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  • The Bridge To The Shiny City

    January 19, 2020 by

    We all come from the great, big, universal, invisible (to our eyes), eternal self. We are a part of it. Inside and outside, it is there all around us. Then, when we are born, we start a journey which takes us over a bridge to this shiny city called ‘normal life’. On the bridge, we… Read more

  • A New You in 2020

    January 13, 2020 by

    For any individual (and for any society), real change happens inside. Changes made outside, without an inner change, are superficial, skin-deep and are bound to fail in transforming life in the long-term. If, on the other hand, there is a real change inside, then a change outside is bound to happen and is only a… Read more

  • To Pray Or Not To Pray

    January 12, 2020 by

    Just watched the Netflix movie, ‘The Two Popes’. Congratulations to Netflix, Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, director Fernando Meirelles and the whole team… what a fantastic job, guys!!! A tribute also to the Holy Fathers, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. What amazing and inspiring lives they lead and what powerful influence they can have on… Read more

  • 5 Revolutionary Lessons In Life

    October 12, 2019 by

    Following are some of the things I found most fundamental, and very challenging, to learn and realize in life (I still stumble every day in their application): Seeing The World As One: I have written many posts on this, but it is still a daily challenge for me to remember the oneness of everything and… Read more

  • Reflections

    October 3, 2019 by

    Images And Words: All words come from images in our individual minds. The images come from our perception. The perception comes from three sources: (i) our biology (the way the eyes and the brain work), (ii) the genetics (the information handed down to us at birth (the pre-programming) and (iii) the information we acquire through… Read more

  • Autumn – Death And Reincarnation

    September 20, 2019 by

    Yesterday, for the first time this year, I saw leaves falling in large numbers and realized that autumn is here again. I love autumn in Denver. The colors are just spell-binding. Autumn is amazingly beautiful in Lahore too, where I am originally from! It also made me think about a few things. Like, for one,… Read more

  • The Voice In The Wilderness

    September 16, 2019 by

    John, Jesus and Ramana: Who Am I Lets take a look at three great teachers, two from Palestine of 2000 yrs ago and one from 20th century Tamil Nadu, India, teaching the same thing, in different words. They searched, and found, who the self / the ‘I’ is that is controlling everyone’s life. And they… Read more

  • Love Hate Relationships And The Art Of Conversing Spiritually

    September 11, 2019 by

    I did the post originally about the art of conversation from a spiritual point of view. But then, after a couple of hours of having posted it, I realized that in writing this post, I had discovered something new about love-hate relationships which I had been thinking about for the last many years but never… Read more

  • True Love And Marriage

    September 8, 2019 by

    Marriage, as it is practiced today, is another institution that has become quite redundant and decadent and we, as a race, need to take a very close look at its efficacy and what to do with it. Spiritually, I see it as having become another one of those poisonous gifts of the ego-based lives and… Read more

  • End The War Within: Balance The Pole

    September 7, 2019 by

    Yes, there is a civil war raging inside all of us, including those who look very happy or materially and financially very well-off or very spiritual. In fact, especially those falling in these three categories, they have a terrible war going on inside. All of us fall prey to this war. No one, except the… Read more

  • Family: A Poisonous Gift From The Ego

    September 4, 2019 by

    This post is not going to make me very popular, especially with those who hold very sweet, romantic concepts of one’s own ‘family’, but what to do. I’ve got to write what I’ve got to write. So, here goes… What is family? 1 generation back, I had 2 ancestors.  2 generations back, I had 6… Read more

  • A Code For Authentic Living

    August 31, 2019 by

    THE SPIRITUAL ELEMENT: There is only The One. You and others are all images of The One. And you contain The One. The One lives inside everyone of you. Just as The One is called ‘divine’, so is each one of you divine. And you are not separate from one another. You are all one,… Read more

