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When it Hurts

  When you dig and dig some more to find out why something bothers you so much, it hurts. When you discover, or at least you think you have discovered, the real reason why something bothers you so much, it hurts. When you figure out that the real reason why something bothers you so much… Continue reading When it Hurts

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On Divine Grace

The entire existence, this world is a gradual self-expression and manifestation of the Divine, says the Indian spiritual tradition. But without the vision to experience the world, and everything and everyone in the world, as a manifestation of the Divine, and more importantly, without the experience of our own self as a manifestation and as… Continue reading On Divine Grace

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When Everything was Perfect

That moment, that morning everything was perfect. Just for a few moments, everything was right, just right, just perfect. Everything was in the right place, as it should be. Nothing was amiss, nothing was wrong. Can it be so? Can it all be perfect? That moment that morning it all was. I had gone out… Continue reading When Everything was Perfect

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Wash, Rinse, Repeat

This simple formula — Wash, Rinse, Repeat — is not only good for our hair, it works wonders for one’s mind and heart as well. Yes, the mind and heart also need some good, regular cleansing. The dirt and dust left over from small, medium and big stresses, the dryness and dullness resulting from all sorts of repetitive and mundane… Continue reading Wash, Rinse, Repeat

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The Love of the Gopis

A special post on Krishna Janmashtami Since times immemorial, Sri Krishna and His Lila remain a captivating source of inspiration for painters, sculptors, poets, musicians, dancers, storytellers and all types of classical, folk, traditional and contemporary artists in India. Krishna as balgopal stealing butter, his childhood antics and pranks, his acts of remarkable and extraordinary valour and courage,… Continue reading The Love of the Gopis

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From Darkness to Light

Read and contemplated upon a beautiful aphorism from Sri Aurobindo yesterday. This is my prayer and invocation for this special day of Diwali.   May this Festival of Lights bestow upon the humanity a vision to see a bit more deeply, a bit more highly, a bit more widely. “When I look back on my… Continue reading From Darkness to Light

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Prayer, On My Mind, In My Heart

To see readers’ comments, click HERE for the previous version of the blog. Navratri spirit continues… …With a Prayer for Vijayadashmi    A few years ago I had read an essay titled “How to Call and Pray”, in which the author Jugal Kishore Mukherjee speaks of the seven elements of a sincere prayer:  Goal, Insight,… Continue reading Prayer, On My Mind, In My Heart

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Of Tears, Bubbles, Drops, and the Mighty Sea: Reflections on Surrender

A revised form of this post was re-published as an article in Next Future Click here to read the revised article.   “True Surrender enlarges you; it increases your capacity; it gives you a greater measure in quality and in quantity which you could not have had by yourself. This new greater measure of quality… Continue reading Of Tears, Bubbles, Drops, and the Mighty Sea: Reflections on Surrender