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Happiness is a state of being, not a status symbol

People often pretend to be happy. No matter how distressed they are, they plaster a smile on their face in front of others...


Education centers not on building our resume, but on broadening our reality

Today’s academic culture often makes students obsessed with building their resume. When they have to decide which...


A missed apostrophe can be a catastrophe – we are God’s, not Gods

Some people hold, “We are all Gods, for we are all the same impersonal omnipresent spirit that is commonly known as...


To resolve conflicts, begin with the 1% commonality, not the 99% differences

Whenever we have a conflict with someone, our attention naturally goes to the area of conflict: we want to do things in...


Those who are not humble often help us to become humble

Dealing with arrogant people can be annoying and draining. To view such people positively, we can see interactions...


Scripture is meant to be not just mapped, but also mined

Suppose we are in a territory rich with buried treasures. We may map the territory, but we will be enriched only when we...


Exploiting others’ weaknesses doesn’t make us strong – overcoming our own weaknesses does

Some people see the world primarily in terms of power struggles. They center their life on maneuvering and...


Intelligence means to know which thoughts are to be pinned and which to be binned

Suppose we regularly use sticky notes. If too many notes clutter our notice board, we would need to sort them. We would...


Krishna is just one thought away from us – always

When we practice spiritual life, we may feel forlorn: “I am trapped in this material world and Krishna is in the...


Don’t just work on our conditionings – work with our conditionings

Suppose someone has a condition with no easy cure, such as blindness. Though they may keep trying to cure that...


Don’t let our desire to use something for Krishna become greater than our desire for Krishna

While driving to meet someone special, suppose we get a desire to offer them a special gift. But we get so caught in...


The mind is restless, reasonless, ruthless, relentless

The Bhagavad-gita (06.34) explains why controlling the mind is extremely difficult using four describers, which can...


Love becomes blind when lust becomes the blindfold

Love is the heart’s deepest aspiration; we all want to love and be loved. Through love, we can establish the sweetest...