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Give others as much benefit of doubt as we give to ourselves

If we oversleep, we often justify, “I was tired.” But if someone we don’t like oversleeps, we label them as...


The first me is practically never the best me

Some people ask, “We are often told to repress our impulses in the name of civilized behavior or spiritual standards....


Exposition enters easiest through an envelope of emotion

The Bhagavad-gita is a treatise of profound philosophical wisdom. And it is also a message of undying spiritual...


Unsolicited distraction may be unavoidable, but intentional inattention isn’t

While doing things that require concentration, we are sometimes interrupted by unsolicited distractions. For...


Renunciation is meant to help us look up at Krishna, not look down at the world

Whenever we become good at anything, our ego tempts us to feel superior to those who are not that good. This same...


If people don’t walk in, don’t slam the door on their face

When we start practicing spiritual life, our life becomes enriched with deep meaning and sublime joy. Naturally, we...


The mind is a specialist in forgetfulness

When we indulge indiscriminately in sensual pleasures, we experience their actual nature. They are insubstantial,...


In the spiritual race, if we strive to be finishers, we will be winners too

Sometimes, people participate in runs to express their solidarity for a cause. In such runs, who wins the race is not...


Stay aware of your triggers – and stay away from them

Recovering alcoholics are warned to stay away from things that trigger their desire for alcohol. If, for example,...


Focus on doing what you can, not on what you can’t

Today’s culture glamorizes aggressively people with great looks, smart personalities and brilliant skills....


Just because the world is a place of misery doesn’t mean we have to accept atrocity

Some people say, “The Bhagavad-gita’s statement that the world is a place of misery makes people fatalistic,...


Those who don’t think philosophy don’t live without philosophy – they live with an unthought philosophy

Some people say, “I am interested only in the here-and-now, in the visible and the tangible. I am not interested in...


Every ending is also a beginning

When a good thing such as a memorable spiritual retreat ends, we may feel sad, “Why is this ending?” We may solace...