Sunday, June 28, 2009

What should a devotee do to express his devotion?

Question:  What should a devotee do to express his devotion?

Swamiji:  Bhagavan says to Arjuna, whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer as oblation to the sacred fire, whatever you give as a gift, whatever you do by way of penance, offer it all to Me. (Gita 9:27).

A Jnanayogi, renounces his assumed relation with the world, but a devotee does not believe or accept any reality other than God. Jnana Yogi, renounces objects and actions, whereas devotee offers objects and actions to God, that is, believing that the objects and actions are not his, rather believes them to be God's and God's manifestation. In other words, a devotee surrenders himself to God. By surrendering the Self (swayam) to God, all activities and happening whether worldly or of spiritual nature all are naturally and automatically surrendered to God.

Source: “Gita Madhurya“  by Swami Ramsukhdasji

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Friday, June 26, 2009

How can we know we have exclusive and unswerving devotion?

Question:   How can we know we have exclusive and unswerving devotion?

Swamiji:  If you get (understand) the answer to your question - it is not because of the way I have explained it nor is it because of the way you had put your question. It is only because of the Grace of God. A person who asks a question rarely captures all his thoughts and the person who hears the question usually does not understand the full purport of what he hears. He answers it on the basis of his understanding of the question. If the person who asks the question gets his answer it is because of the God's Grace. In fact, whatever happens in the world is only because of God's Grace. It is not because of the individual's effort.

People say that I have an effect on people. If I had an effect - it should have been on all. This is not so. Once I was thrown out of a train even though I had a confirmed ticket. So I as an individual have no effect. It all happens by the Grace of God. Neither the one asking the question is perfect nor the one answering it is perfect - it happens by the Grace of God. The work is done by God’s grace alone. Only He is and only He will remain.

Source: "Art of Living" by Swami Ramsukhdasji

What is the form of exclusive and unswerving devotion?

Question:   What is the form of exclusive and unswerving devotion?

Swamiji:  Exclusive devotion is when there is no second entity. There is nothing else in the world. There is no other. There is no other who is not yours. There being 'no other' can mean (i) there is only God and it also means (ii) everyone is mine (there is no 'other'). You do not see anyone or anything else. This is true love. There is no one who is 'other'. No second entity. Like the chaste wife does not even accept the existence of a second male. There is only one male for her - her husband. Similarly in exclusive devotion there is only God. All that is seen is only prakriti (nature). There is no second entity and that entity is mine.

Source: "Art of Living" by Swami Ramsukhdasji

After becoming God’s (with unswerving devotion) is no work remaining for us to do?

Question:   After becoming God’s (with unswerving devotion) is no work remaining for us to do?

Swamiji:  Does any work remain to be done thereafter? Think about it. Only work remaining is God's work, since He is the master of this entire Universe. Why is it so difficult to offer at the lotus feet of our Master what already belongs to Him? We claim these things are ours. But for how long will they remain ours? At the end they will be only God's. Therefore while living itself, with a true heart, entrust everything back to God, then you will live in joy.

These five golden principles are real and genuine. From today let us take hold of these principles. "Sarva bhavena maam bhajati" and with complete feelings (bhava) and with our entire being worship only God. With all intentions, purpose and feelings, if we are doing only God's work, it will become unswerving devotion (avyabhichaari bhakti).

Source: "Art of Living" by Swami Ramsukhdasji

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

How can one have unswerving devotion for God at all times?

Question:   How can one have unswerving devotion for God at all times?

Swamiji:  One way to have unswerving devotion (avyabhichaari bhakti) that is there at all times, is if we entrust everything to God.

When one follows these five golden principles (panchaamrit), devotion becomes very simple. These five principles show the Art of Living in this world. They are -

1) We are only God's

2) Residing, in His kingdom only

3) Doing His (good and auspicious) work only

4) Receiving only His offerings

5) With the offerings (prasad) received from God, serving only His family.

So what it the main essence ? It is small, simple but yet very powerful. I am God's and I am no one else's. And everything is God's. So when everything is God's, what do we do? Simply enjoy! There is no more work remaining to be done for us. Only God's work is to be done, and reciting His name, contemplation on Him, hearing about His pastimes etc.

