Modern tendency is to depreciate the value of the beautiful and over-stress the value of the useful. Generations of Indians have been cut off from the ancient roots of their aesthetic cultural traditions, thanks to a mercenary and soul-less education. According to Sri Aurobindo, this situation can only be corrected if education can figure out… Continue reading Some Indian Views on Beauty and Art
We practice harmony when we place things in an order that feels just right. Things outside, things inside. Things tangible, things intangible. Things physical, things subtle. We practice harmony when things placed in the right order bring a quietness within. The quietude that brings a calm equality toward everything. Everything around us, everything within. We practice harmony when the calm equality… Continue reading Practicing Harmony
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
“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” ~ Rumi A crisp autumn morning. Somewhere on the planet Earth. The 21st century had just started five years back. She was standing… Continue reading Dance, Be Happy
Once again I am reminded of the need for constantly becoming aware of those countless little, pesky flaws in my nature that stand in the way of making the inner aspiration more sincere and true and complete. Once again I am reminded that the path to becoming self-aware and gaining even a tiny bit of… Continue reading Reminder to Reject
Money is the talk of the town these days, actually of the whole nation. And of course, we know the reason. From the corrupt politicians whose stacks of cash suddenly became useless overnight to the mafia of the fake currency industry who found themselves out of business; from terrorists of all hues and their propagandists who relied on loads… Continue reading Show Me the Money!
Today is World Environment Day. Pretty much everyone who is active on social media – from ordinary folks to politicians, from activists to spiritual leaders – has been busy posting some appropriate picture or message or quote about it. Why we must take care of the environment, how we can do our bit for the… Continue reading Weeding
This is the 300th post for this blog. No celebratory or self-congratulatory words, no ‘looking back’ type of thing, no chalking out of something new for the next hundred. Only a reminder to un-do some things. Things that I carry within, things that become unwanted veils inside giving me a murky reflection of my many selves. Things that end up becoming burdens,… Continue reading Undo
I almost missed my blog’s birthday. It was quite late in the evening that I remembered that my blog completed three years yesterday. Not only that, I remembered this morning that earlier this month Matriwords our research blog also had its first birthday. How to mark this special occasion of two birthdays in a month? Well, simply by… Continue reading Did I miss a birthday?
Ma Durga is in news these days. No, not because it is Durga Puja time. But because the Asura is in news these days. A bunch of folks who see themselves as the voice of the marginalised, the advocate of the down-trodden, the champion of the oppressed have been made the ‘news of the hour’ by some vested… Continue reading She, who rides the Lion
A new post in Current Events Lately in India it has become fashionable among some self-styled intellectuals and their unthinking proteges and admirers to say that they don’t believe in the ‘idea’ of nation and nationalism. These can be found saying this sort of thing in some of our university campuses, TV studios, and also social… Continue reading Why Nationalism?
New post in the series Satyam Shivam Sundaram Light, More Light Diwali, the day we invoke and worship the Mother, some as Ma Lakshmi, others as Ma Kali. Diwali, the day we remind ourselves, once again, to turn toward the Light, to remove the darkness and dullness within. Diwali, the day, we recall and rekindle,… Continue reading A Diwali Prayer