123 – How the corona virus changed me

Devi Mahatmyam

It is interesting how we all blame the other persons for spreading the Corona Virus. 2020 started and I went to apply for my Schengen visa. Nobody thought then that it was such a terrible virus. I got a call that no visas were being issued and therefore I could not go for my seminars. I was upset as I love giving seminars. Then the virus started spreading like wild fire. So little was known about this. Continue reading

122 – What is in our heart

Our heart harbours our feelings and emotions. The phrases are all there and we have used them all. Let us start with we all said, when we were in school. Cross my heart and hope to die. It means I will never give up the secret. To lose heart, to feel a sense of hopelessness. To make the heart bleed, it can be taken sarcastically or feeling very touched by some distressing episode. Continue reading

121 – Who is nearer than your breath and what is love

There are two kinds of love according to Sufi Scriptures. One is material love or earthly love and the other is love for the divine. And this divine love is nearer to you than your breath. For a person who loves God, he is nearer to him than his own mind and soul. Your love for God is what gives you strength and courage to face the difficulties and distress in your life. Continue reading

120 – The favourite food of the Gods

Ganesha’s favourite food is modak which are dumplings made from rice flour, stuffed with coconut and jaggery. The reason why it is considered so special is because it was first offered to Shiva and Parvati by the junior gods. It was said that if this special offering was consumed by anyone, he would have the power of understanding the scriptures and be master of all knowledge. Parvati being a mother wanted both her sons to have it. However they refused to share it. They were given a task and whoever completed the task, first that person would get the modak. Continue reading

119 – What is the purpose of our birth

My Guru, Swami Satyanananda Saraswati said “God has created you, so that you may find him within your heart, deep within yourself, beyond the body consciousness, beyond the mental consciousness, beyond the intellectual consciousness. Beyond all forms of consciousness of which you become conscious, there is a consciousness called Brahman… hidden in you.” Continue reading

118 – A tribute to fathers

I have always read about maternal love, not so much is mentioned about the paternal love. Many fairy tales have an evil father. After the death of the mother the step mother is unkind to the children and the father does not interfere. In our spiritual literature we have numerous instances of fathers who abandon their wives, in order to have a male child. Growing up my judgement was coloured by these stories. Continue reading

117 – A Perfect Gift

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “The only gift is a portion of thyself…The poet brings his poem… the farmer corn… the painter his picture; the girl, a handkerchief of her own sewing. This is right and pleasing, for it restores society in so far to its primary basis, when a man’s biography is conveyed in his gift.” Continue reading

116 – Why is worship of God in a form important

Swamiji has given a wonderful explanation of worship of God as either formless or with a form. Nirakaar is formless and nobody can dispute the statement as no one has seen God. So an individual can say anything about God. He gives an example of three disciples quarrelling over the exact colour of a chameleon. They had all seen the chameleon changing his colours, so they could not agree. Continue reading

112 – Mantras and their magic

Mantra is the psychic sound. In the science of mantra yoga, each person has a different psychic personality. The mantra is a specific sound of the spiritual system. In ancient times when the rishis were meditating, they overcame their sensory awareness, mind awareness and time stood still for them. And finally they came to ether awareness where they were able to hear all the different sounds of the vibrations in the cosmos. These sounds were called mantras. Continue reading

111 – Who does not love their Mums


Our first memory is of our mother, her touch, her unconditional love, and her sacrifices. Devi is the mother of creation. She is the divine mother and is the benevolent power of the lord or the creative energy. We go to our mother for fulfillment of our needs. She nourishes us physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Continue reading