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An interpretation of a painting (January 2016)

A drawing made by the Nirbhaya rape accused juvenile helps us understand his psyche.

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The Speaking Tree: Kundalini, the eternal psychotherapist (December 2015)

When Kundalini gets activated, it moves upwards to unite and merge with cosmic consciousness.

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (December 2015)

The person having obsessive-compulsive disorder experiences repetitive and intrusive thoughts, impulses and images.

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The Speaking Tree: The realist and the idealist (November 2015)

The idealist is a dreamer; he chases perfection, unity and looks for a hidden grand agenda operative in everything.

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Life Positive Magazine: Transcend stress (November 2015)

Only by going into the depth of spirituality will we transcend the stress generated by our minds.

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The Speaking Tree: Why people are violent towards themselves (October 2015)

Although we crave to be loved and cared for by the world, we lack compassion and nurturance for our own self.

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The Speaking Tree: Go beyond mind (October 2015)

Integral Yoga aspires to bring down a higher light to integrate the divinity within, which leads to further evolution.

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How to deal with an abusive relationship (September 2015)

Abusive relationships deplete our self and cause a gamut of physical and psychological disorders.

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The Speaking Tree: Your thoughts become reality (August 2015)

For the evolution of consciousness, we need to create positive formations.

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Master your tyrant mind (August 2015)

The mind has become a tyrant and is playing havoc with our body, relationships and soul.

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The Speaking Tree: A psychotherapeutic approach to anti-ageing (July 2015)

Understanding and changing our negative mindset can help us defeat ageing.

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Why we fear change (June 2015)

Why is changing so hard for many people? The main reason is the terror of change. Although consciously we want change, unconsciously we fear and resist it.

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The Speaking Tree: Raising children - A Holistic perspective (May 2015)

As caretakers of the divine seed, our job is to create an environment where the child can experience an evolution of consciousness.

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The vice of a routine (April 2015)

While a routine can be a strong anchor in modern stressful life, if followed rigidly to an extreme it can be a big source of stress.

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The Speaking Tree: Learn to treat exam time differently (March 2015)

Always remember that any exam is a very trivial episode in the larger scheme of events.

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Paranoid personality disorder - On guard forever (March 2015)

Those suffering from paranoid personality disorder feel very suspicious and find it extremely difficult to trust others.

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The Speaking Tree: Break free of suffering (March 2015)

If we remain focused on suffering, we will only prolong our pain.

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Addicted to video games (February 2015)

For some people, playing, collecting and fantasizing about video games becomes a top priority of their life.

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The Speaking Tree: We need to rehabilitate the dark mind (January 2015)

For comprehensive rehabilitation, the perpetrators should be encouraged to share their pain emanating from traumatic experiences.

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The Speaking Tree: Freedom from repetition compulsion (December 2014)

In order to put an end to our meaningless repetition compulsion, we need curiosity, introspection and a deeper knowledge.

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Motherhood- A valued career (November 2014)

It is reductionist to conceptualize women empowerment wherein women just compete with men in traditional masculine roles.

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The Speaking Tree: Right choice can help resolve conflict (November 2014)

In order to resolve conflicts, we need to understand the interplay of our deeper qualities and transcend duality.

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A wake-up call on Indian mental health (October 2014)

A deeper awareness of mental health and its implications can help India in her growth and development.

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The Speaking Tree: To grow, get anchored in the present (October 2014)

In order to grow and blossom it is important to become aware of our mindlessness and gradually change it to mindfulness.

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Understanding and treating drug abuse (September 2014)

Drug addicts are traumatized by helplessness, painful emotional states and lack of reliable relationships.

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The Speaking Tree: Getting to taste real freedom (September 2014)

Real freedom does not lie in building and asserting a performance, but in acknowledging that we are acting and that this act is an illusion.

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Bonding with your adolescent (August 2014)

Although bonding with your adolescent kid may seem daunting, these smart strategies can be helpful.

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The Speaking Tree: Take a balanced view of life (July 2014)

Tolerating frustration can become a strength if we learn to accept it and change our mindset.

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Internet addiction (July 2014)

Although Internet usage adds both spice and utility to our life, for some individuals it is fast becoming a drug.

