Poorva’s palm felt damp from the dew on the grass. Hardly a minute ago, she had been high up in space with the birds, and now … Peering at her hand with some amusement, she thought, “This trip is offering a mixed bag of surprises. I’m by now so familiar with such happenings that nothing can astonish me any more. Not just that, I can probably smell one coming even at a distance.” Poorva could not have been more wrong.
Another funny sensation – this time a snail was nonchalantly making its way across her toes. “Hey, Mr. House-on-your-back, am I in your territory or are you in mine? I suppose it must be both,” laughed Poorva, realising that she was in a garden.
Right before her eyes, the flying carpet vanished. “That was a mighty smooth landing. Pilots can take a tip or two from you,” she said, looking at the spot where the carpet had been. That was when something hard fell on her head.
“Nut,” said the Swami.
It was only then that Poorva became aware of the Swami’s presence. She glared at him.
The Swami pointed to the nut that had rolled on to the grass after hitting her head. She looked up and noticed a squirrel, perched on a branch, looking sorrowfully at the fortune that had slipped out of its grasp.
Poorva laughed heartily. “Swami Thaatha, where are we now? You know, we are jetting from one place to another like some of those rich and famous people that I read about in magazines. I believe they have breakfast in Rome, lunch in Paris, and so on. They’re so lucky, aren’t they?”
“Look to your left,” said the Swami.
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News & Notes from Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission
Reminiscences of Sargachhi
(Continued from previous issue. . .) Swami Premeshananda (1884 – 1967) was a disciple of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi. For over two decades he lived at Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Sargachhi, West Bengal. Under his inspiration countless people led a life of spirituality and service, and many young men and women entered into monastic life. His conversations – translated from Bengali and presented below – were noted by his attendant who is now Srimat Swami Suhitananda Ji, one of the Vice-Presidents of the Ramakrishna Order.
The Three Gunas
Under the spell of God’s maya man forgets his true nature. He forgets that he is heir to the infinite glories of his Father. This divine maya is made up of three gunas.
The Story of Periaazhvaar
Srimat Swami Tapasyananda Ji (1904 – 1991) was one of the Vice-Presidents of the Ramakrishna Order. His deeply convincing answers to devotees’ questions raised in spiritual retreats and in personal letters have been published in book form as Spiritual Quest: Questions & Answers. Pariprasna is a selection from this book.
This is the ninth story in the series on devotees who had a role in the divine play of Bhagawan Sri Ramakrishna.
Naren Worships Mother Ganga
A fictional narrative based on incidents from the childhood of Swami Vivekananda.
The Katha Upanishad states, “Arise, awake, and learn by approaching the excellent ones. The wise ones describe that path to be as impassable as a razor’s edge, which when sharpened, is difficult to tread.”1
Swami Shivananda: A Living Light
(Continued from the previous issue...) In this article, Swami Shraddhanandaji reminiscences about his interaction with Swami Shivananda, one of the direct-disciples of Sri Ramakrishna and the 2nd President of the Ramakrishna Order. From 1957, Shraddhanandaji served in the American centres of San Francisco and Sacramento until his mahasamadhi in July 1996. This article was sent to The Vedanta Kesari by Lali Maly, a devotee of Vedanta Society of Sacramento, USA.
Shiva: Interval Between Enjoyment And Its Negation
Swami Nityabodhanandaji was a disciple of Swami Shivanandaji, the second President of the Ramakrishna Order. He was editor of The Vedanta Kesari, from 1942-1948 and later for three decades he was the head of Geneva centre of the Ramakrishna Order in Switzerland. This article is reproduced from the March 1968 issue of Prabuddha Bharata.
Raspberries AS AGENTS OF CHANGE
ALANDA GREENE explores the topic of perception, through her experience of picking raspberries in the garden, and understanding the importance of looking at life and situations from different angles.
Questions On Meditation
The essential principle of meditation is that you become what you meditate upon.
The Ushering In of a New Era
MAMATA VENKAT shares her experience of attending an extraordinary event near Hyderabad, India – the inauguration of a vast new meditation center in honor of 75 years of Heartfulness.
A Silent Revolution
In January 2020, YOGRISHI SWAMI RAMDEV visited Kanha Shanti Vanam to celebrate 75 years of the Heartfulness organizations, along with Daaji and 100,000 practitioners from around the world. Here, ELIZABETH DENLEY interviews him about what he is doing for youth in the field of education.
Influential Akhada Ends Pilgrimage After PM Call
Remaining part of Mahakumbh to be held in symbolic manner
A Rousing Call to the youth of India
“Strong vigorous believing young men sincere to the backbone are wanted. A hundred such and the world would become revolutionised. ”said Swami Vivekananda. We celebrate Youth day today on his birthday. The faith he had in the power of youth is so clearly visible in his words!
Mangu Ram - Social Justice Stalwart of Punjab
The beginning of the 20 th century witnessed a series of political developments which inter alia led to the formation of Adi movements in different parts of colonial India.
ऐसे ब्रह्मनिष्ठ महापुरुष की महिमा वर्णनातीत है !
आत्मा-परमात्मा का साक्षात्कार सभी बड़प्पनों की पराकाष्ठा है।
मोदी ने स्वामी चिद्धवानंद की भगवदगीता के किंडल संस्करण का शुभारंभ किया
प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी ने स्वामी चिद्वानंद की भगवदगीता के किंडल संस्करण का आज वर्चुअल माध्यम से शुभारंभ किया।
निश्छल हृदय के तपस्वी साधु रामकृष्ण परमहंस
रामकृष्ण परमहंस निश्छल हृदय के साधक सन्त थे। वह सदैव छोटी-छोटी कहानियों के रूप में जीवन की बड़ी-बड़ी गुत्थियों को सुलझा दिया करते थे। वह समस्त सम्प्रदायों, अवतारों और देवी-देवताओं को एक ईश्वर के रूप में मानते थे। वह बयान करते थे कि छोटे-बड़े सब में भागवत ज्योति मौजूद रहती हैं।