What is Karma ?

A king was touring his kingdom on his elephant. Suddenly he stopped in front of a shop in the market and said to his minister, "I don't know why, but I want to hang the owner of this shop." The minister was shocked. But before he could ask the king why, the king had moved … Continue reading What is Karma ?

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Hidden Cause of Things

All that transpires on earth and all beyond Are parts of an illimitable plan The One keeps in his heart and knows alone. Our outward happenings have their seed within, And even this random Fate that imitates Chance, This mass of unintelligible results, Are the dumb graph of truths that work unseen: The laws of … Continue reading Hidden Cause of Things

Modern Science and Indian Wisdom of yore

Modern science has come to the conclusion that all is one energy. Long ago, India’s wisdom came to the conclusion that all is one awareness/ consciousness, i.e. the one energy of science ‘knows itself’. It is not inert, not dead. So far, science either does not know about the claim of the Indian rishis or … Continue reading Modern Science and Indian Wisdom of yore

Formless Power or Powerful Forms ? – A Hindu view – 2

  He can be with form, without form and also beyond all that. Swami Shantatmananda writes in a column in the Sunday Guardian: "Sri Ramakrishna would often caution his devotees about the dangers of being rigid in one’s spiritual beliefs. He would ask the devotees whether they knew where those who speak of the formless God … Continue reading Formless Power or Powerful Forms ? – A Hindu view – 2

Formless Power or Powerful Forms ? – A Hindu view – 1

Dhyana shlokas of various forms of God are potent storehouses of the divine properties attributed to the respective form. There are worldwide records of people seeing the form when the bijamantra of the deity is recited with devotion after invoking the form by first reciting the dhyana sloka. People from the West who learnt mysticism … Continue reading Formless Power or Powerful Forms ? – A Hindu view – 1

Six Ways of Knowing as per Hindu philosophy

The five senses are doorkeepers which bring knowledge of the outer world to the mind. There are many things which we know indirectly without the direct aid of the senses. Hindu sages have classified the means of valid knowledge into six broad groups called pramānas. The knowledge that we gain through these means should be … Continue reading Six Ways of Knowing as per Hindu philosophy

Evolution of Man as a Human Being – 4 (concluding)

To evaluate man we should take into account not merely his physical and mental stature but his spiritual nature as well. Those who think the body and mind to be the principal factors of human personality naturally fail to see any truth in the conception of man’s divine relationship. They may argue: “Imagine the immeasurable … Continue reading Evolution of Man as a Human Being – 4 (concluding)

Evolution of Man as a Human Being – 3

There have been great seers and saints in different climes and ages who have realized this Freedom and proclaimed it to be the Supreme End of life. So declares the Vedic seer of India, “I have realized this self-effulgent Supreme Being beyond darkness. By knowing Him alone one overcomes mortality. There is no other way … Continue reading Evolution of Man as a Human Being – 3

Evolution of Man as a Human Being – 2

However, there are human beings no better than animals. In fact, human brutes are worse than beasts. The practice of  such devilry as duplicity, hypocrisy, treachery, conspiracy, and tyranny that so often marks man’s dealings with man is unknown to the animal world. The quadrupeds are incapable of such wickedness and meanness. Indeed the poet … Continue reading Evolution of Man as a Human Being – 2