The four stages of forgiveness

The first stage of forgiveness is hurt. Someone has been unfair to me and I cannot forget it. I feel hurt. The hurt keeps on throbbing within me. My ego is hurt. A woman met a holy man and confessed that she resented a prominent sister of the community. The Read More …

The quality of mercy in a friendship

Many of us may sport colourful bands on our wrists on ‘World Friendship Day’ tomorrow, in a rite of ‘global rakhi’. Whether we do or we don’t, the gods offer much material if we want to review the notion of friendship on the occasion. Shiva, for one, is known as ‘Asutosh’, meaning Read More …

What Is Compassion?

Compassion literally means “to suffer together.” Among emotion researchers, it is definedas the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering. Compassion is not the same as empathy or altruism, though the concepts are related. While empathy refers more generally to our ability to take Read More …

‘Knowledge Itself is Power’-GS-4

Origin: The famous proverb “ipsa scientia potestas est” meaning “knowledge itself is power” was first quoted by Sir Francis Bacon. Meaning: The phrase “knowledge itself is power” means that knowledge is the most powerful tool to achieve or do anything. If further means that the more knowledge a person acquires, the more control Read More …