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Might it be possible that you are pure being having a human experience? The ancient flowing tradition of Vedanta awakens us to this possibility, this reality. The River of Wisdom, a podcast gently helps you glide into the vision of oneness. This puts an end to our constant self judgement and sense of inadequacy, for good!

Each episode is a drop of wisdom of only 15-20 minutes of audio  which you can listen to while walking, driving, gardening and of course sitting.

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SEASON 2

139. Becoming a friend to oneself (Sakhi bhaava) (Transcript)

In the struggle to be more and have more we can be unduly harsh on ourselves. Self mastery in the light of Vedanta is not possible without cultivating the attitude of loving kindness and friendliness towards oneself. A highly underrated and overlooked fact that constitutes self mastery.

138. The dis-ease of digital distraction (Transcript)

We think our digital devices and social media are the problem. Still, it is possible to be focused if we know why we get distracted and how we can get back to ourselves.

137. Bhagavan Shri Krishna teaches vedanta to Uddhava (and us) (Transcript)

The purpose for which Bhagavan became Krishna avataara, a divine incarnation has been accomplished, on earth.  Uddhava, his childhood friend is sad that he will have to part from him. So Krishna lovingly teaches Uddhava (and us).

136. Witness and/or participation in life. (Transcript)

Does being the witness imply a withdrawal from life as some people think?

Or can one be the ever present witness and also participate in life?

135. What is ‘wealth’ in Vedic tradition? (Transcript)

Our relationship with money is a complicated one. We want to live the ‘rich life’ but always feel like we don’t have enough.

What does a rich life for oneself really mean. What is the expansive understanding of wealth that the Vedic tradition teaches? We explore these questions.

134. Abiding in Awareness that transcends time and space.  (Transcript)

In our busy lives as we move from one task to another, one can abide in that which exists in the gap between two tasks, the gap between two thoughts. In that gap is Awareness that is you, whole and complete in and of yourself.

133. Freedom from the addiction of ‘feel-good’. (Transcript)

It is everywhere – the wanting to feel-good. When this becomes the criteria for our decisions then what are its implications?  The Vedic tradition suggests how we can be free from this addiction.

132.  You are pure Awareness.

This episode can serve as guided meditation too.

131. What qualifies a student for Vedanta? (Transcript)

Just as one qualifies oneself to learn any discipline of knowledge, the ancient masters lay out a four-fold qualification to be a Vedanta student.   We reflect on where we are as we renew our commitment to knowing the liberation vision of oneness on the eve of Guru Purnima.

130. How to be non-judgemental? (Transcript)

It is easy when we see the reality of our shared humanity. 

129. ‘I am not the body’ Really?  (Transcript)

If this statement (which is the beginning of self enquiry in Vedanta) is not understood we create obstacles for ourselves.

128. How to find meaning and connections without our loved ones? (Transcript)

A question by a dear listener and a poignant one as we recover from the pandemic and its effects. In the light of the Vedic vision, our work begins during peace time, when we have the leisure to discover and strengthen our existing connections.

127. How to find peace with your parents? (Transcript)

If we don’t do this our unresolved issues spill onto other relationships and deny us harmony.  

126. How to deal with overwhelming situations? (Transcript)

It is easy. We do it all the time.

125. How to deal with vaasana-s (karmic imprints)? (Transcript)

We think we are in charge of our lives. But, often  times it is really our vaasana-s in the form of avidya and its resulting raga that influence and overpower us. What are vaasana-s and how can we deal with them? 

124. How can you make work, work for you? (Transcript) 

The wisdom that our work can bring us. 

123. How you relate to your life’s situations transforms you. (Transcript)

The four ways we relate to our life’s situations offers meaning to our life. It is easy to shift when you know how.

122. Are we half hearted or full hearted?     (Transcript)

A question for reflection (and action). You can complement with episode #88 – Opening the heart which is here

121. Healing from difficult memories (Transcript)

Do our memories shape our identity or does our identity shape our memories?

The answer is surprising.

120. Nature – the hope whisperer

Amidst despair and cynicism, when we are ready to see and listen, what does nature whisper to us?

119. What can we learn from Bhagavan Rama ? 2/2

In this episode, we hear some glimpses of how Rama upheld his dharma as a brother and a friend. Hence we also hear of Bharata and Lakshmana, Rama’s brothers and Hanuman his dearest friend and devotee.

You may want to complement this episode with the video from our channel on ‘The Glory of Hanuman’ 

118. What can we learn from Bhagavan Rama ? 1/2

Sri Rama is deeply revered and impacts those who understand him.  He is ignored by those who cannot get their head around how he ‘treated’ his wife.

