On Bhakti

Some of my thoughts on bhakti.

Absolute Truth

If TRUTH is first SUBJECTIVE, can any absolute TRUTH exist in the world? When one has experienced a truth in a personal (subjective) way, then it…

Adjusting

Again at our year-end meeting, I made the comment after a round of questions that I have only one word for all problems in life and that is: ADJUST.…

Art of Living

What I say may not work for everyone and no one should treat it as the gospel truth. Each one has to workout these principles based on their mental…

Authority

Everyone wants to have his/her freedom, and expects others to accept it. Despite being a social being, man creates his own space in life and is…

Charity in All

Somewhere I read the phrase, “Unity in essentials, concession in peripheral and charity in all.” This came in my mind when I was thinking…

Critiquing The Critic

“Agree to disagree” is a golden principle that everybody knows. But there are very few who stop at disagreeing. In the name of ‘constructive…

Dogmatic Approach

To understand any concept we have to approach it from a particular point of view. But those who become dogmatic insist that our ‘particular’…

Evasive Response

In certain situations it is very difficult to give a specific answer or solution to a question. The person who seeks the answer may ask for it out of…

Hybrid Nationalism

No human can remain alone without being influenced by others. Though there are some original thoughts, most of them, in the course of their…

Looks illogical

Once I read a Chinese proverb that ‘men talk about events and fools talk about men’.  I liked it very much and often quoted in my talk with…

Love what you get

We often hear that ‘if you don’t get what you like, then begin to like what you get’.  But for me this looks mere idealism.  In real life…

Meaningless Ritual

Ideology is the intellectual articulation of some serious reflection on a concept by the elitists. But common people, living on an existential…

Objective Gospel

A bhakta of the Lord can never say “My life is my message.” Mukti is purely based on the grace of God and nothing can be added to it. As we are…

On Deeksha

One sishya said to me, "Since taking deeksha is a personal (spiritual) commitment of a bhakta to the Lord, we should leave it to…

On Dharma

However complicated (textually, theologically/philosophically and historically) could be the word ‘dharma’ always remains as ‘duty’ in…

On Karma

Apart from God and next to Atman, Karma is the one principle/doctrine which has universal application (both secular and religious worlds). …

POSITIVE YOGA

Next to morality, yoga has become the subject on which any kind of interpretation is correct. If I were allowed, I would prefer to use the term…

Reality versus Idealism

Every system has its own idealism. But generally idealism is created by later followers of a system who, in order to make sense of their views,…

Sannyasa: Peril or Blessing, Part 1

Editor’s Note: The following is one article that has been broken up into three articles for the purposes of this blog.   Last evening…

Sannyasa: Peril or Blessing, Part 2

Click here to read the first part of this article   Putting on the Saffron When I became a ‘disciple’ of my guru Muktinath, I began to wear…

Sannyasa: Peril or Blessing, Part 3

Click here to see Parts 1 and Part 2 Advantages of Being a Sannyasi I find one distinct advantage in being a sannyasi: I need not pretend before…

Sannyasi is not the model

People have different call in their life, to live as a family man or a sannyasi (or single in modern context). Though one can learn from other, yet…

Scripture and Bhakti

Without a foundational scripture, most Hindus don’t have the habit of reading any particular (sectarian) scripture as part of their (everyday)…

Silent Sermon

Recently, Sri Suki Sivam, in a Pattimandram (debating assembly) in Mega T.V. shared one important illustration about the need of…

Song 360 – A Request to Forget Me

360 மறக்க வேண்டுகிறேன் கையெடுத்துக்…

Text and interpretation

Bhakti, coming from the root baj denotes the relationship of a bhakta with god. This relationship is not one sided, as bhagavan, which means one…

Text torture

Due to power cut I couldn’t hear the entire talk by Sri Suki Sivam this morning in Sun TV on his Christmas message.  But he not only gave a wrong…

The Other and Going Overboard

Certain ideologies in the world need to create ‘the other’ to survive. This ‘other’ need not be a challenger or a counter-movement but should…

The Real Great Commission

Concepts in one (religious) tradition don’t fit neatly in others. For example, take the Christian concept called the 'Great Commission' where…

The suffering of the mind

I am not talking about the suffering ‘caused’ by the mind, but the suffering that it faces from human beings.  Next to the atman and more than…

Trying to Straighten a Cyclical Worldview

When I read any comment about Hinduism that twists and turns the facts to one’s particular point of view or ideology, it makes me smile and also…

Unethical Interference

“The Semitic self-description contains a universal truth claim, which gives rise to a dynamic of proselytization. When the biblical God reveals His…

Using ‘Mother’ for God and Nature

In Song 9 I call nature as ‘Mother’. For us in India, the ‘mother’ figure is an all-inclusive term — reverence, respect, love, care,…

Vedic Logic

Every Saturday and Sunday morning from 7.00 am to 7.20 am Sri Mullaivasal Krishnamurthy Sastri gives a talk on Veda (Vedantin Suvai). As an…

Vow

Taking a vow is both a spiritual and moral commitment. But without having any moral conviction and commitment, when we take any vow, then it becomes…

What is Bhakti?

One can define bhakti based on its origin and historical development in any way that suits her own purpose. However, without a definition, bhakti…

What is Mukti?

The book by T.S. Rukmani, Samnyasin in the Hindu Tradition – Changing Perspectives is a specialized subject on Samnyasins. This book is mainly…

What is Spirituality?

‘Spirituality’ needs to be defined, if possible, although no one can give a clear definition about it or claim to have understood it…

What is the Gospel?

My understanding of the gospel is that it is the good news about the person, Muktinath. Longing to have a life without strife and conflict is…

Who is a Teacher?

Acharyavan veda means the one who has an acharya is the known one, or has understanding, or has knowledge. This Sanskrit saying not only describes…