The mental state is paramount – a story

We all know that happiness or sadness is really only a thought away. Change the way you think or perceive and your world changes immediately. It’s really that fast – a mere thought away. But it can be the toughest thing to do because our ego gets in the way. It will throw a tantrum and demand, “What about I, me, mine?” Here is a story about a king whose kindness is so legendary that when he passed away, the denizens of the afterlife could not wait to welcome him hoping he would help make hell a heaven for them …

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How very precious is this human life!

It is said that to be born as a human being with the capacity for intellectual discernment and to encounter the Buddhadharma is like the following story, as told by the Buddha. Suppose this entire world is like a vast blue ocean. And beneath its deep waters lives a blind tortoise that only surfaces once every hundred years. At the same time, on the water’s surface, bobbing along with the rise and fall of the waves, blown hither and thither by the winds is a wooden yoke, or ring, with a hole in its middle. Back and forth across the …

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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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Two buffaloes and an invisible rope

We hold ourselves in bondage to repeating patterns of behaviour through the invisible rope of our mind, just like it was for the two buffaloes in this fable.  Once upon a time there was a farmer. Each day he would go out to tend his fields with his two buffaloes. As mid-day approaches he would stop for a simple meal and a short rest but before that he would unyoke and then tie each of his buffaloes to a nearby tree with a rope around its neck. That way they wouldn’t wander off while he was sleeping. One day, as …

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The power of the mantra

It is said that the mantra is at its most powerful when it is recited in the mind with no movement of larynx or tongue. One of my most cherished moments of an ashram stay is always at the end of the day when we participate in the evening fire or arati ceremony by the banks of the Ganges. This is from my travel journal… Another day comes to a close at the ashram and as the colors around us starts to dim as dusk falls, we are all gathered on the steps of the ghat, waiting patiently for the …

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Ignorance of the 10 fools

“Hence I say – know that you are really the infinite, pure Being, the Self Absolute. You are always that Self and nothing but that Self. What keeps you from knowing is ignorance, like the ignorance of the ten fools.” – Sri Ramana Maharshi This is a tale told by the great sage to illustrate the delusion of the ego-centric self. The I or self whose sight is perpetually occluded and veiled by Maya, not seeing the true Self that is already there. Filters, blinkers, ignorance….. How many times have we caught ourselves thinking just like these 10 fools? Here …

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The wish-fulfulling tree: Kalpavriksha

A story from Sadhguru. The truth is each of us is a Kalpa Vriksha.  We are all magicians capable of wielding an immense power to create anything we want. But be careful what you wish for…. One day, a man went for a walk out of town where he eventually came to a forest. He decided he would rest for a while under a shady tree before making his way back. And so he slept on the soft grass and before long, woke up feeling totally refreshed but hungry. He said, “How I wish I had all my favourite foods …

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