My Death

When I die, I’d want it to be on a convenient day. Preferably in the afternoon; mid-afternoon would be golden. I’d hate to die on a weekday and have people leave office in the middle of the day on the account my death. I hate when that happens. Leaves are precious and not to be…

Why Your Work Is Making You Unhappy

I’ve had all of the above! Does this mean you’re lazy? Not ambitious? Incompetent? Untalented? Inept? No, it just means you’re human. It’s not work that we hate, its the nature thereof. Human beings were never supposed to work the way we do today – 8 to 10 hours a day, staring at a screen,…

Defining Yourself

Life isn’t a circle, there is a definite beginning and a definitive end, what is eternal is the difference you make – cheesy, but true. What you can do is independent of what era you are born in, what race, caste, creed you land up in. Where you land is not in your hands –…

The Monkey Brain & the Human Spirit

Everyone in psychology talks about the two brains that drive our actions -behavioral economics talks about the system 1 (active) and system 2 (passive), Switch (Chip and Dan Heath) talks about the elephant (emotion) and the rider (logic), A whole new mind (Daniel Pink) talks about the creative and critical thinking brains. The left and the…

Rejuvenating the Spirit…

On 69th Republic Day of a nation, thousands of years old – by Ajinkya Navare The republic day is around the corner and the breeze of patriotism has begun to flow. We would get to see the upsurge of tricolor everywhere. Amidst this worn patriotism, there are clamors of ideological intolerance, religious fanaticism, deteriorating civic…

My Spiritual Journey

I come from a family of ‘varkaris’.  A family, with 150 years of history steeped in spiritual pursuit. It was at the early age of 5-6 when I started reading Bhagwad Gita, Dnyaneshwari, Ramayana and Mahabharata. I would go with my grandmother to listen to bhagwat pravachan, kirtan, etc almost every day. However, at that time my motivation was…

A God of Rituals

A recent conversation I was having with someone on Reddit regarding my point of view on spirituality and God – Finding God is what prompted this article. This article is a logical extension of that viewpoint. A lot of times spiritualism gets lost in the fog of pious devotion and ritualism. A lot of times these practices…

What drives happiness?

It is often said that satisfaction and contentedness lead to lasting happiness. I disagree. If anything,  the opposite is necessary to be happy in life. The want – the drive – to be more, do more, facilitates the actualization of an exquisite state of passion. The ‘state of passion’ defined as happiness. Happiness isn’t in having…

The Manifestation of Thought

The manifestation of thought is action. . . or inaction. It is an expression. It is physical, metaphysical and even spiritual. Everything we do – eat, walk, run, watch TV, make love, punch someone in the face, start a journey, give birth to a child – is a manifestation of a thought. There is never a…

Finding God

When I was born I was a Hindu. Why? Because my parents told me so. They told me Vishnu existed, so he did, they told me Shiva existed, so he did, they told me Brahma existed, and so he did. I was told we are Vaishnavas and so we were. I was told I should be vegetarian, teetotaler and pious, and so I was….