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February 2017

Dedicated Living – Part 1

By |February 13th, 2017|

Namah Te from Collingwood!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

Nirantara ~ always
Nitaram ~ always
Nitya ~ always
Sada ~ always
Sarvada ~ always

By […]

F E A R

By |February 8th, 2017|

Namah Te dear All,

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

Think about why you woke up this morning.
Think about why you ‘ran around’ this afternoon.
Think […]

January 2017

Learning How to Speak

By |January 13th, 2017|

Namah Te from Houston!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

anudvega-karam vakyam satyam priya-hitam cha yat
svadhyayabhyasanam chaiva vanmayam tapa uchyate
Srimad Bhagavad Gita – Adhyayah 17 – Shloka […]

December 2016

Pancha Kosha Viveka

By |December 27th, 2016|

Namah Te from Newark!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

na karmana na prajaya dhanena tyagena eke amrtatvam anashuhu…

Literal meaning: By renunciation alone one gains Freedom, not by […]

Renouncing Renunciation

By |December 23rd, 2016|

Namah Te from hour 148 of The Chinmaya Inspiration Yatra VIII!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

We have practiced continuously keeping the body-breath calm for almost a […]

Prince Siddhartha to Gautama Buddha

By |December 19th, 2016|

Namah Te from hour 68 of The Chinmaya Inspiration Yatra VIII!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

Our yatri-s were instructed not to bring any:

reading materials
[…]

November 2016

Only God

By |November 28th, 2016|

Namah Te from Trinidad!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

A favourite question/discussion in Vedantik circles is…fate or free-will? And even after insights are shared, the same doubt […]

Special E-Vichara – Kung Fu Panda II

By |November 18th, 2016|

Namah Te from Trinidad!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

We continue and complete our study of the Kung Fu Panda Trilogy…that is until Kung Fu Panda 4 is […]

October 2016

Yoga is Transcending the Thoughts of the Mind – Part 2

By |October 25th, 2016|

Namah Te dear All,

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

Yoga is a vision not a business. Rishi Patanjali understood this ancient philosophy and so has been able […]

Yoga is Transcending the Thoughts of the Mind – Part 1

By |October 12th, 2016|

Namah Te from Raleigh!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

Yoga is a vision not a business. Rishi Patanjali understood this ancient philosophy and so has been able […]

Kung Fu Panda III

By |October 2nd, 2016|

Namah Te dear All,

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

Master Oogway (MO)
Master Shifu (MS)
Master Po (MP)
The Guru-shishya-parampara of the Kung Fu Panda Trilogy.

We have […]

September 2016

The Chinmaya Inspiration Yatra VI

By |September 23rd, 2016|

Namah Te dear All,

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." ~ Albert Einstein

A blessed group of young adults […]

Growing into Bhaja

By |September 13th, 2016|

Namah Te from Banff!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

Dallas, Cleveland, Frederick, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Saint Johns, Niagara, Chantilly and Washington DC…August’s travel.

Tattva Bodha, Sadhana […]

How to be Royal

By |September 2nd, 2016|

Namah Te from Phoenix!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

A couple of weeks ago i was at Cape Spear – the easternmost point of North America. As […]

August 2016

Vichara Virtual Gurukula

By |August 9th, 2016|

Namah Te from Frederick!

i hope this message finds all my fellow sadhaka-s independently joyous…

On August 8, 1953 Pujya Swami Chinmayananda graced and guided the formation of Chinmaya Mission. In 63 years we have experienced […]

July 2016

Zootopia

By |July 25th, 2016|

Namah Te from Corsicana (it is 115F as i write!)!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

Innocent partiers killed in Orlando…
Innocent travellers killed in Istanbul…
Innocent […]

June 2016

Serving One’s Sadguru

By |June 27th, 2016|

Namah Te dear Seekers,

i hope this message finds all of you infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

If we are extrovert we will compare. If we compare we will create. If we create we will […]

To Compare is To Implode

By |June 22nd, 2016|

Namah Te dear Seekers,

i hope this message finds all of you infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

