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Determination means to place our intention above our emotion

We all want to be determined, at least about some things that are important to us. But frequently our determination lets...


Krishna has faith in our potential – let’s have faith in his potency

Suppose a celebrated sports coach has faith in the potential of an aspiring sports player. If that player lacks...


We are always full of thoughts, but we aren’t always thoughtful

Compare a library filled with books sorted according to genres and a basement filled with books dumped randomly....


When the supreme soul is glorified, the small soul is purified

When we hear the Bhagavad-gita’s recommendation to practice bhakti-yoga, which centers on glorifying the object...


The mind will dissolve our resolve unless we evolve

Suppose we had a valuable object that was soluble in water. If kept in a humid environment, it will dissolve. To preserve...


Wrongdoing is not just the wrong we do, but also the right we don’t do

Suppose a thief robs someone – that’s a wrongdoing. Additionally, if a cop were nearby but didn’t stop the thief...


Study scripture as a scuba diver, not a surface swimmer

When we swim in the ocean on its surface, we may find its vastness exciting. But if we want to find pearls, we need to dive...


The devoted shine like sapphire when they go through the sadhana fire

The soul is like a jewel. It is an effulgent spark of consciousness, being a part of the supremely effulgent ultimate...


Don’t see through others; see others through

To see through others means to look for faults in others even when none are evident. To see others through means to help...


Free will is the distance between impulse and response

On seeing addicted people relapsing despite their best intentions, we may wonder, “Do they still have free will? Can...


When we do karma-yoga for Krishna, Krishna takes the karma and gives us the yoga

For succeeding or even surviving in the world, we need to work. Simultaneously, when we become spiritually aware, we...


Spiritual knowledge makes us far-sighted and deep-sighted

To be far-sighted means to prepare for our long-term future. To be deep-sighted means to address issues at levels...


To mistake the hilarious to be malicious is ridiculous

The Bhagavad-gita is spoken before a fratricidal war between the Pandavas and their cousins, the Kauravas. What...