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The Speaking Tree: Perceived disorders as growth opportunities (June 2014)

Psychological disorders could be growth opportunities in disguise. It is up to us how we utilize these opportunities.

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Transform a breakup into a breakthrough (June 2014)

Many breakups can turn into breakthroughs if people don't give up on each other so easily.

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The Speaking Tree: Explore your growth (June 2014)

As far as making a good career choice is concerned, we need to connect to our deeper self and take an informed decision.

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The Speaking Tree: Extreme indulgence is not blissful (May 2014)

Overly identifying with the body and sexual desires can cause serious difficulties.

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The mind of a rapist (May 2014)

Rape is a form of violence and like all other forms of violence we may benefit from understanding why someone got so violent?

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The Speaking Tree: The space beyond hatred and revenge (May 2014)

The question before us is: Should we punish the perpetrators or try to understand and transform them?

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The Speaking Tree: Don't fear death, begin to live (April 2014)

In order to overcome our fear of death, we need to constantly find meaning in our existence.

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The Speaking Tree: Bursting the narcissistic bubble (March 2014)

The desire for success has turned everyone into a narcissist and so they are only focused on fulfilling their own needs and desires.

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The Speaking Tree: Overcome your negative emotions (February 2014)

Negative emotions can be transformed through self-observation, building empathy and learning the art of expression.

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Being gay in India (January 2014)

Many gay men are forced into casual sexual relationships because our society does not value same-sex relationships.

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The Speaking Tree: Need for right intention and purpose (January 2014)

Let’s acknowledge that life is an opportunity to be spiritually evolved and thereby discover the Divine within and around us.

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The Speaking Tree: Chalking out your goals (December 2013)

Who am I? Think about this question; let it trouble you. Let it shake you up. Let it make you uncertain about your identity.

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The Speaking Tree: Changing yourself can be easy (November 2013)

Constant self-awareness and self-analysis is the key to bringing desirable changes in oneself. No one can change us, only we can change ourselves.

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The Speaking Tree: Beyond all that is good and bad (October 2013)

The human tendency to split impressions into good and bad becomes the root cause of individual, interpersonal, social and political problems.

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Five unnoticed sources of work stress (October 2013)

In order to help employees deal with workplace stress better, we need to carefully understand the various sources of work stress.

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Life Positive Magazine: Stilling the pendulum swing (October 2013)

Bipolar Disorder is a psychological condition where the person shuttles back and forth between two extreme poles of ‘mania’ and ‘depression’.

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The Speaking Tree: Stop being a victim (September 2013)

To heal the trauma and experience peace, one needs to transcend victim-hood and the associated demand for compensation.

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Getting help with depression (September 2013)

In order to treat depression permanently, an alternative depression treatment focusing on deeper aspects of psyche needs to be carried out.

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Life Positive Magazine: A healing space (August 2013)

Natural disasters unleash a blitzkrieg of suffering. Can we provide trauma survivors the help and support they need to return to health and happiness?

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The Speaking Tree: Pledge organs, feel the difference (July 2013)

Pledging your organs is a sign that you are evolving psychologically, transcending the identification and the obsession with your body.

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The Speaking Tree: Don't give up (July 2013)

Enjoy the ups and downs in life till you achieve what you really want.

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Coming to terms with being gay and lesbian (July 2013)

Sexual preferences different from the majority are perfectly normal.

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How to prevent suicide and depression (July 2013)

In-depth psychological treatment effectively removes suicidal ideation and restores hope.

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Only My Health: Healthy vs psychotic fantasies (March 2013)

In the intermediate zone between healthy fantasy and psychotic fantasy there are people who both enjoy and suffer because of their fantasies.

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The Speaking Tree: Journey of a sex addict (February 2013)

A sex addict requires sensitivity, empathy and a strong relationship to heal rather than criticism and denigration.

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Only My Health: Men and addictions (January 2013)

Addiction is a very complex problem and not a simple weakness or moral issue that can be overcome with little effort.

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Only My Health: Separation anxiety disorder (January 2013)

Separation anxiety disorder revolves around an intense fear of being separated from a close figure to which the child is attached, usually the parent.

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Life Positive Magazine: Coming to terms with loss (September 2012)

The person may not be physically present, but by holding onto and keeping alive an internal image of the person, we can come to terms with separation and loss.

