The more outer power we get, the more inner power we need
Feb05

The more outer power we get, the more inner power we need

Today technology has increased enormously the outer power accessible to us humans. By a few clicks, we can change the temperature…

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The causes of anger rarely hurt us as much as the consequences of anger
Dec16

The causes of anger rarely hurt us as much as the consequences of anger

Suppose someone insults us. Feeling angry, we lash out at them. They feel hurt and react defensively or aggressively, doing…

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Just because we have a right to be angry doesn’t mean we are right to be angry
Jun11

Just because we have a right to be angry doesn’t mean we are right to be angry

Sometimes, people wrong us by acting foolishly, irresponsibly or treacherously. At such times, we feel angry with them…

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Inner enemies are more to be given up than killed
Jan03

Inner enemies are more to be given up than killed

Practicing spiritual life is like fighting a war against our inner enemies. The Gita (16.21) cautions that the inner enemies of lust, anger and greed destroy the soul and lead to hell. Still, it concludes by urging us to give up these enemies, not kill them.

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Multiple metaphors magnify meaning
Dec27

Multiple metaphors magnify meaning

Wisdom-texts often use metaphors as intellectual tools. Metaphors make abstract, abstruse concepts intelligible by comparing them with concrete, clear things from the real world. The Bhagavad-gita uses metaphors frequently.

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The Gita is not always literal – it’s also literary
Dec12

The Gita is not always literal – it’s also literary

Some people ask, “Do you take everything in the Bhagavad-gita literally?” This is a loaded question. Answering yes…

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