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Intelligence means to understand how the mind makes us misunderstand

Suppose we are driving a car and our rear-view mirror gives us a distorted picture, making a proximate car appear...


Seek not to grasp God – seek to be grasped by God

To grasp God means to use our intelligence and to intellectually comprehend Krishna. When we grasp a concept, “Oh,...


Don’t give your mind to people whom you wouldn’t give your time

Sometimes when somebody has hurt us very badly, then even if they want to meet us, we say, “I am not going to meet you.”...


Focus not on life’s unfairness; focus on Krishna’s mercifulness

Life sometimes seems terribly unfair. For no good reason, people accuse, cheat or hurt us. When faced with life’s...


Godliness is both a decision and a disposition

When we strive to lead a godly life, we soon realize that some of us are innately inclined towards God, while others...


Turn to God not to get something, but to be with Someone

When we face problems beyond our power to solve, we often seek God’s help. Echoing this, the Bhagavad-gita (07.16)...


When the mind shows us all that we don’t have, the intelligence needs to show us all that we do have

Our mind frequently craves for the things we don’t have. And such craving is aggravated by today’s media which...


The mind is a great storyteller, but what it tells are just stories, not realities

Some people narrate stories with such animation and emotion that they completely captivate their audiences. While we...


Personhood is innate to consciousness; it’s not a stage of manifestation of consciousness

Some spiritualists hold that our sense of personhood (“I am a person”) is just a stage in the evolution of...


Materialism reduces human life to an inhuman race from nowhere to nowhere

Many people adopt a materialistic lifestyle without thinking about its implications. A materialistic worldview...


We can’t always control how we feel, but we can control how we act

We all face situations wherein our emotions go wild and push us to act impulsively, say, angrily. Regretting such...


Passion increases desire not just in intensity but also in quantity

We may see responsible people become alcoholics and wonder: how can anyone get so bound by desire? Gita wisdom explains...


Our body is not ours to abuse by arbitrary austerity

We often think of ourselves as our body or at least think of the body as ours. When we get spiritual knowledge, we...