Source: "Art of Living" by Swami Ramsukhdasji

 

Sunday, June 21, 2009

God can be realized through all paths

Sri Ramakrishna: "God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.


"You may say that there are many errors and superstitions in another religion. I should reply: Suppose there are. Every religion has errors. Everyone thinks that his watch alone gives the correct time. It is enough to have yearning for God. It is enough to love Him and feel attracted to Him. Don't you know that God is the Inner Guide? He sees the longing of our heart and the yearning of our soul. Suppose a man has several sons. The older boys address him distinctly as 'Baba' or 'Papa', but the babies can at best call him 'Ba' or 'Pa'. Now, will the father be angry with those who address him in this indistinct way? The father knows that they too are calling him, only they cannot pronounce his name well. All children are the same to the father. Likewise, the devotees call on God alone, though by different names. They call on one Person only. God is one, but His names are many."

Source: Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Thursday, June 18, 2009

What will change in my life if I start meditating?

Prajanananandaji: Meditation will bring completeness in your life. Everybody wants to be happy and healthy. Everybody wants love and understanding in one’s life. With balance and calmness you can attain all this. Meditation is the way to attain balance, inner peace and calmness in whatever circumstances one may find oneself in.

Source: Lineage of Kriya Yoga Masters by Paramhansa Prajanananda, pg 126

What is the difference between prayer and meditation?

Prajanananandaji: When you pray, it is you talking to God, while in meditation, it is God talking to you. In meditation you close your eyes to feel the presence of God within you. Love and meditation are inseparable. While praying you look at an image or any symbol, you sing the glory of God and you Talk to God, therefore you are using your senses, while meditation is a silent prayer; you close your eyes, your ears, your mouth to perceive the otherwise inaudible talk of God. When you pray you talk to God, while in meditation you listen to God talking to you. Those who meditate go into the inner chambers of silence and listen to the melodious sound OM or AMEN, the on-going primeval sound. Prayer is the expression of one’s love for God through senses while meditation is a silent prayer and the senses are introvert.

Source: Lineage of Kriya Yoga Masters by Paramhansa Prajanananda, pg 125-126

What is meant by Christ-consciousness?

Prajanananandaji: Christ is the symbol of eternal perfection. Christ is Truth and the path to Perfection. One has to tread the path of perfection in order to reach the state of soul consciousness. One must constantly endeavour to be perfect in every thought, word and action. One reaches the state of perfection through regular practice and integrated awareness. When the wave merges back into the ocean becoming one with the ocean, it will attain perfection. The wave is born in the ocean, but due to temporary delusion it thinks: ‘I am the wave.’ The ‘wave-consciousness’ brings a sense of separation from the ocean and, due to this, many complexities appear in one’s life. When the wave fully perceives that it is the integral part of the ocean, the ego and delusion will disappear. Only constant perception of unity will remain and, as a consequence, love will manifest not only towards ocean but towards all waves. That is why, at a certain point, Jesus said: ‘I and my father are one.”

Source: Lineage of Kriya Yoga Masters by Paramhansa Prajnanananda, pg 125

Saturday, June 13, 2009

What is the difference between Master, Guru, Swami, Acharya?

Master is the one who has the thorough control over his mind, body and senses. He / She is the master of meditation.

Guru is a realised Soul. But due to lack of vocabulary, Guru is often called as a master, like in the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (English Translation), Sri Ramakrishna is often called as Master.

Swami is a term used to address a monk. He may or may not be realised. A swami may be a master, a teacher or an advanced student. Initial, fresh renunciates are called as brahmacharis.

An Acharya is a teacher who spreads spirituality wherever he / she goes.

Friday, June 12, 2009

How Adeptship is achieved?

Adeptship is achieved by purification of Man’s Three bodies. It is also attainable through the Grace of the Guru.

Purification comes through Nature, penance, and mantras.

Through Nature, there is purification of dense matter (the physical body); through penance, purification of the fine matter (the subtle body); through mantras, purification of the mind.

… the process of how these purifications can be effected may be learned at the feet of the divine personages who witness light and bear testimony of the Christ Consciousness.

