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Practice of Meditation

Yoga & Meditation

The seeker who wants to be established in the knowledge of the Self has to follow certain disciplines, practicing them regularly, riding the steed of yoga till there is total abidance of the Self. Read more


The spirit & influence of Vedanta in protecting the environment

The concern towards endless strains on the environment for wealth generation has remained on the top of the political agenda of several countries. Despite the concern and promulgation of various laws, senseless exploitation of natural resources severely threatens the environment in several countries. Burning of fossil fuel at a mammoth scale and the resultant global warming is causing change in weather pattern, severe draughts and flooding at unprecedented scales affecting agriculture. In a report on the “Future of Food”, The Economist (Feb 26- Mach 4, 2011) cites studies which show that “global warming upsets water cycles, increases the burden of pests, desiccates soil and reduces yield”. Presently, China (report in the Economist, August 10- 16, 2013) alone burns about half of the world’s coal supplies and its Carbon dioxide emissions have already over taken Americans in 2006 and in another one to two years, it will emit twice America’s total. Between 1990 and 2050 its cumulative emissions will amount of 500 billion tons – roughly the same as those of the whole world from the beginning of industrial revolution to 1970. What is more alarming is that as it shifts heavy manufacturing and mining from coastal areas to western province like Tibet having fragile eco-systems, the damage will be irreversible. The instances reported are only indicative, as several such account are well documented. Read more




The fundamentals of Vedantic Philosophy

VedantaSpiritual Insights

Vedanta is the culmination of knowledge, the sacred wisdom of the Hindu sages, and the transcendental experience of the seers of truth. It is the essence, or conclusion, of the Vedas. As the Upanishads come at the end of the Vedas, so it is called Vedanta. Literally, Veda means knowledge and anta means end. Read more


What is Meditation or ‘Dhyana’?

Yoga & MeditationSpirituality

Meditation has been glorified by the Hindu scriptures as the most sacred vocation of human being. Humans alone are capable of this highest effort, by which they can rise beyond the mind and the intellect, the factors that limit them states Swami Chimayananda (2008:13). The spiritual stalwart of our times, further states, and rightly so, that, few of us can remain for a single moment without the mind and intellect roaming in clusters of thoughts. The question is: How can we regulate the production and flow of our thoughts? (ibid) Seeking an answer to this can had by cultivating controls over thoughts, gaining mastery on controlling and directing their flow, which can be attained by practicing meditation or dhyana. Read more


Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma) & its ancient scriptures

Wisdom LiteratureSpiritualityVedanta

Hinduism - as the religion is popularly known is in its very essence Sanatana Dharma. “Santana” means eternal. “Dharma” is a word which defies exact translation in English. Among others it means “the values of life that sustain”. Therefore, “Sanatana Dharma” means “the religion based on the eternal, unchanging and time-tested wisdom and values of life” “Hinduism” thus is not exactly a “Religion”, but a “Way of life” (Nityananda, 2006). Read more


Spirituality – a new found emphasis!

Spirituality

Spirituality is finding renewed appeal, in recent times, among individuals and organizations and among people in academia and management alike. Its growing importance in management discourses is readily acknowledged today, so much so that some believe that a paradigm shift is taking place. Read more


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