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The mind may give us a flashback, but we don’t have to turn back

When we strive to lead a principle-centered life, we sometimes get sudden flashbacks. Some flashbacks are joyful,...


Tolerance is not an end in itself – transcendence is

Tolerance implies the readiness to live with unpalatable situations. It is a strength that enables us to keep small...


The highest spiritual vision culminates in compassion, not inaction

Some spiritual seekers think that to avoid bondage and to grow spiritually, they need to reject the world and give up all...


Our activities may need to be spaced out, but we don’t need to be spaced out

The word “spaced out” can refer to our actions or to our consciousness. When we have a lot of things to do, especially...


The mind on auto-pilot leads us to destruction, not destination

When a plane is flying on course in the sky, it can be set on auto-pilot and it will cruise towards its destination –...


The event of death isn’t avoidable, but the trauma of death is

Death is life’s scariest reality. Even when we see it happening around us, we shield ourselves from it by believing...


The whole is far greater than the sum of its parts

Modern science often analyzes objects to be the sum of their parts. We may extend this scientific approach to...


Focus not on where the inner voice is coming from, but on where it is taking

We often hear different voices within us. Some voices prompt us to act foolishly, some to act wisely, some to actions in...


Union of wills requires not the breaking of will but the building of will

We may have a lose-win conception in our relationship with God: He is the Supreme, and we have no option but to obey him,...


The spiritual vision of all living beings is both saddening and gladdening

A foundational philosophical insight is that the material vision and the spiritual vision do not see alike. When we...


The mind is not inherently our enemy – it is circumstantially our enemy

When we understand how our mind frequently sabotages us in our endeavors to do constructive things, we may become...


To achieve transformation, see devotion more as intention than as emotion

We may think of devotion as the sweet emotion we feel on, say, beholding Krishna’s Deity form or hearing a sweet...


To avoid the inner bad feeling, don’t weaken conscience – strengthen willpower

Whenever we do something wrong, we feel bad, “I shouldn’t have done like that.” This bad feeling is the pinch of...