Source: Chapter 4, Sutras 1 – 3, Revelation from ‘The Holy Science (Kaivalya Darshanam)’ by Sri Yukteshwar Giri

Sunday, June 7, 2009

What is the way to realize God?

 

Sri Ramakrishna  advised to householder devotees The Secret of Communion with God.

Sri Ramakrishna: "With the realization of Satchidananda one goes into samadhi. Then duties drop away. Suppose I have been talking about the ostad and he arrives. What need is there of talking about him then? How long does the bee buzz around? So long as it isn't sitting on a flower. But it will not do for the sadhaka to renounce duties. He should perform his duties, such as worship, japa, meditation, prayer, and pilgrimage.


"If you see someone engaged in reasoning even after he has realized God, you may liken him to a bee, which also buzzes a little even while sipping honey from a flower."


The Master was highly pleased with the ustad's music. He said to the musician, "There is a special manifestation of God's power in a man who has any outstanding gift, such as proficiency in music."


Musician: "Sir, what is the way to realize God?"


Sri Ramakrishna: "Bhakti is the one essential thing. To be sure. God exists in all beings. Who, then, is a devotee? He whose mind dwells on God. But this is not possible as long as one has egotism and vanity. The water of God's grace cannot collect on the high mound of egotism. It runs down. I am a mere machine.

from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishn (Sri Ramakrishna’s Advice to householders)

Friday, June 5, 2009

What is Bhakti?

The term Bhakti comes from the root 'Bhaj', which means 'to be attached to God'. Bhajan, worship, Bhakti, Anurag, Prem, Priti are synonymous terms. Bhakti is love for love's sake. The devotee wants God and God alone. There is no selfish expectation here. There is no fear also. Therefore it is called 'Parama Prem Rupa'. The devotee feels, believes, conceives and imagines that his Ishtam (tutelary deity) is an Ocean of Love or Prem.

Bhakti is the slender thread of Prem or love that binds the heart of a devotee with the lotus feet of the Lord. Bhakti is intense devotion and supreme attachment to God. Bhakti is supreme love for God. It is the spontaneous out-pouring of Prem towards the Beloved. It is pure, unselfish, divine love or Suddha Prem. There is not a bit of bargaining or expectation of anything here. This higher feeling is indescribable in words. It has to be sincerely experienced by the devotee. Bhakti is a sacred, higher emotion with sublime sentiments that unites the devotees with the Lord.

Mark how love develops. First arises faith. Then follows attraction and after that adoration. Adoration leads to suppression of mundane desires. The result is single-mindedness and satisfaction. Then grow attachment and supreme love towards God.

In this type of highest Bhakti all attraction and attachment which one has for objects of enjoyment are transferred to the only dearest object, viz., God. This leads the devotee to an eternal union with his Beloved and culminates in oneness.

Types of Bhakti

Bhakti is of various kinds. One classification is Sakamya and Nishkamya Bhakti. Sakamya Bhakti is devotion with desire for material gains. A man wants wealth with this motive practices Bhakti. Another man wants freedom from diseases and therefore does Japa and offers prayers. A third one wants to become a Minister and does Upasana with this aim. This is Sakamya Bhakti. Whatever you want the Lord will certainly give you, if your Bhakti is intense and if your prayers are sincerely offered from the bottom of your heart. But you will not get supreme satisfaction, immortality and Moksha through Sakamya Bhakti.

Your Bhakti should always be Nishkamya Bhakti. God has already given you a good position, a good job, wife and children and enough wealth. Be contented with these. Aspire for Nishkamya Bhakti. Your heart will be purified and the Divine Grace will descend upon you. Be in communion with the Lord, you will become one with the Lord and you will enjoy all the Divine Aisvaryas (Divine attributes like wisdom, renunciation, power, etc.). All the Vibhutis (Special forms in which the Lord manifests) of the Lord He will give you. He will give you Darsan. He will help you to dwell in Him. At the same time He will give you all the Divine Aisvaryas also.

Another classification of Bhakti is Apara-Bhakti and Para-Bhakti. Apara-Bhakti is for beginners in Yoga. The beginner decorates an image with flowers and garlands, rings the bell, offers Naivedya (food-offerings), wave lights; he observes rituals and ceremonies. The Bhakta here regards the Lord as a Supreme Person, who is immanent in that image and who can be propitiated through that form only.

