All of us are aware that we put various masks with different people in different situations. Prompted by a Facebook post of one of my friends, this article asks whether one can live without any masks. It also examines our unconscious motivations to put on different kinds of masks, the conflicts they create, and the enormous risks involved in removing them. Finally, it probes into the reason why anyone would like to unmask oneself.… Read More Unmasking Ourselves
We are born into a given world, a world mapped out for us in the form of ideas. We imbibe this map unconditionally in childhood. Very few know about the existence of this map in our minds, let alone question it. All that we think, and do in our life is because of this map. Even acts of doing good for society are born from this map. In this article I examine what these maps are, how they are formed, the difficulty of knowing them and the urgent need to examining their limitations rather than acting mindlessly from them.… Read More How Maps Of Mind Condition Us to Live and Act
Most people are lost in the outer events and turmoil of their life. For the rare few, however, at some point of their life, they cannot help noticing the fact that all their outer pursuits, no matter how deep they are, have failed to provide them lasting happiness. This is the point they turn within; in search of something that can give them something lasting and permanent, that no outer objects can provide. In this article, I share the journey of a meditator who is poised on the point of turning within; addressing his doubts, fear and hopes, as he plunges into this unknown journey.… Read More Turning Within : Taking the Plunge to Find One’s True Self
Society is all about competition and success. Since childhood we are schooled to achieve status, power, wealth and fame. My response to this question looks into this whole ethic of toughness society cultivates in us and whether it has any real value or virtue.… Read More How can we make ourselves tough?
An answer to a question exploring when a person enters self inquiry. Till a person is looking for solutions to human problems in materialism, science, social systems, one will not come to self inquiry. One comes to it when one has exhausted all these solutions and found that they do not give one any freedom from conflict faced by humans at every level.… Read More When does one begin self inquiry?
Hi Anurag, I’m enormously delighted to see that you have started off a new journey for helping people know their true selves. You are one of those people who has had a tremendous influence on my self-inquiry journey. Thanks a lot for that. Anurag : You are most welcome ! My mind is in future… Read More The Wandering Mind : A Dialogue