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Why dealing only with today’s problems today can be short-sighted

Suppose a town is situated on the banks of a river that floods repeatedly. Whenever floods come, everyone endeavors to...


How purification can empower us all

Purification is often equated with being puritanical, which may evoke images of holier-than-thou people morally...


How elevating and expanding of consciousness are dissimilar and similar

Elevating our consciousness refers to our becoming conscious of higher realities beyond the material realities we...


Why lying to ourselves is so dangerous

Suppose someone we work with lies to us frequently, claiming either that they can do things they can’t or that they...


Why we need to improve ourselves

We all know various areas where we can improve ourselves: exercise regularly, become better-organized, meditate...


How to deal with feelings of inferiority?

While technology has shrunk the world, it has also expanded the world in the sense that we get constantly compared with...


How to go beyond the extremes of denial and despair?

We live constantly in that fleeting moment where the present gives way to the future. How we look at the present and at the...


From applause to absorption

We live in a culture that makes us crave for external validation, all the more so with the advent of social media....


Our choice: push up or be pulled down?

Suppose we hold an object such as a dumb bell in front of us. If we let go of it, it will fall down. If we want it to rise up, we...


Faith in yourself vs faith in God

Confidence is essential for doing anything challenging. Those with confidence have an energy and a magnetism: energy...


How we might defeat ourselves in our inner war

Suppose an army is defending itself against invaders. Suppose the invaders have been allowed in by a prominent general...


Compassionate action = compassionate disposition?

Suppose a doctor is treating a patient competently, but with the sole motive of earning money. Though the activity is...


The power of being detached from fruits

Why does Krishna want us to be detached from the fruits of our work? (Bhagavad-gita 02.47) Because he wants to ensure...