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Habits for success and self-discovery through journaling

As we think, so we become. This is the eternal truth about the human mind which is the source of all happiness and suffering. Why is that so? Because the way we think leads us to form habits. They are strengthened each time we repeat them. Over time, we become the sum of our habits. Question is: what sort of habits rule our life? Ask any wise person for the formula of success and he or she will tell you to examine, analyse and study your habits. If there are mental, physical and spiritual habits that impede your progress, you …

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Samskara and vasana – what you need to know

Much of our behaviour is driven by triggers deep down within our psyche. These can be intergenerational patterns of behaviour that are passed on from generation to generation. They could be learned or adaptive behaviour. The thing is all behaviour results in an energetic imprint known as samskara or vasana. This is the universal Law of Cause and Effect which no one can escape. What are samskaras and vasanas? These are energetic imprints that we carry forward from past lives to our present incarnation which also include those we create in this lifetime through our behavioural patterns in thought, speech …

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Raga and dvesha – likes and dislikes can ruin your life

How do we attain a peaceful state of mind no matter what happens? Answer: Start training your mind to pause so that you can choose a more spiritually-appropriate response. Don’t let ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ govern your thinking or reaction. They will bring about your downfall and ruin. Catch yourself each time you find yourself thinking in terms of like or dislike. Because in reality, there is no qualifier of good or bad, like or dislike unless you will it so. Be determined to change this habit by training yourself to look at all events, situations, and persons with the eye …

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Why do we suffer and what to do about it

We suffer mostly because of the way we perceive which then forms the basis of our thinking. We then become very attached to the way we think. As the saying goes, as we think so we become. The tragedy is that we don’t realise that we actually think ourselves into misery. It’s only after much pain and finally awareness that we realise we are the one fully responsible for our suffering. That’s the beginning of letting go our attachment to the causes of suffering. The question is: what can we do about suffering. Plenty. Beginning with changing the way you …

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Two frogs in a pail of milk

We share with you a story we found in a little book on success written by Paramahansa Yogananda. It is an age-old fable that continues to hold relevance. Once upon a time there were two frogs who found themselves in a deep bucket of milk. Try as they might they couldn’t get out. Their feet could not touch the bottom and the  sides were too slippery. They kicked and kicked to stay afloat but soon one of them gave up, saying it was futile and they will never get out and he sank to the bottom. The other refused to give …

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The story of the origin of Gayatri Mantra of Enlightenment

If you have ever wondered how the Gayatri Mantra was conceived then you wouldn’t want to miss this excellent retelling of the story of its origin. We first learned the mantra sitting at the feet of our spiritual teacher in India, a Swamiji of the Saraswati order. There is much to learn about the many layers of meaning to the mantra but it has to be experienced for oneself. Below is one technique he taught us and we share it with you. Suggestion: At the end of the day just when dusk starts to fall, tap into the energies as …

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Vigyan Bhairav – a famous Tantric text

Osho may have left his body but his teachings continue to impact us. Once on our sojourn through India, we met someone who brought us to visit one of Osho’s smaller ashrams in Haridwar where we had made a stop to visit RamDass’ ashram. We didn’t get to meet the great teacher himself but once back home, we looked up his books and there is one that you just can’t miss. It’s epic. It’s huge and it’s the Book of Secrets aka Secret of Secrets. Here in this post, we’d like to share with you the source of Osho’s epic …

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Find your purpose – when does it matter?

Frankly, it isn’t so much about finding one’s purpose but rather finding what it is that makes us happy doing it even if there wasn’t any fancy label or a large paycheck attached to it. The secret to what makes something meaningful is really what Aristotle has said, that is, what does the world need that I and my talents, skills, and knowledge can help meet? “Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation.” – ARISTOTLE Which then boils down to asking ourselves what currency is it that we prefer to deal in. Would it …

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