Friday, December 31, 2010

Special Classes - Yoga on Sunday...

Kendra Wishes to Organise Free yoga Classes for Old Students....
To know more about it .......
Please click on photo (down)... enlarge and read the details....

Friday, December 24, 2010

Mataji in - Action

Yoga Class at Vivekananda Kendra Hyderabad..
Tulza Bhawan conducted by Smt. Kalawati (Mataji)....

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sarda Ma’s Birthday Celebrations

Will be organised on December 22, 2010

At Vivekananda Kendra Ameerpet

Between 10.30 -to- 1.30 pm

All are cordially invited.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Next batch of

Spoken English Basic course will commence on

6th January . 2011


Next batch of

Personality Development and

Spoken English Advanced Course

will commence on

18th January. 2011

Please complete the formalities of Admission as early as possible to

avoid last minute rush and disappointment

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Let this Diwali brings peace, prosperity and Happiness in your Life.

with best wishes from

Vivekananda Kendra Hyderabad

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Smart Game!!! Enjoy...!! :)

There once lived a great mathematician in a village outside Ujjain . He was often called by the local king to advice on matters related to the economy. His reputation had spread as far as Taxila in the North and Kanchi in the South.

So it hurt him very much when the village headman told him, "You may be a great mathematician who advises the king on economic matters but your son does not know the value of Gold or silver.

The mathematician called his son and asked, "What is more valuable - gold or silver?" "Gold," said the son. "That is correct. Why is it then that the village headman makes fun of you, claims you do not know the value of gold or silver? He teases me every day. He mocks me before other village elders as a father who neglects his son. This hurts me. I feel everyone in the village is laughing behind my back because you do not know what is more valuable, gold or silver. Explain this to me, son."

So the son of the mathematician told his father the reason why the village headman carried this impression. "Every day on my way to school, the village headman calls me to his house. There, in front of all village elders, he holds out a silver coin in one hand and a gold coin in other. He asks me to pick up the more valuable coin. I pick the silver coin. He laughs, the elders jeer, everyone makes fun of me. And then I go to school. This happens every day. That is why they tell you I do not know the value of gold or silver."

The father was confused. His son knew the value of gold and silver, and yet when asked to choose between a gold coin and silver coin always picked the silver coin. "Why don't you pick up the gold coin?" he asked. In response, the son took the father to his room and showed him a box. In the box were at least a hundred silver coins. Turning to his father, the mathematician' s son said, "The day I pick up the gold coin the game will stop. They will stop having fun and I will stop making money."

The bottom line is....

Sometimes in life, we have to play the fool's role because our seniors and our peers, and sometimes even our juniors like it. That does not mean we lose in the game of life. It just means allowing others to win in one arena of the game, while we win in the other arena of the game. We have to choose which arena matters to us and which arenas do not.

The only constant in LIFE is CHANGE… !!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Anna Pooja before food stuff and other material - which was distributed among the poor and needy this programme is organised every month.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Study of ….

Like a person who is in search of rice, he takes paddy, husks it, throws the husk away, and takes the rice to cook and eat. Similarly, the medhavi, the intelligent person first studies the books, grantha abhyasa. After studying all the books; what is your aim? Is it to become a scholar Or desirous of achieving knowledge and realization. (So if you want to impress others by your scholarly interpretation you need to keep it for future references) If you want knowledge and realization, what will you do? Gather whatever is contained in books, practice it, books are of no further value at all.

Shri Ramakrishna said – a person wrote a letter to his relative in town “when you come home, please bring so much cloth and so much sweets etc. Relative misplaced it, he searched entire house found it read it, went to market purchased the desired items, and threw away the letter it was of no use. What is the use of keeping the letter; get the things what is mentioned there, that is important. Similarly whatever is contained in the sacred books have to be realized. Then the books are of no further value. Throw away all dependence on books, has been the attitude in India.

