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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No time to chant Hare Krishna? – Part two

No time to chant Hare Krishna? – Part two »

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Given the modern ‘no time’ disease, it seems we are trapped; can we not practise Bhakti Yoga at all.

No time to chant Hare Krishna? – Part one

No time to chant Hare Krishna? – Part one »

“I am really very busy; I have no time to chant and practise Bhakti Yoga. What to do?”

Are we busier than Arjuna?

Get attached to wife or God?

Get attached to wife or God? »

“What’s wrong if I am attached to my friends, family or the stock market”?

All of them are influenced by time. And if

Chant Hare Krishna and be… ‘Present’

Chant Hare Krishna and be… ‘Present’ »

One of the common challenges facing devotees who chant Hare Krishna daily is the ‘wandering mind’. Devotees regret they fall asleep while chanting

Carry the magic Japa ROD

Carry the magic Japa ROD »

If I honestly examine my daily chanting over the last one year, I can see that my best Japa happened when I carried

Don’t trust the mind

Don’t trust the mind »

A few days ago while chanting my japa my mind urged me to take a small break, make important phone calls, and get

How God feels when we struggle

How God feels when we struggle »

As we struggle in our practise of Krishna consciousness, we’d be immensely benefitted if we express our heartfelt gratitude to God.

But have

The helpline when mind abuses

The helpline when mind abuses »

“For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so,

Is Krishna consciousness vague or definite?

Is Krishna consciousness vague or definite? »

“Always chanting My glories, endeavoring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion.” (Bhagavad Gita 9.14)

The Pleasure Secrets

The Pleasure Secrets »

We secretly wish we could experience unending pleasures. Especially in the midst of pain caused by our mind, we hanker for relief and

The magic of Saintly Association

The magic of Saintly Association »

One of the greatest challenges for the Hare Krishna chanters is the uncontrolled mind. Practitioners struggle with the myriad desires of the

Removing the poison of Envy

Removing the poison of Envy »

The greatest obstacles on the path of spirituality are caused not by the external challenges posed by the world, but by our

Love- the highest form of fearlessness

Love- the highest form of fearlessness »

A significant, perceivable benefit of chanting Hare Krishna is that the process fills our heart with the quality of fearlessness. The Vedic

Human Being- Rational or Animal?

Human Being- Rational or Animal? »

We often say that human being is a ‘rational animal’.  If you take away the ‘rational’ part, the human is simply an

God- great or sweet?

God- great or sweet? »

The Hare Krishna yogi initially focusses on God’s greatness; however to sustain a life of chanting, he/she also explores the irresistible sweetness

Chasing the illusion; losing the precious

Chasing the illusion; losing the precious »

While chanting Hare Krishna, a spiritualist also examines his own heart; is his or her lifestyle healthy for spiritual practises or are

The safe anchor

The safe anchor »

If you enjoy swimming in an ocean, you would sometimes face huge waves, and as you swim high on them, you enjoy

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