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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

The falsehood of Sacrifice – Part 4

The falsehood of Sacrifice – Part 4 »

It’s more honorable to live for self

While it’s healthy to consider others’ sacrifice and kindness upon us, it’s

The falsehood of Sacrifice – Part 3

The falsehood of Sacrifice – Part 3 »

His father who had died a few weeks ago had always envisioned his son as a major league

The falsehood of Sacrifice – Part 2

The falsehood of Sacrifice – Part 2 »

Although I had lied to myself, I now felt relieved at my acceptance of the truth.  I was no messiah, instead, an ordinary

The falsehood of Sacrifice – Part 1

The falsehood of Sacrifice – Part 1 »

“Self- Sacrifice? But it is precisely the self that cannot and must not be sacrificed.”

–    Ayn Rand (Russian-American novelist

Exercise helps us chant Hare Krishna

Exercise helps us chant Hare Krishna »

“Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness” –  Edward Stanley

Our three lives

Our three lives »

In one of Shakespeare’s most powerful soliloquies, Hamlet struggling with his private thoughts, asks himself,

Prince Hamlet regrets that

The ‘SALT’ in our spiritual diet

The ‘SALT’ in our spiritual diet »

“The food has no salt”, Satish feebly protested. Priya winced her face, and rushed with a bowl of salt.

Satish never thanked his

ARE YOU CONNECTED- 25 Keys to Live, Grow and Succeed with Self and Others..

ARE YOU CONNECTED- 25 Keys to Live, Grow and Succeed with Self and Others.. »

The basic principle of life is: The better connected you are to yourself, the better connected you will be to the world

Happiness- temporary or permanent? – Part 2

Happiness- temporary or permanent? – Part 2 »

“There are many fools among men; among animals none”

– James Basford

How could we know if what we feel is genuine happiness

Happiness- temporary or permanent? – Part 1

Happiness- temporary or permanent? – Part 1 »

“Man is the connecting link between dust and deity”

James Basford

When you are tired walking under the hot sun, and then enter

A higher taste removes lower taste-part 2

A higher taste removes lower taste-part 2 »

“The secret to permanently breaking any bad habit is to love something greater than the habit.”            – Brynt Mcgill

The focus of our

A higher taste removes lower taste-part 1

A higher taste removes lower taste-part 1 »

“Bad habits are like a comfortable bed; easy to get into, but hard to get out of”

 

A friend of mine

Living beyond ‘Relief’ – part 2

Living beyond ‘Relief’ – part 2 »

“For fast acting relief, slowdown”

– Lily Tomlin

When one seeks love, peace becomes a concomitant by-product. If you aim to reach

Living beyond ‘Relief’ – part 1

Living beyond ‘Relief’ – part 1 »

“Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is” – Albert Camus

Travelling in the trains of Mumbai would give

The two foundations of Trust –part 3

The two foundations of Trust –part 3 »

“In God we trust, in all others, we virus scan”

– Unknown

Principle 2: Trust others

The second sacred principle for creating trust

Why humans are unhappy?

Why humans are unhappy? »

“I am not a human being; I am a human becoming…”

Unknown

If a highly talented business entrepreneur works as a

Facing challenges like a lion or a dog?

Facing challenges like a lion or a dog? »

“I am more than my scars”

–  Andrew Davidson

 

When a herd of elephants pass by on the other side of the

The magic of ‘Appreciation’

The magic of ‘Appreciation’ »

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”                                                                                      –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

How do you feel if

The enemy is within

The enemy is within »

Onlookers in the rustic Palashi, a village in Bengal thought, “This is a no battle; what can mere 3,500 men do against our

The two foundations of Trust –part 2

The two foundations of Trust –part 2 »

“Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly”

George Macdonald (1824-1905), Scottish author and poet

There are two

The two foundations of Trust –part 1

The two foundations of Trust –part 1 »

“Never trust a husband too far, nor a bachelor too near”

Helen Rowland (1875-1950), American journalist and humourist

The ball was high in

Hear Ramayana and transcend Time

Hear Ramayana and transcend Time »

A true story:

January’ 1985:

Sam thought it was a queer sight; he felt a strange sensation through his spines. Drawn like a

Check your assumptions – part 2

Check your assumptions – part 2 »

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in” 

Check your assumptions – part 1

Check your assumptions – part 1 »

“I suppose it’s tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail” 

Good chanting- how do you know?

Good chanting- how do you know? »

“Everything else can wait” is the realization one gets when he or she’s chanting well.

The moment you hear the holy names, you

The two I’s of God – part 6

The two I’s of God – part 6 »

Despite the towering reputation that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu earned at such a young age, he remained meek and humble. He served others; whether it

The two I’s of God – part 5

The two I’s of God – part 5 »

Once while playing with his friends, he jokingly induced them to chant Hare Krishna. The boys were instantly hooked to the chanting. Meanwhile

The two I’s of God – part 4

The two I’s of God – part 4 »

The miracles he performed during his earthly sojourn include his bringing back to life, the dead son of Srivas Pandit. He also cured

The-two-I’s-of-God-part-3

The-two-I’s-of-God-part-3 »

The foremost Vedic scholar in India during those days was Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya who was the elderly spiritual master of King Prataparudra. The king

The two I’s of God – part 2

The two I’s of God – part 2 »

Mahaprabhu’s intellectual prowess was equally astounding. As a young twelve year old boy, he defeated in debate, the visiting world champion scholar Keshav

The two I’s of God – part 1

The two I’s of God – part 1 »

Around Five hundred thirty years ago, a major cultural and religious revolution took place in Eastern India. God incarnated as Lord Sri Chaitanya

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