Category Archives: PB Editorials

An Encyclopaedic Upanishad

— Swami Vireshananda — The main purpose of spiritual sādhana is to transcend physical understanding of reality and to raise our awareness to the realm of pure Consciousness. This is an extraordinary spiritual endeavour that takes us beyond the relative plane into a wonderful sphere of mystical revelations. It culminates in the discovery of non-difference […]

Personality and Its Development

— Swami Vireshananda — The study of human beings is one of the many fascinating studies undertaken within religion, philosophy, and the physical sciences for hundreds of years. In this study, a human becomes an object of investigation, the medium is the human mind, while oneself becomes the investigator. In other words, a knower investigates […]

Immense Idealism with Immense Practicality: Ramakrishna Mission—A Phenomenon

— Swami Vireshananda — Vedanta speaks of a universe filled with the consciousness of Brahman, the Supreme Reality, whose conscious presence is felt in all the individual components, however small they may be. This idea is graphically described in the Mundaka Upanishad: तदेतत्सत्यं यथा सुदीप्तात्पावकाद्विस्फुलिङ्गाः सहस्रशः प्रभवन्ते सरूपाः । तथाक्षराद्विविधाः सोम्य भावाः प्रजायन्ते तत्र चैवापि […]

The Path towards God — Bhagavata Way

— Swami Vireshananda — Sri Ramakrishna once remarked about Srimad Bhagavata: ‘Bhagavata is fried in the butter of knowledge and steeped in the honey of love [for the Divine].’1 The scholars echo this sentiment. They say that this great devotional work is a beautiful blending of jnana and bhakti; while karma yoga and yoga of […]

‘He is I and I am He’: Sri Ramakrishna and the Ideal of God-Realisation

What is the goal of philosophy and religion? We find different views in Eastern and Western civilisations regarding this. The goals of Western philosophy are said to be truth, rational necessity, and being good, while that of the East, especially Indian philosophy, is the realisation or Darshana of the eternal Truth. It is the first […]

Living a Meaningful Life in a Digital World

A popular definition of meaningful life goes like this: ‘In positive psychology, a meaningful life is a construct having to do with the purpose, significance, fulfilment, and satisfaction of life. While specific theories vary, there are two common aspects: a global schema to understand one’s life and the belief that life itself is meaningful.’

‘This Whole World is Your Own!’: The Wondrous World of Holy Mother’s Teachings

Spirituality in Indian tradition is interwoven with daily life. Many spiritual aspirants call themselves religious. They read scriptures and holy books daily; practise Japa and meditation and develop faith in God. However, they feel the dilemma when applying spiritual principles to counter and solve the challenges that they face in their day-to-day life. The reason is simple: they are clueless in determining whether the noble principles enshrined in the Upanishads, the Bhagavadgita, and other scriptures would be able to give a lasting solution to the teething complications of mundane life.

How Each Chapter of the Bhagavadgita is a Yoga?

Bhagavadgita is termed traditionally as Brahmavidyā, knowledge of Brahman, and also Yogaśāstra, the scripture of Yoga. The former indicates the goal of the Gita, that is, the Knowledge of Atman or Brahman, while the latter in general points out the method to be adopted to reach the goal as taught in the Gita, that is, yoga. In traditional language, Brahmavidyā is sādhya, which is to be attained, and the yoga is sādhana, the mode to be adopted.

‘My Mother! Who is My Mother?’ — Sri Ramakrishna and His ‘Mother’

Sri Ramakrishna’s spiritual endeavour was centred on ‘Mother’—the Divine Mother, whom he considered to be ‘all in all’ in his life. It is the Mother, who operated (Yantri) the machine (Yantra) named Sri Ramakrishna. His personality had two dimensions—one is ‘himself’ and another is ‘his Mother’. The Mother is the essence of his being, his mind and heart being completely immersed in Her. He had no other desire other than acting according to Mother’s will; he had no goal in his life other than what was shown to him by the Mother.