Similar Streams of Worship In Religions

The following is a view of religion as an instrument of harmony hat is known, but which has not been examined as a universal cohesive stream running through all ages and areas of world history. By looking at the successes of religion in establishing peace in the past, we can prepare a plan for the future. Many forms of dialogue and conference are designed at...

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Swami Rama Dhyana Gurukulam

Spiritual aspirants are invited to Swami Rama Dhyana Gurukulam A School in the Meditation Tradition of the Great Yogis of the Himalayas Gateway to the Inner Self, the source of Consciousness & Bliss Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram, Rishikesh, India Spiritual Guide – Mahamandaleshwar Swami Veda Bharati Disciple of Swami Rama of...

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Two Paths In Yoga

There are many misunderstandings about yoga. There are many paths in yoga and different yogis choose different paths. Here we shall speak only of two paths to clear up some misunderstandings.  There is a common perception that all yogis are glowing with health and youthfulness. Sometimes we hear questions like: If he is a yogi why does he wear eye glasses? We shall...

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Swami Veda Answers Meditation Question

Question: I recently read your thought provoking and heart touching book “meditation the art and science”. I am a novice in the path of spirituality and meditation. I want to know one thing which I missed in the book is experiences, visions, miracles in meditation . What are the inner experiences while meditating I want to know it earnestly from you. I...

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She

One of her names is All. With capital “A”. She has a sonorous body. All sounds are Her body. She is all the notes of music. In a single twang of Her musical instrument, there is an entire symphony. May you hear the symphony in a twang. Light I Her body. Sound is Her body. Words are Her limbs. When she becomes the day, she illuminates. When she becomes the night, she...

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On Personal Silence

A silent one apologizes for his lack of courtesy: You greet him and he answers with a nod, but apologies. Though he finds it restful to be as silent as possible, this doesn’t mean that he will not do his duties. If communication is necessary he’ll be at your services. Living in the world, he finds that since he leaves all of us to just withdraw into a cave, he has to...

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Waves of Beauty

Rivers of liquefied gems1 pooling into oceans of the same multihued mists rising creating what-coloured clouds. What are the colours of their lightning?   Each raindrop a quintessence of a million gems nourishing what-coloured crops that wear what-coloured lustrous rains to grow gem-grains? Who are the beings nourished on the bread from such corn?   Oh, let,...

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Beloved Infinite

Let me be a target of your compassionate eyes, infinite, my beloved infinite, or let my target be you and let me be an arrow sped form the blow of your cosmic sound called “Om”. Let me ride the friendly breezes of your breaths on my way, and as an arrow becomes one with its target, so may I be one with you, oh my life, my higher life—infinite, my beloved...

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You, Your Own She

One pre-dawn1   when you have spread your gem-studded sky-mat in space within the heart, stretching to infiity, in white Light robes, HER visage the trye face of Sattva2 pure as silver, camphore and crystal.   May SHE draw your gaze to HERself, tie your eyes to HER beatitude’s spells SHE whose...

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Song Flowers

May the celestial lady Who sings songs all night And her songs congeal to become Flower by the morning Sing a specially sweet song for you tonight.   May the celestial lady Who gather the rainbows After they have shone awhile, and knits flowers from them find a specially iridescent rainbow to knit a flower for you today.   May the celestial lady Who whiffs about...

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Both

It is said: pursurer of pleasure has no liberation; seeker of liberation must renounce pleasure. "Why present me with such conflict of choices? Is there not a way I could have both, as two, you say, are one? - My Mother then granted me both: now my liberation is my only...

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Her Pet

Let me be your lion, Mother. I shall roam about guarding Shores of the universe sea; If any of the world’s spirits, Encroach your no-space space Without your command, I’ll roar the roar of all your letters, And send it retreating to its worlds; Just let me be your lion, Let me be your lion, Mother

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Great Mother’s Mala

Mother recites Her Lord’s names in Love.Absorbed in His image she tells beads bright; Letters, planets, pulsars, suns turn in Her hand. Acuity of absorption in Her cosmic japa1 rhythms Spills to us sparks, our tiny mala’s beasds2 here –threaded by the ray-strings of Her eternal meditations Meditationally repeating a prayer. A string of 108 beads...

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Show Me A Glimpse of Thy Face Beauty

I see the newly wed bride of the sun riding in a golden chariot of the morning and I see a rivulet sobbing n a valley like a child lost from her mother. I see the moon, shy of her own radiance. She hides her face behind a veil of clouds. And when a blossom is born in a forlorn jungle I behold the dewdrop dancing to a tune of reeds and I see a vine by the pool bursting...

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Creation

She was the Void, neither being nor non-being.1 She moved not, nor was She unmoving. The mist that covered the eternity lay deep, unspeaking, unspoken. A quest unto Herself, an answer unto none.   She was the terrible face of death in whom all, Having been consumed, rested. A night holding in Her womb the day-child awaiting the dawn of re-birth.   She was the...

