Thursday, September 2, 2010

digvijayii bhaarata: Achieving allround success and fulfilment through applied spiritual wisdom

All youngsters want to be superheros when it comes to work and play. We all want to be high achievers, efficient workers and be admired and loved. We do not want to be bored or depressed. We want to relax at a moment's notice, and enjoy life every moment.

However, reality is never so rosy. It is difficult to deal with.We cannot focus as we are drawn in many directions, get tired very soon, take hours to accomplish something that should take minutes, see so many things we don't like around us but cannot do anything about them, and sometimes don't know how to get out of frustration and agitation that ensue.

There is no dearth of advice showered on us, especially in India where everybody is a self-styled philosopher and guru :-): do yoga, meditate, pray, take things easy, get out of laziness, go beyond, get things done. We nod our heads, get motivated, but it doesn't last long. We are back to our normal slow-paced self.

Why does that happen? What is in us that draws us back? What is the cause of our inefficiency? How will yoga, sports, vacations help? What happens internally to a person who does yoga, goes to a temple, goes to a beach, faces a disappointment, consumes alcohol, eats to the brim, gets angry etc.?

I am extremely fascinated by this thing called the inner science - to
understand the why of things inside people and find answers to the above questions, and actually leverage them in practice. Spirituality is all about delving into these questions, and is less about dogma - what you should believe or not believe, which is the realm of religion.

This blog is intended to be the chronicle of the activities of a focused group of individuals who meet regularly to read snippets of what accomplished yogis had said about these issues, learn from their wisdom, discuss and find ways to put them into daily practice. We believe that spirituality is all about practice and not about intellectual reasoning - nothing will come out of theory until we practise it. However, a little bit of preliminary understanding will motivate and guide the practice.

We really don't want this to be a metaphysical/religious discussion group, though religious concepts may creep in here and there. The criteria for relevance to this group is very simple: if an issue is not being faced in real life by some of us right now, it doesn't belong in this discussion. No dvaita/advaita/theism/atheism, "God exists or not" discussions should take place here.


  1. In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: they must be fit for it; they must not do too much of it; and they must have a sense of success in it. -John Ruskin, author, art critic, and social reformer (1819-1900)

  2. I'm so glad that i stumbled into this blog.Find the articles very interesting and inspiring.Jai Bharath