Onam Festival Part-3-Significance of Onam

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Onam-Bali Pada is an occasion for us to relate to the story of Vamana where Vamana grew from a short young boy to a giant form and with His 3 strides covered earth, skies and finally placed His leg on the head of Maha Bali, a good but arrogant king and pushed him into Pathala Loka…. Read more »

Onam Festival Part-2-Pathala Loka

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The Puranic legends of India speak of many worlds. As per the Puranas, when Vishnu, in the form of a young scholar Vamana, humbled Asura king Maha Bali, Maha Bali was banished to Pathala Loka. When the Deva overcame the Asura in battles, the Asura were forced to migrate to thePathala Loka, the netherworld or the world below. Where is this Pathala Loka? People have conjured up… Read more »

Onam Festival Part-1- The Story of Onam

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Onam commemorates the homecoming of the great Asura king Maha Bali from Patala Loka. Maha Bali, the grandson of Prahalada, was a strong and learned king. The name Bali means strong. Bali was also a person who gave a lot of respect to knowledge. This is evident from the famous episode of his encounter with Vamana. Maha Bali was… Read more »

Janmashtami

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Krishna’s historicity The people of this country never had any doubts about the historicity of Krishna until the colonial invaders projected Krishna as a mythical figure cooked up by wonderful stories. Colonial Hangover The story of Krishna is deeply embedded in the cultural fabric of India and the people of this land revere Him as… Read more »

True Independence

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Swatantrata We have all heard this word, being mentioned frequently in connection with the freedom struggle of India against the British. The word Swatantrata is easily understood to connote independence. Meaning If you break the word Swatantra, it has two components to it, swa and tantra. Swa denotes self and tantra stands for sciences, techniques,… Read more »

Journeying through daily life with the Bhagavad Gita

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Having been raised in a Jain family, I wasn’t exposed to the Bhagavad Gita during my growing up years. Of course, I had heard of it, perhaps read a few portions of the same – but never really took an interest in it. I heard about the Bhagavad Gita from my friends. And just before… Read more »

Guru Purnima 2014 with Sri Sri

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 Millions worldwide celebrated the auspicious day of Guru Purnima with beloved Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji on July 12, 2014. Sri Sri is in Art of Living Retreat Centre, Boone, North Carolina. Apart from a few thousand who were with him in Boone, hundreds of thousands of people joined Guru Purnima Celebrations with the… Read more »

#ThankYouSriSri: For whispering infinity to me

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 On the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima, a devotee express his gratitude for the tatva that lights up his life for real #ThankYouSriSri It was no ordinary day. Being coaxed by my friends and a doctor as a possible cure for my migraine which was almost becoming chronic, I was attending the Art of Living… Read more »

Song of longing

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I feel I am very fortunate to have been born with the music karma. I can remember my teenage afternoons listening to the Vividh Bharti on the transistor glued to my ear as everyone else in the family took the afternoon siesta. If I liked a new song, a fast motion activity of grabbing pen… Read more »

Master key to Guru Purnima

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“A Guru does not simply stuff you with knowledge, but kindles life force in you; a Guru invokes intelligence in you,” these lines by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar stand absolutely true for each one of us. We consider Guru Purnima to be a day of the Master, but in reality; it is a day… Read more »