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Take care of your five sheaths – Part 5

Take care of your five sheaths – Part 5 »

Your elders at home might have wanted to make you a doctor or they may try to draw some social mileage out of

Take care of your five sheaths – Part 4

Take care of your five sheaths – Part 4 »

While the first two layers are perceivable, the mind and emotional sphere are challenging to comprehend. Yet, we all go through emotional upheavals

Take care of your five sheaths – Part 3

Take care of your five sheaths – Part 3 »

1.    The food body- Annamaya kosha

What you and others see about you is called the food body. It’s the outermost layer of our

Take care of your five sheaths – Part 2

Take care of your five sheaths – Part 2 »

Happiness can be defined in two ways: pleasure, or a more profound sense of fulfillment.  When you gratify the senses – tongue, ear,

Take care of your five sheaths – Part 1

Take care of your five sheaths – Part 1 »

“The first thing you have to know is yourself. A man who knows himself can step outside himself and watch his own reactions

When God is afraid – Part 6

When God is afraid – Part 6 »

The learned commentators explain that the ‘two fingers short’ phenomenon as an important lesson for our spiritual practices. The first finger represents our

When God is afraid – Part 5

When God is afraid – Part 5 »

Ajita- Unconquerable

Krishna heard his mother’s footsteps and fearing He’d be apprehended for His mischief and theft, he ran from the spot. Yashoda

When God is afraid – Part 4

When God is afraid – Part 4 »

At this point Krishna became angry- God is mad because His mother stopped feeding Him! We hear God is pleased even with a

When God is afraid – Part 3

When God is afraid – Part 3 »

Krishna was irresistibly attracted to the love of residents of Vrindavan. They loved Him purely and offered everything they had for His pleasure.

When God is afraid – Part 2

When God is afraid – Part 2 »

Krishna is crying and simultaneously rubbing off the tears from his eyes, with his tender, soft hands. In the process, the black mascara

When God is afraid – Part 1

When God is afraid – Part 1 »

“Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, become My devotee, offer obeisances to Me and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me,

Srimad Bhagavatam- the paradigm shift – Part 5

Srimad Bhagavatam- the paradigm shift – Part 5 »

When Lord Shiva was embarrassed in his moment of bewilderment by the enchanting female form of Lord Vishnu- Mohini murthi, he accepted his

Srimad Bhagavatam- the paradigm shift – Part 4

Srimad Bhagavatam- the paradigm shift – Part 4 »

Mistakes by the good people

Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva, blundered in her judgment by cursing the devotee king Chitraketu. The king

Srimad Bhagavatam- the paradigm shift – Part 3

Srimad Bhagavatam- the paradigm shift – Part 3 »

Demon and devotee redefined

One of the ancient, classic stories in the Vedic scriptures is that of Vritrasura- the demon who rose from

Srimad Bhagavatam- the paradigm shift – Part 2

Srimad Bhagavatam- the paradigm shift – Part 2 »

The unsung heroes

For example, Bhishma is portrayed in the Mahabharata as a mighty warrior who sided with the evil Kauravas. But the

Srimad Bhagavatam- the paradigm shift – Part 1

Srimad Bhagavatam- the paradigm shift – Part 1 »

Srimad Bhagavatam, in contrast to other Vedic scriptures, presents a refreshingly different paradigm on demons and devotees, or the heroes and villains.

We

What’s really precious?

