthright as a human being to combine dynamic activity with perfect serenity of mind. Then perfect action emerges. You are successful and happy. Billie Jean King, the Wimbledon champion, says dynamic activity performed in an environment of tranquillity brings excellence, effortlessness in the midst of intense exertion.

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Awaken the Leader in You Print E-mail

There are different types of leaders - family heads, corporate honchos, social activists, political leaders and spiritual masters. All these need a strong spiritual base as it is the Spirit that lends power. India has an enviable history of Rajarsis – men and women of great power and wealth whose strength came from spiritual enrichment.

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All the World's a Stage Print E-mail

Shakespeare echoed the central theme of the Upanishads when he said in ‘As You Like It’ – ‘All the world’s a stage, And all men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances..’. Vedanta speaks of Sakshi Bhava or ‘witness attitude’ as a measure of spiritual growth. Objectivity is the key to material success, happiness as well as growth to one’s potential. Objectivity is maintaining the attitude of an observer, never getting tangled. Being impartial in all circumstances, not partisan. Unbiased, unprejudiced. You are a witness of this wondrous universe. Like a spectator in a boxing ring. If you jump into the ring you get beaten up by both parties!

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Bhagavad Gita - Guide For The Young Print E-mail

While the rest of the world was still in the dark ages the wise Indian had discovered the formula for Excellence. The focus shifted from conquering the world to gaining control over the mind. The era of meritocracy came into being. Develop merit, the world will amply reward you. An excellent musician, outstanding sportsperson or brilliant scientist needs only to focus on mastering his skill. Wealth, fame and accolades will follow. The Age of Knowledge Capital dawned in India centuries ago!

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Matter & Spirit Print E-mail

Children enjoy playing with masks. The more grotesque the mask, the greater is the thrill. Their amusement springs from knowing that the masks are different from them. They are immune to the aberrations of the masks.

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The Inner Dilemma Print E-mail

The Bhagavad Gita is about celebration of life, not asceticism and denial. It encourages us to find the Higher while remaining in the world, not running away from it. Though 5000 years old, it is timeless. The inner space of doubt and indecision, emptiness and unfulfilment that Arjuna faced is one we all know. The eternal principles enunciated in the Gita have inspired generations of young seekers across the world in search of success, happiness and spiritual growth.

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Bhagavad Gita – India’s Spiritual Treasure Print E-mail

Rediscovering India’s spiritual treasure…

 

The Bhagavad Gita is a collection of timeless truths. It comprises eternal principles that are as valid today as they were many thousands of years ago. And it will remain a guiding light for generations to come. These truths form the lighthouses that guide us in the turbulent ocean of life.

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Change Attitude, not Lifestyle Print E-mail

People believe that to turn spiritual you have to change your wardrobe, diet and lifestyle and adopt a sombre and boring pattern. This does not appeal to most who continue in their materialistic ways. A few inspired ones change everything except their thinking! They fail to benefit, get frustrated and give up. Rare is the wise one who focuses only on ‘attitude’. And succeeds!

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Log on to the Divine Print E-mail

Are you excited and exhilarated about life? Or is your life filled with boredom, drudgery and monotony? Log on to the Divine to find cheer and vibrancy. Divinity abounds in the world. But enchanted by worldly temptations the average person fails to see Its glorious expressions. With a slight shift in focus you begin to see awesome wonders all around.

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Guru - Dispeller of Darkness Print E-mail

On Guru Purnima day we pay obeisance to the lifeline of the great, unbroken civilization of India - the guru-sisya-parampara or mentor-protégé lineage.

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Relationships - Discord to Accord Print E-mail

Do you have conflict with the people you love most? Do you experience incredible highs followed by the invariable lows in your relationships? Have the days of wine and roses become days of whine and neuroses?

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The Divine Vision - the Cosmic Form Print E-mail

Arjuna has heard of Krsna’s divine glories. He now wants to see for himself the one universal Form. He asks Krsna to reveal his splendour. Krsna readily grants his wish. However, He tells Arjuna that he cannot see this Form with normal eyes and gives him divine eyes with which the universal Form would be visible. In other words, this is no ordinary perception, it is a visualisation. Expand your mind and you see a wondrous, amazing world. There are profound dimensions that elude a self-centred person. Thus, only two people – Arjuna and Sanjaya - see this vision in the battlefield of Kuruksetra which had thousands of warriors. They were granted this extraordinary sight by Krsna and Vyasa respectively.

