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Coping with Suffering– Part 5

Coping with Suffering– Part 5 »

One can then deduce how even our unavoidable suffering and pain in this world has some meaning and plan – a divine one

Coping with Suffering– Part 4

Coping with Suffering– Part 4 »

But wouldn’t science and technology help?

Yes, scientific advancement could help us hide old age, but not overcome it. If your hair is

Coping with Suffering– Part 3

Coping with Suffering– Part 3 »

The ancient wisdom scripture the Srimad Bhagavatam declared five thousand years ago (5.5.5), “As long as one does not enquire about spiritual values of life, one

Coping with Suffering– Part 2

Coping with Suffering– Part 2 »

Misery defined

Misery is defined as: to get what you don’t want, and to not get what you want. Both Scott and Amundsen experienced

Coping with Suffering– Part 1

Coping with Suffering– Part 1 »

“The wound is the place where light enters you.”

–         Rumi (13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic)

Roald Amundsen was attracted to wilderness. Even

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 6

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 6 »

Recently I tried this experiment with a group of young couples. I told them to write a ten minute thank you journal during

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 5

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 5 »

As you stare at this big bucket on your wall daily, do you think, “I have so many important responsibilities that I feel

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 4

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 4 »

I can hear you say, “I am so busy, I don’t think I can do all of this”

“Fine”, I plead to you,

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 3

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 3 »

Don’t worry if no one around you is asking these questions; it’s surely the best thing to ask or desire. It’s all right,

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 2

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 2 »

Maya is the power that gives strength to the mind and the intelligence to rebel against our own interests. We seek happiness and success

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 1

Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 1 »

“I am indeed a king, because I know how to rule myself”

–         Pietro Aretino (Italian author and poet of the sixteenth century)

23rd June’

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 11

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 11 »

Where are we headed to?

Over the last few decades human society has progressively degenerated into a life predominant in the lower modes;

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 9

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 9 »

In the mode of goodness, one’s thoughts and actions are governed by wisdom and a person experiences a deeply satisfying life. When the

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 8

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 8 »

Like gravity pulls things downwards, the modes too battle for supremacy. If you seek sattva don’t be surprised when rajas demands attention. And if you are predominantly

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 7

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 7 »

Each of the brothers had the same stimulus yet they chose to respond differently. Being bound up tightly by the mode of ignorance, Tamo had

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 6

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 6 »

Making the right choice

The modes bind us day in day out. But if we do make the right sattva choices, we allow sattva to control us;

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 5

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 5 »

A life of sattva practises improves our awareness and therefore helps us recognize how the three modes cover our souls.

Learning from a surgeon, cricketer

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 4

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 4 »

Taking care of our real self – the body v/s the soul

If we want to be happy we need to rise beyond

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 3

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 3 »

Today however the situation is bizarre. People work passionately into late hours, parties go on till wee hours and licentious lifestyle and booze

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 2

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 2 »

My friend thought that was a subtle but reasonable explanation. When the potency of Goodness is prominent, one feels peaceful and satisfied. When

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 1

Freedom from three invisible ropes-Part 1 »

“Adventure is not outside man; it is within”

– George Eliot (leading English author of the nineteenth century)

Uday, my neighbour, and a

The race against time – Part 4

The race against time – Part 4 »

Bhakti helps transcend Time The twins’ absorption in service is contagious; thousands, who throng to Mayapur- now the world headquarters of

The race against time – Part 3

The race against time – Part 3 »

A higher desire – a case study from the Bhakti school Instead of racing against time, let’s work on our aims and

The race against time – Part 2

The race against time – Part 2 »

Time cares little for your rank or position. A beggar would eventually meet a billionaire on a level playing field- in

The race against time – Part 1

The race against time – Part 1 »

“How did it get so late so soon?” –    Dr. Seuss (popular children’s author and poet of the twentieth century) Sixty-nine year

The tragedy of Test cricket – Part 3

The tragedy of Test cricket – Part 3 »

As a young teenager I remember growing up with friends who had different loyalties – I liked the Aussie team,

The tragedy of Test cricket – Part 2

The tragedy of Test cricket – Part 2 »

Learn from cricket with Detachment

A sport teaches us exciting life lessons, but if you are attached to a

The tragedy of Test cricket – Part 1

The tragedy of Test cricket – Part 1 »

“I may be a captain on the field, but off the field, I don’t like discussing cricket.”

–    M.S. Dhoni

Going beyond superficial ritual and shallow religion

Going beyond superficial ritual and shallow religion »

At the yoga conference Richard became good friends with Bhikku Vivekananda, a spiritual leader from Thailand, who had thousands of students at

The irony of a Bollywood Super hero

The irony of a Bollywood Super hero »

“Man is not what he thinks he is; he is what he hides” – Andre Malraux (1901-1976, French Novelist)

“Wow! He really looks

A billionaire taxi driver!!

A billionaire taxi driver!! »

The drive to the station took unusually long thanks to the incorrigible Mumbai traffic. “Pardon me for asking you, you are a monk

Realizations of the rich and famous –part two

Realizations of the rich and famous –part two »

“As a person aggrieved by hunger and thirst is not pleased by the external gratification of flower garlands or sandalwood pulp, I am

Realizations of the rich and famous –part one

Realizations of the rich and famous –part one »

Devahuti said: “I am very sick of the disturbance caused by my material senses, for because of this sense disturbance, my Lord, I

Spiritual Billionaire

Spiritual Billionaire »

Learning lessons of life from spiritual leaders

“People spend money they don’t have, on things they don’t need, to impress people whom anyway

Scientists explain Reincarnation

Scientists explain Reincarnation »

Part two… (Continued from the previous post…)

Dr. Ian Stevenson, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, has extensively investigated numerous reincarnation

Reincarnation – fact or fiction?

Reincarnation – fact or fiction? »

Some years ago, during the third session –Who am I? The science of the soul- of our Journey of Self Discovery course at

Thinking beyond ourselves

Thinking beyond ourselves »

A devout man dreamt that God always accompanied him in his life. He saw two pair of footprints and felt solaced that God

Do scriptures promote a negative view of this world?

Do scriptures promote a negative view of this world? »

“Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable”

Finley Peter Dunne (American humorist and writer, 1867-1936)

No!

But the Bhagavad Gita says

The emergency of Krishna consciousness

The emergency of Krishna consciousness »

Tsunamis, Earthquakes and on the domestic front, a loved one leaving you is all potentially possible. Pain and distress cannot be avoided in

Four theories on God’s existence – part two

Four theories on God’s existence – part two »

Continued from the previous post…….

Taking responsibility for our suffering

The Vedic understanding of evil, which many like Kushner are unaware of, places

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