His Holiness Shri Shri Nimishananda

When we fulfill a desire mechanically, the deeper levels of our being are not satisfied and we develop an obsessive craving for that object. Lack of awareness also generates indifference for others, while awareness creates complete connectivity with Divinity and all beings.


His Holiness Shri Shri Nimishananda , born as Shri. Harsha . V. Shastry is an Enlightened Master who guides and writes from the depth of inner realisation. Since 1996 His Holiness has been guiding thousands of devotees all over the world on the spiritual path to Truth. With His former background of engineering entrepreneurship, Shri Nimishananda presents age-old, timeless techniques with lucid clarity and down-to-earth practicality making them wholly relevant to the new age times. When we read and listen to His teachings through books and audio visual media, we realise that spirituality is not abstract theory, but the very fount of dynamic reality which empowers our personality. What is most unique about the teachings of His Holiness is that it has a tremendous transformative energy that effortlessly changes our lives.

Shri Nimishananda is also a fluent, multi-lingual, powerful and charismatic orator who builds a strong rapport with seekers and listeners. His live Q & A sessions at the end of each program are eagerly awaited and have won wide acclaim everywhere. The most popular empowering programs of His Holiness are ‘BLISS – Be Living In Spiritual State’, ‘HAPPY – Heightened Awareness Personality Powering Yoga’ ‘Living In Meditation’, Kaaya Kalpa Kriya, RAY – Reviving Awareness Yoga and so on. His Holiness travels all over India and abroad and His series of discourses have had a great impact in the metros of New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Trivandrum and in the tier two cities of Nagpur, Sholapur, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Varanasi, Gaya, Allahabad, Guruvayur, Mangalore, Udupi, Hassan, Mysore, and Chidambaram. His Holiness regularly conducts Meditation and Self Empowerment Kriya Workshops by initiating the seekers to tap the power of their soul . He is also invited very frequently to the US, Canada, UK, Singapore and Malaysia to give discourses and conduct Experiential Workshops, Meditation, Sadhana and Interactive Sessions in prestigious forums for audiences of all age groups, backgrounds, professions and nationalities on an incredibly versatile range of spiritual subjects.

To mention just a few of the topics His Holiness has dealt with under various categories till now:

Philosophy – Who am I, The true goal of life, What happens after Death, What truly is Enlightenment, The nature of Destiny, The cause and effect of Karma, What is Reincarnation, The Three Philosophies of life – Advaita, Dwaita and Vishista Advaita, The three internal powers, Understanding oneself, Making Intuition blossom, The Third Eye, Self Realisation, etc

Day-to-Day Living: The Importance of Self effort, Shattering the past, The Power of Forgiveness, Simplicity, How to keep your mind and heart pure, Respecting Time, Beyond Time and Space, Spirituality for daily life, Nature – a prominent force, Techniques to get Good Sleep, A worry free life, Will power, The importance of a Satvic diet and lifestyle, How to overcome mental problems, How to avoid conflicts in family life, Our basic responsibility as human beings, Joyful Living, The Power of Resolution, etc

Inspiration for the Youth: Harnessing desires, Breaking habits and addictions, Balancing social and spiritual life, Vegetarianism, Harmonious Relationships, Managing your Mind, Non Violence, Effects of Alcohol, Don’t smoke God out of your Heart, Techniques to improve your Memory, Techniques to be Happy all the time, Bring out Your Inner Potential, Banish stress, fear and doubt, Inviting Abundance, How to be Lucky all the time, Mental programming, Success follow me, Harness your Soul Energy, Inner Balance and Outer Efficiency, How to understand Relationships, etc.

Religion: The power and effect of Chanting, How to Pray, The difference between Traditions and Superstitions, The Importance of Ritualistic Worship, The significance of Festivals, The significance of Traditions, What is Divinity, The importance of Pilgrimage, The Message of – the Bhagavad Gita, Narada Bhakti Sutras, Devi Mahatmyam, Kashyapa Sutras, Guru Gita, Upanishads, etc

Spirituality: Surrender, How to vanquish the ego, Activating our Bio-Energies, Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga, Jnana yoga, Meditation, Spiritual Discipline, Awareness, Conquering the senses, The five natural elements, Becoming tools of Divinity, Information, Reformation and Transformation, The power of Thought, Transcending Thoughts, The dynamics of Divine Grace, Dharma – the stepping stone to Success, Satva, Who is a Guru, Why do we need a Guru, etc.

Charity: Unconditional Love, The more we Give; the more we Receive, Giving back to Nature, Service to Man is service to God, Patience and Tolerance, How You can be a Part of World Peace, Banishing Barriers, Annadana – Feeding the Poor, Caring for Animals, Selfless Service, The Joy of Giving, Wipe a Tear; Remove a Pain, etc

Shri Nimishananda has established Ashrams which are centres for Enlightened Living in India, Malaysia, Canada and the US. The discourses of His Holiness have been featured in English continuously on Aastha Channel for several months and on a daily basis in Zee-Kannada TV for over a year. He has also been on several interactive TV shows in Malaysia and Canada. Spiritual articles by Shri Nimishananda are published regularly in the national editions of The Times of India, Deccan Herald and other leading newspapers and evoke a very enthusiastic response from the readers. Please visit the Newsroom of our website to read these articles.

