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Going beyond superficial ritual and shallow religion

Going beyond superficial ritual and shallow religion »

At the yoga conference Richard became good friends with Bhikku Vivekananda, a spiritual leader from Thailand, who had thousands of students at

The irony of a Bollywood Super hero

The irony of a Bollywood Super hero »

“Man is not what he thinks he is; he is what he hides” – Andre Malraux (1901-1976, French Novelist)

“Wow! He really looks

A billionaire taxi driver!!

A billionaire taxi driver!! »

The drive to the station took unusually long thanks to the incorrigible Mumbai traffic. “Pardon me for asking you, you are a monk

Realizations of the rich and famous –part two

Realizations of the rich and famous –part two »

“As a person aggrieved by hunger and thirst is not pleased by the external gratification of flower garlands or sandalwood pulp, I am

Realizations of the rich and famous –part one

Realizations of the rich and famous –part one »

Devahuti said: “I am very sick of the disturbance caused by my material senses, for because of this sense disturbance, my Lord, I

Spiritual Billionaire

Spiritual Billionaire »

Learning lessons of life from spiritual leaders

“People spend money they don’t have, on things they don’t need, to impress people whom anyway

Scientists explain Reincarnation

Scientists explain Reincarnation »

Part two… (Continued from the previous post…)

Dr. Ian Stevenson, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, has extensively investigated numerous reincarnation

Reincarnation – fact or fiction?

Reincarnation – fact or fiction? »

Some years ago, during the third session –Who am I? The science of the soul- of our Journey of Self Discovery course at

Thinking beyond ourselves

Thinking beyond ourselves »

A devout man dreamt that God always accompanied him in his life. He saw two pair of footprints and felt solaced that God

Do scriptures promote a negative view of this world?

Do scriptures promote a negative view of this world? »

“Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable”

Finley Peter Dunne (American humorist and writer, 1867-1936)

No!

But the Bhagavad Gita says

The emergency of Krishna consciousness

The emergency of Krishna consciousness »

Tsunamis, Earthquakes and on the domestic front, a loved one leaving you is all potentially possible. Pain and distress cannot be avoided in

Four theories on God’s existence – part two

Four theories on God’s existence – part two »

Continued from the previous post…….

Taking responsibility for our suffering

The Vedic understanding of evil, which many like Kushner are unaware of, places

Four theories on God’s existence – Part 1

Four theories on God’s existence – Part 1 »

There are shocking contrasts in this world; the reality of some swimming in opulence is incongruent with many others drowning in deprivation. No

Bhakti Yoga- a path of sentiments or a sentimental path?

Bhakti Yoga- a path of sentiments or a sentimental path? »

Aren’t people who practise Bhakti Yoga emotional; they cry for God and approach Him with vague, childish feelings? So is this a path

Spiritual lessons from Indian Politics?

Spiritual lessons from Indian Politics? »

As the Delhi election results are out, media is serving out lots of analysis on what went wrong or right for whom? Everyone’s

Srila Prabhupada – boring or refreshingly original?

Srila Prabhupada – boring or refreshingly original? »

Once a person challenged me that Srila Prabhupada often said he is simply repeating what he had heard from his spiritual master

Mumbai Passion- A case for compassion

Mumbai Passion- A case for compassion »

“More than ten million travel in the local trains of Mumbai daily!” my friend read out the statistics aloud. As we discussed the bizarre

Vedic culture in Russia- part five- Lion on chase but a lamb at home

Vedic culture in Russia- part five- Lion on chase but a lamb at home »

Continued from Vedic culture in Russia part-4…Potency of Indian temples

Lion on chase but a lamb

Vedic culture in Russia- part four-Potency of Indian Temples

Vedic culture in Russia- part four-Potency of Indian Temples »

Continued from Vedic Culture in Russia Part -3  Miracle of Tulasidevi

Potency of Indian temples

Alexander

Vedic culture in Russia- part three- Miracle of Tulasidevi

Vedic culture in Russia- part three- Miracle of Tulasidevi »

Continued from Vedic Culture in Russia Part -2  Beware of Lu

Vedic culture in Russia- part two- Beware of Lust

Vedic culture in Russia- part two- Beware of Lust »

Continued from Vedic Culture in Russia Part -1 ‘I am a Musalmaan’ 

Beware of Lust!!

