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Practical Steps to a Peaceful Mind – Basis of Happiness

Practical Steps to a Peaceful Mind – Basis of Happiness

By Dr Partap Chauhan I have travelled all over the world. The only thing that is common in all humans, across the globe is that they all want to be happy. I have not met anyone who wants to be sad. We all want to be happy, but the question is how do we become happy? […]

Vivekananda’s Landmark Address In Chicago

Vivekananda’s Landmark Address In Chicago

By Arijit Ray  When Swami Vivekananda began his speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893, Chicago, addressing his audience as “Sisters and brothers of America,” he got a thunderous standing ovation that lasted more than two minutes. The spontaneous response from the audience was symbolic of the imprint his message would create in […]

A meaningful silence is always better than meaningless words!

A meaningful silence is always better than meaningless words!

By Brahma Kumaris A meaningful silence is always better than meaningless words! – By B.K Swathi Here, the word “meaningful” is crucial. It refers to a silence that is experienced when we are connected to the Divine Supreme intellect and not the kind of silence where we sulk and stay silent verbally in order to […]

Stop hugging the tree

Stop hugging the tree

 By Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi Spirituality is never an escape or an abandonment of responsibility. It is the ability to live with peace and contentment in every situation, by understanding oneself and understanding the nature of the mind and the world. This can be gained only through sustained practice.   For this, the first thing needed […]

Krishna As Girl

Krishna As Girl

By Devdutt Pattanaik Strivesha is a depiction of Krishna as a woman, writes DEVDUTT PATTANAIK, and narrates stories related to the form of Krishna that displays joy and showers affection   Back in the year 2011, I went to an exhibition of Sudarshan Sahoo, master stone carver from Odisha, at Jehangir Art Gallery, and saw an image of […]

Onam 2018: History, significance and timings of puja

Onam 2018: History, significance and timings of puja

By Saumyaa Vardhan  Aside from festivals that are celebrated across India, there are others which are limited to a tribe, community, village, district or state. These festivals are not celebrated across India but are limited to a niche, and the people connected to that faith. Wherever they may be, they shall also celebrate the festival on […]

SATTVIC FOODS ADD YEARS TO YOUR LIFESPAN

SATTVIC FOODS ADD YEARS TO YOUR LIFESPAN

By Vinod Nigam SATTVIC FOODS ADD YEARS TO YOUR LIFESPAN Sattvic foods promote longevity, virtue, strength, health, happiness, and joy are juicy, smooth, substantial, and nutritious. Persons in the mode of goodness like such foods —— Bhagvad Gita Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand. If you have a healthy lifestyle, your diet and […]

STORY OF SWANS: IMPORTANCE OF GURU AAGYA

STORY OF SWANS: IMPORTANCE OF GURU AAGYA

By Sirshree As we focus on articles on the role of the Guru in the spiritual journey of a seeker, let’s also discuss the importance of the words and advice given by the Guru. This article sheds light on the importance of the commandments and orders that come directly from the Guru. Not a single word […]

Your Best Friend

Your Best Friend

PIYUSH ROY draws from the epics to illustrate the true meaning of what intimate friendship is all about The ‘liberal’ lifestyle perspectives being coined today can be encountered in the epic Mahabharata, such as libertines,metrosexuals, independent women, feisty transgenders, short affairs, long bromances and more…. If, for a moment, one keeps the holiness of the mahakavya and its characters aside, […]

Guru Purnima 2018: Why the festival is celebrated, legend, history and all you need to know

Guru Purnima 2018: Why the festival is celebrated, legend, history and all you need to know

  By Saumyaa Vardhan Guru Purnima 2018: It is believed that a person is blind without a teacher to guide him. A mother is the first teacher of a child, but after that, the guru becomes his or her second mother. The shastras proclaim that a human being is born twice or dvija, first by the union of the father […]

The Three Stumbling Blocks To Success

The Three Stumbling Blocks To Success

By Acharya Mahapragya   Despair is a major obstacle to progress. It scuttles the process of gaining success .“It cannot be done!” This sentence is a great stumbling block to any kind of success. It was my sutra, never to despair. Why should we think something cannot happen? When we believe that the soul has infinite […]

Why do we light a lamp during puja?

Why do we light a lamp during puja?

By Saumyaa Vardhan Worshipping the supreme lord is one of the ways of expressing our gratitude towards him. It is believed that He has been maintaining the entire creation from time immemorial and has been supplying the living entities with all sorts of items desired by them in the longer run. And for his selfless service […]

Decoding Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

Decoding Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

Most devotees are mesmerised after hearing the lyrical chanting of mantras in temples. Be it a recorded cassette or some expert brahmanas encircled around a fire sacrifice, the melodious and harmonic sound of the recitation of mantras in a particular meter can make one spell bound. Mantras form an essential portion of the Vedic system […]

Karma And Suffering

Karma And Suffering

The quantum of suffering that we undergo in a lifetime does not seem to be in proportion to the bad karmas we may possibly have generated in previous births or in this life. Sometimes, the punishment inflicted on us seems to be too harsh. Please elucidate. —Pankaj Kumar, 66 years The fruits of karma, action, […]

Why Waste Precious Opportunity To Moksha?

Why Waste Precious Opportunity To Moksha?

By B Shankar Humans are ever engaged in action as it is almost impossible to live without action. In life, we play many different roles like being a student, employee, son, daughter, spouse, parent, citizen and so on. We are generally guided by our family value system in our actions. Karma means prescribed duties. But today, […]

Ramzan: Practices and rituals you probably didn’t know about

Ramzan: Practices and rituals you probably didn’t know about

By Shruti Chakraborty  When one talks about Ramzan, the holy month of Islam, the three things that popularly immediately come to mind for the medium-initiated are roza, salat (prayers five times a day) and iftar. While roza stands for fasting and salat/namaz for prayers, iftar stands for the breaking of the fast. But not known to […]

Informational Knowledge vs Practical Experience

Informational Knowledge vs Practical Experience

Blog by Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj In many schools, emphasis is placed on informational knowledge learned by reading textbooks or listening to lectures, memorizing the material, and taking tests. However, when one wants to become an adept or practitioner in the field, it involves more practical lessons. Doctors need to learn how to perform surgery or […]

Awaken to many Realities by Guruji Krishnananda

Awaken to many Realities by Guruji Krishnananda

  We have to awaken to many Truths, many Realities. We have to awaken from ignorance. Sometimes people say that in Hinduism there are so many gods. All these gods do exist. Lord Mahavishnu is in-charge of Life and Life Forces. Lord Shiva is in-charge of the forces of destruction. Lord Brahma is in-charge of […]

Ten misconceptions about Bhagavad Gita

Ten misconceptions about Bhagavad Gita

The holy text of the revered Bhavagad Gita has been the Hindus pride for ages now and still continues to be. But, with the advent of more scientific reasoning, many have developed illusions and misconceptions about its concepts and essence. Surprisingly, countries like Russia even decided to ban the book, claiming it to be extremist. […]

How a child rape became a religious flashpoint for India

How a child rape became a religious flashpoint for India

India’s top court has moved the trial in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl out of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The BBC’s Yogita Limaye spoke to people in the community about the divisions that led to the court’s decision. “I just want justice for my child,” her mother says. “I […]

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