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What is the Significance of Shiva Jagarana on Maha Shivaratri?

Why do devotees of Lord Shiva observe jagarana, all-night-vigil, on Maha Shivaratri day? What is its purpose?

What is the Purpose of Rituals in Hinduism?

This essay discusses the central purpose of rituals and sacrifices in Hinduism

What is Nitya Karma or an Obligatory Duty?

This essay defines and explains the meaning of Obligatory duties such as Nitya Karmas or Daily Sacrifices according to the Bhagavadgita and how they are different from other actions

Atha Yoga Anushashanam - Yoga Chirtta Vritti Nirodha

A brief commentary by Jayaram V on the First and Second Sutras of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Atha Yoga Anushashanam - Yoga Chirtta Vritti Nirodha

Hinduism and the Concept of Absolute Reality

The Absolute Reality of Brahman does not manifest or incarnate or assume any form or state. It may remain hidden in things and beings or manifestations or pervade all but is always formless, unchanging, indivisible, beyond the mind and body, without duality or modes. This may confuse some since the Upanishads contain descriptions of Brahman as the manifested (sambhuta) and unmanifested (asambhuta)...

Which one is better? Jnana Yoga or Bhakti Yoga?

All paths lead to liberation (Moksha). The Bhagavadgita offers many approaches, especially Karma, Jnana, Sannyasa, and Bhakti Yogas. It also combines aspects of these into an integrated approach. Which of them is better?

The True Meaning and Practice of Ahimsa or Nonviolence

This essay explains the true meaning and practice of ahimsa or nonviolence and the difficulties in practicing it.

What is the True Meaning of Brahmacharya?

Find out the true meaning of Brahmacharya and why it is an imporant aspect of yoga practice

Atri, the Vedic Seer

This is about the life and work of the Vedic seer, Sage Atri, who is credited with composing several hymns in the Rigveda and other Vedas

Sat and Asat, What is the Difference?

The meaning and the difference between Sat and Asat, which are mentioned in the Upanishads and Bhagavadgita, is explained in this article"

The True Meaning of Samkhya Yoga in the Bhagavadgita

This essay explains Why the second chapter of the Bhagavadgita is called Samkhya Yoga and what it truly means

What is Naishkarmya Siddhi? How Is It Attained?

This essay explains the meaning and significance of Naishkarmya Siddhi in the Bhagavadgita and how it is attained.

Who Should or Should Not be Taught the Bhagavadgita?

This essay explains why teachers should not initiate people who possess certain negative traits into the study of the Bhagavadgita or reveal to them its secrets

Four Unique Facts About Hinduism

Find out four unique facts about Hinduism, the most ancient continuing and living religion of the world practiced by over a billion people in the world.

How Old is Hinduism?

How old is Hinduism or Hindu Santana Dharma? Is it is just 200 years old and was created by the British as some people like to argue?

Fish Eating and the Hindu Ethical Code of Conduct

Find out what Manusmriti has to say about eating fish and why this advice is relevant in today’s world where many fish species are on the verge of extinction.

How Evil Nature Manifests in Humans

How Evil Nature (asura pravritti) manifests in Humans according to the teachings of the Bhagavadgita

The Four Stages of Creation or Manifestation

This essay describes how creation or objective reality manifest from Para Vak or pure consciousness in four stages according to the Tantra traditions of Shaivism

Why Material Things Are Shunned by Spiritual People?

This essay explains why material things are shunned or renounced by spiritual people who seek liberation or moksha

Why the World is Unreal or an Illusion? The Advaita Concept

In this essay the author explains why the world is an illusion or unreal from the perspective of the Advaita philosophy of Hinduism.

Present Moment is the Only Reality

Present moment is the only reality you will ever experience. Everything else is just a mental formation.

Old Age Problems and Their Solutions

Old age is one of the most difficult phases of human life. This essay is about the problems faced by old people and how to deal with old age problems.

Consciousness of Self and Not-self in Buddhism and Hinduism

Similarities and differences in the consciousness theories of Buddhism and Hinduism with regard to the pure Self and the not-self.

Symbolism of Agni as Brahman, The Supreme Self

In this essay we have presented Agni, the Primal God of Fire, the Most Ancient Deity and the First God in Vedic Sacrifices as Brahman, the Universal God, and the Source of All

The Nature of Consciousness

How consciousness arises in natural states, what purposes it serves and how it is different from intelligence.

