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  • Meditation: Its importance and benefits

    The practice of mindfulness and awareness are twin techniques and characteristics to remain unattached to events, people, situations, possessions and emotions, writes RAVI VALLURI Dispassion is the key to meditation. In such a state the mind is not hankering after materialistic goals or objectives. When the human mind drops all desires it reaches a state…

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  • Factors that influence our attitudes in life

    Social influences, overwrought emotions and environmental factors impinge upon human minds. Consequently, individual behavioural patterns become complex and often antipathetic in nature, writes RAVI VALLURI The Mahabharata is one of the greatest epics essayed in the subcontinent, perhaps in the world; it is believed to have been recited by the sage Veda Vyasa with Lord Ganesha…

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  • The art of letting go to relish the life to the fullest

    Our desires are never ending, and we keep chasing them till the end. Sometimes these challenging inclinations worsen the situations, RAVI VALLURI suggests to release and relish life to the fullest Blurb: Sakhya Muni, Lord Buddha had said, “Be strong, but not rude. Be kind, but not weak. Be humble not shy, be proud but…

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  • Shirshasana — Sovereign among Asanas

    Blurb: Shirshasana enhances the blood supply to the brain and pituitary gland, and in the process revitalises the entire body and mind. Regular practice disgorges perturbation and other psychological intrusions which often become the bedrock of numerous disabilities. On the 21st of June, Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, for three years in a row now, millions across…

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  • Developing skills to be a successful leader

    The unrevealed secret of any triumphant leadership is to polish a particular expertise and then make forays into uncharted territories, writes RAVI VALLURI Only a trailblazer entity with innovative thinking has the virtuosity and versatility to upend the pyramid and produce dramatic results. This is true of an individual or an organisation. Needless to say a…

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  • Efficacy of mantras you should be aware of

    Chanting mantras with utmost concentration and purity of thought enables the mind regain vigour and robustness, writes RAVI VALLURI   Power of Mantras Truly, the Almighty is all-pervasive and omniscient.  Let us take the case of devout Hindus. Each day is dedicated to a deity and a Mantra is chanted to invoke divine benediction. Chanting…

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  • The Amazing Power of the Human Mind

    Realisation and awareness are two iconic qualities that shine the light on the amazing power of the human mind. Aeons ago lived, lived an ambitious king named Suddhodhana, chieftain of Sakyan republics. He was captivated with the thought of perpetuating the dynasty. However, his battle fatigued son Siddhartha, was not ensnared by the Mara of…

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  • Why it is important to learn the art of forgiveness

    In order to lead a warm, happy and healthy life individual should embark upon the path of forgiveness and compassion, writes Ravi Valluri Recall the iconic lines of one of the most celebrated troupers of India- Amitabh Bachchan. In his baritone voice, body punctured with bullets and bleeding profusely, Vijay- as he was addressed in…

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  • Being compassionate is the road to happiness

    Compassion stands for lenity which emerges from love, while animosity and tyranny appear from lust and covetousness, writes Ravi Valluri A Zen Master assembled his tutees at the Temple of Knowledge. The monks had completed a vigorous session on meditation were suffused with efficacious thoughts. It was time to question their cerebral robustness. ‘What do…

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  • Why it is important to alienate your anger

    When the human mind becomes fossilised in thought process, it assumes the monstrous shape of ego. The impish and subtle innocence gets lost and a hardened ego takes the shape of avarice and anger, writes Ravi Valluri   Aeons ago lived a disciple who was under the tutelage of an estimable Zen master. Even though…

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  • Trademarks and characteristics of a creative mind

    Novelty and originality are trademarks and characteristics of creative thought processes, writes Ravi Valluri Just like that one day, an apple fell into the lap of Isaac Newton and he went on to famously developed the Theory of Gravity. ‘Life is either a great adventure or nothing,’ Hellen Adam Keller was to pen these iconic…

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  • Channel anxiety the right way

    Anxiety motivates the mind to accomplish the task on hand and excel to produce high octane stuff, writes Ravi Valluri Rambunctious crowds in the cauldron, millions riveted to the idiot box, and a zillion other connected through social media, with a bated breath follow an India- Pakistan cricket match. It seems eons ago that hockey…

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