The Six Faults of the Materially Identified Ego

The Six Faults of the Materially Identified Ego Sri Sri Paramahamsa Yogananda When the EGO or “I” consciousness has sided with the materialistic forces of creation, it is said to have six faults (doshas): 1. Kama (lust); 2. Krodha (anger); 3. Lobha (greed); 4. Moha (delusion); 5. Mada (pride); 6. Matsarya (envy). Only when man … Continue reading The Six Faults of the Materially Identified Ego

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Fight Your Own battle of Kurukshetra

Yogic Symbolism of the Battle of the Kurukshetra Sri Sri Paramahamsa Yogananda Selected excerpts from GOD TALKS WITH ARJUNA : THE BHAGAVAD GITA It will become evident… that the historical background of  a battle and the contestants therein have been used for the purpose of illustrating the spiritual and psychological battle going on between the … Continue reading Fight Your Own battle of Kurukshetra

Sense the two-fold existence while in the flesh

"Sir, I am meditating," I shouted protestingly. "I know how you are meditating," my guru called out, "with your mind distributed like leaves in a storm! Come here to me." Snubbed and exposed, I made my way sadly to his side. "Poor boy, the mountains couldn't give what you wanted." Master spoke caressively, comfortingly. His … Continue reading Sense the two-fold existence while in the flesh

Ramana Maharishi and Free Will

Ramana and Free Will Finally, Ramaṇa’s views on free will vis-à-vis predetermination are so astounding that it behooves us to explore the issue. According to Ramaṇa, at the level of an ordinary person (ajñāni), individuals, from birth to death, will experience a series of preordained activities and experiences, all of which are the consequences of … Continue reading Ramana Maharishi and Free Will

Bring God Here Where He Has Placed Us

Significance of Lord Krishna’s life for the modern world In the Bhagavad Gita our attention is focused on the role of Sri Krishna as the guru and counselor of Arjuna, and on the sublime yoga message he preached as preceptor to the world – the way of righteous activity and meditation for divine communion and … Continue reading Bring God Here Where He Has Placed Us

Discrimination of the Mahavakyas – Swami Krishnananda

Discrimination of the Mahavakyas ‘CONSCIOUSNESS IS BRAHMAN’ There are four Mahavakyas, or great statements in the Upanishads, which have a profound significance as pointers to Reality. They are: (1) Prajnanam Brahma – Consciousness is Brahman; (2) Aham Brahmasmi – I am Brahman: (3) Tat Tvam Asi – That Thou Art; (4) Ayam Atma Brahma – … Continue reading Discrimination of the Mahavakyas – Swami Krishnananda

Unique exposition of the meaning of the first shloka of Bhagavad Gita

Unique exposition of the meaning of the first shloka of Bhagavad Gita I give below the exposition of Pujya Ma* on the first shloka of Srimad Bhagavad Gita, extracted from the book Srimad Bhagavad Gita – A Guide to Daily Living,  Arpana Publications, ©2000 *  A short note about Pujya Ma given below the extract, … Continue reading Unique exposition of the meaning of the first shloka of Bhagavad Gita