Vajrayana, The Journey of Emptiness

Understanding Vajra, the essence of emptiness and indestructibility and Vajrayana as the vehicle or the journey of emptiness.

Consciousness According to Hinduism and Buddhism

A comparative study of the meaning and significance of consciousness in Hinduism and Buddhism and how the theories regarding consciousness influence their beliefs and practices

A Working Definition of Consciousness

A broader definition of consciousness. What consciousness means, what consciousness is and how it can be distinguished from other information systems.

The Concept of Sahaja Vidya in Trika or Kashmiri Shaivism

A brief essay on the meaning and significance of Sahaja Vidya according to the Shiva Sutras which forms the basis for Trika Shaivism or Kashmiri Shaivism.

The Meaning and Purpose of Life

Is there a meaning and purpose to life? Are we born to serve certain aims? Find out how we can make our lives meaningful and purposeful?

What is the Purpose of Yoga in Today's World?

The author answers an important question regarding the true purpose of yoga.

Seven Principles to Achieve Success In Any Task

The author offers seven practical principles to achieve success in any task, project or field

Secret Knowledge of Mantras and Their Purpose

The Mantra tradition is the heart of Hinduism. Find out unknown facts and hidden secrets of the mantras and their true purpose in Hindu ritual and spiritual practices.

Twelve Great Sayings of Hinduism

Find here the meaning with a brief explanation of twelve well-known Sanskrit sayings or statements from Hindu texts, which reflect the core beliefs and practices of Hinduism

Three Important Virtues to Achieve Mastery

Three important virtues or requirements which are traditionally practiced in Hinduism to improve learning, excel in in any subject or achieve success in any field

Brihaspati or Brahmanaspati, The Divine Priest

A brief account of Brihaspati, or Brahmanaspati, the divine priest, teacher and counselor of gods, and a warrior deity

A Comparative Study of Yoga and Advaita

Find out the main differences and similarities between Yoga and Advaita schools of Hinduism.

Bhrigu, the Sage Who Cursed Brahma and Shiva

This essay is about sage Bhrigu, the mind born son of Brahma, one of the seven seers (sapta rishis) and Prajapatis.

Three Duties That are Common to All

Three Duties which are common and obligatory to all human beings and which constitutes universal Dharma in Hinduism.

The Difference Between Good and Evil

Find out why some people are pure evil and how evil manifests in creation. Can evil exist at all in Isvara, the Supreme Being.

What is the Importance of Going on Pilgrimages

The author explains why people should go on pilgrimages, visit temples, worship gods or engage in charity or such other pious actions.

The historical names of Bharat, India

Historical names of India and the Indian subcontinent or the names by which India was known in other parts of the world

The Meaning and Concept of Ananta or Infinity in Hinduism

This essay is about the meaning and concept of Ananta or infinity in Hinduism with special reference to Adishesha or Anantashesha, the celestial serpent.

Speech According to the Upanishads

The Upanishads recognize speech as an aspect of the Supreme Brahman. This essay presents the references found in the Upanishads about the significance of speech the ritual and spiritual aspects of Hinduism.

Hinduism and Free Speech

This essay examines the importance of speech in Hinduism, and whether it approves free speech or unrestrained speech.

How the Upanishads Were Introduced to the World

This is a brief introduction to how the Upanishads which were considered secret knowledge became introduced to the world

Why the Upanishads are Considered Secret Knowledge?

The Upanishads played an important role in the development of Hinduism. This essay explores why the knowledge of the Upanishads was kept secret in the Vedic period and until recent times

Find Your Ideal Self, Your inner Guru, Guide and Mentor

This essays suggests a simple approach to knowing yourself and becoming established in your ideal self for guidance and awakening.

The Five Yamas (Restraints) of Ashtanga Yoga

Find out the meaning, concept and significance of the five yamas (restraints) in the classical Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali.

What Is the Significance of Deer Skin in Meditation?

An examination of the reasons why yogis used deer skin for sitting during meditation and yoga practice

The Place and Purpose of Bhakti in the Bhagavadgita

This essay analyzes the importance and purpose of bhakti or devotion in the Bhagavadgita.