His Holiness’s remarkable exposition of the very rare Scripture called the Kashyapa Sutras which was published by the Karnataka State Archives Department as a 300 page book in Kannada hit the best-sellers list in 2008 and is still in great demand. This book is now being translated into English and several Indian regional languages which will be published shortly. Many popular CDs, DVDs and MP3s of Shri Nimishananda’s discourses on over a 100 different topics in English, Kannada and Tamil have been released so far.

Shri Nimishananda has founded the humanitarian forums of Shree Public Charitable Trust in India – Registered with the United Nations, SPCT is working relentlessly to actualise Shri Nimishananda’s humanitarian mission of “Wipe A Tear, Remove A Pain” in education, healthcare, social welfare and eco-management [] as well as partner with the UN to achieve the 8 Millennium Development Goals.

Under the guidance of His Holiness, SPCT is striving relentlessly to improve the quality of life of those living below the poverty line and those who need our care and compassion. These programs aim at the eradication of hunger, illiteracy, ill-health, unemployment, ecological imbalance and also at enriching people’s lives with ethical values and unconditional love. Daily mass feeding, sponsoring the total care, education and vocational training of orphans, providing fees and educational accessories to poor students, free ambulance service, free health camps, awareness drives, nurture nature and reaching out to those who are elderly, differently abled or physically, economically and socially challenged are some of the ongoing activities in these forums.

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The websites of Shri Nimishananda Ashram and Shree Public Charitable Trust are updated very frequently and feature the teachings of His Holiness in a very systematic manner. Each day the Quotes and FAQ section display something new for those who are looking for insight, inspiration and motivation. The informal dialogues between His Holiness and His devotees containing wonderful tips and guidelines for spiritual seekers and motivated leaders, discourses on a variety of topics, reports of events, photo gallery, video snippets, and specific spiritual techniques to be practiced on different occasions are uploaded on to the website very regularly. All this has made our website very popular and it is accessed by thousands of seekers from over 45 countries every month. You can also view more than 50 video discourses and question answer snippets of His Holiness in the video gallery of our Ashram Website These are also available on YouTube. Please feel free to contact us for any additional information, clarifications or queries by E-mailing us at

We welcome you to begin this most joyful, inspiring and empowering journey with His Holiness Shri Shri Nimishananda, the Enlightened Master who will walk with you every step of the way as your benevolent Guide, Mentor and Friend.

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His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj

Real beauty lies in the mind, not in physical cleansing. Until the mind is embellished with divine virtues, there can be no cleansing. Human beings may well look impressive in their outward worship, but God knows the true state of their minds.


His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj, spiritual Head of the Sant Nirankari Mission is respected the world over for preaching the message of human unity, equality and fraternity through the realization of God. Once we are convinced of the oneness of the Supreme Father despite numerous names assigned to Him, the oneness of His creation – the mankind becomes a reality. According to him, realization of Self is also possible through the realization of God only which can, of course, be attained with the kind grace of a perfect spiritual master rather than scriptures or rituals.

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Niya Sharma replaces Priyamvada Kant on Tenali Rama


Niya Sharma

Niya Sharma

A few days ago, BT told you about Priyamvada Kant quitting the TV show, Tenali Rama, as she doesn’t want to play a mom on screen.

Well, we now have it that the makers of the show have finalised her replacement. Niya Sharma, who was last seen on Vani Rani, will essay the character of Tenali’s wife, Sharda.

Unlike Priyamvada, Niya seems to have no qualms about playing a mom on screen. She says, “After playing a negative character on my last show, Vani Rani, I wanted to take up something different. And, what better than a comedy show! I have no issues playing a mother, because almost every actress ends up doing that on TV these days. In fact, I’m excited to play the part, as it’s a different kind of historical comedy show.”

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Hanuman vs Mahiravana animation film

A mythological animation film that will appeal to all age groups
Animation movies often get slotted in the children’s genre, so the makers of the upcoming mythological animation film, Hanuman vs Mahiravana, are trying to break free from this stereotype with their story. Set against the legendary battle of the Ramayana, the film, directed by Dr Ezhil Vendan, is the untold tale of what happened on the penultimate day of the battle. The story has never been told before and the makers believe that audiences will enjoy this part of the epic, which revolves around Ravana’s brother, the evil sorcerer Mahiravana, and his battle with Hanuman. Touted to be a full-fledged family entertainer, it will appeal to all age groups.

Rajiv Chilaka, founder and CEO of Green Gold Animation, shares, “Our film traces the untold journey of Hanuman and how he saves Rama and Lakshmana from the evil clutches of the powerful ruler of the dark world, Mahiravana. Home-grown animation films are booming in India. People in their late 30s haven’t grown up on animation films, but the new generation has been exposed to this genre. Filmmakers should be bold enough to take risks. It’s about time we invest in our own superheroes.”

Hanuman Vs Mahiravana

Hanuman Vs Mahiravana

The film has been inspired by the popular animated video game, Gamaya Legends, which is based on the Ramayana. The game’s thematic content influenced the makers so much that they decided to produce a film around the characters from the video game.

Hanuman Vs Mahiravana, produced by Green Gold Animation, releases in 3D and 2D in Hindi and Tamil across India on July 6.

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Srila Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja

We may think that one who has a big house on Juhu beach or one who is driving a fancy car or one who has a beautiful wife, is fortunate. But the real fortunate person is the one who takes to the process of devotional service; one who understands that Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead; one who does not misuse his human life.


