There's something wrong with the world today, and it's madness out here. Everyone seems to be fighting with each other in the name of greed, lust, false ego, power, and hatred. My friends keep discussing all of this on their social media. They unfriend each other on account of a difference of opinion. I don't know … Continue reading When Will This Madness End?
Money gives you CHOICES. Money gives you personal power. Money is not just money. Not just a tool to buy fancy clothes, new shoes and luxurious holidays. Money is ENERGY. What is most exciting about money is who you become in the process of making more money. When you understand the essence of this tool, … Continue reading Money Is Not The Only Answer But It Makes A Difference
Recently, I put up a post in all my social media asking my friends to guide me to get these stones. I was looking for plain stones that I can paint into colorful kindness tones. It was rather an experiment to see how different can we see or think in life. I asked this question … Continue reading The Stone Experiment: Humans Are Becoming Blind
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was one of the most important spiritual leaders in history, a man who was once eulogized as the spokesman for the conscience of a human. About Gandhi Gandhi was given the title Mahatma—by Tagore—which is similar to the Western term saint, is credited with legitimizing India’s quest for freedom from the British … Continue reading Gandhi And Me: Our Experiments With Truth
Too much of everything is never enough. No one can be labeled as good or bad as the virtues and vices are equally embedded in a person. Depending on how the virtues are nourished and demonstrated, a person is perceived as good or bad. Balance is the key! What's bad? Excess. This a conversation that the … Continue reading Balance Is the Key to a Successful Life
I don't know how does it work abroad but in India family and blood relation plays an important role in daily life. People are crazy about it! Parents expect their children because they're their blood. Children also help blood relatives more. As a common practice, if you ask for some help for a friend or … Continue reading Family Isn’t Defined by Blood or Genetics
A recent Facebook post from my friend Archis caught my attention. His brother Mayank Bhagwat has done something innovative for Ganesh Festival 2018. He has given a heart touching message about organ donation and how it can save multiple lives. For those who don't know what this festival is, it's a 10-day Hindu festival celebrated across India dedicated … Continue reading Mumbai Man Spreads Lord Ganesha’s Message For Organ Donation
Why is color such a powerful force in our lives? What effects can it have on our bodies and minds? While perceptions of color are somewhat subjective, there are some color effects that have universal meaning. Colors in the red area of the color spectrum are known as warm colors and include red, orange, and … Continue reading How Do You Create Different Emotions And Mood Based On Color?
Ganesh Festival is one of the biggest festivals in India. It's a Hindu festival that reveres Lord Ganesha — fondly called Bappa. However, there's more to the LORD OF BEGINNINGS and DESTROYER OF OBSTACLES than intelligence and power. His legends offer lessons in compassion, gratitude, duty, righteousness, kindness, and forgiveness. Through the video, see what happens when a cup of … Continue reading Bappa Is Here to Give a Deep Message
Everyone has to feel the heat of a heartbreak at least once in a lifetime. It's a tough time and each of us has their own ways to deal with it. Alcohol or drugs are the most common companions but music can really be helpful. In this blog post, I want to share some songs … Continue reading Top 10 Sad Songs For Your Heartbreak
Even though India is one of the most rapidly developing countries, the situation of women in the country is no so good. The social structure, although rapidly changing, is patriarchal in most part of the country. It's widely known that a particular gender is preferred over the other; in most sections of the society. I have observed … Continue reading Why Are We Calling Our Daughters Beta?
The title line was given to me by my friend Martin in 2009 while I was studying wildlife filmmaking in South Africa. It has touched me so much that I keep using it and giving it to others. I said the same line to the HR head when I left my job at the animation … Continue reading There’s Always A Time To Lead And A Time To Leave
No. Buddhism doesn't believe in God. There're several reasons for this. The Buddha, like modern sociologists and psychologists, believed that religious ideas and especially the god-idea have their origin in fear. Gripped by fear men go to the sacred mountains, sacred groves, sacred trees, and shrines. Selfish Reasons Primitive humans found themselves in a dangerous and … Continue reading Does Buddhism Believe in God?
