THE LOUNGE | THE INNER JOURNEY Knowledge is power when we free ourselves from the known, says Snighdha Mohanty.
THE LOUNGE | THE INNER JOURNEY When Arjuna, the third of the five Pandavas, was confused whether he should fight the Mahabharata war against his own teachers, relatives and friends, Krishna spoke the Bhagavad Gita to help him achieve clarity in thought and fight the war. One of the oft-asked questions, therefore, in this context is, ‘Does the Bhagavad-Gita Advocate War? Is it a violent scripture?’ Hari Ravikumar and Koti Sreekrishna attempt to answer these questions in this piece by digging deeper into the context of the Mahabharata war.
THE LOUNGE | THE INNER JOURNEY What does Hinduism stand for, with its multitude of repressive practices and seemingly regressive ideas? What is the ‘Hindu’ way of life? Sushanta Sarma Barooah talks about an experience that gave him some answers.
THE LOUNGE | THE INNER JOURNEY Our true inner self gets buried deep within layers of external influences, and when we touch that core, we realise what a sublime experience it is to be in touch with that self. Rahul Seth pens a reflective piece.
THE LOUNGE | THE INNER JOURNEY Death is an idea which has gained most prominence because of the reality status allotted to things that are perceived by us as individuals. Viswanathan Subramanian examines the reason behind our fear of death.
THE LOUNGE | THE INNER JOURNEY The right way to understand reality is through the process of intimate feeling of one’s existence, rather than intellectualizing and making a theory of the message about the absolute reality. This is the right and total action says Viswanathan Subramanian.
THE LOUNGE | THE INNER JOURNEY Over the last few months, Viswanathan Subramanian has been exploring various questions with respect to the theme, ‘Ego’, based on Ramana Maharishi’s “Ulladhu Narpadhu” or Forty Verses on Reality. In this piece, he summarises the discussion.
THE LOUNGE | INNER JOURNEY In his column on spirituality, Viswanathan Subramanian has thus far discussed ego and how memory or thoughts are the root cause of all troubles in the world, particularly human relationships. He has also raised several crucial questions such as ‘Are you the world?’ and ‘Does the world really exist?’ discussing them in the context of Ulladhu Narpadhu (Forty Verses of Reality) by Bhagawan Sri Ramana Maharishi. Continuing with the series, the next step is to comprehend what is true knowledge. Read on.
THE LOUNGE | THE INNER JOURNEY In his column on spirituality, Viswanathan Subramanian has thus far discussed ego and how memory or thoughts are the root cause of all troubles in the world, particularly human relationships. He has also raised several crucial questions such as ‘Are you the world?’ and ‘Does the world really exist?’ discussing them in the context of Ulladhu Narpadhu (Forty Verses of Reality) by Bhagawan Sri Ramana Maharishi. The series continues.
THE LOUNGE | THE INNER JOURNEY Taking the discussion on memory, mind and world forward, here’s the fourth part to the series on the nature of the human mind and the ego. This month, Viswanathan Subramanian explores another interesting question, ‘Does the world really exist?’
THE LOUNGE | THE INNER JOURNEY Taking the discussion on memory and mind forward, here’s the third part to the series on the nature of the human mind. This month, Viswanathan Subramanian explores an interesting question, ‘Are you the World?’
THE LOUNGE | THE INNER JOURNEY Two people who have absolutely nothing in common share a seemingly similar fate – they both escaped death narrowly only to die a few days later in another mishap. What is there for us humans to deduce out of these two events? Gauri Trivedi shares her point of view.
THE LOUNGE | THE INNER JOURNEY A newspaper article that talks about how cultivating one’s memory is neglected these days and how the virtues of memory are now entrusted to gadgets, prompts Viswanathan Subramanian to look within and explore a valid question – “Have we misplaced the role of memory in our lives?” Read on.
For most of us, a selfless concept of love is not acceptable – that’s really not fun. We cannot think of love without thinking of ourselves, says John Ptacek, as he goes on to elaborate how true love is one where you are not. Read on to know why he says there should be no ‘you’ in love.
Jai Chabria meets an interesting man during a train journey. The conversation he has with him brings to light the man’s insight into various facets of the Indian culture. Meet the ordinary extra-Indian – as he wants to be referred to. Catch his breezy conversation with a fascinated Jai Chabria.
The ego that is absent in a new born, becomes immensely powerful as the child grows up, thanks to various knowledge-imparting initiatives. Consequently, the absolute reality or “Brahman” is not experienced but thought about, thereby becoming a concept, when it is actually the reality that needs to be experienced. Surprisingly, thoughts that drive the world about us or the “intellect” is the biggest barrier to understanding the absolute truth. Viswanathan Subramanian discusses thoughts in the second part of the series on self-knowledge.