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16-06-2016
Spiritual Significance of Diwali: The Festival of Lights
Diwali or Deepavali is one of the most important and most widely celebrated festivals in India, and nowadays one can find celebrations all over the world. Also known as ‘the festival of lights’, this celebration has a very beautiful and profound spiritual significance as well...
06-11-2015
Importance of Navratri and Durga Puja - The Nine Nights of the Devi
Navratri, also called Durga puja, is a festival of nine nights during which Devi, the energy or Shakti that governs this creation is worshipped. It is a precious time for sadhaks (spiritual seekers)…
10-10-2015
Importance of Shravan Maas – The Month dedicated to Shiva
Shravan Maas is the month dedicated to Shiva, during which people across the world worship the Shiva lingam by performing Rudrabhishek or Rudrapuja, a beautiful Vedic ceremony…
24-07-2015
Healing Mudras & Mudra Therapy (Part 4): Mudras to balance the Five Elements
Mudra therapy uses Mudras or hand-postures to balance and heal. There are five healing Mudras that can be used to balance the five elements in the body and mind…
17-04-2015
Healing Mudras & Mudra Therapy (Part 3): Mudras to Energize & Heal
Mudra therapy uses healing Mudras or hand-postures to balance and heal the body and mind. Prana Mudra and Apana Mudra are effective Mudras to energize and heal…
10-04-2015
Healing Mudras & Mudra Therapy (Part 2): How to use & practice Mudras
Mudra therapy uses healing Mudras or hand-postures to balance and heal the body and mind. Following some basic guidelines some of these are safe to practice on your own…
06-03-2015
Healing Mudras & Mudra Therapy (Part 1): Healing Hand Postures
Mudra therapy is a part of the ancient Vedic science of Ayurveda, which uses healing Mudras or hand-postures to correct any imbalances in the body and mind…
27-02-2015
A ray of hope amidst the 2012 Assam Riots
Many in India will remember the large-scale communal violence that flared up after some local incidents in 2012. And it so happened that I had visited these, among other villages in the region, just a few months earlier...
09-02-2015
Starting schools in the militancy-affected areas of N.C. Hills (Dima Hasao)
I was about to set out for my next destination, N.C. Hills, when some of our local volunteers suddenly told me that it would be better to cancel the trip. They told me most people from outside who enter those hills, do not come back…
05-02-2015
Spiders, mosquitos, cockroaches & reviving ancient practices…
I am sharing a story of a visit to Warangal district, in Andhra Pradesh, where we had been invited to a village by one of the local leaders to conduct some programs and inspire the people to rediscover the value of their ancient practices and traditions...
29-01-2015
The lady who gave away everything she had...
I would like to share an incident that happened about five years ago, when I was traveling in the naxal-affected interiors of Andhra Pradesh, a state in the south of India. It is a beautiful example of the values and traditions that are still very much alive in many villages across India...
22-01-2015
Stuck in the snow at 14,000 feet…
About two years ago, I visited the beautiful Tawang region for the first time. However, crossing the tricky Sela pass on the way back, something unexpected happened...
16-01-2015
Gandharva Veda – The Power of Sound and Healing Music
Gandharva Veda is the Upaveda or sub-branch of the Sama Veda dealing with musical rhythms, and how these rhythms are connected with different animals, seasons, natural phenomena, and more…
02-01-2015
Chakras and Sapta Puri – The connection between 7 holy cities and 7 chakras
There is a fascinating connection between the 7 chakras or main energy centers in our body, and the seven holy cities in India - the connection between microcosm and macrocosm…
19-12-2014
Poem: A Gift
Sharing one more poem that is very dear to me, that gives expression to the feeling of wanting to give something back to the Divine or the Master for all that one has received...
16-12-2014
Chakras and Kundalini – How different instruments affect the 7 chakras
There are 7 chakras or main energy centers in our body, and different musical instruments are connected to these chakras. Vedic science used this to raise the Kundalini along the chakras…
12-12-2014
Poem: An Offering
Sharing a poem that came up while traveling on a narrow mountain road covered in a thick fog somewhere in Arunachal Pradesh last year…
05-12-2014
Mantra Shastra - The Vedic Science and Power of Mantras (Part 3)
Mantra Shastra teaches how sounds are connected to certain vibrations. Similarly, yantra is the form or diagram connected to a vibration, and tantra is the technique how to use this...
28-11-2014
Poem: My Master
I am sharing a poem that came to me about two years ago, and that is very dear to me. It talks about the relationship between the Master and the Disciple...
17-11-2014
Mantra Shastra - The Vedic Science and Power of Mantras (Part 2)
Mantra Shastra, or the Vedic Science of Mantras, lists out three aspects of mantras: the Rishis, Devatas and Chandas. Knowing these, we know how to chant the mantra and its effects…
14-11-2014
Poem: I Remember
I am sharing another poem that is very dear to me. This poem came to me about two years ago...
10-11-2014
Mantra Shastra - The Vedic Science and Power of Mantras (Part 1)
Mantra Shastra is the ancient Vedic science of using mantras for various purposes. The ancient Rishis were able to use mantras to gain health, wealth and much more…
07-11-2014
Poem: Grateful
I am sharing another poem that came to me while traveling in the interiors of South India a few years ago...
04-11-2014
Havan - The Purifying Power of the Fire
Havan is the ancient Vedic science of using the sacred fire, samagri (pure substances) and Havan mantras following a proper Havan vidhi (procedure) to purify the atmosphere.
28-10-2014
Poem: Fortunate
I am sharing a poem that came to me a few years ago while traveling in villages and rural areas in South India and that is very dear to me...
28-10-2014
What is Blessing & How does it work?
Many people go to many places seeking blessings, but what is blessing actually, and how does it work? In the Vedic scriptures there is a beautiful definition…
24-10-2014
Story: The White Buddha
I am sharing a short story that I wrote almost ten years ago, but that is still very dear to me. It came up spontaneously, like a poem, and it reflects the timeless love between the Master and the Disciple in a way...
20-10-2014
The Real Meaning of Shiva Lingam – A Symbol of the Formless
The real meaning of Shiva lingam is both beautiful and profound. It is a symbol for Shiva, the all-pervading Supreme Consciousness; a form used to honor the formless…
17-10-2014
Upanayanam – The Meaning and Significance of the Sacred Thread Ceremony
Upanayanam is an ancient Vedic samskara, also known as the sacred thread ceremony, that initiates one into the Gayatri mantra and that has a profound spiritual significance…
11-10-2014