He has no expanded heart. He is a sectarian. He dislikes other kinds of Bhaktas who worship other Devatas. Gradually, from Apara-Bhakti, the devotee goes to Para-Bhakti, the highest form of Bhakti. He sees the Lord and Lord alone everywhere and feels His Power manifest as the entire universe. "Thou art all-pervading; on what Simhasana shall I seat Thee ? Thou art the Supreme Light, in whose borrowed light the sun, the moon, the stars and the fire shine; shall I wave this little Deepa or light before You ?" - thus the devotee recognizes the transcendental nature of God. Para-Bhakti and Jnana are one. But every Bhakta will have to start from Apara-Bhakti. Before you take your food, offer it to God mentally; and the food will be purified. When you pass through a garden of flowers, mentally offer all the flowers to the Lord in Archana (offering flowers in worship). When you pass through the bazaar and see a sweetmeat shop, offer all the sweetmeats as Naivedya to the Lord. Such practices will lead to Para-Bhakti.

Bhakti is also classified into Gauna-Bhakti and Mukhya-Bhakti. Gauna-Bhakti is the lower Bhakti and Mukhya-Bhakti is the higher type of Bhakti.

Go from stage to stage. Just as a flower grows in the garden, so also gradually develop love or Prem in the garden of your heart.

The enemy of devotion is egoism and desire. Where there is no Kama or desire, there alone will Rama (the Lord) manifest Himself. The enemies of peace and devotion are lust, anger and greed. Anger destroys your peace and your health also. When a man abuses you, keep peaceful. When blood begins to boil, it is impoverished. You lose vitality if you become a prey to fits of temper.

How to Cultivate Bhakti?

It would be a gross mistake if you consider Bhakti as merely a stage of emotionalism, while it is actually a thorough discipline and training of one's will and the mind, a sure means to intuitive realization of God Almighty through intense love and affection for Him. It is a means to thorough apprehension of the true knowledge of Reality, beginning from the ordinary form of idol worship right upto the highest form of cosmic realisation of your oneness with Him. You can achieve this by following the eleven fundamental factors which Sri Ramanuja had prescribed. They are Abhyasa or practice of continuous thinking of God; Viveka or discrimination; Vimoka or freedom from everything else and longing for God; Satyam or truthfulness; Arjavam or straightforwardness; Kriya or doing good to others; Kalyana or wishing well-being to all; Daya or compassion; Ahimsa or non-injury; Dana or charity; and Anavasada or cheerfulness and optimism.

People put a question: "How can we love God whom we have not seen ?"

Live in the company of saints. Hear the Lilas of God. Study the sacred scriptures. Worship Him first in His several forms as manifested in the world. Worship any image or picture of the Lord or the Guru. Recite His Name. Sing His glories. Stay for one year in Ayodhya or Brindavan, Chirakut or Pandhapur, Benares or Ananda Kutir. You will develop love for God.

Every act must be done that awakens the emotion of Bhakti. Keep the Puja(worship) room clean. Decorate the room. Burn incense. Light a lamp. Keep a clean seat. Bathe. Wear clean clothes. Apply Vibhuti (sacred ash) or Bhasma, and Kumkum on the forehead. Wear Rudraksha or Tulasi Mala. All these produce a benign influence on the mind and elevate the mind. They generate piety. They help to create the necessary Bhava or feeling to invoke the Deity that you want to worship. The mind will be easily concentrated.

Practice of right conduct, Satsanga, Japa, Smarana, Kirtan, prayer, worship, service of saints, residence in places of pilgrimage, service of the poor and the sick with divine Bhava, observance of Varnashrama duties, offering of all actions and their fruits to the Lord, feeling the presence of the Lord in all beings, prostrations before the image and saints, renunciation of earthly enjoyments and wealth, charity, austerities and vows, practice of Ahimsa, Satyam and Brahmacharya - all these will help you to develop Bhakti.

