The power of appreciating beauty

“Appreciate beauty to become beauty itself” – Sri Chinmoy I was struck by this aphorism. Simple yet full of significance. To appreciate goodness and beauty is to make it part of ourself. There is much beauty in the world, but we can lose sight of this – becoming instead caught by the problems, darkness and […]

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Making friends with an old adversary

The hazel tree is an old adversary. Sitting at the corner of the garden, it casts a long shadow over the garden. The tree is no respecter of boundaries; it’s sprawling trunk cuts into four different properties. Though the tree might counter, ‘I was here long before your man made fences’. But, as a keen […]

The person on the end of the phone

There are some irritants of modern life – call centres, canvassers, getting a parking tickets e.t.c. But, before we take it out on the person at the end of the line, we should try and put ourselves in their shoes for a moment. Given different circumstances, it could easily be us. It is easy to […]

Economics and spirituality

As an economist and someone who practises spirituality, I haven’t often contemplated this combination of unlikely bedfellows – economics and spirituality Economics or ‘the dismal science’ is a subject primarily limited to materialism and the wealth of nations; and so is rarely considered from any metaphysical perspective. Self-interest theory A compelling idea in economics is […]

The spirituality of Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was a remarkable man. A man of both science and art, who matched a ceaseless creativity with a passion and devotion for discovering the wonders and beauty of life. In art, Da Vinci left humanity the immortal Mona Lisa, which offered a glimpse of the Transcendent in the human-form. Da Vinci was […]

Taking gold to Heaven

A very wealthy man is distressed that he can’t take his wealth to Heaven. So, in his retirement, he spends many years praying to God – beseeching God to make an exception and allow him to take his wealth with him when he dies. Finally, God responds to the man’s fervent prayers and says. “OK, […]

Different ways of looking at the situation

We have all heard the phrase ‘There is always two sides to the same story’. But, according to Jain wisdom, there are seven different ways of looking at the same situation. When light enters a prism, it splits into a rainbow of seven distinct colours. Seven different aspects of the same light. From one perspective, […]

The beauty that remains

Over Christmas I saw quite a few beautiful rainbows. Their short-lived transience makes the thrill even greater. However as a photographer, I was caught between living the moment and trying to capture on film. The momentary arrival of a rainbow can come with a tinge of sadness that everything soon passes on earth. Part of […]

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