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 »

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 »

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 »

Know Your Child

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 KNOW YOUR CHILD – The Art of Raising Children Know your child is one of the many Sri Sri Ravi Shankar books that brings to light profound wisdom in simple words. The book is divided into 15 lessons with one lesson leading to the next in a lucid way. Reading this book is like reliving our… Read more »

World Water Day reflections

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In the Northern hemisphere, months of April, May and June mean summer. At the peak of summer, most lands look parched and dry. Availability of water in summer becomes a problem in different parts of the globe. Perhaps, as a warning of this oncoming problem, the world observes World Water Day on March 22nd every year…. Read more »