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    Distress to De-Stress

    Distress to De-Stress Stress is the disease of the 21st Century! Everyone seems to be in stress – from a child to a retiree. The only time you are free from stress is when you are inactive. So you look for long weekends and holidays to escape from stress. The moment activity begins mental agitation returns. Vedanta speaks of your birthright as a human being to combine dynamic activity with perfect serenity of mind. Then perfect action emerges. You are successful and happy. Billie Jean King, the Wimbledon champion, says dynamic activity performed in an environment of tranquillity brings excellence, effortlessness in the midst of intense exertion. What disturbs the mind? You believe a bad boss, nagging wife or the weather causes you grief. The truth is that nothing in the world can disturb you except yourself. Stress is defined as mental turbulence caused by unfulfilled desire. As long as a desire remains unactualised you will be in stress. Yet desire is being recklessly fuelled and people are in stress. Unbridled desire makes you unhappy. When desire is fulfilled you want more - greed. This leads to delusion. Fulfilled still further, you are envious of those who have more than you and arrogant towards those who have less. If desire is obstructed the thought flow going from you to the object of desire gets deflected towards the obstruction. This is called anger. All this creates a lot of misery and tension. Unrestrained desire prevents enjoyment. A person obsessed [...]

    Awaken the Leader in You

    There are different types of leaders – family heads, corporate honchos, social activists, political leaders and spiritual masters. All these need a strong spiritual base as it is the Spirit that lends power. India has an enviable history of Rajarsis – men and women of great power and wealth whose strength came from spiritual enrichment. […]

    All the World’s a Stage

    All the World’s a Stage Shakespeare echoed the central theme of the Upanishads when he said in ‘As You Like It’ – ‘All the world’s a stage, And all men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances..’. Vedanta speaks of Sakshi Bhava or ‘witness attitude’ as a measure of spiritual growth. Objectivity is the key to material success, happiness as well as growth to one’s potential. Objectivity is maintaining the attitude of an observer, never getting tangled. Being impartial in all circumstances, not partisan. Unbiased, unprejudiced. You are a witness of this wondrous universe. Like a spectator in a boxing ring. If you jump into the ring you get beaten up by both parties! […]

    Bhagavad Gita – Guide For The Young

    While the rest of the world was still in the dark ages the wise Indian had discovered the formula for Excellence. The focus shifted from conquering the world to gaining control over the mind. The era of meritocracy came into being. Develop merit, the world will amply reward you. An excellent musician, outstanding sportsperson or brilliant scientist needs only to focus on mastering his skill. Wealth, fame and accolades will follow. The Age of Knowledge Capital dawned in India centuries ago! […]

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    Seva: The Spirit of Service

    One of the cornerstones of a spiritual seeker’s journey is seva , service. Seva goes much beyond actual service. It is an attitude. When we work in a spirit of seva , we think about what we can give in any interaction rather than what we can gain from it. […]

    Love, Actually?

    Feature written by Rama Tandon Guy meets girl. They fall in love. A beautiful relationship begins. Somewhere along the way, something goes wrong. Suddenly, his temper becomes annoying. Her stubbornness irritates him. And the relationship becomes more an issue of tolerating rather than loving. Weren’t these qualities present before? Is there something wrong with them? Was it his fault or hers? Was it anyone’s fault at all? These are experiences we come across every now and then. Tales of two wonderful people but a not so wonderful ending.   […]