Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Personal growth through Acceptance and Surrender

One of the most useful concepts to grow spiritually and becoming happier is the method of acceptance and surrender.

I have personally found this method to be perhaps the most workable and useful in retaining my poise and staying happier as I go through life.

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Acceptance and Surrender

Letting go of Anger and Pride

Let go of anger, let go of pride

– The Dhammapada

Why it is so difficult to let go of anger and pride? And why is it important and necessary that we do so?

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Anger and Pride

Gaining Peace of Mind

How do we gain peace of mind? Or more to the point why are our minds so turbulent, why are we always so agitated?

It is because we are not the masters of the mind. The mind is our master. We do not use the mind; the mind uses us.

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Peace of Mind

Transforming Pain and Suffering - gaining peace

Pain and suffering are an integral part of our lives. We have come to accept them as a fact of life. We do not know that it is entirely possible to transform it into peace and joy and thus grow spiritually.

The first thing to realize is that living as we do in a world of duality we cannot escape either from happiness or unhappiness.

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Transforming Pain and Suffering

Right Thinking - Step 2 of the Noble 8 Fold Path

The second step in the Noble 8 Fold Path is Right Thinking.
There is a famous saying in Western Philosophy- “I think therefore I am”.

This is where Western Philosophy (as opposed to Western religions) and Eastern Philosophy diverge and go their separate ways.

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Right Thinking according to the Noble 8 Fold Path

Right Views - Step 1 of the Noble 8 Fold Path

The Noble 8 Fold Path is the last of the 4 noble truths propounded by Buddhism religion. The first aspect of the Noble 8 Fold Path is right views.

We must first recognize that attachment to the wrong views causes suffering.

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The Noble 8 Fold Path

Thursday, November 17, 2005

The Bhagavad Gita - Part III

The Bhagavad Gita is a code of conduct, a form of practical spirituality that is based on a view of the world – a metaphysic. If we are to make sense of the code of conduct we must first understand the metaphysic.

In Europe and United States – for a time in the 20th Century – the Hedonistic view of life had for a time become popular...

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The world-view of the Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita - Part II

In the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita we come across a very important sloka. The situation is this – Arjuna is caught between his duty to wage war and revulsion at the prospect of killing his elders, kith, kin and family whom he has known all his life. A great trembling arises in him, he becomes confused and emotional and he resolves not to fight. He says as much to Lord Krishna who is with him on the battlefield.

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Karma Yoga - the message of the Bhagavad Gita

The path of action - The Bhagavad Gita

This is the first in a series of a 3 articles on the Bhagavad Gita – the song celestial – the sacred book of Hinduism religion.

Warren Hastings – the first British Governor General – wrote an introduction to the first English translation of the Bhagavad Gita. He said: -

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The Bhagavad Gita - the path of action

Friday, November 11, 2005

Religion of China

The main religion of China are Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism.
The religion of China have shaped the characteristic Chinese temperament.

The Chinese have been described by Bertrand Russell as perhaps the most cultured, the most tolerant and the most realistic people he had ever met.

Human nature - as understood by the Religion of China

How to Meditate

In this article I will not tell you how to meditate but give you some tips and advice on meditation. But please read on, what I have to tell you is important to your practice.

How to meditate - some important advice

Buddhist Meditation

This article describes and explains partly the Buddhist Meditation technique expounded in the Anapanasati Sutra.

This Sutra describes a practice that has come down to us from the Buddha himself.

Buddhist meditation as taught by the Anapanasati Sutra

A Path of Insight

The truth of suffering is one of the central concepts of Buddhism religion. The Buddha can be looked upon as a physician who diagnoses and prescribes the path leading to the end of suffering.

Buddhism is looked upon by some as a pessimistic religion since it stresses on suffering. What they forget is that that this is a philosophy that also prescribes a way out. My own view is that Buddhism is based on an understanding of human psychology and that it is very realistic and practical.

Buddhism religion - a path leading to insight

The 3 Dharma Seals of Buddhism religion

The 3 Dharma seals of Buddhism religion – the focal points on which the whole philosophy of Buddhism is based are that of Suffering, No-self and Impermanence.

Buddhism stresses the truth of suffering and the unsatisfactory nature of our normal lives. But it is not a pessimistic religion as it also offers a way out of suffering.

Buddhism religion - the 3 Dharma seals

A powerful technique of Meditation

In this article I want to mention again one technique of meditation that can completely transform your life. I had covered this concept in one of my earlier articles. But this technique of meditation is so powerful and beneficial that it bears repetition.

A great king once asked a Sufi mystic for some lesson in writing which would help him in any and all situations in life – in success or failure, wealth or poverty, illness, disease or death.

A powerful technique of meditation

Being a Witness

some of my earlier articles in this series I have stressed on the need to be a witness of your thoughts and feelings. Through this we dis-identify with the mind and obtain some rest from out fretful, anxious selves.

This act can be done at any moment during the day when we are with ourselves and not fully occupied in our work and other activities.

Being a witness - how it will help you meditate

How to Meditate

In this article I will give some guidance on how to meditate. But more importantly I will describe the attitude to be brought to meditation or awareness.

A story is told of a great sage and his disciple. The sage sent his disciple to the court of King Janak to learn how to meditate.

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How to meditate - the approach and attitude to meditation