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Rhododendrons in the himalayas


An advantage of being in the Himalayas in April is that's when the rhododendrons, the national flower of Nepal, are in full bloom.  The colors - vivid pinks and reds - are magnificent, especially against the green of the forest and the snow-capped mountains. Read more

Prayer - focus the power

spirituality bytes Why do we pray? Some want health, others wealth. Some pray for the longevity of their parents, the safety of their children or that some other desire of theirs gets fulfilled.

These prayers, like all others, have power and energy that bring them to life.

The only difference between a prayer and a desire is that a prayer is directed towards God with faith. Faith plays an important role in whether the prayer is answered or not. But do we always know what is best for us?

We ask God for things that we want, but are those things always the best for our spiritual growth? As the saying goes, 'be careful of what you wish for, because you might get it'. We may be intensely praying for things or relationships that may not be good for us. But the intensity of our prayers creates a vibratory ripple in the Cosmos that will have its answer, its result - the fruit of the desire seed. More...

Using emotions for spiritual gains

Emotion is power; it is neither good nor bad. It is important to know how to use that power.

First we must learn not to create any divisions of positive and negative. Second, let us look upon others in the same way that we look upon ourselves. Let us not force others to be like us. Third, we must learn to 'divinise' our emotions.

Emotions bind us, but if divinised, they can elevate us. Attachment for objects or sense pleasures binds us. On the other hand, attachment for higher ideals or for wise people who represent those ideals, leads to spiritual fulfilment. Here, there is no bondage. The wise master loves us without attachment and also helps us realise our true Self. More...


Pride is self-administration, considering ourselves to be superior to others. Inherent is that feeling that others are inferior. As human beings we are governed by emotions that are both negative and positive . Pride is a negative quality. Pride manifests in us as feeling s and thoughts that proclaim that we are better than others in terms of wealth, appearance, status, popularity, youthful looks, religion and country.

Pride with respect to lower quality can be beneficial. With respect to Absolute it is negative. Society accords pride a high position in the hierarchy of qualities. Pride can lift one's sense of self and bolster confidence. Self-esteem helps us overcome dejection and fear. Someone could be in a total state of depression brought on by shame or guilt, considiring the extreme step of suicide. At such a moment, it is self-pride that motivates the individual tp rise from the depths of confusion, non-action and depression.

~ Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati (Chinmaya Mission)


Spiritual quotient and the stock market

Talk of correction in markets is always in monetary terms; there is no mention of the need for spiritual solutions. Are money-centric bailouts a stable solution to problems born of greed? It might be interesting and instructive here to recollect the story of Shumbha's battle with Durga in the Markandeya Purana.

The Shumbha-Durga battle is one among countless instances of the fall and rise of the spiritual quotient.


Management bytes by Swami Tejomayananda

The successful management of an organisation can be measured by the people working for it and their level of satisfaction and happiness.

When we focus on happiness we find that it is dependent on people's expectations which are constantly changing. The same object or event does not always give the same measure of happiness and satisfaction. From our experience, we know that it is very difficult to please everyone, all the time. So we try to see what success we can achieve in a given field.

Much depends on the leader in an organisation. He must rise above limited views. He must carry in his mind the total vision, the complete panorama. If his idea of success is limited, then his success will also be limited. Ultimately, the vision of the totality that the CEO carries, determines the growth, development and success of his enterprise. True knowledge gives us humility. Humility leads to greater ability which in turn leads to higher prosperity. Prosperity if used for righteousness will lead to true happiness.


Success mantra

Why do people want success? It is associated with perfection, wholeness and joy. It is an expression of our Higher Self which is Supreme and perfect. We have this thirst for success because we are that Supreme alone. We want to be great because we are intrinsically great! It is a natural desire fulfilling its natural goal. If we understand this in all its connotations then our success will not be dependent on anyone's failure, nor will it be gained by pulling others down. Our joy will emanate from a deep sense of contentment and completeness.

If we attain what we want and still find something lacking then we know that either our desire was not desirable or the means adopted were not in accordance with Nature.

When people are positively satisfied, they want to share their feelings with others... Their motivational levels get higher. They want to work more and also efficiently. True success is that which gives happiness to self and others.

Discourse: Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati

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