His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja appeared on this planet on the most auspicious day of Annada Ekadashi, on August 14, 1944, in New Delhi, India.
H. H. Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja after graduating from the University of Delhi, studied Business Management at the Sorbonne University of Paris on a scholarship from the French Government and later, obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the McGill University at Montreal.
H. H. Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja first met Srila Prabhupada the Founder Acharya of ISKCON, in the evening of June 1st, 1968. Within the first two weeks of meeting Srila Prabhupada, he decided that he would accept him as his spiritual master. Around that time, he was working for Pepsi-Cola, doing Marketing Research.
In 1975, Srila Prabhupada sent H.H. Gopal Krishna Goswami to India. Srila Prabhupada made him the General Body Commissioner (GBC) of entire India. Srila Prabhupada specifically instructed him to print and expand book-distribution in India. Also, Srila Prabhupada entrusted H.H. Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja to oversee various important projects, such as Vrindavana, Hyderabad, Mayapur and Mumbai, recognizing his dedicated service and mood of sincere surrender.
In 1976, Srila Prabhupada appointed H. H. Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja as G.B.C. for Russia. He made several trips to Soviet Union, a communist state (now called the Commonwealth of Independent States) and risking grave dangers, he preached and distributed books over there. On the instruction of Srila Prabhupada, he took part in the International Book Fair. He helped to establish many centers in the erstwhile Soviet Union.

Acceptance of Sannyasa Order
In 1981, H. H. Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja took the sannyasa order. A year later, in March 1982, on the auspicious day of Gaura-Purnima, H. H. Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja became a ‘diksha’ guru (an initiating spiritual master).

At present, H. H. Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja is the G.B.C. for Mumbai, Northern India (that includes New Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Vrindavana, and Chandigarh), Mayapur, Kenya, Canada, some states of America, and many parts of the former Commonwealth of Independent States. Also, he is the Chairman and Trustee of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of Vedic literatures.
He is also the Chairman of the ISKCON Bureau which is the Legal entity or the Formal name for ISKCON.
H. H. Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja is engaged in inspiring and completing many of the largest ISKCON temples after the departure of Srila Prabhupada in 1977. One of the important temple projects completed under his untiring and dedicated efforts and directions was the Sri Sri Radha-Parthasarathi temple in New Delhi. This is also known as “Glory of India” project), and was inaugurated by Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister of India. It provides a multi-media visual display, a Vedic cultural museum and an open air theater. Also, the ‘Heaven on Earth’ project, inaugurated in December 2003 in Mumbai, is housed with modern facilities for imparting the essence of vedic scriptures to spiritual seekers, a mass feeding hall, a library with a reading room, a vedic samskara hall, besides a spiritually nourishing Govinda’s restaurant.
Besides, the bhumi pujana for Sri Sri Radha-Madana-Mohana temple in Khargar (Navi Mumbai), the proposed ISKCON center at the Sri Sri Radha-Gopinath and Ashta Sakhis temple in Ludhiana, called the ‘Glory of Punjab’, ISKCON temple at Rohini, New Delhi and Sri Sri Radha-Vrindavanchandra temple in Pune have also been accomplished. Additional land has also been procured in Kurukshetra and Vrindavana for expanding preaching programs.
Apart from all these, His Holiness is the Initiating Guru for more than 20,000 disciples worldwide- taking care of their spiritual growth, moral emancipation and above all Life style Management keeping Krishna at the center. Many of Maharaja’s leading disciples are social luminaries, intellectuals and leading lights in their sphere of activity. Maharaja travels across the world for more than 6 months in a year covering important projects and ISKCON temples besides handholding spiritual aspirants in scores of countries including Russia, the erstwhile Soviet Union, USA, Canada, Kenya and many other parts of the world.

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Master Paula Horan

Kali Yuga, this time of degeneration with all its difficulties and challenges, also provides us with a unique opportunity to wake up. May each one of us foster this intention for the benefit of all beings.


Dr. Paula (Laxmi) Horan is known worldwide for her numerous books, seminars and retreats on alternative and complimentary therapies, authentic forms of vibrational medicine, integrative body/mind therapeutics and ground-breaking approaches to spirituality and non – dual awareness.

An American Psychologist born in Boston, she lived her childhood years in Italy and Germany. Completing her undergraduate studies in sociology and English literature in Britain, she completed both her MA (focusing on dance therapy) and her Ph.D. in psychology at San Diego, California.
From 1992 through 1997, she spent much of her time with her spiritual master Shri H.W.L Poonjaji in India, who gave her the name Laxmi. Shri Poonjaji or ‘Papaji’, as he was affectionately called, was a self realized being who left his body in September 1997. Quickened by his presence, Paula shifted her focus from self-improvement to the self-inquiry that awakens the quiet stillness of awakened presence.

Wanting to share the same joy and freedom with others, this inspired her to create The Core Empowerment Training (CET), a five-day retreat that incorporates Jnana Yoga, the science of cutting through the mind which has had a worldwide impact. The purpose of Jnana Yoga, is to help people Realize The Freedom That They Are, by assisting them to experience their own true nature. This is accomplished by overcoming the illusion of ignorance (a mistaken belief in a separate self) by transcending the masks of ego that are sense-dependent and bound by karma. She considers CET her life’s heart work.

