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Four Parts of Yoga

Yoga is a purification and transformative process. There are four concurrent processes in it. They are discussed in this essay.

Qutations on Buddhism by BuddhaVac, Year 2016

Find here quotations on the teachings of the Buddha by Buddhavac from the year 2016.

Advise for Young People

Life’s important lessons and advise for young people for their guidance and success

The Secrets of Idol Worship

Why do Hindus worship images? Is there a deeper meaning to it or any spiritual relevance?

Creating a Purpose Driven Life

This essay is about the immportance of creating a purpose driven life for success, peace and happiness

The Difference Between Purpose and Goals

Find out the relationship and difference between goals and purpose, and how important they are to create the life you want to lead.

A Short History of Indian Medical Science

Find out surprising facts about the history of Indian medical system and how it influenced medical practices in other countries in Europe and elsewhere

Ashtavakra Samhita Translation and Commentary - Index Original Translation and Commentary of the Ashtavakra Gita or Samhita by Jayaram V, which contains the Advaita Philosophy. Presented here as a continuing Series. Read the Latest, Chapter 6

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Indian Surgery

Shalya or Surgery is one of the eight branches of Ayurveda. This essay is about the history of surgery and surgical procedures and implements used in ancient India

Gods and Humans: The Right Way to Worship Our Gods

Find out the right way to worship gods and seek their help in our daily lives to realize our material and spiritual goals or perform our duties.

What is the Truth About Shiva's Essential Nature?

What is the truth about Shiva's essential nature and his association with tamas guna or tamo guna

Change your Life by Changing from Within

If you want to improve your life or succeed in any venture, begin by knowing, changing and improving yourself

The Meaning of Vedanta and Siddhanta Explained

What is the difference between Siddhanta and Vedanta? Find out their purpose and meaning in Hinduism, Yoga, philosophy and spiritual practice.

The Nature of Spiritual Experience

Why do we have spiritual experiences? Find out the true nature of spiritual experiences. Why they arise and who is truly responsible for them.

Action and Inaction in Spiritual Life

This essay is about the symbolism of the body as a true Bhagavata or God's servant, and how the ideal of karma sannyasa yoga is hidden in the working of the human body

Symbolic Significance of Maha Shivaratri

In this essay we discuss the spiritual and symbolic significance of Maha Shivaratri, one of the popular festivals of Hinduism.

Why do people fast on the day of Maha Shivarathri?

Find out why people observe fasting on Maha Shivaratri and why they remain awake and keep a vigil (jagaranam) in the night.

Is War Justified in Hinduism?

Find out what Hinduism has to say about wars, whether wars and violence are justified in Hinduism, and if so in what context

Is God in Hinduism Male or Female?

This essay is about the essential nature and gender identity of God or the Supreme Being in Hinduism.

Hinduism and Gender Equality

This essay is about gender equality in Hinduism, how men and women are perceived and treated in Hindu culture and society.

The world according to Hinduism

This essay describes the symbolism, significance and associated beliefs and descriptions of the world according to the tenets of Hinduism.

The Symbolism of Shiva Lingam

This essay is about the meaning and symbolic significance of Shiva Lingam

Shiva the Unconventional God of Opposites

This essay explains complex unique nature of Shiva, the auspicious god of Hinduism and why he does not easily fit into our conventional norms and notions.

The Symbolism of Purusha and Prakriti

Find out the Symbolic significance of Purusha and Prakriti (God and Nature) in Hinduism.

What is Pure Consciousness?

This essay is about pure consciousness, which is the essential nature of the Self or Soul, what it means and how it is different from the ego consciousness.

The Ten Amazing Benefits of Pilgrimages in Hinduism

Are pilgrimages truly beneficial? Find out the ten amazing benefits of pilgrimages in the ritual and spiritual practices of Hinduism.

Simple Spirituality - Keep it Simple

Spiritual practice does not have to be hard. Keep your aims simple. Aim for peace rather than Nirvana.

Significance of Tirtha Yathra or Pilgrimages in Hinduism

This essay is about the meaning, concept and significance of Tirth Yathra or Pilgrimages in Hinduism.

Faith or Shraddha in the Practice of Hinduism

This essay is about the importance of faith or shraddha the religious and spiritual practice of Hinduism as described in the Bhagavadgita and Upanishads.

Moksha or Liberation in Hinduism

This essay explains what liberation or Moksha means in Hinduism and the four spiritual paths (margs) or systems (yogas) to achieve it.

Six Common Critical Mistakes Which We Make

Find here six common and critical mistakes which people make due to ignorance or errors in thinking and perception.

