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    Are You Taking An Exam?

    Are You Taking An Exam? Sometimes the most unlikely students do well, while others perform below expectation. Is there a component other than hard work and study that makes for success? Similarly, in sport, top players sometimes fail while novices win. What is the reason for this? Researchers have now understood the major role played by the mind, in success. In a world obsessed with measuring talent and ability, we often overlook the importance of the mind, which is subtle and difficult to evaluate. The Bhagwad Gita gives valuable insights into the mind and its role in success. The Gita, verse 2:48, says, ‘Samatvam yoga ucyate — equanimity of mind is success’; verse 2:50 says, ‘Yogah karmasu kaushalam — proficiency of action makes for success’. Together, they present the formula for success. When the mind is calm, intellect is clear, and the action is brilliant. However, well prepared you may be, if the mind is disturbed, thinking gets confused and you are not able to access your own knowledge. The mind blanks out. Action fails. Hence, a calm mind is the essential tool for success. Yet, we are all in varying degrees of mental agitation. What disturbs the mind? Unfulfilled desire. Everyone has desire. The difference is — is your desire under control of the intellect? Or has the mind revved up desire into a force that wreaks havoc within you? Concentration is a vital link in success. A batsman may play brilliantly till he reaches the score of 90. At 90, [...]

    Adi Shankaracharya Beacon of Light for the World

    Adi Shankaracharya: Beacon of Light for the World Few people have changed the face of a country the way Adi Shankaracharya did. Shankara, as he is popularly referred to, appeared on the scene in India at a time when moral chaos had taken over the country. People had lost themselves in the grammar of the scriptures and ignored their message. […]

    Diwali Light the Lamp of Wisdom

    Diwali: Light the Lamp of Wisdom Diwali or Deepavali is amongst the most celebrated Indian festivals. The word Deepavali originates from two Sanskrit words ‘Deepa’ which means ‘light’ and ‘Avali’ which means ‘a row’. This is why Deepavali is called ‘the festival of lights’. […]

    Wake up to Reality

    While the rest of the world was still in the dark ages the wise Indian had discovered the laws of life that govern not only the outside world but the fascinating inner realm. The focus shifted from conquering the world to gaining control over the mind. And a brilliant sage appeared on the scene periodically to revive the sagging values in society. […]

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    RELATIONSHIPS

    Guest Article   Shakun Narain Kimatrai has won the 2nd prize for the ‘WRITE AN ARTICLE’ contest held at the recent lectures at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai for writing this piece.   Relationships? In today’s world? Where the cookie crumbles even before one has had time to savor it? […]

    The Significance of Ganesha

    As Indians, we are often asked how we worship an elephant-headed, pot-bellied, broken-tusked god who travels on a mouse. But as strange as it seems, every little peculiarity of Lord Ganesha’s has a deep spiritual significance. As we go along in this article, we will look at the meaning of this symbolic representation of Lord Ganesha. Before we do, however, let’s take a look at Lord Ganesha’s mythological origin. […]

    Raksha Bandhan: The Bond of Love

      Celebrated on the full moon day in the Hindu calendar month of Sharavan, Raksha Bandhan is one of the most widely celebrated festivals of India. It is a day that symbolises the sacred relationship between a brother and sister. Literally translated, raksha means protection while bandhan means bond. Raksha Bandhan, therefore, signifies the bond of love out which comes a sense of security and protection. […]

    The “Beginning” of Wisdom

    Guest Article   Adil F. Rangoonwalla has won the ‘WRITE AN ARTICLE’ contest for the month of March for writing this piece. Congratulations Adil!   Today we experience more stress, anxiety, aggressiveness and disturbance than ever before. Even happy persons face many problems in life. Talking things over with family and friends brings temporary relief but not permanent change. Perfect self-management can come under special conditions. These special conditions are created when we align our intellect with a superior intellect. To think of things we ourselves can never think of! To become what we never hoped to be. This is the miracle we must perform as the finest creation of God. Instead, we give in to negativity. We crib and blame others. We even blame God for our problems. This is probably what led Voltaire to say: “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him!” […]

    Surrender

    Guest Article   Manish Sidhpura has won the 1st prize for the ‘WRITE AN ARTICLE’ contest held at the recent lectures at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai for writing this piece.   Recently I was fortunate to attend a series of lectures on Chapter 12 of the Bhagavad Gita, the chapter on the Path of Devotion or Bhakti Yoga. I say fortunate because it is during these lectures that I learnt about a brilliant life transformational tool: “surrender”. […]

    Oneness

    Guest Article   Poornima Aggarwal has won the 2nd prize for the ‘WRITE AN ARTICLE’ contest held at the recent lectures at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai for writing this piece.   In recent years, when I questioned what “being related” meant, memories of years spent at my grandparents’ home fought for priority. In their dictionary, ” Being Related ” definitely meant “feeling a connection of oneness with another.” […]