Challenges

There is a Hindu scripture that compares our human mind with a monkey. It says that the mind is like a monkey—a drunken monkey. And not just like a drunken monkey, but like a drunken monkey bitten by a scorpion. Just imagine the condition of that monkey! So, how are you going to control the…

Attuning to the Divine

Even from a scientific or technical standpoint we find that this kind of communion or communication is possible only when two things are attuned to the same level. Let’s look at an example of this from our daily life. When you turn on the radio as you drive to work in the morning, where does…

Overcoming Anger

There is a beautiful prayer by a South Indian saint that says, “Lord, let my mind be a calm lake without any waves. Let my mind become like the needle of the scale where it is neutral to both clay and gold. Let me learn that neutrality, that equanimity in the midst of duality.” This…

A Better World

In order to have a better world we must learn to think of the globe as a whole. Our world leaders need to be more selfless and sacrificing. Only by having a universal and spiritual vision can we bring positive change into the political field. A person who is really interested in making positive changes…

Become Fit to Experience Jnana Yoga

Gurudev Sivanandaji used to tease the so-called Vedantins and Jnana Yogis at the ashram. They would say, “Aham Brahmasmi, I am that Supreme Brahman.” Occasionally, Gurudev would touch a Jnani’s arm with a little piece of stinging nettle. That person would jump up, “Oooh, oooh, oooh,” and Gurudev would ask, “What happened to your ‘Aham…

The Highest Form of Yoga

Today we are having a double dose of Divinity. We are celebrating the Jayanthi (Birth Anniversary) of Sri Krishna and Sri Swami Sivanandaji. Krishna is the real Divine Stealer of Hearts. He is a personification of love. And, he is also a thief. He steals not only butter, but also your heart. That’s why he…