Yoga and Meditation

In this day and age, Yoga and meditation have become fashion statements. On Yoga Day in New York, I saw a lot of selfies being taken. Today, Yoga is a brand with great outfits and an exercise routine. Whenever spirituality is discussed, the first question asked is, “Do you meditate?” What is the real purpose…

Tranquility

After coming out of an hour-long session of tranquility, it is very hard to talk. You gauge the depths into which you went based on how long it takes you to get your voice back. When you meet people afterward, all you can do is look at them. At that moment, if people seek your…

Defending Champions

In sports, politics, and business–thoughout life–defending champions do not like to give up their standings. The new kid on the block, trying to succeed, is crushed so the current champions maintain their power. The same thing happens in spiritual organizations. A new disciple starts getting close to the spiritual Master and the inner circle of…

What You Think of Yourself

People think they are humble. They think they are spiritual. They think the world does not affect them. They think they are honest, compassionate, and knowledgeable. These same people crumble when a massive jolt comes into their lives. It is easy to be all of the above when life is smooth. You are tested when…

Guilt

Guilt is one of the most misunderstood feelings. Religions have taken advantage of this. Guilt is among the biggest loads people carry on their shoulders. Parents, spouses, children, friends, all use it for their benefit. What is guilt? We feel we did something that was not supposed to have been done, and guilt is the…

Right Thing at the Right Time

A beautiful warm coat in winter will be appreciated. The same coat in the heat of summer, not so much. With the passing away of a spiritual Master, tears are shed in attachment to the physical form. Instead, when you are by yourself, tears are shed in longing for the Beloved. Same tears for the…

Will to Live

When people are tortured beyond a certain point, they become unconscious. Then they are forcefully revived so they can again be tortured. Even when people fall very ill, they reach the state of unconsciousness. To be aware of this unconsciousness is something quite unique. It is a state in which you are aware of the…

Crocodile Tears

The “I” is strong in those who shed crocodile tears. Their egos get bruised easily. Any small thing happens, they start crying. You have to walk on egg-shells around these people. It is also a sign of insecurity and the desire to be needed all the time. They have many attachments, which cause them to…

Wi-Fi Password

When we get the Wi-Fi password on a plane, or of a hotel, etc., we get happy. We can now connect with the world. The speed of the internet may not be as fast as it is at home. However, it is free and so we put up with the limited speed and limited data…

Coffee or Tea Break

Those who like coffee or tea, look forward to a break when they can have it. We take a break, or a pause in our routine, to enjoy this hot beverage. Without taking a break, our jobs become mechanical. We lose our creativity. Breaks re-energize us and we are able see things from a different…