A Broad Strategy for Lifelong Weight Loss

The effort to lose weight should be part of a broad strategy to lead a healthy and active life so that it can be pursued and sustained as a lifelong goal.

What is the Rational or Scientific Basis of Karma?

This essay is a rational and scientific inquiry into the working of karma to see whether it can be validated by any proof found in the functioning of our minds and bodies.

Why do We Cling to Things?

This essay is about the problem of clinging or attachments and the best way or attitude to deal with it in worldly life.

Follow Your Natural Rhythm for Success and Happiness

This essay is about establishing inner harmony with your natural rhythm to be in the flow of life for success and fulfillment.

What Lessons Can We Learn from Wars?

This essay is about five important lessons we can learn from wars and how they affect our lives at personal and psychological levels.

How to Deal with Unresolved Conflicts

This essay is about conflict resolution, and how to deal with unresolved conflicts before they end up causing further problems.

The Ultimate Source of Success in Business

The essay is about the ultimate source of success and prosperity in any field especially business.

Cultivating the Attitude of Renunciation

This essay is about cultivating the attitude of renunciation (sanyasa) in everyday life

Common Cognitive Distortions in Daily Life

Find here 15 common cognitive distortions which distort our thinking and perception

Action and Inaction in Spiritual Life

This essay is about the meaning of action and inaction in Karma and Kriya Yogas according to the Bhagavadgita and the Yoga Sutras.

An Effective Success Strategy For All Occasions

Here is an effective and practical strategy to achieve success in completing your tasks or reaching your goals.

Spiritual Approach to the Problem of Stress

This essay explains how certain spiritual methods and approaches of Yoga, can be used to free the mind and body from physical and mental stress for peace and tranquility.

10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Vegetarian Food

Find here ten reasons why you should try vegetarian food rather meat and meat products

What is the purpose of your life?

This essay is about the purpose of human life according to the teachings of the Bhagavadgita, and why you cannot have a selfish purpose or a purpose that does not serve the larger aims of Dharma.

The Power of Imagination

Human imagination mostly functions in the same way as the universe. This essay is about the power of imagination, and how it can be used along with reason and faith to improve your thinking and behavior.

Faith and Reason in the Quest For Knowledge

This essay is about the importance of faith and reason in our knowing and comprehending and leading a balanced life.

Rationalism and Hinduism, Is There a Middle Ground?

This essay is about the correlation between Hinduism and Rationalism, and how rationalist thinking has historically been recognized as an integral part of Hindu spiritual practice, philosophical inquiry and self-realization

Manifesting God in the Mortal Body

This essay explains how according to the Bhagavadgita God, who is unknowable, becomes knowable in the mortal world and the mortal body as a reflection in the purity and impurity of Nature. From the Wisdom of the Bhagavadgita Series

God and Creation in Hinduism

This essay examines whether God and Creation are the same or different according to various schools of Hinduism, and how the divine qualities manifest in Nature as described in the tenth chapter of the Bhagavadgita.

The Secret Alchemy of Abundance

The essay is about the meaning and purpose of abundance and the strategy to achieve success and happiness in life through the alchemy of abundance.

Sadhus Meaning and Significance

The Sadhus belong to the renunciant traditions of Hinduism and Jainism. Find here the meaning and significance of Sadhus, the ascetic people of India

Why Should We Offer Food to Gods Before Eating It?

We have this tradition of offering food to gods before eating it. We do the same in ritual worship (puja) as well as sacrificial worship (yajna). Why should we offer food to gods?

Pushtimarg or the Path of Pushti Bhakti

This essay is about Pushtimarg or nourishing the Self with divine love and happiness through selfless devotion to Lord Krishna, as propounded by Vallabhacharya, the founder of Shuddha Advaita

Guru Worship and Celebrity Worship

This essay compares guru worship with celebrity worship and the attitudes and behaviors associated with them.

The Three Types of Celebrity Worship

Is celebrity worship a mental abnormality? This essay is about the three sets of attitudes and behaviors associated with celebrity worship or celebrity obsession

Why People Worship Celebrities and Film Stars?

This is a comprehensive essay about celebrity worship syndrome, and why people become obsessed with celebrities, film stars and famous people.

Forgiveness According to Bhagavadgita

Forgiveness is a divine quality. The essay is about cultivating the attitude of forgiveness through spiritual transformation according to the Bhagavadgita.

Baghavadgita In Business Managment

The relevance of the Bhagavadgita to the management functions and how it can be useful to managers in their administrative and managerial duties.

What Is the Advantage of Meeting Holy Men?

This essay explains the benefits of meeting holy people, Hindu gurus, sages and seers

Ten Distinguishing Features of Buddhism

Find the ten most distinguishing features of Buddhism namely Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, four noble truths, eightfold path, nirvana, monastic code and meditation techniques.

