An Essay in Imperial Villain-Making By William Dalrymple
Tipu also tried to import industrial technology through French engineers, and experimented with harnessing water-power to drive his machinery. He sent envoys to southern China to bring back silkworm eggs and established sericulture in Mysore - an innovation that still enriches the region today . . . click to read this narrative

An Interview with David Godman By Rob Sacks
And where did Ramana Maharshi's power and authority come from? From Arunachala, his own Guru and God. He explicitly stated that it was the power of Arunachala that brought about his own Self-realisation . . . click to read this narrative

Divine Fury: Recollections of a Renegade Guru By Robert E. Svoboda
Aghoris become so desperate in their quests that they channel their every thought and feeling into a super-obsession, a single-minded quest to achieve the Beloved. They endeavour eternally to dismember their restricted selves fully, that God may have a free hand to remember them completely . . . click to read this narrative

Fate or Free Will By Robert E. Svoboda
We can say that those people whose lives seem totally fated are people who have, in the past, accelerated themselves along a particular path that now they are having to continue on, even if they are now ready to get off; and those people who seem to be able to do as they please in life are people who have refrained in the past from over-acceleration . . . click to read this narrative

How to Transcend Astrological Influences [By Paramhansa Yogananda]
Astrology is a very deep subject, but most people consider it a kind of superstitious guide to material progress. If you use astrology only for guidance in material matters, you will be doing its teachings an injustice. . . . click to read this narrative

Kenopanishad and Tiruvannamalai By M. Arunachalam
Tiruvannamalai confers salvation to one who merely thinks of it. No wonder this shrine is most important, as it points out the easiest way to salvation . . . click to read this narrative

Know your Guru By Swami Shivananda
It is difficult to say in what form the Guru or the Lord will appear before you to initiate you. He may come in the form of a leper as Sri Hanuman did, or in the form of an untouchable as Lord Krishna did, or in the form of a groom as Lord Siva did. The aspirants must be very careful and vigilant to detect the Lord in the various forms which He assumes . . . click to read this narrative

Life and Times of Lakshmana Sarma: 'Who' By Meenakshi Ammal
It was Lakshmana Sarma who . . . reintroduced Nature Cure to India. He believed that the science of Nature Cure to be liberating as it sought to restore to people the independence and blessings lost due to ignorance . . . click to read this narrative

Meditation, Detachment and Greening Arunachala By Susan Viswanathan
Aware that man is somehow sustained by a deep mystery of silence, of incomprehensibility of God's will and God's love - the monk feels that he is personally called to live in more intimate communication with that mystery . . . click to read this narrative

Old Deccan Days By Mary Frere
Mary Frere's fascinating narrative of travelling through the Southern Mahratta Country in the 1860's with the Bombay Governor's entourage gives a glimpse of how complicated and time-consuming it was to travel in India; especially when accompanied by a group of dignitaries . . . click to read this narrative

Sakti Cult By By A. V. Jeyechandrun
It is only in Hinduism that a great place is assigned to Mother-Goddess, although in the beginnings of all religions, worship of Mother-Goddess is traceable . . . click to read this narrative

Shiva Linga By David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)
" The Shiva linga represents the ascending energy of consciousness and life in nature. We see this in such forms as the mountain, the thunder cloud, the tree, and the upright human being. Many lingas like that at Kedarnath - the most important Shiva site in the Himalayas - are rocks in the shape of small mountains . . . click to read this narrative

Sisters and Goddesses By William Dalrymple
Legend has it that it was the apostle, Thomas, the doubting one, who brought Christianity to Southern India - and now, aside from the odd jealous spat, the Virgin Mary and goddess Bhagavati are worshipped with equal fervour . . . click to read this narrative

The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi: An Integral View By David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)
The Maharshi's path follows the integral approach of Vedic teachings going back thousands of years and, particularly, the Advaitic and yogic approaches taught by Shankaracharya (seventh century) that included devotional practices and raja yoga (as taught in texts like Saundarya Lahiri) . . . click to read this narrative

Towards a New Dharmic Vision of Humanity By David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)
Our role in life is not simply to gain what is due to us, as if the universe owed us a favor, but to help in the well-being of the world as a whole, which is part of our own greater nature. Our place in life is not simply to take, as if we existed in isolation, but to give, reflecting our relationship with the whole and the wholeness of who we really are . . . click to read this narrative