What’s really precious? »

A sage decided to educate an overly attached king on spiritual subject matters. Although God fearing and pious, the king had many material

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 13

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 13 »

Ramanuja acharya desired to worship a special deity form of the Lord called Rama Priya. The Lord revealed to Ramanuja in the dream

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 12

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 12 »

One day when the monks woke in the morning, they found their loin-cloths and towels misplaced. Frantically they searched everywhere and even accused

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 11

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 11 »

Ramanuja acharya saw a young man Dhanurdas infatuated by his girlfriend who was a rich society girl. He was captivated by her beauty,

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 10

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 10 »

On another occasion Ramanuja acharya informed Varadacharya that he would be visiting his house for lunch. However he wasn’t’ at home; his wife

Lord Jagannath’s Pastimes- Part 4

Lord Jagannath’s Pastimes- Part 4 »

In the early twentieth century, the wealthy and haughty Dhananjay Mehta from Hyderabad was humbled by Lord Jagannath. He had challenged the priests

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 9

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 9 »

Ghostipurna announced to Ramanuja, “I shall today initiate you on the most powerful, yet a secret mantra. Anyone who chants this mantra will

Lord Jagannath’s Pastimes- Part 3

Lord Jagannath’s Pastimes- Part 3 »

Besides the mystical stories, there’s another side to Lord Jagannath too; His loving pastimes and reciprocation with His sincere devotees are faith giving.

Lord Jagannath’s Pastimes- Part 2

Lord Jagannath’s Pastimes- Part 2 »

The priceless diamonds and gems used in dressing the Lord are stored in ‘Ratna Bhandara’- a specially guarded and sealed store room. Who’s

Lord Jagannath’s Pastimes- Part 1

Lord Jagannath’s Pastimes- Part 1 »

Over the years, thousands of personal experiences of pilgrims confirm that Lord Jagannath reciprocates with devotees who come to Puri with a desire

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 8

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 8 »

Ramanuja acharya cleverly dispatched his wife to her parents’ house in the pretext of an important family wedding. She left for a few

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 7

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 7 »

Ramanuja would humbly enquire from Kanchipurna on various philosophical treatises and the science of devotional service. Kanchipurna would humbly protest, “Oh Ramanuja you

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 6

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 6 »

On arrival, they discovered the great Yamunacharya had already left; his followers surrounded his transcendental body, and cried in grief. Ramanuja felt devastated.

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 5

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 5 »

Ramanuja’s mother seeing the turn of events, suggested he take shelter of Kanchipurna, a devout lover of Lord Varadraj. She reasoned that Kanchipurna’s

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 4

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 4 »

During this time, the daughter of the King felt seriously sick. She was haunted by a ghost, and her fits and pain caused

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 3

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 3 »

Yadav prakash was stunned to see Ramanuja’s clarity and devotion. However instead of celebrating his student’s talent, he felt threatened. He knew he

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 2

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 2 »

The story of Ramanuja acharya begins years before his birth. A stalwart devotee of God (Krishna or Lord Vishnu) named Yamunacharya desired that

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 1

Ramanuja Acharya – a Saint who taught ‘Pure love’ – Part 1 »

How to love purely, and feel loved by God eternally?

Ramanuja acharya taught this principle over millennia ago.

A foremost teacher of the

A higher taste removes lower taste-part 2

A higher taste removes lower taste-part 2 »

“The secret to permanently breaking any bad habit is to love something greater than the habit.”            – Brynt Mcgill

The focus of our

A higher taste removes lower taste-part 1

A higher taste removes lower taste-part 1 »

“Bad habits are like a comfortable bed; easy to get into, but hard to get out of”

 

A friend of mine

In defence of Lord Ram – Part 5

In defence of Lord Ram – Part 5 »

“It is my vow that if one only once seriously surrenders unto Me, saying, “My dear Lord, I am Yours”, I shall

In defence of Lord Ram – Part 4

In defence of Lord Ram – Part 4 »

“For a man, of what use is a rope that is used for tying the elephant, if he is giving away the

In defence of Lord Ram – Part 3

In defence of Lord Ram – Part 3 »

“We have no right to ask the question, ‘why did this happen to me’ unless we ask the same question for every

In defence of Lord Ram – Part 2

In defence of Lord Ram – Part 2 »

“Beauty may leave the moon, Himalayas may become bereft of snow, the ocean may transgress its shores, but I will never violate the

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