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Swami Tattvavidananda Saraswati   In the Vedic culture, worshiping of Īśvara – Īśvaropāsana – is very characteristic and unique, and probably slightly different from what we come across today in the Hindu society. Here, Īśvara is worshiped in a form, which is readily available for our perception as part of the...
by Swami Dayananda Saraswati As we have Father’s Day and Mothers Day, Gurus also have their own day. This day is Gurupūrṇimā and it marks the anniversary of Veda Vyāsa, who occupies an exalted place in the hierarchy of teachers. Although there were also gurus for Veda Vyāsa, we look...
Satsang with Swami Viditatmananda The non-Self is able to reveal objects only due to the presence of the Self Vāco vibhānti nikhilā yadanugraheṇa. Yadanugraheṇa, by whose grace, nikhilā vāco vibhānti, all these words manifest, is speech also manifest. What makes speech function? Again, the Kenopaniṣad , says, yadvācā' nabhyuditaṁ yena vāgabhyudyate, tadeva brahma...
Satsang with Swami Viditatmananda ...continued from previous issue The first verse describes the Self as sat cit ānanda, while the second verse describes It as self-effulgent. In the third verse, the Self is described as the Self of all. Early in the morning, I bow to the limitless, that which is beyond...
Swami Dayananda Saraswati What is this Śama? The author of the Tattvabodha says, mano nigrahaḥ. What does mano nigrahaḥ mean? They will generally translate this as mind control, or mind destruction—as though the mind needs to be destroyed.  Anyone who wants mind destruction is already destroyed, otherwise, why should he...
Swami Dayananda Saraswati Love is a very ancient topic. Gods, playwrights, musicians and poets have glorified the meaning of the word ‘love’. But love is not like other emotions. It is not that there are many emotions of which one is love. No, it is the only emotion. In certain...
Swami Viditatmananda Saraswati We have seen how the reality of the Self is quite different from what we take ourselves to be.  We are like the boy in the story of The Ten Boys, where the one who is searching for the 10th boy is the 10th boy himself.  We...
Satsang with Swami Viditatmananda Introduction The meditator and the object of meditation are different from each other in one type of meditation. Prātaḥ is dawn and smaraṇam is remembrance or meditation. Prātassmaraṇam is thus, meditation at dawn. The meditation is upon the Self, the very meditator. Usually, meditation involves a division of...