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From pursuit for more, to pursuit for less

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Speaking Tree By Deepak M Ranade Life is always a pursuit – the pursuit of wealth, success, fame, fortune and pleasure, for instance. Undisciplined pursuit refers to the different means adopted in the course of this fulfilling one’s desires. There’s struggle, ... More »

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Pranayama is associated with bindu dhyana

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Speaking Tree By Shri Shri Anandamurti The process of controlling vayu, energy flow in the body, is known as pranayama, by which the movement of vital energy is controlled by a spiritual aspirant. But pranayama should always be associated with bindu dhyana, th... More »

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Every individual needs the chance to reform

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Speaking Tree By Mahesh Bhardwaj  Judging people on the basis of their past behaviour and track record has been a contentious and subjective debate. The general tendency is to use the other person’s previous deeds, good or bad, as reference, while interacting ... More »

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Contemplations for a plastic-free world

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Speaking Tree By Pulkit Sharma If you happen to visit any big city in India, you would be welcomed by a rich collection of modern artefacts – picturesque skyscrapers, theme parks, chic eateries and hotels, gigantic shopping malls and an alluring nightlife. Som... More »

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Lalla’s vaakhs reveal universal truths

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Speaking Tree By Kamal Jain The spiritual world has known so many great mystics. Meerabai was one such woman mystic. Two centuries before her, there had been another wonderful woman mystic in Kashmir in the middle of the 14th century; she came to be known as L... More »

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Why not practise the yoga of love?

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Speaking Tree By James Anderson No word is more misunderstood than the word ‘love’. There is such dubious content beneath its allure; yet, it takes only a tiny fraction of true love to lift our emotions to something vast.  Love has many gradations; in essence,... More »

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Let’s build bridges and foster friendships

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Speaking Tree By The XIV Dalai Lama I have learned many valuable things from other traditions. Many of their followers and leaders are my friends. They have introduced me to their scriptures and invited me to their places of worship to experience their faith. ... More »

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Beyond the cloying kind of spirituality

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Speaking Tree By Sumit Paul In these times of extreme religious intolerance, misunderstandings and parochialism, when i delve into the bowels of the metaphysical aspects of all religions despite being a non-believer, i wonder if today’s self-appointed ‘interpr... More »

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Unhitch yourself from audience approval

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Speaking Tree By Vithal C Nadkarni Central minister Jitendra Singh’s apercu on the ongoing Kashmir debate highlights voter weariness with leaders that he alleges came to office with a mere 10% of the vote. The rest of the common electorate comprising 75% of yo... More »

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Life is more than your family and work

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Speaking Tree Satsang: Swami Sukhabodhananda Q. Life has been a journey from unhappiness to happiness, from insecurity to security, from discomfort to comfort and in this process, there is so much struggle and chaos that it has landed us in pathos, hasn’t it? ... More »

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Paryushan Parva, Jain spiritual festival

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Speaking Tree By Acharya Lokeshmuni Paryushan Parva is an annual festival of repentance and forgiveness for self-purification, to remove accumulated karma of the previous year and develop control over new accumulating karma, by following Jain austerities and o... More »