In October 2015 i shared thoughts on Finding Your Balance in the context of 100 devi-s who gathered in Raleigh. […]

May 2016

Youth Alone Can

By |May 31st, 2016|

Namah Te from Los Angeles!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

When i was growing up my parents would take my sisters and i to Mandir-s inside and outside […]

From Serenity to Mediocrity

By |May 20th, 2016|

Namah Te dear All,

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

This past month has been filled with unique speaking engagements:
London Police Department on Being Calm in […]

Like a Lotus

By |May 8th, 2016|

Namah Te from the deepest depths of my heart ‘where’ our Swami Chinmayananda (Gurudev) lives…

i hope this message finds all my fellow bhakta-s infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

"The spirit of advaita is not to keep […]

April 2016

Evolution Creates the Revolution

By |April 30th, 2016|

Namah Te from the SILENCE Retreat (we are in hour 68 of 100)!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

Thousands of seekers around the world were offered the opportunity […]

The Inside Out on INSIDE OUT

By |April 2nd, 2016|

Namah Te dear All,

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

A RAW i often share with students is to visualize that everyone they make eye contact with can read […]

March 2016

Vedantic Swear Words

By |March 28th, 2016|

Namah Te from Tampa!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

When i was growing up, i was always aware of other kids who would get into trouble because they […]

The Parental Powers – Part 2

By |March 4th, 2016|

Namah Te dear All,

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

When Hanumanji meets Sitaji, He calls Her janani (mother).
When Sitaji meets Hanumanji, She calls Him suta (son).

Our […]

February 2016

The Parental Powers – Part 1

By |February 24th, 2016|

Namah Te from Milwaukee!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

When Hanumanji meets Sitaji, He calls Her janani (mother).
When Sitaji meets Hanumanji, She calls Him suta (son).

Our […]

A Winter Wonderland

By |February 11th, 2016|

Namah Te from Saint Louis!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

i am sitting at a kitchen table, drinking a fresh cup of black coffee, watching two children engage […]

January 2016

WWW? – Part 1

By |January 25th, 2016|

Namah Te to All,

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

One of the most common questions people ask me is, ‘How do I know if what I am doing […]

The Chinmaya Inspiration Yatra V

By |January 7th, 2016|

Namah Te from Veliyanad!

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

Sheela/i are have returned home…that is Bharat.

We visited my parents in Sidhabari. […]

December 2015

The Input Prayer

By |December 28th, 2015|

Namah Te from Kolwan!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers unconditionally well…

In Ashram-s all over the world, before seekers, workers, visitors eat, a special verse from Shrimad Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 4 – Verse […]

The Phala of 2015 is the Karma of 2016

By |December 14th, 2015|

Namah Te from Sidhabari!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers unconditionally well…

Purpose pulls dedication.
Dedication pulls sacrifice.
Sacrifice pulls performance.

Pujya Swami Chinmayananda, affectionately […]

November 2015

Examining Experiences

By |November 21st, 2015|

Namah Te from Trinidad!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers unconditionally well…

A few weeks ago, the National Kidney Foundation invited me to speak at their Symposium. My subject, […]

Vedanta IS Antimaterialism

By |November 5th, 2015|

Namah Te from Albany!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers unconditionally well…

As the whole world begins preparing for Dipavali next week, everywhere we read and everywhere we write shubha (Peace) and labha (prosperity)… […]

October 2015

Insights into Interstellar

By |October 31st, 2015|

Namah Te from Ann Arbor!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers unconditionally well…

I N T E R S T E L L A R…E-Vichara…

Special E-Vichara (October 19, 2015) — Insights into Interstellar

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The HIP Tour Diaries

By |October 20th, 2015|

Namah Te from Raleigh (host for the 100 Devi-s who have gathered for the 2015 Divya Shakti Retreat)!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers unconditionally well…

The Creator brought me back to Kananaskis, Alberta […]

Why Do Good People Suffer?

