Karma Siddhanta, the Law of Karma (Author: RamaMurthy)

This blog is written by Sri. RamaMurthy. A quick preface before getting to the actual article: 'Karma' is a Samskritha word that means action. It encompasses our thoughts, words, actions, and also others' actions done under our instructions / influence. There are 12 laws of Karma: This implies everything we do created a corresponding energy … Continue reading Karma Siddhanta, the Law of Karma (Author: RamaMurthy)

Bhakti Bhavana & Its Types

Before I start this blog-post, let me tell you what prompted me to write it.On February 09, 2020, "Guru Ravidas Jayanthi' event popped up on my mobile's Calendar App. This rang a bell in my mind; my Yoga Guru at SVYASA Yoga University, Smt. Rashmi Bapat, while teaching us Narada Bhakti Sutras (NBS) course had … Continue reading Bhakti Bhavana & Its Types

Raja Yoga – Part 3

Happy Friday, Folks... 🙂 In my previous blogs, I wrote about: Introduction to Raja Yoga The First Limb of Raja Yoga, Yamas (Restraints) Today, I am going to go over the Niyamas (Discipline). NIYAMA (DISCIPLINE) ‘Niyama’ literally represents ‘binding rules’ or ‘observances’ or ‘discipline’. These are all about self-regulation, helping us maintain a positive environment … Continue reading Raja Yoga – Part 3

Raja Yoga – Part 1

Introduction Raja Yoga is one of the four streams of Yoga. It is the path of the willpower. As we know, no action is possible without willpower. Raja means King. A king is considered to be the one who acts with independence, self-confidence and assurance. Since this particular stream / path of Yoga leads us … Continue reading Raja Yoga – Part 1

Sri Rama Navami (Birthday of Lord Rama)

Today (9th day of Chaitra Masa, Shukla Paksha in Hindu Calendar or Panchanga) is celebrated as the birthday of God Sri Rama. SriRama is considered as an incarnation / avatar of Lord Vishnu (the preserver in the Brahma-Vishnu-Maheshwara Trinity). His birth was to preserve peace and prosperity and restore Dharma by freeing the world from … Continue reading Sri Rama Navami (Birthday of Lord Rama)

Retired Life with Family or Old Age Home? (Author: RamaMurthy)

Preface: An Ashrama (āśrama) in Hinduism is one of four age-based life stages discussed in ancient and medieval era Indian texts. The four asramas are listed below. The Ashramas system is one facet of the Dharma concept in Hinduism. The First Ashrama - "Brahmacharya" or the Student Stage The Second Ashrama - "Grihastha" or the … Continue reading Retired Life with Family or Old Age Home? (Author: RamaMurthy)

Holi, the Festival of Colors (Author: RamaMurthy)

ಇಂದು ಹೋಳಿ ಹುಣ್ಣಿಮೆ... ಕಥೆಗಳು ಬೇಕಾದ್ರೆ ಮುಂದೆ ಓದಿ . . ಕಾಫಿ ಕುಡೀತಾ, ಶುರುಮಾಡ್ಕೊಳೇ ಕಥೇನ ಪದ್ಮ, ಈ ಹುಡುಗ್ರು ಗೊತ್ತಿದ್ಕೇಳ್ತಾರೋ, ಗೊತ್ತಿಲ್ದೇ ಕೇಳ್ತಾರೋ, ನಾವಂತೂ ನಮಗ್ಗೊತ್ತಿರೋದನ್ನ ಹೇಳೋಣ ಅಂದ್ರು. ನಾವೆಲ್ಲಾ ಸುಮ್ನೆ ನಕ್ವಿ. ನೋಡಿ, ಫಾಲ್ಗುಣ ಮಾಸದ ಶುಕ್ಲ ಪಕ್ಷದ ಪೂರ್ಣಿಮೆಯಂದು ಹೋಳಿಹಬ್ಬ ಅಥವಾ ಕಾಮನಹಬ್ಬವನ್ನು ಆಚರ್ಸ್ತೀವಿ. ನೀವೂ, ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಪಂಚಾಗ ನೋಡೋದ್ ಕಲ್ತ್ಕೊಳ್ರೋ. ಅಂತ ಹೇಳ್ತಾ , ಉತ್ತರ ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಹಬ್ಬ ಜೋರು. ನಾನು, ಡೆಲ್ಲಿಗ್ಹೋಗಿದ್ದಾಗ ನೋಡಿದ್ಯಿನ್ನೂ ಜ್ಞಾಪಕದಲ್ಲಿದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಎಲ್ರೂ … Continue reading Holi, the Festival of Colors (Author: RamaMurthy)

Fashion is Cyclical

While having some 'me' time last weekend, I was channel surfing and a particular channel playing Hindi songs from the 70s caught my fancy. The lyrics, melodious tune, sweet singing, well choreographed and enacted songs were indeed a treat. I watched a few songs. As the camera lens zoomed in on the heroine's face, I … Continue reading Fashion is Cyclical

Significance of MahaShivaraathri (Author: RamaMurthy)

ಓಂ ನಮಃ ಶಿವಾಯ ಶಿವಾಯ ನಮಃ ಓಂ ಓಂ ತತ್ಪುರುಷಾಯವಿದ್ಮಹೇ ಮಹಾದೇವಾಯ ಧೀಮಹಿ ತನ್ನೋರುದ್ರಃ ಪ್ರಚೋದಯಾತ್ - ನಮ್ಮ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಹಬ್ಬಗಳ ಆಚರಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾಘ ಮಾಸ ಬಹುಳ ಚತುರ್ದಶಿ ಯಂದು ಬರುವ ಶಿವರಾತ್ರಿಗೂ ತುಂಬಾ ಪ್ರಾಮುಖ್ಯತೆ ಕೊಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ನಮ್ಮಲ್ಲಿ 12 ಸಂಕ್ರಮಣಗಳನ್ನು ಹೇಳುವಂತೆ, 12 ಶಿವರಾತ್ರಿಗಳನ್ನೂ ಹೇಳಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಪ್ರತೀ ತಿಂಗಳ ಕೃಷ್ಣಪಕ್ಷ ಚತುರ್ದಶಿಯನ್ನು ಮಾಸ ಶಿವರಾತ್ರಿ ಯೆಂದು ಆಚರಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಪಂಚಾಂಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಇದನ್ನು ನಾವು ಗಮನಿಸಬಹುದು. ಇದು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನವರ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಆಚರಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಹೋಗಿರುವುದಾದರೂ, ಕೆಲವರು ಇದನ್ನು ಇನ್ನೂ … Continue reading Significance of MahaShivaraathri (Author: RamaMurthy)