A song for the moment

Sunday, 19 Aug 2018 | Pramod Pathak | in Spirituality

Seventy-two years of Independence is not a small period. We need to think where have we come and where we are heading. Over seven decades ago, a Prime Minister had spoken about our tryst with destiny that culminated into Independence after a long struggle. He exhorted all Indians on the...

The power of a hug

Sunday, 12 Aug 2018 | Pramod Pathak | in Spirituality

Though a now-famous hug in the Indian Parliament created a flutter and became the subject matter of social media gossip, the seriousness of a hug cannot be overlooked. It is a gesture with many manifestations. From a means to strengthen friendship bonds to a technique of public relations, a hug...

Birds of a feather

Sunday, 05 Aug 2018 | Pramod Pathak | in Spirituality

Birds of a feather flock together. This is an old, school-time proverb that suggests that people of similar tastes, likes and preferences choose to be together. The origin of this proverb is not certain, some attribute it to the mid-16th century satirist, William Turner. Others believe that it is much...

Save water, save life

Sunday, 29 Jul 2018 | Pramod Pathak | in Spirituality

We have been told that life began in water in the form of amoeba. History suggests that many of the famous earlier civilisations were river valley civilisations which developed on the banks of rivers. Thus, there was the Indus Valley Civilisation on the banks of river Indus in India, the...

Technocracy and Dataitis

Sunday, 22 Jul 2018 | Pramod Pathak | in Spirituality

The times are changing. Changing so fast that Lewis Carroll sounds almost prophetic when he makes the queen quip to Alice in his classic Alice in Wonderland — “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to...

The Forbidden Fruit

Sunday, 15 Jul 2018 | Pramod Pathak | in Spirituality

An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” goes the popular saying. Maybe it needs to be clinically correlated, but nevertheless, the present world owes a lot to apple. In fact, humanity’s descent to planet earth is due to apple, if we take a cue from The Holy Bible. Was...

Requiem for democracy

Sunday, 08 Jul 2018 | Pramod Pathak | in Spirituality

Aristotle once said that “Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotism”. How prophetic? Something said more than two thousand years ago is being debated these days globally and for valid reasons. Democracy,the rule by the people is now transforming into authoritarianism. The system is in retreat in many...

The Georgian feeling

Sunday, 01 Jul 2018 | Pramod Pathak | in Spirituality

When I was in Standard II, we were prescribed a wonderful geography book titled Lands and Life: People and Children of Wonderful Lands. In the first page of that book, there was a message in the preface addressed to the teacher. It said, the book is intended as an introduction...

The times of post-truth

Sunday, 24 Jun 2018 | Pramod Pathak | in Spirituality

These are the times of post-truth. Obviously, it is a logical sequel to the information age driven by data — cooked, invented and sometimes discovered. A scenario where the real is the surreal and the surreal is real. This is the post information society and media has become the instrument...

Getting into the real yoga

Sunday, 17 Jun 2018 | Pramod Pathak | in Spirituality

Yoga is an ancient Indian practice of acquiring mental, physical, and spiritual rigor. However, these are the means and not the end. Yoga aims for some much higher and loftier goal. To understand the primary objective of Yoga, Patanjali Yoga sutras are a valuable and authentic reference source. The “Yoga...

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