It is understandable that cows are sometimes honored with the waving of lights, the placing of tilak, etc. The same thing has been done there for thousands of years to human beings of great merit. The worship of Gomata is the worship of God through the representative of his bountiful gift to us in the cow.
Swami Sivananda’s joyful sense of humor are evident in this podcast. This includes the following incidents:
• Sivananda’s riddle and the over-serious student.
• The story of the rare color film photos of Swamiji.
• Sivananda’s omniscience regarding what was going on in Sivanandashram.
• And more!
The story of Shanti Devi is one of the most amazing and best documented cases of past life recall in modern times, attracting the attention of all of India, and was well investigated and extolled by Mahatma Gandhi.
We are happy to announce we have published an updated, much expanded version of Light of Soham: The Life and Teachings of Sri Gajanana Maharaj of Nashik, which is now available as a paperback and as an ebook. At the end of this post we … Continue reading
This following is a conversation that Paramhansa Yogananda had with “M,” otherwise known as Mahendranath Gupta, the author of the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.
In response to our recent blog posting about the reality of Jesus in the experience of India’s great yogis, we received a most heartening letter from India. I want to share parts of it with you and my reflections on it for I feel it presents the most authentic perspective on these matters.
I saw for myself the ideals of Jesus being lived by the Raja of Chandod–and by others I met in India. No wonder Jesus loved that land.
In north India on the Ganges River in the Himalayas, about an hour up-river from Rishikesh, is a cave called Vashishta Guha. Made famous by the ancient sage Vashishta, it has been the home to yogis for centuries, most recently the renowned Swami Purushottamananda. About a five-minute walk down-river from this cave is another cave known as the “Jesus cave.”
Q: What name do you think Jesus was called by when he walked the earth? I’m certain that it was not Jesus. For one thing neither Hebrew nor Aramaic had a “J” sound like we have. I know he was called Issa or similar in … Continue reading