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Swami Vivekananda

Yama: the five vows of the seeker

Kamlesh D. Patel | Posted 12.07.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kamlesh D. Patel

Spirituality is not a path for the faint hearted. Swami Vivekananda has said, “I need lions and not sheep.” Have you wondered why the great Master...

Vivekananda's Contribution to Christian Religious Pluralism

Jim Burklo | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Jim Burklo

The Vedic tradition already had influenced America indirectly through Emerson and other Transcendentalists. But with Vivekananda, Americans got a look at an impressive embodiment of the tradition.

Swami Vivekananda: When East Met West

Alka Pratap | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion
Alka Pratap

Swami Vivekananda was known for his spell-binding talks, and as an orator, was consciously spontaneous and spoke with an eloquence that added luster to his teachings about the restoration of India as a spiritual leader.

January 12: A Double Guru Birthday Fest

Philip Goldberg | Posted 03.11.2015 | Taste
Philip Goldberg

By coincidence -- or astrological design, take your pick -- another vital figure in that East-West transmission was also born on that date, and he too deserves to be celebrated.

The Ever-Growing Religious Movement That Doesn't Get Enough Attention

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.11.2014 | Religion

Along with politics, poverty and culture, religion is often cited as a source of conflict throughout the world. However, the last 100 years reveal a g...

Yoga Deepens Its Roots in the West

Ravé Mehta | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Ravé Mehta

What happens when over 3,000 yoga practitioners converge in the middle of the high desert to celebrate four days of yoga, kirtan, and music? Bhakti F...

Music and Spirituality

Sadhguru | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living

Dear Sadhguru, How are music and spirituality connected? I would like to know how I can make playing a musical instrument into a meditative and a spir...

Victory for Yoga in Encinitas: What Are the Implications?

Philip Goldberg | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

Let's not, in the name of expediency, lose sight of the traditional meaning of Yoga (upper case preferred) as the union of individual consciousness with the Ultimate Reality, however one may define it. We need to adapt the teachings liberally without compromising their integrity.

International Women's Day: Arise! Awake! My Hindu Sisters

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

For too many centuries, sometimes under the guise of culture and tradition, sometimes with the excuse of blaming foreign cultures, we have allowed the essence of the Vedas and the essence of womanhood to be muddied by society's bullies. How long will we tolerate it?

Celebrating The Interfaith Social Justice Message Of Swami Vivekananda

Anju Bhargava | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

We ask what Swami Vivekananda asked: Are you unselfish? If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple.

Celebrating Swami Vivekananda's 150th

Philip Goldberg | Posted 03.14.2013 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

Against all odds, the swami became an instant sensation, not as some carnival attraction but as a fresh, erudite voice that spoke with authority, in impeccable English, about his own tradition, religious harmony and the universal truths at the unseen depths of all religions.

Celebrating Ravi Shankar's Spiritual Legacy

Philip Goldberg | Posted 02.16.2013 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

The powerful mix of music, friendship, collaboration, and spiritual transformation constitutes a unique legacy. In celebrating the remarkable life of Pandit Ravi Shankar, it should be appreciated as much as his astonishing virtuosity.

The Coming Interspiritual Age

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Every spiritual group in which I have participated over the last 30 years has expressed a similar sentiment: that we are in the midst of a planetary shift in consciousness.

Faces Of The World Congress Of Religions 2012

Jack Gordon | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Jack Gordon

Inspired by the gorgeous portrait series by Muslim photographer Ridwan Adhami from the most recent ISNA Conference, I set out to capture pictures of some of the diverse and colorful characters who attended this inaugural World Congress of Religions.

Do All Religions Teach The Same Truth?

Richard Schiffman | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

"Truth is one, the wise call it by many names," Swami Vivekananda proclaimed in 1893. More than 100 years later, this is a lesson that we still need to learn.

July 3 And 4: Celebrating Inner And Outer Freedom

Philip Goldberg | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

That this year's Guru Purnima comes the day before Independence Day strikes me as symbolism worth reflecting upon. Both India and America have always stood for something special in the world's eyes, and the two civilizations have enriched one another immeasurably with their gifts.

What Is Intuition?

Sadhguru | Posted 05.16.2012 | Healthy Living

Intuition is not a different level of perception. Intuition is only a different dimension of computing. For example, to find out which day of the week...

The Yogi Of The Autobiography: A Tribute To Yogananda

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

An iconic memoir would be legacy enough for any spiritual leader, but Yogananda's contribution far exceeded that book. He was rightly called by the Los Angeles Times "the 20th century's first superstar guru."

5 Fascinating Facts About Yoga's U.S. History

Meryl Davids Landau | Posted 02.13.2012 | Home
Meryl Davids Landau

I didn't realize what I was missing until I recently stumbled on the work of journalist Stefanie Syman. A New York yogi and writer, Syman spent seven years researching how yoga, this somewhat minor part of Hinduism, became something millions of us adore.

Remembering Another September 11

Philip Goldberg | Posted 11.09.2011 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

I will think about an earlier September 11th. On that day, in 1893, an emissary from India spoke at the opening ceremonies of the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago.

Everything, Everytime, Everywhere, Mayhem and Beyond: Chatting with Imelda May, Trevor Hall and Motopony

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.18.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


Hindu Community Makes Its White House Debut

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 09.27.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

The Hindu community in America is joining other religious communities on the national stage, not only as an equal participant, but a veritable host to them.

Dharmic Seva And Vivekananda: The Catalyst To Building Pluralistic Communities

Anju Bhargava | Posted 09.19.2011 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

We asked our community to tell us: What role does your dharma (religion/faith/spirituality) play in civic engagement, social justice and development issues?

Managing Modern Negativity With Ancient Wisdom

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

Okay, so it feels good to say "all is one" in the yoga studio. But during the other hours of the day, aren't we all behaving as if it's you versus me, in a dog-eat-dog world?

For God, For Good, For Neighbor

Rev. Charles Gibbs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Charles Gibbs

The importance of interfaith and intercultural cooperation to peace and economic development is being increasingly recognized by governments and international institutions and organizations.