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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...


The mind treats us badly, yet we trust it madly

Suppose an investment agent misled us into making bad investments. We wouldn’t trust them again. Our mind is like an...


To bear the weight of freedom, we need big shoulders

Suppose someone has to carry a huge weight. If they don’t have shoulders big enough, they would get crushed and...


Seek freedom from weakness, not freedom in weakness

Freedom from weakness refers to freedom from the lower urges that weaken our determination to act constructively. Our...


Liberty from responsibility is not liberty – it is slavery to irresponsibility

We all long for liberty. In today’s uncommitted age, we may conceive of liberty as freedom to do whatever we feel like...


Sensuality erodes both our tendency and our capacity for spirituality

If we are to travel from place A to place B, we need the tendency and the capacity to make the journey. Tendency refers to...


Spiritual knowledge is not just propositional – it is also transformational

Some people downplay spiritual knowledge, deeming it merely propositional. They hold that various teachers make...


Krishna transforms our brokenness into wholeness when we surrender

Suppose an accident has broken our bones. To function properly, we need to first become healthy and whole. Our...