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?
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”
This morning as we were driving to school we had a great example of the different gunas. One son was bright, extroverted, chatty. One was dull, lethargic and bored, and one son was calm, peaceful and content. A perfect physical manifestation of the three gunas. Continue reading “Introducing Children to Gunas”
My son hit 9 years old and started behaving like a teenager. Surly, moody, aggressive. I wanted to not be around him, but that made him more agitated. Strategies that previously worked to motivate and encourage him were greeted with ‘that’s not worth it for me, Mom’! I was horrified, and frustrated. Continue reading “Go towards the problem”
Wise people never pray for specific things, because they know ‘that which is not destined to happen as a result of fructifying karma will not happen.’ Inquiry into Existence’, James Swartz
With this in mind we could teach our children to pray for the chance to make a contribution to the field, for an intellect that can understand who they are, and for gratitude for what they have. Continue reading “What to pray for?”
A vasana is a habit or tendency that has developed over time. The thoughts we think, actions we take, and how our lives unfold are largely driven by our vasanas. The person’s challenge is to develop helpful vasanas (uplifting socializing, healthy eating, positive hobbies) and reduce the pull of unhelpful tendencies. Children can be taught these principles and in that way at least start to notice how they behave and the effects on their lives. Continue reading “Surfing the vasana”