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Find here a brief description of the history of 12 great rulers of ancient India who played a significant role in shaping its history and destiny
This article is about Shramanas, the ascetic and renunciant traditions of ancient India, known as Shramanic traditions who practiced extreme asceticism and austerities.
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 9, Verse 1 - 5
In a broader sense the practice of jhanas is a transformative, renunciatory practice only in which you ultimately renounce and empty the mind to overcome the turbulence of the mind.
A comprehensive essays on the essential philosophy, major concepts, principles and practice of Advaita Vedanta or the school of nondualism in Hinduism
This essay examines the social aspect of desirelessness and how in real life situation people may deal with those who conquer their desires.
This essay lists the benefits of mindfulness practice which can be practiced by both spiritual and secular people.
This essay presents descriptions of Adibuddha as found in the Kalachakra Tantra of Vajrayana Buddhism
English Translation of Shiva Sutras, the Aphorisms of Shiva Translated by Jayaram V, published. Reproduced from the book by same title, Publshed April 2020
Find out what sveccha or freedom truly means in Hinduism from a spiritual perspective and how to attain true freedom or eternal and absolute freedom
This essay explains a few spiritual practices of Shaivism to attain the pure consciousness of the self or oneness with Shiva in wakeful and dream states also.
This essay explains the meaning of akshara and its importance in knowing the secret of the mantras and their power (shakti) in the ritual and spiritual practices of Hinduism
Corona Virus, Covid-19 has caused widespread fear and panic in many countries. In this essay we discuss 10 irrational thoughts about Corona Virus.
A guru is an enlightened master who renounces family ties and attachments to worldly things. In this essay, we examine whether a guru who renounced the world can participate in worldly activities.
This essay explains the tradition, reasons and justification behind the social practice of honoring guests (Athidhi) in Hinduism
"The meaning and concept of Sat and Asat (real and unreal) in Hinduism is explained
What is nonexistence, asat? This essay briefly presents a critical analysis of the Vaishesika theory of the four types of nonexistence
The essay explains the subtle difference between soul and Atman or the Self of Hinduism.
This essay provides an insight into the nature of Dukkha or suffering from the Buddhist perspective, which is helpful to cope with suffering with equanimity and detachment.
A detailed explanation of the First Noble Truth of Dukkha and its four associate truths which will help develop a proper understanding of how suffering is inbuilt in our very minds and bodies and how we are predisposed to experience suffering.
This essay is about Kshatriya Dharma in today's context or how one how one may defend Hinduism or Hindu Dharma the right way on the warrior's path, without indulging in verbal or physical violence.
The story of Ahalya, the wife of sage Gautama and her significance and symbolism as a female archetype in Hinduism.
This is the second universal law of existence. There is nothing that we can create anew. We only become aware of and recreate what is already present.
Find here the four paths of Dharma or the four methods of practicing Hinduism according to the original Hindu caste system.
Noise is temporary. Silence is continuous and universal. You can become aware of it through meditation and mindfulness.
The practice of silence has many advantages. By silence we mean both physical and mental silence. Find out the best ways to practice silence in the comforts of your home.
Brahman is the highest God of Hinduism. Yet he is not ritually worshipped. The author explains the reasons.
Brahman is the highest supreme reality who is extolled in the Upanishads. He is not ritually worshipped. This essay explains the right way to worship Brahman on the path of liberation.
The First Law of Existence: All knowing is a kind of discovery of the knowledge which is already inherent in the universe either as a reality or a possibility or an idea, which may be known, unknown or yet to be known.
Here are eight fundamental truths of existence regarding the universe, knowledge, life, etc., for the discerning minds.
The incarnations of Vishnu are meant to uphold and protect dharma. Find here ten important incarnations of Lord Vishnu, and few others which are included in the list
This essay explores what the epic Mahabharata is all about, the true meaning of Mahabharata and whether it is about Bharat or India.
A historical review of the relationship between Hinduism and Buddhism and how their core concepts and beliefs evolved in the past
Find here a comparative analysis of 20 Common beliefs and concepts of Buddhism and Hinduism.
Here are ten most important implications of karma, or how it affects our lives in beneficent and transformative ways.
This essay is about the meaning and concept of Ajnana or ignorance in Hinduism in contrast to Jnana or knowledge.
A brief history of the school of skeptics known as Ajnanis of ancient India, who doubted and refuted all metaphysical knowledge.
This essays explains how diversity arises and the divine power of Isvara manifests in creation in different worlds, from the highest to the lowest
Brahman is an incorporeal deity. As the highest, the purest and the ultimate reality (brihat-tattvam), he shines in all the best, brightest and sacred manifestations of creation
The duties of God or Isvara are many since he is the ultimate creator and source of all. However, they can be grouped into five universal functions or duties.
Free will is divine will only. The duality between them is an illusion. Free will becomes divine will to the extent we surrender to God or Isvara.
