Count to 10 before you speak, says Gautama Buddha

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If you react immediately to criticism then you’ll often react in a knee-jerk manner. And the words that come out may be overemotional, vicious and unnecessary. Count to at least 10 after someone has criticized you. Then respond. This simple way of calming yourself down and regaining some perspective can save you a lot of […]

Is there any real joyfulness? Joyfulness is an illusion in this material world

People think, “I can enjoy this material world very nicely. Everyone is having such a good time. There is no reason I can’t enjoy myself as much as they.” This idea is illusion because there is no real enjoyment in the material world. We may be very good-looking, famous, well educated, wealthy and powerful, and […]

How is Lord Krishna the greatest scientist?

How is Krishna the greatest scientist? Because He knows everything. Science means to know the thing correctly. A scientist is one who knows a subject matter thoroughly. Krishna knows everything. If I say that heat is the energy of Krishna, you cannot deny it, because it is not your energy. In your body there is […]

The permanent possession, Do we possess anything in this World

Everything that we possess is in mind but in actuality we don’t possess. Suppose I possess all this; as soon as I die, all possession will remain here. I’ll not take anything. So I don’t possess. But in mind I am thinking, “Oh, this is mine. That is mine.” If I leave this body, either […]

Thoughts of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Depression

This is the elaborated reply from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar when a devotee asked him to pull him out of depression that he is facing. There is no way you are in satsang and you are depressed. See sometimes this is what happens when you go to psychologists. They give you an idea that you […]

Guidance comes from the Supersoul, Who is responsible for our Status

Krishna is always within us, and consequently He knows everything about our purposes, and He gives us the opportunity to work as we decide. If we decide to enjoy this material world, Krishna gives us the intelligence to become a very shrewd businessman or a popular politician or a cunning man so that we can […]

Make someone else feel good to get Positive Energy

If you want to feel good about yourself, make someone else feel good! It really is that simple. Perhaps it is because this idea is so simple that we sometimes forget to do it. It seems that anytime I go out of my way to make someone else feel good, it ends up brightening my […]

Everyone is a thief, What is the difference between an emperor and a thief

Alexander the Great arrested one thief, and was going to punish him. The thief pleaded, “Sir, you are punishing me, but what is the difference between you and me? I am a small thief, you are a great thief. You are occupying other’s kingdom by force; you have no right. Because you are strong, you […]

Trying to please everyone, Someone is going to be left disappointed

The fact that someone is virtually always going to be mad or at least disappointed with you is inevitable because while you’re busy trying to please one person, you’re often disappointing someone else. Even if your intentions are entirely pure and positive, you simply can’t be in two places at one time. So, if two […]

Everybody follows somebody, Whom You Follow

Everywhere there must be, one chief man. Either you are a political party or social party or religious party or Communist party… Just like Communist party, they have got their chief men. Lenin, Stalin. I asked this question from Professor Kotovsky, “Where is the difference of philosophy between your Communist philosophy and our Krishna consciousness […]

Be Responsive to choose the best Possible Alternative

“Responsive” means acting appropriately to the issue at hand. Rather than being driven and controlled by habitual, knee-jerk reactions, being responsive means having the ability to maintain perspective and to choose the best possible alternative or course of action, given your unique situation. Because responsive people are able to see the entire picture so well, […]

Understanding the motivation behind the Criticism

Criticism is an extremely valuable element to success.  It is important to value the opinions of others and change your actions based on good feedback.  It is this feedback that helps us to achieve success. The first rule of accepting criticism is to understand the motivation behind the criticism. Understanding this motivation helps you decide […]

Become less self absorbed, It is a way to keep your mind and heart clean

Becoming less self absorbed is a best way to keep mind and heart clean. A person who is self-absorbed takes him or herself extremely seriously. They value their own time – but no one else’s.  They are usually quite selfish with their time, love, and money, in addition to lacking compassion for those less fortunate. […]

Get Permanent Life, No more changing apartment

We are not proprietor of this body. We are occupier. Just like a rented house: the proprietor and the tenant are different. So I am the spirit soul. I am not proprietor; I am simply occupier. The proprietor is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is giving me a particular apartment according to my capacity […]

Do not live in imagined future

If you want to be a happier, less-stressed person, there is no better place to start than with becoming aware of “anticipatory thinking,” or an imagined future. Essentially, this type of thinking involves imagining how much better your life will be when certain conditions are met – or how stressful, or difficult something is going […]

You cannot stop crime by law, Sankirtana is the best way to stop Crime

The difference between a pious man and a criminal is that one is pure in heart and the other is dirty. This dirt is like a disease in the form of uncontrollable lust and greed in the heart of the criminal. When the people become purified of these dirty things, crime will disappear. The simplest […]

Take both Praise & Criticism evenly: Quote on Praise, Criticism

It’s great to get praise, but I seldom get overly excited about it and jump up and down shouting enthusiastically. When you receive the opposite – negative criticism – you can often observe it calmly without too much wild, negative emotions blocking the way. And you can often appreciate that piece of criticism too (if […]

Again become mouse: A Story for our Self Assessment from Srimad Bhagavatam

A mouse came to a saintly person: “Sir, I am very much troubled. This cat troubles me very much.” “So what you want?” “Let me become a cat.” “All right, you become a cat.” So he became a cat. Then after few days, he came back. “Sir, still I am in trouble.” “What is that?” […]

Seven Wonders of the World, Seven Wonders of our Life

A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present “Seven Wonders of the world.” Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes: Egypt’s Great Pyramids Taj Mahal Grand Canyon Panama Canal Empire State Building St. Peter’s Basilica China’s Great Wall While gathering the votes, the teacher noticed […]