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

When God is afraid – Part 1

When God is afraid – Part 1 »

“Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, become My devotee, offer obeisances to Me and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me,

The ‘basket’ in the mind- Part 4

The ‘basket’ in the mind- Part 4 »

One day he compiled a list of activities that defines him- things that helped him connect deeper to himself and contribute to others’

The ‘basket’ in the mind- Part 3

The ‘basket’ in the mind- Part 3 »

Avoid the ‘Should’ and ‘Should Not’ language

When a friend in our monastery tried the basket exercise, he wrote a lot of things

The ‘basket’ in the mind- Part 2

The ‘basket’ in the mind- Part 2 »

What’d happen if the teenager puffs his bubble beyond a certain size? It would explode and fall on his face. He’d then clumsily

The ‘basket’ in the mind- Part 1

The ‘basket’ in the mind- Part 1 »

“Happiness is a state of activity.”

–    Aristotle (Ancient Greek philosopher and scientist)

Kevin Carter’s photographs shook the world.  In particular, one image of a

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? –  Part 5

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? – Part 5 »

There’s a lot that people speak even when they say nothing. A successful leader of one community told me, “If a person never

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? –  Part 4

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? – Part 4 »

When I know you understand me, I feel happier than when you merely appreciate me. When I hear sweet praise, it tickles my

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? –  Part 3

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? – Part 3 »

The first step of this journey is listening. Steven Covey explains in his famous work, ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People’ that

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? –  Part 2

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? – Part 2 »

The third layer of emotional existence- that may now seem a far-fetched possibility is when we take our appreciation to the next level-

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? –  Part 1

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? – Part 1 »

Listen, or your tongue will keep you deaf.”

–     A Native American proverb

In a particular situation, if you had only one choice of

Free writing- a magic therapy – Part 5

Free writing- a magic therapy – Part 5 »

The more I tried, the more elusive the score appeared. I even scored forty-five once- my lowest score, and ironically that was after

Free writing- a magic therapy – Part 4

Free writing- a magic therapy – Part 4 »

From the head to the heart

American Novelist Flannery O’ Connor said, “I write to discover what I know.”  Writing answers the questions that

Free writing- a magic therapy – Part 3

Free writing- a magic therapy – Part 3 »

On some occasions, she wrote with feeling, on other days it was mechanical. But she kept it going like a tonic pill you

Free writing- a magic therapy – Part 2

Free writing- a magic therapy – Part 2 »

That’s when she discovered a friend called ‘Freewriting.’

She woke up half an hour earlier each morning and grabbed her pen and paper.

Free writing- a magic therapy – Part 1

Free writing- a magic therapy – Part 1 »

“There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.”

–         W.M.  Thackeray

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 6

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 6 »

The king of demons, Hiranyakashipu and his son Prahalad are a contrasting case. The father practised strict austerities, but with an intention to

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 5

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 5 »

Improves relationships

Recently I helped a few friends resolve their differences. Their misunderstandings had grown deeper, and I feared their relationship would strain.

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 4

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 4 »

The quiet power of self-control

The temptations and distractions are many and relentless in this world. We imagine that freedom to let go

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 3

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 3 »

Discipline- external or internal?

Some people practice strong determination in some areas and may even achieve success externally. But on their internal journey

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 2

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 2 »

Self- control gives happy rewards

If you ask any successful sportsman or a student about their strict schedules, you’d likely hear them confess

Srimad Bhagavatam- the paradigm shift – Part 5

Srimad Bhagavatam- the paradigm shift – Part 5 »

When Lord Shiva was embarrassed in his moment of bewilderment by the enchanting female form of Lord Vishnu- Mohini murthi, he accepted his

Srimad Bhagavatam- the paradigm shift – Part 4

Srimad Bhagavatam- the paradigm shift – Part 4 »

Mistakes by the good people

Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva, blundered in her judgment by cursing the devotee king Chitraketu. The king

Srimad Bhagavatam- the paradigm shift – Part 3

Srimad Bhagavatam- the paradigm shift – Part 3 »

Demon and devotee redefined

One of the ancient, classic stories in the Vedic scriptures is that of Vritrasura- the demon who rose from

Srimad Bhagavatam- the paradigm shift – Part 2

Srimad Bhagavatam- the paradigm shift – Part 2 »

The unsung heroes

For example, Bhishma is portrayed in the Mahabharata as a mighty warrior who sided with the evil Kauravas. But the

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