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The Gita equips the thoughtful to become more faithful and the faithful to become more thoughtful

Some people say, “Thoughtfulness and faithfulness don’t go well together. If someone thinks too deeply, many of...


The mind makes the uncomfortable seem unbearable and then makes us do the unconscionable

Suppose someone lives in a place with uncomfortably hot weather. If they accept their situation, they will gradually...


Don’t be so afraid of the irrational as to deny the possibility of the transrational

We live in an age that prides itself on its rationality. Few put-downs anger thinking people as much as being called...


God focuses not on what wrongs we have committed, but on where our heart is committed

Suppose we strive to practice bhakti and live purely, but fail — and fail repeatedly. We may feel disheartened:...


Manifesting our individuality should fill our heart, not empty our pocket

“Be yourself.” This is an oft-repeated mantra nowadays. While the call to be true to oneself is enriching, the path...


Just because it’s not up to you doesn’t mean that you are not up to it — don’t give up, buck up

When we are asked to do something challenging, especially something whose results depend on factors beyond our...


Destiny may determine the complexion of our face, but we determine the expression on our face

“Is everything destined?” We may ask when factors beyond our control wreck our efforts to succeed in life. Gita...


Contemplation is the foundation of action; without contemplation, what we do is not action but reaction

Some people view contemplation and action as opposites: “If we are contemplative, we can’t be active.” To...


When a long-awaited good thing happens, be grateful that it happened, not resentful that it happened so late

Suppose someone who had a longstanding disagreement with us finally comes over to our viewpoint. If we welcome them...


The mind is not afraid to interrupt us, don’t be afraid to interrupt it

Suppose we are working in a team with someone who keeps interrupting us. And what they suggest is mostly distracting at...


God loves us as we are, but he loves us too much to let us stay as we are

Some people ask, “Why doesn’t God love us as we are? Why does he prescribe so many rules?” To understand...


Better to endure cravings that seem unbearable than to endure consequences that are unbearable

Suppose someone is trying to recover from alcoholism. They may still be subjected to strong cravings to drink. Suppose...


The mind is a persecutor who pretends to be the persecuted

Few things stimulate human sympathy as much as the sight of someone being persecuted. We naturally want to do what we can...