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When the tendency to doubt helps

In today’s educated circles, doubt is celebrated as an intellectual strength. Whenever thoughtful people encounter...


How pride can corrupt both faith and doubt …

We often equate pride with respect-demanding and self-congratulatory hubris. But it can appear much more subtly when...


If we lack freedom or willpower, what can we do?

When we try to do something worthwhile, if external situations hamper us, we may lament our lack of freedom. Or if...


When helping others is compassion and when it isn’t …

Suppose someone is starving. We may help them by giving some money. If they are starving because a recession has left...


What does it mean to know Krishna?

The Bhagavad-gita repeatedly talks about knowing Krishna — those who know him attain his abode (04.09). What does such...


How our mind can be a double agent

Suppose a country’s intelligence agency needs to do a vital mission for which they need a particular spy. Suppose...


The pleasure of being miserable

Pleasure and misery are opposites — how, then, can there be any pleasure in being miserable? Because the mind is a...


How could past people believe in things we find irrational?

Some people argue, “Past people who believed ancient texts were irrational — that’s why they accepted various...


On parenting the mind

When parents decide to have a child, they know they are taking up a serious responsibility. Undoubtedly, parenting can...


How our mind misdirects our energies

Suppose a child is trying to heat some water on a stove and starts stoking the fire. But somehow the fire starts spreading...


How we may overestimate the power of speech

Suppose someone’s car stops working. They infer, “The spark plug is the problem,” whereas their friend who is no more a...


Why we may underestimate the power of words

Suppose a friend comes to us with a black eye, a bleeding nose and a broken tooth. We will be concerned, if not alarmed. We...


Why speaking effectively is as difficult as loving authentically

When we love someone authentically, that love involves a dynamic tension between our concern for them as they are...