Regulate to be Free - Want to be free? Do whatever you want? Can a regulated life lead to freedom? Can we regulate to be free?
Significance of the Feeling of Insignificance - Souls in the material world feel important, very important, or most important. It is a root cause of all strife in the world. What about the feeling of insignificance, or humility? Is that significant?
Love, not Fear - Why "Fear of God"? Why not "Love of God"? Why fear when you can love instead? How can we transform fear to love?
Consciousness, Higher or Lower - The quality of our consciousness can be chosen, either actively or passively. Where do you want to take your consciousness today?
There is life everywhere in the Universe (and beyond) - Can life exist in other environments? Does life exist only on this planet and exactly as we know it? Could there be life on other planets? Are there of bodies that survive in harsh (to us humans) environments?
How many corpses have you carried?How many more do you have? - If you are reading this, you are a spirit soul. As a spirit soul, you are alive and conscious, and actually eternal, knowledgeable, and blissful. But chances are that the body you currently inhabit is not eternal, is a network prone to ignorance, and often far from blissful So there you are, dear spirit soul, … Continue reading "How many corpses have you carried?How many more do you have?"
How old is the Universe? When will it all end? - How old is the Universe? When will the Universe end? What transitions take place? Do we have a way beyond speculation?
Truly Great Leaders - Everyone recognizes that we need great leaders. Some aspire to be great leaders, others aspire to follow great leaders. Some quarrel about who a great leader was or not, others are leaders without followers, and many are leaders with followers or without direction. Many leaders are also misguided, having led their followers to terrible destinations. … Continue reading "Truly Great Leaders"
Did you win last night? Did you lose? - You know, that big game everyone is talking about. Did you win? Did you lose? As I write this, all of Canada is gripped with an intense fervour wishing, hoping, even praying for a win by the Toronto Raptors Basketball team. This is the first time the team has even made it to the finals, … Continue reading "Did you win last night? Did you lose?"
I am Flower Bearing Spring - Do you have trouble seeing God? It’s a famous frequently asked question, and being the recovering atheist I am, I’ve been asked the question many times, can you show me God? A great saint, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, wrote this article to answer just that question… http://www.backtogodhead.in/how-to-see-god-by-his-divine-grace-a-c-bhaktivedanta-swami-prabhupada/ In the Song of God, The Bhagavad … Continue reading "I am Flower Bearing Spring"
The gimme’ gimme’ gimme’ religions of the world - Give me a Cadillac A brand new Cadillac Replete with Michelin Tires Give my son a Harvard Education Give my wife a new silk saree Give me a house by the sea Om Jaya Jagadeesha Hare His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari My spiritual master quoted above, does not despise Hindus or any group of … Continue reading "The gimme’ gimme’ gimme’ religions of the world"
Idol Worship? Or Deity Worship? - Often, I have come across a denigration of the Vedic Culture of Worship of God as “idol worship”. “Idolatry is a sin, you are going to hell”, I have heard very often. And because the education system I was schooled in was western in its origin, there were many subtle and not-so-subtle references to this … Continue reading "Idol Worship? Or Deity Worship?"
Eating Meat is not for Spiritualists - Many aspiring spiritualists, while trying to pursue a spiritual path, also consume meat, yes, from slaughtered creatures. यातयामं गतरसं पूति पर्युषितं च यत् ।उच्छिष्टमपि चामेध्यं भोजनं तामसप्रियम् ॥ १० ॥ yāta-yāmaṁ gata-rasaṁpūti paryuṣitaṁ ca yatucchiṣṭam api cāmedhyaṁbhojanaṁ tāmasa-priyam Food prepared more than three hours before being eaten, food that is tasteless, decomposed and putrid, and … Continue reading "Eating Meat is not for Spiritualists"
No eternal damnation - In many of the world’s religious traditions, there is the concept of eternal damnation… you know, do this, follow that, believe this, till the end of your life, or else, ETERNAL DAMNATION IN HELL FOR YOU! That sort of fear mongering worked for some time… like with all things that are born in fear, they … Continue reading "No eternal damnation"
Atheism is a religion, the religion of the mind - There is an ant in a kitchen in my apartment, and he may want to map the city I live in. Poor little ant! I like him, I gave him a grain of sugar to eat too. He might not live long enough to map out the cupboard he is moving around in, much less … Continue reading "Atheism is a religion, the religion of the mind"
Love or Lust, take your pick - Love, Love, Love! Who doesn’t want to love and who doesn’t want to be loved! Much desired, much discussed, fantasized about, hankered for, in songs, literature, poetry, even science. Here is what a great saint says about Love: ātmendriya-prīti-vāñchā — tāre bali ‘kāma’kṛṣṇendriya-prīti-icchā dhare ‘prema’ nāma The desire to gratify one’s own senses is kāma … Continue reading "Love or Lust, take your pick"
The mind is not the brain. You are not your mind. You are not your body. - The mind is a fascinating entity. Human society strives to define what is the mind, to understand it, to make sense of what is this thing. The subject matter of “mind” is very deep and complex, no doubt, but there is one thing we need to understand… The mind is not the brain. Modern science … Continue reading "The mind is not the brain. You are not your mind. You are not your body."
