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Faith is seen through both firmness in intention and flexibility in execution

During a pandemic, if temples are closed to avoid infection, does that indicate a lack of faith among the devoted? Not...


Might nature be teaching us to stop believing that we humans alone matter on the earth?

For the last few centuries, we humans have used the power of technology to exploit nature indiscriminately and disrupt...


If saving lives means something more than delaying death, then we all have the opportunity to save lives

During a pandemic, the medical care providers are the frontline warriors. By their courageous and competent actions,...


For protection amid pandemics, seek not just a hand sanitizer, but also a mind sanitizer

During pandemics, we protect ourselves from germs using a hand sanitizer. Simultaneously, we need to protect...


Prayer is meant to act as a complement to prudent action, not as a replacement

Some people think of prayer as a magic wand to solve all problems or as a mystical shield against all problems. For...


Social isolation can be an opportunity to realize how we all are spiritually connected

Suppose a pandemic compels us to adopt social distancing. Instead of feeling lonely, we can repurpose that isolation...


Contextualizing absolute-sounding scriptural statements doesn’t minimize those statements; not contextualizing minimizes them

How do we make sense of absolute-sounding statements in wisdom-texts such as the Bhagavad-gita? Consider its...


God can transform flashlights into floodlights, just stay in his light

Suppose we are walking on a road and suddenly the power goes off. Though we might initially groan or rant, we will soon...


The essence of karma is universal harmony, not judgmental morality

Some people oppose the idea of karma: “It is just one among many differing systems of morality. These systems simply...


Use circumstantial suffering as an impetus to address existential plight

Suppose we are in an ocean. We might be floating on a raft that may be jeopardized by small waves. Or we might be on a cruise...


Knowledge expands the avenues available for us to address those problems

Suppose someone is coughing. If they have no medical knowledge, they might just try to suppress their cough, which...


To help the distressed, address both their distress’ immediate cause and remote cause

Suppose a doctor encounters a patient suffering from alcoholism and condemns that patient, “You are a wretched...


When dealing with the distressed, focus not on their karma; focus on your dharma

Suppose a newborn baby is crying. Should the mother neglect the baby by thinking, “She is in pain because of her own...