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Where there is Knowledge there is Happiness
Dr. Minati Mishra

From the very ancient period, our great seers have been trying to find out the ways by which one can realize the ultimate aims of life. They all agree on the point that lack of true knowledge is the cause of all miseries. Everybody in the world wants to get happiness.
Swatmarama’s Concept of Hatha Yoga
Dr. Haramohan Mishra

The author of Hathayogapradipika, Swatmararama belongs to a line of great yogins beginning with Matsyendranatha and Gorakshanatha, who are also the earliest teachers in school of Tantra. As Patanjali’s yoga has philosophical affinity with the Sankhya of Kapila, the hatha yoga expounded by Swatmarama has its conceptual linkage with the Advaita Saivite school, although it is not satisfactorily explored. His thematic and schematic differences with Patanjali are conspicuous, as he takes a non-dualistic stand from the beginning and does not incorporate the scheme of the yogic techniques as expanded in the Yogasutras.
Advaita and Global Fraternity
Dr. Haramohan Mishra

Because of faster means of communication the world is shrinking day by day. In days of yore, the earth was thought to be the centre of the universe. It was the belief of the time that the sun along with the stars was revolving round the earth.
Philosophical Foundation of Patanjali’s Yoga
Dr. Haramohan Mishra

The science of yoga is very ancient. However, the first systematic exposition of yoga was made by Patanjali in his famous Yogasutra. He expounds, in very clear and systematic manners, the techniques of yoga, which, for him, are primarily psychological though mixed with some physical practices like asana and pranayam in the beginning.
Upasana, Karma and Jnana
Dr. Minati Mishra

The Veda has two kandas or parts namely, karma or action and jnana or knowledge. The first comprises the major portions of the Brahmanas, generally containing the previous chapters, and the second consists of the Upanisads, coming in the later half of the works though they may sometimes occur in the Samhita part of the Veda. Here, karma signifies the rituals such as the sacrifices as prescribed in the Brahmanas.
Upasana in the Upanisads
Dr. Minati Mishra

The sages know that there is no greater attainment than the attainment of the self, says Sureswara, the chief disciple of Sankara, in the Manasollasa, his commentary on the Daksinamurti Stotra- atmalabhat paro labho nastiti munayo viduh. The greatest discovery of man is indeed the discovery of the self. The ancient seers discovered that the mystery of the whole world remains hidden in one’s own self.
The essence of the Gayatri Mantra
Dr. Minati Mishra

The Gayatri Mantra, tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yonah prachodayat, originates from the verses of a hymn of the Rig Veda, 3.62.10.
Upasana: A path to Enlightenment
Dr. Minati Mishra

To know the Self and to discover the ultimate truths behind the world of phenomena, and thereby getting rid of the sufferings of life caused by ignorance is what forms the core of the teachings of the Upanishads. Desires, attachments and cravings for worldly enjoyments are due to wrong identification of the body, mind and the senses. A person, who discovers him to be different from all these associations, can no longer be fettered by samsara.
Questioning: An Upanisadic Perspective
Dr. Haramohan Mishra

A philosophical inquiry begins with a question. An intense question finds a profound answer. That is why the preceptors of the Upanisads seek for the disciples who can put right questions in the right context.
Yoga: Concept and Dimensions
Dr. Haramohan Mishra

Yoga is deeply conceptual and highly sadhana-intensive. Sadhana means an effort in the direction of achieving the spiritual goal. It is context-specific and as such needs to be understood with reference to its world-view.
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