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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

Inner View · Personal reflections · Reminders to self · Spirituality beyond Religion · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Monsoon Musings

  The Northeast Monsoon has been pouring out its gifts at the Bay of Bengal — sometimes a bit too excessively.  On this day as the rain gods seem to be taking a bit of a break, I find myself recalling and reflecting on some lines from Savitri, which I happened to read last evening. … Continue reading Monsoon Musings

Inner View · Reminders to self · Satyam Shivam Sundaram · Spirituality beyond Religion · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Agni, a Cure for the Hunger for Praise

Let us accept it. We all have this problem, this difficulty, this shortcoming, this imperfection. This hunger for praise by others. It is one of the most serious difficulties or imperfections we come across when we walk the path of becoming self-aware, especially becoming aware of the nature of this part of our being called… Continue reading Agni, a Cure for the Hunger for Praise

Indian Culture · Inner View · Reminders to self · Spirituality beyond Religion

Life and Mind

Life, a field for progress. An actual, real, throbbing, vibrant, pulsating, living field for putting to real, outward test whatever little progress there might have been on the inside. Is that inner progress real? Life asks the question, we have to answer it. Mind generally has a tendency to enjoy processing various kinds of inputs… Continue reading Life and Mind

Guest Post · Spirituality beyond Religion · When a Picture Leads · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Being Human (Guest Post)

  I am very pleased to share today some of the photographic work of a talented, not-yet-18 young man, who happens to be my nephew. Pranav is a sensitive, introvert and quieter-than-his-(teen)age type of fellow, who sometimes uses poetry and prose to give an expression to his pondering, questioning and reflecting. On other occasions he… Continue reading Being Human (Guest Post)

Personal reflections · Reminders to self · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Quit Wallowing in the Mud

  Anytime anything goes wrong with our petty little lives, our immediate reaction is to blame someone else. That person didn’t do what he or she should have done. He or she did this wrong toward me. They are the ones who did this to me. Or we blame something. Circumstances. Life. God. We begin to… Continue reading Quit Wallowing in the Mud

Indian Culture · Inner View · Spirituality beyond Religion · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Why Give? Or Not Give?

    “Donate for a good cause.” “Your ten rupees a day can pay for a poor girl’s school fee for a year.” “Buy these gorgeous handicrafts and help build a rural health center.” “If not for generous donors like you, this village would have no clean water.” Sound familiar? Yes, we have all seen such notifications, such solicitations for donations and… Continue reading Why Give? Or Not Give?

Education

Quote UnQuote 3: Herd

Source “Most people say that Shakespeare rocked merely because most people say that Shakespeare rocked.”  ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana Isn’t this a bitter truth? Why this need to be liked that we pretend to like all those things – books-authors, art-artists, films-filmmakers – that must be “liked” if we are to be liked by the up-and-coming-socially-elite-politically-correct-economically-successful-newsmaker-of-the-day-types?… Continue reading Quote UnQuote 3: Herd

Current Events · Indian Culture · Mother India

Current Events 11: A Note to the Perpetual Naysayers

To read readers’ comments on this post from when it was first published, please click HERE for its previous version.   It has sort of become a norm, almost fashionable, in some sections of Indian educated classes and our media to simply oppose something because it is proposed by the present government, or more specifically… Continue reading Current Events 11: A Note to the Perpetual Naysayers

Inner View · Personal reflections · Reminders to self · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

X is Ten, Ten Lessons Over A Fortnight

Click HERE for previous version of this blog if you wish to read Readers’ comments. A new post in the series – Reminders to self   Writing after a two-week-long break from this blog. Part of this break was because of being occupied with other things such as life and living. But part of it… Continue reading X is Ten, Ten Lessons Over A Fortnight

Personal reflections · Reminders to self · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Managing the Noises

A new post in the series – Reminders to self Always good to start with examples. 1. A wanna-be-in-news-for-a-day politican makes a comment about the slavish mentality of a political party, by giving an example that in all honesty is not far from one of the many uncomfortable truths of our larger society. Now he… Continue reading Managing the Noises