During her time with Shri Poonjaji, she developed a great love for India and decided to stay after his transition. Although primarily known as the person who introduced Reiki to India in 1989, she has a comprehensive experience and keen acumen in many cross-disciplined forms of body/mind and energetic therapeutics. Seeing a need for skilled therapists with conscious presence, she created a modular training curriculum in both eastern and western forms of body/mind treatment in 2001. This lead to the founding of the Taosomatics Institute, an integrative school for consciousness development. Attracting a core group of students, who are highly skilled and accomplished body/mind therapy trainers, Dr. Horan’s Institute now encompasses a growing sphere of complementary therapy trainings for earnest holistic therapeutic and wellness practitioners.

Dr. Horan is one of the founding members of the Indian Body/Mind Therapy Association, a first for India, which is endeavoring to coalesce therapeutic practitioners into a united whole.

Another factor in Paula’s life that inspired her to become an avid researcher on detoxification and rejuvenation therapies is her personal success in treating both a breast and ovarian tumors with a raw food diet and Reiki.

Fifteen years ago she also became acquainted with the therapeutic effects and astonishing benefits of oxygen in its tri-atomic form, ozone, in regard to healing degenerative diseases and also as a restorative rejuvenation therapy. Her knowledge and personal experience in this field has put her at the forefront of longevity treatments and for sustaining peak health in an increasingly challenged environment.

Paula’s seminars and retreats on an expansive range of wellness subjects and on non- dual awareness are whole-heartedly received, due to her unique ability to communicate complicated concepts in a simple and easy manner. She is well known for her warmth, for her inspirational teaching style and her enduring smile, indicative of the joy she finds in sharing her knowledge—which enliven and motivate her students to manifest the richness inherent in their lives.

Laxmi (as she is affectionately called) has appeared on Radio and TV shows in the US, Europe and India. In 1999 she received the Full Circle “Inner Flame Award” from former Prime Minister Shri Gujral for her contribution to disseminating alternative and complimentary methods of healing. The citation also commended her for her grace and grit in adversity.

Her first book, Empowerment through Reiki has been translated into 20 languages. It was followed by Abundance Through Reiki, Core Empowerment, Reiki –108 Questions and Answers: Your Dependable Guide For A Lifetime of Reiki Practice, The Ultimate Reiki Touch, The Nine Principles of Self-Healing and Heal Yourself With Oxygen. Her eighth book called Fierce Innocence, will be out in 2011.

Some themes Paula works with are:

Unconsciousness, the Cause for Unhappiness

The words “emotional intelligence” have become something of a catch phrase. More than being a trendy expression, they sum up the center focus of current leading edge exploration into the nature and workings of mind and cognition. They indeed point to the root of some key fundamental questions: “Why is it that so much of what our minds do, remains below the threshold of conscious awareness? What does this large degree of non-conscious cognition thought processing and ensuing action mean for our experience of the world? Why is our unconscious mind so all pervasive? Why do we have recurring experiences of being at the effect of the unconscious mind, to the degree that access to natural states of simple happiness seem to continuously elude us?

Science Now Agrees: Our Perception Is Ruled by Memory

Currently in several labs in the US, research is uncovering the secrets of cognition. Through the most advanced western technologies (for example, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS), scientists now realize that we do not see the world as it actually is, but only in terms of what we already know of the world. In other words, in states of non-conscious cognition (which is where most people are), memory shapes or dictates all of what we can perceive. We are thus deprived of free will and free agency. The moment we find access to being conscious and aware in the present moment, free will and free agency are restored. Brain scans using the same TMS technology also show how the practice of different forms of meditation, learned through long retreats, in fact influence perception in such a way, that humans can rise above an otherwise unconscious existence. For all human beings, this step into conscious awareness is of primary importance for it enables us to live a happy, balanced and fulfilled life.

Historically Only Lengthy Periods of Retreat Could Free the Mind

The question now is, how can this be accomplished? The traditional Buddhist approaches to the restoration of free will and conscious awareness require a long and arduous discipline of meditation over the span of many years. As the results of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation with experienced mediators suggest, these techniques do indeed work. The data collected at the E.M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior on the Madison Campus of the University of Wisconsin, USA, demonstrate as much. The drawback is, in the past, these techniques were invented, taught and elucidated mainly by monks and other people who were in a position to live a life of seclusion and contemplation. In other words, in their old approaches these techniques are time-consuming and require years of dedicated effort.

Short Cuts Bring Awareness into the Present

The question now is, can we accomplish the same? Can the average person achieve comparable levels of mastership and conscious awareness as Buddhist masters after twenty or more years of meditation practice? Living in the world, going about his or her business, and taking care of the many obligations that are taken for granted by any ordinary socially active person? Whereas certain periods of retreat are recommended, the answer is, “Yes, with the right motivation and commitment, it is possible.” There are approaches to conscious awareness and emotional intelligence that are geared toward direct recognition of what is so in the moment which bypass the mental processing via memory. One pertinent example is the Core Empowerment Training, developed by Dr. Paula Horan and based on several time-tested meditative techniques.

