Letting go of anger, doubt and jealousy

Whatever problems we may have, it is helpful to remember they are temporary. When we remember the impermanence of our negative thoughts, it diminishes their power and enables us to let go of them. This poem, by Sri Chinmoy, speaks of a trait in human nature to become attached to these fleeting emotions. He forgets. […]

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Important things in the spiritual life

A story by Sri Chinmoy – ‘Four most important things in life’. Plus a commentary on these four spiritual precepts, mentioned by the spiritual Master Balananda. One day Balananda said to his disciples, “I know all of you want to become my good disciples, but it is quite a difficult task. Each of you needs […]

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The discipline to follow a spiritual life

This post looks at the strictness of spiritual Masters and the discipline needed to follow a lifelong spiritual life. *** I grew up in Yorkshire and when I went down south to Oxford University – for comedic purposes – I would often exaggerate about how tough and grim life was up north. So it’s not […]

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Politics and spirituality

A look at the relationship between politics and spirituality. As a student I took quite an interest in politics, and became involved on a fringe level. I think the attraction of politics was the idealism of creating a better world, and the intellectual challenge of thinking about issues. A few years after being a student, […]

The meaning of non-violence (ahimsa)

In the 1970s, my spiritual Teacher Sri Chinmoy met with Mohammad Ali. On one occasion the two meditated together. Although they outwardly had very different occupations (spiritual teacher vs boxer), there was a connection of spirit. After this meeting, Sri Chinmoy wanted to watch a boxing match in which Mohammad Ali was in. A student […]

How to avoid negativity

One of our great challenges in life is to avoid negativity – a negative attitude to ourselves and others. It is easy to become suspicious, critical, depressed, fearful, but, despite the prevailing attitudes of the world, there is no inevitability that we have to become a grumpy old man. It is quite possible to see […]

Dealing with personal difficulties

There are times when we can get upset / angry with the behaviour of someone else. How to respond? Philosophy is easy, but the practical implementation is more difficult. The only certainty is that we will get plenty of opportunities to practise! There was a recent occasion where I felt annoyed, I didn’t like the […]

The art of change

It is said the one constant of life is that life is always changing. However, are we open to change or do we get stuck in bad habits? One of the great challenges is to strive to change our nature. Not surrender to our weaknesses but to constantly examine our life, and see if we […]

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