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Comfortable misery is still misery

We living in our AC homes and offices may pity people of the past who had to work outdoors, sweating profusely under the...


See temptation as an attack, not as a defeat

Suppose soldiers guarding the national border against a hostile neighbor find bullets whizzing past them....


Doing what we don’t feel like doing is not necessarily being superficial

Some people say, “Why should I practice bhakti when I don’t feel like doing it? I don’t want to be superficial. I...


In the war of egos, the winner is the bigger loser

When people disagree on an issue, the disagreement sometimes degenerates into a war of egos, where the issues are...


The Gita complements verbal exposition with visual demonstration

The Bhagavad-gita expounds on the inconceivable relationship of God, Krishna, with this world through two...


Purity reverses our mental gravity

Gravity refers to the force by which objects fall to the earth. Our mental gravity can refer to the force by which our...


The instrumental self is not the self – it is the instrument to the self

One of the most intriguing Bhagavad-gita verses states: Elevate the self with the self, don’t degrade the self with...


People need to feel understood before they become ready to understand

Suppose a patient goes to a doctor and, without hearing the patient, the doctor starts giving a prescription. The...


Cultivate a tender heart, but cover it with a thick skin

The process of bhakti is meant to purify and soften our heart, to make it receptive to relish the subtle and sweet love of...


Life is meant to get back to Krishna, not to get back at others

Suppose a snake bites us. Suppose further that we become enraged at the snake and start chasing it to kick it to death....


Aversion is as much a temptation as is attachment

On the spiritual path, we understand that attachments are temptations. When we are too attached to someone, we are...


Determination means to decouple emotion from action

Some of us may feel, “I don’t have determination – I just can’t stick to my resolutions.” We almost treat...


Don’t let victory in the battle against temptation come at the cost of defeat in the war for devotion

While growing spiritually, we know that we need to resist certain anti-devotional temptations. But we may get so...