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MERGE THE GROSS IN THE SUBTLE By Swami Chidananda Kathopanishad supplies to us an extraordinary technique to go from ‘a storm’ to ‘a calm’.    In a single mantra, the sacred text opens our eyes to five layers of our existence. Organs of perception and action constitute the first layer. Second comes the mind. Third […]
By Swami Chidananda While the sacred texts are not against pleasure per se, they are uncompromising when it comes to moderation. No one can excessively indulge or get enslaved to pleasure, and yet hope to rise spiritually. “dama” is the word for self-restraint in the context of sense pleasure. The rishis praise “dama” as the foremost […]
ACTION BRINGS RESULTS By Swami Chidananda   Geetā, echoing the wisdom of Upanishads, says1, “Success is the result of (hard, honest) work.” Unless you are convinced that we have very high vairāgya (lack of interest in pleasures of the world), we must work hard. Without having seen the limitations of power, position and pleasure in the world, […]
By Swami Chidananda The wisdom of the Upanishads is not against anybody seeking happiness per se. It in fact wishes to bless us with true happiness in the largest measure. When we get attached to sense pleasure and when it becomes an addiction, the problem is that our sense of the self is strengthened. Expressed […]
By Swami Chidananda It is an irony, if not a stark contradiction, that many Vedānta scholars (teachers and students) carry on with life, without getting serious about certain wrong ways of acting (or reacting), speaking and thinking. They know ‘high stuff’ but they falter and fall at small things.  They pay a heavy price. LIVE […]
By Swami Chidananda Spiritual wisdom is intimately related to the inmost and the deepest desire in our human life – to be free of suffering, and to clear our bosom of all guilt and shame. Sorrow, pride, low self-esteem and a host of negativities belong to the ego, our misconceived identity. Upon knowing Brahman, our […]

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