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Are We Working For, or With Happiness?

THE LOUNGE | INNER JOURNEY We all want to be happy in life. But we seek it out at the destination conditional upon reaching a goal. What we fail to realise is that happiness is our core state of being. It need not be chased outside. When we live by gratitude and contentment, we work with, not for, happiness; and we find true happiness, that is not disturbed by whether we achieve or fail, writes Snigdha Mohanty.

Knowledge, Not the Known, is Power

THE LOUNGE | THE INNER JOURNEY Knowledge is power when we free ourselves from the known, says Snighdha Mohanty.

Does the Bhagavad-Gita Advocate War?

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.

Understanding my Religion

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.

Layers

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.

Illusion of Death

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.

Right and Total Action

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.

Understanding Consciousness

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.

True Knowledge

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.