The ways of knowledge

The ways of knowledge

We can reach the goal of perfection in three different ways –  by the knowledge of reality (ज्ञान) , by love of supreme (भक्ति)  or by subjection to the will of divine (कर्म ).  These are distinguished on account of distribution of emphasis on the theoretical, emotional and practical aspects. Men are of different types – reflective, emotional or Doers, but they are not exclusively so.  One type is sometimes more dominant than the other. At the end, love, knowledge…

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The law of karma

The law of karma

The law of karma does not limits Gods omnipotence. The Hindu thinkers even during the time of composition of Rig-Veda knew about the reasonableness and law abidingness of nature. The reign of law is the mind and will of God and therefore cannot be regarded as limitation of his power.

Neti Neti – Neither this, nor that!

Neti Neti – Neither this, nor that!

“Who am I?” is not really a question because it has no answer to it; it is unanswerable. It is a device, not a question. It is used as a mantra. When you constantly inquire inside: “Who am I? Who am I?” you are not waiting for an answer. Your mind will supply many answers; all those answers have to be rejected. Your mind will say: “You are the essence of life. You are the eternal soul. You are divine,”…

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The Tao that can be told is not the absolute Tao

The Tao that can be told is not the absolute Tao

For ninety years Lao Tzu lived – in fact he did nothing except live. He lived totally. Many times his disciples asked him to write, he would not write anything. Then what were the disciples doing with him? They were only being with him. They lived with him, they moved with him, they simply imbibed his being. Being near him they tried to be open to him; being near him they tried not to think about anything; being near him they…

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What is that I seek in you ?

What is that I seek in you ?

I cannot understand, what is it that I seek in you ? Are you the most beautiful women that I have ever come across? Certainly not! And yet you are so breathtakingly beautiful that it takes my breath away. Are you great to converse with? Of course. But you know, I do hate your dark sense of humour and yet I want to be eternally conversing with you. I don’t know what is it that causes me to seek you out. Is…

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Outer desire and Inner Quality

Outer desire and Inner Quality

To divide a man into outer desire and inner quality is to violate the integrity of human life. The two orders of reality – the transcendental and empirical are closely related. How what I want is separate from what I am? I think it is not same as “I am what I do”. What I do and what I want or desire are two different things – they exist at different levels of our existence. The entire universe of manifestation…

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And so the journey starts

And so the journey starts

“We touch reality most deeply, where men struggle, fail and triumph” (pp.1,  The Bhagvadgita, S RadhaKrishnan) A friend of mine had advised me to read Shrimadbhagvadgita when I was going through tough times. Life has its share of ups and downs and although I too had my share of them, I never thought that I should look to Gita while understanding my own reaction to such ups and downs. But sometimes, you need a trigger (may be a stent or…

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Beginning of a new journey

Beginning of a new journey

I have been thinking of this since quite some time, but my lethargy and overall attitude basically delayed it. Anyway, even now, when it’s all set up, it isn’t that I am raring to go; quite the contrary in fact. So, I plan to take it easy and write as and when I feel like it.