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The Speaking Tree: Back to my cup of tea (June 2012)

Don’t be scared of ridicule. There’s great comfort in just being yourself, says psychologist Pulkit Sharma.

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The Speaking Tree: Looking through others eyes (March 2012)

In order to understand, connect to and heal people you need to see the world from their perspective.

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The Speaking Tree: Be open to love (February 2012)

Do you feel there isn’t enough love in your life? Find out if you are somehow responsible for this, advises psychotherapist Pulkit Sharma.

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Life Positive Magazine: Meeting of the selves (December 2011)

Psychotherapist Pulkit Sharma charts a compulsively formal young man’s journey from the pits of crippling anxiety to a life of joyful spontaneity.

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Only My Health: Attachment disorder (November 2011)

Attachment disorder refers to abnormalities in a person’s multiple facets due to disturbed bonding with primary caregivers.

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Open Magazine: Ugly duckling syndrome (October 2011)

No one is entirely happy with how she or she looks. But Ranbir was fixated, and his need for physical perfection unknowingly made him a social misfit.

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Life Positive Magazine: When trust transforms (September 2011)

How a young drug addict turned around her life when provided with a stable, empathetic therapeutic space.

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Only My Health: Overcoming phobias (July 2011)

A phobia is a relentless and excessive fear of some specific object or situation that presents little or no actual danger to the individual.

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Life Positive Magazine: The mirror of healing (June 2011)

A clinical psychologist shares how the process of healing others can make one confront, exorcise and integrate one’s own inner demons.

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Only My Health: Women in frustrating relationships (June 2011)

Women who are in difficult relationships should evaluate whether their fantasy of changing the other person is realistic or not.

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Only My Health: Dealing with negative thoughts and emotions (April 2011)

The moments where we despise ourselves, minimize our accomplishments and talents, maximize our faults and impediments, hate our body or self, feel inferior to others are quite common to our experience.

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Only My Health: Kleptomania in children (April 2011)

Kleptomania refers to a compulsive stealing behavior, belonging to the family of impulse-control disorders. Children with kleptomania experience strong impulses to steal objects.

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Only My Health: The pain of a borderline personality (February 2011)

Once considered a rare and esoteric personality disorder found in western societies, borderline personalities are now somewhat ubiquitous in any Indian mental health professional’s clinic.

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Science And Spirituality: From impasse to innovation (October 2006)

The author reflects on the fact that how many a modern Indian youth, including himself must struggle and live the split created between ‘science’ and ‘spirituality’ within dominant academic discourse leading to inner chaos caused by collision of perspectives.

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Life Positive Magazine: Out of the maze (June 2005)

Mental health professionals have an obligation to adapt the therapy to the needs of the patient, says the writer, as he outlines the most popular approaches.

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Life Positive Magazine: The body beautiful (May 2005)

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), a preoccupation with an imagined physical defect in appearance, is on the rise today because of society’s increased emphasis on good looks. However, effective therapies can heal the condition and alleviate the sufferer’s distress.

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On The Seashore: Dialogues between Indian psychology and modern psychotherapy (December 2004)

The aim of this paper is to bring out the crucial relevance of the need for a dialogue between Indian psychology and modern psychotherapy.

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Outlook: Why people risk their life for Kiki challenge (August 2018)

The narcissistic epidemic has led people to dangerous and seemingly mindless acts including the Kiki challenge

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The Times of India: The search for a soul connection (July 2018)

Kabbalah, the mystical dimension of Judaism, elucidates that all addictions are a distorted manifestation of our deeper needs

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The Times of India: Rethinking anger management (June 2018)

A Biblical perspective can help us in making sense of our anger and overcoming it

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The Times of India: Become truly beautiful, inside out (May 2018)

All of us have potential inner beauty, a divine gift. To become truly beautiful, we need to nurture this potential

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The Times of India: Simply exhale, breathe out your worries (April 2018)

By mastering our breath, we can be free from all anxieties

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The Times of India: There is a solution to every problem (March 2018)

A spiritual approach can offer a lasting solution to several psychological problems that we are facing now

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The Speaking Tree: When pain persists (December 2017)

