Spirituality & Religion Podcast
In Hinduism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation (Routledge, 2018), Shyam Ranganathan argues that a careful philosophical study reveals telling philosophical disagreements across topics such as: ethics, logic, epistemology, moral standing, metaphysics, and politics. His analysis offers an innovative stance on the very study of Hinduism, and tensions between scholars and practitioners of...
Keya Maitra, “Philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita: A Contemporary Introduction” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018)
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the foundational texts of Hinduism and probably the one most familiar and popular in the West. The moral problem that motivates the text – is it right to kill members of one’s extended family if they are on the other side in a war?...
Sucharita Adluri, “Textual Authority in Classical Indian Thought: Ramanuja and the Vishnu Purana” (Routledge, 2014)
What role, if any, do mythological texts play in philosophical discourse? While modern Hindu Studies scholars are becoming increasingly attuned to the extent to which Indian narratives encode ideology, Sucharita Adluri’s Textual Authority in Classical Indian Thought: Ramanuja and the Vishnu Purana (Routledge, 2014) explores the extent to which the great medieval Hindu...
In this Spot, Sadhguru gives an update on the incredible amount of initiatives and events he has been engaged in recently. Find out some little-known facts about how widespread and far-reaching Sadhguru’s activities actually are. And then, get ready for Guru Purnima! Editor’s Note: On July 27, celebrate Guru Purnima With Sadhguru, in the Presence of Adiyogi. Join in person at the Isha Yoga Center or watch the free live webstream. Register For Free LiveStream
Dr. Lavanya Vemsani is Distinguished Professor of India History and Religions at Shawnee University and the editor of the new volume entitled Modern Hinduism in Text and Context (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). The essays in this volume look at a variety of topics ranging from Shaivite religious texts to biographies, novels,...
When it comes to running for office, do spirituality and politics mix? Find out what Sadhguru has to say about it in this Audio.
This year, Sadhguru is offering volunteers the possibility to spend Sadhanapada at the powerfully consecrated space of the Isha Yoga Center. The period of stay will begin on Guru Purnima 2018 and extend till Mahashivratri 2019. Sadhanapada is an opportunity to offer oneself through volunteering and sadhana to realize one’s ultimate potential.
Sadhguru looks at what the fundamental quality of a Guru is, and how he is different from saints and sages.
Sadhguru asks a question: “If someone enters your office, if you could know what to expect from this person, without uttering a word, it would be good, isn't it?” He looks at what it will take to develop this perception.
Pravachan # 63 in the lecture series Bhagavat Gita Gnana Yagna
Pravachan # 62 in the lecture series Bhagavat Gita Gnana Yagna
Pravachan # 61 in the lecture series Bhagavat Gita Gnana Yagna
Pravachan # 60 in the lecture series Bhagavat Gita Gnana Yagna
Pravachan # 59 in the lecture series Bhagavat Gita Gnana Yagna
This recording is from a Saturday evening Satsang at Yoga Vidya in Bad Meinberg. Bernardo chants Om Tryambakam. Enjoy this deeply touching chant and sing along! For more information about Yoga Vidya click here. Join our great Yoga Community by clicking here! Here you can find everything about Yoga Vidya Teachers Training Courses or workshops.
For this week's All Things Considered Roy Jenkins joined a gathering of people who were ready for a good meal. It was early evening, and many of them hadn't eaten since well before sunrise. In the Dar Ul-Isra mosque in the Cathays area of Cardiff, preparations are well under way to welcome those who will be breaking their Ramadan fast as soon as darkness falls. But this is not an occasion only for faithful Muslims. In this most sacred month of their calendar, the people of this mosque, as in many others, also open their doors to their neighbours of all faiths and none, and invite them to join them in this meal. Tonight's guests have the opportunity not only to feast, but also to take a guided tour, and to ask questions. Sharing Ramadan, as this event is called, is a partnership between the mosque and the charity Bridges for Communities, which aims to connect people from different cultures and faiths in the hope of building friendships and challenging stereotypes.
The song "I am I am" - sung and musically accompanied by the group "Inner Flow" by Uli - can not be found in the Yoga Vidya Kirtan Songbook. But it's easy to sing along and join in. Enjoy this recording from a Saturday evening Satsang at Yoga Vidya in Bad Meinberg, Germany.
If the miracle of your mind has turned into a misery manufacturing machine, Sadhguru says, the first step towards a solution is to find balance. One you see that the quality of your life is 100% your making, he explains, then balance will naturally happen, and only with this stable foundation will the possibility to build greater things open up. Editor's Note: Connect with Sadhguru! Download the Sadhguru App and get access to Sadhguru’s articles, videos, daily quotes, program info and much more. Available on Android and iOS.
