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. […]

    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 [...]

    Awaken the Leader in You

    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. […]

    All the World’s a Stage

    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! […]


    The yoga of devotion

    Guest Article   Kavita Jhaveri has won the 3rd prize for the ‘WRITE AN ARTICLE’ contest held at the recent lectures at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai for writing this piece.   A mind which is filled with desires knows no bar. It keeps reaching further frontiers for material wants. When the mind craves for sensual indulgence, it becomes agitated. An agitated mind can never concentrate. Mind which is not controlled and guided by the intellect blindly follows the senses. A mind needs to be well prepared and trained for meditation. Only a well prepared mind can concentrate and use the technique of meditation to progress spiritually. Success in meditation depends on preparation and equanimity of the mind. If an agitated mind is forced to meditate the person tends to develop frustration and the mind instead of evolving only deteriorates. […]

    The Razors Edge

    Guest Article     V Nagarajan from Kolkata has won the ‘WRITE AN ARTICLE’ contest for the month of October for writing this piece. Congratulations Nagarajan!   Attention with awareness has its benefits. The raindrop on the window sill looks fuller. The silence after the rains feels like a blessing. It is the inner bliss reflected in outer perfection. […]

    Spirituality and Me

    Guest Article by Robin Pupneja, New Delhi I would consider ‘turning spiritual’ as my biggest achievement because my whole attitude towards life has changed. I constantly strive to be a better human being. I have started looking inwards and realized that there are so many things which can be worked upon to improve myself as a person. […]

    MI: Mind Intellect

    Guest Article by Abhishek Thakore The chariot of my life, was driven by my mind Slumbering lay my intellect, making me internally blind […]

    An Awakening

    Guest Article by Vibha Kagzi And then it hit me, with the softness of a thousand rose petals. The plain, simple truth stared me in the face. It shook up my premise of existence, attacking, questioning its very foundation. A foundation built of complexities and confusion. It disentangled my thoughts, as I resisted, relentlessly relinquishing my past convictions. […]

    With Soft Eyes

    You’ve met her for the first time at your friend’s party. She’s a bit quiet and not as well-dressed as you. She seems to lack the ‘finesse’ that most of your friends usually have and, here’s the clincher, she speaks when her mouth is full of food! Meanwhile, in the back of your head you’re thinking, ‘Maybe this isn’t the kind of person I want to be around too much.’ […]