Even in paradise, the mind will say, “Yes, but …”
Jan16

Even in paradise, the mind will say, “Yes, but …”

We may know people who are habitual faultfinders. No matter how well a thing is done, they harp on some wrong that is irrelevant,…

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Study the Gita for transformational spirituality, not material technicality
Jan15

Study the Gita for transformational spirituality, not material technicality

The Bhagavad-gita is encyclopedic – not in length, but in scope. It addresses a wide variety of subjects, explaining…

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The mind can make us blind, even when our eyes can see
Jan14

The mind can make us blind, even when our eyes can see

Suppose we are in a disturbed frame of mind and are driving to a meeting. Our map tells us that we have reached our destination,…

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Information doesn’t have to be new to be helpful – it just has to be timely
Jan12

Information doesn’t have to be new to be helpful – it just has to be timely

We live in a culture where the new is incessantly glamorized – new gadgets, new fashions, new data, new news. But we don’t always need new information – what we need is timely access to the known. If students have prepared for an exam, they don’t need any new information at the time of the exam – they just need to recollect what they already know.

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Spiritual knowledge elevates us above misery – and eliminates misery too
Jan11

Spiritual knowledge elevates us above misery – and eliminates misery too

The Bhagavad-gita uses two metaphors for illustrating the transformational potency of spiritual knowledge. Just as a sturdy boat helps us to cross over an ocean, the boat of spiritual knowledge helps us cross over the ocean of misery (04.36). And just as fire reduces the debris put in it to ashes, so does the fire of transcendental knowledge reduce the impurities within to ashes (04.37).

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