Japa and Meditation - It's Significance

Today lots of people are turning towards meditation & yoga just to get relax and reduce stress from their daily (sombre?) routine. But meditation is not meant for just getting relaxed. Certainly it has some higher dimensions and benefits, other than spiritual, like it steadies the mind, improves .... (Continue reading)

Guru and Disciple - Their Intimate Relationship

In India, Guru or Teacher is much revered and respected with utmost devotion. Here we have tried to compile some of the significant thoughts and events contributed by the direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna and other senior monks of the Ramakrishna Order, so as to get .... (Continue reading)

Swami Vivekananda: The Embodiment of Guru-Power

In one of Vivekananda's early visits, Sri Ramakrishna said to him :'Behold, in you is Shiva! And in me is Shakti! And these two are One!' 5. In a letter written to a brother-disciple, he (Swami Vivekananda) exclaimed, 'I am his ... (Continue reading)

Vithoba and Varkari Movement - A brief introduction

Vithoba of Pandharpur is a widely loved and revered deity. He has been at the focus of the long tradition of saints and sages that has flourished in Maharashtra. Vithoba stood and waited patiently on a brick (vit in Marathi) thrown by His great devotee Pundarika or Pundalika, who was busy serving his parents, when Vitthala, the Lord Krishna, happened to chance upon his house. Vithoba pleased with Pundalika asked him .... (Continue reading)