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Unearthing the Path: A Photo-Essay

In my ongoing ‘decluttering’ journey, I have decided to clean my blog as well. I have started a process of sorting through old blogs and will be keeping only those pieces which speak something significant to me. There is a lot of stuff in this space that I am no longer able to connect with… Continue reading Unearthing the Path: A Photo-Essay

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

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

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

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

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

The Art of Discussion

Talking about and discussing important matters with our friends, acquaintances, social networks etc. has the potential to widen our understanding. But a recent online interaction once again made me ask a question I have often wondered about, why are so many of us so quick to take things personally in a discussion? Even if the discussion is about, say, a national level… Continue reading The Art of Discussion

Inner View · Reminders to self · Spirituality beyond Religion

Practicing Harmony

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

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

Reminder to Reject

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

Beauty · Personal reflections · Spirituality beyond Religion · When a Picture Leads

Prayer in Pictures

The new light is here. Bringing new beginnings, new hope, new energy. May the new doors open. May the darkness be gone, and the light envelop the entire space, within and without. May the heart always remember to be in gratitude. May the wilderness and mist of life not hide the onward and upward path. May the path of beauty… Continue reading Prayer in Pictures

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The ‘aam aadmi’ obsession

As far back as I can remember I have always had an aversion to the phrase ‘aam aadmi‘, the ‘common man’. Before anyone accuses me of elitism or snobbery, or labels me anti-equality or anti-democracy or haute bourgeois or anything else, let me explain. I dislike the phrase because it reduces all the great diversity inherent among and within individuals, sub-groups and… Continue reading The ‘aam aadmi’ obsession

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Forgetting and Remembering

A new post in the series – Reminders to self Sometimes going through one’s old writings, journals, diaries can be an incredibly learning experience. It makes one recall and perhaps even renew for oneself the insight, the wisdom of the moment that had expressed itself in those words from years ago. Often there is a… Continue reading Forgetting and Remembering