Upcoming Zoom Talks
Study of The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna by M with guided mediation and QA & A 7 pm to 8 pm (Live streamed and in person)March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Talk on the inspiring lives of the householder disciples of Sri Ramakrishna 7 pm to 8 pm by Swami Satyamayananda with guided meditation and Q & A (Live streamed and in person)March 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monthly Karma Yoga Day at Tapovan Retreat 10:00 amMarch 25 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Quote of the day
Religion as a science, as a study, is the greatest and healthiest exercise that the human mind can have.— Swami Vivekananda
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What is meant by “all beings are potentially divine.”?
Posted: February 26th, 2013
QUESTION: When Swami Vivekananda explains that “all beings are potentially divine,” is he referring to the paramata–that aspect of bhagavan which resides in all beings–referred to in Bhagavad Gita? ANSWER: Yes, when Swami Vivekananda said that all beings are potentially … Continue reading
If one were to take initiation in the Vedanta Society, would he or she have to give up other spiritual practices?
Posted: February 26th, 2013
QUESTION: If one were to take initiation in the Vedanta Society, would he or she have to give up other spiritual practices that have helped them along the way? For example, would the spiritual teacher expect the disciple to give … Continue reading
How does japa help in gaining control over the mind?
Posted: December 19th, 2010
ANSWER: One characteristic of an uncontrolled mind is that it gets bored doing the same thing over and over again. Japa is repeatedly chanting the same Mantra. An uncontrolled mind is reluctant to do such monotonous chanting. In spite of … Continue reading
What does the term meter mean with respect to the Gâyatrî Mantra?
Posted: November 15th, 2010
QUESTION: I need an answer to my question concerning a statement that you made about the “Gâyatrî Mantra” in your book, The Essentials of Hinduism. You wrote that the Sâvitrî Mantra (revealed to the sage Vishwâmitra) was composed in the … Continue reading
What would you consider signs of spiritual progress?
Posted: October 28th, 2010
ANSWER: Spiritual progress is no other than progress in regard to one’s state of mind. As and when a person goes on becoming more and more unselfish, he or she is progressing spiritually. It is selfishness that makes a person … Continue reading
What does the title Paramahamsa really mean and what are the qualities of a true Paramahamsa?
Posted: October 21st, 2010
ANSWER: The word Paramahamsa applies to a person who has experienced God and knows the difference between what is “real” and what is not “real.” According to the Vedantic/Hindu tradition, God alone is real. Literally, the word Paramahamsa means “the … Continue reading
What is Japa?
Posted: October 11th, 2010
ANSWER: Japa is a time-honored technique that enables one to gain control over the mind, purify it, master concentration, and eventually have God-vision. This technique consists of chanting a holy name of God or a prayer over and over again. … Continue reading
What is the best time for meditation?
Posted: October 6th, 2010
ANSWER: According to the sages of India, the best times to meditate are when night changes into day and day changes into night. In other words, sunrise and sunset hours are the best times for meditation. Yogis have observed at … Continue reading
Meditation and daily life
Posted: September 20th, 2010
QUESTION: It is said that if we strive to perfectly perform even small daily tasks, we will meditate better. Why? What’s the relationship between the two? ANSWER: Meditation is the most intense concentration of mind. But it must fulfill two conditions. … Continue reading
So, “What is Vedanta?”
Posted: September 13th, 2010
ANSWER: Vedanta is the ultimate truth that forms the very core of a person’s existence. Vedanta is the knowledge of what we truly are, that each and every soul is divine. A person can abandon everything extraneous to him or … Continue reading