Where do you stand? In a brief retelling of the Ramayana, I offer some glimpses of how he walked the path of dharma as a warrior, a son, a husband and a king. To dwell deeper into his glories, complement with the video (29 minutes) – Bhagavan Rama – his greatness and the mantra 

SEASON 1 

117. The Known i.e. the Mind cannot disturb me

It all seems so mixed up. In the light of the Veda, when I, ever the Knower, start to see that the mind is the known, things change.

116.Am I the body?

An enquiry into the reality of oneself through an unexpected angle.

115. Avadhuta Gita – Learning from 24 masters (3 of 3)

And the Avadhuta, monk departs after sharing his wisdom from the last set of masters.

114. Avadhuta Gita – Learning from 24 masters (2 of 3)

The learning of the monk from observing nature and people continues..

113. Avadhuta Gita – Learning from 24 masters (1 of 3)

A lot of us look at and feel at home in nature.

Dattatreya, a wise monk looks at nature and learns the wisdom of life.

(This is from the section on Avadhuta Gita in the Bhagavatam, a sacred text extolling the glories of Vishnu. )

112. The Dance of Silence 

Speaking and not speaking are the different ways we engage with the world.

As we dance with the silence of the other, the one present in that silence, comes forth.

111. The gift of the present 

How and why is the present a gift?

110.The Mirage of Perfection

If perfection is worth aspiring for, why do we consider it a mirage?

109.Romantic relationship – the modern view and Vedic view

Ten reflections on the differences in the modern view and the Vedic view of the illusive and elusive ‘romantic relationship’.

108.Mirror Mirror on the wall – the ultimate approval

What are those two enduring things that approve of us – in what we do and who we really are ?

107. The root cause of suffering 

Only if the diagnosis is correct a lasting solution is possible

106. Clearing the fog of subjectivity

We align ourselves with functional reality which prepares us to see and appreciate the absolute, unchanging reality.

105. Discovering compassion

As we celebrate the 90th birthday of my guru, Pujya Swami Dayananda this week it feels right to dwell on compassion. As with everything else, I dedicate this episode to the one whose very name and being meant the fullness (ananda)that is compassion (daya).

104. ‘What if’ to ‘So what’?

The questions we ask can often orient us to be awake to reality.

103. The Vedic vision of the four stages of life  

Each stage offered the opportunity for growth and contribution paving the way for moksha unlike today

102. Priority based living vs Desire based living

We identify our life priorities and see how every day can be a successful day when we live a priority based life.

101. Rescuing God from our ideas 

Our ideas of God get reflected in how we are and we see the world.

We go through seven stages of understanding God to see that God is indeed me.

100. Learning to learn

..in Vedanta.

99.Going beyond the opposites

It seems like we are being controlled by the opposites –  hot and cold, pleasure and pain and so on.

Is there a way out?

98. Your comfort zone

How much your comfort zone shrinks or expands is a choice. Your choice.

97. The Mind and its purification in the Vedic tradition

Antah-karana-shuddhi is the most conducive condition for the discovery of limitless freedom. How?

96. The magic of commitment

The one thing that makes all the difference in your pursuits.

95. The trap of over-responsibility

In the name of doing our best we get carried away with over responsibility. How?

94. Being myself 

How can I be comfortable in my own skin?

93. Gender I-dentity

To see ourselves as pure being we need to be relatively free from our gender identity. How and Why?

92. The Story of Jiva

..will sound familiar

91.Spiritual (Dharmika) responses to aggression

In response to a question five kinds of Dharmika responses are highlighted.

90. Why Adi Shankaracharya matters

If there is one being that strengthened the foundation and edifice of Advaita Vedanta it is undoubtedly Adi Shankaracharya.

We celebrate his birthday today more than 1300 years later as we proudly keep the teaching tradition alive

89. The trap of comparison

It seems that we cannot help it. Here are 3 things to consider from the lens of objectivity.

88. Opening the heart

What does opening the heart have to do with openness to life?

87. If Death had a voice..

A wake up call

86. Prayer and Prayerfulness 

A prayer becomes more effective when it contributes to a prayerful attitude that pervades your life. How?

85. What will people think?

This could be a helpful question or a hindering one. This could be an excuse we hide behind or a call to action to accommodate.

84.The Power of a Yajna (sacred fire ritual offering) 

The What, Why, Who, When and How of a yajna explained.

83. Witnessing Meditation

Recorded live at a recent Yoga and Vedanta camp.

Please listen to meditate only when you have time to spare and are not multi-tasking.

82. Dealing with power and domination

..Your own and that of others

81. Is Ananda bliss?

3 points why Ananda in the definition of the Atma (Sat chit ananda) cannot be translated as bliss

80. The What, Why and How of Japa (Meditative Chanting)

Japa is an integral part of Vedanta learning.

