There was this person I knew. He worked in the Government service for the minimum required time to avail monthly pension benefits, then took to Sannyasa. I used to wonder how this could even be termed Sannyasa.


When noble motives drive you, you can insist on the same in others too.

Will you heed the call?

Love is your first step into the heart. Until you love, you won’t even know that there exists a heart that can sing, dance, celebrate, get hurt, and be crushed.

Who is a bad student of life?

The way you go about education could be one of two ways: First way is to gather knowledge, skill, ideas, concepts, thoughts, views, attitudes, and so on.

Violence and Dharma

Very often when there is violence, and especially when Hindus resort to violence, a question arises in everyone’s mind:

The Call of the Soul

Primarily, you and I are ‘bhogīs’, ‘enjoyers’! Let me clarify before you misunderstand. Within you, there exists a structure of bhoga or happiness or enjoyment or contentment—in short some experience! In other words, whether in the name of external enjoyment or internal meditation and practice of samādhi, you are primarily seeking experiences.

Take to Religion Rightly

It is very much in the nature of religion to create two kinds of followers—the pious, and the fundamentalist.

Shed the Mechanical Life

Human life can be broadly divided into two pursuits, in a sequence. When young, you pursue security, comfort, pleasure, happiness, and stability.

Setting Your Priority Right

From the time you step out of your house, everyone around is at their ‘customer-service’ best. They seem to assume that you and I are in constant stress; they offer assurances and ask you to wind down.

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Sudheendra Chaitanya

Sudheendra Chaitanya is a Hindu monk based in Bangalore, India. After completing Engineering, he studied the scriptures at Chinmaya Mission in 1991, and continued with Mission work until 2005.

He now chooses to spend time with himself, observing life—people and happenings—keenly, and his insights flow out as writings. As a serious investigator into the core issues of life, Sudheendraji connects to people and subjects of life alike…with intimate directness. He has also authored several books. Notable among them are Blooming in the Open, The How, What and Why of I and God and Personal Worship. In a lucid narrative, his writings deliver fundamental insights, ruthlessly searing through conditioned thoughts and beliefs, but nourishing the soul with care.

Sometimes nourishing, sometimes revealing…