Politicians always claim to work for the benefit of the poor, and the opposition parties claim to save the people from from their own government. Farmers make up a large part of the electorate and actively wooed for their votes. Trusting and passionate farmers are easily manipulated. I recall the time when opposition politicians misled the farmers near Delhi stating that "The government is so evil, they have set up hydroelectric power projects on the river where they extract
The so called 'secrets of success' are no secrets at all. They are actually keys consisting of attitudes, skills, knowledge and discipline. One of the keys to success in any and every field is managing processes. What is a process? A process could be defined as a series of actions directed to some end. We may not realise it but everything we humans do is a process. In fact, every human initiated activity whether by design or default is a process. Life becomes easy when we ha
Creation, life, death, the universe, love, hate, jealousy, desire, etc. each one of us it seems has countless questions about many aspects of our existence. In a sense everyone at heart is some sort of a philosopher. We delve into philosophy whenever we can, but the pressures of work, and society, formal education and entertaining ourselves leaves most of us little time to contemplate about or discuss philosophical issues. Modern existence is focussed primarily on material is
Wish you Happy, Happy ..., Happy This, Happy That. Seasons greetings, are more common this time of the year. Yet in spite of the brave faces and the plastic smiles, hardly anyone feels particularly cheerful or happy. Instead of Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, the tone is definitely Merry Crisis and a Happy New Fear. Fear is driving a wedge between us. We have grown distant from one another over the past year and even more from ourselves, because of genuine but more so d
Conversations about stress and de-stressing, seem to dominate our lives. To talk about stress has become a fashionable but necessary need First thing to appreciate is that not all stress is bad. Without some stress we would not even be alive, an excess of stress incapacitates us. Too little or too much stress over a period of time can kill us. For a person to admit that he or she is not stressed is often considered an admission of non striving and the hallmark of a non-achiev
"The unexamined life is not worth living", a profound statement from the great philosopher, Socrates. From a practical stand point it is more relevant, that an un-lived life is not worth examining. A well lived life is not one of having possessed or consumed in excess, rather it is a life filled with experiences. Experience is something that touches the innermost depths of our heart, stirs the soul, pushes the body and challenges the intellect, permitting us to awaken and
Ever wondered what is this 'Rat Race'?
Well this video provides a good idea. Many of us can relate to this depiction for the answer. We run in the race because of FOMO (fear of missing out). How can we escape the Rat Race? Simple. Don't run in the race, but what does that imply? We can escape if we focus on our needs rather than wants, because our needs are limited, whereas our wants are infinite. Our inner being speaks to us, telling us what really appeals to us, suits us a
A rain drop from the sky: if it is caught by clean hands, is pure enough for drinking. If it falls in the gutter, its value drops so much that it can’t be used even for washing our feet. If it falls on a hot surface, it will evaporate... If it falls on a lotus leaf, it shines like a pearl... If it falls on an oyster, it becomes a pearl... The drop is the same, but its existence and worth depends on whom and what it is associated with.” If we look carefully we will notice a ph
Experience and knowledge which usually comes with age and tells us what has happened. So we form strong opinions on what works and what does not, what is good or what is bad. We become fixed in our mind and we rigidly assume what happened in the past will happen in the future. In a sense we believe we have arrived at that intellectual destination where we smugly feel that we need little or no new learning. Almost impossible for adults to imagine a future much different from t
All individuals that achieve success, commit errors, even blunders. Success or failure occurs only when we do something. If we are not making mistakes, we are probably not making anything. Fearful of failure, most of us dare not do anything. We often forget that, the path to success and happiness always passes through numerous disappointments, setbacks and failures. It can easily take ten years of hard struggle, mistakes and failures to become an overnight success. It is only
Truth is a powerful concept. That is why it is often used, overused, misused and mostly abused. Truth could be defined as thoughts, beliefs, words or deeds, that conform to some predefined standard. But, who sets the standard of what is true or how do we conclude if something is true? There are six common criteria used for determining the truth. They are are consensus, consistency, authority, durability, revelation and science. 1. Consensus Common knowledge or herd behaviour
A friend asked me, "If it's not for money then why do you write?" It would be foolish to say that 'money is not important' but can that and should that be, the only reason for doing anything? Writing I suppose is like playing golf. One really doesn't play for money or against an opponent, but for oneself against oneself. Attempting to improve oneself from the previous day. Meaning that one should write for one's own sake and for oneself, improving with each piece in clarity,
5th of July 2020 was Guru Purnima. 'Guru Purnima' is the full moon day (Purnima) in the month of Ashadha (June–July). The day is dedicated by Buddhists, Hindus and Jains to their Gurus. Guru, is a title used by most people much too often, both erroneously and inappropriately. While a Guru is a teacher not every teacher is a Guru. A key element in vibrant civilisations is the beauty of language. Language permits the continuous evolution and refinement of human thought and exp
There is so much beauty, and wonder in the universe, but it seems, we spend most of our lives, wondering, 'What is wrong with the world?' Nothing and yet everything. Nothing is wrong with Nature and Creation, its exquisite and unfathomable. So what we do not understand, we condemn. Humankind, now that is a completely different matter, for here, everything seems to be wrong. Which leads us to the question, 'What is the root cause of all that is wrong?' The 'will to power', the
For 2000 years, the great civilisations of India and China had an excellent relationship. Between them they represented 52% of global GDP. Because of its great spirituality, and ability to continuously acquire, store, apply and transmit knowledge very effectively, India was the elder brother in the relationship. India was the world's greatest exporter of technology, culture, science, art, literature in addition to being a provider of high quality goods. People came from al
The Chinese want to be an empire and that too in a hurry. In their desperation they have pushed the world to the brink. There is only one empire at the present time and that is United States of America and it is under assault by the People's Republic of China who have openly declared to replace America as the world's leading superpower at all cost. With cunning and ruthlessness China was well on track. It might have become a global empire within another 20 to 30 years. Howev
It takes just as much labour and time to do something badly, as it is to do it well. So I always give everything I do, the best I can.
The advantage is, if my commitment bears fruit, I am delighted. When my efforts do not deliver the results expected, I am neither angered nor saddened.
I have discovered that, when one does something, in fact ,anything with devotion, one is happy.
The doing is now, the fruit may come later.
When one can evolve and be happy now, why postpone
We are not a half, looking for the other half to complete us.
We are complete by ourselves.
What we term as 'needing love' is the need for sympathy, understanding, compassion, friendship or even sex.
Those who demand love are beggars, those who give it are emperors.
Both never tire. The former, of asking, always remains dissatisfied and unhappy, the latter of giving, and always happy. Even if we seem to have lost love, we can always regain it. Because love is not somethin