Out of box thinking

Our mind generally classifies things into two categories: good and bad, here and there, old and new etc. No wonder we are caught most of the time in the paradigm of “what I know and what I do not know”.


COMBATING DEPRESSION Like diabetes or hypertension, which are on the physical level, comparison has been a major ailment with us on the psychological level. What makes the situation more complex is that we do not really know if the comparison is in place. Are we comparing an orange with another orange, or with an apple? Is a bird sad that he cannot do what another bird is able to, or is he depressed that he cannot swim like the fish does?

Question by Mr. Madhusudhan about Self, God Realisation.

I chant OM NAMO NARAYANAYA every day twice daily 11 malas, I want to know whether I should continue with this or do Narayana Gayatri Mantra "OM NARAYANAYA VIDMAHE VASUDEVAYA DHIMAHI TANNOH VISHNU PRACHODAYAT". What is the difference between these 2 mantras? How many times should I chant these mantras in a day? Any procedures that I should follow? My goal is two fold a) Self Realization (Atma Gnana) b) God Realization (Bramha Gnana).


Dependence on persons, objects and places – all of which are external, and therefore other than the Self – is, in essence, worldliness. Spiritually mature people have always exhibited an equipoise irrespective of external factors. This independence does not come about by merely deciding not to depend on things outside. There has to be, to begin with, an intuitive grasp of how we are fine within ourselves.

Question and Answer

QUESTION: I have read a book japa yoga by swami sivananda ji. In that book he mentioned that in vedas its written that if a person chant any mantra 13 cr. Times even with half heartedly ....he will have darshan of permeshwar.... Is it true and in which veda or upnishad it is mentioned...? I believe what sivananda ji is saying but just wanted to know where it is mentioned? - Smt. Shipra Sandilya

Question and Answer

Question: Is there a difference between seer and seen? Please explain. Sri. Vasanth Balasubramanian Answer: On the relative plane, the seer and the seen are totally different; they cannot be one. On the absolute plane, as pointed to by the Upanishads, the seer and the seen are ONE APPEARANCE upon the substrate of Brahman.