Recently, I got an opportunity to guide a bright student at our community learning center in Mumbai. A lot of school students get mentored here for various subjects. There was this particular girl who was quite confused on choosing her study field in college. She got 90+ marks in science and mathematics, and everyone is … Continue reading Good Marks In A Subject Doesn’t Mean An Interest In It
I consider myself an amateur when it comes to current affairs and understanding of life but in the capacity of a student of psychology and an emotional wellness volunteer, I can see what most of us are missing; in the storm of ranting, blaming and sobbing. This piece of writing is my perspective and no … Continue reading The Psychology Of Crime
I had an interesting conversation with a man who was helping me to find an address. He was keen to find out my caste. कहाँ के रहने वाले हो ? भारत । भारत के तो नहीं लगते। ये तेज, ये स्टाइल तो भारत का नहीं लगता । ना जी । यही का हूँ—मुंबई का । … Continue reading जाति कौनसी है ?
Religion usually entails adhering to a certain dogma or belief system. Spirituality places little importance on intellectual beliefs but is concerned with growing into and experiencing the divine consciousness. Religion is for those who are asleep. Spirituality is for those who are awake. Religion is often concerned with sin, guilt and a concept of a … Continue reading Religion vs. Spirituality: The Truth and Meaning
Most of us question multiple times throughout schooling if it's really necessary for us to learn and re-learn all of the same concepts over and over again. I think like this as well. The truth is, we are never as smart as we think we are. We think we are so knowledgeable, but there's always … Continue reading Nope, Ignorance Is Not Bliss
Don't say you have nothing to give someone in need. The greatest gifts have nothing to do with material things. The love you give, the hope you inspire, the time and helping hand you extend, the smile on your face—these are worth so much more. In fact, there's so much to give other than material things. … Continue reading You Can Give Even If You Have Nothing
I am not a God-fearing man. I am God loving one. I don't visit the outer temple, I visit my inner temple. I don't even know if God exists out of me. I don't even know if there exists a separate God or it's just me and the universe. I don't think people like me … Continue reading My Definition Of God
This blog post in not my original idea. It was first suggested to me by my friend Shalini Menon who is a multi-talented woman, a mother, an actor and an entrepreneur. I might soon write a blog post on her—she's too good! We were talking about first impressions and got a carried away in a lot … Continue reading The Psychology Of First Impression
Although the thought in this blog post belongs to me, the title was given by my dearest school friend Minu. Some are really fortunate. They're born and don't get old. Death takes them into its arms, hugs them tight before getting old. My sister-in-law was terminally ill and was brought back home last night. Doctors … Continue reading Death Can Be Beautiful
The 3 wise monkeys and the associated proverb are known throughout Asia and in the Western world. The phrase see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil first emerged in Japan in the 17th century and was later adopted worldwide as a message of peace and tolerance due to Mahatma Gandhi's visual metaphor of … Continue reading The 3 Wise Monkeys Of Gandhi
Often, we hear the sentence I'M PROUD OF YOU or I FEEL SO PROUD, don't we? Although the dictionary meaning of pride is to feel deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of own achievements, it's misleading and half. There's more to the meaning. Means, there're more layers and hidden vibrations attached with this word and I … Continue reading Pride: One of the Greatest Sins
Do you have a sense of purpose? I had been after years for more than a decade and finally, I have made it; I think so at the moment. The goals that foster a sense of purpose are ones that can potentially change the lives of many; including yours. Indeed, a sense of purpose appears to … Continue reading Lost About Your Purpose In Life? Read On
It's a question that always haunts me. I am fortunate to have born in this era where I have sources of information, knowledge, and wisdom. I have Guru and I have Google. Google is an unmatched source of information and knowledge; no doubt about it. One can find answers to almost all the questions in … Continue reading Is Google Better Than Guru?
Why are you playing such loud music? We're celebrating our festival? Nice. Please tell me about it. It's our God's birthday. Who is your God? Buddha. But Buddha doesn't believe or preach in a personal God, as per my little knowledge? What? What do you mean by that? Forget it. But what are you celebrating? … Continue reading HBD Buddha! But When Were You Really Born?
