International Yoga Day: Controversies, responses and Why Yoga?


Well being has nothing to do with your belief system.  If your cholesterol is in the right limit, it is so because your body is working fine.  Not because you believe if Climate Change is real or not, or if god is a woman or man.  Chemicals in your brain, the electrical circuitry of your nervous system and the hormonal cocktail of your organs works best when in harmony and does so irrespective whether you are Rightist, Leftist, Right-of-Center, Left-of-Center, Fringe Right or Fringe left.  Tha … [Read more...]

Yin and Yang: the basis of life


Interestingly, an average healthy male can release between 40 million and 1.2 billion sperm cells in a single ejaculation. On the other hand, women who are on average born with 2 million egg follicles (or where eggs are produced - one per follicle), have only 450 left by the time of puberty. Of the millions - and sometimes billions - of sperms released by a man, only one reaches the handful of eggs that a woman produces.A man produces approximately 525 billion sperm cells over a lifetime, at … [Read more...]

Open Source Human Transformation: Hinduism’s gift to mankind

This post is part of a Patheos Symposium exploring the "Good" of each of our various traditions. At the outset, one needs to appreciate that the word "Religion" is related to the Abrahamic faiths more. Eastern spiritual traditions, which find their beginnings in Hinduism, are neither faiths nor religions. Hinduism is an amalgam of various spiritual traditions. The ways are different, the goals are different and the very way of looking at man, divine and life is different. Open Source, … [Read more...]

Karma, the Stimulus-Reaction Memory structures and Nirvana from this bondage


Karma and its impact has been thoroughly misunderstood in the world generally and by Hindus themselves specifically.  It has been reduced to a buzzword today.  And equated with "What you sow, so shall you reap".  Karma is not the same as Sow-and-Reap business.  It is quite something else.At its foundation, Karma is predicated on memory.  For every situation our and our forefathers' stimulus and reaction thereto have been recorded - part in our "Karmic Mind" and part in our DNA.  The compos … [Read more...]

Spiritual Saviors? But there is nothing to Save!


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 dra … [Read more...]

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


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 realm to … [Read more...]

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


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 som … [Read more...]

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


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 goes b … [Read more...]