Ritu S

Ritu Sharma is a philosophy scholar, a writer and an educationist.

Articles By Ritu S

Karma Sutra: How is ‘spirituality’ different from ‘religion’?

Spirituality is the execution of the ethical ideas established by our religion. The understanding of these ideas endorsed by our religion transforms us into humble creatures, and this conquest of our ego/sublimation of our ego is the aim of all religions. 

Karma Sutra: Declutter your life, and just see the magic happen

Why is it that in spite of being surrounded by objects that provide us with security, worth and fulfilment, we find ourselves feeling insecure, inadequate and unfulfilled in life? To understand this, first we need to reflect on our relationship with things.

Karma Sutra: There are two types of knowledge; which will you pursue?

The actions we perform to fulfil our desires create our destiny. And as is our desire, so is our destiny. However, in the process of fulfilling our destiny we make demands on life which it cannot fulfil.

Karma Sutra: Understanding Shraadh, and the land of the dead

Irrespective of how we feel about it, the truth remains - we all must die, some day. There is no escaping this inevitable truth for which no cure has been discovered by the rational human mind.

Happy Krishna Janmashtami 2017: 10 lessons we can learn from Krishna’s life

So effective is the wisdom imparted in the Bhagwad Gita - when a desolate and dejected Arjuna refuses to fight the battle at Kurukshetra - that it is known as the fifth Veda. Here are 10 things about Krishna that make him a devotee’s complete God.

Karma Sutra: Seasons change, and so do life’s phases

The phases of our life can easily be classified into favourable or unfavourable. The nature of our problems and the source of our unhappiness or contentment may vary but what remains constant is its cyclical nature. And yet, when we are passing through a phase, favourable or unfavourable, we assume it to be permanent.

Karma Sutra: ‘Be a Light Unto Yourself’

Our mind is our world and we carry that world wherever we go or whoever we turn to.

To face life’s challenges, I look back at my childhood memories; here’s why

Since childhood is an important part of our memory, as adults (parents in particular) it is our duty to provide warm and happy memories for our children to cherish and live by in life.

Karma Sutra: India’s daughters — the long and hard fight

We must remember that demons co-exist with humans in society, but that doesn't mean they should be dealt the same hand.

Karma Sutra: The age of disenchantment

Be it fame or fortune, power or possessions, it does nothing to quench the thirst we start out with.

Karma Sutra: The Relationship Matrix

A relationship flourishes as long as there is a balance between ‘give and take’ - whether the exchange is tangible (material) or intangible (emotional) in nature is irrelevant.

Karma Sutra: The difference between Knowing and Becoming, Learned and Wise

The human mind is capable of two kinds of knowledge - the higher knowledge, which is traditionally associated with religion and the lower knowledge, which is associated with various sciences.

Karma Sutra: How Chhath Puja is different from other types of sun worship

The Chhath puja is performed in reverence to the Sun.

Karma Sutra: What must Sita’s Diwali have been like?

Sita, after being told that she should have killed herself rather than stay under the roof of another man and that her presence was no source of joy, rather she was a grit in the eye of her beloved, what must her Diwali, her homecoming be like?

Karma Sutra: The culture of peace, family and upbringing

Just as clothes don’t make a man; our fancy fittings don’t make our family background.

Karma Sutra: Harnessing the power to discipline our emotions

As humans, we are driven by our emotions. Our emotions surface out of our bloated sense of self, our ego. They make us greedy, angry, envious and ambitious.

Karma Sutra: Durga, the slayer of Mahishasura, the buffalo demon

The goddess led a battle against Mahishasura and eventually killed him with the trident (given to her by Shiva), thus fulfilling the prophecy that he would meet his end at the hands of a woman.

Karma Sutra: The several phases of our life, and the constant movement

Our life comes to us in phases. These phases give us some stability and a semblance of the present. But at the end, we must keep moving on.

Karma Sutra: Cultivating our innate mental tendencies

Our nature controls how we experience the world and also how we express ourselves in the world. Which is why, our mental heredity is just as important as our physical heredity, if not more.

Karma Sutra: Why do we complicate our simple life and interfere with happiness?

When we sublimate our ego, we are able to recognise our connectedness to the whole, rather than seeing ourselves as a separate entity.