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 Jalaluddin Rumi, on life, love, death, friendship and more. 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… 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… Read more

Why International Yoga Day is So Important

It was a landslide victory for India at the UN General Assembly when the United Nations declared June 21st as International Yoga Day (or World Yoga Day). This came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged the world community to celebrate yoga at the international level, in his maiden speech at the UNGA in September 2014. He had said, “yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition. It is not about exercise, it’s a path through which an individual… Read more

Indigenous Banking in Ancient India

I happened to see a book ‘Indian Indigenous Banking’ by a Mr. Gubbay, and was surprised to read that it largely dealt with the activities of Joint Stock Banks in India, and the Indian Indigenous Banker throughout the book has been treated with contempt and regarded as an undesirable element of Indian society. This is not a new thing that a Writer not conversant with the reality of the matter gives such an account. But it may be asserted as… Read more

Kali Yuga Timeline

Sadhguru explains the timeline of the four yugas. The precession (caused by gradual rotation of the Earth’s axis) of the equinoxes is the period of time that it takes the Earth’s axis to pass through one complete cycle of the zodiac. It takes the planet 72 years to pass through one degree of the zodiac and 25,920 years to complete one full circle of 360 degrees. One half of the journey takes 12,960 years and covers the four yugas. Satya… Read more

A Few Hatha Yoga Articles

A few Hatha Yoga articles from the Isha Blog. Contents are given below. The Basics An Introduction to the Origin of Yoga Sadhguru tells the story of Shiva, the first yogi and guru, and how he transmitted yoga to his first seven disciples, the Saptarishis. The Guru-Shishya Paramparya Sadhguru looks at the importance of the Guru-shishya or Master-disciple relationship, and how it has continued unbroken to the present day. The Science of Hatha Yoga Sadhguru explains that Hatha Yoga is… Read more

The Taj Mahal and It’s Environs – Part 2

This is the second of the two-part post I started yea\sterday about the Taj and the temples near it. The city of the Taj – the peerless monument – is situated on the right bank of the Jumna river* Agra is an ancient but romantic city and was the capital of the Moghul Empire at the time of Akbar and Shah Jahan, The ancient monuments here relate the entire history of Moghul glory. In 1803 it passed into British possession…. Read more

The Taj Mahal and its Environs

I recently came across a piece about how the Taj Mahal was constructed on the remains of an old temple. This could very well be true because after all, this area was heavily dotted with temples before the Islamic invasions. Even today, the ruins of the Kailash temple still survive at Sikandara. Here’s a little tour guide of the environs. Taj Mahal: This glorious monument is one of the “Nine Wonders of the World” and people from the four corners… Read more

Relaxing the Body, Mind and Being: Say Goodbye to Stress!

Here’s a special guest post, from Tina Jabr, which showcases ways to relax the body mind and energy. Tina has spent the past 12 years teaching yoga and meditation to several thousands of people across South Asia, Australia and the Middle East. You can get in touch with her through LinkedIn. “Stress” has become the engine of a multi-billion dollar industry today. “Stress relief”, “stress busting” and “stress free” are bandied about by management leaders and consultants holding seminars on… Read more

Isha Hatha Yoga Review

Hatha Yoga Introductory Program Hatha Yoga stems from a deep understanding of the mechanics of the body, and uses yogic postures, or yogasanas, to enable the system to sustain higher dimensions of energy. By practicing this profound science, one can change and enhance the way they think, feel, and experience life. Isha’s Hatha Yoga program offers a comprehensive set of yogasanas which require no special physical agility or previous experience of yoga. It is a very subtle process of changing… Read more

A Brief History of Indian Classical Music

Divine Truth, artistically represented to perception and feeling, forms the center of the whole world of art. Truth however, as is often said, is half concealed and half revealed and hence needs closer acquaintance and association, before its full beauty is revealed. The artist in man feels it, is inspired by it, and feels happy and elevated in conveying to others the golden touch of Art. When this process resolves itself into a well ordered and accomplished fact, art makes… Read more

Indian Art & Myth

Indian art has the capacity ot make the impossible seem possible. When Valmiki described the heroism of the monkey chief, Hanuman, he made him carry the hill Gandha- madana and jump over the ocean’ But we are not surprised at it. The way in which Valmiki was preparing our mind made it possible for him to represent the ten-faced and twenty-handed demon of tyranny, Ravana, and the feats of the super-heroic Hanuman, and did not in the least interfere with… Read more