Many of us grew up believing that it’s nobler to give than to receive. This proclamation safeguards us from becoming self-centered monsters—scanning our environment to see what we can extract to fill ourselves. But this may turn us into a narcissist because we think we become great as we’re giving, and just giving. But I have a … Continue reading There’s Receiving In Every Giving
Before we comprehend the simplicity of life let us understand our role in it. People are complication-mongers; they convert simple things into something horribly complex and difficult to interpret. The only reason we have something called sixth-sense is to complicate things. But then think about it, without making things complicated we might feel extremely dull … Continue reading Life Is Too Simple, We Complicate It
I am 38 now and I had been reading and trying to understand the wisdom of life for a long time. I read quite a lot of ancient scriptures and books on various subjects; ranging from science to philosophy. I also went one step ahead to take a 4-year-long sabbatical to understand my self and … Continue reading Welcome Suffering, Pain and Negativity In Your Life
Love makes you happy. Love makes you hopeful. Love makes you grateful. Love makes you inspired. Love changes your life. Janis Spindel The first—and second and third—time I fell in love, it was unlike anything I had ever experienced. Having such strong feelings about another person shook me to my core. It made me re-evaluate my beliefs. I … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why Love Is The Best Feeling In The World
I always keep wondering who is the creator of this entire existence. I am not even sure if I'll get an answer to this question but I have three wishes—for the next version of us—that I want to share with God—the most acceptable creator of the universe. First wish: Each of us gets two-three or multiple … Continue reading If God Is The Creator, I Have 3 Wishes For The Next Version Of Humankind
Our Father of Nation—Mahatma Gandhi—believed in reform not punishment and with this philosophy, Additional Director General (Prison) Bhushankumar Upadhyay and Jail Superintendent U.T. Pawar organized a workshop in the largest prison of South Asia—Yerwada Central Jail, Pune. When one commits a mistake in life, one has to pay a big cost for it. But it’s … Continue reading Prisoners Need Reform Not Punishment
Quite often we hear words like MAY GOD BLESS YOU or MAY THIS FESTIVAL BRING LIGHT AND HAPPINESS TO YOUR LIFE. My question of, why this element of MAY? Why this doubt? PS: I'm trying to explore something unusual and this may only relate to people who are believers in God; public or personal. The meaning Let’s … Continue reading Saying MAY GOD BLESS YOU Is as Dangerous as Doubt
I have seen life for 38 years, read around 1,000 books, met more than a million people and after all of this, I realized a thing—there is an opposite of everything. The world is full of contrast. In Mumbai, there is extreme contrast wherever you see. And this contrast, which is nothing other than the … Continue reading The Poem Of Contrast
I have seen some films in which the protagonist or antagonist is suffering from what is called multiple personality disorder. But as per my half knowledge and perspective, we all are suffering from this disorder. In fact, I wouldn't call it suffering but more like displaying this syndrome. And I wouldn't even call it a … Continue reading 100% Population On Planet Earth Have This Syndrome
Many people find me a loving and kind man. Some feel that I am a psychosomatic-addict-insane man. Some find the devil in me. And some don't find me at all. Different people see me different as per their filling i.e. what they have inside them. If they're full of shit, they see shit in me. … Continue reading What Is The Secret To My Little Emptiness Of Love?
If you're in Mumbai, you can find many such pillars in all railway stations. To me, it's not just a pillar but something much beyond. For those who don't know, this pillar signifies that the first-class compartment of the local train will stop here. And for those who don't know the class system in the … Continue reading This Pillar, Suddenly, Gives Me A Class!
