How Swami Vivekananda Bestowed a Vision of “Lord Krishna” With His Mere Touch

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God in Advaita Vedanta has been described as the formless and infinite ocean of Sat-Chit-Ananda consciousness. However this One Infinite Godhead, being the all-powerful creator of the Universe, can take up any form in which, a devotee worships Him with faith. This fact has been revealed by Sri […]

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How Shriram Sharma Acharya’s Guru Guided Him Through An Astral Body

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Enclosed is a wonderful experience from the life of Shriram Sharma Acharya which demonstrates that a guru need not always be present in the physical body to guide a sincere spiritual aspirant. At the time this incident took place Shriram Sharma Acharya was about 15 years old. In […]

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Swami Vivekananda’s Experience of Nirvikalpa Samadhi or Complete Mergence With God

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The enclosed dialogue with Swami Vivekananda was recorded by his disciple Sharat, at Belur, in the year 1898. In it Swamiji describes in detail his experience of Nirvikalpa Samadhi or complete mergence with “Brahman” or God – the infinite and self-luminous consciousness. Sharat: Sir, as the fruition of […]

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Ramayana Summary | A Concise Retelling by Swami Vivekananda

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Foreword to the Summary of the Ramayana The Ramayana is the first of India’s most ancient spiritual epics. It predates even the Mahabharata, which itself is at least 3,500 years old. The Ramayana narrates the life story of Rama and Sita, the two great Incarnations of God. Rama […]

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Mahabharata Summary | A Concise Retelling by Swami Vivekananda

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The following summary of the Mahabharata was presented by India’s great spiritual mind Swami Vivekananda, before an American audience in Pasadena, California in the year 1900. In this engaging narration Swami Vivekananda recounts the entire story of the Mahabharata, the second of India’s two great ancient epics (the […]

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Mahabharata & Karma | Some Stories Imply Karma “IS” Eye for Eye? Can You Explain? (VIDEO)

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There are certain stories associated with our ancient epic, the Mahabharata which imply that the Law of Karma is an eye-for-an-eye type of petty justice. These tales although not part of the original Sanskrit Mahabharata written by Sage Vyasa, exist outside it as part of a pervasive folklore […]

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Easiest & Best Spiritual Books to Read | Q&A with the Rishis of Vedanta

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Some of the best spiritual books to read are those which record conversations between the great modern-day Rishis (sages) of Advaita Vedanta and their disciples. These books make for a fascinating read, because the disciples sought answers to many of the perplexing questions of life, which tend to […]

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Do Animals Think & Reason? Answers from 2 Great Yogis

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The great Rishis (God-realized sages) of India have always enjoyed a very special relationship with animals. The minds of these yogis having expanded and unified with the Universal mind, (which contains all our individual minds within it, like fruits are contained in a bowl) – they could easily […]

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Why is Life So Hard and Full of Difficulties?

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Why is life so hard and full of difficulties? A sadhak (spiritual aspirant) once asked Swami Shivananda, who was one of the 16 direct monastic disciples of Sri Ramakrishna. Here is the answer Swamiji gave: “Life without struggles is no life at all. If a man has a […]

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Law of Karma is Not Eye-for-Eye | Understanding How Karmic Justice is Dispensed (VIDEO)

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WATCH EARLIER PART 1 HERE – What is the Law of Karma? In this second video of our Karma series, we take a deep dive to discover 5 profound truths about the law of Karma, which are not commonly understood: The Law of Karma is NOT an eye-for-an-eye […]

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