The sound of birds greeting the new day. Bells begin to ring. The temple doors open and the devotees rush in. They are astonished to see that the idol of Lord Vithala has a tired expression. They bow before the idol and ask in the simple but moving way that true devotees speak. ’Lord, what happened? Why are you looking so tired?’
Lord Vithala uses a language that is not heard by the ears, but by the heart. The Lord speaks. ‘That Janabai! She summoned me to her house. It has taken Me from early morning to finish the grinding for Jana. I took her water jar and carried a great amount of water for her. As Jana swept, I filled a basket with the refuse and threw it outside. I washed the clothes with my four hands and pounded rice for her.”
The Lord smiles a smile that radiates heavens. He continues, ‘Janabai’s bhakti is so strong, that God Himself becomes her Sewak.’
Bhakti whispers the greatest of secrets in our hearts - that what makes God truly happy is the bhakti of a true devotee.
I Have Overcome all Social Barriers
In Maharashtra, eight centuries ago, was born a girl, Jana. At the tender age of five, she was taken to the temple of Lord Vitthala or Vithoba in Pandharpur, the center for the Varkari tradition. She refused to leave, telling her parents that although they loved her, she wished to remain in the temple and devote herself to God.
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WHEN THE LORD BECAME A SERVANT
The holy town of Pandharpur in Maharashtra. Dawn is breaking. The rising Sun is painting the sky red. The temple of Lord Vithala, an incarnation of Lord Krishna.
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THE GNANA SARASWATHI TEMPLE
One of the rarest temples dedicated to the Goddess of Learning is located in Basar, in the Indian state of Telangana. Read on...
TIMELESS TALES OF LOVE
Come February and people say, ‘Love is in the air!’; While the experience of love is universal, it’s fascinating to see the diverse ways in which it is expressed in different cultures and places.
SPRINGS OF LOVE
“There is strength in peace, there is strength in calmness, there is strength in love. What you cannot win with guns, you can win with love.” - Gurudev Sri Sri RaviShankar
RETURNING to the SOURCE
Radha had no messages for Krishna. What was the need for messages when they were ONE? But the little green parrot was impatiently fluttering his wings, eager to fly again. He felt important and special when he carried a message from Radha.
“Once, in 2007, a small group including me were traveling with Gurudev in Kenya. We had flown to show him the wild animals in the jungle. He was in a car ahead of us. Driving at a slow pace behind him, what we saw was quite mesmerizing. A pack of lions surrounded his car and were walking around it.”
Wisdom from Gurudev on the powers of your mind
A Story Of Overcoming Fascial Palsy
Dr. Naveen B S, Professor & HOD PG Studies in Shalakya Tantra, Sri Sri college of Ayurvedic Sciences and Research Hospital, Bangalore
Bhagavad Gita - The Song of the Divine
Wisdom puts the heart and mind in their respective places… and brings inner freedom.
FOCUS | MOVING WAVES, 1971 | GUITARIST: JAN AKKERMAN
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विधेयक पर बवाल
यह बिहार दिवस यानी कि राज्य की वर्षगांठ का अगला ही दिन था. राज्य के उत्सव और बधाइयों के संदेश राजनैतिक गलियारों में तैर रहे थे. इसी बीच बिहार विधानसभा में अभूतपूर्व हंगामा हो गया और लोकतंत्र व संसदीय मर्यादा पिटती-पीटती नजर आने लगी.
एका बना वैष्णव वीर!
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West Bengal represents the BJP’s final frontier but the party heavyweights are up against a gutsy street fighter in Mamata Banerjee. The elections have become a volatile mix of horse-trading and power games and, to paraphrase the TMC slogan, the game is on. The final score will have a major impact on national politics
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Two gentlemen were walking down Green Path in search of a painting. As Janaka Perera shared, “Usually, Green Path is a place where you could find artwork of local street artists. But it was a gloomy and a drizzling day and we could only find one artist who was selling his artwork from the back of a van.