Monthly Archives: July 2015

Five Wishes

How can you stop wanting? Is that even humanly possible? We all want something, whether it’s the welfare of our family, or job security, or world peace. Are all desires equally bad? Is craving equality and freedom, for example, as … Continue reading

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Being Nice vs. Self Sacrifice

“How much is too much when it comes to giving to others? What boundaries should we draw and what should we be willing to put up with?” One of our members raised this very important question last night, one that is … Continue reading

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Fruit Not Included

“We only have the right to work, not to the fruits of our labor? My whole life I’ve assumed that doing good work is good, that hands that serve are better than lips that pray. If doing work with an … Continue reading

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Keeping Up Appearances

“Why was I so much happier twenty years ago?” asked one of our members this week. “I was happier before I acquired the big house, fancy cars, and private lessons for the kids. Where did the happiness go? It seems … Continue reading

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Does Duty Ever End?

“So when do my duties end? When do I stop being daughter, sister, wife, and mother? When do I get time for myself?” Less of a question and more of a plea, from one of our members this week. Clearly, … Continue reading

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Mothers: Passionately Attached or Compassionately Detached?

We talked last week about the conflict we feel as mothers. Our children are our lifeblood, young or old, they are most precious to our hearts. And we agreed that because of this intense attachment, we tend to push, to … Continue reading

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Letting Go

Lord Krishna says the Atma or soul is indestructible. That it has neither birth nor death. He consoles Arjuna on the battlefield, telling him not to mourn those who die since they are merely giving up one body for another, … Continue reading

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The Gardener and the Glass

In one of our sessions, we read about the nature of the Atma, and how important it is to recognize that all creatures, every living thing, is an embodiment of that Atma. The Atma, according to the Gita, is indestructible, … Continue reading

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Kama, Artha, Dharma, Moksha

Hinduism outlines the hierarchy of values pretty clearly. All of these human urges, for pleasure, for wealth, for justice and for liberation are condoned, but like Maslow’s heirarchy of needs, the higher urges cannot come into being without the lower … Continue reading

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To Be Fearless

Lord Krishna exhorts Arjuna to be fearless. Some of us were surprised by the idea that fearlessness is considered the most important factor in spiritual progress. We talked about how most religious teachings stress moral piety, cleanliness of mind and … Continue reading

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