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

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

Did I miss a birthday?

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?

Current Events · Mother India · Personal reflections

Enough with the Collective Shaming

A new post in the series: Current Events Disclaimer: In the heat of ideological posturing often we are quick to see a view opposite to ours as something that it is not. Hence the need for this disclaimer. This is not, I repeat, NOT a defense of a much-reported and much-analysed barbaric and horrendous hate… Continue reading Enough with the Collective Shaming

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?


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


Quote UnQuote 2: Sleep

“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”  ― Ernest Hemingway Who doesn’t love sleep? All is well when one’s asleep. Wake up and you may discover there’s more to life than endless-entertainment-shopping-twitter-timepass-cappuccino-gourmet-brands-gossip-holidaying-more-more-more. Who wants any messy stuff beyond all this? Waking up is serious work. All cherished… Continue reading Quote UnQuote 2: Sleep

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

Education · Satyam Shivam Sundaram · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Do We Know We Aren’t Really Thinking?

A new post in the series – Satyam Shivam Sundaram A series featuring inspiring words from various sources, words that speak of timeless truths, words that remind me of the deeper and hidden truth behind surface events and phenomena, words that shine light when all seems dark, words that are just what I need –… Continue reading Do We Know We Aren’t Really Thinking?

"All Music is Only the Sound of His Laughter" · Personal reflections · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Two Lazy Mornings and A Way to Be More Conscious

For readers’ comments, click HERE for the blog’s previous version. Photo by Narayan Dravid On a lazy morning last week I felt this deep urge to listen to some music of the legendary Ustad Amir Khan. After quickly going through a small list, I zeroed in on two pieces — one Rāg Malkauns and one Rāg… Continue reading Two Lazy Mornings and A Way to Be More Conscious