 

Source: http://www.dlshq.org/teachings/bhaktiyoga.htm

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Sri Rama Gita

Many of us may not be aware that Maharishi Veda Vyasa has also compiled the story of Lord Rama, and this is called ‘Veda Vyasa Ramayana’. Rama Gita forms a part of ‘Uttara Kanda’ of this epic.

Sri Rama Gira is in the form of a dialogue between Lord Rama and his brother Sri Lakshmana. It consists of Sixty Two Slokas and promotes the vendantic doctrine of ‘Absolute Unity’.

‘This birth’ says Sri Rama’, is the result of prior actions. Action increases attachments and it cannot destroy ignorance. Ego is fed by our actions and it leads to further involvements such as ‘I am doing it’ and ‘I did it’. This goes on endlessly.

‘Some people argue, that knowledge and Action, are inter-dependant and complementary, which are not correct’.

Divine knowledge exists independently of Action and remains a ‘Witness’. Action depends on the senses to ‘work’ while action may give you a sense of achievement, only knowledge can give you a sense of ‘Bliss’

The feeling that ‘I have sinned’ or ‘I am sinful’ comes from a body-mind-ego level. This in turn leads us to perform rituals to get rid of that sin. But the learned know that ‘Atman’ is never sinful and no rituals are necessary. The wise people perform these rituals only to promote general wellbeing.

However, without a feeling of sin, we have to fully discharge the duties enjoined on us by the scriptures and then seek a Master to attain Divine Knowledge. At that point, drop all action (Karma) and hold on to knowledge (Jnana). Become a witness, not an actor.

Sri Rama Gita relies more on knowledge, than on Action or on Love, to achieve Bliss.

Source: More Light on Less Known Vol 1 – page 117

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The Yogi’s Retreat from the World

The following article is taken from Atma Jyoti Blog

(The Yogi’s Retreat from the World
May 23rd, 2009  •  By Swami Nirmalananda Giri
How to Develop an Effective Spiritual Life )

There is no doubt that the yogi may have to work among the noise of urban business, that telephone, fax, and computer may be ringing, buzzing, and beeping, and people be talking, talking, and talking throughout the day. But when the work time is over it should really be over and the guidelines given by Krishna should be adhered to as much as possible. Here they are:

“The yogi should retire into a solitary place, and live alone. He must exercise control over his mind and body. He must free himself from the hopes and possessions of this world. He should meditate on the Atman unceasingly.” (Bhagavad Gita 6:10)

Retire into a solitary place. In the thirteenth chapter Krishna will say: “Adore me only with heart undistracted; turn all your thought toward solitude, spurning the noise of the crowd, its fruitless commotion.” (Bhagavad Gita 13:10) This can be done in two ways.

Perpetually you should live in a quiet place where after your daily work you can go and be by yourself, where the world can be shut out and forgotten about. If the place is in a solitary location away from the town or neighbors, that is best, but any place where you can shut and lock the door and be alone is sufficient–if it is quiet and free from noises of the world and the worldly. Even if you have to move occasionally to ensure this, you will be glad you did.

In the thirteenth chapter of Autobiography of a Yogi, the master yogi,  Ram Gopal Muzumdar, asked Yogananda: “Are you able to have a little room where you can close the door and be alone?” When he said that he did have such a room, the saint told him: “That is your cave. That is your sacred mountain. That is where you will find the kingdom of God.”

Occasionally you should go away even from your home and live in solitude–not in some busy ashram where you will be pestered to do “karma yoga” and be expected to take part in “spiritual” group activities. It is better to stay at home than waste your time in this way. Instead, you should find a place where you can really be all to yourself. If you can prepare your food and eat in solitude, this is good, but if you can go somewhere for (vegetarian) meals where you need speak to no one socially and can immediately go back to your place, that is also good, though not as good. A truly quiet hotel that has room service can be perfectly acceptable, but if you can be in some kind of house or cabin, or room in a single-story building, it is better.

Sri Ramakrishna had this to say about such solitude:

“It is very necessary now and then to retire into solitude and think of him. In the beginning it is very difficult to keep the mind on God without retiring into solitude.

