Katha-Upanishad – I

Hari Om Peace Chant May He (the Supreme Being) protect us both, teacher and taught. May He be pleased with us. May we acquire strength. May our study bring us illumination. May there be no enmity among us. OM! PEACE! PEACE! PEACE! Part First I Vahasrava, being desirous of heavenly rewards (at the Viswajit sacrifice), … Continue reading Katha-Upanishad – I

Katha-Upanishad – II

Hari Om Part Fourth I The Self-existent created the senses out-going; for this reason man sees the external, but not the inner Atman (Self). Some wise man, however, desiring immortality, with eyes turned away (from the external) sees the Atman within. In the last chapter the Ruler of Death instructed Nachiketas regarding the nature and … Continue reading Katha-Upanishad – II

Kena-Upanishad

Hari Om Like the Isavasya, this Upanishad derives its name from the opening word of the text, Kena-ishitam, "by whom directed." It is also known as the Talavakara-Upanishad because of its place as a chapter in the Talavakara-Brahmana of the Sama-Veda. Among the Upanishads it is one of the most analytical and metaphysical, its purpose … Continue reading Kena-Upanishad

Isa-Upanishad

Hari Om Peace Chant OM! That (the Invisible-Absolute) is whole; whole is this (the visible phenomenal); from the Invisible Whole comes forth the visible whole. Though the visible whole has come out from that Invisible Whole, yet the Whole remains unaltered. OM! PEACE! PEACE! PEACE! The indefinite term "That" is used in the Upanishads to … Continue reading Isa-Upanishad

Introduction to Upanishads

Hari Om The Upanishads represent the loftiest heights of ancient Indo-Aryan thought and culture. They form the wisdom portion or Gnana-Kanda of the Vedas, as contrasted with the Karma-Kanda or sacrificial portion. In each of the four great Vedas—known as Rik, Yajur, Sama and Atharva—there is a large portion which deals predominantly with rituals and … Continue reading Introduction to Upanishads

GAUTAMA BUDHA—THE COMPASSIONATE

Hari Om Gautama, prince of the house of Siddhartha, of the Sakya class, was born in northern India in the township of Kapilavastu, in the year 556 B.C., according to the best authorities, as interpreted and reported by Max Muller. The Japanese tradition agrees with this, practically, stating that O Shaka Sama (signifying one born … Continue reading GAUTAMA BUDHA—THE COMPASSIONATE

THE INNER CONSCIOUSNESS — How to Awaken and Direct It?

Hari Om In theoretical as well as applied psychology no term is more misleading, or confusing than the term consciousness. We use the term often in our conversation; we come across it in our study; but when we are asked to define it properly, to explain its significance, its meaning, or the idea for which … Continue reading THE INNER CONSCIOUSNESS — How to Awaken and Direct It?

BHAKTI YOGA, MEDITATION and THE SIDDHIS

Hari Om Sri Krishna - Uddhava Conversation in the Bhagavata Purana: BHAKTI YOGA SKANDHA XI. CHAP. 14. "O Krishna, thou speakest of Bhakti Yoga. Others speak of other expedients. Are they all same or is any one of them superior to others?" Sri-Krishna replied: — "The tendencies of men are different, according to the differences … Continue reading BHAKTI YOGA, MEDITATION and THE SIDDHIS

ON RE-INCARNATION, FORBEARANCE, SANKYA and GUNAS

Hari Om In Bhagavata Purana, Sri Krishna and Uddhava Conversation: SKANDHA XI. CHAP. 22. Uddhava asked: — "Those that are turned away from Thee take on and give up bodies. Tell me something about rebirth." Sri Krishna replied: — "The mind of men imprinted with karma moves with the five senses from body to body. … Continue reading ON RE-INCARNATION, FORBEARANCE, SANKYA and GUNAS

JNÂNA YOGA and BHAKTI YOGA

Hari Om JNÂNA YOGA - In Bhagavata Purana, Sri Krishna's reply to Uddhava: SKANDHA XI. CHAP. 28. "Do not either praise or blame other men and their actions. Look upon all as one, pervaded by the same Prakriti and the same Purusha. By criticising others, the mind is directed to a false channel and it … Continue reading JNÂNA YOGA and BHAKTI YOGA