God Does Not Care About Externals – He Sees the Innermost Heart

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Dear Readers, The Spiritual Bee will be on break for the month of June. publication will resume on July 1 2017. The following poignant excerpt has been taken from the introduction to the book: A Guide to Spiritual Life: Spiritual Teachings of Swami Brahmananda. It has been authored […]

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How Swami Vivekananda Outwitted Police in the British Raj (Story 2)

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Enclosed is the second account of Swami Vivekananda’s encounter with police in the British Raj. As we have seen with the first incident; in the days of the British Raj of India, officials of the Raj were extremely distrustful of monks, suspecting them to be hatching conspiracies to […]

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How Swami Vivekananda Outwitted Police in the British Raj (Story 1)

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Under the British rule of India, officers of the Raj, used to look upon sadhus (monks) with extreme distrust, suspecting them to be involved in conspiracies to overthrow the British government. Police officers frequently rounded up sadhus for questioning. Twice, Swami Vivekananda, who had taken the vow of […]

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Meditation Advice – Develop Steadfastness (Nishtha) To Progress in Life & in Spirituality

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Meditation Advice for Beginners – One of the most common difficulties that sadhaks face when they begin to meditate, is that they are unable to bring their mind into focus. Random thoughts keep arising and boredom quickly sets in. Students too face this difficulty when they sit down […]

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What is Tapasya? Real Tapasya Is Not In Feats Of Torturing The Body

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Whenever the word Tapasya (penance, austerity) comes up, most of us imagine some sort of severe mortification of the body such as not eating food for months, or meditating while standing on one leg, or praying while immersed in a frigid lake. The numerous Amar Chitra Katha pictures […]

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All Religions Are True, All Lead to the Same God | Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna (VIDEO)

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Dear Readers, as I work to finish the Manusmriti video, which is turning out to be a fairly detailed one, I am launching the following series, which I shall fill in with new videos, now and then. The enclosed video is part of a new series on the […]

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Choose a God Realized Guru, As Only a Knower of God Can Guide to Samadhi

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The following excerpt has been taken from the book Spiritual Teachings of Swami Brahmananda (Free). In it Swami Brahmananda explains the necessity of a God Realized guru for an aspirant pursuing the spiritual path. For those not familiar with Swami Brahmananda – he was a direct disciple of […]

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Himalayas – Not Ordinary Mountains, But The Divine Protectors of India

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The Himalayas have always been considered in India as mountains ensouled in divinity, where Rishis are constantly immersed in meditation. This fact was brought out in an even more profound way by Swami Vivekananda, when he explained to a 14 year old boy, the opening verse of the […]

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Only The Pure In Heart Can Attain To Samadhi | Story of the Endless Pitcher

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Purity forms the absolute bedrock of spirituality. Purity of heart comprises frankness, innocence, straightforwardness and absence of all evil thoughts. Only the pure in heart can attain to Samadhi (God-realization). Through his narration of enclosed story, Swami Vivekananda, who had himself attained to Nirvikalpa Samadhi, has tried to […]

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Merely Visiting Temples is NOT Religion – When Unholy People Gather, Holiness of Tirtha Vanishes!

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Note to Readers: The new video is scheduled to be released by early December. It’s topic is: “Why the Manusmriti is subordinate to Vedanta and why many of its injunctions are not valid today”. I have chosen to put the earlier promised video on how to find the […]

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