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All for a loincloth – Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna

Monday, October 11th, 2010

One of the tales Sri Ramakrishna used to tell is about a holy man who had given up all his possessions. His teacher had advised him to make a little hut thatched with palm leaves, in a solitary place away from the public. This he did. He began to live there, meditating long hours and […]

Questions for Angiras – Mundaka Upanishad

Monday, October 11th, 2010

In ancient India, a very wise man named Angiras (Ung-gee-ross) lived in a hut in the forest. He had inherited all his wisdom from his father, grandfather and great-grandfather. One day he was seated in front of the hut when a young man from the village came up to him. This was a man well-known […]

One Mother, everywhere – Parvati

Monday, October 11th, 2010

You’ve often heard of God, the Father, creator of the universe. Have you ever heard of God, the Mother? Mothers create too, don’t they? — even more than fathers, because we draw our very life and nourishment from them. So, do not be surprised that in some countries and among some people, God is also […]

Man has five kinds of lights – Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Monday, October 11th, 2010

The wise man, whom we have called “the Venerable Sage,” came one day to the court of King Janaka, ruler of a portion of India. In those early days, people had no lanterns or artificial lights. They used to keep open fires nearby most of the time. The King had a desire to ask this […]

The Great Flood – Matsyavatara

Monday, October 11th, 2010

One morning they brought Manu his water to wash himself; Just as they do nowadays — for washing hands. While he was washing, he found a fish between his hands! It said: “Save me, and look after me, and I will save you!” “Save me?” asked Manu, “What do you mean?” The fish said: “A […]

Vyasa and the dairy-maids – Bhagavatam

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Once there was a great sage named Vyasa. He lived near one of the big rivers in India, called the Yamuna. In those days one had to cross the river by ferry boats, and one day when he wished to cross, the ferry, for some reason, did not show up. He noticed that some dairy-maids […]

The prince and the beggars – Sufi tales

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Here are some stories about a Muslim whose name was Ibrahim Adham. Like the man who became the Buddha, he was a prince in a small Kingdom in Persia. Ibrahim was very pious and spent many hours a day at prayer. He said his prayers in a beautiful gem-studded chapel of his palace. One day […]

Sati Savithri – Mahabharata

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Sometimes you read in stories and in poems that “the Angel of Death” came to So-and-So, which is a nice way of saying that they died. Whether there really is an angel of Death is not the point. In India people have always said there was, but there he is more likely to be called […]

Sri Krishna approaches Yama

Monday, October 11th, 2010

You may be surprised to know that even God has to go to school! Yes, when he is born on earth, taking the form of a human child, what else will he do? He has to get his education. Sri Krishna, who was an “incarnation” or avatar of the Lord, had a schoolteacher whose name […]

Buddha in the deer park

Monday, October 11th, 2010

It is told about Gautama Buddha that he spent many lives in animal form, as various animals of the forest, before being born in human form as the prince, Siddhartha of the Sakhya clan. This story is about his life as King of the Deer. Three kings come into our story. One is Brahmadatta, a […]