Dumbest Kid in the World

A young boy enters a barbershop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch and I’ll prove it to you.” The barber holds a 10 Rupee note in one hand and a 5 Rupee coin in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, “Which do you want,... Continue Reading →

Life is Unfair

The greatest war that the land had ever witness was over - the war of Mahabharat. All the great warriors had ascended to higher realms. Each of them were in a reflective space and were looking back at their own lives. In one particular interaction between Krishna and Karna, Karna starts to say, "My mother... Continue Reading →

Are you a People-Pleaser?

Question : When I look back at my entire life, I know that I have always been very kind and generous. I have never hurt anybody. And if I knew that someone is upset because of me, I would not be able to sleep for days (until I do something to set it right). I... Continue Reading →

Forcing Happiness

Question : I have gone through a lot in my life. I usually tend to get into a depressive mood very easily. Lot of my relatives and friends ask me to focus on the positive and focus on doing things that make me happy. They even tell me that being depressive is not spiritual. I... Continue Reading →

What you resist persists

This post is in an extension of my earlier post "Meeting the Dark". We resist the 'Dark' in us. And the simple reason we do that is because we all want to be accepted, celebrated and belong to the tribe. This is the deepest conditioning that every human is born with. And we would do... Continue Reading →

Is Tom & Jerry really for kids?

I loved Tom & Jerry like crazy when I was a kid. I probably didn't spare any opportunity to watch it on TV. My parents were very happy that Tom and Jerry kept me entertained when I was not at school. Till this day, I love Tom & Jerry and I can have a hearty laugh... Continue Reading →

The Life After

In a mother's womb were two babies. One asked the other: "Do you believe in life after delivery?" The other replied, "Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later." "Nonsense" said the first. "There is no life after delivery. What... Continue Reading →

Meeting the ‘Dark’

This post is going to be metaphoric in nature. And so while you read this post, I would like you to think in symbolism. 'Light' and 'Dark' are symbolic words. They are not absolute. Many religions talk about Light and Dark in absolute terms. The popular belief is that 'dark' is evil and bad. However,... Continue Reading →

Difficult People

Question : There are some people I meet who somehow always pick up little things I might say and make it a big deal. It is always so much of stress to be in their presence. I never know when that person would pounce on me, when he/she would misunderstand me and 'put words in... Continue Reading →

Compliments

I recently met a friend and the first thing I found myself telling her was "Wow, you've lost so much weight!". And pat came the reply, "Oh! I am tired of hearing so many versions of my weight. Some say I've lost weight...some say I've gained weight. I honestly do not care about these compliments... Continue Reading →

The Buddha’s wife

He left her in the middle of the night, the night their son was born. When she heard the news she was devastated. Yet, she did not complain. But her life lost all meaning. The only reason for her to live now was her son. She wanted him to grow up to be a man... Continue Reading →

Don’t we all?

I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car. I had just come from the car wash and was waiting for my wife to get out of work. Coming my way from across the parking lot was what society would consider a bum. From the looks of him, he had no car,... Continue Reading →

Dependence or Support??

Question : I am a mother of 2 kids. I am currently going through a separation with my husband, after 12 years of marriage. I had given up my career when I chose to be a mother and was dependent on my husband for the last 12 years. It started out as financial dependency, but... Continue Reading →

I’ve got Thick Skin and an Elastic Heart

Of all the qualities a Human Mind can possess, I would rate compassion and resilience as among the most important of them all. Compassion Compassion is not kindness. Compassion is not forgiveness. Compassion is not pleasing-others. Compassion is not about being nice. Compassion is a much deeper quality where you understand the emotional state of... Continue Reading →

A story of Nothing

He had everything that a man could want, which in itself was a euphemism considering he was the King. He had a summer palace, a winter palace and many other palaces in between, the same could be said about his many wives. He had an army that could vanquish any enemy and a treasury that... Continue Reading →

Karmic Patterns and Therapy

Question : If all that is happening to us is Karma, then how can you resolve it and why would you want to resolve it? Are you trying to play God by being a therapist and trying to change things? Answer : Yes indeed, everything happening in our lives has a reason. And it is... Continue Reading →

Am I really lazy?

"Oh! I am a very lazy person..." I hear this from many people. Personally, I do not believe there is any mental condition called 'Laziness'. It is just a word that describes behaviour in a very flippant and judgmental manner. What might be happening inside the mind of a 'Lazy' person is a whole other... Continue Reading →

Self-Talk

"Gosh! I look sooo terrible in this dress!!" "Ugh! I'm so fat!!" "I hate my hair...actually I hate my nose and lips too..." "My skin is so bad. I'v even got ugly wrinkles all over!" "My tummy always embarrasses me!" "I can never look good in any pic!" "I look so old!" "I wish I... Continue Reading →

Procrastination vs Perfectionism

Procrastination and Perfectionism are two sides of the same coin! Both these phenomenon are largely subconscious. Therefore, it is sometimes difficult to detect procrastination and perfectionism in us. And it can get even more elusive to see the link between the two. Well, to put it simply, it can be very hard for us to... Continue Reading →

Hate is not the opposite of Love

We have often been taught that "I hate you" is the opposite of "I love you". So if you love someone you cannot hate them. And if you hate someone you cannot love them. Sadly, that's not always the case. As humans, we are very complex and sophisticated emotional beings. And very often we find ourselves... Continue Reading →

Daily Meditation

Question : What is meditation? What is the purpose of meditation? People tell me I need to meditate, but I don't think I could ever sit silently for long hours with my eyes closed. Answer : The answer to this question can have many different perspectives. Simply because 'meditation' itself is an extremely profound concept.... Continue Reading →

Tuning in to the Inner Voice

Question : When I go through life, I come across many dilemmas. I'm not sure at times, if what I'm doing is right or wrong. I try my best to listen to my 'Inner Voice', but it is exactly at these moments I feel I just can't hear my Inner Voice. So what do I... Continue Reading →

Type of Soulmates

"Important Encounters are planned by the souls long before the bodies see each other."   ~ Paulo Coelho  Soulmates are like the classmates we have in school. Every classmate is not your best friend. Every classmate is not even your friend. Classmates are just a bunch of kids who have started their educational journey together and are... Continue Reading →

The Blame-Game

The Blame Game is one of the oldest games ever played. The game is extremely simple. It is almost intuitive in nature. Anybody can start playing it with anybody else. In fact, many people start playing this game even as a kid. Kids start with blaming the floor when they fall down. It's actually even... Continue Reading →

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