“I don’t have no time to meditate man” - Meditation? Don't have the time? But do you realize you're meditating all the time? What are you meditating on?
Beauty is not accidental or incidental. Beauty is Intentional. - The other day, in trying to help a friend, I met with Yolande Edwards, who definitely has an eye for spotting natural beauty. On the walls of her office were beautiful pictures she captured. Those pictures can transport one to natural serenity, even in the midst of the most chaos. Looking at the pictures (all … Continue reading "Beauty is not accidental or incidental. Beauty is Intentional."
Time – Insurmountable time - In School, we studied this poem. It struck me then, and it strikes me now, and has ended up being among my all-time favourites… I met a traveller from an antique landWho said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stoneStand in the desert… near them, on the sand,Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,And … Continue reading "Time – Insurmountable time"
What or Who is God? - What is this concept of God? Is God an impersonal force? Is God a person? Reminds me of Shakespeare’s “to be or not to be”. We know there are many myths about God. My spiritual master writes… Just as a goldless gold mine cannot produce gold, an impersonal existential mine cannot produce persons. Therefore since … Continue reading "What or Who is God?"
Free Will, Love Me or Leave Me - Say you love me, tell me you love me, or I’ll blow your brains out This is not love, these are words of a psychopath who is obsessed about someone and is distressed that the obsession is not mutual (example heard from my spiritual master Sankarshan Das Adhikari) God is not a psychopath. In fact, … Continue reading "Free Will, Love Me or Leave Me"
God – Some Common Myths and Misconceptions - Randomness is a myth. Randomness does not exist. But we can learn to free ourselves from the complexities of what appears to be random
Randomness is a Myth - Randomness is a myth. Randomness does not exist. But we can learn to free ourselves from the complexities of what appears to be random
Which religion do you belong to? - We are not these bodies. To think we are these bodies, or to treat someone else as if they are a body is idiotic.
Are you a man? Are you a woman? What are you? - We are not these bodies. To think we are these bodies, or to treat someone else as if they are a body is idiotic.
Nothingness does not exist - We’re supposed to believe that everything originally came from nothing. Nothing existed before, and suddenly for no reason whatsoever there was an explosion, or “singularity”, and out of this nothingness, all of everything came. In other words, we’re all just a “random” meaningless accident. BTW, randomness does not exist also, but that’s topic for another … Continue reading "Nothingness does not exist"
Surf’s Up! - In my recent travels, I’ve been to the coastal regions of Southern California quite a bit. There, I had a chance to witness surfers in action. My personal experience with them, (when they’re not far out on the water) is that they’re insightful. I feel a connection with surfer dudes and dudettes. They’re certainly out … Continue reading "Surf’s Up!"
Guard of Honour - When a dignitary, such as a Prime Minister or President of a foreign nation visits, it is customary to offer them a “Guard of Honour”, a formation of military personnel in their ceremonial regalia, offering honour in the form of a salute or other such rituals meant to receive, with respect, the visiting dignitary. The … Continue reading "Guard of Honour"
About souls in the material realm - In the material realm, souls are here for various reasons. Some souls are here because they are atheists, competing against God, trying to kill God, trying to be God, or merge with God, or even dissolve into nothingness themselves. Some others, the spiritual guides, genuine gurus, great liberated teachers, are here to rescue those atheists … Continue reading "About souls in the material realm"