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When we stay deluded, materialism bosses over us. By: Swami Chidananda Prashnopanishad warns us:   Do not live in delusion!  mā mohamāpadyata Prashna Upanishad, 2.3 (prashna 2, mantra 3)  [In the context in the original Upanishad, lower faculties get deluded to think they are independent but are taught a lesson by Prāna, the Life Force, to understand […]
By: Swami Chidananda Invoke Shiva, Brahmā and Vishnu Robin Sharma, the famous author of The Monk who sold his Ferrari (first published in 1997), advises his followers in a recent video on getting rid of bad habits and living a new life marked by good habits. The motivational speaker asks his students to first destroy bad habits. He […]
By: Swami Chidananda Devotion to Lord Shiva, expressing as meditation on His resplendent form, can be the stepping stone to have the most receptive mind. That in turn facilitates the insight into the timeless. Meditating upon the Supreme Ruler, the Lord, accompanied by (Mother) Uma, a contemplative student goes beyond (all) darkness)! Umā-sahāyam Parameshwaram Prabhum.. […]
Leave it like a snake discards its old skin By: Swami Chidananda Prashnopanishad supplies to us an amazing illustration.   yathā pādodaras-tvachā vinirmuchyate  evam ha vai sah papmanā vinirmuktah Prashna Upanishad, 5.5  [He who meditates on Om casts off all sin just as a snake gets freed from its old skin and shines with a new one.] […]
By Swami Chidananda The extraordinary revelation of the Upanishads is that there is God only and nothing else in this entire Creation. Recognizing the difficulty that most of us have in appreciating this, the Vedānta temporarily accepts the duality of a Creator (God) and the Creation (this universe including all of us, the living beings). […]
By Swami chidananda Life begins with seeking food, clothes and shelter. Even in this 21st century, a good percentage of humanity cannot look beyond these basic needs. Life progresses with appreciation of art, music, sciences and many finer things. The privileged classes engage in these and experience subtler joys. The highest, however, is the contact with the […]

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