Each of us has a level playing field in terms of the time we have each day. What we choose to do with that time is the strongest reflection of our values.
A few years ago, the movie ‘The Secret’ took the world by storm. Everyone watched with fascination as the supposed secrets to getting what you want were revealed. Many started doing what they had learnt in the hopes of getting materialist stuff that they desired. Everyone had a plan.
But if we pause to look at it from a Vedanta standpoint, we know that Ishvara, the gunas and our vasanas are causing the thoughts to arise in us, and we are behaving accordingly. Which implies that we are ‘being thought’ ie we have little conrol or influence in this process. Continue reading “The secret to ‘The Secret’”
Ugh, sometimes vasana’s can be a proverbial pain! I find those ‘fetus in a womb’ vasanas that keep nagging at me need a long-term strategy if I am to get on top of them, let them simmer away in the background of my life without disrupting me constantly.
There are a plethora of people able to quote scriptural texts, use fancy sanskrit words and show deep understanding of Vedantic doctrine. But can they give human-centered understanding and empathy when needed?
I like to overindulge in sense pleasures. My particular weakness is chocolate. What’s the big deal, right?? But I can’t stop at one square. Now really, what difference does too much chocolate make? What’s the big deal? Well, at it’s core even that small defiance violates dharma and agitates my mind. It steels my freedom. Continue reading “When something we really, really want to do is adharmic…”
Love of solitude is a vedanta value I surely do understand. It’s definitely one I don’t have to work on. It links in with an absence of craving for social interaction. I think I’ve found a way to ‘practice’ both at the same time as fulfilling a lifelong burning desire for freedom. I’m talking about going sailing. Continue reading “Reviving a family tradition”
‘Hard work, commitment, focus, claims the Bhagavad Gita, will get you whatever rewards you desire, in whatever quest you pursue, within reason. Therefore it is important to choose your quest well.’
My quest chose me…it was my job to look for the signs and keep up.
Children are story-aholics. If we want to teach children Vedanta knowledge, we would do well to put it into a story form. Luckily, the ancient rishis knew this, and gave us many incredible stories that are rich in meaning and knowledge. Continue reading “Bhagavad Gita for Children”
‘Old friends are like stuff in your garage, psychological clutter left over from a time when you were like them’
Ramji, Trout Lake, Panchadasi. Continue reading “Psychological clutter”