Category Archives: Spirituality

Profoundness of Nothingness

Level: Advanced

During my spiritual journey, the concept I have found most profound is of nothingness. Buddha called it Sunyata (Sanskrit: Shunyata) which can be translated as zero or nothingness; but nothingness comes closest.

So what exactly is it and why it’s so profound? It is the destination of all spiritual paths. Different paths may call it different things, like meeting God, Jesus or Krishna. What becomes apparent as you walk on the path is that:

1. God or its equivalent does not exist

2. You do not exist.

Let me qualify both before you jump. When I say God does not exist, I mean He never existed. Not at least the way you always wanted Him to exist.

When I say you don’t exist, I mean that what we call I is just an illusion.

So in essence, there is no destination and if there were one, there is no one who could arrive at it. Then why all these paths and the journey? All these paths are there to make your realize this ultimate reality of Anatta (Sanskrit: Anatma). It’s easy to understand at the conceptual level, but that does not help. I will end the blog with what Buddha said about it:

n·etaṃ mama, n·eso·ham·asmina m·eso attā

Religion vs Tradition

My journey has been a quest to find answers to my experiences, and for reasons greater than pure curiosity. These experiences started 27 years back when I had just built a temple out of sand. I had lit a clay lamp and was reciting some of the prayers. It was Lord Shiva's prayer as far...
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Law of Compounding Returns

The law of diminishing returns, though a fundamental principle in economics, I think  applies more in human behavior. Let's start with an extreme example. And that is drugs, or substance abuse. It's very easy to see that the more of a drug someone takes, the less effective it becomes. And you need to take an increasing...
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Stranded Blissfully

I signed up to serve a vipassana course starting June 14th at the California Vipassana Center in North Fork, CA. Since I could carve out only a little time, I planned to be back by Monday afternoon. The course was for nine days (to finish on the morning of the 23rd). In fact, it's still...
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My Spiritual Journey

My spiritual journey so far has not been much different from what my life's journey has been. If there is one thing which stands out in this--or in other words, if I had to choose one word which best highlights and defines everything so far-- it would be the word "irreverence." As far back as I...
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Daily Dose of Inspiration

Daily Dose of Inspiration: In a previous blog I mentioned that Buddha described four types of foods we eat. They are: 1. Physical Food 2. Mental Food 3. Environmental Food 4. Past Conditioning Though all four play their own important roles, I think Mental Food has it's own importance. One of the mental foods we all need is Inspiration. Since it's...
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Nature & Justice

I have seen two cases recently in which there is popular support for pardon. Most recent is Sanjay Dutt, and sometime back it was Rajat Gupta. I myself felt bad for Rajat Gupta as he was (I would say he still is) a shining star in the IIT Delhi alumni. In both cases reasonable punishment was...
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Nature and Fairness

You must have heard the term "Life is not fair." To me, it seems like the biggest lie ever told. The more I think about it, the more I realize that nature is very unbiased. I have been witness to many cases where I went out of my way to help people who have been unfairly...
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Mindfulness to Avoid Traps

Meditation comes with side benefits--and tons of them! One of them is that you can think ahead. Every smart person can think ahead. But here I am talking about thinking ahead subconsciously, or effortlessly. Let me take two extreme cases to explain. There is a person say, Peets, who sees someone, say, at a gas station....
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Daily Dose of Inspiration

In one of the blogs I mentioned that Buddha described for types of foods we eat, they are
  1. Physical Food
  2. Mental Food
  3. Environmental Food
  4. Past Conditioning
Though all 4 play their own important roles, I think Mental Food has it's own importance. One of the mental foods we all need is Inspiration. Since it's a food, we need daily dose...
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