Vedanta Philosophies of Hinduism – Introduction

Hari Om Introduction The Sutras or aphorisms of Vyasa are the basis of the Vedanta philosophy. These Sutras have been variously explained by different commentators. From these interpretations have arisen several schools of philosophy, viz., Kevala Advaita philosophy of Sri Sankaracharya the philosophy of Qualified Monism or Visishtadvaita of Sri Ramanujacharya, the Dvaita philosophy of … Continue reading Vedanta Philosophies of Hinduism – Introduction

You Can Become A YOGI

Hari Om TRUTH knows no death; no birth. It is Eternal; has always been, will always be. Time cannot exhaust its force, for it carries its power within itself. Deep in the heart of Truth is hidden an object we all are groping for. It is power. It is power from the Divine side of … Continue reading You Can Become A YOGI

KAPILA’S INSTRUCTION TO HIS MOTHER DEVAHÛTI – From The Bhagavata Purana

Hari Om From Srimad Bhagavatam, SKANDHA III., CHAP. 25-33. We now come to an important part of the Bhâgavata Purâna, the teachings of Kapila to his mother in the Yoga philosophy of the Bhagavat Purâna. They adapt the Sânkhya and the Yoga systems to Bhakti or devotion. For a full knowledge of the teachings I … Continue reading KAPILA’S INSTRUCTION TO HIS MOTHER DEVAHÛTI – From The Bhagavata Purana

THE POWER OF MEDITATION

Hari Om Spiritual meditation is the pathway to Divinity. It is the mystic ladder which reaches from earth to heaven, from error to Truth, from pain to peace. Every saint has climbed it; every sinner must sooner or later come to it, and every weary pilgrim that turns his back upon self and the world, … Continue reading THE POWER OF MEDITATION

Introduction to Brahma Sutras (by Swami Sivananda)

Hari Om Hari Om! Salutations to Sri Vyasa, the Avatara of Vishnu, the wise Badarayana and Sri Krishna Dvaipayana. Vedas consist of three portions viz., the Karma Kanda which deals with sacrifices or ceremonial rites, the Upasana Kanda which treats of Upasana (worship) and the Jnana Kanda which deals with knowledge of Brahman. Karma Kanda … Continue reading Introduction to Brahma Sutras (by Swami Sivananda)

Brahma Vidhya – From Ego to Absolute Consciousness

Hari Om Ego (mind) manifests itself as emotions such as greed, anger, jealousy, guilt, hatred, lust, resentment, fear, doubt, grief, arrogance, pride, and so on. Whenever you feel any of the above qualities manifest in you, please ask yourself this question, “Why do I feel this way?” …and you will find that it is Ego … Continue reading Brahma Vidhya – From Ego to Absolute Consciousness

Brahma Vidhya (Science of God)

Hari Om Brahma-Vidhya (science of God), is the Science of sciences. The knower of Brahma-Vidhya or the Science of Brahman or the Science of the Absolute, knows everything. His knowledge is full. He has the whole experience through intuition or revelation. Take your firm seat on the rock-bottom of the Upanishadic truths and accept the … Continue reading Brahma Vidhya (Science of God)

LORD KRISHNA’S GITA-YOGA

Hari Om WE HAVE used the new term Gītā-Yoga here because it sums up the titles of all the eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gītā, each of which is called a yoga, such as "The Yoga of Knowledge," "The Yoga of Action," etc. Gītā means song, and the whole title means the song of Shrī … Continue reading LORD KRISHNA’S GITA-YOGA

THE BHAKTI AND MANTRA YOGAS

Hari Om BHAKTI, or devotion, arises from the appreciation of goodness. There will be no devotional feeling towards what is not good. If some persons were to worship or rather propitiate a dangerous deity it would not be devotion. So devotion implies goodness and is towards goodness. It is a form of love, but essentially … Continue reading THE BHAKTI AND MANTRA YOGAS

PATANJALI’S RAJA YOGA

Hari Om FOREMOST among the Yoga teachings of India comes that of Patanjali dating back, according to popular tradition, to at least 300 B.C. His Yoga Sūtras give definitions and instructions which are accepted by all teachers, even when they also make additions in minor matters. He begins with a description of yoga as "Chitta … Continue reading PATANJALI’S RAJA YOGA