Taken from the writings of Swami Rangnathanandaji.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Universal Brotherhood Day function was organised in Hyderabad - about Three Thousand Students participated in written competition on book Swami Vivekananda friend of All, in English and Telugu. On concluding function Dr. K Subrahmanyam - General Body Member of Vivekananda Kendra, Ret. Principal of Vivekananda College Madurai was main speaker, in his inimitable style he kept the Audience spellbound and gave the message of Universal Brotherhood. Shri Raghu chari Additional Commissioner Central Exercise was chief guest on the occasion.

Topper's in the Exam were given prizes on the occasion

Lecture of Dr. K Subrahmanyam can be seen on You tube in four part-or through this blog.

Universal Brotherhood Day Part IV

Universal Brotherhood Day Part III

Universal Brotherhood Day Part II

Universal Brotherhood Day Part I

Friday, September 03, 2010

Swami Vivekananda's Speech at World Parliament of Religions Chicago

Swami Vivekananda's Speech at World Parliament of Religion at Chicago, on 11 Sept. 1893.
Please turn speaker's on to listen.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari

Branch Hyderabad

You are cordially invited to attend the

Universal Brotherhood Day Celebrations

(Commemoration of Swami Vivekananda’s speech at World Parliament of Religions at Chicago on 11th Sept.1893)

Venue : Parvana Hall Prabhat Towers, Chapel Road,

Opp. State Bank of Hyderabad Head Office,

Gunfoundry, Hyderabad

On 8th September 2010 (Wednesday)

at 6 pm.

Guest of Honour: and Main Speaker

Dr. K. Subrahmanyam

Ret. Principal, Vivekananda College, Madurai

Chief Guest

Sri K. Raghu N. Chari, I.R.S.

Additional Director General Customs, Central Excise

and Service Tax.

About 3,000 students participated in the written exam conducted in connection with this celebration-

Prizes will be given to the toppers on this occasion.

We solicit your presence in the function and make it a grand success.


Friday, August 27, 2010

A small video on Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya Tafrogam - Arunachal Pradesh

Part - I

Part - II

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Realise the Truth

Every tradition speaks of its own scriptures in the highest language. In Sanatana Dharma tradition, however even though we revere the Vedas, our most sacred books. We do not give it the highest status. It is always secondary. They do not contain truth; they only contain information regarding truth. That’s what Shri Ramakrishana has also put in our times. He used to say , in Hindu Panchanga or almanac, it is forecasted that so many inches of rain will fall this year. You take the almanac, squeeze it, you won’t get a drop of water. Similarly in Veda’s so many beautiful things are said including realizing God and Atman, you squeeze the Veda’s you won’t get any such thing. But by squeezing your own experience you will get the truth. You will experience the truth. So study what the Veda’s says, then leave it aside and practice and realize the truth for yourself. This attitude was developed in our history, in our Upnishads. Brihdaranyak one of the oldest of Upnishads contains the revolutionary statement- vedo avedo bhavati. When one realizes the truth the Veda’s cease to be of any value. What a wonderful idea. In no other religion you will find this bold statement, go beyond Bible or Quran nobody will say it, even though there mystics have done it and sometimes suffered punishments for it. It is in India in Sanatana Dharma
Tradition alone the stress is Use the Vedas, use the scriptures, understand what they say and then try to realize truth for Yourself. Experience is much higher than what is contained in the books.

Taken from writings of Swami Ranagnathanandaji.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Things to ponder….
As we celebrate our Independence Day

Sri Aurobindo was requested by the All India Radio, Thiruchirapalli (former Trichinopoly ), to give a message for India's independence. This is the message which was broad-casted from the All India Radio on the 14th of August 1947. It is of special relevance and importance even now.

