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May 1, 2013

Global Ecology and Vedanta: Part 1

By Pravrajika Vrajaprana This paper was delivered at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture during March 2013.  Pravrajika Vrajaprana is a nun in the Santa Barbara […]
March 11, 2013

New DVD: A Celebration of Swami Swahananda’s Life

In celebration of Swami Swahananda’s life, we are offering a DVD set of his Funeral Service, Hollywood Memorial Service, and Santa Barbara Memorial Service. The double-disk […]
February 1, 2013

Symbols in Hindu Spirituality

A symbol represents or recalls a thing by possession of analogous qualities or by association in fact or thought. The original Greek word symbolon means a sign by which one knows or infers a thing. Symbols express the invisible by means of visible or sensory representations—the immaterial via the material.
January 3, 2013

The Inspiration That Was Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda’s ideas have been seen through various eyes, and new light has been thrown upon these ideas. In one sense, Swamiji is inexhaustible. In another sense, it can be supported that Swamiji’s core message is that man is the Atman, Atman is perfection, and perfection defies all types of limitations.
November 30, 2012

Guru, Mantra and Initiation

Why Take a Mantra from a Guru? If a mantra is taken from a book, the results will not be exactly the same as if received directly from a guru, nor will it be a waste of time either. God’s name has its own power. Illumined souls explain that if an aspirant learns from a guru who lives the life, who has progressed a little, the results will be greater. One becomes convinced it is possible to realize God after having seen such a soul before one’s own eyes. In the struggle Godward, every now and then aspirants become discouraged. Therefore, to keep up the struggle and sustain a certain zeal, one must associate with the holy. That is another benefit of the guru.