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The wonder of ‘Appreciation’- Part 2

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Lesson from a Taxi driver

I learnt this lesson recently when after an unpleasant management meeting I travelled to a place in a

The wonder of ‘Appreciation’- Part 1

The wonder of ‘Appreciation’- Part 1 »

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”

     –  Ralph Waldo Emerson (American philosopher of the mid-19th century)

Human Being or Human Doing? – Part 2

Human Being or Human Doing? – Part 2 »

If I am resolute to study medicine when I love engineering, I’d likely be frustrated. A determination is a limited resource; if I

Human Being or Human Doing? – Part 1

Human Being or Human Doing? – Part 1 »

‘Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.’

–    Albert Camus (French philosopher and Nobel laureate)

In the legendary

Three keys to developing Acceptance- Part 5

Three keys to developing Acceptance- Part 5 »

Step 3: The Baby steps

A local NGO needed help with their school at the slums, and they looked for volunteers to teach

Three keys to developing Acceptance- Part 4

Three keys to developing Acceptance- Part 4 »

As you affirm, you could spend some time seeing the reality you desire, in your own mind. Spend some quiet moments where you

Three keys to developing Acceptance- Part 3

Three keys to developing Acceptance- Part 3 »

Affirmation is therefore, a critical first of the three steps to develop Acceptance.

An example of an affirmation:

 ‘I approve of myself, and

Three keys to developing Acceptance- Part 2

Three keys to developing Acceptance- Part 2 »

Our lives are steeped in artificiality; we hardly connect to our authentic God gifted talents. Instead, we seek to live according to other’s

Three keys to developing Acceptance- Part 1

Three keys to developing Acceptance- Part 1 »

“For, after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.”

          – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (American

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

Slow down to speed up – Part 5

Slow down to speed up – Part 5 »

Chanting and hearing the transcendental sound vibration of scriptures helps us connect to God. The sound purifies our heart and helps connect our

Slow down to speed up – Part 4

Slow down to speed up – Part 4 »

I like to remember what Steven Covey, one of the most influential Management gurus of the twentieth century, called as the ‘law of

Slow down to speed up – Part 3

Slow down to speed up – Part 3 »

1.     Time with Nature

If you want fresh air and positive energy, sit under a tree or better yet, hug one. Trees are the

Slow down to speed up – Part 2

Slow down to speed up – Part 2 »

A mistake many commit on their frenzied journey of life is to opt for instant self-gratification. Liquor, drugs and sex give relief, but

Slow down to speed up – Part 1

Slow down to speed up – Part 1 »

“God is never in a hurry, but he’s always on time”

         –  Rick Warren (famous Christian preacher and author)

“I am growing

The morning hours- a game changer! – Part 3

The morning hours- a game changer! – Part 3 »

A habit of being in the ‘present’ early morning helps you practise mindfulness for the rest of the day. Many spiritualists spend their

The morning hours- a game changer! – Part 2

The morning hours- a game changer! – Part 2 »

The morning is God’s way of saying, “C’mon I give you another chance; go make a difference, touch a heart, encourage someone, inspire

The morning hours- a game changer! – Part 1

The morning hours- a game changer! – Part 1 »

“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you rest of the day. And if it’s

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

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