When you replace gratitude with expectations, you stop disappointing yourself or life anymore. Yes, it’s possible to make peace with yourself.

When was the last time you thanked your knees, legs, hands, head, eyes, nose, etc.? As you know, they have functioned with you so far.

When was the last time you thanked a book, even if it’s not a best-selling one, for helping you learn a new vocabulary or letting you know something differently?

When was the last time you thanked your pillow or fan for operationally helping you?

The reason I am asking such a question is to…

Meditation is mind’s nutrition, like a food diet. It’s also one of the pillars of Buddha’s eightfold noble path, especially right mindfulness which eventually coexists with right view, right concentration and also enables holistic development of body and behaviour, too.

Meditation is as essential as a reason to live, survive or exist. It can be done differently at different occasions for different reasons in different ways but in the end, the road to Rome is one. This can be Anapana, Mettabhavana, Qigong, etc.

As known or experienced, meditation can emerge to help one achieve mindful state of mind or gaining…

Savita (name changed), a student of mass media based in Mumbai, is feeling partially relieved to study online during the current pandemic. She tells me that she often endures “casteist slurs” from her college friends lounging near the college canteen.

While attending lectures online, she keeps her video off and feels safe. When I asked her why she did not register an FIR against the miscreants under the “Atrocities Act” [Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989], she responded cynically, “As if legal action will ‘really’ transform the consciousness of these casteists?”

The case of Savita is…

The system of Dhamma (Buddh-ism) concerns itself with pain, suffering, moderation, balance, equanimity, self-discipline, purification, wisdom, virtue, kamma, rebirth, tolerance, loving-kindness, meritorious action, selflessness, universal compassion, the law of opposites, non-attachment, meditation, freedom, enlightenment, nothingness, nibbana, and all of these aspects blend together into one, great, harmonious whole, before they come apart and become nothing.

But if a Buddhist or any informed layman were asked: “What did the Buddha teach?”, the correct reply would be: The Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.

If then questioned further, one should be able to define these teachings accurately, without uncertainty, ambiguity…

In 70 pages, the Vajrayana Buddhist writer and a popular voice in the Dhamma circle, Sogyal Rinpoche, tells the thing “as it is”. Written in a very lucid language using succinct words, without any evangelical intent, the book is nothing but a compilation of his speeches and short writings.

Having authored a renowned book ‘The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying’, Sogyal draws on his experience of 25 years of teaching in the West. He reflects on some of the vital issues facing Buddhism in the modern world, issues such as adaptation, training, integration and the support of the sangha…

Komal Kaur considers herself “lucky” for holding on to her teaching job at a school in Ranchi, after seeing how her husband is continuing to struggle for work. He was fired, along with 20 more employees, two months ago, from a data collection company because his company is running into loss. Komal, mother of two, believes that school paying her merely Rs 15,000 is better than any genre of job insecurity at all.

With Rs 15,000 only, except the woes like fuel price hike and inflation rate observed in the ‘free’ market, Komal is planning to do stitching work or…

The paper “The Dhamma Theory: Philosophical Cornerstone of the ABHIDHAMMA” by Prof. Dr. Y. Karunadasa hits the nail on the coffin with academic rigour and technical understanding of the dhammas. Divided into 3 parts, the paper secularises the multidimensional comprehension of dhamma ‘theory’; part-1 deals with major stages in the organic growth of dhamma theory, part-2 hints at the development of commentarial approaches that beget early Abhidhamma thought and part-3 focuses on few vital topics that honoured philosophical examination as a result of the dhamma theory.

This paper disguised as an assignment will intend to do an untechnical anatomy of…

Caste is the oldest apartheid that continues to pauperise the human and social capital of the oppressed community, especially the Dalits. Verily, the caste apologists are least likely to proffer space and platform to the caste annihilators and thus India exploits its own opportunity in fighting the menace of the caste system.

Satish Deshpande, a Sociologist, coherently stated, “By transforming their caste capital into modern capital, upper castes can now claim to be casteless and accuse the lower castes of being illegitimate purveyors of caste.”

William Shakespeare once said, “What is in a name?” Had he been in India, he would have surely uttered, “What’s in a surname?”

Yes, you read it right!

When it comes to marriage, which is nevertheless a socially approved sexual contract, ‘surname’ plays a huge role. For what? Well, surname introduces the ‘caste’ preference. Casteist parents often prefer an arranged marriage system for their offspring so that their “izzat” (honour), a euphemism for ‘social anxiety’, is well-respected.

I contrite for using the ‘apex fallacy’ here but it’s a common experience faced and observed by many Indians here.

Our society prefers…

मानव जीवन का मूल्य आंतरिक रूप से स्वायत्तता की आवश्यकता, शालीनता, आत्म-सम्मान और स्वतंत्रता के साथ अस्तित्व से जुड़ा हुआ है। ये स्तंभ सामाजिक अस्तित्व और सामूहिक विकास के लिए बहुत महत्वपूर्ण हैं।

सामाजिक फासीवाद या कहें जाति/वर्ण का दृष्टिकोण

जैसे-जैसे मानव जीवन एक समाज के रूप में समृद्ध होता है, तब मुक्ति को सक्षम करने वाले रचनात्मक कारकों के साथ एकजुटता और बंधुत्व साझा करना महत्वपूर्ण है। भारत के संदर्भ में एक विशेष बल, जो व्यक्तियों के प्रति समाज के दृष्टिकोण को देखे और अनदेखे दोनों तरीकों से निर्धारित करता रहता है, वह है जाति / वर्ण।

मनुस्मृति या हिंदू धर्म के ग्रंथों में जाति जन्म…


A libertarian professor based in Mumbai, youtubing at times, and reading books all-the-time. I write too. Dhamma practitioner.

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