Namaskar or Namaskaram - Benefits and Significance
Daily Life and Practices, Hinduism, Spirituality, Vedic Practices, Yoga

Namaskar or Namaskaram – Significance and Benefits

Why Namaskar, not hand shake? There are several ways in which people pay obeisance (namaskar or salutation) to the divine. Various types of hand actions or postures accompany prayers or obeisance. Some people hold up their hands as in asking, while others bring their fists together, while yet others may pray with hands folded, as […]

Ancient Indian Literature, Spirituality, Vedic Philosophy, Vedic Practices

Vedanta Philosophy – The Different Schools of Vedanta

There are six Darshan, that is philosophy in Hinduism which are : Samkhya. Yoga. Nyaya. Vaisheshika. Mimamsa. Vedanta. Among these six schools, Vedanta is very popular and has it’s root in Vedas/ Upanishad (Shruti). Vedanta is a spiritual philosophy which deals with the following three elements and relationship between them: Brahman Atman World/Universe Different Vedanta […]

Dhyana Yoga - Meditation in Hinduism
Daily Life and Practices, Spirituality, Vedic Philosophy, Vedic Practices, Yoga

What is Dhyana? Meditation in Hinduism

What is Dhyana? The Sanskrit word dhyana, derived from the verbal root dhyai (“to contemplate, meditate, think”), is the most common designation both for the meditative state of consciousness and the yogic techniques by which it is induced. The Vedanta tradition also employs the terms nididhyasana, which stems from the same verbal root, upasana (literally […]

Jnana Yoga
Ancient Indian Literature, Sanskrit Texts, Spirituality, Vedic Philosophy

Jnana Yoga

Jnana yoga is the path of non-dual realization that leads to an experience of absolute truth.   What is the Meaning of Jnana? The word ‘jnana’ (pronounced ‘gyan’) means knowledge. This is of two kinds: 1. Shabdatmak jnana — theoretical knowledge 2. Anubhavatmak jnana — practical knowledge In Hinduism the word jnana has many connotations. […]

Advaita Vedanta - The Concept of Non-Duality or Monism
Ancient Indian Literature, Spirituality, Vedic Philosophy

Advaita Vedanta – The Concept of Non-Duality or Monism

Advaita Vedanta refers to the non-dualistic school of Hindu philosophy, which is derived mostly from the Upanishads and elaborated in detail by eminent scholars like Gaudapada and Sri Adishankaracharya. Dvaita means duality, and Advaita means nonduality. In simple terms, Advaita means absence of the duality between subject and object. In our wakeful consciousness we experience […]

Shirdi Sai Baba - A Saint, Fakir and Satguru
Hindu Gods, Spiritual Gurus

Shirdi Sai Baba – A Saint, Fakir and Satguru

Shirdi Sai Baba lived between 1838 and 1918, whose real name, birthplace and date of birth are not known. A spiritual guru and a fakir who transcended the barriers of religions, Shirdi Sai Baba was regarded with great reverence by both Hindu and Muslim followers. His philosophy ingrained ‘Shraddha’ meaning faith and ‘Saburi’ meaning compassion. […]

Maya the grand illusion - heart of hinduism
Mahabharata, Spirituality, Vedic Philosophy

Maya, The Grand Illusion – Heart of Hinduism

In the great epic Mahabharata, when Duryodhana enters the hall of illusion (maya sabha), he loses his way, becomes confused and envious. Seeing his predicament when Draupadi, laughs at him, he becomes uncontrollably angry, feeling insulted, and vows to take revenge against the Pandava clan for their audacity to display their power and wealth to […]

transcending the frontiers of spirituality - meditation at sunrise
Spirituality

Transcending the Frontiers of Spirituality

“Spirituality is the praxis and process of personal transformation, either in accordance with traditional religious ideals, or, increasingly, oriented on subjective experience and psychological growth independently of any specific religious context. In a more general sense, it may refer to almost any kind of meaningful activity or blissful experience.”                          […]