• Philosophy

    Disempowering False Ego

    Materialistic Tendency The materialistic conception impels a living being to assert himself in different contexts of life. When everyone is conducted by the same impulse, a strong, envious, negativity pervades the environment which self-propagates as people respond to it. Dominance becomes the standard for success. Life transforms into a constant struggle punctuated by successes and failures in heinous attempts to prevail. In such a state the heart is flooded with ungodly thoughts, feelings and intentions-the instruments for survival in embattled circumstances. These are the workings of a typical mundane community, delicately held together by a threadbare fabric called civility. The Spiritual Society The spiritual world is an entirely different society.…

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    Self Image for a Yogi

    How the correct idea of the self is critical for a Yogi Yoga is the prime purpose of human existence and self-image should be understood clearly by the yogi   We all live in a world which the scriptures reveal is largely an illusion. The hopes of happiness and the pangs of distress are both products of illusory impressions. In this scenario of powerful duality, the proper notion of the self is one of the most critical factors in realising Truth by spiritual advancement. Without realised understanding of our spiritual identity, we only foster the false self-image of the body that the illusory energy imposes. When harbouring the false bodily…

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    Ramanavami: Expression of a Divine Hope

    Ramanavami: Expression of a Divine Hope Lord Rama the Supreme Lord incarnated as an ideal king    An ideal kingdom is established on the basis of a spiritual understanding of life. By the knowledge imparted in the Vedas and presented in unsurpassable summary in the Bhagavad-Gita, the living being is understood to be a spiritual spark that inhabits a body constituted of matter. For the soul, a material body is a cloak of suffering. Forced to undergo the tribulations of birth, old age, disease and death, the body constantly challenges the state of peacefulness and well being of the living entity. Hence it is necessary for the soul in material existence to…

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    Divine Education

    This article discusses the proper approach to spiritual learning. The spiritual learning process is contrasted with the modern education system from the viewpoint of the knowledge given in the Bhagavad-Gita. According to Bhagavad-Gita, there are two kinds of persons in society – One divine (daiva) and the other demonic (asura). Those of divine nature are gentle and thoughtful. They practice yoga and try to develop spiritual knowledge. The demons are only interested in becoming rich and enjoying their senses to the fullest. The divine are compassionate to all living beings. The demons being conceited, greedy, and envious, are cruel to themselves and others. Divine nature is born of goodness. Demonic…