This photograph by Saurabh Sawant has ignited a motley of emotions in my heart. There is nothing spectacular in this photograph but there's something beyond spectacle. One is a relative, the other stranger, say the small minded. The entire world is a family, live the magnanimous. Be detached, be magnanimous, lift up your mind, enjoy the fruit of eternal freedom. … Continue reading The Messenger Of THE WORLD IS ONE FAMILY Ideology
It's a lovely day today. In fact, as one of my friend, philosopher and guide said that today is the first day of rest of our lives. But, this lovely day is because of last night. If there was no night, there wouldn't have been this morning. In regard to this the thought, I have … Continue reading Listening Is An Act Of Love
H2O is a transparent and nearly colorless chemical substance that is the main constituent of Earth's streams, lakes, and oceans, and the fluids of most living organisms. It's one of the most important elements that keep us alive; in physical form. Our planet has life because of this chemical substance. It covers 71% of the … Continue reading The Paradox Of H2O
Different cultures have a different representation of colors; especially black or white. Let's explore. People wear white in Hindu funeral, while people black in a Christian funeral. Indian babies have applied a black dot on the forehead to protect them from the evil eye, while a temple for home is built with white marble. Throughout the … Continue reading Can Black or White Be Auspicious or Inauspicious?
The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by an ill glare, usually given to a person when they're unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune and this can be avoided by a black dot. Origin of the black dot as a protection The evil eye is a curse or … Continue reading The Great Black Indian Dot: Protection or Superstition?
Let's first understand the meaning of the word reincarnation. The word reincarnation is derived from Latin and literally means entering the flesh again. This also translates to changing forms. Reincarnation is the philosophical concept that an aspect of a living being starts a new life in a different physical body or form after each biological death. It's also called … Continue reading Exploring Reincarnation The Scientific Way
No, this article is not about deforestation but this is about me. I am a selfish person and most of the blog posts are about me or things that revolve around me. Being selfish has opened doors for me like never before. It's because of being selfish that I got the opportunity to introspect, and … Continue reading The Tree Of Life
There's nothing left to feel bad about—nothing left, neither bad nor me. I am nothing, I do nothing.
This photograph by an alert citizen—Abhay Azad—is haunting me. As soon as I saw this photograph, I rushed to the venue to meet this tree. My parents left us without any will and I know how difficult the life ahead is without a will. The photograph of this half-cut tree has many meanings for me—vulgar … Continue reading The Will Of A Dying Tree
Why are they selling roti here? This is what he said when he went to a restaurant for the first time in his life. This is the line that has ripped my heart. It’s one of the most philosophical questions I’ve heard in my life. For me, this question has left behind the greatest philosophers … Continue reading The Strangest Question On Earth
I see this dog waiting here, at the same spot, every day. I don't know for what and no one knows. No idea what's going on but this reminds me of HMV logo—the dog quietly listening to the voice on a gramophone. Here there is no gramophone, but maybe there is an invisible one that I … Continue reading His Master’s Voice
Simon Anholt is the founder of the Good Country Index which measures what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size. Similarly, the United Nations publishes a Word Happiness Report every year. Each report is organized by chapters that delve deeper into issues relating to happiness, including mental … Continue reading Why Isn’t India On Top Of The Good Country Or Happiness Index?
Everyone wants to sip the cup of love. Everyone wants to stitch their shattered luck. Everyone wants holiness in the world. Everyone wants to live with dignity. Everyone wants peace. Everyone wants to know the truth. Everyone wants the genie. Everyone wants to live.
