The Alchemy of Suffering and Freedom

In this artful piece, Shruti Bakshi and Subhash Kak contemplate the alchemy programmed into the game of life where suffering must be turned into freedom. The story of the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan) is used as a metaphor to understand the existential meaning of the suffering inherent life.

Sanskrit, Science and Ecology

Can Sanskrit show us the way forward? Kiran Varanasi reminds us of the vital role Sanskrit played in the brilliance and endurance of the ancient Indian civilisation and how it can help transform civilisation once again.

Social Media in a Spiritual Context

‘Spirituality’ and ‘social media’ are two words that don’t naturally sit well together for most people. In fact they would more likely be used in the same sentence only to point out the inverse relationship between the two in terms of popularity. But I’m here to put forth a very different view. I believe that social media, while it has wreaked havoc on human minds in many ways, also holds the potential to facilitate our spiritual evolution. Here’s why.

Tweeting our way to reform

As of May 2016, India ranked as the country with the second highest number of Twitter users (after the US) at 41 million users (as per Statista). For anyone with a healthy appetite for political discourse, this should come as no surprise as tweets have become almost synonymous with official public statements. As someone who…

The only way to deal with uncertainty

We humans don’t like uncertainty. In fact, in a way, all our civilisations have been built as an endeavour to reduce uncertainty – from the granaries of ancient times that helped deal with harvest uncertainties, to the modern day cell phone that provides more certainty about people and things you care about; from corporate structures to…

Be original, truly

Reflecting on what got me into exploring spirituality, one important aspect was not being able to take as a given, most ‘conventional wisdom’ doing the rounds. You know the witty poster quotations and the inspirational one-liners or often two-word-ers like ‘love yourself’, ‘be original’, yada, yada. Instead of readily accepting these exhortations, I wanted to know why? And moreover, I was a little annoyed at having to take advice from other people in the sense of, why don’t I know these things myself? This kind of questioning led me into a deeper understanding of human life and purpose.
In this post, I want to discuss one of the flighty aphorisms that many of us have grown up with and which, perhaps as in my case, makes you think of a sports-wear advertisement : ‘be original’. But instead of taking its casual, up-front meaning, I want to explore a more spiritual dimension.

Spring of possibilities

Spring is always pregnant with possibilities. We worship Goddess Saraswati at this time to bring out the best in us.

The pressure to do what you love

Do what you love. We’ve all heard this advice and seriously contemplated it at some point or the other in our lives. Usually while we’re hunched at our office desks at 9 pm, eating a cold desk dinner or while reading stories about wildly successful people like Elon Musk doing exactly what they love or…

The most important reminder of all

Shuffling through the ‘to-do’s and ‘may-do’s, Letting some drop off the cluttered lists; Postponing smiles and laughter to the holidays, Squeezing contentment into corners, if it fits.   ‘Why are we here?’ ‘What is the truth?’ We’d love to know, but maybe later. There’s so much to do today (and every day), We have problems right…

Nature and spirituality in South India

October is not a fallen month in South India. Unlike in temperate lands, there is no surrendering of the leaves first to non-verdant hues and eventually to the ground. The trees don’t avert their gaze like they do in Paris in autumn, embarrassed by their state of undress

The social impact of Demonitisation – towards a more equal society

I don’t usually write on current affairs but seeing as this current hot topic in India holds the key for great transformation of the society and ultimately human lives, I thought it relevant to share some of my thoughts on it on this blog. For those who don’t know what ‘demonitisation’ I am referring to,…

Why business school grads are wired for misery: Part 1

This series of posts may seem controversial to some, but my intention is not to offend or deride business school grads, who I consider to be the wonderful achievers and doers of our society (after all I am one myself!) but instead to hopefully encourage them and importantly, the corporate world at large to introspect and gain a…

A yogi lifestyle 

In the last few months, I have made quite drastic changes in my lifestyle, having taken a break from work to immerse myself in yoga and spirituality. I thought I’d share some of the changes I have made so far. 1. Food I shared the benefits of a vegetarian diet in an earlier post and I never…