79. Unconditional love – Myth or reality?

We explore this question by reflecting on a famous dialogue in the Upanishads

78. How to stop over-thinking?

We go through four systematic steps

77. I think. Therefore I am ???

We question the famous statement of Descartes.

76. Is Experience the best teacher for self knowledge?

The Emperor i.e. Experience has no clothes. 🙂

For supplementary listening, link to talk on Self realisation – Knowledge or Experience?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cedlG7nGzAg

75. What is your kind of busy?

Are we busy being busy or being busy meaningfully? Something to look into…

74. The story of the tenth man.

A Vedanta Classic.

73. The True artist.

Any situation is a medium for change and magic for the true artist. How?

72. Enquiry about what is real and what is not (Viveka).

The connection between Objectivity and Viveka as a necessary qualification for Vedanta.

71. Decoding detachment – 2

Detachment got mistakenly translated from ‘vairagya’ which really means freedom from binding longings. How is that freedom possible?

70. Decoding detachment – 1

Can we really detach and if so, how?

69. What is really mine?

The answer lies in our understanding of ownership vs trusteeship.

68. Three necessary blessings.

What does the pursuit of moksha require?

67. Transforming from a seeker to a knower.

The necessary journey of a seeker in Vedanta.

66. The Crescent Moon yearns for fullness.

What happened when the Moon lamented to the Sun?

65. Can you be objective and still relate to Ishvara?

This is the only way to embracing reality.

64. Relating to the sacredness with three fold Karma.

We expand what we see as sacred. We relate. In a 3 fold way.

63. Q&A Who can you really trust?

Replies to 1. Is God an abstraction? But Ishvara doesn’t respond like others. Then?

62. Who can you really trust?

Our ongoing search to trust someone completely can be fulfilled.

61. Bhagavaan

Who or what is Bhagavaan? Why should I care?

60. Being the change you want to see.

How can you be the change you want to see in  this world?

59. The spell of likes and dislikes.

What is the spell that we are under and how can we break free?

58. Your words matter.

Our words can create magic or mayhem. How can we cultivate the discipline of speech?

57. Live broadcast by Ms.Success.

While India is mulling over ‘success’ and failure of the Chandraayan-2 mission, Ms. Success lands on the stage and gives a speech.

56. Entitlement vs Responsibilty.

What does the universe owe us?

55. Control and the Chariot (of the body-mind).

What does the Vedic tradition say about the nature of the mind and its control?

54. Getting over the hangover.

We may or may not drink! Yet there is the hangover of an event, a role, something. How can you get over a hangover?

53. The Vedic Tradition.

What does this really mean and why should it matter to you?

52. Giving

Giving requires a bigness of heart. How does one become big? (Celebrating one year of the River Of Wisdom).

51. Expectations (Q&A)

How do we handle the other’s expectations of us?

50. Mis-taking ourselves?

Could ‘human’ be an adjective which seeks to describe me, not define me?

49. Guru

”The one who has a Guru, knows”, is the bold assuring statement of the Vedas. But, what are the reasons for not having a guru, rather resisting a guru? Prayers and wishes on this glorious day of Guru Purnima.

48. A day in the life of a devotee.

…is the same as a day in the life of an atheist. Yet there is a big difference.

47. The devotee.

Who or what does a devotee relate to?

46. The Other.

How to relate to the other who is different?

45. Freedom in relating.

Whether you relate to one or many, you are free. What changes and what stays the same?

44. The Purpose Of Life.

…the reply might surprise you.

43. The fabric of forgiveness.

How can the fabric of forgiveness be interwoven in our lives?

42. The journey of growing up. Q&A.

Answers to your questions. 1. How to heal from childhood hurt and guilt? 2. Reconciling the psychological standpoint and karmic standpoint of parent’s behavior.

41. The journey of growing up.

Growing up and growing into adulthood involves being at peace with one’s parents. What are the four things that allow us to embody the Vedic teachings of Matr devo bhava and Pitr devo bhava?

40. Being

What choice did you make ‘to be’?

39. The Magic of the Normal

Most people believe that normal is boring. But, if the normal were to have wonder and fascination, there is more to the normal.

38. “I had no choice.” Really?

There are some words that serve you well. What are those words that help you experience the freedom you have?

37. Are you right or self righteous?

If the difference between the two is not understood one can build delusions. How does one navigate the ‘right’ terrain?

36. Should you use so many Should-s?

Should. A powerful word that was helpful yet can cause problems and what to do about it.

35. Fate and Free Will

How can one resolve the constant conflict between fate and free will?

34. The power of surrender

Moments of happiness are possible because you surrender.  Wrap up on the ‘Surrender’ series.