Find out the scriptural basis of what Hinduism has to say about sexual violence and rape against married and unmarried women.
his essay is about the meaning and significance of asteya or non-stealing, an important restraints or vow practiced in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism for liberation.
This essay is about the meaning and concept anatma or anatta in Hinduism and how it differs from that of Buddhism.
About the Hindu Sage named Atri, who is one of the seven great sages (Saptarishis) of Hinduism of the Vedic period
This essay describes the methods by which reality manifests in creation according to Hindu scriptures, and how you can improve your creative and manifesting power in daily life
In this essay, we will discuss how Hinduism views creation and what we can learn from it about ourselves and our existence.
In Shaivism Lord Shiva is considered Brahman. In his manifested aspect, Shiva is Isvara, lord of creation in inseparable union with Shakti, his dynamic force.
Find here a few notable facts the significance of Shiva Lingam, the symbolic representation of Shiva and Shakti, in Hindu ritual and spiritual practices
This essay is about the meaning, history and symbolic significance of Shiva Lingam
What happens to the souls who depart from here? The Bhagavadgita provides some answers about death and liberation in chapter 8. They are discussed in this essay.
The not-self (anatta or anatma) concept is central to all teachings of Buddhism. In this essay the author presents its spiritual implications in the practice of the Buddhist Dharma on the Eightfold Path.
People wear masks all the time when they deal with others. If you want to know them, you have to look through the masks to know the truth about them
You can heal your mind and body. Here are ten simple self-healing techniques which are easy to practice.
Find answers to 12 most important questions about Hinduism, which every Hindu must know.
Yoga is a purification and transformative process. There are four concurrent processes in it. They are discussed in this essay.
Find here quotations on the teachings of the Buddha by Buddhavac from the year 2016.
Life’s important lessons and advise for young people for their guidance and success
Why do Hindus worship images? Is there a deeper meaning to it or any spiritual relevance?
This essay is about the immportance of creating a purpose driven life for success, peace and happiness
Find out the relationship and difference between goals and purpose, and how important they are to create the life you want to lead.
Find out surprising facts about the history of Indian medical system and how it influenced medical practices in other countries in Europe and elsewhere
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
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 and his association with tamas guna or tamo guna
If you want to improve your life or succeed in any venture, begin by knowing, changing and improving yourself
What is the difference between Siddhanta and Vedanta? Find out their purpose and meaning in Hinduism, Yoga, philosophy and spiritual practice.
Why do we have spiritual experiences? Find out the true nature of spiritual experiences. Why they arise and who is truly responsible for them.
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
In this essay we discuss the spiritual and symbolic significance of Maha Shivaratri, one of the popular festivals of Hinduism.
Find out why people observe fasting on Maha Shivaratri and why they remain awake and keep a vigil (jagaranam) in the night.
Find out what Hinduism has to say about wars, whether wars and violence are justified in Hinduism, and if so in what context
This essay is about the essential nature and gender identity of God or the Supreme Being in Hinduism.
This essay is about gender equality in Hinduism, how men and women are perceived and treated in Hindu culture and society.
This essay describes the symbolism, significance and associated beliefs and descriptions of the world according to the tenets of Hinduism.
This essay is about the meaning and symbolic significance of Shiva Lingam
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.
Find out the Symbolic significance of Purusha and Prakriti (God and Nature) in Hinduism.
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.
Are pilgrimages truly beneficial? Find out the ten amazing benefits of pilgrimages in the ritual and spiritual practices of Hinduism.
Spiritual practice does not have to be hard. Keep your aims simple. Aim for peace rather than Nirvana.
This essay is about the meaning, concept and significance of Tirth Yathra or Pilgrimages in 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.
This essay explains what liberation or Moksha means in Hinduism and the four spiritual paths (margs) or systems (yogas) to achieve it.
Find here six common and critical mistakes which people make due to ignorance or errors in thinking and perception.
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.
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.
This essay is about the problem of clinging or attachments and the best way or attitude to deal with it in worldly life.
This essay is about establishing inner harmony with your natural rhythm to be in the flow of life for success and fulfillment.
This essay is about five important lessons we can learn from wars and how they affect our lives at personal and psychological levels.
This essay is about conflict resolution, and how to deal with unresolved conflicts before they end up causing further problems.
The essay is about the ultimate source of success and prosperity in any field especially business.
This essay is about cultivating the attitude of renunciation (sanyasa) in everyday life
Find here 15 common cognitive distortions which distort our thinking and perception
This essay is about the meaning of action and inaction in Karma and Kriya Yogas according to the Bhagavadgita and the Yoga Sutras.
Here is an effective and practical strategy to achieve success in completing your tasks or reaching your goals.
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.
Find here ten reasons why you should try vegetarian food rather meat and meat products
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.
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.
This essay is about the importance of faith and reason in our knowing and comprehending and leading a balanced life.
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
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
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 essay is about the meaning and purpose of abundance and the strategy to achieve success and happiness in life through the alchemy of abundance.
