1. The Only Enemy a Person Can Have is His or Her Own Uncontrolled Mind

    Yoga is often misunderstood as merely breath control, asanas or exercises; for some it is about practising some rules and regulations based on morality and for others it is cultivation of scriputral knowledge. But the real purpose of Yoga is to fix our mind on the Supreme. According to Bhagavad-gita, yoga can not be practiced unless we practice mind control.  An uncontrolled mind restricts the soul from reaching its natural blissful state, which a practioner is trying to acheive through yoga. Our mind works like a television set. A television...
  2. The Real Spirit of Janmashtami

    Janmashtami is the festival commemorating the appearance of Krishna in this world. He is believed to have appeared 5,000 years ago in a prison cell in Mathura. Janmashtami represents the appearance of hope in the dark night of hopelessness, of virtue in the fortress of vices, through the appearance of the Absolute Truth, Krishna. The sun rises in the East each day. Not that it is born that time, but it comes to our relative vision and with each setting, it no longer appears to our vision. My spiritual master,...
  3. What Matters is Our Consciousness

    The famous writer Paulo Coelho once said, “There is always a gap between our intention and action.” This holds true in our lives. How we present things or in what ways we present is definitely important and critical, but if we deeply analyze the matter, it’s the intention or consciousness behind it that matters. In Vedic scriptures the nature of the God is defined as bhava-grahi, i.e. he is interested in the consciousness that we have invested in the service rather than the externals of exactly how it is done....
  4. God is Revealed Through Devotion

    Spiritual practice involves distinguishing between that which is temporary and that which is eternal. Through the sacred texts, such as the Bhagavad-gita, we can understand what this material energy is. It is God’s energy. The energy itself is eternal, but its manifestations are temporary. These manifestations are always in the state of transformation. They change by the will of God under the influence of three modes of material nature—Goodness, Passion, and Ignorance, and by the power of the element of time. Thus, everything in this universe is constantly changing. Everything...
  5. On Peace vs. Love

    In the year 1971, as a young spiritual seeker, I attended a yoga peace conference where the different speakers fought to grab the microphone. As the yogis rambled aggressively like politicians, I was disappointed and shocked. A kind hearted saintly person who had maintained grace and dignity throughout the chaos consoled me, explaining how all are struggling at their respective level of progress. He revealed to me that instead of fighting for peace, we have to find peace within ourselves first. Later, I discovered a sacred teaching from my guru,...