Jalaluddin Rumi Quotes & Poems on Life, Love & Death

Here are some of the best quotes and poems from the famed 13th-Century Sufi mystic, Maulana (also spelt as Molana) Jalaluddin Rumi - the founder of the order of whirling dervishes, who are largely concentrated in Konya, Turkey today. Sufism has much in common with Indian and East-asian spiritual traditions. Rumi himself considered India to be a destination of great spiritual importance, and his teacher Shams, is thought to have spent some time in India.Let's take a look at some sublime … [Read More...]

101 Famous Nelson Mandela Quotes to Inspire & Motivate

Nelson Mandela is one of the heroes of the modern age. An icon of freedom and the epitome of forgiveness and statesmanship, he is a larger then a life figure in today's world. Here are a few wonderful quotes from this eloquent and charismatic man who led South Africa through its freedom struggle and first years as a democratic nation. The Best Nelson Mandela Quotes We are not anti-white, we are against white supremacy. […] We have condemned racialism no matter by whom it is professed. - While e … [Read More...]

101 Inspiring Swami Vivekananda Quotes to Fire Your Spirit

Before we get to Swami Vivekanada's quotes, lets learn a little about him. Swami Vivekananda is one of India's most inspiring human beings. He wrote extensively about a range of subjects that dealt with the human predicament. He was one of the wisest men of the last few centuries and is widely credited with revitalizing Indian nationalism and the Hindu way of life, with the guidance of his Guru, the mystic Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Here are 101 inspirational Swami Vivekananda quotes from his … [Read More...]

The History of the Konark Sun Temple

Reproduced with permission from All About Bharat. An exploration of the history, legends, architecture and travel information of the Konark Sun Temple, in Orissa, India, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The Sun Temple of Konark stands at the end of a deserted stretch of coast in Odisha, at the Bay of Bengal. Sailors of yore used this temple as a navigational aid for centuries. It was known as the “Black Pagoda,” which distinguished it from the “White Pagoda” – the Jagannath Temple 32 kilometers … [Read More...]

A List of Indian Hindu Festivals

Festivals usually coincide with the Indian lunar calendar, with dates only published a year in advance, so check with the local tourism office about exact dates (some may move into another month). India has relatively few national holidays when attractions, government offices, and banks are closed: Republic Day, January 26; Independence Day, August 15; Gandhi’s Birthday, October 2; and Christmas.December/JanuaryChristmas, New Year, countrywide. Prepare for increased hotel prices as w … [Read More...]

3 Management Lessons from the Mahabharata

Here's a special guest post, from Tina Jabr, which showcases what we can learn from the ancient Indian epic, the Mahabharata. Tina is a Lebanese who has spent the past 12 years teaching yoga and meditation to several thousands of people across South Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Besides being a yoga teacher and personal development coach, Tina is also a travel nut and community volunteer with the Isha Foundation. You can email her at tinajabr@rediffmail.com & find out more about the … [Read More...]

The Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is a powerful tool for spiritual growth, and is essentially a process to take one beyond the limitations of body and mind. Teachers and practitioners of these “inner technologies” have also experienced the many physical and mental benefits of meditation and yoga. In recent years, a growing number of scientific studies and research on meditation have corroborated these experiences.Let me take a look at one of the practices I have learnt, the Shambhavi Mahamudra and illustrate how me … [Read More...]

Chanakya Niti Chapter Index

This page lists the chapters of Chanakya Niti, in case you want to read them online. If you are looking to download the PDF, head here. Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 … [Read More...]

Chanakya Niti – Chapter 17

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN 1. The scholar who has acquired knowledge by studying innumerable books without the blessings of a bonafide spiritual master does not shine in an assembly of truly learned men just as an illegitimate child is not honoured in society. 2. We should repay the favours of others by acts of kindness; so also should we return evil for evil in which there is no sin, for it is necessary to pay a wicked man in his own coin. 3. That thing which is distant, that thing which appears … [Read More...]

Chanakya Niti – Chapter 16

CHAPTER SIXTEEN  1. ... 2. The heart of a woman is not united; it is divided. While she is talking with one man, she looks lustfully at another and thinks fondly of a third in her heart. 3. The fool (mudha) who fancies that a charming young lady loves him, becomes her slave and he dances like a shakuntal bird tied to a string. 4. Who is there who, having become rich, has not become proud? What licentious man has put an end to his calamities? What man in this world has not been overcome by a w … [Read More...]

Chanakya Niti – Chapter 15

CHAPTER FIFTEEN 1. For one whose heart melts with compassion for all creatures; what is the necessity of knowledge, liberation, matted hair on the head, and smearing the body with ashes. 2. There is no treasure on earth the gift of which will cancel the debt a disciple owes his guru for having taught him even a single letter ( that leads to Krsna consciousness). 3. There are two ways to get rid of thorns and wicked persons; using footwear in the first case and in the second shaming them so t … [Read More...]

Chanakya Niti – Chapter 14

CHAPTER FOURTEEN  1. Poverty, disease, sorrow, imprisonment and other evils are the fruits borne by the tree of one's own sins. 2. Wealth, a friend, a wife, and a kingdom may be regained; but this body when lost may never be acquired again. 3. The enemy can be overcome by the union of large numbers, just as grass through its collectiveness wards off erosion caused by heavy rainfall. 4. Oil on water, a secret communicated to a base man, a gift given to a worthy receiver, and scriptural … [Read More...]

Chanakya Niti – Chapter 13

CHAPTER THIRTEEN   1. A man may live but for a moment, but that moment should be spent in doing auspicious deeds. It is useless living even for a kalpa (4,320,000 *1000 years) and bringing only distress upon the two worlds (this world and the next). 2. We should not fret for what is past, nor should we be anxious about the future; men of discernment deal only with the present moment. 3. It certainly is nature of the demigods, men of good character, and parents to be easily pleased. Near and di … [Read More...]