Swami Prajnanananda
16 Feb, 2021

Everyone loves freedom- free to do what one wants or skip doing something unwanted and relax instead. In retired life you have more freedom which others only can dream to have. There is no regimental routine; no compulsion of a work schedule to suit others. It is a great feeling that there is no body above you in the hierarchy of organization to compel you with your time management. Time is not just money; it is much more precious. You have earned enough money to sustain life and now you have your free time which is thousand times more valuable than any material wealth. If you are wise enough, you should get out of the past routine as a first step. Now, you have time to do a lot of things you missed in your life- You can go to the beach and watch the waves of the ocean, sit in a park and listen to birds chirping, visit temples, play with children, chat with friends or just take rest whenever you feel like. You are now free from most restrictions and obligations, be it private or public. 

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Swami Prajnanananda
07 May, 2020

Unprecedented panic prevails in the entire human society today due to a novel virus. We may not know the cause for the emergence of the virus and the remedy as of now. But in the laws of the Lord, there is a reason for everything that happens. There is no such thing as accident in nature. We, the human beings call it accident or novelty when we do not know the reasons.

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Swami Sarvananda
08 Nov, 2019

Relationships can make or destroy a person's happiness. Life is a continuous stream of managing relationships beginning from one's own mother, father, siblings, relatives, friends and so on. And continued on to girlfriend/boyfriend, wife, husband, employer, employee, boss, neighbor etc etc. Relationships are of 2 types - one those that are thrust upon us and the others that we choose to get into. Until a certain point, probably around the age of 12 or so, relationships are thrust upon us. Primarily because one does not have much of choice and also because one is not fully capable of making intelligent decisions. Once a person becomes old enough to make independent choices then we choose to get into relationships and our happiness is directly proportional to how we manage relationships whether it is personal or professional. The issue unfortunately here is there is no universal guideline as to how a relationship has to be managed. There cannot be one to because the number of relationships is numerous and each one is infinitely dynamic and complicated.

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Swami Sarvananda
10 Jul, 2019

The two words Religion and Spirituality are being used interchangeably quite often in the world today. This causes a lot of confusion. Do they mean the same thing? If not, the question arises – is it advisable to be religious or spiritual or both? In the Indian context being Religious could mean going to a temple, doing Yoga (just Asanas), praying in front of a deity for a few minutes, just believing in God (s), putting a mark on the forehead like kumkum, Vibhuti or Chandan, doing something fire rituals either by oneself or by taking the help of a priest, just performing one’s duties (karma yoga) etc. The problem arises when many of the above activities are confused with “Spirituality”, as is the case many a time. For example a person just going to a temple or just putting something on the forehead without anything beyond that, praying every day or even doing some Yoga (Asanas), could call himself Spiritual. Is it proper to do that? Why should the words religion and spirituality not be used interchangeably? What may be the dangers/pitfalls and what does one lose by doing so? Are religion and spirituality connected or independent? For answers to these questions, we need to properly understand the meaning of both the words, the realm of relevance of Religion, the realm of application of Spirituality, the overlap, the interconnectedness, how Religion leads to Spirituality and the necessity of each of them. It is very important to understand this because that is what Indian culture is resting on. Being unclear about their relationship keeps us firmly in limited/time bound existence also called the cycle of repeated birth and death while having clarity leads me towards immortality or liberation. The choice purely rests with each one of us. And ignoring one at the cost of the other is at our own peril.

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Swami Prajnanananda
16 Jan, 2014

Oh, in this mad, mad world

What are we running after?

Mad after deluding matter

Mad of money or mad of power

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Swami Prajnanananda
11 Nov, 2013

Born is grown, worn and gone

Seen are many, the seer is one

Known is matter, knower is soul

Whole is soul, ever alive unborn

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Swami Prajnanananda
21 Sep, 2012

"I don't know what to do with you. You just irritate me. I hate to see you” -This young man's voice was trembling; his body was shaking when he shouted at the other guy in the room. Then he pushed the guy out and shut the door. Such things happen in our hostel, home and work place, when the disagreement goes beyond limits. Just one word made his face red, voice tremble and body shake. What did he say? -'hate’. If this word can be removed trom our thoughts, most of our problems vanish. What happens when we hate some one? It affects us more than the person hated. Sometimes the person we hate may not even be aware of the hatred. Think of a colleague you hate at your work for some reason. Every time he walks across, you feel uncomfortable. Your colleague may not be aware of this. He will be doing his routine as usual without any affliction. You are the person affected because of your hatred towards him.

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Swami Prajnanananda
15 Jun, 2012

Sridhar was expecting a promotion that year. When the results came, he was shocked to know that he was not chosen for the position as he expected. He felt bad that his hard work was not recognized. It was a great set back in his career. He took this as a challenge, resigned his job and started his own company. Due to his bold decision, trust in his own strength and the cooperation of the employees, his company grew much bigger than his competitors in five years time. In another two years, Sridhar purchased the company where he was working previously and dominated the market in his domain. Like Sridhar most of us have come across situations which we thought as adverse turned to be advantageous.

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Swami Prajnanananda
04 Jan, 2012

The Japanese give a lot of importance to gift wrapping. It is an art to wrap the gift and present it. Sometimes the wrapper may cost as much or even more than the content. It is customary to remove the wrapper and see the gift and say a few words In appreciation of the gift received. The guest who presented the gift does not feel bad when the expensive wrapper is removed. Rather he feels good about it, as the host could see the gift and appreciate it. Now a days, most of the goods are purchased on the internet and delivered at your door steps. The package Is so important to protect the content. The form assumes so much importance though the usage is in the content. Bitter medicine has to be consumed in the form of capsule. If you want to drink coffee, you need a cup to hold it. You drink the coffee and leave the cup. But we would like to have attractive and expensive cups. The police force and military have uniforms that make them appear smart and respectable even though they are selected in the force by their qualification and physical fitness. 

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Swami Prajnanananda
20 Jul, 2011

There seems to be a limit to everything that man can do. There is limit to eat, limit to speed, limit to authority. However people always strive to exceed the limit. The very same object that gives pleasure turns out to be unpleasant and harmful when the limit is exceeded. A person who likes cakes finds it very tasty when eating the first cake. When he is offered too many cakes beyond his limit, he says, “No, thanks, it is enough, no more cakes”. What is the difference between the first cake and the last one? The cake is the same. When the limit is exceeded, what is dear becomes bitter. When the limit is self imposed, we are in control of things; otherwise we are being controlled. We also find that the recorded limits are continuously broken as in the case of champions in Olympics. In all our interaction with the external world, we are limited by speed, time, space etc. Human body has limits in height, weight and sense perception just like the earth on which we live also has its limits. We find ourselves limited and the things around us are also limited. However, we keep trying to break these limits. We always have an inner urge to be limitless. There seems to be a contradiction between the limited person and the urge to become limitless. Is there a solution to this issue? Can one become completely limitless and be free from all restrictions?

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