The 19th Century poet, Emily Dickenson, once wrote, “I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.” The power of language is indeed undeniable, and most people on this planet certainly aren’t shy about using words to... more ›
In many religious and spiritual institutions, reciting sacred scriptures and verses is an important part of worship. Engaging in this practice helps to quiet and redirect our thoughts. While reciting verses in one’s native tongue can bring important messages and teachings to light on an... more ›
Devotional singing, known as bhajans or kirtan, can help to quiet the mind so that the heart can open to the divine, allowing us to taste the blissful reality that is our true nature. Rather than being a performance in which the audience listens to musicians, it is a... more ›
Written by Swami Paramatmananda Puri, 2012 Purity of heart is one of the qualities that Amma says we should cultivate in order to gain inner peace in our daily lives and for spiritual consciousness to dawn in us. It’s not enough to do spiritual practices. We also have to cultivate qualities that... more ›