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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...


Stop the snowball before it snowballs you

When a snowball is on top of a hill and is about to start rolling down, it can be checked and cracked with just a simple flick...


Resign from illusion – don’t re-sign into illusion

We all have our illusory attachments because of which we succumb to self-defeating indulgences. When we realize the...


When we get out of ourselves, we find ourselves

Many people are eager to be themselves, to find and express their authentic self. This search for authenticity is good....


Our greatest power is not the power we have over others, but the power we have over ourselves

Many people hunger for power. Such power-hungry people usually define power in terms of externals, in terms of how much...


Spiritualism is the shadow of spirituality

Spiritualism is the study of spirits, wherein spirits refer to disembodied beings such as ghosts. Spirituality, on...


Dedicate your external to the eternal internal, not the ephemeral internal

When authors write books, they often dedicate their book to some person – that person may not be much mentioned in the...