The Meaning and Concept of Karma Yoga

This essay explains the meaning and concept of karma yoga, jnana karma-sannyasa yoga and karma sannyasa yoga according to the Vedic tradition and its historical connection with the Mimansa philosophy

What is the Spiritual Significance of Maha Shivaratri?

This essay is about the true spiritual significance of Maha Shivaratri, the popular Hindu festival.

Idealism and Pragmatism in Hinduism

This essay presents aspects of idealism and pragmatism in various philosophical systems of Hinduism

Karma Yoga and Karma Sannyasa Yoga Compared

This article explains the distinction between karma yoga and karma sannyasa yoga in the context of the Bhagavadgita.

Idealism in Hinduism An Overview

This is a comprehensive essay on idealism in Hinduism from various perspectives, with specific reference to Vedanta.

Loving What You Do or Doing What You Love

If you want to be successful and achieve peace and happiness in your life through work or a career, you must either like what you do or do what you like. Most people cannot choose what they like and have to settle with what life or circumstances offer them. In such an event, they have to develop a liking for whatever that life and circumstances offer them or force them to accept.

The Meaning and Concept of Sat in Hinduism

This essay is about the meaning and concept of Sat or Sath, the Supreme Truth or Reality of Brahman.

Five Important Lessons From Life

Here are a few important lessons your can learn about life from observation and experience

Cultivating Advancing Personality Traits and Mindset

This essay is about the traits of an advancing personality and how you may cultivate them

A Simple and Spiritual Way to Control Your Weight

A simple and unique formula based on three ancient Indian spiritual virtues to gain control over the mind and senses and control overeating and excess weight.

Tantra in the Early Vedic Tradition

This essay traces the origin and aspects of tantra in early Vedic tradition which is one of the oldest traditions of Hinduism

The Meaning and Concept of Tantra in Hinduism

Find out the meaning and concept of tantra, with a brief description of the main beliefs, practices and essential features of the tantric traditions in Hinduism.

Sadhana Panchakam, Translation and Commentary, Chapter 1

English Translation of Sadhana Panchakam, the fivefold spiritual practice, of Shankaracharya with commentary by Jayaram V

Karma, Akarma and Vikarma According to the Bhagavadgita

This essay explains the meaning of karma, akarma and vikarma, action, inaction and wrong action according to the Bhagavadgita

12 Great Emperors of Ancient India

Find here a brief description of the history of 12 great rulers of ancient India who played a significant role in shaping its history and destiny

The Shramanas and Shramanic Traditions

This article is about Shramanas, the ascetic and renunciant traditions of ancient India, known as Shramanic traditions who practiced extreme asceticism and austerities.

Ashtavakra Samhita Translation and Commentary - Index Original Translation and Commentary of the Ashtavakra Gita or Samhita by Jayaram V, which contains the Advaita Philosophy. Presented here as a continuing Series. Read the Latest, Chapter 9, Verse 1 - 5

Jhana As An Emptying Process

In a broader sense the practice of jhanas is a transformative, renunciatory practice only in which you ultimately renounce and empty the mind to overcome the turbulence of the mind.

Advaita Vedanta Philosophy, Concepts and Practice

A comprehensive essays on the essential philosophy, major concepts, principles and practice of Advaita Vedanta or the school of nondualism in Hinduism

The Social Aspect of Dealing With Liberated Beings

This essay examines the social aspect of desirelessness and how in real life situation people may deal with those who conquer their desires.

Mindfulness Practice Benefits

This essay lists the benefits of mindfulness practice which can be practiced by both spiritual and secular people.

Adibuddha in the Kalachakra Tantra of Vajrayana Buddhism

This essay presents descriptions of Adibuddha as found in the Kalachakra Tantra of Vajrayana Buddhism

Shiva Sutras, The Aphorisms of Shiva

English Translation of Shiva Sutras, the Aphorisms of Shiva Translated by Jayaram V, published. Reproduced from the book by same title, Publshed April 2020

Meaning and Concept of Sveccha Or Freedom in Hinduism

Find out what sveccha or freedom truly means in Hinduism from a spiritual perspective and how to attain true freedom or eternal and absolute freedom

Attaining Oneness With Shiva

This essay explains a few spiritual practices of Shaivism to attain the pure consciousness of the self or oneness with Shiva in wakeful and dream states also.

