The Infinite Journey of Our Souls

“Who am I” and “Why am I here” are questions that have plagued us all at some time in our lives. The answers to these cosmic questions lies in part in our past lives. As a student of the Bhagvad Gita, I believe in reincarnation and multiple lives so I felt compelled to explore my own past lives in order to determine where I have come from and how it defines my purpose in this lifetime. Two techniques that I wanted to investigate, in this context, were Past Life Regression (PLR) and Akashic Records Reading (ARR). Read More →

Gurudakshina: Repaying an Infinite Debt

In learning, we grow. A soul chooses its script basis its past lives, lessons learnt, and still to be learnt. Then too we learn from the environment, from our experiences and from observing people around us. But most of all we learn from our teachers. Teachers dot every point on the map of our lives, starting with one’s parents and primary caregivers to our teachers in school, university and all those people who help achieve our life’s purpose. And then there are our spiritual teachers. The person or persons who help us realize the potential of our souls and connect to the universe. Each of these people impart infinite wisdom and in doing so shape and mold our lives and our consciousness. Read More →

Reflections on India and the USA

Hollywood has done its bit about perpetuating the stereotype of the spiritually starved American, travelling to the other side of the globe, seeking true knowledge in the materialistically backward but soulfully rich India. It is natural to expect Americans to be spiritually starved; it is an outcome focused, goal driven, capitalistic society founded by entrepreneurs. No wonder they are unhappy and are seeking shelter in the ageless wisdom of the Hindu sages. Well, it is true that Americans do not come out on top of most happiness surveys, but they may be spiritually on a higher plane than Indians. Let us explore this hypothesis by examining a stereotype strongly associated with Hindu spirituality – the Brahmin. Read More →

In fear, we find security

Perhaps the most dominant emotion in a person’s life is fear. Sometimes conscious, but mostly unconscious fear rules every stage and aspect of our lives. You might find this statement a little strong, even radical, but think about it a little and you will be bound to agree with me. When a baby is born, it comes out of a warm and comfortable cocoon into an alien, and for some even dangerous, world. That first unexpressed fear builds up through life because at every stage of life that follows one is exposed to a world that is unknown and unfamiliar forcing us to find mechanisms to deal with such situations, and the resultant fear. Read More →

The fight between tradition and modernity

Dubai… the very name conjures up pictures of tall glass buildings shimmering in the desert, of shopping malls that contain more riches than King Solomon’s mines, of a cosmopolitan metropolis that is home to people from across the world, and indeed perhaps an example of man’s triumph over nature. Read More →

In quest of focus

I have written about the concept of ‘focus’ (see ‘Three Secrets Every Entrepreneur Should Know’ in the Ethical Entrepreneurship series) and there is also plenty more to read on the Internet; not to mention our own experiences and practices in this regard. But today’s post is about how to deal with losing focus mid-way to one’s goal. Read More →

Some people have all the luck

One of the most recurrent thoughts in human history (other than “Why me?”) is probably, “Why does s/he have all the luck?” Think about it… at some stage or the other in our lives we have all thought it, struggled with it, fought it, and hopefully conquered the thought. A sibling, a friend, a colleague has at some time or the other been on the receiving end of this thought in our minds. And who knows, unknowingly perhaps we have also been the focus of such thoughts in other people. Read More →

Why do we try to change people

One of the hardest lessons we learn in life is that one can only change oneself. It is futile to try to change someone else to suit one’s needs. It is only one’s own ‘programming’ that can be changed because we control our own consciousness.

However much a friend, relative or colleague’s behaviour might frustrate us, we must learn to focus on what we value in them. The best way to change or influence positive changes in our loved ones is by being an example. Typically it is the ones we love the most whom we try to change. We tend to forget that perhaps we love these people because they are different from us; you know the old saying – “opposites attract”. Besides, there are positive and negative qualities in all people including ourselves and sometimes people who are different from us may help us realise and overcome our own negatives and vice versa. Read More →

The awakening: In which I discover an old soul in a young friend

Two years ago I attended a 23 day silent meditation program in Dharamsala at Ajay and Suruchi’s center called Zmeditation and it has been one of the hardest things I have done in the course of my spiritual journey. Our program comprised nine individuals, each from a different country – Ariana, a healthcare professional from Canada, Rasmus, a pilot from Denmark, Christina a pharmacist from Germany, Christian a KPMG consultant from Hungry, Zandra a teacher from Sweden, Leela a grandmother from Malaysia, Lee a teacher from China, Gary from Canada, and I was the token representative from India. In terms of age, most of us were in our mid or late 30s, except for two people – Leela who was in her mid 50s and Christina who was 21.

Thinking back, I remember being friendlier to those in my age group. Also I think I consciously avoided women because I thought most of them had been inspired by the book Eat, Pray and Love! I was a bit of a spiritual snob then and thought that the men were more serious students of the divine while the women were on an inexpensive detox trip. This was expecially true of Christina. When I looked at her, I had a stereotypical notion that a girl her age should be dancing in a discotheque in Germany and getting drunk. I didn’t think she was ready to sit through a 23 day silent mediation program in the Himalayas. Read More →

The Rebel in Us

The growth of civilization has encouraged the growth of social institutions that encourage order and structure amongst human beings. The very purpose of most of these institutions – marriage, family, community, society, religion, etc. is to promote conformity. And yet it is unrestrained creativity and ‘thinking outside the box’ that has pushed the boundaries of human thought and led to the progress of civilization, technology and essentially, life as we know it today. Read More →