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 […]

Hinduism, Vedic Philosophy, Yoga

Shiva and Shakti – The Divine Union of Consciousness and Energy

In the Tantric cosmology, the whole universe is perceived as being created, penetrated and sustained by two fundamental forces, which are permanently in a perfect, indestructible union. These forces or universal aspects are called Shiva and Shakti. The tradition has associated to these principles a form, respectively that of a masculine deity and that of a feminine […]

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 […]

Yoga - The essence of life

The essence of life – Yoga

‘Yoga’ -the very word radiates peace and tranquility. This feeling probably stems from the etymology of the word. The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ which essentially means to join or unite. The union referred to is that of the individual self-uniting with Cosmic Consciousness or the Universal Spirit. Yoga is a […]

Variants of Yoga

The Different Variants of Yoga

“Yoga is not about self-improvement. It’s absolutely about self- acceptance. Real peace is always unshakable. Bliss is in the offing if you espouse Yoga with grace. Yoga brings wisdom. Lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back. Choose the path that eventually leads you to wisdom. Embrace […]