By |October 20th, 2015|

Namah Te from Calgary!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers unconditionally well…

Volkswagen cheating the environment with deceptive software…
Syrian refugees being denied asylum in Hungary…
A needy family praying for a […]

September 2015

The Program for Balance

By |September 22nd, 2015|

Namah Te to All,

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers unconditionally well…

September has been a solid month…filled with quality bringing out quantity:

-on Tue Sep 8, we commenced our Advanced Vedanta Course […]

August 2015

The Purpose Prayer

By |August 28th, 2015|

Namah Te from New Haven!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers unconditionally well…

In August of 2014 we organized the first Devika Retreat: a forum dedicated to the self development of young women. […]

Angels in Demons – Part 2

By |August 11th, 2015|

Namah Te from Phoenix!

i hope this message finds all of you unconditionally well…

Somerset, East Brunswick, Niagara Falls, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo, Chantilly, Avon, Fairfield, Toronto and Mississauga…in August, these are the cities i will be […]

July 2015

THE Statements and Mottos

By |July 27th, 2015|

Namah Te from Somerset!

i hope this message finds all of you unconditionally well…

When you and i have purpose, the best in us is distilled. When you and i are purposeless, the worst in us […]

June 2015

HIP (His Infinite Presence) Tour

By |June 25th, 2015|

Namah Te from Houston!

i hope this message finds all unconditionally well…

In August of 2005 i left all i knew…my comforts, my lifestyle, my family for the unknown…ashram living. An ashram is where one puts […]

Angels in Demons – Part 1

By |June 10th, 2015|

Namah Te from Flint!

i hope this message finds all of you unconditionally well…

The best bhashya (commentary) on the Upanishad is Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. And the best bhashya on Shrimad Bhagavad Gita is Shrimad Bhagavatam. […]

May 2015

Swimming out of Samsara – Part 2

By |May 29th, 2015|

Namah Te dear Seekers,

i hope this message finds all of you unconditionally well…

Ask yourself again:
What is death?
What is a thought?
Are you happy?
Who are you?
What […]

Swimming out of Samsara – Part 1

By |May 24th, 2015|

Namah Te from Washington DC!

i hope this message finds all of you unconditionally well…

What is death?
What is a thought?
Are you happy?
Who are you?
What is Life…

What is […]

Horton Hears a Who

By |May 8th, 2015|

Namah Te dear Seekers,

i hope this message finds all of you unconditionally well…

All i have to say is Dr. Seuss…

His words have inspired poems. His poems have inspired books. His books have inspired […]

April 2015

Fighting Cs

By |April 15th, 2015|

Namah Te dear Seekers,

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

The last 200 hours, my entire immediate family and i have been together at a resort in the Caribbean. And each person, from my […]

Universal Prayers

By |April 8th, 2015|

Namah Te dear Seekers,

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

Meditation and mathematics, asana and astronomy, dharmic religions and most languages…the foundation, nay the source of all these fundamental aspects of the world is Bharat […]

March 2015

Are You PREPed?

By |March 28th, 2015|

Namah Te dear Seekers,

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

Think of the last time you were late for a meeting, a party, a discourse. How did you feel? We feel uncomfortable (i […]

Preachers, Politicians and Professors

By |March 10th, 2015|

Namah Te dear Everyone,

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

The literal translation of Sanatana Dharma is ‘everlasting integration’. How has Sanatana Dharma remained everlasting…revolutionaries.

In the far past our revolutionaries were ‘preachers’ like Adi […]

February 2015

Home Schooling

By |February 21st, 2015|

Namah Te dear Seekers,

i hope this email finds you unconditionally well…

Last week i facilitated a 4 day training program on FEAR (Face Everything and Rise). Following this i facilitated a 4 day training program […]

A Vicious Family Tree

By |February 4th, 2015|

Namah Te dear Everyone,

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

When one goes to a traditional Sanatana Dharma Mandir and engages the priest for a service, the priest will ask one for their gotra…

Gotra? […]

January 2015

Leaving on a Jetplane

By |January 24th, 2015|

Namah Te Everyone,

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

The past 6 weeks Sheela, i and our 20 kg of luggage (total!) have found ourselves in 9 different airports in Bharat (India). And airports […]

The Incredibles

By |January 12th, 2015|

Namah Te from…

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

Every direction we turn to someone is trying to make us feel small:
-clothiers communicate we will look better if we wear their products
[…]

December 2014

The Chinmaya Inspiration Yatra III

By |December 28th, 2014|

Namah Te from Kolwan!