  • To Live Authentically, Confront Yourself

    August 31, 2019 by

    I wrote earlier about authentic living (see my earlier post ‘Authentic Living’). And, as presumptuous as it may seem, I am going to quote something from my own post, not because I think it contains pearls of wisdom (I am sure it does not), but because I feel that I need to go deeper into… Read more

  • Karma, Dreams And The Balance Needed In Daily Life

    August 30, 2019 by

    What is ‘Karma’? It is a Sanskrit word meaning, ‘action’. Ancient Hindu wisdom teachers studied human actions and how each action has consequences and how it leads to further actions or reactions. They came up with the ‘law of Karma’, which states that actions have consequences and that good actions will have good consequences and… Read more

  • Authentic Living

    August 23, 2019 by

    I believe that we were all born together and, if we want to talk about time, then, this birth was probably billions, if not trillions, of years ago. Every few years every one of us changes form, going from one form for one lifetime to another form for another lifetime. But we view our current… Read more

  • Our Core Moments: The Best We Have Ever Been

    August 16, 2019 by

    Someone is looking for a nice job, someone else is looking for love, another is looking for a spiritual experience, still another for political power. All of us are searching, for one thing or another. We are desperately running after things. It is as if life has made us a promise and now we are… Read more

  • Freedom From God, Gurus And Spirituality

    August 15, 2019 by

    I have written a few posts before this one about great wisdom teachers who have taught about letting go of attachments. Money, power, prestige, fame, fortune, family, sex, bank balances, property, so on and so forth. All these attachments take place in the mind, which is the seat of the Ego. The Ego holds the… Read more

  • The BS Of Words And The Illusion Of ‘Now’

    August 6, 2019 by

    There is the world of time. And then there is the timeless, which also, to some extent, implies the existence of time, even if by exclusion. Many great wisdom teachers have talked about the timeless, about the ‘now’. What is the ‘now’? If ‘time’ is a human invention, which I believe it is, and if… Read more

  • Which Direction To Follow?

    August 1, 2019 by

    There have apparently been times in human history when people, like Jesus or Buddha or Lao Tzu or Krishna or Mahavira or others like them, could devote their lives to searching for the eternal, the divine, the timeless, the universal, giving up all attachments to this world and diving deep within to find that connection… Read more

  • I Hate Luv Storys!

    July 23, 2019 by

    No, I don’t hate love stories. That is just the title of this sweet Bollywood (Indian cinema) movie which some would call a chick flick but I actually like it very much and have seen a few times. Great actors, great movie! Love you all, guys! Great work! This post is not about the movie,… Read more

  • Empty And Fake Relationships

    July 23, 2019 by

    All physical relationships are about ‘give and take’.  Whether its parents and children or husband and wife or siblings or friends or lovers or teacher and student or the Church and the church-goer or the society / city / country and the individual / citizen, there is a mutual give and take involved. This give… Read more

  • Mindfulness Or Mindlessness?

    July 22, 2019 by

    We have seen the terms ‘mindfulness’ and ‘mindful’ being prescribed for spiritual development and also being used to describe people who are more ‘aware’ than others. It is an interesting term. Lets look at it more deeply.  Lets start with the mind. What is the mind? I equate ‘mind’ with ‘consciousness’. So, then, what is… Read more

  • The Blasphemous Prophet

    July 21, 2019 by

    In the history of mankind, there have been some individuals who have transcended the limits of average human intelligence and wisdom, who have seen beyond this world, who have seen the un-manifest world. All of them, after having seen the un-manifest world, brought back the same message, i.e., oneness. They also tried to give a… Read more

  • The Beginning And End Of Conflict

    July 20, 2019 by

    Why is there so much conflict in our lives about everything, from conflicts in our own personality to conflicts in our family and community to conflicts with other countries and other regional and global conflicts? Can these conflicts be avoided and, if so, how? And is it possible to create a society which is free… Read more