August 15th, 1947 is the birthday of free India. It marks for her the end of an old era, the beginning of a new age. But we can also make it by our life and acts as a free nation an important date in a new age opening for the whole world, for the political, social, cultural and spiritual future of humanity.
August 15th is my own birthday and it is naturally gratifying to me that it should have assumed this vast significance. I take this coincidence, not as a fortuitous accident, but as the sanction and seal of the Divine Force that guides my steps on the work with which I began life, the beginning of its full fruition. Indeed, on this day I can watch almost all the world-movements which I hoped to see fulfilled in my lifetime, though then they looked like impracticable dreams, arriving at fruition or on their way to achievement. In all these movements free India may well play a large part and take a leading position.
The first of these dreams was a revolutionary movement which would create a free and united India. India today is free but she has not achieved unity. At one moment it almost seemed as if in the very act of liberation she would fall back into the chaos of separate States which preceded the British conquest. But fortunately it now seems probable that this danger will be averted and a large and powerful, though not yet a complete union will be established. Also, the wisely drastic policy of the Constituent Assembly has made it probable that the problem of the depressed classes will be solved without schism or fissure. But the old communal division into Hindus and Muslims seems now to have hardened into a permanent political division of the country. It is to be hoped that this settled fact will not be accepted as settled for ever or as anything more than a temporary expedient. For if it lasts, India may be seriously weakened, even crippled: civil strife may remain always possible, possible even a new invasion and foreign conquest, her position among the nations weakened, her destiny impaired or even frustrated.
This must not be; the partition must go. Let us hope that that may come about naturally, by an increasing recognition of the necessity not only of peace and concord but of common action, by the practice of common action and the creation of means for that purpose. In this way unity may finally come about under whatever form - the exact form may have a pragmatic but not a fundamental importance. But by whatever means, in whatever way, the division must go; unity must and will be achieved, for it is necessary for the greatness of India's future.
Another dream was for the resurgence and liberation of the peoples of Asia and her return to her great role in the progress of human civilisation. Asia has arisen; large parts are now quite free or are at this moment being liberated: its other still subject or partly subject parts are moving through whatever struggled towards freedom. Only a little has to be done and that will be done today or tomorrow. There India has her part to play and has begun to play it with an energy and ability which already indicate the measure of her possibilities and the place she can take in the council of the nations.
The third dream was a world-union forming the outer basis of a fairer, brighter and nobler life for all mankind. That unification of the human world is under way; there is an imperfect initiation organised by struggling against tremendous difficulties. But the momentum is there and it must inevitably increase and conquer. Here too India has begun to play a prominent part and, if she can develop that larger statesmanship which is not limited by the present facts and immediate possibilities but looks into the future and brings it nearer, her presence may make all the difference between a slow and timid and a bold and swift development. A catastrophe may intervene and interrupt or destroy what is being done, but even then the final result is sure. For unification is a necessity of Nature, an inevitable movement. Its necessity for the nations is also clear, for without it the freedom of the small nations may be at any moment in peril and the life even of the large and powerful nations insecure. The unification is therefore to the interests of all, and only human imbecility and stupid selfishness can prevent it; but these cannot stand for ever against the necessity of Nature and the Divine Will. But an outward basis is not enough; there must grow up an international spirit and outlook, international forms and institutions must appear, perhaps such developments, as dual or multilateral citizenship, willed interchange or voluntary fusion of cultures. Nationalism will have fulfilled itself and lost it militancy and would no longer find these things incompatible with self-preservation and the integrality of its outlook. A new spirit of oneness will take hold of the human race.
Another dream, the spiritual gift of India to the world has already begun. India's spirituality is entering Europe and America in an ever increasing measure. That movement will grow; amid the disasters of the time more and more eyes are turning towards her with hope and there is even an increasing resort not only to her teachings, but to her psychic and spiritual practice.
The final dream was a step in evolution which would raise man to a higher and larger consciousness and begin the solution of the problems which have perplexed and vexed him since he first began to think and to dream of individual perfection and a perfect society. This is still a personal hope and an idea, an ideal which has begun to take hold both in India and in the West on forward-looking minds, The difficulties in the way are more formidable than in any other field of endeavour, but difficulties were made to be overcome and if the Supreme Will is there, they will be overcome. Here too, if this evolution is to take place, since it must proceed through a growth of the spirit and the inner consciousness, the initiative can come from India and, although the scope must be universal, the central movement may be hers.
Such is the content which I put into this date of India's liberation; whether or how far this hope will be justified depends upon the new and free India.

