Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 4

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 4 »

I can hear you say, “I am so busy, I don’t think I can do all of this”

“Fine”, I plead to you,

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 3

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 3 »

Don’t worry if no one around you is asking these questions; it’s surely the best thing to ask or desire. It’s all right,

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 2

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 2 »

Maya is the power that gives strength to the mind and the intelligence to rebel against our own interests. We seek happiness and success

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 1

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 1 »

“I am indeed a king, because I know how to rule myself”

–         Pietro Aretino (Italian author and poet of the sixteenth century)

23rd June’

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 11

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 11 »

Where are we headed to?

Over the last few decades human society has progressively degenerated into a life predominant in the lower modes;

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 9

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 9 »

In the mode of goodness, one’s thoughts and actions are governed by wisdom and a person experiences a deeply satisfying life. When the

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 8

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 8 »

Like gravity pulls things downwards, the modes too battle for supremacy. If you seek sattva don’t be surprised when rajas demands attention. And if you are predominantly

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 7

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 7 »

Each of the brothers had the same stimulus yet they chose to respond differently. Being bound up tightly by the mode of ignorance, Tamo had

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 6

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 6 »

Making the right choice

The modes bind us day in day out. But if we do make the right sattva choices, we allow sattva to control us;

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 5

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 5 »

A life of sattva practises improves our awareness and therefore helps us recognize how the three modes cover our souls.

Learning from a surgeon, cricketer

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 4

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 4 »

Taking care of our real self – the body v/s the soul

If we want to be happy we need to rise beyond

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 3

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 3 »

Today however the situation is bizarre. People work passionately into late hours, parties go on till wee hours and licentious lifestyle and booze

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 2

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 2 »

My friend thought that was a subtle but reasonable explanation. When the potency of Goodness is prominent, one feels peaceful and satisfied. When

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 1

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 1 »

“Adventure is not outside man; it is within”

– George Eliot (leading English author of the nineteenth century)

Uday, my neighbour, and a

Smart phones and Foolish Humans- Part 4

Smart phones and Foolish Humans- Part 4 »

The following day I reflected back and realized that all the frantic phone calls for the program were absolutely unnecessary. If I had

Smart phones and Foolish Humans- Part 3

Smart phones and Foolish Humans- Part 3 »

I live in a monastery in Mumbai, with over hundred monks, and we serve a community of over five thousand members. Twenty nine

Smart phones and Foolish Humans- Part 2

Smart phones and Foolish Humans- Part 2 »

An experiment that you could instantly do with yourself would reveal to you the Mind-Mobile phone nexus.

An Experiment: Weekly Fasting day

In

Smart phones and Foolish Humans- Part 1

Smart phones and Foolish Humans- Part 1 »

“If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.”

–         Omar Bradley (former General

Observe more; Judge less – Part 5

Observe more; Judge less – Part 5 »

Since I had been practising breathing and ‘observe, don’t judge’ exercises, I had noticed this young man offer various services to us.  Later

Observe more; Judge less – Part 4

Observe more; Judge less – Part 4 »

‘Wait’, I thought. I suddenly saw my mind wander across the universe. This was my moment of realising that instead of observing the

Observe more; Judge less – Part 3

Observe more; Judge less – Part 3 »

Regrettably many of us are not scientists. We neither have the patience to make unbiased observations, nor the humility to check our theories.

Observe more; Judge less – Part 2

Observe more; Judge less – Part 2 »

I can hear you say, “but I want to judge better!” Maybe you wish you had a stronger sense of discrimination and more

Observe more; Judge less – Part 1

Observe more; Judge less – Part 1 »

“Facts have to be discovered by observation, not by reasoning.”

                -Bertrand Russell (British Philosopher and Nobel Laureate)

His eyes were red and

Tools to develop your wisdom body – Part 1

Tools to develop your wisdom body – Part 1 »

“Listen to the wind, it talks. Listen to the silence, it speaks. Listen to your heart, it knows.”

–         A Native American proverb

What’s

Tools to develop your wisdom body – Part 2

Tools to develop your wisdom body – Part 2 »

Spiritual sound and wisdom body

In many cultures we see importance attached to special sound vibrations. Whether it’s the devout Christians chanting on

Know your inner world – Part 4

Know your inner world – Part 4 »

It took me days of prayers and introspection to come to terms with who I really am. But when I did accept my

Know your inner world – Part 3

Know your inner world – Part 3 »

I gulped. “What the hell?” I was terrified. “How would the tiger know I am a monk or a saint and why would

Know your inner world – Part 2

Know your inner world – Part 2 »

At a particularly dark ridge on the eastern side of the forest, I saw a flock of deer scamper. The trees shook violently

Know your inner world – Part 1

Know your inner world – Part 1 »

“It’s foolish to guard against misfortunes from the external world while you leave your inner mind uncontrolled.” –  Buddha

“Excuse me”, I screamed

Beyond Time – 2

Beyond Time – 2 »

An asset beyond Time

The rollicking monks outside reminded me of the joy of yesteryears. Still, I felt sullen- a fear gripped me.

Beyond Time – 1

Beyond Time – 1 »

“Insurmountable, eternal time imperceptibly overcomes those who are too much attached to family affairs and are always engrossed in their thought.”

–    Srimad Bhagavatam

The race against time – Part 4

The race against time – Part 4 »

Bhakti helps transcend Time The twins’ absorption in service is contagious; thousands, who throng to Mayapur- now the world headquarters of

The race against time – Part 3

The race against time – Part 3 »

A higher desire – a case study from the Bhakti school Instead of racing against time, let’s work on our aims and

The race against time – Part 2

The race against time – Part 2 »

Time cares little for your rank or position. A beggar would eventually meet a billionaire on a level playing field- in

The race against time – Part 1

The race against time – Part 1 »

“How did it get so late so soon?” –    Dr. Seuss (popular children’s author and poet of the twentieth century) Sixty-nine year

When God is afraid – Part 6

When God is afraid – Part 6 »

The learned commentators explain that the ‘two fingers short’ phenomenon as an important lesson for our spiritual practices. The first finger represents our

When God is afraid – Part 5

When God is afraid – Part 5 »

Ajita- Unconquerable

Krishna heard his mother’s footsteps and fearing He’d be apprehended for His mischief and theft, he ran from the spot. Yashoda

When God is afraid – Part 4

When God is afraid – Part 4 »

At this point Krishna became angry- God is mad because His mother stopped feeding Him! We hear God is pleased even with a

When God is afraid – Part 3

When God is afraid – Part 3 »

Krishna was irresistibly attracted to the love of residents of Vrindavan. They loved Him purely and offered everything they had for His pleasure.

When God is afraid – Part 2

When God is afraid – Part 2 »

Krishna is crying and simultaneously rubbing off the tears from his eyes, with his tender, soft hands. In the process, the black mascara

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