Category: Gurus

  • What is Dharma?

    Dharma is perhaps the most important term in the culture and spiritual philosophy of India but also perhaps the most difficult to understand. It is roughly understood as the law that upholds or the law of life. This explanation by Swami Krishnananda (Divine Life Society) illuminates its real meaning.

  • What really is Om?

    Advaita master Sri HWL Poonja ji (1910-1997) explains the power and significance of Om, the primordial sound. He also recounts an incident when he was challenged by a French Cardinal who insisted that light came before sound.

  • Where Science and Metaphysics Fall Short

    Sri Aurobindo's words on the limitations of science and metaphysics in explaining the world. As he writes, "Metaphysics seeks to tell us What the Universe is and Why it is; in other words to explain the Inexplicable; but the end of this process is inevitably a juggling with words which must repel all clear-minded thinkers". The approach of Hinduism is altogether different.

  • Ramana Maharshi on Birthdays

    Should we be happy to remember our birth day or sorry for it? These wise words of Sri Ramana Maharshi (or Bhagavan as he was called by his disciples), show a different perspective and make one think about whether being reborn into 'samsara' life should really be a celebration or rather be a reminder for us to enquire into our real nature.

  • Brahma’s Lie and the Delusion of Certainty

    "Brahma’s lie marks the first act of fundamentalism on the planet. The flower is punished for bearing witness and offering tacit support to the fundamentalist impulse. To claim a limited end to a limitless process, to reduce the infinite to the finite, to draw borders across the borderless, to make measurements of the unfathomable – this is the beginning of the human impulse to create certainty where none exists. It is the birth of pain, of suffering, of delusion." - Read more of the excerpt from the book Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.

  • Guru’s Words on ‘Guruvada’ – Part I

    "I had the same kind of violent objection to Gurugiri, but you see I was obliged by the irony of things or rather by the inexorable truth behind them to become a Guru and preach the Guruvada.” - Sri Aurobindo What is a Guru? In light of current events, it appears Indians desperately need to dig deeper into their spiritual traditions to understand this. Beloo Mehra's insightful exposition drawing on the insights and wisdom of Sri Aurobindo makes for a must-read in this regard.

  • Tiger Stripes of Virtue and Sin

    Is shunning sin and clinging to virtue a sure way to reach the Divine or is that way too simplistic thinking? IS it possible that virtue can be more binding than vice? Ganesh Varadharajan explores, drawing inspiration from Sri Aurobindo.

  • Copy of Bande Mataram, September 1907 (Public Domain)

    India’s Struggle for Freedom and the Voice of God – Sri Aurobindo’s Speech

    Sri Aurobindo played a crucial role in India's freedom movement by raising the national consciousness. In this speech at Uttarpara in West Bengal, he talked about his communion with God during a jail sentence he served during the freedom struggle. The speech describes his realisation that nationalism had a spiritual purpose in India. It provides the context for Sri Aurobindo's vision of raising India to raise Sanatana Dharma.