“I Can Never Tell a Lie” – Lesson from the Life of Swami Vivekananda

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We live in trying times. These days not just India, but much of the world is battling corruption and moral degradation, which have taken firm root across all levels of society. In such times, the following lesson from the life of Swami Vivekananda is especially pertinent, as it […]

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Why Should We Be Good, When Being Selfish Is More Rewarding?

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Why be good? In a world where greed, corruption and dishonesty dominate, what will we gain by being good? Why must we do good to others, when being selfish is a whole lot easier and often more rewarding? These questions are immensely pertinent, especially in the times that […]

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Which Religion is the Best? My Religion or Yours?

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Which religion is the best? For centuries mankind has been quarreling over this question: “My religion is true, yours is false! My God is the only right God, yours is a brute!” “Mine, mine”, is always the cry, never “thine, thine”, Swami Vivekananda once remarked; and so religion […]

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Face Your Fears – Boldly Tackle the Dangers and Vicissitudes of Life!

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“There is in addition to a courage with which men die; a courage by which men must live.” These are the bold words of John F. Kennedy. And indeed, staying afloat in the turbulent waters of life often requires us, to cultivate courage akin to that of a […]

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Why are Temples and Monasteries Built on Cliffs and Mountain Tops?

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Growing up in India, I have vivid memories of many a train journeys that my family undertook, to visit relatives who lived in towns all across India. As the train chugged through the countryside one would spot little white temples built on remote hill tops. At other times, […]

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What is the Difference between a Human Being and God?

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They say that God has made man in his image. So is there anything that differentiates a human being from God? The answer is a surprising one! – Ignorance. Ignorance is what separates man from God. Our souls are already a part of the divine consciousness of God, […]

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Beautiful Life Poem – Life is Short, Keep that in Mind and Rejoice

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Nothing lasts forever. It is this very fact that lends beauty to life. We treasure our joys and find the strength to lightly bear our sorrows, knowing this great truth. The garden of earth is kept eternally fresh and desirable because death is as much a part of […]

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Discover Your True Self – You are Not a Body but a Soul

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You are a Soul Infinite, Immortal and Perfect. Nearly 2,500 years ago, the great sages of the Upanishads proclaimed “Know thy own soul, for only then can you know God.” In other words, the path to God lies not through the outer world of matter but through our […]

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Believe in Yourself – Arise, Awake from this Hypnotism of Weakness!

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Rouse your sleeping soul. The power to achieve all lies within you! Almost the first words that the great Buddha uttered were — “Whatever you think, that you are, whatever you shall think, that you shall be.” That be true, do not teach yourself that you are weak, […]

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2-Minute Spirituality – What Can a Child Teach Us About Failure?

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When we watch a child take his first unsteady steps in the world, we see his countless failures; his successes are but a few. If we had to limit our observation to a narrow space of time, the sight would be rather cruel. But we find that in […]

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