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Meditation - Gateway to Bliss Print E-mail

Meditation is more than just shutting one’s eyes and repeating a mantra or word symbol. It is the highest spiritual technique that needs to be practised diligently and devotedly by qualified practitioners. The essential prerequisite for meditation is a calm mind. A mind burdened with desires and attachments is unable to take off into subtler realms of concentration and meditation. Just as an overloaded aircraft cannot take to flight. Entitled “The Yoga of Meditation”, chapter 6 of the Bhagavad Gita elucidates meditation as the final gateway to Self Realisation.

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Darkness to Light Print E-mail

A room may be tastefully decorated with exquisite furniture and artefacts but if it is in darkness a person trying to negotiate his way across would find it a painful experience! Similarly the world is a beautiful place to live in. If you experience sorrow and despair it is only because of ignorance. All that is needed is a little knowledge. Knowledge of the nature of the world, the people that you interact with and your own personality. Then what is stressful becomes amusing. Just as there are laws governing the physical world around us there are laws that operate in the realm of thoughts. Understand the laws, abide by them and your life will become joyful, exciting, exhilarating. Swami Rama Tirtha said – your only duty is to be cheerful!

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The Royal Path Print E-mail

Do you want to live life as a puppet, completely at the mercy of the world, or do you want to be free from the persecution of the world and become master of the universe? Live like a king by discovering the royal secret - knowledge of your own Power. The universe will then transform from a prison-house to a playground. You will enjoy every moment of your life and gain access to the transcendental as well.

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The Magic of Oneness Print E-mail

The Bhagavad Gita invites you to partake of the power of devotion, bhakti. Modern life magnifies the boundaries that keep you in a state of separateness. Vedanta draws you to experience a vitality greater than your own. It takes you from a deeply entrenched position of antagonism to one of concern, understanding and respect. With Vedanta you move from a feeling of isolation to communication with others. And finally to communion with the Divine. You become God.

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Inspired Living Print E-mail

The modern generation, with all its gizmos and hi-tech entertainment, still finds life boring and depressing. The robotic patterns of waking up every morning, rushing to work and going through the motions of your job can be mind-numbing. What is sorely lacking in life is ‘INSPIRATION’. To be inspired you must expand your mind. Think beyond yourself. Have a vision beyond your individual needs and aspirations and encompass the well-being of the world. This vision must translate into a goal that is pursued with relentless focus, deep devotion and sincere, hard work. Then you will be so fulfilled at work that you will no longer need a weekend. The annual vacation will become redundant as your vocation becomes a source of joy and excitement.

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You are as Happy as you Want to be Print E-mail

Swami Rama Tirtha said, “If you are not happy as you are, where you are, you will never be happy.” Yet everyone is waiting to change one or two things in life to be happy. You suffer from the JATC Syndrome – you believe that happiness is Just Around The Corner! You achieve that one thing and another comes in its place. This goes on all your life.

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Vision of the Universal Form Print E-mail

Arjuna has heard of Krsna's divine glories. He now wants to see for himself the one universal Form. He asks Krsna to reveal his splendour. Krsna readily grants his wish. However, He tells Arjuna that he would not be able to see this Form with normal eyes and gives him divine eyes with which the universal Form would be visible. In other words, this is no ordinary perception, it is a visualisation. Thus, only two people – Arjuna and Sanjaya - see this vision in the battlefield of Kuruksetra which had thousands of warriors. They were granted this extraordinary sight by Krsna and Vyasa respectively.

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Holi: Bringing Colour into Life Print E-mail

Ganesha

 

Holi, the festival of colors, is celebrated in the month of Phalgun (February-March).
Also called Phagwah, it is the full moon day in Phalgun that ushers in the spring season in India. It is also a celebration of the harvest season.

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Guru Purnima Print

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Guru Purnima is a day when we pay obeisance to the lifeline of this great, unbroken civilization of India -the guru-sisya-parampara or mentor-protege lineage.

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Dassera :  The   Triumph  of   Good   over   Evil

Ganesha

 

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.

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Diwali: Light the Lamp of Wisdom

Ganesha

 

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'.

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Vedanta in modern life

Insulation is one of the most important prerequisites to life. To contact an electrical gadget it is essential to insulate yourself. Otherwise you get electrocuted. The gadget which was meant to make life easier for you becomes the instrument of destruction. So also with heat.