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

Sheela and i have been wandering in Bharat for 2 weeks now. We still have some weeks here…actually we may decide to stay in […]

Haters Gonna Hate, Hate Hate, Hate, Hate

By |December 16th, 2014|

Namah Te from Udaipur!

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

The nature of the work i do is to share thoughts on self development. i do this through envisioning projects, i do this through speaking […]

November 2014

Let’s Talk About…

By |November 28th, 2014|

Namah Te from Corsicana (i am writing to you from Chinmaya Mission West’s new 140 acre Vision Centre)!

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

All around the world people are growing moustaches. You will […]

Inward-bound Courses – Part 1

By |November 16th, 2014|

Namah Te from Minneapolis!

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

A few weeks ago i was invited to speak to the business students/professors at Indiana University on the subject of Modern Management through Shrimad Bhagavad […]

E N O U G H

By |November 3rd, 2014|

Namah Te from Kansas City!

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

My parents have been studying at the Vedanta Course in Sidhabari for almost 8 months now. They are doing well. And in […]

October 2014

Who is Bhagavan?

By |October 20th, 2014|

Namah Te from Detroit!

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

Actually my body is in Pittsburgh yet my mind is still in Detroit. Why? A few nights ago i was fortunate enough to […]

Enter The Matrix to Exit The Matrix

By |October 7th, 2014|

Namah Te from Peoria!

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

As you are reading this collection of characters on an electronic screen, how do you know you are not dreaming? How do you know […]

September 2014

An Event to a Movement

By |September 17th, 2014|

Namah Te from Alpharetta!

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

Chapter 1
Once upon a time, 50 JCHYKs from all over the North-Eastern United States gathered in Washington DC for a unique Camp […]

August 2014

Where the Wild Things Are

By |August 29th, 2014|

Namah Te from Washington DC!

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

As Sheela and i were flying back from Trinidad a few weeks ago, i was reflecting on the 50 or so countries the Creator […]

The Most Important Questions

By |August 19th, 2014|

Namah Te from Boston!

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

A bucket of bones, a bucket of flesh, a bucket of blood, a bucket of skin, a bucket of hair…what actually separates us? Such questions […]

Peel Back the Skin

By |August 6th, 2014|

Namah Te from Trinidad!

i hope this message finds everyone well…

As i walk through the airport i observe people looking at my white dhoti. As i eat at a restaurant i observe people looking at […]

July 2014

Are you RAD? Or are you MAD?

By |July 21st, 2014|

Namah Te from Orlando!

i hope this message finds everyone well…

One of the greatest thinkers in history, one of the happiest teachers in history, Adi Shankaracharya has shared: "May one contemplate on Vedanta all day […]

June 2014

What is a Prabhavali?

By |June 18th, 2014|

Namah Te from Flint!

i hope this message finds everyone well…

Visualize the past time you went to a Mandira (Temple)… you saw the illuminated sign from a distance; drove onto the semi-paved property; parked the car […]

Engage the Silence

By |June 12th, 2014|

Namah Te from San Jose!

i hope this message finds everyone well…

In 1990 the world famous band Depeche Mode released the world famous song Enjoy the Silence. What is even more famous than this band […]

May 2014

Myths of Meditation

By |May 24th, 2014|

Namah Te from Cranbury!

i hope this message finds everyone well…

One of the original and authoritative scriptures on contemplation is Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. Throughout the 18 chapters Bhagavan Krishna shares insights into the preparation and […]

The Vision, The Expression, The Achievement: SD X 3

By |May 17th, 2014|

Namah Te Everyone!

i hope this message finds everyone well…

Hinduism is a religion…err a philosophy…err a way of life…?

