Bizarre Indian Philosophy

Bizarre Indian Philosophy

Philosophy in India can get really, freakishly bizarre. More bizarre than that Matrix movie and its ilk could think of. It could be like dope in the veins. Check this out: A Gawd-fearing character suddenly turns curious one day. Let’s call him Bhola Ram. That one day, Bhola decides to skip all the girls’ names…

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A quick look at Looks

A quick look at Looks

I recently saw a movie poster. It was one of those which was desperately trying to portray a miserable looking chap as a cool looking wonder-boy. (Of course he was a son-of-a u-know-what….a great actor). I wondered how this chap who actually looks like a porcupine’s bum attracts a crowd (or even a gathering). But…

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Life Hacks for Dummies-not-so-much

Life Hacks for Dummies-not-so-much

I was recently reading a book called Built to Last. This book has been around for a long time now. The authors talk about visionary companies and the things visionary companies do that make up the difference between them and competing companies who also have been around in the same industry. Of course, the bottom line is…

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Did the Giraffe really stretch his neck?

Did the Giraffe really stretch his neck?

We all studied in school that the giraffe’s neck elongated because it kept reaching for leaves that were slightly higher up. This gave us all an impression that if an organism or a species kept trying at something, it will evolve its anatomy to suit its needs. I also wondered (not aloud to my teacher…

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Balancing the Coconut

Balancing the Coconut

If there were to be a club of coconuts that occasionally view the patterns of life with a magnifying glass, I would gladly recommend my head, or so I fancy. Strain the brain a wee bit, and one can hardly dismiss similarities among the many situations (or should I say many kinds of soup) we…

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Pitfalls in Philosophical Thinking

Pitfalls in Philosophical Thinking

What with all the new gurujis/mAtas springing up like mushrooms everywhere! Every black magician is now a spiritual leader, as he/she entices people with tricks and tactics like producing-bhoodhi-by-magic, engaging in bear hugs and what not. Of course all these gurujis or mAtas claim themselves to be avatars of God Himself/Herself. That is one common…

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pitrr karma / shraaddha

pitrr karma / shraaddha

General statements that we get to hear on Pitrr karma: By performing Pitrr Karma (thithi), the ancestors are helped in their after-death journey. The ancestors await their progeny’s offerings and bless them on receiving the offerings. A great sin is incurred by a person who skips making the offerings since the ancestral chain suffers. A general observation…

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manass / mann – The Cognition Agent

manass / mann – The Cognition Agent

manass or mann has five parts to it. The first part (also called manas) is a collector of information. It collects all input that it receives from the various Indriyas (or sense organs).   The second part is called the Buddhi that segregates information as valid/invalid. From preconceived logic, this Buddhi tests the validity of the input information.  …

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On Cognition and Differences

On Cognition and Differences

I recognise a particular object, say a chair, as a chair. I recognise it as a chair since it is NOT a table, it is NOT a TV and it is NOT one of so many things that I already recognise. Now, if I comprehend something new, I recognise that object as something new as…

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Important Hindu Spiritual Texts

Important Hindu Spiritual Texts

It’s not just the bhagavad gIta. 🙂 Primary source of knowledge amongst all living the hindu way of life: the vEdas Author – apaurusheya (authorless). Not even the God whom it praises authored it. Authorlessness is considered a crucial aspect of unbiased information. Brahmasutras – authored by bhagavaan vEdavyaasa. These are short formulae to understand…

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