DESIKA'S BLOG Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living

Can We Lead a Spiritual Life in a Material World and Still Achieve a Balance?

(Here is the Transliteration scheme for sanskrit.) Universe is an Illusion brahman is Real Universe is brahman — Adi SankarAcArya The above quote has a profound meaning for me. When I started off my yoga practices, about 5 years ago, I did not understand this seemingly contradictory statement. However, I understand it better now, than I did then. When a person embarks on a spiritual journey, one is first taught that the whole of this universe is an illusion or mAya and that brahman is the only reality. However, upon realization, or at least having a glimpse, of the brahman...

On Gurus and Disciples

You must be wondering why I chose to write on this topic. Well… I have seen many people fall into the trap of gurU Worship or idolization of their gurU to such an extent that they got into financial hardships, and relationship problems with others and with themselves. Hence it is only fitting for me to share my knowledge of what or who guruis and is not, in hopes that this may help some of you. I will also talk about what or who a disciple or SishyA is. I will write all the sanskrit words in italics using this...

First Post

Welcome! This is my first post after I started this website. I have been meaning to do this for a while. I have kept a blog at MSN Live Spaces, but wanted to have my own domain name now. So, here it is. Finally, I got this one last week. It took me a week to design the website during the after work hours. It took me an hour to set up WordPress and took eight or so hours to learn some PHP and create the theme to suit the rest of the website. Please check back here for more...