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A misleading program called JetPrivilige

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Jet Airways runs a program called JetPrivilege with lot of promises. But I find it to be outright misleading. Suppose I want to book a flight to Varanasi from Bengaluru on 7th July 2017, if I use Cash Payment, then…

Is Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa an Avatar?

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Tomorrow is Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s 182nd birth anniversary and somehow I accidentally found myself entering into a discussion with a youngster of almost my age on the question whether Sri Ramakrishna is an Avatar? The first thing about the argument…

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Why do I go on pilgrimages?

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Why do I go on Pilgrimage? It may be a question that is troubling many of my friends who see me in one temple or the other almost every month. I also have this question – why am I on…

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Japa Yajna, a unique program

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Last week I attended a 5 day Japa Yajna camp in Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Belgaum. The Ashrama is located inside the Belgaum Fort and presents a picturesque sight. The campus of this Ashrama also includes a House where Swami Vivekananda…

Reminiscences with Swami Jagadatmananda

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Back in 2002, our college celebrated the National Youth Day on January 12th.  Swami Jagadatmanandaji was present there as the Chief Guest.  In those days, we didn’t have good acoustics in the college. I sat somewhere in the last bench…

Vipassana – a remarkable course

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Heard the name ‘Vipassana’ uttered by a friend in Mysore Ramakrishna Ashram about 2 months back. He said that he found the concept to be very interesting.  A Brahmacharin who was present there said that Vipassana is to take out…

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Memories and Thoughts on Shivaratri

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My grandmother was very religious. Every year she used to go on a pilgrimage, mostly to Tirupati and Pandarapur.  Every year, on the day of Shivaratri they used to keep awake (do Jagarane) the whole night. I remember, once me…