J. D. Salinger and Vedanta

by Jon and Anna Monday IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – Here is a link to the first issue of the American Vedantist Newsletter. The entire issue is an article about J.D. Salinger’s life and connection to Vedanta, by Jon and Anna Monday. A new book and film about Salinger has...

All Yearning is Yearning for God

by Bill Davis   [From a talk presented at the 27th annual Bengali Studies Conference at The State University of New York/College at Old Westbury, NY in 1994.] Everything I know and believe about spiritual life l owe to two Bengalis: Swami Vivekananda, who brought...

In Praise of Bhakti

Bhakti means one-pointed love for God. It prunes away everything that is not God and focuses on him alone. Bhaktas hold him in the forefront of their minds. Everything else fades into background shadows. Some people pray for long life, good health, riches, fame, power, enjoyment. Bhaktas don’t want any of that. They want God alone.

From Karma To Karma-Yoga

It has been said that the Bhagavad-Gita is the summation of the teachings of the Upanishads and that the Gita itself is an Upanishad—“Gitopanishad.” Nearly all the teachings of the Upanishads are also given in the Gita. But the reverse cannot be said. Some teachings in the Gita are not given, or are only hinted at, in the Upanishads.

Sanatsujatiya: A Little-Known Gem Of Jnana-Yoga

The following is a condensed rendering of a translation by Swami Amritananda of an ancient Sanskrit text. It is specifically intended for Westerners, modifying the original so the meaning can be easily understood. Published by permission of Sri Ramakrishna Math, Mylapore, Chennai, India, publisher of the original translation.

Raja-Yoga: The Hero’s Journey

Raja Yoga, the Royal Road, could as well be called the Hero’s Journey, for who but a hero can take the mind firmly in one hand and with the other, wipe it crystal clear? That is the task Patanjali gives us in his Yoga Sutras, and he explains, step by step, how it can be done.

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