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
We humans have always been confused with existence and our life in general, but thanks to an avalanche of information, never has humanity been this confused. Life has become insanely complicated and we know not why. We seem to have so much and yet we feel so hollow inside. In the haze, we wander around struggling to make sense of our lives, maintain sanity and stability. We look outwards to the exterior of what we can see, touch, smell, hear and taste for answers. We care not
Once in Japan, a big burly Samurai (military noble) sauntered towards a Rōshi (elderly and wise master) and said, “Tell me the nature of heaven and hell.” The Rōshi looked at him in the face and said: “Why should I tell a scruffy, disgusting, miserable slob like you?” The [Samurai](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samurai)'s face turned purple and his hair stood up, but the Rōshi appeared not to notice and continued, “A miserable worm like you, do you think I should tell you
Many years ago, a friend shared an anecdote with me. Which I now recall every 'Father's day'. A little girl was walking along a path with her father, when they came to a rickety and treacherous bridge. Instinctively the father stretched out his hand to his daughter and said; "Here, take my hand." The daughter replied; "No father, you please hold my hand." The father was confused, "What is the difference, whether you hold my hand or I hold yours?" The little girl smilingly sai
It is a fallacy, to believe that merely sending our children to school and college, will prepare them for life. There is no perfect way to prepare the young, but parents and family can play a powerful role, in successfully preparing the young for life. An approach that facilitates both success and happiness is to enrich the lives of the young. To not stifle them in our bosom, but expose them to life as early as is safe and possible. This enables the young to learn at the
We live in a world, where money is all pervasive. Money is not only a passport for good living, it is essential for survival. In spite for their craving for it, every class, group and community, society shows great disdain and disrespect for earning money barring one group, the business community. Society hails soldiers, politicians, educationists, social activists, artists, performers, farmers and craftsmen, but despises business people. Yet the success of every great societ
All great leaders have one common trait. They are possessed by insatiable curiosity and keep on learning throughout their lives. They are all prolific readers. Our current social and schooling systems, the product of organised religion and industrialisation are designed to produce identical thinking cogs, to fit into society. As a result, individuality is seriously threatened if not destroyed. Whether we realise it or not every human being has tremendous potential. All creatu
Modernity has given us much to feel happy about, really? Excitement and tension in abundance, but happiness and peace not much. Material comforts may have increased tremendously but so has emotional sickness. The mind wavers and wanders aimlessly and the spirit lies deep asleep in darkness.
Science and technology have delivered to humanity great gifts of physical health and material prosperity. Unfortunately, prosperity tends to make us arrogant and disrespectful. We forge
What we call education, in most institutions is actually only training.
Training, does not require awakening. Even a wild beast can be trained.
After training, one just learns to perform as programmed.
A mind trained is easy to drive. It exists to please the trainer, be it right or wrong, moral or immoral.
Programming, can make one believe in absurdities, and those who believe in absurdities can commit great atrocities and crimes against not only humans but all of creation.
The lockdown, due to the Coronavirus pandemic has incinerated us in our own homes.
No matter how bleak, every situation presents opportunities. We now have time to ponder over many things, family, friends, work, love, relationships, viruses, etc. Our thoughts are dominated by questions about life and death, the meaning of our existence, or the lack of it.
Modern medicine, diet and rule of law have increased the life span of most humans.Though the quality of life has degrad
Every child is born completely ignorant and innocent. It displays no expression of who or what it is. It just is. Immediately the world starts to influence and define the child, what it is. Name, family, religion, tribe, nationality, colour, gender etc. The number of labels keep on increasing in numbers and rigidity that will last their whole lifetime and even beyond. 'What we are', is a label given to us by others. In fact we have more than a hundred additional labels. Schoo
Each human is inherently a very powerful spiritual being, for we possess the potential to be one with the Universe. When that occurs, we become the infinite Universe. This Universe is called by a number of names, some call it God. Trapped in the world of 'Maya' this illusory existence, we exist at near the lowest level of spiritual existence. Merely existing, most of us are just like other spiritually unborn creatures. We just seek a position that appears safe, convenient and
Wherever you go, you see people not only talking about religion, but imposing themselves on others and shoving it into the face of others. Religion was always meant to be a path. A path to become loving, peaceful, happy, and even blissful. It has however achieved anything but this state of being. Most of us are put on a religious path at birth, as we follow our elders. They pass on many good thoughts and without intending to pass on some harmful, and many confusing ones too.