The Memory Trap Is Released by Clear Perception

It is essential to explore destructive emotions and unconscious behavior patterns to bring them into conscious awareness. They are not judged, and neither are they rejected. No effort is made to push them away. Instead, explorers of vichar (direct self – inquiry) are encouraged to directly feel them, and cultivate a sense of exploration about every circumstance that arises, whether seemingly “comfortable” or “uncomfortable”, “happy” or “sad”, “good” or “bad”. This direct feeling and recognition brings about a sudden shift in perception. We cease to identify with the latest destructive emotion or behavior pattern. Although we can notice and sense its presence clearly, we also know without a shadow of a doubt that this is not who we are, but only a conditioned response with which we sometimes identify.

Clear Perception is due to Heart Intelligence

Subsequently, once the link of identification is broken through noticing and most of all feeling from the Heart, the same old destructive emotion or behavior pattern can no longer rule us. In other words, often in the 5 days that the residential training takes, the same depth of balance and lucidity is achieved, which through more traditional approaches could take years to accomplish. This fast track is made possible through a combination of fine-tuned techniques and extensive meditative experience on the part of the facilitators.

Depending on the individual, 15 years of experience on the part of the facilitator has shown that participation in three to five, 5-day seminars over a two to three year period, accompanied with a daily meditation practice, can help to stabilize one’s ability to transcend the filter of memory and live a true present. Because all emotions are reactions to thoughts, the ability to live in the present without clinging to passing thoughts, automatically gives one the ability to transcend the pull of emotion. The result is a greater degree of equanimity in all situations, whether “positive” or “negative” and the emotional intelligence of a life lived from Heart.

Paula helps you, through Vichar (direct self-inquiry), use the mind to see through the mind, much like using a thorn to take out a thorn. Rather than trying to therapeutically make ourselves “better”, she shares advanced yogic practices that you can use in every day life to help you drop the seeker, the illusory separate self who is identified with doership, the root of all suffering,ie.the one who is never satisfied and always wants to “improve”.

Paula calls CET is her ‘true heart work’ as it provides the supportive environment for her to share the teachings of her guru H.W.L.Poonja , well -known as Papaji.

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Master Mahatria Ra

Every tree, every flower has a season. Everyone will experience spring in their lives, not just once, but over and over.


The rise and fall of every human being has its effect on the overall human consciousness. Every lesson learnt, every mistake committed, every error corrected, every discovery, every invention, every insight, every idea, every revelation, every talent unfolded, every limit redefined, every thought released, every vibration experienced… by every individual paints yet another stroke in the evolution of human consciousness.

When ‘a’ man lives his life with heightened awareness, his life helps humanity to gain a few years of maturity without having to live those few years. In effect, he fast-forwards humanity by a few years.

Seldom in life, comes a Soul who walks amongst men and shows them how to live from a higher level of consciousness. Mahatria Ra, a true believer in human potential driven by love and compassion, has been tirelessly working towards evolving the collective human consciousness, expanding it far beyond perceived limitations.

Known for his inspirational thoughts, Mahatria is an impassioned propagator of value-based living and holistic development. A compelling presence on stage, he breaks down the most complicated aspects of life and presents them in a contemporary language that everybody understands. Having addressed crowds across the globe, he has been inspiring breakthroughs, regardless of geographic boundaries.

Mahatria has gone on to transform hundreds of thousands of lives which include top notch businessmen, global leaders, musicians, sportspersons and students by providing significant breakthroughs in their lives.

Mahatria, is a spiritualist, endowed with a deep connectivity to existence and enormous spiritual strength, he guides people in their quest for self-realisation. He has brought meditation to the common man, and in his presence, thousands have experienced the depths of silence. Across the globe he is highly revered by all those who have experienced him. He, for one, believes that the messenger should be the message. His skill in harmonising the materialistic and spiritual worlds is gracefully reflected in his lifestyle.

He has also authored 3 best-sellers. ‘Unposted Letter’, published in 7 languages, ‘Most and more’, available in 2 languages and ‘Clarity is Power’.

In the larger perspective, his vision is also to bring much needed dramatic changes to the prevailing education system and to create a paradigm shift in the attitudes of the teaching faculty, so as to better equip every child with an empowering personality. His ongoing effort in this direction through the ‘Subject +’ programs has touched innumerable educational institutions, a number that is increasing by the day.

A few of the spontaneous discourses to a live audience have been brought out as DVDs and Audio CDs and have been received very well. Seekers, who have ever experienced Him will vouch that His discourses aren’t mere transference of words, but transference of energy.

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BIOGRAPHY – Bhanu Narasimhan

We float in the effulgence of one scintillating unseen cosmic energy called the ‘Devi’ – the Divine Mother, womb of all creation.


Bhanu Narasimhan has played a key role in The Art of Living Foundation, since its inception. Founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, The Art of Living Foundation is a non-profit, educational and humanitarian NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) engaged in stress-management and service initiatives. The organization operates globally in 152 countries. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, her brother and guide, has been a constant source of support and direction for her. Bhanu has been instrumental in instituting the “Care for-Children” program, which provides education for underprivileged rural children, free of cost. The first School to be supported by this program started in 1981 with 30 children in rural Bangalore. Now, 30 years later, there are there are 404 schools educating over 39,222 children in India. She is especially focused on education for girls and empowerment of women.