Vedic Culture in Russia – Part one – ‘I am a Musalmaan’

Vedic Culture in Russia – Part one – ‘I am a Musalmaan’ »

‘I am a Musalmaan’ 

At the outskirts of Moscow, in a town named Eurolova, I stayed in an ISKCON temple for two weeks.

Shelter of God in Orissa

Shelter of God in Orissa »

I recently learnt through a first-hand experience how villagers in Orissa, India, are naturally seeking shelter of God and with a little

Be humble or get Humbled

Be humble or get Humbled »

Indra begged Krishna to retrieve mother Aditi’s earrings and Krishna fought a battle with Bhaumasura and helped Indra. Indra profusely thanked and worshipped

Mumbai Terrorism: Combat or Transcend?

Mumbai Terrorism: Combat or Transcend? »

As I gasped in disbelief, a friend assured me it was true terrorists had our city, Mumbai, under siege. A frenzied neighbor rushed

Where Medicine Blends with Devotion

Where Medicine Blends with Devotion »

In the heart of Mumbai, a hospital with a difference.

Ambulances sounding their sirens screech to a halt. Bodies, mutilated beyond recognition, keep

When Vedas are Misinterpreted

When Vedas are Misinterpreted »

Religious zealots force twisted interpretations to suit their selfish propaganda

A religious zealot, famed for his so-called knowledge of the

From Ritual to Spiritual

From Ritual to Spiritual »

Why and how to go beyond the externals of religion

Twenty-five-year-old Nitin Sawant, a software engineer, explains why he’s disillusioned with religious

Search of Happiness-Part 6

Search of Happiness-Part 6 »

The ultimate goal of every human being should be return to our eternal home, which is the spiritual world, the

Search of Happiness- Part 5

Search of Happiness- Part 5 »

One must reject superficial painkiller-like solutions and seek out a permanent solution to all problems.

Continued from the previous issue .

Search of Happiness- Part 4

Search of Happiness- Part 4 »

Understand the difference between real and temporary problems. By working on real problems, we can attain permanent happiness.FROM RELATIVE TO REAL HAPPINESS

We

The Breath of Bhakti Yoga

The Breath of Bhakti Yoga »

Our spiritual practices can become dry and mechanical if we omit the essential ingredient.

During my travels I sometimes meet people who

An Appointment with Mr.D

An Appointment with Mr.D »

Death is inevitable, but are we prepared for it?  Learn the art of cheerfully facing this most unexpected event of our life. Recently

An Appointment With Mr. Death

An Appointment With Mr. Death »

For the one appointment no one can cancel, it pays to be prepared.

Recently a college friend of mine was

The Miracle of Tulasi Devi

The Miracle of Tulasi Devi »

A young Russian devotee finds shelter and guidance under Krishna’s special devotee plant. Our cultural upbringing can greatly influence us in how

Copying with Envy

Copying with Envy »

Identifying and overcoming the root cause of our material existence.

‘Neighbour’s envy, owner’s pride,’ Growing up in an age when television

Is Hinduism Casteist

Is Hinduism Casteist »

A perspective on the old allegation against Hinduism.

Recently my attention was drawn to a political contro versy in South India. A few

The Empty Envelope

The Empty Envelope »

Making sense of Vedic Rituals

Are traditional rituals mere acts of blind faith, or are there scientific reasons behind following them?

Padayatra

Padayatra »

Bhakta Prabhajan, part of His Holiness Lokanatha Swami Maharaja’s padayatra, recollects this once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is not a fairy tale but a true account.

Penny Wise Pound Foolish

Penny Wise Pound Foolish »

We seek objects to make a successful living but foolishly let life slip away Recently I met some old friends I grew

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