Akshara, the Secret Power of the Mantras

This essay explains the meaning of akshara and its importance in knowing the secret of the mantras and their power (shakti) in the ritual and spiritual practices of Hinduism

10 Ways to Overcome Irrational Thoughts About Corona Virus

Corona Virus, Covid-19 has caused widespread fear and panic in many countries. In this essay we discuss 10 irrational thoughts about Corona Virus.

Can a Guru Participate in Worldly Activities?

A guru is an enlightened master who renounces family ties and attachments to worldly things. In this essay, we examine whether a guru who renounced the world can participate in worldly activities.

Honoring a Guest (Athidhi) in Hindu Ethical Code of Conduct

This essay explains the tradition, reasons and justification behind the social practice of honoring guests (Athidhi) in Hinduism

Meaning and concept of Asat in Hinduism

"The meaning and concept of Sat and Asat (real and unreal) in Hinduism is explained

The Vaishesika Theory of Nonexistence

What is nonexistence, asat? This essay briefly presents a critical analysis of the Vaishesika theory of the four types of nonexistence

Are Soul and Atman (Self) the Same?

The essay explains the subtle difference between soul and Atman or the Self of Hinduism.

Contemplation Upon Dukkha or Suffering

This essay provides an insight into the nature of Dukkha or suffering from the Buddhist perspective, which is helpful to cope with suffering with equanimity and detachment.

The First Noble Truth of Dukkha in Buddhism

A detailed explanation of the First Noble Truth of Dukkha and its four associate truths which will help develop a proper understanding of how suffering is inbuilt in our very minds and bodies and how we are predisposed to experience suffering.

Defending Hindu Dharma, The Warrior’s Path

This essay is about Kshatriya Dharma in today's context or how one how one may defend Hinduism or Hindu Dharma the right way on the warrior's path, without indulging in verbal or physical violence.

The Epic Story of Ahalya

The story of Ahalya, the wife of sage Gautama and her significance and symbolism as a female archetype in Hinduism.

Truths of Existence - The Second Universal Law

This is the second universal law of existence. There is nothing that we can create anew. We only become aware of and recreate what is already present.

Four Paths to Practice Dharma in Hinduism

Find here the four paths of Dharma or the four methods of practicing Hinduism according to the original Hindu caste system.

How to Access Silence in You and Around You?

Noise is temporary. Silence is continuous and universal. You can become aware of it through meditation and mindfulness.

How to Practice Silence in Everyday Life?

The practice of silence has many advantages. By silence we mean both physical and mental silence. Find out the best ways to practice silence in the comforts of your home.

Why Brahman is not worshipped in Hinduism?

Brahman is the highest God of Hinduism. Yet he is not ritually worshipped. The author explains the reasons.

How Brahman is worshipped in Hinduism?

Brahman is the highest supreme reality who is extolled in the Upanishads. He is not ritually worshipped. This essay explains the right way to worship Brahman on the path of liberation.

Truths of Existence - The First Law

The First Law of Existence: All knowing is a kind of discovery of the knowledge which is already inherent in the universe either as a reality or a possibility or an idea, which may be known, unknown or yet to be known.

Eight Fundamental Truths of Existence

Here are eight fundamental truths of existence regarding the universe, knowledge, life, etc., for the discerning minds.

The Ten Incarnations of Lord Vishnu

The incarnations of Vishnu are meant to uphold and protect dharma. Find here ten important incarnations of Lord Vishnu, and few others which are included in the list

Is Mahabharata About Bharat or India?

This essay explores what the epic Mahabharata is all about, the true meaning of Mahabharata and whether it is about Bharat or India.

Is Buddhism a Copy of Hinduism?

A historical review of the relationship between Hinduism and Buddhism and how their core concepts and beliefs evolved in the past

Buddhism Vs. Hinduism Compared and Contrasted

Find here a comparative analysis of 20 Common beliefs and concepts of Buddhism and Hinduism.

Ten Ways in Which Karma Affects Our Lives

Here are ten most important implications of karma, or how it affects our lives in beneficent and transformative ways.

The Concept of Ajnana, Ignorance in Hinduism

This essay is about the meaning and concept of Ajnana or ignorance in Hinduism in contrast to Jnana or knowledge.

Ajnana, the School of Skepticism in Ancient India

A brief history of the school of skeptics known as Ajnanis of ancient India, who doubted and refuted all metaphysical knowledge.

