January 12 is Swami Vivekananda’s birthday (born 1863). In honour of his birthday, I am posting the speech he made in 1893 at the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago. He was the first Indian swami, or guru, who really made a big impact on the west. To say he stole the show is an understatement.
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While Indians were using the Internet to find out how to meditate, westerners were arguing about “who owns yoga.” This is, I think, the top story of 2010.
Dr. Deepak Chopra spoke to a full hall in Toronto about the formula for happiness and how we are all spiritual beings.
Karma has become an all-purpose word in the west that is used fairly indiscriminately without much understanding of what it really means. It’s a hard concept for many westerners to grasp; here’s my explanation.
I discovered the truth and power of ritual during the Kumbh Mela spiritual festival in Haridwar, India — the largest gathering of humanity on earth!
Photo of the week. I took this photo in the Naga Sadhu’s camp during the Kumbh Mela in April 2010. This Naga Sadhu (naked holy man) was a very sweet young man who enjoyed having his picture taken.
The spiritual wisdom of India was well-represented at the IdeaCity conference in Toronto by presenters Lakshmi Pratury, who talked about the need to redefine success, and Mallika Chopra, who talked about the power of intention.
Video of massive crowds, taken from the media platform in the middle of Har-ki-pauri, Haridwar (north India) during the Maha Kumbh Mela
I practiced and studied yoga for well over 10 years before I set foot in India for the first time. Knowing yoga seemed to pave the way for me to gain a quicker understanding of India’s culture. It made my adaptation easier and my stay much more satisfying and gave me a deeper insight into the country’s spiritual life than I might have had.
On the morning of April 14 approximately 10 million people streamed into the sacred town of Haridwar in north India to bathe in the Ganga on the most auspicious day during the 2010 Kumbh Mela. I was one of them. Find out how I found myself alone, and at home, at the world’s largest spiritual gathering.
Aurovalley Ashram, near Rishikesh, India is a haven of peace, natural beauty and conscious living. Visitors can walk to the Ganga, learn the Sri Aurobindo philosophy of Integral Yoga and relax in a quiet, safe and inspiring environment.
A tale of two religions Can spirituality be fun? Does it have to be a serious subject? Read on for a tale of two religions and the joyful vs the sombre. This is an absolutely true story.