“Helping others physically, by removing their physical needs, is indeed great; but the help is greater according as the need is greater and according as the help is far-reaching. If a man’s wants can be removed for an hour, it is helping him indeed; if his wants can be removed for a year, it is more helpful; but if his wants can be removed forever, it is surely the greatest help that can be given him.” – Vivekananda in “The Secret of Work”
The full moon day in the month of May, also known as purnima or poornima marks Buddha Purnima. But this is no ordinary purnima, as it is observed worldwide as the day that Gautam Buddha achieved full enlightenment after years of meditation under the Bodhi tree.
The subject of life and death is often viewed in the context of light and dark. It is said that one of the greatest fears of human beings is the fear of dying. The great mystic Osho has written an entire book called “Let me teach you about death” (a highly recommended read by me). The Bhagavad Gita has many references to life and death – the nature of the body, the mind, the spirit – what truly dies and what can never die and many such discussions.
The quality or bhavana of upeksha is the fourth quality that Patanjali prescribes for the spiritual seeker, in addition to karuna (compassion), maitri (friendship) and mudita (joy).
The literal meaning of upekShA (उपेक्षा) is “overlooking, disregard, negligence, indifference, contempt or abandonment”. At first glance, indifference or negligence seems to imply that we should be insensitive […]
Teachers are under a lot of pressure to do more, be more, be always at their best, set the best example and so on. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the 2nd President of India (1962-67) was a great educator, and philosopher. He believed that students need to have certain ethics and virtues in ordered to be taught well by their teachers.