All posts by Mahesh Prabhu

Vedic roots of absolute power

Absolute power, that which Vedic seers like Kautilya, Bhartrihari, and Bhardwaj taught, is that which makes a man brave and fearless. In the presence of fear, there can seldom be any enduring power. In life, all fears must be uprooted before we make a place for power. Whether power is to be used in material or spiritual pursuits, uprooting the fear is the key.

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Chirantan-Chinta to Chintan-Manthan: From Mindless Trepidations to Mindful Thoughts

चिंता (Chinta) implies the trepidations of the mind. When the mind is engrossed in thoughts that lead to anxieties, fear, concern, and sleeplessness, it is due to Chinta. It is a detrimental quality that can severely impair the mind’s ability to observe, think, plan and act. A person engrossed in Chinta can confuse opportunity for a threat and mistake a threat for an opportunity.

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Daridryam, Dhanam & Dhanyam: From Poverty to Prosperity to Perpetual Bliss

Every Vedic Rishi has declared Poverty, or दारिद्र्यं (Daaridryam), as the greatest disease, or व्याधि Vyaadhi, capable of crippling not just the body but also the mind. The objective of Vedic education, therefore, was to primarily ensure Prosperity, or संमृद्धि (Samriddhim).

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Hitashatru: That mortal enemy we mistake for a dear friend

Jealousy of people is among the many things that come along with success and wealth. And it is by far the most potent threat as it could turn even a dear friend into a deadly enemy. And when that enemy continues to pose as a friend, enjoying proximity to you, (s)he becomes a Hitashatru.

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Ekaanth: The Power of Isolation

Since time immemorial people have often feared isolation. Nobody likes to live isolated and, therefore, seeks the constant company of people. Solitude is synonymous to loneliness – a lack of feeling that something is missing, a pain, a depression, a need, an incompleteness, an absence. They relate isolation to pitch darkness – a state of disconcertment. What people often forget is that even people can make them lonely. Therefore, various Vedic scriptures suggest, one should learn to establish a friendship with one’s self through Ekaanth and then there’s no way for himself to feel lonely.

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Essential leadership wisdom from Shukracharya

Niti Shastra, a collection of quotes from various rishis, is believed to have been compiled in an abridged form, originally, by Shukracharya - a great Rishi (sage). It is an ancient India classic on leadership, teaching primary ethics and principles of right behavior which remains relevant even today. It consists of important aphorisms that hold essential wisdom and guidance.

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The Healing Power of Conversations

One of the most credible ways to destress a mind, other than distracting it momentarily, is to engage in a productive conversation with another mind that is without any trace of stress. The mind without stress is the mind that is closing in or established in wisdom. Unfortunately, such a mind is hard to find.

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Manas: The Mind

As per Ayurveda – which has its essence and inspiration from Vedic knowledge and wisdom –  says “Healthy mind leads to a healthy body”. Amrita Bindu Upanishad suggests “Mind is the cause for both; problems as well as solution.” The mind is the tool which enables us to understand and undertake that which is unknown. The unknown can be known exclusively through the known. Since mind is the instrument of knowing – we need to know our mind first!

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Calming a Disturbed Mind

Mind that is driven by scientific temper seeks analysis and planning whereas the mind without the scientific temper seeks higher powers. Both type of minds often suffers – for there is no way to predict the future with precision. Expectation and desires of the mind are the reason for our pain. Given this, people often search for a realistic path where suffering is limited or completely absent.

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Moles and Mentors: Utility of the saffron-clad in ancient Vedic India 

Chanakya devised an advanced system of human intelligence-gathering in which operatives wore saffron to deceive the masses. There were instances when, before sending in the army to raid a village, for example, these pseudo-renunciates were sent first to make a prophecy of doom to create chaos in the minds of the people and the enemy army. Often, such strategies were wonderfully effective since they resulted in surrender without a fight – saving countless innocent lives. Great care was taken to ensure that these saffron-clad people never went rogue, and were closely watched. These saffron-clad spies proved to be an effective weapon in the game of psychological warfare.

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