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Featured Speeches and Podcasts on Spirituality

A Broader Definition of Consciousness. What it is and What it Means

Feb 15, 2022

In this podcast, I tried to present a broader definition of consciousness as a partly automated and partly self-learning knowledge or information system, considering its states, functions, potencies and abilities. I defined consciousness as a knowledge system with an inborn ability, awareness and intelligence to collect knowledge or information or data from different sources, store it, retrieve it and use it for specific ends or purposes. Those ends or purposes may be preexisting, self-willed, self-learned, self-realized or externally imposed from outside sources and conditions. Of them, survival or self-preservation seems to be the most important purpose...

The Meaning and Purpose of Life

Jan 25, 2022

Is there a purpose or meaning to life? Why are we here? What are we supposed to do? What is the significance of life itself? Are we meant to pursue our own interests and ensure our survival and wellbeing or do we have to serve a greater purpose or a higher power? These are tough questions for which there is no definite answers. ...

Obstacles In the Practice of Dhyana and Samadhi

Jan 25, 2022

In the practice of Dhyana or meditation, a yogi faces numerous obstacles mainly because of the unstable nature of his mind. This podcast explains the difficulties, or the obstacles people face in the practice of dhyana which prevents them from attaining Samadhi or mental absorption. ...

What is the True Purpose of Sannyasa or Renunciation?

Jan 25, 2022

Sannyasa is the most extreme solution to free yourself from the world and its influence. In many spiritual traditions of India, the acceptable and effective way to achieve the ultimate freedom is renunciation. In renunciation you become detached not only from the world but from everything including your own built-in identity and value system. You give up the world, all your accumulations, mental formations, identities and relationships, so that you become free, uninvolved, disentangled and unburdened. ...

The Illusion of Spiritual Practice

Dec 15,, 2021

Spiritual practice can potentially become a source of delusion, if you are not careful about your motivation or sincere in your practice...Half-hearted spiritual practice will give you the illusion of being involved and self-important but lead you nowhere. You will be just moving in circles without reaching your goal.

The Power of Truth in Self-awareness

Mar 14, 2018

This podcast is about cultivating self-awareness in spiritual practice by paying attention to one’s thoughts and feelings to know truths about oneself, without cognitive distortions and self-deception. The practice of truthfulness in relation to oneself leads to better self-awareness and discernment.

Spirituality and Self-transformation

Oct 26, 2017

The Upanishads emphasize the importance of Self-transformation or Self-purification in spiritual practice for Moksha or liberation. In this audio presentation the author explains why it is important.

Emotions and Equanimity

Oct 19, 2017

Emotions are useful to perceive reality and know what is going on in you and around you. If you want to know yourself, pay attention to your emotions and their causes. If you want to cultivate sameness or equanimity and learn to accept yourself unconditionally, emotions are the best place to begin with.

Cultivating Detachment For Freedom and Happiness

Oct 13, 2017

Attachments are a greater source of misery, stress and unhappiness. This podcast by Jayaram V is about cultivating detachment for greater freedom and happiness by understanding your attachments and motivation

To Be Like a Flower In The Winds of Life

Mar 19, 2016

A spiritual talk by Jayaram V regarding the importance of living according to your essential nature and manifesting your dharma to live in harmony with yourself and experience peace and happiness.

Coping With Emotions With Meditation and Visualization

Jan 13, 2016

Know why it is important not to suppress your emotions but know them and express them without feeling disturbed through of meditation, visualization and other practices. Please visit Hinduwebsite.com and check the featured article section to read the complete article.

How to Engage Your Mind in Spirituality?

Dec 18, 2015

It is the nature of the world to distract you, involve you and keep your mind drawn into the modifications of Nature. When you live in such a world, how can you keep your mind engaged in spiritual thoughts?

How to Prepare For the Difficulties of Spiritual Life

Dec 12, 2015

Spiritual life is difficult. Even if worldly life is full of suffering people still show great reluctance to lead a spiritual life. In this audio presentation, Jayaram V lists several suggestions to prepare mentally for the challenges and difficulties of spiritual life.

The Difficulties of Spiritual Life

Dec 11, 2015

In this Audio Presentation, the author, Jayaram V, discusses why spiritual life is difficult and why many people resist the idea of practicing spirituality.

What is True Renunciation

Oct 28, 2015

What is true renunciation? This audio by Jayaram V explains the true meaning of renunciation and how you can give it a thought with a shocking experiment.