Nothing is Dearer than Her Service
There are times in a nation's history when Providence places before it one work, one aim, to which everything else, however high and noble in itself, has to be sacrificed. Such a time has now arrived for our Motherland when nothing is dearer than her service, when everything else is to be directed to that end. If you will study, study for her sake; train yourselves body and mind and soul for her sake. You will go abroad to foreign lands that you may bring back knowledge with which you may do service to her. Work that she may prosper. Suffer that she may rejoice. All is contained in that one single advice.
                                                                                               Received from Shri Bhanudasji

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Yoga of action-

Yoga of active endeavour - out of which also, you achieve spirituality. How work can lead you to spiritual realization and if you have to work, the work you do is real; people with whom you work and deal are real. If you think work is unreal, or people are unreal, there is no fun in work. But this is the idea we have been taught for many years that world is unreal and yet we have to work there. The result is our work shows absolute unconcern, half hearted- half minded approach. We have no concern around. From where this attitude came…. this came from the world being unreal. Without looking all aspects of this philosophy, we became distorted in psyche, it created self centeredness and unconcern for other. This went deep into our mind with result our human relations become weak- unconcerned. The result was dried heart, no concern for other, this attitude came in politics also. That’s why yoga path of Shri Krishna is strong medicine for all of us. We did not understand or followed it until Swami Vivekananda came in modern period.

What will be the result of this yoga. Shri Krishna answers - it will give you freedom. You can continue to work, you can handle work situation, handle other human beings. In and through all these you would become free from all bondages, which work produces, otherwise. Action produces bondage only when it is done ignorantly. Yoga buddhi will give you spiritual freedom, which jnana gives. In addition you will be warm hearted person, deeply interested in people around you. And you will be doing great good to the society and people.

This philosophy of work has not manifested in our lives for last few hundred years. Swami Vivekananda gave this call – whole life and work system in India needs this revolutionary transformation. That comes only from hard work, work with dedication, and work with great sense of human urgency. This is what made swami Vivekananda plunge whole heartedly in work of social upliftment.

From the writings of Swami Ranganathanandaji.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya (VKV) Niusa, - is one of the earliest and remotest School of Vivekananda Kendra in the state of Arunachal Pradesh - this short film in two parts gives a glimpse of the school activities -

Part - I

Part- II

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Rural Welfare Project Khot -Khoti Assam

A small clip of Vivekananda Kendra Rural Development Project Khot-Khoti Assam, this project is located in remote Karbi- Ang- Long Dist. of Assam, on a sprawling campus with facilities of hostel and training. Aa small lake and greenery fills the campus. commentary is in Asamees but you will be able to understand the beauty of the project, which trains the rural girls to stand on their feet it is in two parts-

Part -I

Part II

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Guru Poornima -

Devotional worship of the Guru - the preceptor - is one of the most touching and elevating features of the Hindu cultural tradition. The auspicious moment of Vyaasa Poornima, The full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August) chosen for observing this annual festival, is no less significant. It was the great sage Vyasa, son of a fisherwoman, who classified the accumulated spiritual knowledge of the Vedas under four heads - Rig, Yajur, Saama and Atharva. To him goes the credit of composing the authentic treatise of Brahma-sutras to explain the background of Vedas. He also wrote the eighteen Puranas, the stories of our great heroes and saints, to carry the spiritual and moral precepts contained therein to the common masses.

The greatest of epics of all times and of all climes - Mahaabhaarata - embodying the immortal song of God, the Bhagavad Gita, also in it, is also the priceless gift of Vyasa. The Bhaagavata, the thrilling and devotional story of Sri Krishna, was also his contribution. It is in the fitness of things that Vyasa should be looked upon as the supreme preceptor of mankind. Offering of worship to him signifies the worship of all the preceptors of all times.

The Guru in the Hindu tradition is looked upon as an embodiment of God himself. For, it is through his grace and guidance that one reaches the highest state of wisdom and bliss. "My salutations to the Guru, who is Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara. The Guru is Parabrahma incarnate"

Gururbrahmaa gururvishnuh gururdevo Maheswarah |

Guruh-saakshaat parabrahma tasmai shrigurave namah ||

Various have been the great sages and saints who have been the spiritual and religious preceptors to countless individuals down the centuries. If you have your personal Guru, worship him.