“When a plant is young it is necessary to put a fence round it. Without a fence it is eaten up by goats and cows. To meditate you should withdraw yourself within or retire to a secluded spot or into the forest and always discriminate between the real and the unreal. God alone is truth; namely, the reality, and all the rest is unreal and transitory. Discriminating in this manner renounce the transient things from the mind.…

“Keshab Sen, Pratap and others told me, ‘Sir, ours is the view of King Janaka.’ I said, ‘One doesn’t become King Janaka by mere words of mouth. King Janaka first performed so many austerities in solitude. Do something first. Then only you may become King Janaka.’…

“And notice also that this very mind acquires knowledge, dispassion and devotion by dwelling on God in solitude.… The world is water and the mind is like milk. If you pour milk into water they get mixed and you cannot find pure milk anymore. If you churn butter after turning milk into curd and put it in water it will float. So first churn the butter of knowledge and devotion by following spiritual practices in solitude. That butter will never mix. Even if you put it in the water of the world it will float.”

Sri Mahendranath Gupta, known as “M,” was a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and the recorder of these words in The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. In Yogananda’s autobiography he is called “Master Mahashaya, the blissful devotee.” He followed these words of Sri Ramakrishna all his life. He had several isolated places right in Calcutta, known only to himself, where he would go for days at a time to practice meditation. On occasion he would come home for meals and then go back to his secret haven. At other times he left Calcutta for a solitary ashram owned by him.

Both forms of solitude–at home and away–are necessary for the yogi.

 

By Swami Nirmalananda Giri

 

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

What should we do first – get rid of attachment or develop love and devotion for God?

Swamiji:  First increase the love and devotion for God. Just like during Ramayan recitation, if you engage your mind and with concentration and understanding the meaning, then mind is greatly purified. Attachment within is wiped out on it's own and devotion for God is awakened. There is amazing joy and relish in this. In the beginning sometimes a man may feel bored, but when he starts getting deeply into it and experiences the nectar, he is no longer uninterested. See for yourself. Also, read the lives of devotees and saints that have freed themselves from the bondage of the world. There is immense gain in this as such readings penetrate the heart. And when love is awakened within, then attachment and worldly desires will naturally drop off. You will be greatly benefited. Attachment can also be removed through knowledge and inquiry, but love works wonders.

Source: From "Art of Living" in English pg 48 by Swami Ramsukhdasji

 

Can Man really help the world?

(To Vidyasagar) "The activities that you are engaged in are good. It is very good if you can perform them in a selfless spirit, renouncing egotism, giving up the idea that you are the doer. Through such action one develops love and devotion to God, and ultimately realizes Him.


"The more you come to love God, the less you will be inclined to perform action. When the daughter-in-law is with child, her mother-in-law gives her less work to do. As time goes by she is given less and less work. When the time of delivery nears, she is not allowed to do any work at all, lest it should hurt the child or cause difficulty at the time of birth.


"By these philanthropic activities you are really doing good to yourself. If you can do them disinterestedly, your mind will become pure and you will develop love of God. As soon as you have that love you will realize Him.


"Man cannot really help the world. God alone does that — He who has created the sun and the moon, who has put love for their children in parents' hearts, endowed noble souls with compassion, and holy men and devotees with divine love. The man who works for others, without any selfish motive, really does good to himself.


"There is gold buried in your heart, but you are not yet aware of it. It is covered with a thin layer of clay. Once you are aware of it, all these activities of yours will lessen. After the birth of her child, the daughter-in-law in the family busies herself with it alone. Everything she does is only for the child. Her mother-in-law doesn't let her do any household duties.


"Go forward. A wood-cutter once entered a forest to gather wood. A brahmachari said to him, 'Go forward.' He obeyed the injunction and discovered some sandal-wood trees. After a few days he reflected, 'The holy man asked me to go forward. He didn't tell me to stop here.' So he went forward and found a silver-mine. After a few days he went still farther and discovered a gold-mine, and next, mines of diamonds and precious stones. With these he became immensely rich.


"Through selfless work, love of God grows in the heart. Then, through His grace, one realizes Him in course of time. God can be seen. One can talk to Him as I am talking to you."

