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The Cosmic Law of Interconnectedness
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The Cosmic Law of Interconnectedness

One day, the Chinese monk Fazang (Fa-tsang) was delivering a talk on the Avatamsaka Sutra (lit. The Flower Ornament Sutra) in the court of Empress Wu (624 – 705 CE). He explained a universe[...]

The Shortcut to Happiness
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The Shortcut to Happiness

“Is there a shortcut to happiness?” Narayani Ganesh asked me last week, when I was speaking at the Bangalore Lit Fest.“Oh,” I said, “you mean a jugaad for happiness?” She and the audience chuckled[...]

The Best Place
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The Best Place

Have you noticed that we are forever searching for a place in our hearts, in others’ hearts and lives, a place that gives us happiness? We want to matter, we want to belong to[...]

Gayatri Sadhana
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Gayatri Sadhana

There was this person in Canada – and I am telling you his real-life story, which I witnessed over a period of time. When I first met him in India, he was a devout[...]

Why do Good People Suffer?
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Why do Good People Suffer?

I remember as a child two books I enjoyed reading were Hitopdesha and Panchtantra, the Indian versions of Aesop’s Fables if you will, written some 2000 years ago. I was looking for a particular[...]

Eat That Frog
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Eat That Frog

Mark Twain once said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Though, it’s debatable whether he actually said something like[...]