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Stepping out of the last Matryoshka

Stepping out of the last Matryoshka

By Deepak M Ranade   A Matryoshka is a set of seven wooden dolls of decreasing sizes fitting inside of each other. One by one, each doll splits into half at the mid-section to reveal a smaller replica of the same doll nesting within. The first Russian doll set was made in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin […]

Initiator and Guru

Initiator and Guru

By Srila B B Tirtha Maharaj   The words ‘initiation’ and ‘diksha’ are not synonymous. The Oxford English Dictionary says, ‘initiation’ means admitting or introducing somebody to membership of a group, often by means of a special ceremony. The definition of ‘diksha’ is given in Hari-bhakti-viläsa: “the procedure by which self-effulgent (divine) knowledge that eradicates the […]

Golden Sojourn

Golden Sojourn

By Savita Upponi   Amritsar is one place I always love to go back to, to refresh childhood memories of my visits to the Golden Temple with my grandparents. Driving through the outer, more modern streets of the city towards the more congested streets of the old town, Saragarhi Niwas came into view. It is one […]

Be like a tortoise

Be like a tortoise

By Bansi Mahajan   Unless one possesses a stable and peaceful mind with steady wisdom, one cannot achieve the highest goal of success, whether in spiritual fields or in science, sports, education, music, medicine, in technical subjects or the arts. It is an essential condition to have a steady mind for any achievement or success. In […]

True Religion is not in places of worship

True Religion is not in places of worship

By Osho   True religion has been destroyed — not by the irreligious, but by the so called religious people of the world. Not by those who do not believe in God, but by those who believe in God, heaven and hell, and all that nonsense. True religion has nothing to do with God. Neither is […]

Ajna Chakra

Ajna Chakra

By Yogacharya Surakshit Goswami What is the significance of tilak (bindi) among Hindus? —Rashmi Sood, 42    The tilak is of great spiritual consequence to Hindus. Applied on the forehead between the brows, it is a point of immense power and piety. The spot where the bindi is applied is where the body’s most important chakra rests — […]

Mother Of The Universe

Mother Of The Universe

 By Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi   The deepest bond is between mother and child — perhaps this is why we find solace and security in invoking the Supreme asmother, says MATA AMRITANANDAMAYI   The tradition of invoking the Supreme as divine mother has been prevalent in India and in other parts of the world in many ancient […]

The Sacred Havan

The Sacred Havan

By Meena Om Havan is a procedure of eradicating inner imperfections prevalent in our being. This procedure incorporates all healing techniques beautifully. It is a rare combination of acupressure, touch healing, meditation, psychiatry, knowledge and wisdom.   Only natural materials are used while performing havan and they have ayurvedic properties. The first step towards performing […]

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 […]

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