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A sight on a site can trigger a fire inside, watch what you watch

If we were living in a house made of inflammable material, we would meticulously avoid throwing about a matchstick,...


Chemical highs can’t cure life’s lows, we need to go spiritually high

When life’s adversities push people down, they often feel so dejected that they desperately seek something to lift...


Careless contemplation turns tempting thoughts into time bombs

When a time bomb is placed somewhere, it may not be even noticed by anyone; it might seem just like any other innocuous...


Envy targets the envied, but torments the envious

Envy is the inner dark tendency that makes us miserable at others’ successes, that impels us to drag them down and plot...


Conscience without intelligence is blunt, intelligence without conscience is numb

Conscience and intelligence are two vital components of our inner defense mechanism. Whenever we feel tempted to do...


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...