Author Archives: Divya

The start of the disciple’s journey

For the longest time I had always imagined that the only reason one goes to a Guru is because one is unable to deal any longer with the blows Life has meted out to you. The blows can be various: … Continue reading

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Invitation

By Sri Aurobindo With wind and the weather beating round me Up to the hill and the moorland I go. Who will come with me? Who will climb with me? Wade through the brook and tramp through the snow? Not … Continue reading

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The Guru-Disciple Relationship — Part-4

That human relationships are complicated would be a huge understatement. They are much more than just complicated, they are often dark, murky, and messed up. Who of us has not experienced the sheer frustration and despair of not having our … Continue reading

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The Guru-Disciple Relationship — Part 3

The Role of a Guru A friend of mine who is a psychotherapist working in France asked me about my research regarding the Guru-disciple relationship. I gave him a short summary about what all I had done. Interestingly, though the … Continue reading

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The Guru-Disciple Relationship — Part 2

The definition of a Guru A few years back I came across an article by Joel D. Mlecko titled, “The Guru in Hindu tradition.” The article traces the significance of the Guru-disciple relationship from the Vedic era up to the … Continue reading

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The Guru Disciple Relationship — Part 1

One of the earliest memories I have of the term “Guru” is that of dancing as a ten year old to the following Sanskrit shloka, “Gurur brahmaa gurur vishnuh gurur devo maheshvarah gurur saakshaat parabrahma tasmai shree gurave namah.” Of course … Continue reading

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On spiritual experiences

I came across this very interesting perspective on “spiritual experiences” while reading Christopher Isherwood’s book called, “Ramakrishna and his Disciples.” I have often wondered what makes an experience ‘spiritual.’ What is that special quality that can suddenly change even an … Continue reading

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Cycling as the Art of Living

Here is an interesting piece written by Gauri Parasher on the mundane activity of cycling. A man’s life can often be compared to a series of interminable activities. Among them exist those that relax us naturally. Painting, playing music, reading are … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on conducting qualitative interviews

Talking to people about their perceptions of the world, about their personal experiences, about their beliefs, their interpretations of the Truth, their failures and triumphs, in other words about their subjective world is never easy. Listening to and understanding a … Continue reading

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Asia

Okakura Kakuzō, (1862-1913), a Japanese scholar wrote these beautiful lines on Asia : “ASIA is one. The Himalayas divide, only to accentuate, two mighty civilisations, the Chinese with its communism of Confucius, and the Indian with its individualism of the Vedas. … Continue reading

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