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The mind is omnivorous – it devours whatever is present and feels pleasant

 Omnivorous creatures are indiscriminate in their eating; they consume whatever is available and feels...


We are the makers of our destiny, but not the masters of our destiny

When we strive to achieve something challenging, we soon realize that the results don’t depend on us alone. For...


Stop blaming your outer world, start building your inner world

Suppose the weather suddenly turns chilly. We could blame the weather and feel sorry for ourselves. Or we could don warm...


Without going deeply into one tradition, we can’t deeply appreciate any tradition

When we start exploring life’s spiritual side, we may hesitate to commit ourselves to any particular spiritual...


Comparing is unavoidable, but comparing mentality is undesirable

In our competitive world, comparison is almost universal. In a class with any kind of assessment, who gets higher...


Weakness makes us hotheaded, wickedness makes us cold-blooded

We all sometimes act wrongly. But not all wrong actions are equally serious – they fall at different points on a scale...


What is our greatest treasure is often not what we treasure the greatest

Suppose a child is asked to choose between a toy and a million-dollar-check. The child may grab the toy, not knowing that...


Detachment is absence of emotional dependence, not absence of emotion

Some people fear, “If I become detached, will I become emotionless, uncaring, stone-hearted?” No, detachment...


What differentiates spiritualists from materialists is not absence of pain but presence of healing

Some people ask spiritualists, “You go through the same problems as we do – what do you gain by your spiritual...


Focus on the cause that brings us together, not on the conditions and conditionings that push us apart

We all are irreducibly individual. Naturally, we all have our opinions on various issues. When these opinions differ,...


What the moonlight of reason shows dimly, the sunlight of revelation shows clearly

Some people think that reason and revelation are contradictory. They fear that if they accept revelation, they will be...


Sensual hope deludes, spiritual hope delivers

We all need hope. Without hope, life becomes unbearable, even unlivable. But we need to choose carefully where we pin...


Keep the mind on one track, don’t keep a one track mind

To keep the mind on one track means to keep our attention focused on one overarching life-purpose, whatever...