  • Ego And Hormones – The Deadliest Drugs

    July 16, 2019 by

    Cocaine, heroine, crystal meth, alcohol, tobacco, barbiturates, etc., these are usually cited as some of the deadliest drugs in the world because of their addictive power and the effect on human body. Cocaine claimed 14,556 deaths in the US alone in 2017. Heroine claimed 15,000 in the same year. Similar statistics exist for other drugs… Read more

  • Human Desires, Needs And Ultimate Redundancy

    July 15, 2019 by

    From childhood to death, we are driven by our desires and what we perceive as our needs. We are helpless in the face of our desires. Whether it is a relationship or a job or money or a political post or a desire for revenge or for entertainment or food or drinks, these desires make… Read more

  • When The One Spoke And I Listened

    July 7, 2019 by

    The One speaks to us every day. Sometimes we listen, sometimes we are unable to listen. And sometimes we listen loud and clear. This morning it was loud and clear for me. This is what I heard: People, including you, are images and parts of me. They are machines, like computers, that I have created.… Read more

  • Adam, Eve, Faust And Faustian Bargains

    July 6, 2019 by

    I am not sure if the author of the Adam and Eve story in the Bible knew how many ways the story will be interpreted. Even if he or she didn’t, it does not take away anything from the author’s erudition and the eternal wisdom behind the story. I have written before on this story.… Read more

  • Zen On The Road

    July 5, 2019 by

    There are many lessons one can learn by just being on the road, in the middle of the traffic. Let’s look at some of them and see how they apply to life in the long term too: Know Your Speed / Do Not Compete: It is good to know what you are comfortable with and… Read more

  • Living Out Of A Suitcase

    July 4, 2019 by

    About 5 years ago, I used to work at an oil field. The contract was 28-28, meaning I stayed and worked at the oil field for 28 days straight and then off for 28 days. I did that for some time and during that time I felt my life had literally become like the saying,… Read more

  • Stories Of Attachment

    July 4, 2019 by

    Two Stories From Osho: Osho used to tell these stories about attachment: The first one: Three friends got together one evening and decided to spend the evening at the river bank close by. They bought some food and some wine and went to the river bank. They ate and drank and talked and had great… Read more

  • Do We Really “Understand”?

    July 4, 2019 by

    I realized yesterday how much I use the word “understand” without actually knowing what it means. It appears to be a strange word. “Understand”. Stand under what? So I decided to go into the etymology of it and this is what I found out: It comes from the Old English (earliest historical form of the… Read more

  • Drop The Banana

    June 30, 2019 by

    Osho used to say, spirituality / true religion is not about finding God, it is about letting go of yourself. Some of us might know about the monkey trap. This is probably how it was invented: Many years ago, Hashim was a trader who lived in a village just outside the Moroccan city of Fez.… Read more

  • Mind, The Problem Creator And The Problem Solver

    June 26, 2019 by

    The human mind… what is it? Just like we are a part of the universe, the human mind is part of a universal field, call it the universal mind, the field of consciousness, God, nature, cosmos or call it by any other name. One aspect of this field of consciousness is that it records everything… Read more

  • The Inherent Tragedy In Love

    June 23, 2019 by

    Let me not to the marriage of true minds  Admit impediments. Love is not love  Which alters when it alteration finds,  Or bends with the remover to remove.  O no! it is an ever-fixed mark  That looks on tempests and is never shaken;  It is the star to every wand’ring bark,  Whose worth’s unknown, although… Read more

  • Conspiracy Theories And The Ultimate Deception

    June 22, 2019 by

    There is at least one thing common between a conspiracy theorist, on the one hand, and a mystic or a spiritual seeker, on the other. Both have discovered, or are trying to discover, what lies behind the visible, the immediately obvious. The conspiracy theorist is looking at the political world and is trying to understand… Read more

  • Tagore, the moon and the candle

    June 17, 2019 by

    (Image taken from Wikipedia) The evening was lonely for me, and I was reading a book till my heart became dry, and it seemed to me that beauty was a thing fashioned by the traders in words. Tired I shut the book and snuffed the candle. In a moment the room was flooded with moonlight.… Read more

