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FOOD: its categorization and how it variously influences our subtle personality!

OM Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, The Advaitha Guru Parampara (lineage teaching non-Duality / Advaitha Vedantha) and my own Acharya (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! Matter (in this specific context, food) can influence the mind! In normal parlance, we are used to the phrase, “Mind over matter”. But as per Vedantha, mind and matter are not 2 different things! Mind itself is nothing but matter, only in a subtler form when compared to the gross body. Anything that falls within the awareness of Consciousness is really only an object, whether gross or subtle. Thus mind really is not separate from an object, for all its contents- thoughts, emotions, feelings,etc. are known to the Self. That is why even many Psychosomatic illnesses are…

Vegetarianism is not an imposed ideal for the Spiritual, it is the natural way of being!

OM Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, The Advaitha Guru Parampara (lineage teaching non-Duality / Advaitha Vedantha) and my own Acharya (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! How many times have you come across articles and FAQs on, “I am Spiritual. Do I need to turn vegetarian to continue with success on the path?” It makes me smile a bit whenever I see such things! Before we get into this subject, I would like to say that this blog by no means is meant as a debate between which is better, vegetarianism or non-vegetarianism. Neither is it a tool of judgement or attack towards a particular group. It simply is a genuine attempt at discussing at length where vegetarianism stems from. First things first,…

Stressed? You are too much in this physical world

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Eliminate stress by making an inner connection In our Western world there are too many people suffering from stress and stress related illness. Why is it that we who live in a world of plenty cannot find peace and calmness? Why do we sometimes feel like we are on a merry go round, doing the same things, trying to find peace only to keep spinning in our spiral of stress?   Are we looking in the wrong place? We often look to some diversions, entertainment,  drink, drugs or anything that gets us away from the area of stress for a while. However as soon as that session ends, we are back in the same place. The stress is still there, we just avoided it for a time. The problem with…

Spirituality is not the privilege of a select few! EVERYONE in fact is in the pursuit of ‘Spirit’ alone!

OM Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, The Advaitha Guru Parampara (lineage teaching non-Duality / Advaitha Vedantha) and my own Acharya (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! First things first, let me clarify, ‘Spirit’ mentioned in the title refers strictly to the Self or Consciousness 😉! To me it has always seemed like society is clearly demarcated into those on “the path of Spirituality” and “the others”! But apparently I’m wrong! Some intelligent intellects know clearly the path they are on while others just don’t know, that’s all! Let’s explore….. What are all humans constantly seeking? Unanimous answer would be HAPPINESS and that too undisrupted if possible! Today we are seeking that happiness through people, relationships, objects, wealth, assets, travel, possessions, etc. Really speaking,…

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Mechanics of the Mistake! What really drives me to identify with the “non-Self”(body-mind)?

OM Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, The Advaitha Guru Parampara (lineage teaching non-Duality / Advaitha Vedantha) and my own Acharya (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! So far, we have arrived at the Self or “I” as the Consciousness Principle, seperate from body, mind and world which is a mere witness to all 3 of them as objects. Non-Self refers to anything that is not the Self, or anything that is an object of perception! Thus, the world around us and our own body-mind complex which was split up into 5 layers all become the non-Self, being objects of our Awareness! It is this very concept…

Celebrating Samhain

In late October and early November, many witches, Wiccans and other pagans around the Northern Hemisphere celebrate Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival in celebration of autumn harvest and the onset of winter. Samhain is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Lúnasa, Imbolc and Beltane. The timing of contemporary Samhain celebrations varies according to spiritual tradition and geography. Many of us celebrate Samhain over the course of several days and nights, and these extended observances usually include a series of solo rites as well as ceremonies, feasts, and gatherings with family, friends, and spiritual community. In the northern hemisphere, many Pagans celebrate Samhain from sundown on October 31 through November 1. Others hold Samhain celebrations…

How far am “I” from my Awareness?

OM Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, The Advaitha Guru Parampara (lineage teaching non-Duality / Advaitha Vedantha) and my own Acharya (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! The title is silly in ways like asking, “How far is the Eye from vision?” The nature of the eye is vision and similarly, the very nature of the Self / I is Awareness or Consciousness or Knowing. It is used here figuratively to help  arrive at a level we might be stuck at, just as we deduce shortsightedness and longsightedness of vision! By the end of my previous blog, we had concluded that, the Self (or I in…

Celebrating Diwali 2017

Globally, October 19th is celebrated as Diwali, the festival of lights. It is arguably one of the biggest celebrations inside and outside of India for the South Asian community. What is most incredible is the diversity of significance of the day for a number of different faith communities including Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. While Diwali is popularly known as the “festival of lights”, the most significant spiritual meaning is “the awareness of the inner light”. Central to Hindu philosophy is the assertion that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman. The celebration of Diwali as the “victory of good over evil”, refers to…

Stronger than we Ever Thought: Drinking from our Own Spiritual Wells

Estella, Pip’s rather condescending and hurtful inamorata says some years after they had parted ways in Dickens’ classic novel Great Expectations: “I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” (End of chapter 59) Being a reader who prefers Dickens’ first ending where Estella marries another, I am quite reluctant to believe that she has changed much. However, her comment is filled with wisdom as, after all, life does teach us a lot of lessons, and many of us have been broken, but hopefully, like Estella believes of herself, “bent into better shape.” The new Testament contains a similar message, which no doubt imbued the thoughts…