Articles Comments

Blog site of iVarta.com » General

Who will remove the garbage on the road to the Ashram?

Who will remove the garbage on the road to the ashram? 2014-Mission of the Hindu Gurus MISSION OF THE GURUS IN FIVE PARTS INFORM THE GURUS This is a non parochial-analysis of the Hindu leadership; the Gurus, and the organizations that they founded, based on ancient Hindu values that form the last citadel of Hindu leadership, as most others have either failed or vanished. In these troubled times, we are trying to define the role of Hindu leadership, and the role of Hindu Gurus. Hindus who form even now form majority of the Indian Population are not willfully neglected but ignored as they do not form a vote bank, and hence do not affect the election fortunes of the political animal and hence not noticed by the Selfish Hindu politician. This is a vicious cycle … Read entire article »

Filed under: Corruption, Economy, Feature, Featured, General, Hinduism, India, Media, NRI, Politics, Vedic Knowledge, World

A deity can either be God or god or both

The basic philosophy of any religion relies on the acceptance of the existence of God and that of atheism on the rejection of such existence. Among theists, there have been lengthy debates, arguments and fights regarding what this God constitutes if it exists? Whether God is one or many? Whether it is God or it is god (Upper case and lower case “G”)? In an Indian scenario, we have on one extreme Monotheists claiming presence of one absolute God separate from world and on the other we have polytheists believing in presence of multiple gods, goddess and demi-gods. And apart from this, we also have Monists who claim the presence of “Only God” (denying even an existence for world separate from God). But Hindu religion as a whole has always been … Read entire article »

Filed under: General, Hinduism, India, Vedic Knowledge

Thirteen Astonishing Fallacies of Meditation

The following is a compilation of the comments/questions that have come up during my talks and in general conversations. Notice how the human mind is conditioned to aimlessly question everything and resist new experiences. My responses are in Italics. 1. Meditation is for monks and holy people. …and for you and me! 2. Meditation is weird and wacky. Meditation is as weird and wacky as riding a bicycle. 3. Meditation is selfish. If that’s true, then any activity we engage in — eating, sleeping, exercising, driving, watching television, taking a vacation — has to fall in the same category. 4. Meditation is boring. Okay. You got me there! Boredom and restlessness can weigh you down during a meditation sitting. Continued meditation can help you understand the process better and help ward off extraneous distractions. 5. Can meditation cure diseases? Regular … Read entire article »

Filed under: General, Hinduism, World

Three Life Lessons that I Learned

Here are three life lessons that I learned at a vipassana meditation retreat: 1. All in life is interconnected. We live in an incredible web of connectedness. Everyone and everything exist in relation to each aspect of their individual life and each tier of collective life: Family and generational Social and community National and global Environment An imbalance in any one aspect of life has the potential to impact other aspects. One tier has the potential to impact other tiers. Think of it as the ripple effect. The impact of your thoughts, words, actions, and behaviors has far-reaching consequences. The take-away message for me here was: Be aware of your thoughts, words, actions, and behaviors. Understanding your role in the Universe and living with that responsibility helps you assess life’s choices in regard to its impact on the … Read entire article »

Filed under: General

Convalescing Kings

(Swans – January 12, 2009)   All day on October 22, 2008, my sagacious cousin Seshu tried to get access to a mysterious facility in Visakhapatnam. He claimed it would wake us up from our tropical stupor. He asked without using the word zoo, “would you like to go to an animal center?” I instantly replied, “Nah, been to too many zoos with the kids there.” He shrugged, but still insisted with a sly grin. I wondered what zoo will excite us in this humidity, but was intrigued by his understated proposal and why we needed a permission to see a zoo. However, the access took a while to materialize. The people at the animal center were hesitant and reticent in allowing anybody to see that center for a reason — … Read entire article »

Filed under: Feature, Featured, General, India, World

Reviewing The Reviewers

“Well, I certainly did not think that I could do worse.” —D.W. Griffith   (Swans – March 9, 2009)   Most of us are critics in life, but cannot take criticism at any level — we become defensive. It seems to leave a dour and sour taste in our contemporary American culture with typical reactions like “Oh, don’t be so critical.” Let us examine the morphology of criticism. Critic is derived from the Greek word Krino, which means “to judge.” It is a noun that emanates from the verb Krites, which refers to a person who makes judgments. Judge is another word that engenders a certain amount of resistance and resentment like “who are you to judge?” or “I don’t want to be judgmental, but…” Since the ancient times, a judge, a critic, or a reviewer could be … Read entire article »

Filed under: Feature, General, Media, World

With My Father, To Where Eagles Dare

(Swans – March 23, 2009)   In the grim gray days following my father’s passing, I languidly dredged up remote corners of my memory for some special moments with him. I drifted one afternoon, apathetically enduring a dull headache and playing mnemonic games with myself. When we were young, one of the things my father did religiously was to take us to the movies. And take he did, to the best ones. As I think more about those times, it clarifies the reality and forces acceptance of a bitter antipodean fact, that memory of the past bliss always becomes the anguish of present. India is the land of fervid movie fans, despite all the monomaniacal spurious Hindi films. Besides the entertainment, irascible thousands poured into the huge theaters on the weekends to … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Economy, Feature, Featured, General, India, Media, World

The Queen Of Kukatpally

“He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality, and will never, therefore, make any progress” —Anwar Sadat “Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.” —Eliza Tabor   (Swans – April 20, 2009)   Don’t drink the tap water! Don’t eat outside! Put on a mask when going out and don’t touch anything! You don’t want Pepto-Bismol to be half of your diet! Paranoia paralyzes many a traveler from the west going to the far-east, but is it really that bad? I seem to get sick more frequently from exotic strains of viruses brought home by the boys from schools here in the States than I did on the continents of Africa and Asia, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Feature, Featured, General, India, Media, World

What Does It Mean To Be Sexy?

Look at this beautiful image, composed of wounds amassed. Full of sickness, yet desired by many, it has neither permanence nor constancy. Those who hold the worthless to be of value, and see in the valuable the worthless, do attain the valuable, pasturing, as they are, in the field of wrong intention —The Dhammapada – Buddha   (Swans – May 18, 2009)   Before we compliment each other profusely on how sexy we are, let’s look into what being sexy really means. Let us begin with our mother, the earth, and then look at ourselves and how we stack up with all of our intelligence. Our earth is sexy! It is a procreative organism, and is reborn every millisecond by recycling itself through reproduction. Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson states that there are five thousand kinds of rapidly reproducing bacteria in … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Economy, Feature, Featured, General, Media, World

The Innate Nature Of Conflict

“I loathe all armies and any kind of violence; yet I am firmly convinced that at present these hateful weapons offer the only effective protection.” —Albert Einstein (1879-1955) “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” —Edmund Burke (1729-1797)   (Swans – June 1, 2009)   Last week I sat on the fifty-yard line and ingested some passionate war and peace polemics erupting internally amongst the contributors of Swans. I cannot presume to enter the arena with my skimpy armor and offer these erudite armadillos my two cents. However, I did not have to look far for inspiration on my next subject; it was there in front of me, in a vociferous repartee. Why not explore the pathology of war and peace and pacifism, and discuss if either of these … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Feature, General, India, Media, World