Life in this world is very calculative. Before we give something we calculate what we’ll get back. Before we take a risk we calculate what we could lose. Before we invest in a relationship we calculate what benefits it will bring us. Before we extend ourselves for someone else we calculate how worthy they are of our help.
I first learned of the tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, while on my way to work. One of my fellow commuters shared whatever scant details were known at that time with the rest of the train car. There were gasps and exclamations, and then we all fell silent.
A video by Animals in Australia Unleashed (http://www.unleashed.org.au).
“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be”- says Goethe.
Waiting for a delayed flight, a traveling swami consoles an irate passenger with Krishna's teachings.
"I am sorry for the struggles of Robin Williams in his life, but I am grateful for his the piercing portrayal of the healing capacity of compassionate connection."
Gorilla Reunion: Damian Aspinall's extraordinary gorilla encounter on Gorilla School.
It's that time of the year again where we muster up the strength and courage to make resolutions for ourselves that will allow us to improve and grow.
One of the defining delusions of our society is the equalization of lust with love. People who feel physically attracted to each other assume that are in love. But often their attraction is nothing more than lust.
"The smallest act of kindness worth more than the grandest intention." (Oscar Wilde)
While distributing the famous cookbook, The Higher Taste, book distributor devotees met many people who have become meat-free or seriously considering it. They were surprised to see some of the individuals who made the conscious choice, including a 4 year old girl who decided to be vegetarian on her own. Also a teacher now implements cruelty-free diets in her classroom. Other people included an ex-marine, nurse, musician, and college students. They all got a Higher Taste. A video by WestCoastMonk.
Unlike the saintly, we are conditioned souls attached to worldly pleasures. Such pleasures, being temporary, become sources of misery. Despite experiencing such miseries repeatedly, we can’t give up our attachments. Why?