The Philosophy of Reincarnation

THE PHILOSOPHY OF REINCARNATION BY SWAMI JYOTIRMAYANANDA REINCARNATION and the law of karma constitute the most vital factors of Hindu thought or Vedanta philosophy. In general, the law of karma implies the law of action and its mathematical reaction�the law of cause and effect. In common parlance, it is understood as an immutable law explaining […]

Fill Your Life with the Spirit of Thanksgiving

Fill Your Life with the Spirit of Thanksgiving By Swami Jyotirmayananda No matter what the historical reasons for the celebration of Thanksgiving Day in the United States might be, it is a glorious custom that can be observed by everyone in all parts of the world. Americans observe this day to count their blessings and […]

The Parable of the Veena

The Parable of the Veena By Swami Jyotirmayananda Once a skilled musician demonstrated his musical skill on the strings of a Veena during a satsanga in his Ashram. His fingers floated upon the subtle strings. Music seemed to drizzle like a soft summer rain on the attentive ears of the audience. There was a sweet […]

Conquer Hatred by Forgiveness

Conquer Hatred by Forgiveness By Swami Lalitananda Harboring hatred towards others is a dreadful vice. It is important that one should be enlightened in this respect. Any harm that has been done to you as a child or an adult should be forgiven. Forgiveness is a virtue that adds heavenly fragrance to your soul. If […]

The Magic of Maya – Part 1

The Magic of Maya Part 1 By Swami Jyotirmayananda Overcoming Maya or Cosmic Illusion is the most important task for an aspirant, for it is by overcoming Maya that one attains Enlightenment. Maya is a technical term in Vedanta philosophy that refers to the illusory power of Brahman, which is indescribable. In common parlance, any […]

The Magic of Maya – Part 3

The Magic of Maya Part 3 By Swami Jyotirmayananda As you know, Maya means illusion. Every human being is seemingly caught in a swirling mass of illusion. You do not really know where you are going or what your destination will be. Thus, your spirit loses sight of its goal, which is to attain union […]

The Magic of Maya – Part 2

The Magic of Maya Part 2 By Swami Jyotirmayananda The world is a swirling mass of illusion or Maya. People the world over run after illusions in different ways, and there seems no end to it. They go from birth to birth trying to find happiness through interpersonal relationships, through the development of the physical […]

Driving Kaliya from Yamuna River

Driving Kaliya from the Yamuna River By Swami Jyotirmayananda One day, as Krishna was playing with his friends, he climbed a great Kadamba tree, which had a branch jutting toward the river. Then he jumped right in, causing waves of agitation in the waters. To the dismay and shock of all who feared the dangerous […]

God Is Everywhere

God Is Everywhere By Swami Jyotirmayananda God is the all-pervading presence. There isn�t a corner in this vast universe, nor an object or living being, where God is not. Even the smallest of microbes is indwelt by the Divine Self. God is omnipresent, the embodiment of bliss, beauty, love, knowledge, power, and all that is […]

Qualifications of an Aspirant – Part 4

Qualifications of an Aspirant Part 4 By Swami Jyotirmayananda In our discussion of the qualifications of a spiritual aspirant, you have seen that the first qualification is viveka or discriminative knowledge. Recall that I gave the illustration of a person who had been living in a dark and dingy room full of dirt and muck […]