Category: Spirituality

Navratri: the nine auspicious nights

Saanvi Gupta Navratri, the nine-night Hindu festival is celebrated differently in India’s various regions. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Devi are worshipped. She is Durga and Kali in Bengal, Ambika and Bhadrakali in Gujarat, Vaishnodevi in Jammu and Kashmir, Chamunda in Karnataka, Santoshi Ma and Bhavani in Maharashtra and Kamakhya in Assam. To most...

Gross National Happiness

One of the Himalayan nations – the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan – is an exemple of how a state can formulate its policies to ensure happiness of its people. Unlike most of the world’s economies pursuing Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Bhutan bases its socio-economic framework on what it calls GNH – Gross National Happiness. Gross National Happiness is one...

Cleaning the spiritual mirror for a fulfilling life

How many of you step out of your home without looking at the mirror which reflects your body image? I would be surprised if one answers- never. Everyone at their home has mirrors which they visit at least once in a while. All want to look good, beautiful or handsome when they go out and interact with people in...

Spirituality and Modern Medicine

Our thought processes are created by our cultural, social and religious beliefs, which are created by the impressions gathered by our subconscious mind for a long period during our developmental process. These thought processes develop into many thoughts and they have significant influence and reactions at the level of our subconscious mind. In every culture and belief systems around...

India—Let it Inside You

“If one more person pushes and squeezes me in the arti again I’m going to scream!” The tears in her eyes are testimony to the very real and sincere pain this young woman from London is experiencing. To an Indian this pain is unfathomable. Pushing and squeezing are part and parcel of the Indian way of life and the...

Spiritual Health: New Paradigms in Our Understanding of Spirituality

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defined health as “A state of complete physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity.” This reflects a positive thought about our health. Though this idea is not new- in Ayurveda, our ancient knowledge of human health the ‘balance’ between various physical, mental and social functioning of the human body...

I am peace

It is because of the unbridled desire of man that there is power struggle everywhere, endless craving for military supremacy and cold wars or armed conflicts, says Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj Today, each of us is seeking peace, aren’t we? The prime reason for this is our dilemma and difficulty in surviving in a world that seems to be riddled with...

Letting go of ego in the path of spirituality

Like life itself spirituality has varied dimensions and diverse perspectives. Psychological evolution of individual mind cannot happen in isolation. It is perpetually connected to an individual’s belief system which he/she acquires through being a part of a society. It is no wonder then that the emotions and feelings which originate in human mind are always in response to some external...

THE WAY TO BLESSEDNESS

From The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda Volume-II “You have understood that the man who lives in ignorance and enjoys, is not different from the brute beast. Yet there are many who, though steeped in ignorance, in the pride of their hearts, think that they are great sages and go round and round in many crooked ways, like the...

Transcending Darwin’s Theory of Evolution

How many of us know the Darwin’s theory of evolution? Probably everyone who has studied basic sciences. Who we are and what other species are today is a result of natural selection, as Darwin’s theory claims. Darwin’s theory, however, is limited by the fact that it took account of the factors affecting only terrestrial life. However, evolution is not...