Author Archives: M. Shri

Misconceptions about Bhakti Yoga

Bhakti Yoga: Will it spoil my career? by Dr. Mukul Shri Goel The InfoTech revolution has brought most existing cultures and religious groups into contact with each other. In the context of spirituality, higher connectivity implies that the notions of … Continue reading

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Ramayana: Rama’s acceptance of Lava and Kusha

Rama’s acceptance of Lava and Kusha by Dr. Mukul Shri Goel Rama waits for a few years before accepting his twin sons, Lava and Kusha, who are brought up by Devi Sita in the forest and train with Rishi Valmiki, … Continue reading

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Spirituality in Indian Instrumental Music

Indian Instrumental Music: A Connection to God by Mukul Shri Goel The string instrument veena, the primordial percussion instrument damaru, and the wind instrument flute form a special trinity among Indian musical instruments. These instruments can be categorized as divinity’s … Continue reading

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Indian Spirituality: Following our dreams

Why would you follow your dreams in the 21st century? by Dr. Mukul Shri Goel As everyone around us is busy exhibiting his or her professional success pretentiously, we are becoming more and more susceptible to replicating the professional decisions … Continue reading

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Indian Music: Accompaniment on the Tabla

Accompanying a Vocalist: Notes for Beginners in Tabla by Mukul Shri Goel Having learned the basic rhythmic cycles and the first few kaidas, imagine you encounter a vocalist who asks you to accompany him or her and play the theka. … Continue reading

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Selfless Prayer: Preparation for Bhakti

Our wish list defines our God by Dr. Mukul Shri Goel While asking God for monetary gains, a house, education, or a more healthy body is not unethical, we may be worshipping only a self-limiting aspect of the Divine if … Continue reading

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Raga – North Indian Classical Music

Features of a Raga in Indian Music by Dr. Mukul Shri Goel The Raga in Indian classical music is a musical atmosphere – defined by a set of properties – that imparts a distinctive melodious sound to all the diverse … Continue reading

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Sundar Kand: The Divine Play of Hanuman

Hanuman: The Greatest Link to Rama by Dr. Mukul Shri Goel The Sundar Kand begins right after Lord Hanuman regains his lost supernatural powers, which had become hidden from him because of a curse given in childhood by an ascetic. … Continue reading

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Bhagavad Gita: The Three Gunas of Prakriti

Nature in the Gita: The Three Modes by Dr. Mukul Shri Goel In the Bhagavada Gita, Lord Krishna talks about the three gunas (modes of instinct) that are pre-installed in all beings. These modes of Nature include sattva (goodness or … Continue reading

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