Articles in: The Art of Life

To Honour Your Soul

To Honour Your Soul

Perhaps you have never heard of Katherine Lawes. Katherine was the wife of Lewis Lawes, warden at Sing Sing Prison […]

On Attachments

On Attachments

As a new year approaches, pondering on a perennial question becomes stronger. How can we really let go of the various attachments that bind us? Giving […]

Dots and Stickers

Dots and Stickers

The Wemmicks were small wooden people. These little wooden people were carved by a woodworker named Eli whose  workshop sat […]

Take the Weather with You

Take the Weather with You

Traveller: “What kind of weather are we going to have today?” Shepherd: “The kind of weather I like.” Traveller: “How […]

Orderly Work

Orderly Work

This is a short story the Mother told the children at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram but it applies just as […]

You Can’t Close Your Heart

You Can’t Close Your Heart

I hate the smell of hospitals. The white walls and the white beds and the white nurses nauseate me. I […]

Drawing God

Drawing God

A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they drew. She would occasionally walk around to see each […]

Heart of a Lock

Heart of a Lock

There is this ancient lock in the main entrance to our house, known as the भुन्नासी ताला, (Bhunnasi Taala) the […]

The Woodpecker Might Have to Go

The Woodpecker Might Have to Go

Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah’s Ark… One: Don’t miss the boat. Two: Remember that […]

Walking with Kabir

Walking with Kabir

My journey began eight years ago in the city of Ahmedabad. It was the year 2002, and riots were sweeping […]

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It’s night. There is only one auto on the street. My mind starts ticking: Bas, Bacchu! This one is gonna […]

True Spirit of Renunciation

True Spirit of Renunciation

A wealthy couple renounced the world and set out to visit places of pilgrimage. Once, as they were passing through […]

The Boon of Struggle

The Boon of Struggle

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly […]

Who said Wisdom comes with Age?

Who said Wisdom comes with Age?

I’m chatting with Srila, presently the vice-principal of the school and an ashramite who has been living and teaching here […]

Meditating with a Blue Heron

Meditating with a Blue Heron

I got up refreshed at 6 am. As usual, I sat on a chair on our outdoor deck to meditate. […]

Stating the Obvious

Stating the Obvious

I spot Subu outside the ‘living museum’ struggling to put his shoes on, quite alone as usual. I run to […]

What Goes Around, Comes Around

What Goes Around, Comes Around

A young, 18-year-old student was struggling to pay his fees. He was an orphan, and not knowing where to turn […]

The Test

The Test

The Guru once wished to put his disciples through a test. Giving a coconut to each one of them, he […]

Useless Words

Useless Words

Once upon a time an old man spread rumors that his neighbor was a thief. As a result, the young […]

A Ph.D. in Polo

A Ph.D. in Polo

Polo and Me When I tell people, “I wouldn’t have a Ph.D. if I didn’t play polo,” they either tilt […]

Where does God Live?

Where does God Live?

The other morning, as my six year old daughter was watching me shave, she suddenly asked, “Daddy, where does God […]

Mending Fences

Mending Fences

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and […]

The Cracked Pot

The Cracked Pot

Once upon a time there was a water-bearer who had two large pots, each hung on each end of a […]

Determination

Determination

In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a spectacular bridge connecting New […]

Believing the Un-provable

Believing the Un-provable

An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God, The Almighty. He asks […]

Chain of Love

Chain of Love

Someone once asked Hellen Keller: “How do you account for your remarkable accomplishments in life? How do you explain the […]

A Violin with Three Strings

A Violin with Three Strings

On Nov. 18, 1995, Itzhak Perlman, the violinist, came on stage to give a concert at Avery Fisher Hall at […]

Love Is…

Love Is…

This is what a group of children had to say when asked what they thought was LOVE… “When someone loves […]

Not so Mysterious, After All

Not so Mysterious, After All

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to […]

Different Perspectives

Different Perspectives

One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the […]