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Two levels of Happiness- Part 2

Two levels of Happiness- Part 2 »

The pursuit of happiness when defined as pleasure- is common to all animals and humans. However, you’ll notice that for almost all humans

Two levels of Happiness- Part 1 »

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace” – John Lennon (a celebrated English singer of the Beatles fame)

Prayers improve Mindfulness – Part 4

Prayers improve Mindfulness – Part 4 »

Prayer could be a drag initially, especially if we know nothing of God. However that could very well be the starting point. We

Prayers improve Mindfulness – Part 3

Prayers improve Mindfulness – Part 3 »

Besides, our time with spiritual sound (as in chanting of mantras) helps us access a divine realm. Many are reluctant to explore the

Prayers improve Mindfulness – Part 2

Prayers improve Mindfulness – Part 2 »

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Mindfulness – the key to happy living

The first principle of peaceful living is to be mindful of the now,

Prayers improve Mindfulness – Part 1

Prayers improve Mindfulness – Part 1 »

“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”

–         John Bunyan (English writer of the seventeenth

The echoes of Wisdom Books- Part 3

The echoes of Wisdom Books- Part 3 »

Once I was travelling with two friends to a holy place of pilgrimage. It rained heavily that evening and we were stranded in

The echoes of Wisdom Books- Part 2

The echoes of Wisdom Books- Part 2 »

Modern self-help gurus and wisdom of the past

One of the most influential self-help gurus of the twentieth century was Wayne Dyer. I

The echoes of Wisdom Books- Part 1

The echoes of Wisdom Books- Part 1 »

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

–         Issac Asimov (American writer of science

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

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

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

Significance of Krishna Janmashtami

Significance of Krishna Janmashtami »

Krishna took birth at midnight, the darkest hour, to fill our lives with the transcendental light of divinity. There were huge

Krishna’s birth – a lesson in Sacrifice

Krishna’s birth – a lesson in Sacrifice »

On Devaki and Vasudev’s wedding, a voice in the sky foretold that Supreme Lord Krishna would appear as their eighth child

Secrets of Meditation

Secrets of Meditation »

We had been to an industrial town for conducting seminars for senior managers of different companies. Although we had been away from our

Pleasure v/s Purpose – what’s a better deal?

Pleasure v/s Purpose – what’s a better deal? »

“Don’t mistake pleasure for happiness. They are different breed of dogs.”

Josh Billings (American humourist of the nineteenth century)

An Indian folktale reveals

No need to control the mind? – Part 2

No need to control the mind? – Part 2 »

“I’d rather prefer to accept myself the way I am and then focus on cultivating principles and being more attentive and present in

No need to control the mind? – Part 1

No need to control the mind? – Part 1 »

“What goes on inside isn’t ever the same as what goes on outside”

Margaret Lawrence (Canadian writer 1926-1987)

“Does your mind wander?” asked

Lessons from history on the deadly power of mind – Part 3

Lessons from history on the deadly power of mind – Part 3 »

“A man who really fights for justice must lead a private, not public life, if he has to survive even for a short

Lessons from history on the deadly power of mind – Part 2

Lessons from history on the deadly power of mind – Part 2 »

“Self is a sea boundless and measureless” – Kahlil Gibran (Lebanese writer and poet)

Acceptance also means accepting principles that help us align

Lessons from history on the deadly power of mind – Part 1

Lessons from history on the deadly power of mind – Part 1 »

“You too Brutus….Then fall Ceaser”

Shakespeare penned these immortal words for Julius Ceaser, who uttered them in grief, while betrayed by his trusted

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

Winning the Mind war – Part 8

Winning the Mind war – Part 8 »

Mansoor Khan however scripted a different story for his own life. He knew his calling was different. Even when his first film was

Winning the Mind war – Part 7

Winning the Mind war – Part 7 »

We are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is

Winning the Mind war – Part 6

Winning the Mind war – Part 6 »

“If you fall in love with somebody, then you are not even worried about your bills. Love can take your mind off anything”

Winning the Mind war – Part 5

Winning the Mind war – Part 5 »

“All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind” – Khalil Gibran

The cart procession at the

Winning the Mind war – Part 4

Winning the Mind war – Part 4 »

“Rule your mind or it will rule you” – Horace (Roman poet- 65 BC – 8 BC)

JRD quietly tolerated the disgrace, even

Winning the Mind war – Part 3

Winning the Mind war – Part 3 »

There are others who despite external success live a shattered life personally. They mask their inner pain with the outward growth, but suffer

Winning the Mind war – Part 2

Winning the Mind war – Part 2 »

When lusty feelings, envious thoughts, or negative self-talk strike one after the other, you could be in denial- “Think positive, life’s o.k. everything

Winning the Mind war – Part 1

Winning the Mind war – Part 1 »

“You have power over your mind-not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” –  Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor- 121-180 AD)

Marcus

No pain no gain

No pain no gain »

Many people want things easy in life; “if I could get a jackpot lottery, I’d be a billionaire overnight” or “How I wish

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

Making chanting an unconscious habit

Making chanting an unconscious habit »

“I am terribly embarrassed by what my son’s doing” Ajit shook his head helplessly.

“I thought you should be concerned about his recovery

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