Tell, Never Teach, a Story

Historically, there has never been a time so badly cracked up. The maximum conflict that we notice today is not in politics or economics, but it is in the relationships in each home between parents and their children. Parents consider their duties towards their children are only to feed, clothe and groom them. And to help…

What is True Diwali? – by Swami Chinmayananda

On this Sacred day of Deepavali (Diwali) at dusk when darkness intensifies, all homes are illumined by lights, tiny mud pots with oil wicks. I appeal that this day is a day of prayer and expression of love. Get out of your homes in the evening and embrace every other individual in society not because…

4 Interesting Stories Related to Dussehra and Its Significance

Dussehra The word Dussehra is derived from Sanskrit word Dasha-hara that means “remover of bad fate” or remover of ten heads of Ravana. It is celebrated with great zeal on the tenth day of the Hindu autumn lunar month of Ashvin that during September or October of the Western calendar. Every year after Navratri, Dussehra…

Navratri Trishakti – Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati

Navratri Every Hindu festival has a spiritual message for the sadhaks. This nine-day festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil. In fact the theme of the entire Vedas is reflected in the Navratri festival: first remove all negativities; then purify the mind and cultivate positive virtues; finally, gain spiritual knowledge and transcend all limitations….

Nine Navratri Essentials

The festival of Navratri (literally meaning nine nights) is one of the most widely celebrated Hindu festivals. It is celebrated to honour Goddess Durga who symbolizes power and purity. Goddess Durga  is worshiped in her nine different forms during these days. The basic theme behind the nine-day long Navratri festival is the victory of Good over Evil….

Why we chant “Ganpati Bappa Morya!”?

Ganpati Ganesha is also known as Ganpati. The word Ganpati is a combination of 2 words – “Gana” which means ‘group’ or also ‘the attendants of Lord Shiva’ and “Pati” which means the ‘ruler’ or ‘leader’. Hence “Ganpati” means “ruler of many” or ‘leader of the ganas of Shiva’ Bappa ‘Bappa’ means ‘father’ or ‘the…

What does Lord Ganesha Represent?

Lord Ganesha – the elephant God is loved and adored by one and all. From his favorite modaks to the mouse, each and everything has a significance. So let us try and understand this magnificent and lovable form of Ganesha…  The TRUNK… …represents discrimination. The elephant’s trunk is a remarkable instrument. It is a tool…

Lord Krishna’s Divinity by Swami Chinmayananda

Why is Lord Krishna a source of inspiration? Why has He been the subject of such reverence by devotees across the globe for centuries. He the famous Hero of the Puranas (mystical stories) and the epic Mahabharata, and the giver of Knowledge in the Geeta. We have all heard of Him and His names. But…

Introduction to Lord Krishna

Let us get to know Lord Krishna… The correct pronunciation of ‘Krsna’ is ‘Krishna.’ Lord Krishna is the purna-avatara of Lord Vishnu, having all 16 kalas or perfect qualities. He is known for his infinite charm, smile, and beauty. He was so beautiful that, it is said, even precious jewels lost their shine and beauty…

Raksha Bandhan Tales…

Raksha bandhan is about to arrive. Streets are gleaming with colorful threads, beautiful gifts and greetings. At every nook and corner, sisters are busy buying threads of love or Rakhis for their beloved brothers; while brothers are busy figuring out what they can gift their sisters this year. The exceptional festival celebrates the love between…