Religion and Spirituality

Religion and Spirituality
(Based on the teachings of Guruji Krishnananda)

Spirituality is different from religion.

Spirituality is the essence of all religions. All religions teach love, compassion, forgiveness and accommodation. The essence of all these things is Spirituality.

All those who understand spirituality in this way will get connected at a deeper level. They become one at the level of their core. This Oneness is very important now.

Oneness should be the religion of the future. We all have to understand oneness, become aware of it and experience it, if possible, all the time.

Oneness gives us strength, direction and happiness. We have to experience oneness, not only with the Divine, but also amongst ourselves, the people on this earth. Experiencing oneness leads to the experience of Samadhi because, in oneness we expand.

It is this Oneness that will take us into the Light Age. When we experience oneness, the Light Age takes birth in us.

The Light Age does not begin somewhere outside. It must begin within each one of us.

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Deepavali Wishes

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“May the Inner Light shine brighter. Manasa Foundation wishes everyone a Peaceful and Prosperous Deepavali” – Blessings from Guruji Krishnananda.

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What will save our world?

What will save our world?
(Based on the teachings of Guruji Krishnananda)

“Who or what will save the world?” Someone asked this very interesting question.

Divine Love The one-word answer to this question is, Love. It is love that saves the world.

What is the source of this love?

Us. It has to come from us. So, it is WE who can save the world. Of course, God helps when we manifest love. But the main players are us, the citizens of this world.

Incidentally, I saw in the newspaper, a photo of a blind man struggling to open a tap to drink water. Also in the photo was a monkey helping the blind man open the tap!

That was very touching. There is so much of love in the Universe. If we all could have the love that the monkey had, that would be enough. There will be absolutely no destruction and no suffering on this earth.

Sadly, we do not carry such love. Instead, we generally carry a lot of non-love, which is why we attract so much of pain. People’s collective non-love can cause great destruction.

Some individuals do carry a lot of love but that is not enough to balance all the non-love on this earth. If there were enough love in this world, there would be no wars, no terrorism and no need for the military.

That is the challenge; to carry love always and to consciously manifest love in every thought, in every emotion and in every act. In addition to this, we must hunt for every trace of non-love within us and remove it. If we try it, we realise that it is not very difficult.

Being spiritual is not about having powers. It is being good, honest and manifesting genuine love for the fellow human being and nature.

The Universe is waiting for us to return to our original state of goodness. Such goodness will save the world.

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A Touching Experience

A Touching Experience
(Based on the teachings of Guruji Krishnananda)

A lady took a taxi to come to Taponagara. The taxi driver told her that the place is very far and asked for quite a large amount of money. After travelling a short distance, she realised that the place was quite nearby, and that the taxi driver had taken her for a ‘ride’.

She told him that he was overcharging her, but he did not relent. They had an argument and he was very tough with her. She then told him in a very gentle way, “What you are doing is not good. If you had asked for more money, I would have given it to you with great love.”

When she arrived, she paid him what he had asked for, and the taxi went away.

After about 30 minutes, the taxi driver came back and returned the excess money he had charged. Overwhelmed, she thanked him and asked him to keep the money. He said, “How can I take it?” and left.

What made him do this?

We must understand that the Divine Essence is in everyone, which we call Conscience. This Divine Essence in him got stirred somehow.

Conscience works in everyone but most people suppress it. Conscience always works and shows us the right way but most don’t listen to it maybe because of the stress of living in this competitive world.

The taxi driver’s conscience must have been telling him right from the beginning that what he was doing was wrong. He was a good man and he finally responded to it.

We usually presume that people are bad; we should not do it. Everyone is good at the core. They only need to listen to their conscience and follow it.
our nature

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Why Should We Meditate?

Why Should We Meditate
(Based on the teachings of Guruji Krishnananda)

A student on the Spiritual Path asked me, “Why should we meditate?”

People take up Meditations for different reasons to begin with. They take up Meditations usually to find solutions to their various problems—health issues, financial difficulties, problems with relationships, to overcome stress, to find peace and so on.



After they spend some time meditating, they realise that there is a greater purpose in taking up Spiritual Practice. They become aware of higher Truths, higher realities, and their problems either get resolved or they begin to look less important or trivial.

As they spend more time in their Sadhana, their goal shifts from solving their problems to achieving higher Spiritual goals.

Their goal keeps expanding, and ultimately, they set their goal on attaining freedom—to free themselves from all bondages and to become Light, and go back to their Source.

Our Source is Light. Our Source is God. Our ultimate goal is to go back to Him and become Him.

Until we reach the highest goal, Meditations help us live this life sensibly, peacefully and fully.

Living this life in this moment properly is most important. If we live properly in the present, the future is taken care of automatically.

So, we take up Meditations for many reasons in the beginning, and ultimately, to become Light.

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The Child In Us

The Child In Us
(Based on the teachings of Guruji Krishnananda)

There is a child in each one of us. Keep the child alive and active. Please don’t drive the child away.

joy Let the child in you remain a child. Let the child not grow. If you allow it to grow, it will lose its innocence and become like us, too logical, too materialistic, self-centred, selfish, and shrewd.

The child in us can look at the stars, wonder and dream, but if we allow it to grow, we will be incapable of dreaming. We kill all our dreams.

The grownups do not care about others’ feelings; they don’t mind hurting others, they even do it deliberately.

Let the child not grow and do all these things. If we nurture the child in us, it helps us a lot to grow spiritually. Let the child remain innocent. Let the child be gazing at the stars, dreaming, wondering, loving, of course mischievous and always hopeful.

Most of us ignore the child in us. Keeping the child in us alive is an important part of our Spiritual Quest.

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“Sanyasa is a Spiritual state that has nothing to do with saffron robes or shaving heads.” – Guruji Krishnananda

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