Mother was in a coma for one month; before passing away in 2015. She was suffering from low blood pressure that made her sleep so long. She was on the ventilator and the doctor, in fact, no one, was sure if she could ever come back and become like before. Even if she was to … Continue reading The Toughest Decision Of My Life
The other day I was doing nothing but observing people. It was fun and I could see different colors of people all around. I heard a motorist talk about rising road accidents in India after he jumped the red signal, I heard a woman talking about environmental degradation while carrying 10 thin plastic bags full … Continue reading Don’t Judge Unless You’re Perfect: Part II
Success means different things to different people. There are tons of definitions available out there but my definition is simple and crazy. Success for me is: When my five senses are working. When I don't have to wear formal dress to the office or follow a dress code for a meeting. When I purchase and … Continue reading My Definition Of Success
The famous quote by Buddha means a lot to me and is the fundamental principle of my life. And, I don't just go by philosophy, I actually research on it and make my conclusions. So, I did an experiment for one year with a group of people from my housing society here in Mumbai. The … Continue reading Don’t Judge Unless You’re Perfect: Part I
I have started walking in morning; in my housing society compound. Since many days, I had been noticing pieces of roti on the back side. I was curious to know who keeps there pieces there and why the pieces are kept there. I couldn't resist and one fine day, I and the lonely pieces had a … Continue reading In Conversation With—A Piece Of Roti
I experienced a moment of enlightenment while listening to one song of artist Bette Milder. I have heard it 100 times before but never realized that it has such a beautiful meaning. And it's so much relevant in today's time. We break traffic rules, litter, tell lies, speak ill about others, contribute to corruption, destroy the … Continue reading God Is Watching Us—From A Distance
The moment human became religious should have been the end of all conflict, but unfortunately, everywhere in the world, religion has become the main source of conflict. This has taken the maximum number of lives and caused the maximum amount of pain on the planet for thousands of years. This is only because people believe … Continue reading Flip Side of Religion, Dharma and Madhab
Since childhood, I have been hearing keywords like terrorism and terrorist but there has been no comprehensive definition to describe its characteristics. Parents were a victim of the 1947 India-Pakistan partition and had their definition of the subject. My grandfather was involved in World War II while serving in the Indian Army, he had his own … Continue reading Terrorism: A Different Perspective
From 2013-2017, I had been on this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious sabbatical—doing crazy things, learning spirituality and rendering community service. It was a completely no-income time and a huge question for peers. No one could understand what I was doing and my joy haunted them; all the while. On a fine day, a good friend came up and asked me … Continue reading How Much Do You Make? Asked My Friend
There are three things, once one’s basic needs are satisfied, that academic literature points to as the ingredients for happiness—having meaningful social relationships, being good at whatever it is one spends one’s days doing, and having the freedom to make life decisions independently. But research into happiness has also yielded something a little less obvious—being … Continue reading Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy?
First of all, the comment that money is the root of all evil is a misquote. We’re referencing 1 Timothy 6:10 from the Bible, which is usually translated as—for the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil or simply for the love of money is the root of all evil. Not … Continue reading Money Isn’t The Root Of Evil
What is Science? Let's understand by doing a dissection of its definition. The Google definition is—the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. So, science it not merely biology, physics or chemistry, but rather a deep and organized study … Continue reading Life Is A Science!
Every morning, I express my sincere gratitude to my shit; it's a great teacher. It's only when I look at my shit, I realize that I am full of dirty and impure things, foul smell, flaws, imperfection and ugliness deep inside. This, in turn, prevents me to say ill about others. If I wish to … Continue reading Shit Happens But For A Particular Reason
The problem with present-day education is that it has no definite goal to pursue. A sculptor has a clear idea about what he wants to shape out of the marble block; similarly, a painter knows what he is going to paint. But a teacher has no clear idea about the goal of his teaching. A … Continue reading The Goal Of Education
These two words mean two different things.
In my journey of service, I come along people who often talk about helping the unprivileged. They have an idea of the unprivileged as poor people. But, what is poor? I have a different idea on the meaning of the word. I don't think that unprivileged has only to do with money. There are so … Continue reading Who Is The Unprivileged?
I was just wondering whether education just means a degree or as per Swami Vivekananda, far deeper concept? Someone said that this is not right but I think I want to ask people that is this what your education that has taught? That education means a degree? It’s enlightenment, not degree. Soon, you'll make terms … Continue reading I Am Confused
I was once a money-monger that was always after money; a fistful of it. Due to my conditioning and learning, I was made to believe that money was the most valuable resource. But not soon, after a lot of failures and mistakes, I realized that money isn’t the most valuable resource, something else is. My … Continue reading Difference Between Wealth And Prosperity
I’m reading a book on action and reincarnation. I got to know something interesting. Sometimes, the soul not only is in a certain situation because of past actions but sometimes, it sacrifices to balance someone else’s actions. This implies that it’s not that only rich and healthy are spiritual and poor and ill are sinners. The … Continue reading Karma and Reincarnation