Lord Shiva the Rockstar God!

Wild locks of hair stream in the breeze. Half-closed eyes stare ahead in an unbreakable trance. His body is poised, executing an inimitable dance move. Nope, it’s not Steven Tyler or Mick Jagger in their heyday, it’s Lord Shiva from the Hindu pantheon of gods. Smoker, drinker, dopehead and wildman, Shiva is the quintessential god who breaks away from the norm. He lives by his own rules in the deep forests and mountains, dancing, meditating and generally doing whatever the hell he wants.It isn … [Read more...]


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Bodhidharma – The South Indian Zen Monk

An interesting story from the Isha Blog, that I thought I'd share here. Reproduced with permission.Over one thousand five hundred years ago in China, there lived an emperor named Wu. He was a great patron of Buddhism and he dearly wanted a great Buddhist teacher from India to come and spread the message of Buddhism. He set in motion elaborate work to see that Buddhism spread to the people of his land. These preparations went on for many years and the emperor waited and waited, but no teacher … [Read more...]


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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...]


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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...]


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Isha-Sadhguru Controversies: Elephant Corridor Investigation & Report

There’s been some controversial remarks in some websites about Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and the Isha Foundation and Isha Yoga Center that he founded. The allegations and news stories claim that the Isha Foundation and Isha Yoga Center have occupied forest lands and taken over parts of an elephant corridor.I have read other such "controversy-stories" about Jaggi Vasudev as well, and so was interested in looking into these matters further. You can find a full list of those investigations here. I … [Read more...]


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Shiva Worship Around the Ancient world

Shiva lingas and snake worship are found all over the ancient world. As far back as 9000 BC, in a place now called Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, there is a sculpture of a man’s head with a snake rising up his neck to the top of his head (The 8th image in this gallery). Could this be a depiction of Shiva, who always has a snake around his neck, and who is considered to be at the peak of evolution, with his kundalini having risen to his sahasrar?Indians are probably aware of the 4500-year-old … [Read more...]


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Nirvana Shatakam

Nirvana Shatakam, by the great Adi Shankaracharya, was composed over a thousand years ago, and is one of the most well known among Sanskrit chants. Below are the lyrics and two renditions of the song in modern times.By Sounds of IshaNirvana Shatakam Lyrics mano buddhi ahankara chittani naaham na cha shrotravjihve na cha ghraana netre na cha vyoma bhumir na tejo na vaayuhu chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’hamI am not the mind, the intellect, the ego or the memory, I am not the … [Read more...]


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On Santhara

It's about a year ago that Santhara, the Jain practice of fasting till the body drops became the center of controversy, with the Supreme Court of India banning the practice. Here's an article that sets the whole practice in context, and explains why it is can eb an important instrument for one's spiritual growth. Taken from Encyclopedia of Jainism, under CC-BY-SA.Sallekhanā (also Santhara, Samadhi-marana, Sanyasana-marana) refers to a natural practice of giving up food when death is very … [Read more...]

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Vedas: The 4 Vedas in Hindi, English, Telugu | PDF Download

The Vedas are among the oldest sacred texts in the world. Composed in the dawn of human philosophy and thought, they are an integral part of humanity's history.Below are the links to download the 4 Vedas as PDF, in English, Hindi and Telugu. All the books are available for downloads as pdfs, and are free. However, since it takes quite an effort to scan and create some of them as ebooks, please consider making a small donation. You can enter the amount once you click on the books … [Read more...]


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Rig Veda PDF Download in English, Hindi & Telugu

The Rig Veda is the oldest of the four Vedas, and is an integral part of humanity's history.Below are the links to download the 4 Vedas as PDF, in English, Hindi and Telugu. All the books are available for downloads as pdfs, and are free. However, since it takes quite an effort to scan and create some of them as ebooks, please consider making a small donation. You can enter the amount once you click on the books below.The Rig Veda PDF Download in Hindi, English, Telugu The 4 Vedas in … [Read more...]


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