Krishna Janmashtami

Hari Om Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya! The birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth Divine Incarnation (Avatar of Lord Vishnu), falls on the 8th day of the dark half of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September). This is one of the greatest of all Hindu festivals. Lord Krishna was born at midnight. A twenty-four hour fast is … Continue reading Krishna Janmashtami

Lord Krishna (by Swami Sivananda)

Hari Om Introduction O Adorable Krishna! Let my longing eyes behold Thy form. Let my ears hear Thy flute. O Healer of all sorrows! Show me Thyself. Thou art the only Truth— All the rest is false. I crave not for Mukti; I long not for emancipation; Let there be devotion to Thy feet. Be … Continue reading Lord Krishna (by Swami Sivananda)

Devi-Maheswari-Parasakti

Hari Om Introduction O Devi! O Mother auspicious! Thou art the Lord’s Maya. Thou art His inscrutable form. Thou art the Mother of this world. Thou art the great primal energy. Thou art the seed of this world. Thou art the Light of Knowledge. Thou art the giver of refuge. Thou art beauty, love, and … Continue reading Devi-Maheswari-Parasakti

The Significance of Devi Worship

Hari Om Sri Gurubyoh Namah! Sri Matre Namah! It is important for all to know and rightly understand the real spirit and significance of Devi worship so that tangible spiritual and material benefit of a lasting character may be derived by everyone to a maximum extent. Rightly understood, the method of this worship shows you … Continue reading The Significance of Devi Worship

Develop Cosmic Love by Swami Sivananda

Hari Om O man, where do you search for God? All these forms are manifestations of the Lord. See the Lord in these forms. If you serve all beings with Narayana Bhava, you really serve the Lord. Service of humanity is service of the Lord. Service of humanity is really worship of your tutelary Deity … Continue reading Develop Cosmic Love by Swami Sivananda

The Eighteen Cardinal Virtues (Ities) for Spiritual Success

Hari Om For everyone's success in life and especially for an aspirant's success in spiritual life, it is essential that he should develop certain cardinal virtues. Virtue is strength, power and the key to peace. A virtuous man is ever happy, peaceful and prosperous. People ask me for the specific mention of the virtues that … Continue reading The Eighteen Cardinal Virtues (Ities) for Spiritual Success

The Sakti Yoga Philosophy

Hari Om Introduction In this system of Sakti Yoga philosophy, Siva is omnipresent, impersonal and inactive. He is pure consciousness. Sakti is dynamic. Siva and Sakti are related as Prakasa and Vimarsa. Sakti or Vimarsa is the power that is latent in the pure consciousness. Vimarsa gives rise to the world of distinctions. Siva is … Continue reading The Sakti Yoga Philosophy

The Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy

Hari Om Introduction In the books which treat of Saivism, there is a reference to four schools, viz., the Nakulisapasupata, the Saiva, the Pratyabhijna and the Rasesvara. Saiva Siddhanta is the philosophy of Southern Saivism. It owes its origin to no single author. It is midway between Sankara’s Advaita and Ramanuja’s Visishtadvaita. Its literature consists … Continue reading The Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy

The Vedanta Philosophy of Hinduism

Hari Om Introduction Prostrations and adorations to Sri Vyasa, the founder of Uttara Mimamsa or the Vedanta system of philosophy, Avatara of Lord Vishnu, son of Sri Parasara Rishi. Uttara Mimamsa or the Vedanta philosophy of Vyasa or Badarayana is placed as the last of the six orthodox systems, but, really, it ought to stand … Continue reading The Vedanta Philosophy of Hinduism

The Visishtadvaita Philosophy Of Sri Ramanuja

Hari Om Introduction The Visishtadvaita is so called because it inculcates the Advaita or oneness of God, with Visesha or attributes. It is, therefore, qualified monism. God alone exists. All else that is seen are His manifestations or attributes. God or Lord Narayana of Sri Ramanuja is a complex organic whole—Visishta—though it is one. Hence … Continue reading The Visishtadvaita Philosophy Of Sri Ramanuja