Temples were built as public charging sites, where people could charge themselves with an inner energy. People visited temples daily before they started their day, so that they could go about their lives with an enhanced sense of balance and depth.
A retreat is an opportunity to 'detox' from our noisy routines, besides practicing certain techniques and meditations that can help for this. When we decide to join a retreat, it's time to be more in silence and in this way, receptive to higher energies. In the west, i observed that most 'yoga retreats' are conceived 'to have fun, offer concerts and multi-room asana classes... and socialize... a lot.' - nothing wrong with that, but that is not why a retreat has in principle been conceived and if we go to socialize, it's just a loss of...
The launching of the new album Sahaj Atma and some questions and answers about the birth and the meaning of this album. Manish, as the producer, composer, singer and instrumentalist of this work, gives some interesting answers about his vision.
This CD is a collection of powerful and sacred Mantras that, to me, they illuminate the soul. With the soundscapes of beautiful vocals and craftsmanship of highly talented Indian musicians, this music creates a space in which one can dive, either through chanting along or just listening, allo...
Buddha purnima ~ full moon of buddha this year is on May 10, 2017.
The day of Buddha Purnima is dedicated to Gautam Buddha. As per the Hindu Calendar, it is observed on the full-Moon night (Purnima) in the Hindu month of Vaishakha, which this year is on May 10.
Associated with the celebration of Buddha Jayanti or birthday, it is also celebrated that Buddha attained Nirvana or Moksha on this day and left the world. Following are considered the 4 noble points taught by Buddha:
1- human life is suffering
2- human desires are the core re...
a special time of the year
Mid-December to Mid-January
Poush (or Margali in Tamil) is the 9th month of the Hindu calendar, overlapping December and January of the Gregorian calendar. It is the first month of the winter season, the time of the winter solstice when the days are shorter and the nights are longer.
It’s a time of the year considered very significant for people on the spiritual path. It’s a time to bring stability and balance in the body. During this time, Earth is the closest to the Sun, with such an angle with th...
Diwali dates back to ancient times in India, as a festival after the summer harvest. It is celebrated with lights, special food and rituals, colorful dresses, dance and music, as a celebration of the energy of the Goddess.
Ganesha's head symbolizes the Atman or the soul, which is the ultimate supreme reality of human existence, and his human body signifies Maya or the earthly existence of human beings. The elephant head is a sign of wisdom and its trunk is Om, the sound symbol of cosmic reality.
Magh Purnima is venerated as a 'bathing festival' across the country and a dip in the Ganga on this day holds high religious merit. Hindu devotees take a holy bath in the Ganga or Yamuna rivers every day of the month which begins from Paush Purnima and ends on Magha Purnima.
Just recently I was visiting this town, so I share some highlights about it, and if you are interested, you can google more about it. For me, it was a wonderful experience.
Shirdi is located approximately 300 km from Mumbai, in the state of Maharashtra. It is called "the Land of Sai," as it was the hometown of the Saint Shirdi Sai Baba for more than 50 years, being one of the most frequented places of pilgrimage in India. The shrine of the saint is called Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir - Hundreds and thousands of devotees of all faiths arr...
'Prasad' is the food that is offered to God in a typical Hindu ritual worship or Puja. It is our ignorance ('avidya') which we offer to the deity in a Puja. The food symbolically stands for our ignorant consciousness, which we place before god for spiritual enlightenment.
In this complex process of various types of vibrations, you also are one. If you just become just one more, you are like a grain of sand, nothing. In the vastness of this cosmic space, this little body is nothing. But if this hidden sound finds expression then this is like a key to everything. This not only opens me but it also opens the other, whatever I touch with this sound because this is my sacred key.