Cultivating the Attitude of Forgiveness

The attitude of forgiveness is a culmination of spiritual practice and your inner growth. By cultivating the attitude of forgiveness, you can cultivate all other related virtues.

Buddhism is the First and the Last Scientific Religion of the World

This essay explains the uniqueness of the concept of Anatta, why Buddhism is the first and the last, scientific religion of the world, and why Buddha is a scientist cum prophet.

How to Practice Forgiveness in Daily Life

Find out how you can practice forgiveness in daily life and in different situations.

Three Self Limiting Beliefs About Money

Three self-limiting beliefs abotu money which prevent people from creating wealth

The Hindu Varna System

This essay is about the concept of Varna and the history and development of Varna System in Hinduism from the early Vedic period.

Sources of Abundance and Prosperity

Find out the qualities or factors that lead to abundance, peace and prosperity.

Ten Effective Ways to Improve Your Self Esteem

This essay is about self-esteem and how to build positive self-image to feel good, to be yourself and realize your true potentials, dreams and goals.

Looking Beyond the Surface of Life

Ten ways to improve the quality of your thinking, feelings, perceptions and understanding to bring deeper spiritual awareness into your daily life.

The Power of Truth in Self-awareness

This essay is about cultivating self-awareness in spiritual practice by paying attention to one’s thoughts and feelings to know truths about oneself, without cognitive distortions and self-deception.

7 Secrets of Successful People

This essay is about the seven important qualities of successful people or high achievers which set them apart

7 Major Abilities or Qualities of Leadership

This essay is about what makes good leaders and seven important abilities or qualities which lead to excellence in leadership

12 Qualities of an Influential Person

This essay is about the 12 exceptional qualities which influential people possess and how they influence others.

10 Ways to Improve Effective Communication Skills

This essay is about effective communication and how you can improve your communication skills in personal and professional life.

The Ten Foundational Pillars of Hinduism

Find out the Ten foundational Featuers of Hinduism, which are responsible for the continuity and preservation of Hinduism, making it the oldest living religion of the world.

How Do You Know What is True or False?

This essay is about Pramanas or the means used in the schools of Hinduism to validate knowledge or truth or know what is true or false

Nastika Vada or Atheism and Materialism in Hinduism and Related Religions

The essay is about the influence of the Nastika Vada or the schools of materialism and atheism of ancient India in the development of India’s major religions, especially Hinduism.

The Meaning, Significance and Symbolism of Shri or Sri/

This essay is about the meaning, significance and symbolism of the sacred syllable Shri (or Sri) in Hinduism and its hidden connection with Hri.

Should the Puranas be Considered Mythology?

This essay is about the myth and mythology in Hinduism and whether the Hindu Puranas should be considered mythology.

Nine Significant Facts about Shiva

Find here nine important facts about Lord Shiva in Saivism and popular Hinduism

God as the Ideal and the World as an Idea

This is a comprehensive essay on idealism in Hinduism from various perspectives, with specific reference to Vedanta.

Niti and Niyama, the Morality and Ethics of Hinduism

This essay provides comprehensive information on the importance of virtue, ethical conduct, morality and righteousness (dharma) in Hinduism.

Suddhi, Purity and Cleanliness in Hinduism

This is a comprehensive essay on the ritual and spiritual importance of purity and cleanliness in Hinduism, the various types of impurities that afflict the mind and the body and their purification (suddhi)

Does God Possess a Specific Name and Form?

This essay is about how Brahman (God) should be worshipped or approached, and whether he has a specific name and form.

The Concept of Astika (Existence) in Hinduism

The essay is about the meaning and concept of Astika, with a brief explanation of different Astika schools of Hinduism

Cognitive Errors and Biases in Everyday Life

This essay is about identifying and overcoming cognitive errors and biases which effect our daily thinking and problem solving so that we can make better choices and avoid making mistakes.

Holographic Principle and Advaita Vedanta

In this essay the author discusses the Holographic Principle or the idea that the universe is a hologram projected by a black hole and its correlation with the Advaita Vedanta of Hinduism.

Find a Purpose. Use Your Potentials. A Lesson From the Bhagavadgita

Here is an important lesson to learn from the Bhagavadgita. Find out.

Is Puja a Legitimate Form Of Divine Worship?

This essay is about the types of divine worship in Hinduism with specific reference to puja and which worship is the best

Symbolic Significance of Ramayana

This essay describes the symbolism and significance of the epic Ramayana and its main characters.

Come Sit With Us - A Prayer For Auspiciousness

A Prayer for auspiciousness, purity blessings and awakening by Jayaram V

Why to Worship An Indifferent God?