It is Good That We Are Not Omniscient

Sep 29, 2015

It is better not to know everything about the world since there is much violence and cruelty there which can unsettle our minds. It is good for us that Nature has not made us omniscient. Otherwise we would not have had peace of mind.

You are a Bubble in the Ocean of Existence

Jun 30, 2015

You are a bubble in the ocean of existence. That bubble is your individuality. It creates the veil of separation between you and the rest of the world as subject and object. When you remove the veil and burst the bubble you become the One seer who sees all with a thousand eyes and with hands and feet everywhere.

Creating Harmony in You

May 12, 2015

This audio is about creating harmony in you by being yourself, by letting go and by knowin when to speak and when to withdraw.

Is Right Always Right?

May 8, 2015

Our values and morals are relative. They hold good only from a certain perspective. You cannot apply them universally to all situations. Sometimes you may think you are helping others, but you may be harming them. You do not know unless you consider all points of view and think carefully. The author suggests that...

Higher or Hidden Intelligence

Nov 29, 2014

An audio Presentation by Jayaram V about tapping into the intelligence that is hidden and inherent within every object of creation and how it manifests itself in the beauty, diversity and symmetry of the universe.

Morality and Nature in Good Vs. Evil

Dec 16, 2013

Why morality selfdom wins in our strugggle for survival. Nature does not seem to care much about what you consider morality or immorality. It aims to make you fit for survival, and arm you with skills and abilities to deal with the challenges you face in your life.

The Two Paths of Life - Materialism and Spirituality

Nov 13, 2013

There are two basic approaches to life. Both are well known and historically important. Since the earliest times, people have tested both and left behind a great repository of knowledge about their value and importance in securing our lives and minimizing our suffering. Both approaches are meant to shield us from the...

Awakening to the Silence

Oct 25, 2013

Discern the silence hidden in the noise of life. You can awaken to the silence right now. All that you have to do is to sit quietly and discern the silence hidden behind all the noise that reaches your ears. We generally do not notice this silence. But to the discerning person this silence can be an ocean of peace. He...

Centering in Your Witness Self

Oct 7, 2013

There are three selves in you and you are probably aware of them. First, there is the physical self consisting of your body and brain, or what you may call the physical mind. Next, there is the mental self, consisting of your mind, thoughts, perceptions, feelings, memory and subconscious. Then you have the observing...

Morality and Religion

Sep 28, 2013

There are many religious people who are deeply irreligious when it comes to the practice of morality and virtue upheld by the religion. In fact, the world worst offenders of social and moral norms are religious people. Why this is so? These issues are examined in this audio presentation.

Healing Compassion

Sep 13, 2013

Know the power of healing compassion and how it can transform you and others. Compassion is the most sublime and powerful emotion. With compassion you not only heal others but also heal yourself.

The Truth Inside You

Mar 21, 2013

You have a truth inside you. That truth you have to awaken. That truth must speak to you. That truth is your true guru. If you do not wake up that truth, the best of the best gurus cannot help you. That truth alone is your savior. Until you find that you will move in circles.

If Peace Is All You Want

Mar 12, 2013

If peace is all you want, then you will have it. Peace will come to you and become your essential nature only when you make it the foundation of your life, when you plan and build your life around a center of peace. It begins with the thinking, "I may have everything in my life, I may pursue whatever I want in life,...

The Three Processes That Govern Our Lives

Mar 9, 2013

Life is a combination of these three processes: random events, mechanical processes and intelligent actions. Probably the random events are also mechanical processes; but at this stage we do not have the knowledge to know as such. We have to understand how these three processes govern our lives and how we may use...

The Importance of Sorrow

Jan 10, 2013

The importance of Sorrow in life and Sorrow as a learrning and correcting mechanism. Some sorrow is inevitable. You cannot avoid. Nor can you allow yourself to be deimated by it. Sorrow gives us an opportunity to review our lives, make necessary corrections and move on.

The Meaning and Significance of Nirvana

Jan 9, 2013

What is Nirvana? To understand what Nirvana is or what Nirvana means, you should have some knowledge of eastern religions or philosophies, especially Sanatana Dharma, known as Hinduism, Buddha Dharma known as Buddhism, and Jain Dharma known as Jainism. This word, Nirvana, is used commonly in all the three religions, but...

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