In my last post, I wrote about the essence of Patanjali Yoga. In this post, I wish to introduce one of the profound Indian scriptures Yoga Vasistha Ramayana. After touring the country, young Rama becomes disheartened experiencing the apparent reality of the world. King Dasaratha, the father of Rama, expresses his concern to Guru Vasistha about Rama’s dejection. Guru Vasistha consoles the king by telling him that Rama’s dis-passion … Continue reading An Enlightening book to read If You are Spiritually Inclined
During the last month, I attended two funerals. Two people known to me suddenly left the world. People were discussing about the suddenness of the death. But isn’t the death sudden in most of the cases? We all spend our lives as if we are born only to earn money and acquire things. We spend our life in fulfilling the desire for material things, satisfying … Continue reading Why a Thought of Death Should Awaken You to the Life?
Diwali is perhaps the most important of all Indian festivals. There are many stores which make Diwali a significant day. For most, Diwali is the celebration of King Rama’s return to Ayodhya after his victory over Ravana. Others trace the origin of the festival to the Mahabharata, where Diwali is marked by the return of the five Pandavas from their exile in the forest. Diwali … Continue reading Mahavira and Diwali Connection
Recently I read two quotes about Busy-Ness. “Busy is a drug that a lot of people addicted too.” Rob Bell. “Busy life is a wasted life.” Francis Crick I pondered over these profound thoughts. I thought if it is an addiction let me write about it. This addiction could be life-consuming. If we look around us people are competing to remain busy. Those who are not busy try to … Continue reading You are Wasting Your Precious Life if You are Busy
Jain Agamas & scriptures have shown the Moksha Path with a distinct clarity. These scriptures have laid down the prerequisites for attaining Moksha. In the Jain terminology, this prerequisite is known as Ratnatraya. Which means the Three Gems. Ratna means Gem & Traya means Three. These are; Samyak Darshan Samyak Gyan Samyak Charitra The word Samyak means Right or True. Samyak Darshan means the Right … Continue reading Do you know the 1st Step on the Moksha Path?
We, Indians are in celebration mode since the Independence Day. All the major festivals are following one after the other. We had Onam, Raksha Bandhan, Parsi New Year, and Eid earlier last month, then Janmashtami this month followed by Paryushana and Ganesh festival thereafter. October and November bring Navratri and Diwali. The year will end with Christmas. In the new year January we will celebrate Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Republic Day and finally in March Holi. Today … Continue reading How Forgiving Can Uplift Your Spirit & Makes You Healthy
“Whatever happened, happened for the good. Whatever is happening, is happening for the good. Whatever will happen, will also happen for the good.” Bhagavad Gita No Indian festivals are complete with Bollywood songs. Whether its Raksha Bandhan, Independence Day, Ganesh Festivals, Eid, New Year, Diwali and of course the popular Krishna Janmashtami. Krishna Bhajan, Meera and Radha Songs and Govinda songs have enriched our movies … Continue reading 29 must listen to Bollywood songs on Krishna Janmashtami
“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” Wayne Dyer We know the laws of maths, biology, chemistry, GST, and even Income tax. We keep track of changing laws and acts governing us as a human being, and as a citizen. Good, we are conscious and aware citizens. But the irony is we; Souls are ignorant about the laws governing us, … Continue reading The ONLY sustainable way to deal with the Stress
2017 was an eventful year. We started this blog to promote awareness about FITNESS | WELLNESS | HAPPINESS through exercise, Yoga, healthy diet, good books, and spirituality. During the last 8 months, we published 111 posts. Readers’ response was overwhelming. We have about 4000 unique visitors and 7000 plus page views to date. Our blog plus social media followers are 8000 plus. Here is a … Continue reading 20 Blog Posts to Read for a Happy Life
Sushma Swaraj, Indian Minister of External Affairs recently said that Jainism’s principles of Anekantavada, Aparigraha (non-hoarding) and Ahimsa (non-violence) offer a solution to the present-day problems the world is facing. She was referring to extremism, climate change, and inequality. When the Jains are celebrating their biggest festival of Paryushana, today I am writing about one of the most important and fundamental principles of Jainism – … Continue reading How seven points Anekantavada brings Happiness?