How Isvara Manifests in Different Worlds

This essays explains how diversity arises and the divine power of Isvara manifests in creation in different worlds, from the highest to the lowest

Brahman as the Highest and the Purest Reality

Brahman is an incorporeal deity. As the highest, the purest and the ultimate reality (brihat-tattvam), he shines in all the best, brightest and sacred manifestations of creation

The Five Duties of God in Hinduism

The duties of God or Isvara are many since he is the ultimate creator and source of all. However, they can be grouped into five universal functions or duties.

Free Will is Divine Will Only

Free will is divine will only. The duality between them is an illusion. Free will becomes divine will to the extent we surrender to God or Isvara.

Rape and Sexual Violence in Hinduism

Find out the scriptural basis of what Hinduism has to say about sexual violence and rape against married and unmarried women.

Asteya, the Virtue of Non-Stealing

his essay is about the meaning and significance of asteya or non-stealing, an important restraints or vow practiced in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism for liberation.

The Concept of Anatma in Hinduism

This essay is about the meaning and concept anatma or anatta in Hinduism and how it differs from that of Buddhism.

Maharishi Atri, A Great Sage of Hinduism

About the Hindu Sage named Atri, who is one of the seven great sages (Saptarishis) of Hinduism of the Vedic period

How Reality Manifests in Creation

This essay describes the methods by which reality manifests in creation according to Hindu scriptures, and how you can improve your creative and manifesting power in daily life

Creation According to Hinduism

In this essay, we will discuss how Hinduism views creation and what we can learn from it about ourselves and our existence.

Lord Shiva as Isvara, the Manifested Brahman

In Shaivism Lord Shiva is considered Brahman. In his manifested aspect, Shiva is Isvara, lord of creation in inseparable union with Shakti, his dynamic force.

Notes on Shiva Lingam

Find here a few notable facts the significance of Shiva Lingam, the symbolic representation of Shiva and Shakti, in Hindu ritual and spiritual practices

Shiva Lingam Symbolic Significance

This essay is about the meaning, history and symbolic significance of Shiva Lingam

The Bright and the Dark Paths of the Bhagavadgita

What happens to the souls who depart from here? The Bhagavadgita provides some answers about death and liberation in chapter 8. They are discussed in this essay.

The Not Self Advantage in Buddhist Practice

The not-self (anatta or anatma) concept is central to all teachings of Buddhism. In this essay the author presents its spiritual implications in the practice of the Buddhist Dharma on the Eightfold Path.

Knowing People Behind the Masks They Wear

People wear masks all the time when they deal with others. If you want to know them, you have to look through the masks to know the truth about them

10 Ways to Achieve Self-healing

You can heal your mind and body. Here are ten simple self-healing techniques which are easy to practice.

12 Important Questions About Hinduism

Find answers to 12 most important questions about Hinduism, which every Hindu must know.

Four Parts of Yoga

Yoga is a purification and transformative process. There are four concurrent processes in it. They are discussed in this essay.

Qutations on Buddhism by BuddhaVac, Year 2016

Find here quotations on the teachings of the Buddha by Buddhavac from the year 2016.

Advise for Young People

Life’s important lessons and advise for young people for their guidance and success

The Secrets of Idol Worship

Why do Hindus worship images? Is there a deeper meaning to it or any spiritual relevance?

Creating a Purpose Driven Life

This essay is about the immportance of creating a purpose driven life for success, peace and happiness

The Difference Between Purpose and Goals

Find out the relationship and difference between goals and purpose, and how important they are to create the life you want to lead.

A Short History of Indian Medical Science

Find out surprising facts about the history of Indian medical system and how it influenced medical practices in other countries in Europe and elsewhere

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Indian Surgery

Shalya or Surgery is one of the eight branches of Ayurveda. This essay is about the history of surgery and surgical procedures and implements used in ancient India

Gods and Humans: The Right Way to Worship Our Gods

Find out the right way to worship gods and seek their help in our daily lives to realize our material and spiritual goals or perform our duties.

What is the Truth About Shiva's Essential Nature?

