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...]

Hinduism in China: Influence that goes back many millennia

Li San Long, a resident of Chedian village, offers prayers at the village shrine, which houses a deity that is believed to be one of the goddesses that the Tamil community in Quanzhou worshipped in the 13th century. (Credits: Ananth Krishnan and "The Hindu")

Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA once said "India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border."  In Spiritual and Philosophical terms, that is very true.  You can either include the other in yourself by Conquering, or by Embrace.  What Hu Shih talks about was the inclusion by Embrace.For a world which is high on Religion, and which believes that philosophy is central to Spiritual pursuits (which is utter no … [Read more...]

Sky Burial: Tibetan Practice where the Dead are cut into pieces and offered to Vultures

Watch the video with the practice.  Unfortunately, these westerners cannot understand the significance of the practice and end up with proclaiming primacy of Jesus and their own beliefs.  The problem is that West has not known any other way to live except to eulogize the body and the physical.  So, when they come across such ruthlessly practiced form of the understanding that body is a useless vessel once a person is dead.... they somehow can't come to terms with it.Btw, this is very similar to … [Read more...]

Javed Akhtar and Kancha Ilaiah Spat in Jaiput Lit Fest: When Two Idiots spar, Society and Nation is the loser

At the Jaipur Literary Fest, a tiff happened between Kancha Illiah and Javed Akhtar.  Here is a description of what happened: The tiff erupted after Akhtar, who was in the audience at a packed venue, interjected during the session on 'God as a political philosopher: Dalit Perspectives on Buddhism', saying he was an atheist and no religion gave equality to women and weaker sections."Discussing religion was like discussing which cave will be better to live. If you want to follow a religion, … [Read more...]

What can we do in this world? (J. Krishnamurti)

J. Krishnamurti is always profound in whatever he speaks of and about.  Here he discusses what we need to do in this world? You must take a plunge into the water, not knowing how to swim.Meditation is one of the most extraordinary things, and if you do not know what it is you are like the blind man in a world of bright color, shadows and moving light. It is not an intellectual affair, but when the heart enters into the mind, the mind has quite a different quality; it is really, then, … [Read more...]

British Army sending 4000 troops to India for Meditation to counter PTSD

British Government is planning on sending its troops returning from Afghanistan to India for meditation to they can de-stress to ward off the PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is no longer a fancy psychological term only found in bulky books and journals on the subject. It's a reality countries involved in wars are grappling with on a day-to-day basis, and which has forced them to look for solutions to help troops dodge and beat the conditionKeeping this in mind, the British army … [Read more...]