Upanishads

The Vedic origins of Rationalism

Does Vedic literature, starting from the Vedas, Aranyakas, Upanishads, Ramayana, Mahabharata, up until Arthashastra, qualify as “religious” scriptures? Do they, in any way, promote misguided ideas like blind beliefs? Are they bereft of rationalism? Do they discredit rationalism? Or are they built on the very foundation of rationalism? To answer …

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The True Nature of Vedic Knowledge & Wisdom

The Vedic texts are neither theist nor atheist in nature. They are beyond the petty ideas that are born of hating, fearing, or confused human mind. Everything the Vedic texts professes is for bettering our lives. You do not have to leave your existing faith to accept or understand Vedic precepts. There is no need for you to convert to Vedic faith – as there is nothing as such. Therefore, be that Yoga, Ayurveda, Dhyana, Pranayama, Rajaneeti, or any other knowledge which stem from Vedic text is a universal knowledge that is also a world heritage.

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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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72 Pearls of Wisdom from Yoga Vashistha

After embarking on a long and tiresome pilgrimage, Prince ‪‎Rama‬ of Ayodhya found himself disillusioned with the world. He was overwhelmed by the pains of the people he met during his travel and saw the world around him to be gruesome. He was not sure why the world and life were …

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The king who relinquished his throne to teach a deserving student

An aging Brahmin was overwhelmed by his poverty. Without any wealth, he was respected neither by his relatives, nor his children nor his wife. All that he wanted was to find a way to earn enough wealth to win back his dignity and respect in the society and family. He …

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Vedic Wisdom on Desires

Living without desire doesn’t mean living in a despicable condition. It doesn’t even imply relinquishing everything you have and becoming hermits or mendicants; quite the contrary. Living without desire is to live in the moment. Knowing that you are neither the body nor the mind and therefore every desire, which stem from these two, too, aren’t yours. It is about relinquishing the root of desires, namely: lust, anger, greed, infatuation ego, and envy. Also known as Arishadvargas – Six Detrimental Qualities. Living detached comes with a confirmed promise of Ananda - bliss. 

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Wisdom Tales: The mind goblin

Long ago, there was a man who wanted to use supernatural powers as a means of getting quick success because getting success the ordinary way required lots of hard work. He went to a rishi and asked to be given a mantra that would make him rich and successful. The …

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