This essay examines the justification to worship an indifferent and disinterested God with devotion if he is equal to all and favors none

Five Incredible Facts about the Earth You Would Probably Not Bother to Think

Find here five Incredible Facts about the Earth You Would Probably Not Bother to Think.

Ten Signs That a Guru Is a Fraud or a Fake

There are many fake spiritual gurus in today's world. This essay lists ten important characteristics or signs of a fake spiritual guru people should be aware of

Love at First Sight and First Impressions

The essay suggests the reasons or the psychological and spiritual factors behinds love at first sight and first impressions, and how people should deal with them.

Psychedelic Drugs and Spirituality, The Traditional Perspective

This essay explores the possible connection between psychedelic drugs and spiritual or mystic experiences according to the ethical practices of Hinduism and Buddhism.

A Simple Formula To Achieve Success

In this essay, the author suggests a simple and straightforward approach to achieve success in any field or project.

Ashtavakra Samhita - Chapter 2, Verse 24

Original Translation and Commentary of the Ashtavakra Gita or Samhita by Jayaram V., which contains the Advaita Philosophy. Presented here as a continuing Series.

Jhana, The Rapturous State of Stillness in Buddhist Meditation Practice

This is a comprehensive essay on Buddhist Jhanas, the meditative states experienced by the Buddhist monks during their practice of Right Concentration on the Eightfold Path

Is Buddhism a Spiritual Religion?

Buddhism is an unconventional religion. Find out whether it can truly be considered a spiritual religion or a materialistic religion.

Spirituality and Self-transformation

The Upanishads emphasize the importance of Self-transformation or Self-purification in spiritual practice for Moksha or liberation. This essay explains why it important.

Parinama Vada or the Law of Causation in Hinduism

In this essay we discuss Parinama Vada, the law of causation or cause and effect, which is an important aspect of Hinduism and Hindu speculative philosophies

Emotions and Equanimity

This essays is about cultivating Equanimity with the Help of Emotions.

Why Do We Worship Stone Idols?

Hindus ritually worship images made of stone and other materials. Is the practice of idol worship or image worship justified in Hinduism? Find out.

Yamas and Niyamas In Yoga

This essay is about the significance of Yamas and Niyamas in the Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali

Essential Aspects of Hindu Way of Life

What do we mean when we say Hinduism is a way of life? How is it different from other religions? Find out.

Detachment For Freedom and Happiness

This essay is about cultivating detachment for greater freedom and happiness by understanding your attachments and motivation

Symbolism of the Human Body in Hinduism

The archetypal meaning, cultural significance and symbolism of the human body in Hinduism

Symbolism of Hindu Concepts, Gods and Goddesses

This is a brief overview of the symbolism in the concepts, gods and goddesses of Hinduism

Essential Guide to Fasting For Hindus

The essay is about guidelines or observances for Fasting for devout Hindus.

The Best Response to Criticism

How do you respond to criticism? The essay suggests a positive approach to use criticism to know others and improve relationships

Ganesha As Mahat Tattva, Supreme Intelligence

This essay explains the hidden symbolism and significance of Ganesha in the human body and in creation as the son of Shiva and Parvathi.

Why is Ganesha the Leader of Gods?

This essay explains the hidden truth in the legend of how Ganesha became the leader of Gods in the Hindu pantheon.

Karma Doctrine in Hinduism and Buddhism

The essay is a comparative study of the similarities and differences in the karma doctrine of Hinduism and Buddhism

Anatta and Rebirth in Buddhism

This essay explains the process of rebirth, reincarnation or transmigration in the context of Anatta or the Not Self concept of Buddhism.

Types of Knowledge or Jnana in Hinduism

This essay deals with the broad divisions of knowledge in Hinduism and their importance in Hindu ritual and spiritual practices.

Understanding Karma From A Buddhist Perspective

This essay is about understanding the working of karma in daily life from a Buddhist perspective to cultivate discernment with mindfulness on the Eightfold Path.

Awakening and Enlightnment in Buddhism on the Path to Nirvana

In this essay, we present the meaning and significance of awakening in Buddhism which lead to the discerning wisdom, insightful awareness, meditative absorption (Samadhi) and Nirvana.

The Complexity of Knowing Hinduism

This essay is about the problem of understanding Hinduism because of its diversity and complexity due to historical reasons.

The Resurrection of the Dead in Hinduism

This essay is about the concept of resurrection of the dead and whether it exists in any form in Hinduism

Hindu Rituals and Practices for Worldly People

The complexity of Hindu rituals is explained. Know the types of Hindu rituals and their importance in the ritual and spiritual practices of Hinduism

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