If we can respond to adversities with a faith that they are meant for our spiritual progress and deepen our surrender, Divine Grace will emancipate us

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Life Positive Magazine: Relationship sutras (August 2017)

Relationships wilt or blossom depending upon how evolved our perspective is and how much self work we are willing to do, in order to make them work

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The Speaking Tree: Whatever the result, let spirit triumph (December 2017)

A positive attitude and a complete surrender can make us sail through stress

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The Speaking Tree: The spiritual dimension of neuroplasticity (November 2017)

We can train our brain to form neural pathways in order to activate spiritual intelligence and mirror infinite consciousness

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The Times of India: A possible spiritual antidote to depression (February 2018)

To recover from depression, we must forgive our own self, other people, the whole universe and develop a deep, encompassing love

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The Times of India: Transform your dark side into a positive one (January 2018)

Our dark side is not an impediment that has to be kicked away. It has a fierce capacity of evolving into something beautiful, pure and blissful.

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The Times of India: Dream big, focus on transcendental thought (September 2017)

By contemplating that transcendent point where there is no division between oneself and Divinity, one can become eternally free

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The Speaking Tree: Pseudo masters, the quasi-realized & the true yogi (October 2017)

Unlike contemporary flashy gurus, a true yogi is always grounded in 'yama' and 'niyama' and rejects even the celestial lures

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The Speaking Tree: Learn to treat exam time differently (March 2015)

Parents need to develop a deeper perspective to help their children cope better with exam stress

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The Psychologist India: Being gay in India (August 2014)

Due to the prevalent socio-cultural and political attitude, gay men in India undergo a severe psychological oppression

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The Speaking Tree: In and out of meditation (July 2017)

From an Integral perspective, samadhi need not be a flight from outer consciousness

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Life Positive Magazine: The shadow and the light (May 2017)

The Mother and Sri Aurobindo offered us different methods with which to combat the onslaught of negativity upon our being, and rest secure in the positive

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The Speaking Tree: Let the light enter (January 2017)

In Sri Aurobindo's Yoga, suffering is not an aberration but a part of the Divine plan

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Life Positive Magazine: The enlightened teacher (December 2016)

When a teacher follows a spiritual approach in the classroom, all disturbing elements are transformed

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The Speaking Tree: What should we ask God for? (September 2016)

If we happen to meet God someday, what could we ask for? According to Sri Aurobindo, we must listen to the voice of the psychic

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The Speaking Tree: Faith could play a positive role in life (August 2016)

The greater our surrender to the divine, the more we can be assured that the best will happen to us from a spiritual point of view

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Life Positive Magazine: God’s guide to parenting (June 2016)

According To Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, we can partner with God in helping the child to realize his true self

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The Psychologist India: Turning spirituality into main course (June 2016)

For an effective, progressive and complete self-transformation, we need to adopt spirituality as a way of life

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The Speaking Tree: A conscious approach to self-realization (May 2016)

According to The Mother, negative thoughts can be worked through by a conscious self-observation and aspiration

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The Speaking Tree: How about celebrating the small joys? (February 2016)

Once we overcome our faulty identification, the divinity will manifest within and its radiance will dissolve all sorrows

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The Times of India: The yoga vasishta path to liberation (June 2017)

In order to achieve salvation, what is required is consistent self-effort. This is what sage Vasistha told Lord Rama when the latter was caught up in meaninglessness and depression

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The Times of India: Do you have a death wish? (September 2017)

The reckless thrill-seeking and self-destructiveness displayed by the Indian youth can be understood and dealt with from a deeper perspective

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The Times of India: A yogic approach to overcome depression (April 2017)

Maharishi Patanjali's Yoga Sutras surpass modern psychology in offering a deep insight into the causes and treatment of depression

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The Times of India: For a balanced state of mind (July 2017)

In order to be liberated and experience self-realization, one need not withdraw from the external world. What matters is the right attitude.

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The Times of India: To Feel Happy, Just Rewire Yourself (January 2017)

'We can choose to be happy by rewiring our brain. Sounds difficult but its quite easy' says Pulkit Sharma

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The Times of India: Are you making peace with your ignorance (December 2016)

Cultivating the right yogic attitude is the most important step in psycho-spiritual evolution

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