Why is Independence Day such an important event?

Today India celebrates its 70th Independence Day. This day in a sense is not just the celebration of India’s independence from foreign rule, but also the celebration of the ideals of Independence / Freedom that are core to its ancient values. The concepts and ideas from India’s ancient Vedic scripture continues to inspire generations even…

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My day with Swami Vivekananda

Today is Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary and I am recollecting the day I visited The Art Institute of Chicago during the winter of 2005. This was the venue where Swami Vivekananda delivered his famous speech “My sisters and brothers of America” on Sept 11th 1893 at the World’s Parliament of Religions. While at The Art…

You Cannot Do Yoga… Yoga Happens.

It was the summer of 1998 and my cousin and I were vacationing in Pondicherry, a small quaint town in South India  known for this historic French heritage buildings, endless stretches of tranquil beaches and the famous Aurobindo Ashram. Peace and wellness seekers from all around the world flock to this historic town in search…