The Sadhus belong to the renunciant traditions of Hinduism and Jainism. Find here the meaning and significance of Sadhus, the ascetic people of India
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?
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
This essay compares guru worship with celebrity worship and the attitudes and behaviors associated with them.
Is celebrity worship a mental abnormality? This essay is about the three sets of attitudes and behaviors associated with celebrity worship or celebrity obsession
This is a comprehensive essay about celebrity worship syndrome, and why people become obsessed with celebrities, film stars and famous people.
Forgiveness is a divine quality. The essay is about cultivating the attitude of forgiveness through spiritual transformation according to the Bhagavadgita.
The relevance of the Bhagavadgita to the management functions and how it can be useful to managers in their administrative and managerial duties.
This essay explains the benefits of meeting holy people, Hindu gurus, sages and seers
Find the ten most distinguishing features of Buddhism namely Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, four noble truths, eightfold path, nirvana, monastic code and meditation techniques.
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.
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.
Find out how you can practice forgiveness in daily life and in different situations.
Three self-limiting beliefs abotu money which prevent people from creating wealth
This essay is about the concept of Varna and the history and development of Varna System in Hinduism from the early Vedic period.
Find out the qualities or factors that lead to abundance, peace and prosperity.
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.
Ten ways to improve the quality of your thinking, feelings, perceptions and understanding to bring deeper spiritual awareness into your daily life.
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.
This essay is about the seven important qualities of successful people or high achievers which set them apart
This essay is about what makes good leaders and seven important abilities or qualities which lead to excellence in leadership
This essay is about the 12 exceptional qualities which influential people possess and how they influence others.
This essay is about effective communication and how you can improve your communication skills in personal and professional life.
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.
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
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.
This essay is about the meaning, significance and symbolism of the sacred syllable Shri (or Sri) in Hinduism and its hidden connection with Hri.
This essay is about the myth and mythology in Hinduism and whether the Hindu Puranas should be considered mythology.
Find here nine important facts about Lord Shiva in Saivism and popular Hinduism
This is a comprehensive essay on idealism in Hinduism from various perspectives, with specific reference to Vedanta.
This essay provides comprehensive information on the importance of virtue, ethical conduct, morality and righteousness (dharma) 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)
This essay is about how Brahman (God) should be worshipped or approached, and whether he has a specific name and form.
The essay is about the meaning and concept of Astika, with a brief explanation of different Astika schools of Hinduism
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.
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.
Here is an important lesson to learn from the Bhagavadgita. Find out.
This essay is about the types of divine worship in Hinduism with specific reference to puja and which worship is the best
This essay describes the symbolism and significance of the epic Ramayana and its main characters.
A Prayer for auspiciousness, purity blessings and awakening by Jayaram V
This essay examines the justification to worship an indifferent and disinterested God with devotion if he is equal to all and favors none
Find here five Incredible Facts about the Earth You Would Probably Not Bother to Think.
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
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.
This essay explores the possible connection between psychedelic drugs and spiritual or mystic experiences according to the ethical practices of Hinduism and Buddhism.
In this essay, the author suggests a simple and straightforward approach to achieve success in any field or project.
Original Translation and Commentary of the Ashtavakra Gita or Samhita by Jayaram V., which contains the Advaita Philosophy. Presented here as a continuing Series.
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
Buddhism is an unconventional religion. Find out whether it can truly be considered a spiritual religion or a materialistic religion.
The Upanishads emphasize the importance of Self-transformation or Self-purification in spiritual practice for Moksha or liberation. This essay explains why it important.
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
This essays is about cultivating Equanimity with the Help of Emotions.
Hindus ritually worship images made of stone and other materials. Is the practice of idol worship or image worship justified in Hinduism? Find out.
This essay is about the significance of Yamas and Niyamas in the Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali
What do we mean when we say Hinduism is a way of life? How is it different from other religions? Find out.
This essay is about cultivating detachment for greater freedom and happiness by understanding your attachments and motivation
The archetypal meaning, cultural significance and symbolism of the human body in Hinduism
This is a brief overview of the symbolism in the concepts, gods and goddesses of Hinduism
The essay is about guidelines or observances for Fasting for devout Hindus.
How do you respond to criticism? The essay suggests a positive approach to use criticism to know others and improve relationships
This essay explains the hidden symbolism and significance of Ganesha in the human body and in creation as the son of Shiva and Parvathi.
This essay explains the hidden truth in the legend of how Ganesha became the leader of Gods in the Hindu pantheon.
The essay is a comparative study of the similarities and differences in the karma doctrine of Hinduism and Buddhism
This essay explains the process of rebirth, reincarnation or transmigration in the context of Anatta or the Not Self concept of Buddhism.
This essay deals with the broad divisions of knowledge in Hinduism and their importance in Hindu ritual and spiritual practices.
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.
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.
This essay is about the problem of understanding Hinduism because of its diversity and complexity due to historical reasons.
This essay is about the concept of resurrection of the dead and whether it exists in any form in Hinduism
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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