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Our functional core is not presently our constitutional core

Our functional core refers to the thing that is central to the way we function, whereas our constitutional core refers...


What we see depends on what we want to see

Suppose an alcoholic visits a new city. Though the city may have many attractive sights, the alcoholic will look for...


The mind tends to do what we don’t intend to do

We may resolve to do some things, say regulate our eating or sleeping, but find ourselves doing the opposite, or at least...


Act it till you achieve it

When we practice bhakti-yoga, we sometimes feel bored, apathetic, unconnected. We may wonder, “Am I being a...


Devotion is sustained not by tribulation or emotion but by conviction

When we practice bhakti, we need to understand what factors can stimulate our bhakti steadily and what...


The consequence of indulgence is not the only problem – the indulgence itself is

Some smokers hope, “We can smoke unlimitedly if medicine could find some way to prevent the harmful effects of...


Fear not the loss of sensual pleasure – fear the loss of spiritual pleasure

We don’t like to lose things. If a choice entails some loss, we recoil from it. Such recoiling can make us miss out on...


Don’t work for or against the body – work with it for Krishna

If we were given a car, we would learn how it functions so as to smoothly drive it to our destination. At birth, we all are...


What we fear reflects what we hold dear

When we feel fearful, our fear points to something we hold immensely dear, something whose possible loss terrifies us....


To not feel bad on doing bad is bestially bad

Suppose we accidentally step on someone’s foot. We would naturally apologize, ask if they are ok, and do what we can to...


Our conditionings need cautioning and cushioning

Suppose we are driving in a car that is prone to jerks and jolts. We have to drive cautiously, and our seats have to be...


We may have scars, but we don’t have to be scarred

To have scars means to have some physical marks. To be scarred means to feel insecure and inferior because we let those...


We may have a great vehicle, but we won’t get anywhere unless we get into it

Suppose we want to go to a particular destination and have an efficient vehicle for getting there. Still, we need to get...