If we do not know what a subject is how can reflect on the same?
If […]

Measuring Maturity

By |May 2nd, 2014|

Namah Te from Bolivar!

i hope this message finds everyone well…

Have you been listening to discourses for decades?
Have you been reflecting on books for years?
Have you been contemplating on Life for […]

April 2014

The Resonance (Vowels) of Earning Humility

By |April 19th, 2014|

Namah Te from Raleigh!

i hope this message finds everyone well…

Recently an innovation consulting firm consulted with me on how they can train employees of a high-end hotel chain to integrate empathy into their service.

Empathy…the heart […]

March 2014

Kung Fu Panda

By |March 31st, 2014|

Namah Te from Portland!

i hope this message finds everyone well…

Today my mother and father left for Bharat to be part of Chinmaya Mission’s Vedanta Course in Sidhabari, Himachal Pradesh. For 2 1/2 years they […]

My Sweet Lord

By |March 24th, 2014|

Namah Te Everyone,

i hope this message finds everyone well…

The E-Vichara is about learning. Not just from Scriptures and Sages rather from society too.

In our past E-Vichara we learned to always work harder through Olympic […]

Never Give Up

By |March 8th, 2014|

Namah Te from the middle of the Caribbean Sea!

i hope this post finds everyone well…

Sochi, Russia…

Women’s Ice Hockey – Gold Medal Game: Team Canada is down 1 goal to Team America with only a few […]

February 2014

What’s the Story Morning Glory?

By |February 18th, 2014|

Namah Te from Orlando!i hope this post finds everyone well…
This morning as i ran by the Tolomato River in St. Augustine i had to stop…beside me were two dolphins calmly surfacing, calmly diving, calmly surfacing, calmly […]

A New Year, A New You!

By |February 4th, 2014|

Namah Te from Pittsburgh!

i hope this post finds everyone well…

How are your resolutions for 2014 going?  Gone.  We shall leave the matter at that then hahaha!

Why oh why do we keep pursuing joy and why […]

January 2014

Silencing the Revolution – Part 4

By |January 18th, 2014|

Namah Te from Cleveland!

i hope this entry finds everyone well…

When one searches for points of interest in Cleveland one will come up with The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival and hopefully, Chinmaya Mission.

This Weekend […]

December 2013

Silencing the Revolution – Part 3

By |December 30th, 2013|

Namah Te from Kolwan!

A shastra is a mirror to our personality.  A yatra is a mirror to our personality.  For the past 10 days, 25 young sadhaka-s (searchers of Joy) have been connecting to many many […]

December 2013

Silencing the Revolution – Part 2

By |December 17th, 2013|

Yatha drishti tatha srishti (as is one’s vision so is one’s creation) – every expression of creation has begun with a thought and every expression of destruction will too
The mind is incessantly involved in labeling abc-s […]

Silencing the Revolution – Part 1

By |December 3rd, 2013|

Namah Te from Minneapolis!

A revolution is beginning.  i am not referring to the one against the Hunger Games.  i am referring to the one in the mind.  Every time a thought passes that an a-b-c will bring us […]

November 2013

Intravenous Vedanta (IVV) – Part 2

By |November 20th, 2013|

Namah Te from Merrillville!
i hope this journal finds humanity well…
November 20:  Day 10 of what has transformed into a 14 day Tour of Iowa-Indiana-Illinois-Ohio.  Day 7 i escaped a tornado in Peoria!  Day 13/14 i will now be in […]

Intravenous Vedanta (IVV) – Part 1

By |November 13th, 2013|

E-Vichara (November 4, 2013) — Intravenous Vedanta (IVV) – Part 1

Each and every being whether human, animal, plant or stone experiences hardships, none is exempted from the ways of the world – each and every being whether […]

A Loving Dipavali

By |November 3rd, 2013|

Dipavali is truly a multifarious festival.  Different faiths in different regions with different customs all enjoy Dipavali in their different ways.  Yet, as many pearls are held by a single thread, the elements of Dipavali […]