Of Jedi Knights and Santoshi Mata

Of Jedi Knights and Santoshi Mata

The 1977 movie Star Wars IV: A New Hope mentioned the Jedi knights for the first time, and they were instantly popular. They have remained the central theme of subsequent movies as well as novels and games based on that franchise. Although these knights are entirely...
Where Friendly Talks Failed

Where Friendly Talks Failed

At a particularly important point in his life, Arjuna decided that his friendship with Kåñëa was  actually causing him a lot of problems. Of course, the problem was not of Kåñëa’s doing. It was Arjuna who was not able to derive  proper advantage of being so close to...
Four Sobering Thoughts on PK

Four Sobering Thoughts on PK

These are the four most prominent objections raised by the movie PK, and we have tried to address them: 1.PK says it is OK to deride Vedic gods. Poking fun at Vedic gods and goddesses:The Vedas teach that our material world is produced from intelligence.There is a...
Nine Processes Of Devotional Service

Nine Processes Of Devotional Service

In the Vedic scriptures devotional service unto Shree Krishna is described as joyfully performed and everlasting. This service is divided into nine processes: Hearing the name and glories of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; Chanting His glories Remembering the Lord...

Failures As Stepping Stones To Success

My spiritual master used to say that it is a principle that failure is the pillar of success. But it can be applied to our spiritual lives. One very famous speaker has said that “Success is going from failure to failure to failure, without losing ones enthusiasm.” We...
Dying to Live

Dying to Live

The German philosopher Hegel spoke very strongly of the principle “Die to live” which is very much in harmony with the essential knowledge of the Bhagavad-Gita and the Vedas. Die to live – if you want to live in truth, you will have to die as you are in your present...

Conflict Resolution

Conflict is the very nature of this material world. Even cells within our bodies are in conflict. The subtlest of all elements of creation is the false ego. And all other elements are both evolving as well as resting upon the false ego. What is the false ego? It is...

The Missing Photograph

What do you see in this photograph? Do you not see a happy family – mother and two lovely children. Does it ever occur to you. that there is something missing here ? Well, to many so-called educated people this is exactly how they see the world around them. They see...

The Most Popular Person | No God Up There

Over a 100 million in attendance, a mini-city springing on the banks of the confluence of three rivers,over 30,000 police personnel to give security, miles and miles of power cables, sewage pipelines and a budget of 1200 crore rupees. Unbelievable as it sounds, and...

Why do we hate?

“No one is born hating another because of the color of his skin/ his background/ or his religion. People must learn to hate/ and if they can learn to hate/ they can be taught to love/ for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”  – Nelson...

End of the world Predictions

  According to some calculations the world was supposed to end on the 20 December 2012 (20-12- 2012)!It was a Mayan (old South America) theory. Perhaps the numbers arranged in this fashion had something to do with this prediction. Anyway, if you are still reading...

Grandma’s Wisdom

A few days ago, my good friend Pranav, who is an avid trekker, shared this story with me. He hasled many groups into forests and hilly areas in many parts of India. On one such trek in a village in Maharashtra, they were attempting to begin their trek, when an old...

In Search Of Lost Love

The most incredible discovery of my life was the simple truth that all our desires have a single origin – forgetfulness of love that is dormant within our hearts. Finding   love is our greatest need because it brings true fulfillment in life. Love can empower us to be...

Unity is Strength

Tonight’s topic has been pondered, reflected, and pursued since time immemorial –  how to create unity within this world?  One of the greatest powers in all fields of life is unity. But there is a fundamental problem, that there are so many diversified...

How To Achieve Self-confidence

Self-confidence is a very essential ingredient for success in any field of life. Without such confidence we are afraid to take risks. We also don’t have the courage to explore higher horizons in our capacity to perform our deeds within this world. Real self confidence...

Who is Famous?

In the Srimad-Bhagavatam we read about the story of Kardama Muni and his marriage with Devahuti. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Vishnu had consented to appear as the son of this saintly couple, in order to teach the science of self-realization. This...

Selling your Body?

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! In form and while moving, how express and admirable! In action how like an angel! In appearance, how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon among animals! – William Shakespeare Meet...

What Next?

It was quite a remarkable sight: a small boy standing beside his middle aged father, and his elderlygrandfather standing next. For some reason, I found this sight interesting. It evoked some philosophicalthoughts in me. A few decades ago, the same grandfather was also...

Stop Worrying Start Living

Worry in this world is caused due to a lack of inner spiritual fulfillment. The foundation of a building cannot be seen from outside. Externally we only see the architecture, furniture, marble etc. But it is the foundation that holds it up and gives it strength.  ...