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When the ego says go, tell the ego to go

When someone disagrees with us, especially someone we expected would obey us unquestioningly, our ego flares up. It...


When life hurts, don’t let the mind increase the hurt

Suppose we fall on our arm and hurt it. If someone starts hitting the hurt arm, that would be malicious. Our mind often...


Our inner screen is lined with lying links – be leery

Suppose we are reading an online article and adjacent to it are many links that turn out to be deceptive. They promise...


Our capacity for emotions comes from the soul, but our current emotions come from the mind

Suppose a child is watching a horror movie on TV and is becoming fearful. Herein, the ability to experience emotions...


Monism puts the head and heart at war with each other; devotion harmonizes them

Many aspiring spiritualists think that the Absolute Truth is non-differentiated oneness. Because attachment to...


Maturity means to acknowledge that no one is obliged to fulfill our needs

When infants are hungry, they just cry and expect others to come running to fulfill their need. However, when adults are...


Intelligence means to know which thoughts to contemplate and which to neglect

Intelligence is essentially the ability to make good choices. For example, IQ tests often assess students’...


Humility comes by acknowledging that we don’t have access to Krishna’s plan

Suppose we are driving a car and come to an unexpected intersection. Or suppose we are flying in a plane and suddenly find...


Even if we have to live with pain, we don’t have to live in pain

To live with pain means that pain is present within our consciousness; to live in pain means that pain dominates our...


Don’t just speak philosophy – seek the purpose of philosophy

The Bhagavad-gita (13.12) states that the purpose of philosophy is to understand the true nature of reality...


Don’t let the mind show you what you are missing – show the mind what it is missing

Suppose we are traveling in a plane flying above beautiful natural scenery. A friend sitting next to us is watching a...


Spiritual discipline is the road to freedom, not a roadblock

Many people believe that discipline is a roadblock to freedom – if they have to follow rules, they won’t be free to...


Deeming everything an illusion is not liberation – it just makes even liberation an illusion

Some people say, “Everything is an illusion. Those who understand that everything is an illusion attain...