April 1, 2009

To Encounter Karma

We begin encountering karma as soon as we are born. Our whole life is ceaseless action—tiresome, but unavoidable. When we retire from the waking state, we go to the dream state where we encounter dream activities. There, too, we cannot escape karma. Even when we sleep there is karma.
March 1, 2009

Swami Trigunatita: A Saint of Our City

It was in San Francisco that Swami Vivekananda declared that souls should defy nature, that they should live and die game. This is the story of one of his brother monks, Swami Trigunatita, who did just that in our city, San Francisco. He lived here, earnestly serving the people of this city, and he died game in that service.
February 2, 2009

Swami Brahmananda: A Spiritual Dynamo

Swami Brahmananda would keep his mind absorbed in ‘the Unchanging, nmoving, the Eternal’ even as he lived in the world for the good of humanity.
January 1, 2009

The Gita’s Message for Self-transformation

The self, as we ordinarily understand it, is fluctuating every moment. In spite of its changing nature, however, it is through the self alone we perceive and experience ourselves and the world. The self is the sense of ‘I-consciousness’ or individuality that we all have, though initially our identity is unclear. It is only after a long, sustained effort that we will be able to realize the true nature of this ‘I.’
December 1, 2008

Vivekananda’s Vision of Vedanta

Swami Vivekananda’s vision of Vedanta is his lasting legacy to contemporary spiritual thought. When his work in America needed an organizational structure, he chose to name it as Vedanta Society. We have an idea of what a “Society” is, but we need to ask ourselves what kind of “Vedanta” Swamiji had in mind when he used that word in connection with his Western work.