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The last few days have been unlike any other. We have seen raw human emotions play out in the public arena — fear, prejudice, delusion (of superiority), anger, greed, mindless rage. And we have seen pain, compassion, love, and solidarity. Let’s acknowledge that racial inequality and injustice exist. The pain and fear are real.

This is a lot to take in. How do we reconcile all these feelings?

We, as a nation, will eventually move on to the next phase of healing. Systemic changes have to be made. But these changes have to come from a deeper state of equality and compassion. Each one of us can make a difference. …


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Put simply, Vedanta’s claims can be summarized as:

You are not your body. You are not your mind. You are Consciousness. You are the Awareness in which the entire world plays out.

You are Happiness. Why seek inferior happiness outside when Happiness is your real nature?

You are Existence. Why fear death when you are eternal?

Followers of Vedanta may recognize the above as “Sat-Chit-Ananda”.

As a seeker, if you get these concepts, you are done. You are enlightened! Congratulations! You are a jeevan-muktha. You don’t need Bhagavad Gita or The Upanishads to tell you this. You know it.

An enlightened person does not suffer. He/she acts with compassion. He/she enjoys whatever the world has to offer but is not bound by it. He/she is beyond the dualities of the world (likes/dislikes, craving/aversion, etc). He/she does not work to seek happiness. They work from happiness. …


Summary of Part 1

In part 1 of the series titled The Happiness Equation, we looked at what gives us happiness in our day-to-day life. We systematically analyzed happiness and concluded that:

  1. The happiness that results (even temporarily) is not due to the external objects. External objects do not have the power to give us happiness.
  2. Our happiness (and unhappiness) is experienced in our own minds. Happiness seems to result from a fulfilled, pleased, and satisfied mind.
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Stillness

The stillness of the mind refers to the state of mind where the mind is steady, calm and the mental activities are streamlined. There is a predictable flow from one moment to the other. There is no turbulence. The mind is like the flame of a candle in a windless place. Every moment there is activity - more wax or oil is consumed and the fire burns. But there is no flickering. Yet another example is the steady, continuous, and streamlined flow of oil from a container. …


Is it possible to be happy in the midst of the uncertainty surrounding us due to COVID-19?

This article is the first part of a series of articles on Happiness.

Part 1: The Happiness Equation

Part 2: Understanding Stillness

What is happiness?

I am sure we have asked this question at one time or the other. We may have also asked the question “What is the purpose of life?”. I may not be off the mark if I say that most of us may answer this question as: “I want to be happy”. Would you agree?

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Yet, most of us find ourselves in a state of dissatisfaction. We are seldom satisfied with the current moment. We want something more or want to change something. We feel that if we just have that one thing or achieve the next level, we will be happier. But when we get there, we are not exactly happier. The goalpost has been moved. It seems like happiness is sprinkled between long periods of dissatisfaction. Even when we experience happiness, it seems fleeting, ephemeral. The thing or situation which made us happy does not keep us in that state for long. …


We have supported a Node.js client library for Actions on Google since the platform first launched. We learned a lot from developers who used the library. We also heard loud and clear that you wanted to see better support for building Actions for consumer and enterprise use cases with the Java programming language. Today, we are excited to announce the Java client library for Actions on Google

Understand how Actions work

Actions on Google supports a JSON based protocol between the Assistant and your fulfillment. …

About

Kishore Subramanian

Spiritual seeker, student, and practitioner of Yoga and Vedanta. Vice-President, Engineering at Propel. Ex-Googler.

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