Karma Tapas

Karma Tapas Sometimes I am asked, “Swamiji, how should I conduct myself so that the entire life is one of tapas, religious discipline?” The word tapas generally evokes an image of someone going through a rigorous physical endurance for the achievement of a goal. One may undergo religious austerities to gain something – wealth, fame…

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“I don’t believe in God”

“I don’t believe in God” Most people who make such statements have not had the facility to examine the issue in depth and often make them without adequate thought. When one makes an assertion like this, it is based on his/her own concept of GodMost people who make such statements have not had the facility…

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Annam

Annam There are many references to annam (food) in vedanta sastra. In the Taittreya upanisad, for example, Bhrgu asks his father, Varuna to teach him Brahma satyam. A conversation between the two ensues and (part of it) goes something like this: Varuna tells his son, “That from which all being arise, that which sustains all…

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Science and Spirituality

Science and Spirituality Let us begin by clarifying that spirituality is not religion. Most religions tell us a list of do’s and don’ts, value systems, and rituals. These do not constitute spirituality. Spirituality may be defined as a seeking for  understanding the self and gaining clarity on the purpose of life. Sooner or later in…

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Traditional Hindu vs. Western perspective

Traditional Hindu vs. Western perspective When one studies any topic in the world, there exist two distinct entities – the one who is studying (Study-er) and the studied (Object of study) The topic being studied may be a language or a branch of pure science/technology, or a more abstract science, such as psychology or a…

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