Spiritual Identity

One of the writers of The New Bhagavad-Gita, Hari Ravikumar gave a talk about "Spiritual Identity" at TEDxUFRO. Drawing from the wisdom of the Bhagavad-Gita he built a case for the importance of knowing our spiritual identity. Check out the talk and share your views!

I would like to thank Dr. Koti Sreekrishna and Shatavadhani Dr. R. Ganesh for helping me polish the content of my talk. I would also like to thank Tomás Gonzalez and Daniel Vera for their suggestions regarding the presentation. -- Hari


  1. Absolutely powerful and insightful talk! Liked it a lot Hari! A very sensible talk on spiritual identity (or spiritualism) after a very long time. I wish you, as always, move from strength to strength, pursuing interests like these and exploring your own identity.

    And do keep me posted about your explorations and achievements.

  2. Thanks a lot Aakarsh for your nice words. I am glad you enjoyed the talk. We'll stay in touch.
    Hope everything is well at your end.

  3. Anonymous5/16/2012

    Thanks for such a clear and enlightening talk...it has strengthened my understanding of spiritual identity...! Please continue your good work.

  4. Thank you so much for your warm words!
    Best wishes,

  5. Anonymous8/11/2013

    Hi, I have not read your talk or watched the video. I am a student of the Gita. I am confused about not getting attached to the fruit of action and thought you might help me???

    This might sound weird, but I take pleasure in performing well, and I am very competitive. So, failure or a poor performance is upsetting to me.

    I am on a spiritual journey and could use a good discussion to grow a bit. If your interested please hit me up on my email mike [at] shop mgk [dot] com

  6. Hey Mike:

    Tried sending you an email but didn't get through to your ID.

    Not getting attached to the fruit of the action -- according to me -- has two main connotations:
    1. focus on work at hand and don't get distracted by future possibilities
    2. do the work because you love the work and not because you might gain something (either money or fame or respect or whatever)

    Taking pleasure in performing well is the sign of a sincere person. That is a great thing. Being competitive in order to push oneself to the higher level is also great -- only it should not become an obsession and it should not be at the cost of another's growth.

    But, don't be hassled by a failure or a poor performance. Embrace failure like you would embrace success. Being hassled by failure is as bad as being complacent due to success. Success and failure are just steps along the path and you should be gentle towards both. And especially if you like performing well and if you gave it your best shot, then really there's nothing to feel bad about.

    If you are interested, I can point out to you certain specific verses from the Gita that directly address your questions.


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