Seva comes from the ancient language of Sanskrit meaning, “selfless service.” In the context of Hinduism, it means selfless service rendered as a community action, done for the goodwill and benefit of others. The underlying Vedic philosophy, often quoted by Mahatma Gandhi is “Service to Man
Brahma is the god of wisdom. It is said that the four Vedas were delivered from each of his four heads. Brahma is the first god in the Hindu trimurti. The trimurti is comprised of three gods who are responsible for the creation, preservation and destruction of
[caption id="attachment_3883" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Summer of 1968, Formentera. All those featured here had been in India during 1967-1968. The couple in the front are Wolfgang and Mary, who are well-known, as early residents of the expat community in Goa. Brice Bowman standing in the rear on
The beauty of the Shanti Mantra lies in its simplicity of message, "May all beings be happy and healthy." It is also referred to as a mantra for peace (shanti).
Om sarveshaam swastir bhavatu
Sarveshaam shantir bhavatu
Auspiciousness (swasti) be unto all;
Peace (shanti) be unto all;
Sarveshaam poornam bhavatu
Known as the preserver, Vishnu is one of three supreme Hindu deities, along with Brahma and Shiva. Vishnu, whose name means "All-Pervading," is the protector of the world and the restorer of moral order (dharma). He is peaceful, merciful, and compassionate. To Vaisnavites, Vishnu is the Supreme Lord.
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[caption id="attachment_3825" align="aligncenter" width="235"] Durga Das (aka David Newman)[/caption]
We had the recent pleasure of talking with Durga Das, a kirtan chant artist, sacred singer songwriter and a practitioner and educator of Bhakti Yoga - the Yoga of Love. David travels extensively sharing kirtan, devotional music and
[caption id="attachment_3621" align="aligncenter" width="214"] Madhavi Rathod[/caption]
As we gear up for spring, we talked to Madhavi Rathod, a fourth generation Vedic astrologer who focuses on assisting people in living a life better aligned with their higher purpose in life, or their dharma. Combining Vedic astrology (Jyotish)
[caption id="attachment_3769" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Celebrating Holi[/caption]
As spring draws near, so does the ancient festival of India called Holi. Originally known as 'Holika,' it is said that Holi existed several centuries before Christ. However, the meaning of the festival is believed to have changed over the years.
A friend of mine recently asked me, "According to Indian philosophy, what is the meaning of life?" While this being a very fair question to ask, I stumbled more than a few times in my response. After thoughtful consideration, I was able to distill it down to
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Today is Maha Shivratri, an auspicious and important Hindu festival celebrated every year in honor of Lord Shiva, the lord of cosmic destruction and dance. Maha Shivratri, occurs on the 14th night of the new moon during the dark half