Sringeri Week: The Value of Darshan

First of all, darshan is a word that means seeing and being in the presence of someone like a guru or a deity.I don't know how it is that I did not before appreciate the amazing energy that one gets from seeing the guru and being in his presence. It is electrifying.I felt it a little bit in 2011 but I was tuning it out, focused so much on my own problems and thoughts and miseries. This time I was paying attention and I was amazed by what I felt. I had assumed that you don't need darshan … [Read more...]

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Is Mindfulness The Key to Everything?

I discovered this book about charisma when I was waiting in line at Fedex...I've always wanted to be more charismatic, so I decided to give it a try. Her premise is that the ability to command the attention of a room and to be likable in that charismatic way is not something one is either born with or not. It is a skill that can be learned. According to her, charisma is made up of three things: Presence, Power, and Warmth.She spends an awful lot of time in the book working with … [Read more...]

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