But is there anyone who can be looked upon as the preceptor for the entire Hindu people - for all their past, present and future generations? Obviously, no individual can play that role. A human being is after all mortal and, however great, has his own limitations. He cannot be a permanent guide for the entire nation for all the time to come. The preceptor for a whole society should be able to act as a perennial source of inspiration to the people, embodying the highest and the noblest national values and ethos.

To the Hindu people, such a Guru can be OM. Which is universal, and represents all, without any barrier as declared by Swami Vivekananda. In Vivekananda Kendra we have adopted this as symbol of GURU.

The annual function of Sri Guru Pooja presents a moment of introspection for us to check up how far we have progressed in this path over the last one year, and take lessons from it and resolve to march faster in the current year.

How to use this day -

1. In the Morning Meditate on the Guru and chant his prayers.

2. Later in the day, the sacred worship of the Guru's Feet is performed. Of this worship it is said in the Guru Gita:

Dhyana moolam guror murtih; Pooja moolam guror padam;

Mantra moolam guror vakyam; Moksha moolam guror kripa

"The Guru's form should be meditated upon; the feet of the Guru should be worshipped; his words are to be treated as a sacred Mantra; his Grace ensures final liberation".

3. Satsang should be organized, during which discourses are held on the glory of devotion to the Guru in particular, and on spiritual topics in general.

4. Sing the Names of the Lord and the glories of your Guru. The best form of worship of the Guru is to follow his teachings, and to propagate his glory and his message."

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sthitaprajna – steady wisdom

In the last part of 2nd chapter of Bhagvad Gita, Shri Krishna talks about the nature of that human mind which has achieved perfect equilibrium, perfect steadiness, which The Gita calls Sthitaprajna. It is a wonderful word- Prajna – knowledge-wisdom; sthita means steady. Our knowledge is not steady, it comes and goes. By training we can make mind steady - wisdom steady. A measure of stabilization in the mind is needed for steady work. Frenzy is not good accompaniment of efficient work. Calm silent and study work is what brings out permanent result. The one lesson we have to learn is that the people who jump about and shout about are not efficient workers. In whole teaching of Gita this subject is upper most: How to work? How to work efficiently? This subject immediately brings out the idea of training of the mind. What is the state of mind? Unless it is calm and quite great work cannot be done. Just emotional effervescence is not efficiency it all disappears in no time. So Shri Krishna gives us the initial measures of stability within the mind. We have capacity to bring it about. We have to exercise that capacity. That is the first step towards great work – and life.
Taken from writings of Swami Ranganathanandaji

Some Students in Yoga Class at Kendra - Hyderabad.

A new Yoga Class for the benefit of staff of Embedded Infotech started at Hyderabad

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A visit to Kanyakumari

Mukti – freedom

You are not merely creation of some external circumstances. You have control on your reactions. As soon as you start regulating your reactions, you start achieving your humanness. Then inward march is unique. You are handling your own mind. You are creating a sense of calmness within, great achievements will come thereby. Human evolution begins with the achievement of this balancing of the mind between a sensory input and motor output. That should be strengthened more and more. The whole subject of The Gita is training of this human mind for total human development by handling this world around it, and also by handling oneself in masterly manner. We don’t remain creature of some masterly process outside. We become masterly force inside handling our own life. This must be achieved by every human being’s. Today neurology and psychology tell us that nature has given us this organic capacity by which we can handle our own destiny. He or she can be free and can exercise this freedom; this is the teaching of biology, neurology and Vedanta. Vedanta takes the experience of freedom to highest level of development and calls it mukti.

So, how to handle this packet of psycho-physical energy? Which, we have got at the time of birth. How to develop it, expand it and bring out the best out of it. This is what we know by understanding Gita. And who is to do it? Each one of us. Other’s can help, but actual work is our own.

