Itanagar Ashram: A lab for living in enlightenment!

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A profile of a joyous warrior who fights on peacefully amidst adverse and scary events in a lab for living in enlightenment! I couldn’t help laughing whenever Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji shares the story from the Ramayan in which a stray dog asks Lord Rama to make his attacker the head of an ashram as… Read more »

Devi Mahatmya – Story of Shumba Nishumba – Part-2

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After Chanda and Munda were slain, Shumbha sent his most powerful Asura Raktabija along with a huge army to attack the Devi and her army of all the shaktis (energies). A ferocious war broke out. Maa Kali with her spear and skull-topped staff killed thousands of Asuras. Seeing the Asuras being killed ruthlessly by the… Read more »

Devi Mahatmya – Story of Shumba Nishumba – Part-1

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Two Asuras named Shumba and Nishumba defeated the Gods and drove them out of heaven again. The gods prayed to the Devi for help. Devi appeared as Parvati and out of Parvati’s physical sheath (kosha) emerged form of Devi Ambika. Because she came out of the kosha, she is also called Kaushiki. The Devi was… Read more »

Devi Mahatmya – Story of Mahishasura

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Mahishasura was born out of the union of the Asura (demon) king Rambha and a buffalo. When Mahishasura became the king of Asuras, he fought a great war with the Devas (Gods). The army of the Devas got defeated. The defeated Devas headed by Brahma, went to Shiva and Vishnu. The Devas described to them… Read more »

Devi Mahatmya – Story of Madhu Kaitabh

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At the end of a kalpa (epoch), when the universe was one ocean and Lord Vishnu was stretched out  on Shesha and took a mystic slumber (Yoganidra), two terrible Asuras (demons), Madhu and Kaitabh took birth from the dirt of Vishnu’s ears. These two Asuras sought to slay Lord Bramha, the creator of the universe,… Read more »

Significance of Navaratri –Day 1

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Today is the first day of “Sharad Navartri” also called as “Maha Navaratri” (the Great Navratri). Today is the beginning of the most auspicious nine days period. Navaratri has two meanings – “New Night” and “Nine Nights”. ‘Nav” means either New or Nine and ‘Ratri’ means nights. Now, why these nine days are called nights? ‘Ratri’ or… Read more »

LIMPING INTO INFINITY

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People have this idea that being a Guru is a serious business. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Presenting a hilarious sharing about Gurudev by Dvorah Adler:   Sri Sri Ravi Shankar lets a group of us waiting outside into his room. It’s late at night and I’m stoked because I don’t have far to go because my… Read more »

AN UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY ASSUAGED AND HEALED

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I’m sitting in Guruji’s room on a padded bench directly to the side of him; approximately 3 feet away. Next to me is a middle aged Chinese couple. They sit quietly then catch Guruji’s attention and begin to tell their story. The man was a policeman for 30 years, his wife a loyal companion and… Read more »

THE GURU IS YOUR NATURE

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People have this idea that being a Guru is a serious business. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Presenting a hilarious sharing about Gurudev by Dvorah Adler:   It’s Saturday night and I’m getting ready to see Sri Sri Ravi Shankar tomorrow. I just took a hot bath and I’m ready for bed when the phone… Read more »

The Joy of Kite Flying and Lessons of Life

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  Makar Shankranti or Uttarayan is marked with celebrations of different kind all across the country. Celebration happens when our life force is elevated or moves in the upward direction. In western parts of the country people wait for this day since months to enjoy kite flying. The whole humanity assembles on their roof tops and it’s a… Read more »