Laghuraj Swami, a Jain monk and foremost devotee of Gandhiji’s Spiritual Guru and enlightened soul Shrimad Rajchandra (1867 – 1901, a disciple of Lord Mahavira) had set up Agas Ashram in 1920. This was the first Ashram later named after Shrimad Rajchandra. Presently there are many such ashrams in India named after Shrimad Rajchandra. This ashram is spread over many acres. There is a Jain … Continue reading The First Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram
Jains all over the world are celebrating Paryushana during this week (19 Aug to 26 Aug). This is the king of all festivals for Jains. Paryushana means “abiding and coming together”. It is a time when the Jains take on vows of study and do penance to extinguish Karmas. Paryushana concludes with seeking forgiveness for the transgressions of the previous year. The last day of the Paryushana … Continue reading 27 questions Gandhiji’s asked to his Spiritual Guru
“Samayam Goyam Ma Pamay.” Lord Mahavira. (Meaning: Don’t waste a single moment, Mahavira advised to his senior most disciple Gautama) In his little book On the Shortness of Life, Seneca (A Roman Philosopher) writes a very powerful message for all of us. This could be quite awakening and life changing read. “Most human being complaints about the meanness of nature, because we are born for … Continue reading How we waste our Short life?
“Virtue is sufficient for happiness.” In the World stuffed with billions of unhappy people, Stoicism provides simple definitions of happiness. In fact, not only happiness but provides a solution to most of the problems our World and individually we all are facing. Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy that flourished throughout the Roman and Greek world until the 3rd century AD. According to the teachings of Stoicism, as social beings, the path … Continue reading Stoicism to Jainism – What we know about Happiness is all wrong
Aparigraha is one of the 5 Yamas described in Patanjali Yoga Sutras. The other 4 Yamas are Non-violence, Truthfulness, Non-stealing, and Continence. Yama is the first limb of 8 limb Patanjali Yoga Sutra. Most of us know and try to practice the last four Yamas but Aparigrah has mostly escaped our attention. According to Patanjali Yogasutras, ” With constancy of aparigraha, a spiritual illumination of … Continue reading How to Improve the Quality of Life With Aparigraha?
“Who are you?” “I am Jay Kapoor,“ said Jay. “What is the difference between you the Jay Kapoor and Jay Kapoor’s dead body? A dead body is wearing the same clothes, have the same heart, lungs & liver etc. But living Jay is able to do all activities including thinking and dead Jay can’t do anything.” Jay said, “ Dead body has no Soul and … Continue reading The Real Math of Body & Soul
Jainism defines distinctly the theory of Karma. According to Tattavartha Sutra, the following definitions are important to understand the theory of Karma. Attracting of Karma is Ashrav (+) Stopping of Karma is Sanwar ( = ) and Shedding of Karma is known as Nirjara ( -). In the previous post, we saw 57 ways a soul can avoid attracting of new Karma. Today we will discuss Nirjara. But before we discuss Nirjara … Continue reading Nirjara – How to Get Rid of Karma?
In the previous post on the subject, Five Ways Soul attracts new Karma we have seen how a soul attracts new Karma. However, by now we know complete annihilation of Karma is Moksha. Therefore, an attraction of new Karma means an extension of cycles of life and death. Knowing how to stop attracting new Karma and shedding of existing Karma is extremely critical & I would say the most … Continue reading How Can A Soul Avoid Attracting New Karma?
In the previous post Laws of Karma -2 – Physics we have read what actually the Karma is and characteristics of Karma. We have also read why knowing about karma is the most important thing in the post The Laws of Karma – 1 – Basics. Now in this post, we will see why a soul attracts Karma which makes the soul its bondage. Just to re-emphasise the … Continue reading Ashrav – Why You Need to Know How A Soul Attracts New Karma?
In the previous post on the subject Law of Karma – 1 – Basic, we have read, there are predominately eight types of Karma which a soul can attract. In this post, we will see what is Karma & its Physics. There are in all nine elements in the universe. One out of nine is Ajeev i.e Non Living. This Ajeev has five types and one … Continue reading Physics of Karma You Need to Know
We have plenty of laws which govern our lives. We have a parliament to legislate and have lawyers to guide us about these new laws we are governed by. Important is we are expected to know all these laws and our courts do not accept ignorance as an excuse if we fail to abide by these laws. Point to ponder is, we human beings are … Continue reading Why You Need to Know Laws of Karma Governing Every Soul?
The foundation of Jain philosophy is Nonviolence or rather TOTAL Non-Violence towards any living being howsoever small it might be. This philosophy guides the conduct of the followers of Jain philosophy. I have no hesitation to say that this need not be a Jain philosophy only, but this should be a philosophy of every human being. In order to live this philosophy, the conduct of … Continue reading Do You Know the Science Behind Jain Way of life?
The title of this post seems to be an attention drawing gimmick. Well, judge it at the end of the post. Here I only want to show a simple way to become the likes of Vivekananda (Or whosoever enlightened Guru /God you believe in). We all are so much obsessed with our bodily condition since birth that we forget our true self. Our external world is … Continue reading How Can You Become Swami Vivekananda?