From the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Monday, June 1, 2009

Spiritual Sites of Note (Updated May 22, 2010)

Websites Dedicated to Saints

Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Swami Vivekananda

Official Website of Sri Ramakrishna Math and Mission

Ramana Maharshi

Official website of Sri Ramanashram.

Swami Ramsukhdasji

A hundred year old saint who is acknowledged by all the modern saints. His main teachings are based on Gita with more emphasis on Bhakti Marg or Yog, But not plain bhakti, but the one mixed with Jnana (knowledge). Sadhaka Sanjivani is the famous book written on Gita. He was a devotee of Lord Rama, meditated on Lord Rama and reached the ultimate truth.

Swami Sukhbodhananda

Author of Best selling book Manase relax please, and his famous lectures on "personal excellance through Bhagawat Gita" aired on Astha TV from 11.00 to 11:15 pm Indian Standard Time from Monday to Thursday.

Station Master

Swami Chinmaya

A saint of Advaita tradition. Founder of Chinmaya mission.

Swami Sivananda

This website contains much useful information spirituality. You can visit the section "saints" at the url: http://www.dlshq.org/saints/saints.htm and also the downloads sections. This website has a lots of downloads in pdf format, which explains you about different religions and their religious leaders. It also explains the importance and inner meaning of different religious festivals. It is recommended to see this site.

Link of websites Dedicated to Sri Ramana Maharshi

Nisargadatta Maharaj - An advaita saint.

Anandamayi Maa

Amma - Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Kriya Yoga Saints

Maha Avatar Babaji: A saint who has conquered death and achieved immortality. Sustainer of Kriya Yoga tradition since more than 1800 years.

Paramhansa Yogananda: Saint of Kriya yoga order. Author of best selling book "Autobiography of a yogi". Instrumental in creating spirituality in the west specially in America.

Paramhansa Hariharananda

Paramahamsa Prajnanananda

Kriya Yoga

Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda's ananda sangha

Shastras and Spiritual Books

Ramakrishna Kathamrita

Bhagawat Gita - Mp3

Sanskrit Doc List

This page contains the list of downloads of Sanskrit texts created by Bhagawan Adi Shankaracharya in different file formats.

Sanskrit Doc - Shankaracharya

Sanskrit Text & Stotras

Autobiography of a Yogi - original edition by ananda sangha

Other Spiritual Sites

Divine-Nature

Gujarati Supersite

Indiayogi - Saints

This link takes you to Gurus and Saints of India website and it contains the Bibliography most of the popular saints along with other stuff. The articles written are precise and cover their biographies.

Non-Duality:

Saints & Mystics - from Sivananda site

Saints Inspirators

Yoga USA

OM Yoga

Spiritual Science Research Foundation 

Forum for Hindu Awakening 

Miscellaneous

Aksharamala - Type in Indic Languages

Spiritual Doctrines & Holy Books 

 

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Sri Ramakrishna

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Sai Baba

Sri Ramakrishna Wallpapers

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INDIASPIRITUALITY Blog Intro – About Us

Updated on 24-Sep-2017

|| Hari OM ||

Namaste

Dear Divine Souls,

INDIASPIRITUALITY is dedicated to provide PURE, DISTILLED and UNADULTERATED preaching of Great Saints. This Blog focuses on

Basics of Spirituality:

Advaita Vedanta Basics, Vivek Choodamani (Chudamani), Tatva Bodh, Prakaran Granth, Selected Verses of Advaita Vedanta. 

Teachings of Great Saints 

Has post dedicated to teachings of great saints like Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Ramana Mahrshi, Jagatguru Sri Abhinav Vidyatirth Mahaswami of Sringeri Matha, Jagatguru Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi, the 68th Sankaracharya, Swami Ramsukhdas ji Maharaj  and other saints


Lives of Saints:


Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Ramana Maharshi, Sri Nisargadattaji Maharaj, Swami Chinmaya, Station Master, Sri Sarada Maa, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi or Amma, Anandamayi Ma, Swami Vivekananda, Sri HWL Poonja, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Brahmachaitanyaji Majaraj, et al.