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Dancing Saint

O my Lady of sinuous undulating curving conch-interior galaxies1, Grant me that In some life I be enfleshed as cosmic dancing courtesan. That on the first sounding of the gong, the first kettledrum beat for my dance, the spectators’ minds merge into first sound of creation, the very one into which the universes curve back and dissolve. That I were veils woven of...

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Shakti

Lonely soul, have you met the charming women1 who shares your chamber? Lonely soul, she is beyond description. Take all the mountains of the world for ink and dissolve them in the inkpot ocean. Of a branch from the tree in paradise, shape a pen and make of this earth with its many layers the writing pad. If Sophia (Sarasvati2) herself writes from eternity to eternity, she...

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Prayers Without Words

Why are these verses not prayers? The words are called prayer, but my Divine Mother, my God, is beyond words. If I say, “ I love you,” I love not. Where feelings overwhelm the senses, there words cease to be. Only an awareness remains. Such awareness is meditation, a prayer without words. A deep wave of peace comes over me in the knowledge that I, a little ring, am...

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Creative Silence

Now, silence can be a deathly silence. That is not what we are after. Silence can be a live silence and that we are really seeking, what we are searching for in the ancient hymns of the Rig Veda these munis, the monks are said to be vata rashanah, they who live on wind. They eat winds. They eat winds because they live on prana. It also means they who draw on the strings...

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Silence Therapy

It is a well known principle in physics and psychology, as in just about any branch of science, that when the flow of a force is blocked from a certain outlet, it is re-directs itself to some other outlet even with a greater velocity. This does not happen in a random manner. There is some internal process whereby the energy is rechanneled. Those who are not visual may...

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No Trance, No Dance

On 14th June this month (2013) Davod Azad, a white-bearded wise Sufi singer from Iran visited my Ashram in Rishikesh. As I have been on a five year vow of silence, I could not give a welcome speech. If I were speaking I would have made the following presentation as an introduction.   Traveling in 1969, in Teheran, ( at that time my pre-sanyasa name was Usharbudh...

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Swamiji, How did this idea of a five year silence come to you?

People ask. It came when I was perhaps six years old. My father and I had gone for an evening walk on Rajpur Road in Dehradun where I was born. We were going uphill. From the opposite side was walking down our neighbour Pandit Dharmadeva Shastri, a philosophy teacher at the Gurukula where we lived. Later he established one of the most important relief Ashrams for lepers...

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How Is Your Silence Going?

Many of my friends and initiates in all continents write me asking, “Swamiji, how is your silence going?”  I am tempted to answer, “How is your talking going?” Majority have a not five-year but life-long vow of talking. To many, silence is something not so natural. To others, seekers after truth and serenity, silence is the nature from which we have emerged and...

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Kulhar

No, it is not my poem, the one below in praise of the clay-cup, called kuhar or sakora (ancient Sanskrit sharaava). It has other names in other languages of India, for example kastore or koshaNaa in Garhwali (as I live in Uttarakhand now and love to hear Garhwali Geets). It is a poem by Mrs. LalitaArya. Let me start from the beginning. 200 years have elapsed since people...

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Silence Quells Conflict

When you come upon a noisy person, sprinkle, pour a raincloud full of silence over him. Whenever you come upon conflict and noise, learn that the person who comes with noise and conflict in your presence is deeply disturbed; become a peacemaker. That is become a silence maker. Have a vessel of silence ready so you can pour it over him with your glances, with your mudra,...

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Silence – Questions and Answers

Let us understand that we, as personal selves as opposed to spiritual selves, consist of layers, fields within fields, koshas within koshas, pillow cases within pillow cases, veils behind veils. Each one of these has its own frequency, its own voice, its own light, its own sound. In our Tradition, we merge the light and the sound. In our Tradition, we merge the light and...

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Silence, Mantra and Guru

Silence should not merely be an absence of speech. If it is merely an abstinence from speech it can even be emotionally and spiritually damaging. Unless one has filled oneself within there is no silence. Fill yourself with meditation. Fill yourself with contemplation. Fill yourself with your mantra. Make silence an opportunity for a dive into the deeper layers of the...

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Psychology of Silences

When we contemplate silence and begin to talk about it, would we find ourselves at a loss for words? We want to reach the point of silence where the words be totally lost and the silence of mind that ensues, that alone, would be our communications. Since we are using a verbal vehicle of communication, we are still in the world of analysis, though it is not possible that...

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My Dearest Friends

You have been reading and hearing the news of the devastation in the Garhwal Mountains. I read Hindi language newspapers that have nothing else but the news of the suffering from beginning to end. Do please see the link about the work our hospital is doing: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hospital-near-airport-a-boon-for-survivors/articleshow/20733928.cms Teams...

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Yoga And Science

The word ‘science’ is derived from Latin verb root ‘scire’, to know. So, all knowledge is ‘science’ and God the Omniscient, from the same verb root, can be translated into modern English as God the All-scientist!! Up to 1840, what we now call science was a part of philosophy, known as Natural Philosophy. The scientists like Isaac Newton were philosophers...

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