Category Spirituality

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.

Coming full circle–The turbulent Teens I

One can learn to tackle hate, but how does one cope with humiliation and the very negation of one’s identity?

Coming full circle–my journey of faith

The journey has been long–painful at times, exhilarating at others, but coming full circle has never been so enriching.

Naivedyam III – When the Deity hosts the devotees

The meal served in a temple is nothing short of Anna Brahma, a special gift from the Lord to His devotees.

Naivedyam II – Interesting Legends behind some temple prasadams

A Vishnu temple has saltless items as naivedyam for the Lord, while another temple dedicated to Lord Murugan has Munch chocolates!

Naivedyam I – Offering with love and surrender

The concept of naivedyam goes beyond the mere act of offering, investing it with a sacred and spiritual significance

Kumbh 2019 – Moving beyond the spectacle of Naga Sadhus

Much like how India was symbolized by elephants and snake charmers, the Kumbh had been reduced to a spectacle of the Naga Sadhus.