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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

How to save your spiritual relationship?

How to save your spiritual relationship? »

“It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without heart”– Mahatma Gandhi

If your life gets busy and

A peaceful war!!

A peaceful war!! »

“It’s not worth our while to let our imperfections disturb us always”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American philosopher)

Are war and peace

Movies v/s Reality- what is more entertaining?

Movies v/s Reality- what is more entertaining? »

“Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world”– Jean Luc Godard (French-Swiss film director and critic)

James Cameron’s 2009 epic science fiction

Feel bad to feel good!

Feel bad to feel good! »

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard

Desire management through Prayer sessions

Desire management through Prayer sessions »

“Prayer is not asking; it’s a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It’s better in prayer to

Happiness lies beyond the self!

Happiness lies beyond the self! »

Most people suffer because they are trapped by their own self-interest. At one end of life’s spectrum we have people who think only

Remove the ‘clouds’ of inattention

Remove the ‘clouds’ of inattention »

Can the fleeting clouds ever cover the dazzling sun? No, still to our vision the sight and effect of the sun can be

The unassuming pure devotee

The unassuming pure devotee »

I consistently observed one special person over thirty five years and was one of his secret admirers until recently when I spoke to

When ‘hearing’ is a fun filled game

When ‘hearing’ is a fun filled game »

Recently I was with two friends trapped in a hotel room; it was raining cats and dogs and we couldn’t go out. We

When a monk gets married

When a monk gets married »

A marriage is an expression of two people coming together to share deep emotional bonding centered on service and love. A celibate monk

Are you balancing your four needs?

Are you balancing your four needs? »

“Don’t be sweet, lest you be eaten up; don’t be biter, lest you be spewed out”- Jewish proverb

“I am chanting Hare Krishna

Servant consciousness- the hope for mankind

Servant consciousness- the hope for mankind »

Duryodhana was given good counsel by the most influential and wisest men on the planet, namely Bhishma, Vidura, Yudhistir and even Krishna himself.

Rewards of chanting Hare Krishna

Rewards of chanting Hare Krishna »

Today I chanted extra japa and felt nourished. However a painful realization dawned on me that I may not really want what the

A Monk on the Battlefield

A Monk on the Battlefield »

We were a batch of fifteen who joined as monks in the Mumbai monastery in 1999, the same year when India fought hard

Kirtan ecstasy – utopia or reality?

Kirtan ecstasy – utopia or reality? »

Have you felt bored chanting Hare Krishna but are afraid to confess? Do you find Hare Krishna kirtans and the melodies too long

The ‘No’s’ and ‘Yes’ of Bhakti Yoga

The ‘No’s’ and ‘Yes’ of Bhakti Yoga »

When we are new in Krishna consciousness we are encouraged to somehow connect to Krishna. “You don’t have to give up anything, just

Freedom from the Mind’s tyranny

Freedom from the Mind’s tyranny »

“For man, mind is the cause of bondage and mind is the cause of liberation. Mind absorbed in sense objects is the cause

God hears our love call; but do we hear His…?

God hears our love call; but do we hear His…? »

Krishna certainly reciprocates with His devotees. Especially those who serve Him selflessly, desiring nothing material in return become an object of His personal

Are we competing with or cooperating with Krishna

Are we competing with or cooperating with Krishna »

Paundraka was a small time king who began to nurse the thoughts that he was the real Krishna and the Krishna of Dwarka

The prayer essential- ‘If you desire’

The prayer essential- ‘If you desire’ »

When I joined the ashram, we would have periodic exams from the Bhagavad Gita. Coming from an academic and highly competitive background, I

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