What is the truth about Shiva's essential nature and his association with tamas guna or tamo guna

Change your Life by Changing from Within

If you want to improve your life or succeed in any venture, begin by knowing, changing and improving yourself

The Meaning of Vedanta and Siddhanta Explained

What is the difference between Siddhanta and Vedanta? Find out their purpose and meaning in Hinduism, Yoga, philosophy and spiritual practice.

The Nature of Spiritual Experience

Why do we have spiritual experiences? Find out the true nature of spiritual experiences. Why they arise and who is truly responsible for them.

Action and Inaction in Spiritual Life

This essay is about the symbolism of the body as a true Bhagavata or God's servant, and how the ideal of karma sannyasa yoga is hidden in the working of the human body

Symbolic Significance of Maha Shivaratri

In this essay we discuss the spiritual and symbolic significance of Maha Shivaratri, one of the popular festivals of Hinduism.

Why do people fast on the day of Maha Shivarathri?

Find out why people observe fasting on Maha Shivaratri and why they remain awake and keep a vigil (jagaranam) in the night.

Is War Justified in Hinduism?

Find out what Hinduism has to say about wars, whether wars and violence are justified in Hinduism, and if so in what context

Is God in Hinduism Male or Female?

This essay is about the essential nature and gender identity of God or the Supreme Being in Hinduism.

Hinduism and Gender Equality

This essay is about gender equality in Hinduism, how men and women are perceived and treated in Hindu culture and society.

The world according to Hinduism

This essay describes the symbolism, significance and associated beliefs and descriptions of the world according to the tenets of Hinduism.

The Symbolism of Shiva Lingam

This essay is about the meaning and symbolic significance of Shiva Lingam

Shiva the Unconventional God of Opposites

This essay explains complex unique nature of Shiva, the auspicious god of Hinduism and why he does not easily fit into our conventional norms and notions.

The Symbolism of Purusha and Prakriti

Find out the Symbolic significance of Purusha and Prakriti (God and Nature) in Hinduism.

What is Pure Consciousness?

This essay is about pure consciousness, which is the essential nature of the Self or Soul, what it means and how it is different from the ego consciousness.

The Ten Amazing Benefits of Pilgrimages in Hinduism

Are pilgrimages truly beneficial? Find out the ten amazing benefits of pilgrimages in the ritual and spiritual practices of Hinduism.

Simple Spirituality - Keep it Simple

Spiritual practice does not have to be hard. Keep your aims simple. Aim for peace rather than Nirvana.

Significance of Tirtha Yathra or Pilgrimages in Hinduism

This essay is about the meaning, concept and significance of Tirth Yathra or Pilgrimages in Hinduism.

Faith or Shraddha in the Practice of Hinduism

This essay is about the importance of faith or shraddha the religious and spiritual practice of Hinduism as described in the Bhagavadgita and Upanishads.

Moksha or Liberation in Hinduism

This essay explains what liberation or Moksha means in Hinduism and the four spiritual paths (margs) or systems (yogas) to achieve it.

Six Common Critical Mistakes Which We Make

Find here six common and critical mistakes which people make due to ignorance or errors in thinking and perception.

A Broad Strategy for Lifelong Weight Loss

The effort to lose weight should be part of a broad strategy to lead a healthy and active life so that it can be pursued and sustained as a lifelong goal.

What is the Rational or Scientific Basis of Karma?

This essay is a rational and scientific inquiry into the working of karma to see whether it can be validated by any proof found in the functioning of our minds and bodies.

Why do We Cling to Things?

This essay is about the problem of clinging or attachments and the best way or attitude to deal with it in worldly life.

Follow Your Natural Rhythm for Success and Happiness

This essay is about establishing inner harmony with your natural rhythm to be in the flow of life for success and fulfillment.

What Lessons Can We Learn from Wars?

This essay is about five important lessons we can learn from wars and how they affect our lives at personal and psychological levels.

How to Deal with Unresolved Conflicts

This essay is about conflict resolution, and how to deal with unresolved conflicts before they end up causing further problems.

The Ultimate Source of Success in Business

The essay is about the ultimate source of success and prosperity in any field especially business.

Cultivating the Attitude of Renunciation

This essay is about cultivating the attitude of renunciation (sanyasa) in everyday life

Common Cognitive Distortions in Daily Life

Find here 15 common cognitive distortions which distort our thinking and perception

Action and Inaction in Spiritual Life

This essay is about the meaning of action and inaction in Karma and Kriya Yogas according to the Bhagavadgita and the Yoga Sutras.

