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The most neglected discipline of Spirituality – GYAna yogA / Systematic enquiry into “Who am I?”

OM! Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, the Advaita Guru ParamparA (lineage teaching non-duality / advaita vedAntA) and my own AchAryA (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! Going from Religion to Philosophy What is Life if not for a series of continuous changes! Through life, we all change drastically and dramatically too whether physically, intellectually or emotionally. But what about spiritually? How much have our notions about God and Heaven really changed from the time we were kids? It wouldn’t be an exaggeration at all to say that a majority of religious adults still fear being punished by a God in some way for something they did or didn’t do right! What about the fear of going to hell? We seek growth and progress…

Meditation / dhyAna yogA, Can there be spirituality devoid of it?

OM! Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, the Advaita Guru ParamparA (lineage teaching non-duality / advaita vedAntA) and my own AchAryA (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! Can a man be fully dressed if he were wearing only his shirt or only his trouser? Sorry to begin on a silly note but I’m trying to drive home a very important point through a mundane example! So far we spoke about karma yogA which was a purificatory process to purify the mind of basic impurities and thereby purify our actions too. We now move on to the next important phase, dhyAna yogA / upAsana yogA / the practise of meditation, for calming and making quiet a mind which so far has been habituated to be…

Top Meditation Tips for Beginners

Over the last few years I been a keen practitioner of meditation. However over those few years I had a very busy schedule with work and college which meant starting and restarting my meditative routine. Meditation at the very start seems very daunting and it can be a bit anxious if you’re a beginner or even restarting a regular practice. Here’s some easy tips I learned when beginning meditation.   1. Practice Daily As they say practice makes perfect. When you are first starting out with meditation, it is important to keep with it. You may not notice or actualise the benefits right way but the more consistent and regular your practice becomes it is easier to quieten the mind, enter a state of relaxation and allow clarity to come…

Living Awarefully – A Karma yogA way of Life!

OM! Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, the Advaita Guru ParamparA (lineage teaching non-duality / advaita vedAntA) and my own AchAryA (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! In this blog, I pick up the thread exactly where I left off in the previous blog. Here, as promised, the discussion is about karma yogA, the first of the purificatory processes, which cleanses the mind and correspondingly the actions too. Karma yogA – The Art of Right Action! The word ‘Karma’ directly translates to ‘action’ and in this context, ‘yogA’ refers to, ‘the attitude behind’. Karma yogA is a way of action as taught by the VedhA, which is going to undo our old ways of acting to replace with a new way of acting injected…

7 Ways To Give Your Spiritual Life A Spring Cleaning This Season

The spring equinox fell this week on 20th March, this year, marking the time when the sun passes over the celestial equator. It’s a day many pagans observe as Ostara, a holiday of renewal and rebirth that celebrates the transition from winter to spring. Paganism and its many permutations, including Wicca, are nature religions that honour the sacred power of the earth, in addition to a pantheon of gods and goddesses. The shifts from season to season are important to pagans because they represent not only the changes occurring in nature, but they also offer wisdom for how we might best direct our efforts throughout the year. If you’ve ever done a spring cleaning, then you may know how good it feels to give your home a makeover. But if you’re interested in a…

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Celebrating the Spring Equinox

The spring equinox occurs on 20th March; a cyclic event where the Earth’s North and South poles are not tilted toward or away from the sun meaning that the sun will rise exactly in the east and travel through the sky for 12 hours before setting in the exactly west. Day and night are of equal lengths. It marks the beginning of spring, a time of renewal by cultures around the world throughout history that actively incorporate rituals and symbols that honour fertility and rebirth. The spring equinox has long been celebrated by nearly all world cultures as a time of rebirth, fertility and new opportunities. There is a symbolic meaning here, shared by our histories and collective consciousness reflecting renewal and hope. The spring equinox celebrated by the Pagan traditions was known as “Ostara” in early Pagan Germanic countries, usually a celebration of planting the new spring…

What stands between us and our living a liberated, free life!

OM! Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, the Advaita Guru ParamparA (lineage teaching non-duality / advaita vedAntA) and my own AchAryA (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! Liberation is not something which is acquirable from the outside by our doing “something”.  Such freedom cannot stand the test of time! Insecurity is not a fact of life asserts VedhA but really is only a notion that our mind has strongly identified with. VedAntA cannot stress enough how freedom is our own intrinsic nature!  How does an angry person become loving? Is love as a quality acquired from outside, like adding salt to food? No! When that person gives up his angry, hating, irrited self, he turns into a sweet, kind, loving person. The keyword is “giving up”! Freedom / Liberation / mOkshA is no different says…

Celebrating Holi 2018, Welcoming Spring in Colour

Holi is the Hindu festival of colours. It is celebrated at the end of the winter season, on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna. In 2018, Holi falls on March 1-2. Holi is observed with great fanfare by Hindus all over the world, with celebrations beginning on the eve of the festival with bonfires and prayers. On the day of Holi, people throw coloured powder and liquids at each other in celebration. Holi celebrations are particularly riotous in India as social rules are relaxed. Coloured water is squirted on passers-by, and people are dunked into muddy water. Many people consume bhang, an intoxicating drink made from the female cannabis plant. Social barriers are broken as people of all ages, genders, castes and wealth gather together and celebrate the festival. In fact, it is said that one can get away with almost any…

The Still Point of Existence

Introduction Archimedes, the famous astronomer and mathematician from Syracuse, Sicily, who lived in the third century B.C.E. is purported to have said: “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum to place it on and I shall move the very earth.” I use this wonderful image as a metaphor for what is called the Still Point of Existence in such a fashion as to underline the potency of attaining this point of being whereupon we can literally embody the very sentiments of the Desiderata, the first verse of which runs:   Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have…

LIBERATION Demystified!

OM! Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, the Advaita Guru ParamparA (lineage teaching non-duality / advaita vedAntA) and my own AchAryA (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! Before we get started on the topic it is necessary for us to be on the same page as far as the definition of liberation goes. Liberation may very loosely be understood as a state of uninterrupted happiness, peace, security and freedom from all pains, hardships and insecurities. What makes liberation different from other spurts of happiness / joy is only that liberation is seen to be an unending state, that is, once attained, it remains permanently with us. Different groups tend to tweak the same idea of liberation to their understanding. Let’s enquire…. The Religious Viewpoint Most monotheistic paths, including many within Hinduism itself, like Shaivism,…