Taken from writings of Swami Ranganathanandaji.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


The concept of Calmness of mind is a wonderful concept; with calm, silent, steady work you achieve great things, when with tremendous conviction, calm and steady work you face the problems, you find the best solutions. Every experience of the external world throws the mind into waves, just like dropping of a stone in the water of lake creates waves. Some experiences create bigger waves, which throws the mind in to confusion. We lose our mental balance; most of us have some sort of balance in our day to day working only occasionally when something big happens we are thrown out of balance. But with training we can increase our capacity to keep the mind steady even when unsteadying influences work on it.

Shri Krishna teaches the philosophy of life and work – and life and work means upsetting the mind often. So we must learn to handle the mind. We must keep the mind calm and steady- it is the beginning of his teachings. – That’s what he defines in “Samatvam Yoga Uchyate.” Calm and steadiness is Yoga.

In primitive stage of mind-like in animal-any impulse arising must find an immediate expression in action. Then that impulse dies away. That is the nature of animal behavior. In human also if the mind is not trained this is the case. But by nature with evolution, certain amount of calmness has come to human system. Because nature has provided for it every sensory input will be observed and then passed on as motor output. A little gap between input and output, even the most ordinary men have. This is the beginning of tremendous development of human psyche.

We say – action and reaction are equal and opposite – that is mechanical law. But in case of human beings, it can be altered. If action is one unit reaction can be 10 units or no units. That is the freedom human beings have. This capacity to regulate the reaction is our biggest achievement.

Taken from the writings of Swami Ranganathanandaji.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Truth

Behind this changing body mind complex, there is something eternal, something infinite in man. This is the basic teaching of Upnishadik sages regarding human being. We do not know it, but knowing or not knowing does not make any difference to truth. For, it is the truth which was discovered and rediscovered and placed for our own rediscovery, for our own redemption. We do not need any body to come from heaven to redeem us. Our redemption is built into us, our eternal nature as ever free Atman. This is constantly emphasized in Vedantic literature.

That’s what Shri Krishna refers in 2nd chapter 20th verses – this Atman has not got any birth, nor death, it is immortal, when body goes it is always there. This Atman in every one of us, even in animal, insects everywhere is the innermost self. The only difference is, animal cannot realize this truth. Only human being has the organic capacity to realize this truth. That is the highest human uniqueness. Evolution has risen to that level in man, wherefrom he can know the truth of the world around and the truth of one’s own immortal self as well.

Once one discovers this truth and gets established in it – he or she becomes fulfilled – for the whole journey of evolution at the human stage is towards this discovery.

You may know about stars, earth, about this and that, they are all welcome. But the greatest knowledge you can get is about yourself. When you know your true nature, that you are deathless, ever pure, unborn etc. and you get established there, what a big change will come in your life, and all your dealings with others. All crimes, delinquency, all pettiness, meanness, will vanish from human life.

So, a little attention to this subject is absolutely essential for every human being.

--Adopted from writings of Swami Ranganathanandaji

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Some thing lite, but amazingly true....

A story told by an IIM professor regarding the side effects of systematic working: -

After completion of Lanka War Hanumanji was enjoying LTA with his friends. He got an email on his laptop from Accounts requesting him to clear his dues before 31st March - dues related to his tour for bring Sanjivani Booti for Laxmanji. He ignored the first mail.
But after 3 - 4 reminders in two day’s time & receiving a call on CUG Mobile from Accounts Dept., he had to fly to Ayodhya canceling his leave.

He submitted:- TA, DA Bill, Bills of Sushen Vaidya, Hospital Charges incurred for Bharatji when he met with an accident during his travel, Cost of Sanjeevani Booti for Laxmanji, Transport charges

(1) Where is your tour sanction report ? Asked the HR & ADMIN Dept.
Hanumanji got it done by requesting to concerned officials 2 or 3 times.

(2) Hanumanji claimed T.A. bill for air travel - but he was given only second class sleeper charges. And all other expenses on medical, Sanjeevani Booti, Fee of Sushen Vaidya were not reimbursed.