In 1997, Bhanu was one of the founding members of VISTA India (Value Integrated Services to All), an initiative that aims to provide economic and social self-sufficiency for disadvantaged women. The project was launched under the aegis of the Art of Living Foundation, and it has provided vocational training, entrepreneurship, and self-development workshops to more than 8,000 women in India. As part of their training, women are also introduced to programs that promote hygiene and women’s health in rural areas.Sri Sri Women’s Empowerment Program is another initiative on similar lines of VISTA and caters to underprivileged women in rural areas. There are two centers currently operating – one in rural Tamil Nadu and another in the outskirts of Bangalore. Women are trained in various vocational skills like tailoring, candle making, incense stick production, packaging and marketing, and other related skills in order to make them economically self-reliant.

Bhanu started the HARA (HIV/AIDS Awareness in Rural Areas) project to create awareness on HIV/AIDS in rural areas. The youth volunteers trained under a qualified medical doctor receive training in this field and disseminate information in the rural areas. Since 2009, 40000 individuals across India have benefitted from this initiative.In support of traditional art and culture, Bhanu has initiated the Weaver-to-Wearer project. The project identifies skilled craftsmen in the traditional arts from rural areas and connects them with consumers around the world.

Bhanu has convened and chaired four international women’s leadership conferences since 2005. These conferences seek to provide a platform for women leaders to share their successes, and inspire one-another to s쳮d against formidable odds. Bhanu has been instrumental in bringing together people from different countries for various forums and guiding them on humanitarian projects.

Bhanu teaches Sahaj Samadhi Meditation and has initiated thousands of individuals around the world. A gifted singer, Bhanu has several albums to her credit comprising devotional bhajans and shlokas heard by people across the globe irrespective of their nationalities.

She holds a Masters Degree in Sanskrit Literature from Bangalore University. She is married with two sons, and lives in Bangalore, India.


Teachers play a pivotal role in the life of every child. Their presence and guidance lays a strong foundation for the child’s personality to blossom. When we think of our teachers we are reminded of our childhood and adolescent years making one nostalgic with fragrant and vivid memories of friends and our learning process, not to mention exam times!

Shiksha or learning begins when the child approaches the teacher with respect and reverence. A gardener puts a small fence around the sapling and provides all nourishment within that space; in time the small plant grows into a big tree. Similarly, the teacher develops and nurtures the child’s mind in a protected environment.

Whenever we learn something we get ‘disciplined’. There is a definite framework that is created in our life from which we can express ourselves clearly. Most of our problems are due to lack of proper expression and proper communication. When we know ourselves and when we know what we want in life, then we are able to put the two together and are able to express ourselves better.

Along with proper expression, skilful action is also necessary. Real education is when the learning is integrated in our life with skill. This is called ‘diksha’ and comes only from our guru or spiritual master. In the Indian tradition ‘Dakshinamurthy’, is honored as the first teacher. ‘Daksha’ means skill –skill in action, not just information.

In the olden days teaching was considered to be very noble and honorable. Teachers had the responsibility to mould the child in a stress-free environment. Today teaching is sometimes just another profession. When there is reverence, it reflects and makes so much difference in the ability to express and absorb the knowledge.

Further, learning is a never-ending process. Even a teacher is a student at many levels. When we realize that we are also constantly learning we can resonate well with what we do as a teacher. With an open mind, when we realize that we have so much to learn, then everything in creation teaches us something.

The majestic mountains teach us steadfastness and strength. The lotus flower teaches us how to be pure and untouched even in the face of  adversities or challenging situations. The trees teach us to be useful to others in every aspect of our life. The flame of a candle rises upwards even when the candle is held upside down – setting an example for undying enthusiasm. The honey bees teach us the importance of team work. The caterpillar reminds us how the potential for a beautiful butterfly is hidden in each and every one. The flowing river teaches us humility. In Sanskrit the word for water and love are the same. Even rough stones become smooth as water flows over it. Similarly, in life, love makes you soft and supportive and not aggressive. A progressive attitude comes only when we have love and respect. True teachers nurture these values in the children ensuring that they can blossom into a beautiful and knowledgeable individual.

In Sanskrit, there is a saying, ‘Baladapi subhashitam grahyam’. Children are always in the present moment. They simply smile and move. If they fall, the get up and try again and yet again. There is no boredom in them while adults are often bored at the drop of a hat. There is so much to learn even from children.

There are so many teachers all around us and we bow down to all of them. Life itself is a continuous learning. In this, some teachers are obvious and the real one is your Guru – the one who takes you from darkness to light, from untruth to truth, from the ever-changing to the immortal, infinite Self that is truly you.

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Awaken Aspiration by Swami Kriyananda

It was not until rocket engines were built with a strong enough thrust to escape the Earth’s gravity that man actually landed on the moon.

In the same manner, those of us who wish to get closer to Divinity can attain our goal only when we are able to generate enough upward thrust to break free of the gravitational pull of worldly desires and attachments.

The centre point between the eyebrows known as the spiritual eye, seat of super-consciousness, may be called the inner ‘moon’ in man, the centre of his divine awareness.

But many a practising yogi finds his efforts unfruitful; his consciousness remains anchored firmly to Earth. He must deliberately generate more upward ‘thrust’ in his endeavour to transcend.

The first battle is to generate enough upward flow to break free of the downward, gravitational pull of matter. For this, three things are necessary: 1) avoidance of those actions and states of consciousness which pull the energy downward; 2) upward, devotional aspiration; 3) techniques specifically directed towards raising the energy in the body.

