Confessions of a Twenty-Something Kali Worshiper by Brahmachari Parameshwara This article originally appeared in Winter 1998 issue of Light of Consciousness Magazine (Desert Ashram, Tucson, 1997). Flipping through one of my old journals recently, I came across a sentence scrawled out years ago, in bold, black ball-point pen, while in a fit of inspiration or…

A Biographical Introduction by Swami Chetanananda Excerpt fromThey Lived with God, Life Stories of Some Devotees of Sri Ramakrishna, Vedanta Society of St.Louis, 1989, (pp. xi-xiv). “When religion declines and irreligion prevails, I incarnate myself in every age to establish religion”, declared Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. The lives of Buddha, Christ, Mohammed, Chaitanya,…

  From the Teachings of Swami Lakshmanjoo Swami Lakshmanjoo (1907-1991) was one of the foremost expounders of Kashmir’s Krama tradition, and was an inspiration to both Indian and Western scholars and seekers. In the summer of 1991 Swami Lakshmanjoo, a direct master of the Kashmir Shaiva tradition, visited Los Angeles. One sunny afternoon, while listening…

  Ramakrishna of Bengal by Dr. Lex Hixon Excerpt from Coming Home, the Experience of Enlightenment in Sacred Traditions, Larson Publications, Burdett, 1995, (pp. 25-40). Ramakrishna was completely at home in all the moods of spiritual expression he encountered, from Christianity and Islam to widely contrasting strands of Hinduism. Born in 1836 in a rural…

  By Elizabeth Usha Harding This article, written in 1992, first appeared in Tattva-Sangarba, the journal of the Sringiri Shankaracharia Math, India. A portion was also published in Tantra Magazine and Light of Consciousness. There’s a sacred wind blowing, heralding the dawn of mysticism. I feel it, my friends feel it, and the news media…

  By Swami Sivananda Saraswati of Rishikesh Excerpt from Bhakti Yoga, Life and Works of Swami Shivananda, Vol. 5, Divine Life Society, Shivanandanagar, 1986 (pp. 282-287). The Divine Mother, Devi, Mahesvari or Para-Shakti is the supreme shakti or power of the Supreme Being. Shakti is the energy aspect of the Lord. It is inherent in…

  An interview with Sri Haradhan Chakraborti During a car trip to San Diego, Gita and Usha were able to pose some questions to Haradhanji, the head priest of the Dakshineswar Kali Temple. The following is a transcribed translation of this informal Bengali interview. Kali Mandir: Many Indians and Westerners are frightened of Kali. Why?…

A brief overview by Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati Puja is an ancient and powerful Tantric system of worship consisting of mantra, mudra, visualization, ritual action, meditation and offerings. There are layers of symbolic, philosophical, mystic and devotional meanings in each practice. What follows is a simple introduction to some of the technical aspect of puja based…

  “Mother, I Want Nothing But Knowledge and Devotion!” Excerpt from The Life of Swami Vivekananda by His Eastern and Western Disciples, Advaita Ashrama, Calcutta, 1974, (pp 94-96). One day the idea struck me that God listened to Sri Ramakrishna’s prayers. So why should I not ask him to pray for me for the removal…

  As recorded by M. in Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita Excerpts from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, tr. by Swami Nikhilananda, Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, New York, 1973. Mother Has Revealed Everything To Me I wept before the Mother and prayed. “O Mother, please tell me, please reveal to me what the yogis have realized through yoga…

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