Satvik Mind

The 3 gunas(attributes) of the mind – satva( सत्व ), rajas( रजस् ) and tamas( तमस् ). This idea is often oversimplified to things like food. I wonder if this idea of gunas of the mind can be put to some real use. We spend one-third of our life sleeping, which is perhaps tamasic. We spend another third working, which is mostly ...

Change is nature 2

‘Change is the only constant’ We have heard this many times. Have n’t we ? But, how deeply do we understand this idea ? If you believe in science, then you will appreciate probability theory. “Good” and “bad” things in our life are merely perceptions. Mathematically, these are just positives and negatives in a graph called ...

iDeath

“Death is very likely the single best invention of Life” – This is a quote by none other than Steve Jobs, Apple’s founder. His untimely death is a shocker and makes me take a fresh look at the common attitude to seek material perfection. It makes me wonder about life more. And death. Ironically, this ...

Compare 1

>My wife hated my red shoulder bag that I used to carry to office. I always agreed with her that it does not look so great, but sheer laziness prevented me from buying a new bag even after it tore partially, because of the heavy library books that I carried in it(which I usually don’t ...

aparigraha 2

>Can the ancient concept of ‘aparigraha’ help an overpopulated developing country like India ? ‘aparigraha’ (अपरिग्रह) means non-possessiveness. The term usually means to limit possessions to what is necessary or important. The Yogic and Jain traditions have this concept. A country of 1 billion can never become prosperous by managing to provide a luxury car ...

Time and Tide 1

>Why do hours seem like minutes while I spend time with family and friends ?Why do 10 minutes seem like eternity while I download software from the internet ? What is time ? Does it matter ? Do watches turn us into robots ?What if nobody had watches ? The pondering continues…

Plan or Flow ? 2

>At many points in my life, I face the dilemma to choose between the two paths: 1. Go with the plan 2. Go with the flow Choosing the first one makes me feel in control of my life. It boosts my ego and creates a certain pride inside me. But sometimes, the second one feels ...

Happy Fly 2

>Happiness is a butterfly. If you chase it, it will keep flying away. But if you sit quietly without thinking about it, you will be pleasantly surprised to find it sitting on your shoulder !

Black Dot 5

>A beautiful new white shirt – with a tiny black dot on it near the collar. The first thing that one would say on seeing the shirt will be: “That black dot has spoiled the shirt” That is how most of us view life. One small imperfection is sufficient to make us eternally unhappy. We ...

Tonnes of thought 2

>Patience. Patience.My mind is alien to this concept. Restlessness. HyperactivenessThey are good buddies of my mind. Well, don’t mistake me to be a hyperactive guy. I am among the laziest.Its my ‘mind’ that I am talking about. The constant chattering of the mind. Its judjemental nature. Its sentimental nature. Largely drives my life. I want ...

Friends are Angels 3

>I am my friends.That is only slight exaggeration. My friends influence my life very much. My interests, my ideas, my choices in life – all have been touched by my friends’. To me, friends are angels who are there to make me smile, who don’t expect much in return, who make life a lot lighter ...

I strain 7

>Things I need to do.Things I want to do.Those I hate to do, but need to do. Things I did right.Those I did wrong. What I think I am.What others think I am.What others think I think I am.What I am. What I want to change.What I want to retain. These thoughts.flood my mind.Always. May ...

Creativitea 4

>Most activities that I enjoy doing seem to have some scope for creativity. Each time I lay my hands on my musical keyboard, I seem to play a different tune that I have not heard anywhere. I cannot say all of them are good ones. In fact most ones are not. My brother calls it ...

Joy of living

>S’Sumeru Sandhya’, an evening of spiritual music, philosophy and meditation in Chowdiah hall, Bangalore was much more than I imagined. Conducted by senior teachers of the ‘Art of Living’ foundation, the event was as modern as it was traditional. The Kurta-clad teachers connected effortlessly with the predominantly young urban audience by singing Bhajans with the ...

Puja Room 2

> The idea of a Puja Room is a powerful one. Spirituality is more about ‘experience’ than ‘understanding’. Ancient Indians have invented many instruments to help us experience the divineness in us. One such instrument is the Puja Room. The first whiff of a divine experience can brush us only when we go beyond the ...

Programming Dreams 1

I wish I could program my dreams. Like I choose my desktop wallpaper. Like I match my shirt with my pants. When I go to sleep, I hope I don’t dream about work, but often I do. I hope I dream about fantastic things, but I rarely do. The way I program my life is ...