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 Suddhadvaita Philosophy Of Sri Vallabhacharya

Hari Om Introduction The philosophy of Sri Vallabhacharya is Suddha-Advaita or pure monism, because he does not admit Maya like Sankara, and believes that the whole world of matter and souls is real and is only a subtle form of God. Those who bring Maya for the explanation of the world are not pure Advaitins, … Continue reading The Suddhadvaita Philosophy Of Sri Vallabhacharya

The Dvaitadvaita Philosophy Of Sri Nimbarkacharya

Hari Om Introduction This is also known by the name Bhedabheda School of Philosophy or dualistic monism. This system was evolved by Sri Nimbarkacharya. Nimbarka was a Telugu Brahmin of the Vaishnava faith. He lived some time after Ramanuja and prior to Madhva, about the eleventh century A.D. He is regarded as the incarnation of … Continue reading The Dvaitadvaita Philosophy Of Sri Nimbarkacharya

The Dvaita Philosophy Of Sri Madhvacharya

Hari Om Introduction Sri Madhvacharya evolved a dualistic system of philosophy out of the Prasthana-Traya, viz., the Upanishads, the Bhagavad-Gita and the Brahma Sutras. It is an unqualified dualism. Madhva’s Vaishnavism is called Sad-Vaishnavism, in order to distinguish it from the Sri Vaishnavism of Ramanujacharya. Madhva makes an absolute distinction between God, and animate and … Continue reading The Dvaita Philosophy Of Sri Madhvacharya

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

The Advaita Philosophy Of Adi Sankara

Hari Om Introduction The first systematic exponent of the Advaita is Gaudapada, who is the Parama-Guru (preceptor’s preceptor) of Sri Sankara. Govinda was the disciple of Gaudapada. He became the preceptor of Sankara. Gaudapada has given the central teaching of Advaita Vedanta in his celebrated Mandukya Karikas. But it was Sankara who brought forth the … Continue reading The Advaita Philosophy Of Adi Sankara