It is twenty years since one of the world's best-loved fictional crime-fighters cracked her first case. Precious Ramotswe, founder of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, cheerful, gentle and armed with canny intuition, has now appeared in eighteen books set in Botswana, selling a staggering 20 million copies in English alone, and translated into more than 46 languages. Her creator, Alexander McCall Smith, who's speaking at the Hay Festival this week, has received huge praise from critics, not least because they find her charm a reflection of his. As one put it: "If he has a raging ego, extreme vanity or hopeless insecurity, or, indeed, any of the other traditional writerly frailties, Alexander McCall Smith keeps them well hidden. He is charming, avuncular, a global publishing phenomenon who looks like a Rotary Club chairman." (The Times, March 15th 2008) He might have made Precious Ramotswe Botswana's most famous sleuth, but he sets much of his prolific output in his home city of Edinburgh, including the 44 Scotland Street series and the Sunday Philosophy Club. There are also more than 30 children's books, a string of stand-alone novels, and various non-fiction titles, quite apart from his academic work as a professor of medical law.
A English Teacher Training Group and Harilalji are singing the mantra Jaya Guru Omkara Jaya Jaya Sadguru Omkara Om. There are many english seminars every year in all the different ashrams of Yoga Vidya. You can find them all by clicking here: yoga-vidya.org/english/seminar/ Harilalji is also giving several seminar in English. For example: "Basics of modern integral therapy". Live Recording from Yoga Vidya Germany. For more english yoga videos, music, blog posts, etc., please visit our english pages at my.yoga-vidya.org. Information on Yoga Vidya Teachers Training Course, seminars or workshops.
Elaine Fisher, “Hindu Pluralism: Religion and the Public Sphere in Early Modern South Asia” (U California Press, 2017)
Elaine Fisher’s Hindu Pluralism: Religion and the Public Sphere in Early Modern South Asia (University of California Press, 2017) sheds light on the variegated, pluralistic texture of Hinduism in precolonial times. Drawing on Sanskrit, Telugu, and Tamil sources, Fisher argues for a uniquely South Asian form of religious pluralism, evidenced by religious...
Many of us have been bombarded in recent weeks by businesses and various organisations seeking permission to keep us on their mailing lists. They assure us that they value our loyalty, and stress how carefully they look after any information we provide. But do we believe them? In March, 87 million Facebook users learned that their data could have been used without their permission for questionable purposes. The outcry was worldwide. Our digital identity is important to us - and it's worth a great deal to those who want to exploit it. What used to be private - the contents of our weekly shop, the newspapers we read, our holiday destinations, political preferences and much more beside - are used to influence future choices, not least on the way we spend our money. And there's growing concern about the security vulnerabilities of devices in our 'Smart Homes' and 'Smart cars' New laws come into effect this week - the GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation - designed to safeguard our rights over our own information. But is it too little too late? Have we already given away far too much unwittingly? And how does all this involve churches and other religious groups - both in the practicalities of form filing, and in their understanding of relationships?
Birgit and Janine are singing the Avahana Mantra Om Gam Ganapataye. You can find the lyrics to the mantra here: Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha Om Sharavanabhavaya Namaha Om Aim Sarasvatyai Namaha Om Gum Gurubhyo Namaha Om Namo Bhagavate Shivanandaya Om Namo Bhagavate Vishnu-devanandaya Om Adishaktyai Namaha Live Recording from Yoga Vidya Germany. For more english yoga videos, music, blog posts, etc., please visit our english pages at my.yoga-vidya.org. Information on Yoga Vidya Teachers Training Course, seminars or workshops.
Everything you do, says Sadhguru, is actually an act; however, you have the choice to act consciously or compulsively. He explains that your action should always be taken as per the situation, but you can always choose how you want to be within yourself. Editor's Note: Connect with Sadhguru! Download the Sadhguru App and get access to Sadhguru’s articles, videos, daily quotes, program info and much more. Available on Android and iOS.
Recent NHS figures have shown that the number of admissions for life-threating eating disorders have doubled over the last six years. Just over thirty years ago, at the age of 19, Helena Wilkinson had her first book published: an intimate, personal account of her recovery from severe anorexia. Ever since, she has been helping others to overcome eating disorders and related conditions. Based at Nicholaston House, a Christian retreat centre on Gower, she lectures on, trains counsellors in, and leads residential recovery courses for those struggling with eating disorders which can all too easily overwhelm them. So how did Helena win her battle with this condition - and what hope can she offer to sufferers today? Mary Stallard meets her to find out.
A four-week yoga teacher training group sing the Sivananda kirtan Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize during a Saturday evening satsang at Yoga Vidya in Bad Meinberg and immediately afterwards the mantra Shiva Shiva Shambho. You can find the lyrics of these both kirtans to sing along in the Yoga Vidya kirtanbooklet at number 53 and at number 261. There are many english seminars every year in the four ashrams of Yoga Vidya. You can find them all by clicking here. Live Recording from Yoga Vidya Germany. For more english yoga videos, music, blog posts, etc., please visit our english pages at my.yoga-vidya.org. Information on Yoga Vidya Teachers Training Course, seminars or workshops.
