Category Spirituality

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.

Yatras, the spiritual healer for all ills

Yatras are meant to signify that any physical exercise like walking, jogging and fasting will enhance the wholesome benefits when combined with a spiritual intent.

Padayatra, the panacea for all-round health

Walking, jogging and running, have all been used traditionally and purposefully by our ancestors, often combining them with a divine intent, which increased the health benefits manifold.

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.

Ringing of bells brings joy and positive energy

At the most basic level, bells are harbingers of joy and celebration. Go ahead! Ring that bell – small and large!

How did Deepavali/Diwali become so ‘secularized’?

The efforts to secularize a culturally rich religious festival like Deepavali have taken away much of its civilizational value.

Worshipping Ganesha as Ashtavinayaks

The Ashtavinayak temples are not only ancient but are spiritually enriching to the devout yatri.

Coming full circle–The turbulent teens III

I was torn between defending my dharma at school and fighting with my parents about the same thing at home, thinking that the sum-all of Hinduism was its traditions and customs.

Coming full circle: The turbulent teens II

I wonder how it is that when someone pulls down something dear to you, even if you have been pulling it down yourself–your hackles are raised enough to defend it tooth and nail.