  • The Big Fish

    June 17, 2019 by

    Jesus, the great mystic and teacher, used to teach in parables, which can be very effective in teaching important concepts in an easy manner. One of the parables he used to tell was of the fisherman who once went out to the sea to fish. He threw his net into the water and caught many… Read more

  • Kill The Buddha

    June 17, 2019 by

    I was in the metro (underground train) once in Milan, Italy. And I was in the first car, standing with my face towards the last car. As the metro was going through the streets towards downtown Milan, suddenly, for a second, all the cars lined up straight and I saw the people sitting and standing… Read more

  • Truly I Tell You (Part 1)

    June 17, 2019 by

    (Introduction to my first book, titled ‘Truly I Tell You’, a compilation of Jesus quotes from the Bible and non-Biblical Christian Scriptures) Introduction:  A few critical things to remind ourselves of before we dive into the world of the Nazarene master:  · This book is not about history. Did Jesus exist or is he a… Read more

  • Welcome to the Blog

    June 17, 2019 by

    The only worthwhile pursuit is to know ourselves. The only worthwhile profession is to be a seeker. The only treasure is what we already possess. The path is inside… let’s start discovering!

  • Hi

    June 17, 2019 by

    I discovered a little while ago that the more I write, the more I understand myself. So, this blog is, primarily, an attempt to dig deep inside my own ‘self’ and explore. Along the way, if it helps a fellow seeker, then so be it… we will learn together!

  • Empty And Fake Relationships (Part 4)

    June 16, 2019 by

    I was not thinking of doing another Part for this Post, but here it is.  Love is not an action. It is not something that can be brought into existence by practice or effort. It cannot be bought or sold. It cannot be forced. Fake love, yes… but not true love. True love comes about… Read more

  • Empty And Fake Relationships (Part 3)

    June 16, 2019 by

    By now, if you have been reading my earlier Posts, you know that I have started with a special focus on Jesus. I think he was, like Buddha, Lao Tzu, Lord Krishna and others, a great wisdom teacher. He said so many things which we still don’t understand, including in respect of relationships, which is… Read more

  • Empty And Fake Relationships (Part 2)

    June 16, 2019 by

    Relationships arise in division.  We divide the world into two parts, i.e., ‘I’ on the one hand and ‘you’ / ‘they’ / ‘the others’ / ‘the world’ on the other hand. Once there is division, then arise relationships, how these two parts relate to each other, how ‘I’ relates to everyone else, how ‘I’ relates… Read more

  • Empty And Fake Relationships (Part 1)

    June 16, 2019 by

    All physical relationships are about ‘give and take’.  Whether its parents and children or husband and wife or siblings or friends or lovers or teacher and student or Church and believer or society / city / country and individual / citizen, there is a mutual give and take involved. This give and take could be… Read more

  • Ego, Adam And Eve And The Real Poverty

    June 16, 2019 by

    In one of the previous posts, titled ‘Mindfulness / Mindlessness / Awareness Or Simply Stillness’, we saw how mind may be seen as the universal mind and the individual mind and we also looked at the terms ‘Mindfulness’, ‘Mindlessness’ and ‘Awareness’ in the context of one’s spiritual development and we proposed that another term that… Read more

  • The Inherent Tragedy In Love

    June 16, 2019 by

    Let me not to the marriage of true minds  Admit impediments. Love is not love  Which alters when it alteration finds,  Or bends with the remover to remove.  O no! it is an ever-fixed mark  That looks on tempests and is never shaken;  It is the star to every wand’ring bark,  Whose worth’s unknown, although… Read more

  • The ‘I’ Addiction (Part 2)

    June 16, 2019 by

    At the time we are born, apart from the hereditary information contained in the DNA, we have no other information or memory.  The hereditary information relates to the development, functioning, growth and reproduction of the individual. And then, after birth, we acquire all the rest of the information, including learning, perception and memory. The hereditary… Read more

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