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A COLUMN OF LIGHT

“When his devotees call him, He comes glittering… And bestows his grace upon all He is indeed the thief who has stolen my soul away.” ~~~ Tamil poet Sambandar on Lord Shiva. During a tirthayatra we worship our deities by visiting their greatest shrines. For Lord Vishnu there is the Chaar Dhaam yatra that covers… Read More »

THE LOST CITY OF DWARKA

“I saw the beautiful buildings becoming submerged… There was no trace of the city. Dwarka was just a name, just a memory.” ~~~ Arjuna in the Mahabharata In the 1980’s when marine archaeologists dived into the ocean off the coast of the Gulf of Kutch, they made an extraordinary discovery. The archaeologist Dr. S. R.… Read More »

For A New Generation

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~~~ Nelson Mandela There is a saying we are all familiar with – that when we educate our children we teach them reading, writing and arithmetic. However does education end there? If you think about what education should impart to a… Read More »

WHAT RELIGION GIVES US

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” ~~~ The Dalai Lama When we say the word ‘religion’, many images, memories and experiences flash across our minds. We think of lyrical hymns echoing inside a church; the sound of bells as a priest raises an aarti lamp shimmering with golden flames to light the… Read More »

WELCOME THE GODDESS

“ For the ignorant you are the island city of the sun Flowing from a bouquet of intelligence For the poor you are a rosary of wishing jewels.” ~~~ Praise for the Devi in Saundarya Lahari Devi or Ma means the Mother Goddess and within her we see every aspect of a woman. She is… Read More »

FREEDOM TO DREAM

“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” ~~~ Denis Waitley When we sing the national anthem on the morning of15th August it echoes across our land like a paean to freedom. Seventy years ago we had won the right to build the country we… Read More »

WHAT IS FAITH?

 “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”          ~~~ Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. When we think of the word ‘faith’, the images that flash across our eyes are of people at prayer or worshipping at a shrine, temple, church or holy places. Or it is of devotees sitting… Read More »

THE ART OF LISTENING

To listen is to learn. To learn is to grow. Sadly in today’s hyper connected world we are so busy talking, mailing, texting… we are forgetting to listen. And the loss is ours. As babies we would not have learnt to speak if we had not listened. Speech and language is a gift of listening.… Read More »

Kartikeya

In many ways Lord Kartikeya is a mysterious god. In North India he has been virtually forgotten and there are no temples dedicated to this son of Lord Shiva. In the east he is remembered once a year during Kartik Puja. Then during Durga Puja he stands beside Devi Durga with Saraswati, Lakshmi and Ganesh… Read More »

SERMONS OF LOVE & KINDNESS

The Sermon on the Mount was the longest sermon given by Jesus Christ and it was among Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite religious texts. What is amazing is that Gandhiji was influenced and inspired by what a wandering Jewish healer and preacher said in far off Palestine, two thousand years ago. History talks of many preachers and… Read More »