A new cult of therapists is on the rise in metros conducting workshops, courses and sessions to help individuals to understand and bursts their “self”.

Meditation has become a buzz word amongst the urban elite.

 TV channels are not tired of beaming every day morning, discussions on what is life? Insights of peace, stress, fear, hope and so on occupy the agenda of any Corporate Training workshops.

 On the other hand parks and pathways are used by morning walkers and joggers in the morning as well as in evening hours   with the prime objective to   tone up their muscles and minds.

The inevitable search is definitely for a holistic body and mind.

A well wisher of mine living in Mumbai popularly styled as Maxim city invited me to attend a small private session on “Vedanta Treatise”.

The location was in a small “refugee flat” on the eighth floor in Mumbai’s high profile residential apartment that stood for middle class symbol of prosperity and wealth of the growing India.

 In fact, I, along with nine other participants in the eighth floor took shelter, to listen, for the first time to the wisdom of Vedanta.

The Vedanta treatise expounds the ancient philosophy of the Vedas. It has more than 5000 years of history. It highlights the eternal principles of life and living. It stresses that one has to raise one’s “knowledge from the mundane to the supreme self within”.

After listening to the talk I was loudly thinking do all these pro intellect and literate view points on “life” go well with the masses in a country like India?

The possession of knowledge does not always aid to kill ones’ sense of confusion and chaos.

As Rene Descartes puts it that “The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.” Since time immemorial the cosmic battle between reasons, superstition, happiness and chaos in our daily life has been the centre point of discussions without a clear direction.

Therefore I quiz to myself that a person can get at the most a philosophical answers only and not the universal practical guidance to overcome our confusion and understand the purpose and objects of one’s life.

I cannot but conclude this blog without quoting what the  Noble Prize author Pearl S Buck once said “When men destroy their old gods, they will find new ones to take their place “. I am of the opinion that the best therapy to understand what is life is one should listen to one’s instinct. We after all make our destiny in our minds.  To some, “Modern civilized ones without self-development are but intelligent savages living in spiritual slums.”

Do  you really subscribe to this thought of approach towards life?



  1. what does one do to reach god? total faith in Its/His power,willingness to sacrifice anything,leave worldly pleasures,go to any distance even alone,sing His/Its praise,keep on thinking and dreaming of It/Him,be obsessed with It/Him.
    Is MONEY the new god that has replaced the destroyed old Gods?.We seem to be doing the same to earn money.


  2. I have been attending the VT classes in the above mentioned place for 2yrs now .An open mind is perhaps needed to grasp the essence of the class and it seeps in over a period of time. Our ancient Hindu philosophy has withstood the onslaught of time and emperors and is still being studied and followed intensively both in India and the west.Mumbaikars unfortunately do not have the space to hold classes in luxurious surroundings and hence the refugee flat sans doors,windows and electricity.


  3. Anusha I completely agree with you that vedas withstood “only” the time.But its appeal to the commoners as a philosophic guidance to combat the strains and evils has met with very limited success. Life for an average commoner in the society who constitutes a majority of the population is like sleeping on the wheel. As you said “open mind” is needed to grasp its essence and here I disagree with you in the sense that I cannot discriminate between open and “rigged or closed “mind. Mind is only a state of perception. By attending only classes of VT a person cannot appreciate fully or completely or even partially the the “practical “meaning of life . Give and take nature of life should originate in one’s upbringing of the family/society. The true nature and variuos dimensions of life cannot be understood by class room sessions. It is something like learning boxing by reading books.Everyday ,every place and in every meeting of people one experiences a new meaning to the perception of life. One cannot draw a fixed periodic time table of classified doings and activities to understand what is good or bad in the context of the dynamics of one’s life.


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