When he asked for the reasons, he was told that
(a) As per his designation, he is entitled for IInd class sleeper only.
(b) He can not get claim for other things as he does not have bills.
Then Hanuman approached Shri Rama and explained to him about the deduction on his tour expense report : Then Ramji ordered the related official to pay for Air travel & other charges as claimed by Hanumanji. The officer came with the rule book & told Shri Ramji "These rules are created by the grand father of Dasharathji, If you want to overrule your forefathers I don't have any problem." Ramji became speechless.
So he thought for another way to compensate Hanuman. He called Hanumanji & gave him the claimed amount in cash, But how can Hanumanji take cash money from Ramji ?
Hanumanji told " How can I take money from you for treating Laxmanji? Laxmanji is equally reverend to me as you are. "

In his heart of hearts Hanumanji thought why he listened to accounts fellow, cut short his LTA, completed all the formalities & put Shriram in such an awkward position where he has to offer money to me.

Hanumanji continued his work with the same attachment as he used to after this incidence also.

Hanuman was almost a god, but for us mortals, learnt a different lesson & that was


"NOT to do anything without proper...written sanctions FROM BOSS
: Whatever may be the importance of the job"

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sat –Asat – real and unreal –

Indian thinkers when studied the world they found two things – one is real other is unreal – they called it sat and asat.

There are two aspects of the world one is changing – ever changing and another is unchangeable. Shankaracharya says – every moment it is becoming something else. Change is the characteristic of this external and much of the internal world and anything which changes moment to moment vedanta calls it unreal. It exists but it is unreal, it appears but it is unreal. The nature of this manifested universe, a universe which one experiences with the five senses, is that, it is constantly changing, and therefore is unreal.

Whatever changes is unreal. Then where is the reality? Vedanta says there is the changeless reality beyond the sensory level; sat is real, it cannot be nonexistent. You come to the world of reality which is unchanging, infinite and eternal. This distinction was made very early in our philosophy. This becomes more and more confirmed when you study modern physics dealing with matter or modern biology dealing with living systems. For example your body changes in every few years, everything in the body has changed, yet you say i feel, i am the same person. Some sort of unity is there in this world of change. Man alone can discover it.

Mandukya karika a vedantic text gives a beautiful definition – “that does not exists in the beginning and in the end, and appears only in the middle is called unreal”.

Then what is real- that which exists in past, present and future is called real. It is always there. Is there such a real, “yes” says Vedanta, and that is the search of philosophy everywhere in the world.

adopted from writings of Swami Ranganathanandaji.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Titiksha- bear with them

Fourteenth verses of second chapter of Bhagwad Gita, mentions a word - tamstitikshwa – bear with them- it is a wonderful statement, in English we say “what cannot be cured must be endured”. You fall sick, you go to doctor, he will treat you, and there is a science about it. So for you are concerned you have to co-operate with tremendous determination to bear it as long as it is there. So tamstitikshaswa develops strength of mind. Try to remove the pain as for as you can, by treatment. What you cannot cure – bear with. The capacity to bear is different in different people. Some can withstand pain to a great extent others cannot stand a little difficulty.

In normal life, the biggest hurdle comes – when sense organs come in touch with sense objects, a chain of pleasure and pain, hot and cold comes in to effect, but these are temporary, they will keep on changing. They are not permanent. They will come and go. So at the time of difficulties -bear with them, difficulties are not going to stay permanently. A strong mind will sail you through. Remember pleasures are also not going to stay permanently. They will give way to pain.

Capacity to withstand pain, changes and chances comes from mind; strength of mind can be increased by proper understanding and practice. Life is not all fun, all pleasure; difficulties will often test you from different angles.

Strength of mind and control of sensory system are very important for any decent human being. Virtue and morality cannot stay without this kind of self discipline.

Shankara Charya – talks about – titikcha- as bearing of all suffering without anxiety and weeping and without the intension to react, a quality every student of Vedanta must acquire.

Adopted from writings of Swami Rangnathanandaji.

