CHETANA- Living Awareness

He was nine when I first met him. Not if his life depended on it could he be quiet. I saw him in the hall full of life, laughing, distracting the other children while he waited for me his teacher to come. I knew I had a difficult child on my hands and wondered if more »


Freedom was a very gradual process, beginning with the birth of my youngest child. I was introduced to Louise Hay, Susan Jeffers, Deepak Chopra and spiritual healing. After years of reading and attending workshops I realised I had much knowledge but no freedom. Not one bit of what I had read or understood was evident more »


The sage would answer all the questions that people asked him but would not offer them unsolicited advice. Having given a well considered piece of advice in response to a specific request, he would not insist that it be followed. One day the discussion was on parenting, and knowing that the sage’s children had grown more »


The highly competent and capable senior manager in a multinational company explained how he valued people’s appreciation.  “That helps me do my work well. When my boss is happy with me it makes my day. If he is upset or angry I am down all day. It’s the same story at home.”  “You have mortgaged more »

Mr God, this is Dylan

We were working with clay during the morning. The finished products were drying happily waiting to be painted. Later on during religion class the word punishment reared its ugly head. I knew they had an image of an angry God so I asked them about their images. The final analysis was of an angry father more »

Peace Comes from Facing Reality

A visitor, distressed by many painful life events, was searching for peace. He had tried religion, meditation and psychotherapy, but none of that had helped. He wanted to get away from it all and be at peace. “Your conflict is between what is and what is not,” the sage explained to him. “You are trying more »

The Ego Takes Credit and Blame

A little boy sat comfortably, quite content and pleased with the world, while his grandfather pushed his buggy uphill in the sprawling beautiful park. The gentle old man had a lot more love and good will than energy as he struggled upward. “What are you doing, young fellow?” I asked the boy. “I’m doing my more »


The sage was injured in a car crash and had a leg in a cast. One of his visitors asked, “Are you suffering like everyone else or are you somehow spared all that?” “There is pain but no suffering,” the sage replied. They were intrigued. The sage explained that his body was like anyone else’s. more »


The sage was known to be compassionate to people who suffered. At the same time he refused to help those who would not do their part to resolve their problems. He would be direct and unsparing in his responses to them. “Sometimes compassion comes in the form of a kick in the rear,” is how more »


A woman said that after many struggles and heartbreaks she was finally happy. “I wish I could keep it this way and never lose it.” “Try not to possess it, only let it be present,” the sage suggested. “The shores don’t own the ocean, nor the river banks the water that passes between them. Happiness more »