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Proud To Be ‘Educated’?

    Maria Wirth Indians have brains. This news has spread by now. I read about an Indian girl in a school in U.S. who complained that her American peers expected her to excel simply because she was Indian. There are statistics which show that NRIs in U.S. are doing exceptionally well, that their percentage in organizations like NASA...

The Philosophy of Right Action

    Dhruva Kumar When Arjuna sat dejected, refusing to fight, Krishna urged him to get up, shed his wretched weakness and do what he was best at doing -he was the best of warriors, revered even by the devas and feared by enemies. However, the great Arjuna was experiencing something he never had before. He had spent all...

The journey from Yog to Yoga

From yog on rustic cotton mats laid out on an earthen floor under a hay roof to Yoga in swanky temperature- controlled yoga studios with branded accessories, this practice has leaped to a different level altogether. The multibillion-dollar yoga industry today is a far cry from the simple akahada gurus who would sweep the floor and lay out the mats to...

Riddle of Reincarnation-A Queer Experience

While working from Siliguri for an English daily, I went to a monastery in Darjeeling. I went there on a request to cover a strange phenomenon. It was about reincarnation. Curious as I was into the queerness of the phenomenon, I reached the monastery one fine morning with the majestic Kanchenjunga sparkling in the backdrop of the unfolding mystery....

Thanksgiving-An Opportunity to Give Life, Not Only Thanks

November 22 was the thanksgiving day       Bhagawati Saraswati In America, one of the biggest holidays of the year is Thanksgiving. The feast is in honor of the first good harvest after the pilgrims came to the new land. In theory, this holiday is a beautiful one. The idea of gathering to give thanks, gathering on behalf...

Unravelling the soul

Acceptance of our flaws is the first step towards self-improvement. If we keep a daily check, betterment will become a habit, writes Sant Rajinder Singh A mountain-climbing team ascending a Himalayan peak has to remain focused to achieve its goal. Similarly, when we try to rise above bodily consciousness, our soul must be focused on the goal. To withdraw our...

Vedic Rishis – The Ancestors of All Indian

      Maria Wirth Some five years ago there was a small news item in a national paper. At that time Jairam Ramesh was the minister of state for environment and forests and he had stated, “India is losing at least 2000 patents every year on traditional formulations as the knowledge on these has never been documented.” I...

Me, Myself and My Online Identity

And looking at it, of course, actually interacting with it, is even worse…. Our phones are not merely appliances.  They have become inherent, and dangerous I believe, aspects of our very identity.  We craft and create online identities that project not who we really are but who we would like the world to think we are. Having to curate one identity...

The layers around our soul

Letting go of our ego is one of the most challenging and also one of the most important tasks facing human beings, says Sant Rajinder Singh It is said that of all the blockages to the soul, the last to be removed is the ego. Ego is both blatant and subtle. It causes us to forget our true self and...

Bringing Vedanta in Everyday Life

Excerpts from the talk by Swami Nikhileshwarananda at Vedanta Society of Greater Houston, US on November 11, 2018 When Ramakrishna Paramhansa was confined to Cossipore gardens after he was afflicted with throat cancer one day his beloved disciple Swami Vivekananda- then Narendranath- came with his other monastic brothers to see him. He complained that Thakur (as his disciples called...