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Don’t just fight the mind – fight to get the mind to fight for you

Suppose a part of a country is afflicted by insurgency. To gain control, that country needs to not just crush the...


Compare yourself only with the person you were yesterday

A common human pastime is comparison: “My car is better than theirs; their house is better than mine; my phone is...


We know neither what we are, nor what we can become

Some people are undiscovered talents. A cricketer might be playing brilliantly, but at a little-known club. Somehow,...


The mind may be confused, but we don’t have to let it confuse us

Suppose while we are working we find a colleague suddenly starts mumbling something. If what they are saying doesn’t...


Sex is a bodily function – letting it become a mental obsession is illusion

Some people ask, “Sex is a natural bodily function. Why is spiritual life against sex?” Spiritual life is not...


All consciences are not born equal – nor are they bred equal

Conscience is the inner voice that guides us to do right things and avoid wrong things. Many thoughtful people make...


Restraint and renunciation are routes to detachment – bhakti is the fuel

While traveling, we need to know the routes to travel by as well as the fuel to travel with. If we know just the route with...


Train yourself to hack the inner hacker

A major danger in today’s digital world is hacking, wherein unscrupulous people gain access to our confidential,...


Faith is the reason for reason

Some people feel that faith and reason are incompatible. They argue that those who have faith in God are not thinking...


Renunciation is not for deprivation but for connection and satisfaction

Many people see renunciation negatively, as deprivation of enjoyable things. However, a dramatically different...


We can’t choose our past, but we can choose our memories

When we meet someone who has an ugly scar, that sight may jar us. But once we get to know them and see their good qualities,...


The way of the body is the way of limitation and tribulation

People sometimes ask, “Why are bodily pleasures spoken of so negatively in the Bhagavad-gita?” The...


Mental silence is more defining than verbal silence

Some people, especially those seeking to grow inwards, take a vow of silence, known in Sanskrit as mauna-vrata. The...