An Effective Success Strategy For All Occasions

Here is an effective and practical strategy to achieve success in completing your tasks or reaching your goals.

Spiritual Approach to the Problem of Stress

This essay explains how certain spiritual methods and approaches of Yoga, can be used to free the mind and body from physical and mental stress for peace and tranquility.

10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Vegetarian Food

Find here ten reasons why you should try vegetarian food rather meat and meat products

What is the purpose of your life?

This essay is about the purpose of human life according to the teachings of the Bhagavadgita, and why you cannot have a selfish purpose or a purpose that does not serve the larger aims of Dharma.

The Power of Imagination

Human imagination mostly functions in the same way as the universe. This essay is about the power of imagination, and how it can be used along with reason and faith to improve your thinking and behavior.

Faith and Reason in the Quest For Knowledge

This essay is about the importance of faith and reason in our knowing and comprehending and leading a balanced life.

Rationalism and Hinduism, Is There a Middle Ground?

This essay is about the correlation between Hinduism and Rationalism, and how rationalist thinking has historically been recognized as an integral part of Hindu spiritual practice, philosophical inquiry and self-realization

Manifesting God in the Mortal Body

This essay explains how according to the Bhagavadgita God, who is unknowable, becomes knowable in the mortal world and the mortal body as a reflection in the purity and impurity of Nature. From the Wisdom of the Bhagavadgita Series

God and Creation in Hinduism

This essay examines whether God and Creation are the same or different according to various schools of Hinduism, and how the divine qualities manifest in Nature as described in the tenth chapter of the Bhagavadgita.

The Secret Alchemy of Abundance

The essay is about the meaning and purpose of abundance and the strategy to achieve success and happiness in life through the alchemy of abundance.

Sadhus Meaning and Significance

The Sadhus belong to the renunciant traditions of Hinduism and Jainism. Find here the meaning and significance of Sadhus, the ascetic people of India

Why Should We Offer Food to Gods Before Eating It?

We have this tradition of offering food to gods before eating it. We do the same in ritual worship (puja) as well as sacrificial worship (yajna). Why should we offer food to gods?

Pushtimarg or the Path of Pushti Bhakti

This essay is about Pushtimarg or nourishing the Self with divine love and happiness through selfless devotion to Lord Krishna, as propounded by Vallabhacharya, the founder of Shuddha Advaita

Guru Worship and Celebrity Worship

This essay compares guru worship with celebrity worship and the attitudes and behaviors associated with them.

The Three Types of Celebrity Worship

Is celebrity worship a mental abnormality? This essay is about the three sets of attitudes and behaviors associated with celebrity worship or celebrity obsession

Why People Worship Celebrities and Film Stars?

This is a comprehensive essay about celebrity worship syndrome, and why people become obsessed with celebrities, film stars and famous people.

Forgiveness According to Bhagavadgita

Forgiveness is a divine quality. The essay is about cultivating the attitude of forgiveness through spiritual transformation according to the Bhagavadgita.

Baghavadgita In Business Managment

The relevance of the Bhagavadgita to the management functions and how it can be useful to managers in their administrative and managerial duties.

What Is the Advantage of Meeting Holy Men?

This essay explains the benefits of meeting holy people, Hindu gurus, sages and seers

Ten Distinguishing Features of Buddhism

Find the ten most distinguishing features of Buddhism namely Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, four noble truths, eightfold path, nirvana, monastic code and meditation techniques.

Cultivating the Attitude of Forgiveness

The attitude of forgiveness is a culmination of spiritual practice and your inner growth. By cultivating the attitude of forgiveness, you can cultivate all other related virtues.

Buddhism is the First and the Last Scientific Religion of the World

This essay explains the uniqueness of the concept of Anatta, why Buddhism is the first and the last, scientific religion of the world, and why Buddha is a scientist cum prophet.

How to Practice Forgiveness in Daily Life

Find out how you can practice forgiveness in daily life and in different situations.

Three Self Limiting Beliefs About Money

Three self-limiting beliefs abotu money which prevent people from creating wealth

The Hindu Varna System

This essay is about the concept of Varna and the history and development of Varna System in Hinduism from the early Vedic period.

Sources of Abundance and Prosperity

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