The Core of Hinduism – I am neither the Body nor the Mind – The Ultimate Truth or A Self-hypnosis?

You can disagree with it, but you cannot not appreciate the beauty of the core of the Hindu philosophy. Hindu philosophy at its core essentially says that as a 'Being', we are not the 'body' and we are not even the 'mind' too. We are that which uses both the body and the mind to …

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Three Key Spiritual Learnings from Early Upanishads

The Upanishads is one part of the larger Hindu spiritual learnings from the 500BC. In the early period of this COVID lockdown, I took time and read about one-quarter of the text. I didn’t know much about the text before I started reading except for its popularity. When I started, I was expecting that the …

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The 5 Characters That Succeed And Don’t Succeed In Sports (& Life)

People who know me well know that I am very fascinated with sports. I love playing even in my busy schedule and I always take time to play cricket and other sports with the local kids around. Cricket is a sport I loved playing growing up for hours and hours, and I especially love the …

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Life lessons from Sportsmen and Sports

I've always found sportsmen's life very interesting. I believe that a sportsman's life encapsulates in a short span of 10-15 years everything that normal people see in their lifetime. They almost live in a fast forward mode. I just love the passion sportsmen exhibit on the field and the fire in the belly they have …

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Empathy vs. Perspective

Empathy helps you understand what a prospective donor is feeling.  Perspective helps you understand why they are feeling it. Empathy keeps relationships on track. Empathy helps you remember that your supporter lives on the west coast while you are on Eastern time. Thanks to your empathy you’ll avoid calling her when you first get to the …

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The Unhappiness Route to Happiness

Last year I wrote an article on happiness and how 'making great meaning in life' can contribute to true happiness. I said that living is truly about making great meaning. Now, I would like to add a little more to it, and it is: "Living is about making great meaning by breaking uncertainty and by …

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The invisible forces that drive your actions

Tony Robbins says that humans have six basic needs that sums up all the different types of motivations behind our actions. He says that these needs form the basis of every choice we make in life. The six core needs are: 1. Certainty/Comfort – the need to be safe and comfortable We all want comfort and much …

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Do you see the same red color that I see?

We all know that a painting or a word 'beautiful' can have a different subjective meaning for different people. But, what about colors? Assuming we both are not color blind and we have perfect vision, do you think we both see a particular color in the same way? Most people would say a thundering 'Yes' to …

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Happiness and the Hedonic Treadmill

Photo: Shutterstock Imagine the excitement you had when you bought your first car. You were really happy of your new possession and you thought that it is going to add to your stack of happiness in life. But, soon you realized that the happiness fizzled out, and you are back to the same level of …

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Are you the person who you chose to be?

One of the questions that really intrigue me in life is: why do people behave the way they behave? This is an important question because behaviour is one of the key factors that separates one individual from another. So, what is it that influences human behaviour? Is your behaviour actually in your control? Some people say that how …

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3 Must Read Essays of Paul Graham

Paul Graham, the silicon valley venture capitalist, is as famous for his essays as he is for co-founding the top seed fund firm, Y Combinator. He studied philosophy, painting, and computer science and he writes essays on a wide range of topics. Here are 3 general essays that I found very interesting. 1. Keep Your Identity Small 2. …

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How our brains lie to us ?

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Belief System – Our Comfort Zone

Almost all human beings, except a few, are nothing but a set of belief systems. We develop our own personal system of beliefs. We all interpret the world with our own set of belief systems.  Our belief systems shape our reasoning and behavior. 'What you believe' comes first and it leads to how you feel …

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Understanding vs. Doing

One of the lessons I learnt in life is that ‘understanding is not doing’. If you observe keenly ‘understanding’ and ‘doing’ requires different attitudes. However, many times it is required to understand to do something, though it is not always essential. At most schools, people understand a subject than be able to do something in …

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Attitude cannot be copied

"Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us."  - John N. Mitchell " It’s not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life ;it is how you handle what happens to you. " - Zig Ziglar Oh great! I got it. From tomorrow morning, I will have a positive outlook towards …

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What is Humanities?

Inequality and the hidden role of ‘Chance’

I always observed that many people cry about the world. Some people complain about the inequality in the world, and some people do their bit to bridge the gap. A few years ago, I was also one of them who were deeply thinking about the existing inequality in the world. A lot of my thinking …

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Why are you as intelligent as your paycheck?

Every person has some intelligence. As you all know, it doesn't matter how intelligent you're what really matters is how you use your intelligence. Now, people use their intelligence in different ways. Some use their intelligence to earn more money, some to learn more, some to create something, some to change lives and society. Now, …

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Every smoker is a marketer

A smoker is extremely loyal to his brand. A smoker feels that the brand resembles him and he acts as if he resembles the brand. One of the biggest advantages with tobacco companies is it has a process of network marketing for free. Most of the people who smoke would've been taught how to smoke …

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Intelligence and Passion

For all people there are two primary views of their life. One is the way they see themselves, and the other is how the 'rest of the world' sees them. Ofcourse, in this "rest of the world" there will be many people who have different opinions about you. Intelligence Let the way you see yourself …

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