Spiritual Saviors? But there is nothing to Save!

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One day I happened to meet a rather self righteous-posing as a do-gooder missionary.  He had a script firmly implanted in his mind and went through the usual narrative of how I was a sinner - rather we all are - and then how Jesus could be my savior.  His small talk and then this rather despondent news of me being a sinner, without him knowing anything about me, left me really irritated.  So I took him head on. "So, who did you say is my savior, Sir?" "Jesus". "Oh, the dude who was … [Read more...]

Diwali is not a mere “Festival”, it is a Spiritual Possibility… a Shift!

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Existence lies both, in the Gross and the Subtly profound.  In Matter and the Quantum. When Vibration happens in the subtle, matter and life as we know it happens.  Science points to both the realms.  Most of us cannot experience it as a human experience.  Because... and just because we have lived in the ignorance of any other realm of existence - at least consciously - other than the Gross, the subtle.. the profound never confronts us.  When one moves from the possibility of one … [Read more...]

Vijay Dashami: Ram’s war was NOT against Ravan, but FOR Sita

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When Ram had defeated Ravan, the Demon king; Ram walked over and bowed to him as a person of immense knowledge.  Albeit gone awry. If we are looking for Good vs Evil characterization of a fight, then it makes no sense for the "Good" to bow down to the "Evil".  But in popular parlance, that is how Vijay Dashami or Dusshera is characterized.  We are told its a fight between "Good" vs "Evil".. and the moral of the story is that "Good always wins". Ram's behavior at the end of the war says … [Read more...]

Buddha and Ananda: Sit by the side of your Mind to be meditative

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There is a beautiful story form Buddha's life, which discusses the crux of being meditative.  Osho has explained it very well in this piece.  Worth reading. One day Buddha is passing by a forest. It is a hot summer day and he is feeling very thirsty. He says to Ananda, his chief disciple, "Ananda, you go back. Just three, four miles back we passed a small stream of water. You bring a little water -- take my begging bowl. I am feeling very thirsty and tired." He had become old. Ananda … [Read more...]

Near Death Experiences, Soul, Reincarnation, Consciousness and Quantum: Interesting Scientific work and new horizons

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Reincarnation and after death has baffled many.  Abrahamics have vehemently denied it for long, while Eastern Mystic traditions have woven it in their entire Spiritual tapestry.  Now, as more and more scientific research into this topic and subject comes in, more people are revisiting the topic.  Faiths, that hitherto, outrightly rejected it may be forced to re-evaluate their Spiritual paradigm. Sam Parnia, leader of the Human Consciousness Project’s AWARE study, has most … [Read more...]

Hinduism and Quantum Physics: Experiential vs Mathematical view of the Conscious Reality

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When I listen to the debate in the West on Evolution vs Creationism, I am often amused.  Both the ways, heated camps in their own right are either incorrect or incomplete.  For, such a debate is not even possible - nor warranted - in the Eastern Spiritual circles - fashioned as they are by the Dharmic (or Hindu) Spiritual viewpoint. It is true that material world has improved and progressed over the millenia to a point where human beings have reached the peak of existence as it is today. … [Read more...]

September 11: When a Monk “Invaded” the Consciousness of America 120 years ago

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12 years from now on the early morning of morning of September 11, 2001, 19 Islamic hijackers took control of four commercial airliners (two Boeing 757 and two Boeing 767) en route to California (three headed to LAX in Los Angeles, and one to San Francisco) after takeoffs fromBoston, Massachusetts; Newark, New Jersey; and Washington, D.C - are unleashed a terror attack so unprecedented that it has remained the most iconic image in most Americans of this generation. And, with that … [Read more...]

Yoga has nothing to do with Beliefs, it’s about Transformation!

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When San Diego Superior Court Judge John Meyer asked the question "What is Religion?" in context of the trial on Yoga, he stepped into an area that is completely foreign to Americans and most Westerners. The greatest tragedy in mankind has been the concept of Religion.  And, its primacy in things to do with Divine. No one has really "seen" God.  People have simply experienced the ultimate experience that one can have or imagine as a human being.  And, if it was superlative enough, we … [Read more...]

Religion may be of a Book, but Spirituality has nothing to do with Books

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The Existence - the Universe (or the Multi-verse, maybe?), the Solar System, the planets, the species and the human beings on Earth and everything else in between, function in an amazing harmony.  Harmony has nothing to do with "Peace".  Just as the Galaxies are eating each other - violent bunch them!; tremendous purging and killing is happening within the bodies and cells of every living creature.  In Human body for example, many bacterial cells are fought and killed.  There is tremendous … [Read more...]