Inspirational Quotes by:

Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Ramana Maharshi, Swami Tadrupanand, Swami Vivekananda, Lord Buddha, Sri Yukteshwar Giri, Paramhansa Yogananda, Paramhansa Hariharananda, Sri Nisargadattaji Maharaj, Swami Rama, Sant Jnaneshwar, Swami Ramsukhdas ji Maharasj, Jagatguru Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi, the 68th Sankaracharya, Sri Swami Sivananda, Swami Chinmaya,  and other saints. Quotes from shastras like Bhagavad Gita.

Other Articles Related to Indian Spirituality

Articles on topics like Spirituality, Bhakti, Meditation, Prayers, Q and A, Advaita Vedanta Basics, explanation of some verses from shastras with or without traditional commentaries. 
Contains a series on chakras, psychic energy centres, as described by Paramhansa Prajnanananda (परमहंस प्रज्ञानन्द Paramahaṃsa Prajñānanda, paramahaMsa praGYAnanda)

Wallpapers

Collection of Wallpapers with Photo of some saints like Sri Ramakrishna or simply quotes of great saints or from shastras. 


Sister Websites


Understanding Advaita is a website dedicated to removing  mis-concepts about our guru Śrī Ādi Śankarāchārya jī and traditional Advaita Vedanta. Site contains quotes from Sri Ramana Maharshi as Author is influenced by Maharshi's Works. 


For explaining Basics of Advaita Vedanta, a page Understading Advaita is created which attempts to explain advaita in simple way. 

A special page adhyAropa apavAda is dedicated to explain advaita vedanta from this POV (Point Of View)

Other pages dedicated to different topics like 'Meditative Journey of an Advaitin' and various quotes from shAstras supporting advaita are also published. 

Home Page gives short description of each Page.


Hindu Dharma also known as Sanatan Dharma (सनातन धर्म, Sanātana Dharma, sanAtana dharma)


This site is dedicated to explain Hindu Dharma from Traditional POV (Point Of View). It attempts to explain various aspects unique to Sanatan Dharma like Multiple Gods, IshTa devatA, Belief in past lives and Rebirth, Basic texts of Sanatana Dharma, different types of yogas, 5 bodies, chakras and nadis, mantras, Idol Worship, jivan mukti (eternal freedom while still living in physical body), etc


Blogs by Friends



This is a blog by my brotherly friend. I am not author to this Blog. He has great knowledge in Shaivism and Sanatana Dharma in general. Site came up as a response to counter false narrative which aims to denigrate the Status of Lord Shiva in a zeal to prove Lord Vishnu as Supreme Godhead.


This blog contains articles which some readers may not like. However, it has many insightful articles and some very unique like the


The unassailable glory of lord Bhuvaneshwara – the primordial Skambha supporting the worlds, which contains Skambha Sutra, an Atharvavedic hymn which explains Siva as skahbha or stambha, a divine pillar of infinite length whose beginning or end is not traceable. It is a pillar of consciousness.


Another article worth noting is  The Imperishable Glory of Lord Kameshwara – The Primordial God of Desire. This article contains Maheshvara Sutras which explain origin of Universe from Siva's Damru and relates it to various alphabets. Author has taken pain to explain Nandekshwara's Kashika on Maheshwara sutras which explains mAtrikA shrushTi i.e. creation from mAtrA-s i.e. aksharamala or alphabets.


Third article-series worth note is Translation of unique Siva gItA of padma purANa with Sanskrit original.



As the name stands, this Blog is really Adbhutam (wonderful). It is an excellent, unique blog. This blog is not for laymen. Readers are expected to have basic knowledge in traditional Advaita Vedanta. It is written by a very knowledgeable Advaitin in a scholarly way.


It focuses on expounding teachings of Advaita Vedanta using commentaries by various traditional AchArya-s like Sri Adi SankarAchArya jI, Sri madhusudan sarasvatI ji, Sri appaya dikshita, and other saints. It also has posts that defend advaita philosophy by refuting objections raised against it by providing quotes from scriptures and from shAstra-s. Nothing out of shAstra-s is being said.

AUM


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Introduction of Madhusūdana Sarasvatī’s Gūḍārtha Dīpikā, a unique commentary on Bhagavad Gītā

Update: 01/08/2016. Verses 8 a nd 9 are corrected. 'Thou' is correctly translated to 'tvam' and 't hat...