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Of Flowers, Opening and Receptivity

It has been about 13 years. And I still remember that late afternoon as if it was yesterday. While walking home from the place where I worked at the time, I came across an amazing little beautiful flower, deep pink in colour. It looked like some wildflower or some that we normally refer to as… Continue reading Of Flowers, Opening and Receptivity

Beauty · Education · Inner View · Personal reflections · Reminders to self · Satyam Shivam Sundaram · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Enough With the Clichés on Change

Change is the only constant, it is often said. But nothing in the world is as simple as a cliché. We must dig a bit deeper if we want to get closer to the truth. What kind of change are they talking about who speak of constant change? Is it only an outer change? Or… Continue reading Enough With the Clichés on Change

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

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

BLEW: On Blogging, Learning, Education & Writing (and a bit about NRIs & ex-NRIs too)

To see readers’ comments, click HERE for the blog’s previous version. It is always a humbling and learning experience when we are asked to talk about ourselves and our work. Last couple of weeks saw me answering some interesting questions about myself, my book, some pesky issues related to Indian Education, my writing and some… Continue reading BLEW: On Blogging, Learning, Education & Writing (and a bit about NRIs & ex-NRIs too)

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

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

Personal reflections · Spiritual Significance of Flowers · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Simplicity, Sincerity and Spontaneity

“One must be spontaneous in order to be divine. One must be perfectly simple in order to be spontaneous. One must be absolutely sincere in order to be perfectly simple. To be absolutely sincere is not to have any division, any contradiction in one’s being.”  (The Mother) Spontaneous Aspiration of Nature towards the Divine: Wide open,… Continue reading Simplicity, Sincerity and Spontaneity

Indian Culture · Indian Religion · Personal reflections · Spiritual Significance of Flowers · Spirituality beyond Religion · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Prayer, Aspiration and Faith

Bamboo branches and palm leaves swaying gently in the tropical breeze outside… the sounds of the dancing branches naturally mingling with the chirping sounds of some birds, an occasional hiss from some insect in the garden, and the soothing sound from a very special wind-chime near the window… Can this spot near my bedroom window… Continue reading Prayer, Aspiration and Faith