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Making friends with a Snake – Part 3

Making friends with a Snake – Part 3 »

While my brother felt dizzy, my grandparents quickly rushed to us and my grandfather tied a rope tightly on my brother’s thighs. He

Making friends with a Snake – Part 2

Making friends with a Snake – Part 2 »

He rose early and cleaned the house and performed a two hour puja, before going to the temple for his daily services as

Making friends with a Snake – Part 1 »

As the ten foot snake graciously slithered on the coconut orchard, my heart skipped a beat. But oddly, I kept looking at him

Lessons on a train journey – Part 3

Lessons on a train journey – Part 3 »

During another journey, I met Vasudev, a coast guard officer. I wondered how his job was different from that of a naval officer.

Lessons on a train journey – Part 2

Lessons on a train journey – Part 2 »

“Oh that would be dishonest, isn’t it?” he humbly protested. “I am simply an attendant, a private employee who takes care of the

Lessons on a train journey – Part 1

Lessons on a train journey – Part 1 »

Modern education is not synonymous with human culture or healthy value systems. I have heard of a highly educated MBA grad from the

CONNECT AND CONTRIBUTE

CONNECT AND CONTRIBUTE »

CONNECT AND CONTRIBUTE

By Venugopal. Acharya (Vraja Bihari das) In one of Shakespeare’s most powerful soliloquies, Hamlet, struggling with his private thoughts, asks

Pleasure of giving-Part 3

Pleasure of giving-Part 3 »

It didn’t take me long to understand what had caused this transformation. During Aki’s earlier stay in Mumbai, he had no idea what

Pleasure of giving-Part 2

Pleasure of giving-Part 2 »

“You have given me a wonderful opportunity to serve such a nice person like yourself. As for me, I am content living in

Pleasure of giving-Part 1

Pleasure of giving-Part 1 »

“For it is in giving that we receive.”

–    Saint Francis of Assisi (One of the most revered Christian preachers, from 12th century

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

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

‘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.