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Showing posts from January 18, 2008

Swami Vivekananda Jayanti 2008

In 2008, the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is on January 29, 2008. Based on Hindu calendar, Swami Vivekananda's birthday falls on the Paush Krishna Saptami, the 7th day after the full moon day in the Hindu month of Paush. Therefore the date varies from year to year. According to the English calendar or the general Indian Calendar, Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863. Numerous programs are being organized in India and in several countries around the world on the day.Saints associated with Sanatana Dharma never sought blind followers. Their sole aim was to initiate a discussion on a particular topic. They wanted each individual to arrive at a conclusion through a healthy debate. They wanted each individual to realize his/her potential. Swami Vivekananda was one such modern saint who kindled the passion of enquiry in the mind of people.The ideal way or remember or honor a saint is by understanding his/her teachings. Swami Vivekananda has given his valuable opinion…

Mataji Vanamali on Philosophy and Psychology in Bhagavad Gita

Is it fair to say that Sri Krishna is the father of the fields of Transpersonal and Cognitive Psychology?

It would be a lot fairer to say that Sri Krishna is the master of all fields of psychology. His answer to Arjuna's question is one which is a solution to the universal problem of unhappiness and unfulfillment. All psychology tries to solve this type of problem whatever be the name they call it. Transpersonal psychology tries to make the person go beyond the self and discover their greater potential. Jung was a pioneer in this field. Certainly this is the first method advocated by Lord Krishna. He told Arjuna to delve into the million dollar question,
’Who am I.’ He goes further to explain to him that the outer personality which we are all familiar with is not our real Self. This is only the small self which is totally conditioned by the environment and education etc. However there is a higher self in all of us which is the Person beyond the personality and this is our true Self …