In the most material manifestations of spirit, rocks and minerals, consciousness is so reduced that it is latent. To free your energy from the downward pull of matter, avoid anything that dulls the mind, or increases its identification with the senses. Devotional aspiration can be awakened by chanting, service or meditation.

The purpose of practising the principles of yoga is to raise one’s consciousness to the highest state of Self-realisation.

Many Christians visualise God as the venerable old man depicted in a painting by Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. It shows the Lord manifesting the existence of Adam, the first man, by pointing a forefinger towards him.

Christians do commonly think of God as the Heavenly Father. On the other hand, some people simply cannot bridge the gap between the obviously impersonal Creator of this vast universe and an anthropomorphic being. They try to come up with philosophical concepts that, to their understanding, are more logically satisfying.

Does love suggest a clearer meaning? Not unless we can tie it down to something we ourselves have actually experienced. The only way to get some “handle of understanding” on any concept, one must relate it to something one knows already. That is why even the description of God as Love needs to be tied down to something comprehensible in human terms.

God —as Krishna explains in the Bhagwad Gita — dreamed the universe into existence. As trees grow from seeds, and animals develop from the union of two tiny male and female cells, even so, the Infinite Spirit brought everything into existence from an infinity of individual centers —dreaming outward, so to speak, from each centre. Divine Consciousness was described by my Guru Paramhansa Yogananda as “Centre everywhere, circumference nowhere”.

It’s a great mistake to try to reduce stress and tension by avoiding challenges and difficulties. You do not attain peace merely by escaping responsibility. You attain it by discharging your responsibilities and winning on the battlefield of life, in the true sense. Success means learning an important life lesson.

True success means taking a step toward infinite freedom because we’ve learned an important life lesson that we no longer need to repeat. Only that kind of success gives true peace. As long as there’s any fear — fear of the test, of being drawn into the karma, of failure, or even fear of success, then there is still karma to be worked out.
The pull of unwillingness: Most people are pulled in two directions. While they’re doing something, they’re wishing they weren’t doing it. For your spiritual growth, don’t try to reduce stress by avoiding what you’ve been given to do. Difficulties are opportunities for growth. When we give what we’re doing to God, we find that there is a great joy and even great relaxation in the process.

Learn to act from within outward. Relax. Do not worry what other people think about what you should, or should not, be doing.
The teachings of yoga say we should be centred in ourselves. Meditation is the best method for this. If you can be centred in yourself, and act from within outward, then you will have that degree of poise and relaxation to turn left or right as the circumstances dictate.

Work on developing an attitude of non-attachment to the fruits of your actions. People with that attitude will have the degree of relaxation needed to work without tension or fear, and even if they fail, they are able to rise again.

It’s very helpful to visualise the fear actually being fulfilled, to visualise the worst possible results of whatever you’re doing, because the anticipation is almost always greater than the realisation. Once you’ve accepted a certain possibility, you can then put all of your energy into the constructive action necessary for success.
In the Bible, we read that perfect love casts out fear. When you love God deeply enough there is nothing to fear because you know He’s always with you. It’s important to work toward attaining that level of courage. If in the process you sometimes feel anxiety about something, don’t pull back. Just call on God to support you in whatever you have to do. The time will come when you will be victorious over that fear.

Remember also that our thoughts send out a kind of magnetism that draws to us whatever is expressive of that thought. People who undergo a disaster of a certain kind in some way have put out a call for that disaster.

Conditions are neutral: Paramhansa Yogananda said, “Conditions are always neutral.” They seem good or bad according to the positive or negative attitude of the mind. We can make the best of even the worst circumstances. We have to be practical, but the most important thing is to have faith in God and to live in the thought that God is with you, always. Faith in God will give you the level of relaxation you need, to face life most effectively.

Yoga gives the “how to” of the spiritual path through withdrawing one’s consciousness from the body and centering it in the spine. Many obstacles confront you as you make this inward journey.

The first is the fact that human understanding is limited to the information it receives from the senses: of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Next, our understanding is limited by the way we use reason to process that information. We have, in fact, entered a house of mirrors. Everything we see and experience in the world is only a reflection of our own awareness.

Happiness is reflected to us from the surrounding world, what we project outwardly from our centre. Happy melodies pluck at our heartstrings, but sound faint and elusive; we can enjoy them fully only when we realise that the source of happy melodies is inside of us.

We experience happiness or sadness only in our egoistic state. Paramhansa Yogananda defined ego as the soul identified with the body. We reach out to the world through our senses trying to grasp the joy that we think is our birthright.

Expanding sympathy helps the ego to be aware of its subtle identity with other people and with the universe. One’s own happiness, in consequence, expands exponentially. With compassion, the ego relaxes and we can effortlessly become aware of the indwelling soul. Ego discovers its identity, in this case, with the Infinite Spirit.

