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Articles tagged as Karma

  • When Karma Comes Knocking

    The Sanskrit word “Karma” found its way into the English dictionary long ago so today even the most conservative American has a sense of what it means. Since then John Lennon sang: “Instant Karma Is Going To Get You,” and bumper stickers mock: “Don’t let your Karma Run Over My Dogma.“ But Karma is no joking matter.

  • Is It Better To Be In Chains Than To Be Free?
    Is history the result of personal endeavor? Are we ruled by karma and controlled by the stars and planets, the shapes of our bodies, the lines in our hands, or are we the architects of our destiny?
  • In The Race... But Not A Rat...

    The competitive spirit pervades the world we live in. Students fiercely compete to clinch university placements and graduate positions. Colleagues deviously compete to intercept each other in the ascent up the corporate ladder. Believe it or not, even aspiring spiritualists can end up competing with each other in the quest for distinction, fame and adoration.

  • Free Will vs Predestination - Easily Explained
    Many times devotees try to reconcile this essentially Christian concept with Vedic understanding, but end up writing lengthy explanations that do not always satisfy the curiosity.
  • Instant Karma
    The concepts of Karma and Reincarnation are intimately connected. However, when we discuss the law of karma being dispensed over the context of multiple lifetimes, then invariable doubts arises. If I can’t link my present reaction to a previous action, then how does Karma actually teach me anything?
  • Why We Do What We Do?
    Generally, we tend to focus on what we do (or how we behave) or what others do (or how they behave) instead of going deeper and asking the why question. Similarly, people and organizations (religious and non-religious) who want to market their products also tend to highlight or market what everyone should buy from them versus why they should buy!
  • Digesting Life
    How should we react to life’s challenges? Sometimes we allow life’s challenges to overwhelm us. We become emotionally entangled and visibly frustrated. Not nice. On the other extreme, however, we may artificially erect a tough exterior and shut it all out. We resist the desire to react and opt to ignore.
  • Another Spin on the Merry-Go-Round

    Whether we act honestly, dishonestly, help or hurt others, it all gets recorded and manifests as a karmic reaction either in this life or a future life.

  • Short Film: Giving Is the Best Communications

    A short and powerful movie about "what goes around comes around."

  • "Someone Has to Have the Job"

    What job never ends, doesn't allow holidays, sick leave, maternity leave or bereavement leave, with employees that won't take bribery and are always faster than you in every way? (Starring Brett Reid, produced by Bhakti Lounge, Wellington, New Zealand.)

  • Revenge or Forgiveness: Which Road Do You Walk?

    Revenge, or "an eye for an eye" approach is becoming the predominating mood in society. We want things quickly, including our justice. We're running out of patience for just about everything.

  • Unnatural Solutions Cause More Problems

    Last month a cover of New Scientist had emblazoned on its cover, “Move over nature, we’re taking control” Interesting, I thought. Have they discovered some way of checking the force of hurricanes?

  • Newton's Third Law of Karma: Maya -- Innovative Bharatnatyam

    An innovative presentation of the law of karma by the Bharatnatyam dance group Maya choreographed by Dakshina Vaidyanathan performed at  TEDxTughlaqRd.

  • The Secret Behind the Secret

    Seven years after its first release and people are still talking about it. ‘The Secret’ that Rhonda Byrne felt she had discovered was the ‘law of attraction’; whatever you think about and focus on, eventually becomes reality in your life.

  • How Many Lives Have You Lived?

    Most people have a hard time wrapping their head around the idea that this isn’t their first life and that they may continue to live after the demise of this body.

  • Zak Ebrahim: I Am the Son of a Terrorist. Here's How I Chose Peace.

    If you’re raised on dogma and hate, can you choose a different path? Zak Ebrahim was just seven years old when his father helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. His story is shocking, powerful, and ultimately, inspiring.

  • Response: Stephen Fry on God - The Meaning Of Life

    Stephen Fry, for those of you who don’t know him, is a spectacular comedian, charismatic actor and a national treasure. Recently, he was asked by Gay Byrne, an Irish TV presenter, what he would say to God if he died and had to confront him.

  • Nemesis in a Bag of Peanuts

    The notion of having power over others may provide a temporary gratification, but it starts to unravel pretty soon.

  • A Celibate in Chelsea - Part One

    A short movie.

  • Whenever Things Seem to Fall Apart, Remember when Things Have Fallen in Place

    Sometimes, life seems to hand out one reversal after another and all that we are doing seems to be falling apart. We may feel that the universe is hostile; we may question the benevolence or even the existence of God.

  • The Life of Devotional Dynamism

    When we persevere, we progress both materially and spiritually. Materially, we do greater justice to our God-given talents and make tangible contributions in this world. And spiritually, we rise in our consciousness and come closer to Krishna and the unending happiness thereof.

  • Paramahamster - Restaurant Lunch

    Our "Paramahamster" comic strip follows an enthusiastic devotee as he navigates a 9 - 5 work day in the corporate world. Please check back weekly for new episodes!

  • Tolerating Phases of Bad Fortune

    Tolerating distress doesn’t mean that we become totally passive; it means that we act first for spiritual elevation, not material rectification.

  • Prasadam Café Gives New Orleans Diners “Good Karma”

    New Orleans is known for its seafood and meat dishes, but the Good Karma Café – only the city’s second vegan eatery – is giving people a taste for prasadam, and could change hearts in the process.

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