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Self-control is best maintained by avoiding situations that require self-control

Suppose we have resolved to increase our self-control by, say, regulating our eating. But we suddenly get a desire to...


To claim that everything is an illusion is to be in illusion

Some people say that everything is an illusion. But such a statement is self-contradictory. When we say that...


Even if our past seems like a prison, Krishna is the key to unlock it

Our past can sometimes seem like a prison, especially if some of our past indulgences have become compulsive. The way...


Crave not for what lies outside the fence – cultivate what lies inside it

Suppose we have a garden with the potential for beautiful flowers and delicious fruits. Still, we need to grow them. If...


Knowledge that is inert can’t make us alert

Suppose the knowledge about road signs that we studied for getting a driving license has become inert within us. It has...


Satisfaction comes most reliably not by accumulation or appreciation but by absorption

We all want to be happy. However, where we seek that happiness determines whether we will become happy or not. Quite...


We will give in to outer drives unless we discover our own inner drive

Suppose we are caught in a crowd. We will be pushed by the force of the crowd and we may let ourselves get pushed if we had...


Don’t waste your pain

Amidst pain, if we obsess on it, we can’t learn from the pain and grow through it. By thus squandering the opportunity...


Bhakti is not another to-do – it is another way to do

Amidst our overscheduled and overworked lives, practicing bhakti may seem like another to-do that adds to our...


Be ready to wait in the confusing in-between till it becomes illuminating

When driving, if we come to an intersection and don’t know which way to go, we need to wait till we get some guidance. In...


Trying to be materially over-productive is spiritually counter-productive

Suppose somebody who can lift a twenty-five-kg weight tries to lift a fifty-kg-weight – they will injure...


Grace is not life’s sugar coating; it is life’s substantial reorienting

We usually seek God’s grace in material terms such as more money, a bigger house or a better job. However, for the...


We may be theists nominally and yet be atheists essentially Gita 01.04

We think of atheists as people who reject God’s existence. If we are religious, we would never count ourselves among...