Author: bhavikkapadia

Perception of life

When I first thought about writing this article, I thought I might prove myself to be crazy so I held off on it. In hindsight, I now think a tinge of craziness is not such a bad thing after all. In fact, it is almost necessary or life would be quite boring! When I was […]

Karma – A Propelling Force

Understanding Karma is a bit like navigating these trees, it isn’t always linear. When viewed as a philosophy, the concept of Karma is complex; but when viewed as a day-to-day reality, it is common sense. From my observations, Karma is in fact one of the most misunderstood concepts in modern time. You see, the word […]

Breath – Our Life Force

Think about this for a moment: your breath is the only action that is keeping you alive right now, in this very moment as you are reading this. Our breath is the single action that keeps all of us alive. It is an irrefutable fact that every other action, plan, aspiration, hope, desire or interest […]

Atmashatakam – Our Identity

Age is no barrier to the quest for knowledge and a deeper realisation of our innate selves. Adi Shankaracharya, the consolidator of the Advaita Vedanta (non-dualism) philosophy proved this over a thousand years ago. When he was only eight years of age, he was by the Narmada River. He was approached by a man who […]

Confidence and Contentment

Confidence and contentment are two sides of the same coin; they go together. We speak about being confident quite a lot, but the virtue of contentment is rarely discussed. Without being content, one can’t truly be confident; and without confidence, one is usually never fully content. I see a lot of people struggling with this. […]

My Biggest Fear…

What scares me the most in life? What is my greatest emotional fear? Thanks to a friend for asking me to write about this. It’s a regular ‘internal’ conversation that’s rarely externalised, so here goes! For me, my biggest emotional fear is that I actually may not ‘live’ if I end up conforming to “societal normality”. […]

Celebration with Conscience

“When celebration has a tinge of sanctity and prayer, it gains depth and dignity. It is not just entertainment for the mind or excitement for the body, but nourishment for the soul. Instead of beginning a celebration with intoxicants, begin afresh with an act of kindness, a moment of reflection. The wise see their past […]

The Blank Canvas

For some, 2020 brought a lot of uncertainty, instability and doubt. For others, it’s probably been a blessing. Either way, we find ourselves embracing change because the world surely will never quite be the same again, or at least the way we knew it to be. Now, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing, […]

Effects of the Moon

It’s always up there, sometimes it can be seen, other times not so much, but does it really affect us and if so, how? This was a question I asked myself a few years ago. Since then, there’s been a lot of observation and experiential learning on my part. I captured this photo of the […]