Spiritual Awareness

Animals are not products to “own” but “persons to care for”


By John Di Leonardo  In the United States, most people who "love animals” care for “pets.” However, historically, Jains—often considered followers of the world’s kindest religion—have eschewed the keeping of dogs, cats, and other animals out of reverence for them and a wish not to keep any animal imprisoned. At the same time, Jains were...

Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s universal love: One for All


By Shukmunidas Swami  BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha  Every human being in the world has eyes, yet everyone is not able to see the same things. Despite breathing the same air on this earth, access to all other essentials and luxurious commodities of the world is based upon an individual’s circumstances. The help that a troubled soul receives...

Making our choice now


By Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj A man was once asked by a saint if he would like to find God. First, the man said that he wanted to wait until he got married and settled down. The saint returned after the man married and settled down, and again asked if he wanted to find...

Bringing Mahavrat to the masses


By Shivani Bothra  The Anuvrat vows are modified versions of the five Mahavrat, or great vows taken by Jain renunciates. These five Mahavrat are Ahimsa or nonviolence, in which the renunciates vow not to destroy any life and the laity vow to take care whenever possible and not to destroy life; Satya or truthfulness, in...

THE SCIENTIST &THE SWAMI


By Chaitanyamurtidas Swami BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha  What can a Muslim rocket and aeronautical scientist who also became the President of India possibly learn from a simple, humble Hindu swami who only studied to the 5thgrade, knew no English, and had no political experience?  On March 11, 2014, after reaching his room at the Presidential residence, Dr. APJ...

Mysticism – science that injects life with peace, joy


By Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj Mysticism, rightly understood, is the most universal and fundamental approach to achieving an integrated and fulfilling life. In a world that has made such remarkable scientific and material progress, the challenge before us, individually and collectively, is to make similarly spectacular progress in the spiritual sphere.     Each of us is allotted...

Anuvrat – an antidote to crisis of unsustainability


By Dr Sohan Lal Gandhi  In the last article I lamented about a dismal scenario that would threaten our existence and expressed hope as per a possible solution launched by Acharya Tulsi through anuvrat movement. The first two interconnected anuvrat called for elimination of violence. The third anuvrat also aims at minimizing social violence. It enjoins an anuvrati not to take part in violent...

Life is restless for peace in the world


By Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj  Mystic poetry and literature is rich in verses addressing the way to a peaceful, calm life. One of the greatest mystic poet-saints of the past century, Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj, has written a verse that captures the way to lead lives in which we reduce stress and anger to produce...

Can Anuvrat be considered a blueprint for sustainable living?


By Dr.Sohan Lal Gandhi  A Dismal Scenario The world today is passing through the worst crisis of its own existence. It is true that the last two centuries witnessed unprecedented progress on account of developments in the field of science. Man has conquered the land, the seas and the sky to a great extent. He now...