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Imperfection could be aesthetic, too

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Speaking Tree By Deepak M Ranade “She fused them together with gold, all the golden gossamer she had stored in her heart. Those imperfections, that I used to hide from the world, she decorated them.”  These words can be found inscribed on a Kintsugi bowl. Kint... More »

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About the greatest love story ever told

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Speaking Tree By Janina Gomes God giving up his divine life to reconcile man to God, is something beyond our comprehension. That is why, unlike romantic love, divine love is something we cannot fully grasp with either the intellect or our senses. The kind of l... More »

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Echoes of Indic thought in Christ’s teachings

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Speaking Tree By MN Kundu Profound spiritual realisation and consequential precepts of Jesus Christ made so much quantum contribution in the then Abrahamic tenets and traditions that many scholars tend to believe during the prolonged missing period of his anna... More »

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Neither heaven nor hell is everlasting

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Speaking Tree By P Lal Just 114 shlokas – the shortest parva of the Mahabharata’s 18 parvas. But in the deceptive brevity lies profundity, because the emotional content of the Mahaprasthanika is amazingly rich and inspiring. The reason? Shloka 33 says: “Traili... More »

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Advaita vedanta, Abhinavagupta and aesthetics

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Speaking Tree By Advaitavadini Kaul Acharya Abhinavagupta made substantial contributions to Indian aesthetics. For presenting his views on literature, natya and other art forms, besides his views on a potential theory of art and aesthetics, Abhinavagupta rigor... More »

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What the stars could reveal to us

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Speaking Tree By Sant Rajinder Singh When we look up at the night sky and think about how far away all the stars and planets appear, we may feel small and alone. The universe is so large and we are so small. However, our body contains the entire macrocosm; it ... More »

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Gandhiji’s passionate plea for holistic education

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Speaking Tree By MS Kurhade MK Gandhi is rightly regarded as one of the greatest advocates of education for all. A vital aspect of Gandhiji’s thoughts on education was his focus on social and spiritual education. He dismissed any education which did not teach ... More »

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You may be unaware, but karma cycles on

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Speaking Tree By Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev Karma is a term that is featured in every English dictionary today. For far too long, the word has been either grotesquely oversimplified or needlessly mystified. So what is karma? The word literally means ‘action’. Acti... More »

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Experience everything from a wider perspective

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Speaking Tree By Swami Sukhabodhananda A college student studying engineering asked me, “Can i do an internship with you in my holidays?” I asked him why he wanted to do that. “For my self-growth,” he replied. I welcomed him and told him, “Look at how as a you... More »

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Dharma is not a theory, but a desire

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Speaking Tree By Shri Shri Anandamurti In ‘niti’ there is a happy blending of relative and absolute. Niti is based on certain mundane and supra-mundane principles. Dharma, on the other hand, is acharana, conduct. It is therefore something practical. It is not ... More »

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Some simple practices for spiritual living

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Speaking Tree By Hasmukh Adhia While religious practices are meant to bring some order and ethics in a society, spirituality is a way of soulful, joyful living which is beyond God. Even those who doubt God’s existence can be spiritual beings. Spiritual living ... More »

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Sree Narayana Guru, Messiah of human unity

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Speaking Tree By Ashok Vohra Swami Vivekanada on his travels through the state of Kerala prophesied that ‘the suffering of the millions of the suppressed classes of the state would see an end only through a Guru, who had been born in Kerala’. The prophecy came... More »