Okuden went to a zen master. Bowing respectfully he asked ‘Master, will you kindly accept me as your disciple?’ ‘Sure, but who are you?”, the master enquired “I am okuden.” “I didn’t ask for your name. I asked who you are!” the master said. “I am the son of the… Continue Reading The Identity Crisis
How can we effectively deal with loneliness.
Food is a primary requirement. Hunger is the basic instinct that drives all living beings. Nothing can survive without the right nourishment. We who pride ourselves on being the most developed among all creatures, have long left our natural food and invented the process of cooking. With it, we effectively… Continue Reading From Gluttony to Meditation
A person’s reaction to a situation depends on the color the mind paints about it. The darker the tone, the harsher the reaction.
One should adopt a soothing voice of compassion if he wishes to put an end to the cries of hatred
A Jewish anatomy professor, condemned to live in Auschwitz concentration camp, couldn’t take any more torture and decided to end his life. The anatomy professor very well knew which vein to severe for a painless and quick death. But the room had poor lighting. To let more light in, he climbed up… Continue Reading Seasons of Life
The novel is a heart-wrenching narrative of the horrors of war and an unlikely friendship interlaced with the spontaneity and inevitability of life.
When we look around in nature, humans are the only creatures who hoards stuff. Except for some insects like ants who gather to survive a harsh season, all living things abide by the nature’s law and consume the minimum resources for survival. The only contradiction is humans, who believes piling up resources for himself is the sole aim of his existence.
Coming to think about it, it is so uncanny, the deep revelations the deluge brought to the observer. The vanity of things that we hold dear in our lives, futility of a life time of effort, the need for true friends and so on. On contemplation, the disaster prompts us to reconsider our priorities in life. Wouldn’t it be better if we rebuilt the society without walls that separate and imprison us, throw away that ‘trespassers will be prosecuted’ sign from our egocentric lives and open up to be a loving and interdependent society that stays united in spite of all the differences.
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt Why is it… Continue Reading Dare to try the new!
Keeping in touch with soul mates helps us in many ways. But most important would be the aid they provide in our life decisions. Many a time when I am vexed, and have to make an important decision to make, I turn to my buddies who has known me for decades.
Psychologists attribute all the crimes and goodness as the direct result of ‘social consciousness’; that is the mindset of the society. All crimes are the outcome of the hostility of the public.