469 – Individual or collective consciousness

What is consciousness? Consciousness is your individual awareness of your unique thoughts, memories, feelings, sensation and of the environment. The complete meaning of consciousness is your awareness of yourself and the world around you. Continue reading

466 – Hang out your laundry

And bid 2022 farewell.

Visualize all your thoughts, feelings, doubts and fears hanging on a clothesline. Let them become bleached and pure. There is no burden on you. You have ceased to be a donkey with such an overload. Your mind is like a field with bright sunshine and you have aired all these emotions, reactions and sentiments. Continue reading

435 – Umbrellas

When we think of umbrellas, we think of a protecting force or influence. Umbrellas are never thought of as negative objects. It prevents us from being exposed to rain, snow, and sunshine. The umbrella also signifies the canopy of the heavens, and our shelter. It is a symbol of the sun, and a symbol of the shade. It also represents power and dignity. Umbrella also means something that brings unity, and one agency can be an umbrella for many smaller and related agencies to flourish. Continue reading

433 – The colors of Nature

We have so many beautiful colors in nature. Yet we use artificial colors for fabric and other items. These dyes are destroying our rivers, which in turn go into the oceans. The blue used for denim is toxic and children are working in the factories to make the denim that we all find so practical to wear. Continue reading

411 – Paternal love

I have searched for stories on paternal love and it has been very difficult finding a suitable one. Fathers are pictured as violent, and stern. Children are terrified of them if they do wrong. This is not true, though it is a man’s world, men are gentle beings and all men are not abusive and vitriolic. Mahatma Gandhi has written about his father and it is a beautiful lesson and story for all of us. Continue reading

384 – Earth and water elements

The universe is composed of five elements and so is our self. The five elements are ether, air, fire, water and earth. Why is there so much unhappiness in the cosmos?

Our first element is earth, and it is what composes us. Earth is our grounding and it is accompanied by the mooladhara chakra. The mooladhara chakra is the first chakra which is awakened in the fetus. It has a direct connection to the mother. After twelve weeks, it becomes independent of its mother’s prana. It is written in the ancient books that an expectant mother should be always happy and given whatever she asks for. Nobody should harm or distress her. Continue reading

303 – The central teaching of all the saints

It is our dharma, our faith to serve humanity. We must give love to those who need love. We must help those who are poor and neglected. Our resources must be utilized for the welfare of others. Our strength, intelligence, mind, heart, soul, money, knowledge, power, and friends should be used for the benefit of others. Enjoyment and happiness comes from giving and sharing with the needy and the unhappy. These are the teachings of Jesus Christ, Saint Francis, Gautama Buddha, Mahavira, Mahatama Gandhi and every enlightened human being. Continue reading

258 – Let us dry the tears of Mother Earth

We have to make Mother Earth happy. We have made her unhappy and it is leading to our annihilation. If only all of us collectively stepped back and self-examined our thoughts and emotions, we will be surprised at the despair accumulated in us. It is this desolation and sadness which is leading to war, terrorism and brutalism. Continue reading

234 – Two armed Durga will save the world

Something about the today Earth Day from a spiritual point of view.

It is written in Tantra, that the state of humankind depends on the number of arms, Durga is portrayed with. It is believed that the world is in the age of Kali Yuga, which means that the present age is full of conflict and evil. Continue reading

233 – Devi in the hindu tradition

The Goddess has been worshipped in the vedic and tantric traditions in numerous forms. Thousands of goddesses exist in India, all manifestations and symbols of one energy and power. As Durga, she is the remover of obstacles, as Kali, the destroyer of time and annihilator of the ego. As Lakshmi, she is the granter of wisdom and knowledge. As Saraswati, she is the granter of wisdom and knowledge. As Tara, she is the guiding light. As Jagdamba, she is the mother of the universe. Continue reading

213 – Namaste Navratri and Summer Solestice

We all have to join together and rid the universe of evil and destruction. In the Shastras it is written that the easiest way to experience God in these troubled and turbulent times is by worship. We need not go into a complicated philosophical discussion. All we have to do is to bow our heads before the deity, who is greater than any other power of the world. Aradhana (prayer) starts from this act and progresses gradually towards bliss and love. Begin with the deity, one loves and adores (it can be the elements, chakras, and yantras), and one rises progressively above the form and merges into the supreme atman. Continue reading

132 – Are we committed to the future

Swami Satyananda Saraswati said, “If we hold ourselves responsible for the future, our own and our children, then we will ensure that the evolution of man is along positive lines. Only then will wars cease, only then will man be able to love his fellow man, and only then will adults understand the young and the young understand the old.” Continue reading