Articles in: Food for Thought

The Ideal Friendship

The Ideal Friendship

Human affection is obviously unreliable because it is so much bound up with selfishness and desire; it is a flame […]

Musings on Surrender

Musings on Surrender

“True Surrender enlarges you; it increases your capacity; it gives you a greater measure in quality and in quantity which […]

The Pale Blue Dot

The Pale Blue Dot

Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have spoken a lot about the Earth and our spiritual journey and ultimate goal, and […]

The Other Point of View

The Other Point of View

A student asked Suzuki Roshi why the Japanese make their teacups so thin and delicate that they break easily. “It’s […]

The Ideal Student

The Ideal Student

Once Rishi Dattatreya was asked by King Yadu who his teacher was. In reply this is what he said: I […]

The Formula of Success

The Formula of Success

We move in an age whence the boundaries of well-defined parameters appear to be crumbling. The physical sciences, on one […]

The Way to Think

The Way to Think

If you know the point of balance, You can settle the details. If you can settle the details, You can […]

Inner Technology

Inner Technology

There is an outer technology of machinery and equipment which has made human life a little more comfortable. A lot […]

How is a Paradigm Formed?

How is a Paradigm Formed?

A group of scientists placed 5 monkeys in a cage and in the middle, a ladder with bananas on the […]

More with Less

More with Less

We buy use and throw. Often we buy much more than we actually need. The whole consumerist culture is based […]

An Invaluable Gift

An Invaluable Gift

There was once a king who decided to distribute costly robes amongst his nobles. One of them, given to fits […]

The Two Roads

The Two Roads

The Mother says that there is infinitely greater joy in giving rather than receiving. Whenever pleasure is felt for the […]

Spiritual, Religious and Personal Beliefs

Spiritual, Religious and Personal Beliefs

If we earnestly pursue the search for the spiritual dimension of man (and his health), we find ourselves far removed […]

Delays are not Denials

Delays are not Denials

Sri Ramakrishna walked across the paddy-fields in the vicinity of the Dakshineswar Temple. A few disciples were with him. To […]

Askesis for Knowledge

Askesis for Knowledge

The logical intelligence of man is a great obstacle for realising spiritual truths and in leading a religious life. This […]

Building Sandcastles

Building Sandcastles

A little boy is on his knees scooping and packing the sand with plastic shovels into a bright blue bucket. […]

Life on the Fast Lane

Life on the Fast Lane

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways , but […]

Laughing with the Lord

Laughing with the Lord

God’s laughter is sometimes very coarse and unfit for polite ears; He is not satisfied with being Moliere, He must […]

Pearls before Breakfast

Pearls before Breakfast

A man sat in a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold […]

The Power of Money

The Power of Money

Some of you may already know that I travel around the region pretty frequently, having to visit and conduct seminars […]

Hell

Hell

One who speaks untruth goes to Hell like one who, when he has done a thing, says: “I did not […]

The Path

The Path

The best of all paths is the Eightfold Path; the best of all truths is the Fourfold Truth; the best […]

Pleasure

Pleasure

One who gives himself entirely to what is unprofitable, who does not give himself to what is profitable, who sacrifices […]

Walking as Tirtha (pilgrimage)

Walking as Tirtha (pilgrimage)

‘You road I enter upon and look around.  I believe you are not all that is here, I believe that […]

Happiness

Happiness

Among those who hate, happy are we to live without hatred. Among men who hate, let us live free from […]

The Individual

The Individual

For nine thousand years society has depended upon its members as individuals for those creative achievements of mind and spirit […]

The Awakened One (The Buddha)

The Awakened One (The Buddha)

He whose victory has never been surpassed nor even equalled—which path can lead to Him, the Pathless, the Awakened One who […]

Old Age

Old Age

Why this joy, this gladness, when the world is forever burning? O you who are enveloped in shadows, why do […]

Punishment

Punishment

All tremble when faced with punishment; all fear death. Seeing others as ourselves, do not strike, do not cause another […]

The Success of Failure

The Success of Failure

It has been said in spiritual traditions that success is often a harder test to pass than failure. Truly, if […]