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When the sensual deludes the eye, the spiritual eludes the I

The world around us is filled with innumerable sensual stimuli. And most such stimuli assault us through our eyes. When...


Attachment makes us care more for what others think about us than about others

Suppose a doctor needs to give an injection to a sick child. But the child starts crying and complaining about the...


Use introspection as a confession by the self to the self

Confession is a religious practice wherein confessants, people who have done something wrong, admit those wrongs to...


Pleasure is too fragile a purpose to sustain us through life’s troubles

We all seek pleasure. Yet life can put us in such dilemmas and traumas that pleasure can become utterly unavailable. In...


No matter how bad things are, we can always make them worse – we are never powerless

Sometimes, life puts us in so many difficulties that we feel utterly powerless. That feeling can dishearten us in doing...


We may have to fight against others, but we don’t have to be against others

When we strive to lead a principle-centered life, those who feel that their interests are threatened by our principles...


Focus on life, not on the mind’s commentary about life

Suppose a cricket match is accompanied by a special kind of commentary that is heard not just by the spectators, but also...


The environment is not ours to take or leave, it is ours to make

We are living in an age of considerable climate change. For the past several centuries, the mainstream cultural ethos...


Don’t try to be someone better, try to be an example of something better

When we strive to lead a principle-centered life by adopting spiritual practices, we start becoming more disciplined...


Our expectation that nothing should come in our way, often comes in our way

Our culture often glamorizes go-getters who achieve great goals without letting anything come in their way....


Praying to get our need fulfilled isn’t our need – praying is our need

When we pray to God for something, we may fear, “What if my prayer is not answered? Won’t my faith in God weaken? If God...


Don’t reduce people to their group identity – differences within groups often exceed differences across groups

We often have certain preconceptions about certain groups of people. Driven by such preconceptions, when we come to...


Hold your plans lightly, not tightly

Suppose we catch a beautiful butterfly and hold it in our fingers. If we hold it too tightly, fearing that it may slip...