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What Hinduism Says About Success

(107) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 7:18 AM

I grew up in an orthodox South Indian Hindu family where success was defined in terms of high educational qualifications and a prestigious job title, preferably in the United States. As a 3rdgrader, I distinctly remember my mother pointing her finger out of the bus on our way to my...

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The Bhagavad Gita and the Value of Vulnerability

(77) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 3:07 PM

"Always state a strength as a weakness if you are asked about your weakness!" stated Shannon Iorio as she guided me through my mock interviews. "No one wants to hear about your weaknesses!" Shannon was my career mentor at Cornell University's business school, and she had just procured three investment...

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Celebrating Another's Success: An Antidote To Envy

(9) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 10:11 AM

"Always remember that envy gives the strength to excel!" These were my aunt's parting remarks during the summer of 1986, as I boarded a train back to my hometown just before the start of a new school year. Even as a third grader, those words left a lasting impact on...

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Distinguishing Between Shallow and Deep Religion

(448) Comments | Posted June 12, 2011 | 5:11 PM

In March 2007, I attended a talk by Dr. Steve Weinberg, the 1979 Nobel Laureate in physics for his work on electromagnetic and weak forces, on the topic "On Religion and Science" at Cornell University. Dr. Weinberg did not mince any words when he vehemently spoke about the hypocrisy and...

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The Dharma Dilemma: The Challenge of Competing Duties

(29) Comments | Posted May 13, 2011 | 2:02 PM

I grew up in a traditional Indian household where lessons on integrity and duty were the norm. The word that encompassed those qualities was dharma. When I first encountered the word through the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and understood its meaning, it seemed to be the quality that I...

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The Bhagavad Gita and the Problem of the Ego

(294) Comments | Posted September 27, 2010 | 5:51 AM

In 2007 I attended a talk at Cornell University by Dr. Steve Weinberg, the 1979 Nobel Laureate in physics for his work on electromagnetic and weak forces, on the topic of "Science and Religion." Dr. Weinberg did not mince any words when he categorically stated that religion is the cause...

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Religious Wisdom For Facing Death

(163) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 5:17 PM

The silent tears at the other end said it all. "Is everything alright?" I asked Priya. I have known Dr. Priya Venkat, a pediatrician, for nine years. I was a witness to her strength and determination as she fought through many challenges in her college years. I felt a sense...

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Plugging the Integrity Leak: Business Ethics and Lessons from the Mahabharata

(47) Comments | Posted May 18, 2010 | 4:03 PM

"Watch out when you tell yourself that you deserve! Watch out!" Mr. Patrick Kuhse's voice thundered through the auditorium at Cornell University's Johnson School of Management on day two of an action-packed orientation program for the MBA Class of '07. I felt the earnestness and the gravity come through Mr....

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