Reflections On Light: Pentecost

Source: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/giotto-and-workshop-pentecost Light is used as a symbol by cultures and religions all over the world, representing goodness, love, truth, knowledge, faith and life  itself. In Hinduism, it is particularly celebrated with lamps and fireworks during Diwali, the ‘Festival of Lights. It is also a  central feature in Christian rituals, and has become an expressive medium for... Continue Reading →

Poetry Chaikhana: Serving Up Meditation By The Poem

Chaikhana, Bolo Hauz, Bukhara Source: http://www.heritageinstitute.com/zoroastrianism/uzbekistan/ In my experience, those who meditate regularly over a long period of time develop a different perspective. There is less boxed-in thinking because the process of meditation breaks down conditioned thinking. Spiritual poetry goes beyond culture and religion to a universal space that we all share, if we have the... Continue Reading →

In Celebration Of Spring, Life, Hope

The aching yearning for Spring makes the birdsong sweetly joyful. It seems like the world rejoices in the song of life with the holy week for billions--Passover, Easter, Holi. The same sun shines over all life without distinction The water flows with no attempt at prejudice The earth holds us all without labels The tree... Continue Reading →

Khalil Gibran Poem: Children

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, "Speak to us of Children."  And he said:  Your children are not your children.  They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.  They come through you but not from you,  And though they are with you, yet they belong not to... Continue Reading →

Diwali Story Of Rama

This excellent rendition of the story of Diwali as a universal allegory of life and human nature is one that can be enjoyed meaningfully by everyone. This blog post is an excerpt, used here with permission,  from the article "Navaratri" by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati  in the October 2004 issue of Yoga Magazine, published by the Bihar School... Continue Reading →

Dussehra Ritual Stories For Mental Detox

The War of Lanka by Sahibdin. It depicts the monkey army of the protagonist Rama (top left, blue figure) fighting the demon-king of the king of Lanka, Ravana in order to save Rama's kidnapped wife Sita. The painting depicts multiple events in the battle against the three-headed demon general Trisiras, in bottom left--Trisiras is beheaded by the monkey-companion of Rama-–Hanuman. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramayana The... Continue Reading →

Yoga Of Hope And Strength In The Gita: Part 4

Hope is born and sustained when delusions and illusions are seen clearly and acknowledged. We are then able to see past them to the underlying core of being. This is the message of hope and strength in the Bhagavad Gita. In Part 4, Swami Niranjan explains this part of the Gita. Meditation or dhyana enables a clear vision... Continue Reading →

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