443 – What are our treasures?

For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be. – Matthew 6:21.

 

Instead of valuing and building treasures on earth, Christ urged his followers to store up treasures in heaven. – Matthew 6:19-20.

The heart is considered to be the seat of life in the Bible. Hence it means mind, soul, spirit or one’s entire emotional nature and understanding. Continue reading

435 – Umbrellas

When we think of umbrellas, we think of a protecting force or influence. Umbrellas are never thought of as negative objects. It prevents us from being exposed to rain, snow, and sunshine. The umbrella also signifies the canopy of the heavens, and our shelter. It is a symbol of the sun, and a symbol of the shade. It also represents power and dignity. Umbrella also means something that brings unity, and one agency can be an umbrella for many smaller and related agencies to flourish. Continue reading

433 – The colors of Nature

We have so many beautiful colors in nature. Yet we use artificial colors for fabric and other items. These dyes are destroying our rivers, which in turn go into the oceans. The blue used for denim is toxic and children are working in the factories to make the denim that we all find so practical to wear. Continue reading

424 – Attainment of serenity and equilibrium

“When serenity and equilibrium prevail,
Not only ideas but dreams come true
And sleep is converted into samadhi.
Generally, the mind is dull and dissipated,
Sometimes it goes in for higher things
But then returns to its lower field.” – Swami Satyananda Saraswati.1960.

How do we become serene? Continue reading

359 – Possession and possessiveness

What is the definition of possession? Something that you own or are carrying with you. Why does possession have such a powerful hold on us? Let us examine why possession has its tentacles wrapped around us. Is our love possessive for our child, partner, parent, and pet? Can we own an individual? Is it healthy to be possessive? Continue reading

358 – Am I wise or am I stupid?

I thought about it this morning. Being stupid is being comfortable with oneself. One has no doubts; one does not exert one’s intellect. One is not moved by anything as one does not apply one’s mind to it. Food is eaten and no thought is given to the next meal. The clothes worn by one are okay and sleep comes when one’s eyes are closed. There are fears as one has no demands and one is ready to face another day. Continue reading

315 – Fear is real

Fear is everywhere. We are terrified of Covid; the wars all over the world are causing sadness and disturbance in our lives. Forest fires have caused terrible damage and there is flooding in different countries. The biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate. It is essential for us to face these fears. Continue reading