It is one of the”Shad-sampat”

Shad-sampat means the six virtues. This practice actually consists in developing six qualities or virtues. They are:

  • Sama - Tranquility or control of mind. Calmness. This is the ability to keep the mind within and unaffected by the external world.
  • Dama - Control of the senses. This consists in not letting the senses run out towards the sense objects. To the question, "Why do we need to control the senses when we can directly work on sama and control the mind itself - the mind being superior and more powerful than the senses?", the vedantins answer: If one were able to control the mind perfectly, dama would be unnecessary, otherwise it is a more powerful strategy to work on the mind apparatus from all sides.
  • Uparati - Renunciation of activities which are not duties. Following the last two practices, the mind is so peaceful and calm most desires have been eradicated and there is no more reason to perform the activities in which most people indulge.
  • Titiksha - Endurance, forbearance of the pairs of opposites. The mind must become strong enough to not waver in the face of the opposites: success and failure, hot and cold, pleasure and pain, sunshine and rain, etc.
  • Shraddha - Faith. It is defined by Sri Sankaracharya as faith in one's guru, god, the self (atman) and the scriptures (shastras).
  • Samadhana - Perfect concentration, one-pointedness of the mind. It takes a great degree of mastery to reach this level. Few reach it.

Monday, July 05, 2010


“Abhyudaya- Nihsreyasa”

socio-economic welfare and prosperity– with self awareness.

Can be easily achieved by co-operative-collective work, with individual responsibility. This is the way we can bring a new healthy India to life, west has achieved it to a great extent, and we can learn how to work it out in our country. Three values we have to inculcate is - hard work, efficient work, and co-operative work. Coupled with character efficiency. As it is said – if you cannot love me whom you have seen, how can you love God whom you have not seen? Our people must learn that one great lesson. We have been most interested in relating ourselves to far away God or Image of God in temple, than to the man in our neighborhood, with whom we have a running feud, quite often. This has to change and this change will bring about abhyudaya,.

Than comes nihsreyasa-spiritual freedom – you may achieve all comforts of life-house, education, clean surroundings, economic strength and varieties of pleasures. Yet there will be no peace of mind, life will be full of tension. Why? Because, you have missed one thing. You have not known your true self, Your innate divinity. You miss your true dignity and become slave of things which are outside, and over which you have very little or no control. Out of which comes inner turmoil & tension And crime and delinquency increases in society and slowly decay sets in.

This can be avoided, by adding another dimension to human life – meditation. Through which one comes in touch with ever present divine within. The meditation on divine helps in eliminating inner conflicts. this, immediately reflects on ones dealing with others.

Adopted from writings of Swami Ranganathanandaji.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Pravrtti or Nivrtti

Dharma or philosophy taught in the Vedas is of a twofold nature, characterize by pravrtti , out ward action and Nivrtti, inward contemplation, meant for the even stability of the world, which are meant to ensure the true abhyudaya- socio economic welfare, and nihsreyasa, spiritual freedom of all beings.
Both action and meditation are needed for human well being, if only one or the other is there, there will be no health, individual or social, see the wonderful insight , the comprehensive wisdom of the ancient Indian sages! Through pravrtti you establish a welfare society through the improvement of your economy and political system. Through Nivritti – you achieve, what we call to day value oriented life that comes from humanity’s inner spiritual dimension. Otherwise plenty of wealth power and everything else you have through pravrtti, but only prvritti and no nivritti – society will be all right in short run, but in long run, it will be in trouble. The whole of modern western civilization is in trouble, because there is no emphasis on nivritti. The spiritual dimension is missing. There is emphasis only on prvritti – work, work and work, earn more money, but remain inwardly poorer and poorer until one becomes nervous wreck. Many people are thus suffering in the modern world.
The endless pursuit of money, power and pleasure is driving today’s world. The result is creation of widespread value erosion and increasing violence. That is not the way to maintain a healthy human society. The abhyudaya – the socio economic development can not come without co-operative endeavour , there is need for co-ordination, team spirit and helping others in their work and appreciating others success. This is the one value which we have to assimilate in our society.

The Adi Shankara says – a philosophy of life which integrates social welfare and spiritual freedom, through action and meditation is the best way.
Adopted from Swami Ranganathanandaji’s writings