Category Culture

Of course, prayers help reduce the effects of karma! 

Prayers never go unanswered. Only, they are not always answered instantly or in the way we want them to be.

With stars in their eyes and dreams in their hearts….

Most youngsters from the underprivileged sections of urban India dream of a career in the glamour world, as they fanatically follow the lives of their favourite stars.

Freedom to choose – Integrated medicine for better health

Traditional and alternative medicine have great potential to deal with not just a pandemic, but also to control and cure many chronic diseases when integrated with conventional medicine.

May the Lights burn bright in 2021!

The tradition of lighting candles and lamps during various festivals around the world, all have behind them the figurative significance of dispelling the darkness of the mind and ushering in wisdom.

Mokshada Ekadashi-The most auspicious Ekadashi of them all

Though many vrats and festivals fall during Dhanurmasa, the crown jewels are Vaikuntha Ekadashi and Arudra Darisanam, the former dedicated to Mahavishnu and the latter to Shiva.

The old woman who never learnt how to make paper boats

Listening to me lament about my lack of craft skills one day, while admiring one of her projects, she simply said,
“But you write so well, Pati!”

How Pitru Pujan is different from ancestor worship

It is believed that all ancestors descend to the earth from Pitru Loka during the Pitru Paksha fortnight, to accept the offerings made to them by their descendants.

Why temples should not be made into tourist spots

Call me old-fashioned, but I am one of those who don’t like to see our temples becoming ‘must-see’ spots in the itinerary of a tourist.

Divine seva to cleanse body and mind

Visiting temples and doing seva instill humility, while providing mental and spiritual cleansing to the devotee.

Guru Purnima – the day of Guru Puja

A teacher might be a Guru, but a Guru is not just a teacher….A Guru Purnima tribute to our great Gurus.

Chaturmasya-the gift to wellness

Our ancestors instituted the ćaturmāsya sankalpam as a means to overhaul the panća bhūtas representing the internal organs of the human body–especially of those above the age of 50.

Celebrate festivals with joy, not pain!

Festivals need not be tension-ridden because they come with a whole lot of rituals attached to them. Why not follow our own rituals and make them enjoyable and meaningful?

Mantras are powerful, but I love my ‘shloka-pills’!

Like a child reaching out to one particular relative in a large joint family to redress a specific complaint, so can we invoke any manifestation of the Supreme, to get out problem sorted out by chanting a shloka dedicated to the Deity.