Category: Hindu Deities

Rama and Sita through a Yogic Vision

  The real question behind the Ramayana is how we can live our inner truth and fulfill our highest Dharma. Sri Rama is much more than an historical person. He represents the inner connection of humanity to the universal Self, Paramatman. Sita Devi is not a mere human woman but a profound cosmic aspiration manifesting

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Who is Goddess Durga and why we celebrate Navratras

Ma Durga is the protective form of Shakti, burning up all ignorance, as her fiery nature energises our highest motivation. The following article is by Yogini Shambhavi Devi The Devi-Mahatmya (Greatness of the Goddess) glorifies the Mother Goddess as the embodiment of the Earth, in which she sustains, nurtures and cares for all living beings.

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The hidden truth behind Sri Ganesha’s mystic image

Ganesha is said to be the remover of obstacles, which he is most energized to accomplish on Ganesh Chaturthi. Sri Ganesha is one of the oldest and most revered Hindu deities, as well as the most distinctive. His head of an elephant, enigmatic stories and rich symbolism make him recognised worldwide. But what is the

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We need to embrace Shri Krishna now more than ever

If there is any single figure who represents India, its yogic spirituality, vibrant culture and great history, it is Shri Krishna. This is not any easy choice as India is also the land of Buddha, Rama, Shankara and other sages of the highest order.

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Discovering the Secret Power of Hanuman

  Hanuman endows us with the Atma-Shakti or self-power to realize our highest potential and accomplish what is magical. Hanuman is the great hero of the Ramayana, the wonderful story’s most fascinating character. Though having the form of a monkey, he is said to be the greatest sage, yogi and devotee. What is the inner

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The Non-Dual Reality of Lord Shiva

Shiva Mahadeva represents the non-dualistic Absolute beyond all the contraries and oppositions of this dualistic world of time, space, and karma. He is the force of transcendent unity that is more than the combination of opposites and holds simultaneously the power of both sides of all dualities. Shiva transcends duality in his very nature, appearance

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Diwali and Rama Rajya

Diwali celebrates the return of Sri Rama to Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile. This follows immediately after Rama’s great victory over Ravana in Sri Lanka and his recovery of his beloved wife Sita. As such, Rama’s return indicates the triumph of light over darkness and dharma over adharma, truth over falsehood. It marks the

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The Meaning of Durga

No country in the world demonstrates such enduring reverence for the Great Mother Goddess, as does India. The Goddess is celebrated in every form, aspect and quality, through music, art, ritual, mantra and meditation. She is honored in women, the Earth, nature and the transcendent beyond all expression. Her worship is full of splendor, delight,

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Shiva and Prana Yoga

  Shiva and Prana Yoga  Prana Yoga is one of the most important Yoga traditions and an integral part of the worship of Lord Shiva, who represents the highest immortal Prana of pure consciousness beyond time, space and karma.   Shiva and the Unitary Prana Shiva is the unitary prana behind the dualistic movements of

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The Goddess Kali and the Spiritual Heart

By David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) The Role of the Spiritual Heart and Self-Inquiry Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi’s teachings on non-duality emphasize the role of the spiritual heart or hridaya as the seat of the Atman and the place of Self-realization. He taught Self-inquiry for tracing our thoughts back to the spiritual heart, in which they can

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