I love the saying, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” The past isn’t important, for, from today onward, we can change. My guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, often said, “Forget the past.” The thought of past mistakes pulls us down. People also live too much in their victories. In self-pride they say, “Oh, I did this and I did that,” but that’s history.
The Bhagavad Gita tells us to give the results of our actions to God. I was surprised to hear Yogananda say, “God is pleased when you give him your mistakes.” If you dwell on the thought, “I made a mistake,” you close the door to self-improvement.
We live in an age where one could say that today’s religion is science. This is good in the sense that science says, “If it’s true, we have to prove it.” I suggest that you test religion or spirituality scientifically within your own self. As an experiment, try for one week to think of God and talk to Him. Every thought that comes to you, even an ugly thought, share it with Him. Say, “God, help me. Change this idea, because I don’t like it.”
Resolve to think of God for five minutes every day. When you can do that, do it for 10 minutes, and then longer. I have found it to be very inspiring, when slowly walking, to try to share every moment, every movement, thought and sound with God. Each one of us needs to play his own song. In this way, God can do beautiful things through us. What God wants, finally, is to enjoy Himself in you. This is God’s purpose — give Him that chance.

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SADHVI BHAGAWATI SARASWATI, from Parmarth Ashram, Rishikesh

The term “spirituality” is used quite vaguely these days to refer to anything ranging from those who subscribe to an eclectic mix of practices, traditions and beliefs, to those who may agree with the foundational aspects of a religion while not adhering to all the rituals, to those who believe in a divine power without necessarily subscribing to a particular religion at all. The word is also used frequently in contrast to religion. “I am not so religious,” we hear people say. “But I’m very spiritual.”

Ultimately, spirituality literally means pertaining to the spirit, of the spirit, in relation to spirit. It is not the opposite or antithesis of religion, but rather it is the opposite of materialism. To be spiritual, in essence, is to live one’s life focused on the intangible, omnipresent, pervasive spirit rather than on tangible objects with distinct borders and boundaries. To be spiritual, to be “of the spirit,” means to focus on that which connects us to each other rather than that which separates us.

A materialist would say, “I end at the point where my skin ends and the air begins.” To the materialist there is a distinct starting and ending point for the self. For example: “Here is cushion. Here is self sitting on cushion. Here is loved one sitting next to self.” There are distinct beginning and ending points for each of these. A materialist could show you clearly where the cushion ends and the self begins, where the self ends and the air begins, where the air ends and the loved one begins.

A spiritualist, however, understands that that which pervades the cushion, the self, the air and the loved one is the same spirit. There is no distinct point of beginning or ending or boundary or border. Sure, the vessels through which the Spirit flows may vary, but the Spirit is one. So, spirituality is a practice, a lifestyle, a commitment to the spirit, to that which unites us and connects us.

Once I realize that I am one with Spirit, I realize that I am one with you, for that same Spirit flows through you just as it flows through me. Theoretically, that is actually what religion should do as well – connect us to the omnipresent, all-pervasive Divine and thereby connect us to all of Creation. Tragically, however, in many cases the institution of religion has gone awry. Yet, if religion could be distilled back to its essence, to its ultimate purpose, it too would focus on connecting people to God. God, of course, does not play favorites and does not discriminate. So, to be connected with God is to be connected with each other.

This concept of unity, of oneness with the Divine and therefore with all of creation is an intrinsic part of Indian culture and spiritual philosophy. The word “yoga” used so ubiquitously, literally means union. Today, unfortunately we seem to have misinterpreted it to mean a union of my head to my knee or union of my palms to the floor, but essentially it is a union of the self to the Divine. Whichever of the numerous paths of yoga one may choose, the ultimate goal is to deeply and experientially realize that Union.

In today’s world, our illusion of separateness is killing us – as individuals and as nations. Our individual feeling of disconnection from God and from all of Creation leads us to feel alone, isolated, ungrounded and uncentered. Rates of depression and anxiety are skyrocketing across the world even though each year we invent more, accomplish more, eradicate more diseases ,and more and more people have financial stability. Internally, we long for deep connection. Isolation – whether real or imagined – is one of the greatest sources of misery. Similarly, as nations and as cultures, our illusion of separateness from each other permits us to wreak the greatest pain and destruction upon each other. That violence which we could not conceive of doing to a family member or neighbor, we sit back and watch as it is done to people of other countries, cultures and races. We feel separate from them. They are not us. They are outside the border and boundary we have drawn of our own Self. Further, our disconnection from Mother Earth enables us to exploit her as a commodity, to ravage and pillage her forests, decimate her oceans, turn her rivers into sewers killing all life therein, and render her lush mountains bald with wanton disregard.

The Isha Upanishad tells us Isha vasyam idam sarvam. Everything in the universe is pervaded by the Divine. There is no place He does not exist. There is no person, no living being and even no inanimate object from which He is absent. The Divine Presence pervades every cell of my being just as it pervades every cell of you and every cell of him, of her, and of everything in this universe. We are not separate. We cannot possibly be separate. That spirit, that divine spirit that flows in and through each of us, from which each of us is made, is One. To live our lives with awareness of that Oneness, with consciousness of that Oneness, that is spirituality.

Then, when we become truly “spiritual,” when we become focused on and connected to spirit, we realize that we are not separate from anyone’s joy and we are not separate from anyone’s pain. I am connected to the starving child trying to sleep with pangs of anguish in his belly. I am connected to the woman dying in childbirth due to lack of medical care. I am connected to every animal tortured and slaughtered. I am connected to every tree being felled, every river being polluted, and every fish suffocating in the fisherman’s net.

To be truly spiritual requires one to live with an awareness of spirit, and that spirit is all-pervasive. It leaves nothing and no one out. If I am One with spirit, then by definition I am One with you.

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