33. Surrender – 2

If the ego is to surrender then what is left behind? Do you even own the ego to surrender it? An insightful, delightful look at the ego in the light of the Vedic tradition.

32. Surrender – 1

Unpacking ‘Surrender’ bit by bit. First of the series.

31. The Ego

A story.

30. The Search.

We see the connection between the difficulty to trust and our search for the infallible.

29. Being loving.

If everyone wants to be loved then…everyone needs to be loving! What inhibits us and can we do something about it?

28. The fear of death.

The 3 reasons we fear death and how we might approach it in the light of the Vedic tradition.

27. A life of no expectations – Myth or Reality.

To expect that you do not expect is also an expectation! Is it possible to really live a life of no expectations?

26. Redefining Success 2.

If we can handle the four realities (possibilities) inherent in any situation, then success may well be ours!

25. Redefining Success.

What are the metrics of success through the Vedic vision?

24. Namaste.

A simple ‘Namaste’, has a world of meaning reflecting the attitude of a living culture and civilisation.

23. Decoding Dharma.

Dharma as Laws of nature or Laws of Ishvara? How can Dharma add meaning to our lives? Tune in.

22.The Garden.

If you were the gardener of a new patch of land, a new year what would you do?

21.Dialogue with inner critic.

An important dialogue that will change things for good!

20.Self acceptance vs. Self improvement.

A battle we fight often. Tune in to find the way out.

19.Chains and cords.

Despite being phenomenally powerful, the elephant believes that she cannot break free as she has always been tied with a chain. Are we a bit like the elephant in our beliefs? Tune in.

18.Walking in the other person’s shoes.

Every day we get an opportunity to walk in the other person’s shoes. When does it work and when does it not work and what can we do about it, especially when we are hurt? Tune in.

17.Moving past ‘the past’.

The past seems to hover around us because of the way we see it. Tune in to see how can we move past ‘the past’.

16.The dance of karma.

You may or may not know how to do the tango or salsa. But, one dance you want to definitely master is the dance of karma. You can do this by understanding the principles and benefits of the laws of karma. Tune in to find out how.

15.Growing out of “Why me?”

“Why me?” A universal question which does not meet with satisfying answers. What insight can the Vedic tradition offer? Tune in.

14.The shadow of self judgment.

If judging oneself and others was as natural as hunger we would not fight it so much. Is there a way out of self- judgments and a sense of limitation? The Vedic tradition points out to an undeniable reality about us. Tune in to find out more.

13.How do you feel loved?

There are languages and dialects and then, there is the language of care and love. Tune in to find out the five ways in which we express ourselves and hence how we can tune ourselves to be in harmony with others.

12.Letter to Ms. Motivation from a Vedanta student.

What is your relationship with motivation and how can it change?. Tune in to hear where Ms Motivation hangs out and much more.

11.Sustained by Stardust.

What are we made up of and what sustains us is a question that is the subject matter of Biology, Physics and Philosophy? The Vedic tradition speaks reverentially of the five element model and how we are always connected. Tune in to find out more and also how puja, a beautiful Hindu ritual is a fivefold offering of our connection.

10.Immunity for life.

Just like the body has an immune system to deal with infection, we have an immune system for life. How can this immune system be made more enduring ? The Vedic tradition offers a profound understanding to this question. Tune in to find out more.

9.Taking things for granted/as granted?

When we take things for granted we under value that person or a situation or a thing around us. Seeing the meaning of a word in Sanskrit which means knowing what you have been given makes a big difference in our attitudes and our lives. Tune in to discover more.

8.Being a warrior in life.

Being a warrior has nothing to do with being aggressive or defeating someone. As a warrior you are not afraid to be who you are or see the world as it is. To explore ‘what being a warrior in life’ really means, tune in.

6.Contributing to change? Yes, you!

You begin to live a life of purpose when you start to see the change you are making, the difference you contribute to. How? Listen in to reflect on your life with a few simple yet profound questions.

5.How do I be the best version of myself?

To understand the ‘how’ we must ask, what is the best version of myself. The question is answered from the absolute and the relative standpoint.

4.Can Hinduism work as a mirror for the Spiritual-but-not-religious?

The 3 pillars of Hinduism particularly Vedanta teaching that can appeal to everyone including the spiritual-but-not-religious.

3.In the world of spirituality what is unique about Vedanta?

I share how Vedanta came into my life after modern psychology and how Vedanta brilliantly articulates the human problem as well as the solution, for good.

2.Who does not change amidst all changes?

In our descriptions of ourselves we say, I am…(referring to profession) I am… (referring to nationality)..etc etc. While all these are changing, what is it that is unchanging? To know more click to listen.

1.The three powers you have every moment.

The very first episode of The River of Wisdom!

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