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A look at 2013: Embrace the New Year Together

The New Year is just around the corner. As I look back at the year 2013 that had begun with Ganga Darshan in Rishikesh, I feel a flood of mixed emotions surge within me. There has been a lot of good, bad and mixed stuff one would find in the bag. Like you, I have had my shares of tears, smiles, celebrations and heartbreaks. After all, you don't always get a perfectly tailored life no matter how well you plan for it. In my case, I never plan anything because I know that the moment I plan, everything topples. Planning or not, life always has a way of surprising you when you least expect it to. There's always a dash of surprise that is tucked in.  

But I have my happy moments too. I began baking to beat stress and I love it! I got my hair colored magenta - it turned everyone a little dizzy in the head to see that burst of color, but so what? I loved it on me! I started wearing my favorite outfit - top & skirt - in October and I am loving that too. And then when I look at my tw…

Meditation: Signs of Progress & How to identify a Real Vision from a False One

Hope that you have read myintroductory post on Raja Yogaas being one of thefour paths to Divinity prescribed in Hinduism. In this post, I want to delve briefly into some basic aspects of meditation. [Note: I am not a follower or a devotee of Sri Paramahansa Yogananda but I find his teachings deeply inspiring on the spiritual path and I try to make a sincere attempt to study his teachings.]
Meditation: The Importance of Being Receptive
This is beautiful saying from Sri Paramahansa Yogananda:"The man who has the power of receptivity quickly grasps everything. People with no receptivity maybe exposed to the same experiences or information, yet not really see nor fully comprehend what is there. Your experiences bring wisdom according to the cup of your receptivity."
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Guru Mayi Chidvilasananda, renowned among the Siddha Yoga practitioners, says: "There is no honeymoon phase in Sadhana…

What is Raja Yoga?

In my previous post, I have outlined the four paths to Divinity that are prescribed in Hinduism. These are Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Raja Yoga. Each path is interesting and presents different challenges to spiritual seekers. In this post, I am going to explain in simple words about Raja Yoga, what it means and who are the spiritual masters in Hinduism who have mastered this form of Yoga. 

Raja Yoga unites Mind Power with Cosmic Power
Raja Yoga is generally seen as the path of meditation and it is known as the king among Yogas because it relies on techniques that are based on science. The mind is of utmost importance while practicing Raja Yoga. It is perceived as an instrument that looks inward and uncovers the inner self. 

In the words of Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, "Yoga unites mind power with cosmic power. Raja Yoga, the 'royal yoga,' is the science of God realization. It was masterfully systemized by the great sage Patanjali in his Yoga Sutra. It combined the…

Four Paths to Divinity: Karma, Jnana, Bhakti and Raja Yoga

For spiritual seekers, there are four paths that are prescribed in Hinduism. These are Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Raja Yoga.



In the picture above, my son and I are sitting by the Ganga. Mother and son are offering prayers with a lot of love. We are also talking about the importance of basking in the divine energy flowing all around us.

Why have paths to God? Isn't prayer good enough?
'Independence or 'Swatantrya' is the soul of Vedantic teachings'

You may wonder "Why can't I simply pray to God and attain God?" You can reach Mumbai from anyplace but you have to plan your trip according to your unique travel needs and based on the circumstances and the place you are currently at. More importantly, simply wanting to reach Mumbai or booking your tickets isn't enough. To reach the destination, you have to act. 



Your first step would be to travel to the railway station/airport. Depending on where you are located right now, the duration of your t…

Jealousy: Why do we feel it?

A funny thing happened. A friend whom I don't particularly like or get along with shared a link on Facebook that I had intended to share. It irked me. Made me angry. Somewhat jealous. This probably sounds ridiculous to someone as sensible as you. In fact, it sounds downright cheesy to me. I mean, I am not some one who gets jealous over material things. I always consider myself to be at peace from within. And to think that I got jealous over the sharing of a link! Ridiculous!
Unforgivable. I feel so bad about this. I have always steered clear of jealousy. Because it blurs clarity and dilutes a person's focus. Then why did I feel jealous? Why do we become jealous? 
I thought it over. Seriously. Because I am not the jealous type and i had to understand why I felt jealous for a few fleeting seconds.
When I contemplated on this, this is what I could logically come up with:
“You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.” ? Margaret Atwood, Th…

When Your Guru Banishes You, What Should You Do?

I dedicate this post with all humility to my Guru, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba who taught me an important lesson - there are no shortcuts on the spiritual path. You have to work harder and more sincerely on your path than anyone else or be banished altogether. 
The month of November is most sacred for devotees of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba because it is the month of the Avatar's birthday. The 'akhand bhajans' - spanning two whole days - are conducted world wide two weeks before His birthday which is on November 23rd. In every nook and corner of the world, the 'akhand bhajans' are held. It is sheer spiritual bliss, if I may say so. And for as long as I can remember, even as a child, I used to stay awake and pray during the 'akhand bhajans.' By the time I was in my teen years, the 'akhand bhajans' used to be conducted in my parents' home. Therefore, it goes without explaining how special the occasion is for me and my family.
After moving to Delhi…