Showing posts from April, 2020

Disease-free isn't the same as happy. Here's why

What the current generation is living through is unprecedented in world history. A major part of the population around the world is under lockdown, courtesy the pandemic set in motion by the corona virus (COVID-19). Irrespective of whether an individual is infected or not, most of us have been forced to stay and work from home, unable to step out even for our daily supplies. It isn't surprising that a number of individuals are feeling low and wondering if they are headed toward depression. Does being healthy in body ensure healthy mind and happy spirit? Not necessarily. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as ‘ A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity .’ Herein lies, the role of understanding the mind and using its positive attributes to achieve happiness. Human health has always been the epicentre of debate, not only for medical scientists but also for philosophers and religious lead

Men versus Women: What makes their minds tick?

You may have often heard the expression ‘ Men are from Mars and women are from Venus ,’ without reflecting upon its origin. The saying does not necessarily stem from the differences in the physical attributes of the human male and female forms, but has its roots in the way their brains function. Virtues like logic and reasoning are attributed to men, while creativity and empathy are considered synonymous with women. At times, however, you will find women not only participating but standing out in fields considered predominantly male territory. It’s common knowledge that many women display male traits and vice-versa. Therefore, while there are males who have excelled as painters, dancers and cooks, a number of women have also dominated male bastions like administration and politics. People of my age would recollect that Indira Gandhi was considered the only male member in the entire cabinet! More recently, notably over the last couple of decades, the Indian political scenario h

Hope rises with Sun in Aries: Turning Point in war against Covid-19 pandemic by April-end

While man was busy conquering nature with his newly acquired powers of biotechnology and information technology, nature decided to test his unchallenged reign of supremacy. The origin of corona virus remains shrouded in mystery, but philosophically it could be looked at as a war against human arrogance and his excesses. This is not the first time when mankind is faced with a threat that has blown into an existential crisis. In ancient India, saints like Augusta and Vishwamitra, armed with their meditative powers and intrinsic wisdom drawn from being one with the universe, had stepped in to save humanity from evil. Many present-day Babas (gurus), on the other hand, are in jail and those with market value are engaged in increasing their ratings by becoming psychotherapists on the electronic media. Incidentally, holy shrines across the world are now closed to believers. The priests with their deities in closed temples are following the advice of the scientists and call of the le