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Accessible Buddhism

Accessible Buddhism

In the first 20 years of my practice of Buddhism, I was an avid student, particularly of intensive practice, sometimes in short retreats, but mostly within the context of being an ordinary citizen, having a job, raising a family.  Many friends took the more solitary route of monastics.  Others had less worldly connections and were […]

The Way of Wu Wei

The Way of Wu Wei

Wu wei is one of the most difficult concepts in Daoist philosophy. Roughly translated, it means “doing nothing.” The true meaning of the phrase wu wei is something like “not doing anything that is not natural” or “not doing anything that does not have its roots in Dao.” It can also mean not over doing. [...]
Living Consciously

Living Consciously

Vedanta is all about living consciously. What we find in today’s time is that we live in a lot of noise, lot of external noise lot of stimulus coming in every second. And then there is the inner noise the noise of all our thought all our worries all our anxieties and the end result [...]
The King & The Minister

The King & The Minister

Let me share with you an interesting story. Long time ago, there was a king. The king had a Prime Minister, he was very fond of him. It so happened that the kingdom was invaded by the enemy of the land and it happened as the Prime Minister was caught napping. Now there was the [...]
Complete Spiritual Growth

Complete Spiritual Growth

To be able to pursue any spiritual quest one has to be physically fit: that was the 1st doctrine of the Bodhi-Dharma. The famous monk who went on to China and built the Shaolin Temple. I’ll tell you a very interesting story about Bodhi-Dharma. He went to China and the Chinese king asked him to [...]
Getting Over Loss

Getting Over Loss

Become immune to all human pain and suffering Attain the Yogis’ level of detachment in the midst of everyday life Deal with Tragic events in life and gain the strength to fight out any difficult circumstance as a winner One of the things that I see when I interact with a lot of people from [...]
The Truth

The Truth

Vedanta is the quest for reality. We live in this world, this world is important for us so are relationships. But very seldom do we question, ‘What is this world?’ ‘Who am I?’ ‘Where does this world come from?’ I’m reminded of 2 great scientists of our time: Newton and Einstein. They had a similar [...]
The Pravritti and Nivritti Marg

The Pravritti and Nivritti Marg

Shiva is said to encompass within his personality the dual strains of the householder and the ascetic, alike. This dichotomy in Shiva’s mythology, facilitate the maintenance of order in the universe and are commonly known as the Pravritti and Nivritti marg. Broadly speaking, the Pravritti marg, involves one’s engagement in worldly activities and in “orthodox [...]
Lord Shiva in Hinduism

Lord Shiva in Hinduism

The position of Lord Shiva in Hinduism is second to no other deity, and such has been the case since the time Shiva was formally given the status of a Vedic God in the later Vedic period. In order to get a proper grasp of the concept of Shiva within the Hindu Pantheon, we must [...]