Christian Aid Week begins next weekend - a fixed point in many church calendars, when congregations take to the streets and urge their neighbours to give money to help some of the world's poorest people. This year, the revelations of sex abuse in a number of charities have rocked confidence in the whole sector, especially those dealing with overseas relief and development. Everyone is having to work harder simply to rebuild trust. It's a difficult time to take the reins of one of the best-known agencies in the field. Amanda Khozi Mukwashi is barely a month into her new job as chief executive officer of Christian Aid, with its work of advocacy and education, and its projects in nearly 40 countries - needing about a hundred million pounds a year to keep them going. She comes to the job with experience in a range of countries, and with organisations from Voluntary Service Overseas to the United Nations, and she's passionate about fighting poverty, injustice and inequality. Roy talks to her about her life, and her vision for Christian aid this Christian Aid Week, and into the future.
Satyadevi and Birgit sing the Spiritual Evening Rise in a Saturday evening Satsang at Yoga Vidya in Bad Meinberg, Germany - a song that you can find in the Yoga Vidya Kirtan Songbook under the number 558. The song to sing along is: Evening rise, spirit come sun goes down when the day is done. Mother Earth awakens me with the heartbeat of the sea. Satyadevi gives many seminars at Yoga Vidya. You can find more about yoga, ayurveda and meditation on the Yoga Vidya website at www.yoga-vidya.org. For more english yoga videos, music, blog posts, etc., please visit our english pages at my.yoga-vidya.org. Information on Yoga Vidya Teachers Training Course, seminars or workshops.
Walter N. Hakala, “Negotiating Languages: Urdu, Hindi, and the Definition of Modern South Asia” (Columbia UP, 2016)
For many people language is a central characteristic of their social identity. In modern South Asia, the production of Urdu and Hindi as national languages was intricately tied to the hardening of religious identities. South Asian lexicographers, those folks who were most intimately working with language, were at the center...
On All Things Considered this week, there's another chance to hear Roy Jenkins and guests exploring the fashionable phenomenon of mindfulness. Politicians in Parliament practise it, physicians prescribe it and businesses send their staff on courses to learn how to do it. Mindfulness crops up in all sorts of places these days. , but what actually is it? How do you practise it? What difference can it make? And as a discipline with roots in ancient Buddhism and links with other traditions, to what extent does its current practice require any religious affiliation?
In this podcast you can listen a recording of Sacharachara with Sundaram and his musician friends recorded at the Yoga Vidya Music Festival 2017 at Yoga Vidya Bad Meinberg, Germany. Sundaram's music seeks to bridge the gap between Indian and European music, between Vedic and Occidental traditions. The effect of the mantras is so easily and immediately experienced. Further concert, seminar and workshop dates with Sundaram can be found at sundaram.de. You will find further explanations of this mantra in the Yoga Vidya Kirtan Songbook under the number 400. Enjoy this fantastic, energetic and inspiring version of the Sacharachara Kirtan with Sundaram and his musician friends. Thanks also to the fabulous musicians who contributed to this piece. These are: Max Clouth Assen Haydutov Marvin Dillmann Jens Brand Evelyn Marras Katyayani Zoë Aschenbach Christian Einsiedel Experience Sundaram at Yoga Vidya. You can experience Sundaram during mantra yoga teacher training in a special way.
Thousands of years ago, Agastya Muni spread the seeds of spirituality throughout southern India, which can still be recognized in the daily life and culture of the region. Sadhguru discusses the contributions of Agastya Muni and Adiyogi, explaining the present need to invest towards raising human consciousness, as we are empowered today like never before to make the world either horrible or wonderful. Editor's Note: Connect with Sadhguru! Download the Sadhguru App and get access to Sadhguru’s articles, videos, daily quotes, program info and much more. Available on Android and iOS.
What kind of funeral do you want? That's a question we all have to face, and if we don't, someone else has to face for us. While death remains certain for everyone, the way a death is marked, and the life before it honoured, can vary enormously. With space in cemeteries limited, and many churchyards full, three out of four families now opt for cremation. But this is only one sign of change. At a funeral today, friends are often asked not to wear black. Music is as likely to come from a Hollywood film score as from a classical requiem. There might be video clips reflecting key events for the person who's died. The emphasis is on celebrating a life rather than mourning a death. And with much mourning and celebrating taking place online, the ways of commemorating are evolving rapidly. To explore what all this means, Roy is joined by: Alan James - managing director of John Edwards Funerals, in Swansea. Dr Rosa Hunt - minister of Salem Baptist Chapel, a bilingual church at Llantwit Fardre Richard Paterson - recently retired after 30 years as the first Humanist celebrant in Wales Dr Elaine Kasket - clinical psychologist and academic, writing a book about the way digital technology is affecting the rituals of death.
Devaki and Sureshwara sing and accompany the mantra Jaya Shiva Shankara in a Saturday evening satsang at Yoga Vidya in Bad Meinberg. Jaya Shiva Shankara addresses Shiva in his kind loving aspect: Shiva means kind, Shankara is the one who does good. Bham, also Bhum, is the sound of Shiva's drum. Hara means to take away - may Shiva take away everything that separates his experience. The song to sing along can be found in the Yoga Vidya Kirtan Songbook under the number 250 or here: Jaya Shiva Shankara, Bam Bam Hara Hara Hara Hara, Hara Hara, Hara Bol Hara Shiva Shiva Shiva Shiva, Shiva Ati-sundara (hara Hara, Hara Hara, Hara Ati-sundara) He Parameshvara Daya Karo