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The Bhagavad Gita

 

 

Ganesha

 

The Bhagavad-Gita ? For students and sportspersons? Isn’t there something wrong? Wasn’t it meant for retired people and as a solace for the aged? Who has the time anyway with all the pressures of student life and competition in the sports arena?

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Values @ work

Have you ever wondered why all the technology and scientific development are being used to create human suffering rather than enhance human happiness? Bertrand Russell says this happens because there is a race between human skill and human folly.

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Woman Power

Lift off from a world of struggle and sail into the realm of oneness, love, harmony. Sounds good, but how do you do it? In our experience relationships do have the incredible highs, but then these are followed by the invariable lows.

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Vedanta in the age of convergence

Ganesha

 

Vedanta means ultimate knowledge. The culmination of knowledge. A science of living. The complete manual of Self-Management that helps us reaches our full potential. Science tells us that we use at best 10% of our capacity.

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The Beyond is Within

Human exertion is directed towards gaining lasting happiness. Yet few enjoy it. One looks for happiness by acquiring objects of the world, little realizing that happiness is not inherent in those objects.

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On the Spiritual Highway

How many times have we asked ourselves ‘Why do I have to do this? Why am I working so hard? What am I getting out of this?’ Often in life we simply go through the motions without questioning and if this questioning does occur, it happens too late in life. The problem lies in the fact that we do not pursue what we love.

 

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3 Steps to Learning Vedanta

Education, today, is often reduced to a mere parroting of others’ ideas. Memorizing what others have said and claiming it to be ‘knowledge’. The word ‘education’ originally means ‘to draw out’ or ‘to lead out’ and not to merely stuff our minds with facts and figures.

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Aarati on the Ganga: The Divine Offering

As one travels along the banks of the holy river Ganga, one sees scores of devotees praying together in the evenings. This prayer, performed everyday, is called aarati.

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Amaanitva: A trait of the wise

Ganesha

 

Lord Krishna in Chapter XIII of the Bhagavad-Gita declares amaanitva, humility, as the first trait when listing out the twenty qualities of a jnani, person of true knowledge.

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Adi Shankaracharya: Beacon of Light for the World

Few people have changed the face of a country the way Adi Shankaracharya did. Shankara, as he is popularly referred to, appeared on the scene in India at a time when moral chaos had taken over the country. People had lost themselves in the grammar of the scriptures and ignored their message.

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Beyond Harvard

A Harvard University study indicates that in achieving success only 15% is contributed by information, while 85% is contributed by attitude. Yet 100% of modern education is focused only on facts and figures!

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The True Spirit of Renunciation

Spirituality in India is closely associated with a highly misunderstood word called ‘renunciation’. There is the oft-quoted story of a man seeking spiritual upliftment who went in search of a true master. In his search, he came across an acclaimed guru (teacher).

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The Three Gunas

The Bhagavad-Gita helps achieve excellence in the world. It also takes us beyond, to the state of Enlightenment. The Gita makes a thorough analysis of the human being, identifies the areas of weakness and removes them.

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Being Spiritual

What does it take to be spiritual? Does it mean we have to wear ochre robes? Do we have to give up our jobs and work for the greater good of humanity? Do we have to move to the Himalayas? Well, we could. But there’s no guarantee it would make us any more spiritual.

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Knowledge & Wisdom

In the first six chapters of the Bhagavad-Gita , Lord Krishna provides all the knowledge and inspiration required for a person to lift off from the material realm to heights of Perfection.

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Renounce to Rejoice

There are four types of people – bhogi, yogi, sannyasi and jnani . The bhogi is the extroverted person who chases the world for happiness. Those who look within understand that happiness is not a commodity available in the supermarkets of the world.

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The Supreme Self

With imagery taken from the Katha Upanishad, Lord Krishna portrays the entire universe as the Ashvattha or pipal tree with roots above and branches below. In this chapter, Krishna urges you to cut apart this firmly rooted tree of the material world (and desires) with the weapon of detachment.

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Divine & Demonic

Every human being is a fascinating combination of divine and demonic qualities. We all have the devil in us. Something that makes us pursue self-destructive ways. Yet, even the worst among us has extraordinarily divine traits.

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Arise India

The clarion call given by the ancient Indian sages in the Vedas, the oldest source of wisdom in the world, was ARISE, AWAKE. STOP NOT TILL THE GOAL IS REACHED.

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