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Sab Ka Mangal Hoye Re

If you have been to a Vipassana (Goenka) retreat, you are most likely familiar with the stirring chant of  ‘Sab Ka Mangal Hoye Re‘. The following is the lyrics of this prayer: Tera Mangal Hoye Re (May You Be Blessed) Tera mangal, tera mangal, tera mangal hoye re May you be blessed Sab ka mangal,…

Ramana Maharshi’s grading of Sadhanas

The path of selfless activity, aimed at the betterment of the world, is one that appeals to many spiritually inclined political activists. However, Bhagavan rarely encouraged it except in the cases of those who, for various reasons, found themselves unattracted to the other spiritual paths of jnana, bhakti and yoga. Bhagavan: An examination of the…

Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras form the foundational basis of classical Yoga philosophy. It appears that Yoga Sutras were influenced by the Upanishad, the Samkhya system and the Mahabharata (of which the Bhagavad Gita is a part) and possibly also by Jain and Buddhist thought during the time the Sutras are considered to have been written. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras seem…

BRAHMAN – as per the Upanishads

It will perhaps not be an overstatement to say that the texts in the Upanishads (especially in the earlier ones) revolve around the concept of Brahman. It has been variously described as Sat-citAnanda (truth-consciousness-bliss), the sub-stratum of all that exists, permanent all-encompassing reality, one without a second etc. The concept of Brahman is usually discussed together with the concept…

The Yogi

For the yogi who has found peace, there is no distraction or one-pointedness, no higher knowledge or ignorance, no pleasure and no pain. The dominion of heaven or beggary, gain or loss, life among men or in the forest, these make no difference to a yogi whose nature it is to be free from distinctions.…

24/7 Silence

Ramana Maharshi

Question: How is silence possible when we are engaged in worldly transactions? Ramana: When women walk with waterpots on their heads, they are able to talk with their companions while all the time remaining intent on the water above. Similarly, when a sage engages in activities, they do not disturb him because his mind abides…