The Eternal Question of Life and Death! There are a number of questions that include easy, coming answers, while others take some time, expertise and insight to untangle. Yet still there is much grander concerns that not even a life of thinking can assuredly and satisfactorily answer – the question of life and death is one such question.
It means an action, is a term in yogic spirituality for describing the soul’s development from life to life. Karma is usually portrayed as the consequence of our unique actions, extending from previous lives to present and future lives. It’s often considered a force of conclusion, like destiny or fate. We speak of a person’s karma catching up with them, ‘what goes around comes around’ or’as you sow so shall you reap’, signaling this inevitable outcome of what we’ve done. In a world torn apart by conflict and paradoxes, it’s pleasure – not money or success – which appears as a indicator of a life lived well.
In fact how happy you’re often determines exactly how much you enjoy your money or success. One may think the three are actually interlinked, which every fuels another, but chronic depression and anxieties are much too common a phenomenon to genuinely validate this hypothesis. Stressed out and stretched out, we are a people of happiness seekers, learning and finding methods to be happy.
When the ancient sages of India carved out pathways to marriage with God, they understood that not all people are cut out at exactly the exact same mold. So rather than imposing a rigid version of spirituality they provided different pathways, which enabled us to communicate with the God and the Universe at large in keeping with our own temperaments. During a trip to the incredible Luxor Temple in Egypt I was amazed to see that my fellow tourist’s reactions, once the guide occurred to mention the possibility that the temple had been based on the arrangement and proportions of the human body.
It was all conjecture yet not all of the surprising, for only further eastwards – across the Arabian Sea – put a hundred and one Hindu temples built on similar principles. Discovering GOD from the LAB! The thought of finding God in a lab sounds self-contradictory to many; following all religion is fundamental to a relationship with God! How could one possibly have such a connection with no religion in the first place? How could measuring outputs and analyzing principles induce said religion? For have not science and faith always been at odds because God can’t be discovered in a lab?
God Is in Your Genes!
Our quest for and comprehension of the character and identity of God has, in many ways, shaped the face of life as we know it for millennia. Our relationship with not just what surrounds us, but also with what appears to lie outside it plays a significant part in our day to day affairs, offering a anchor for private and collective thought, belief and certainty. No surprise then that the Age of Science would bring its own concepts to the fore for our consideration.
In the current day and age, God might just be a gene- or so some scientists would have us believe! Karma can be a really confusing concept to come to grips with, especially when it starts to bend the rules of time and matter. The rule is simple – as you sow, so shall you reap; its consequences nevertheless are often not so easy to encapsulate or comprehend. To live out our now with the consciousness that not only does this affect our tomorrow, but can also be affected by our yesterday, gets a bit overwhelming if you really pause to consider it.
Visits to the doctor are fairly commonplace in today’s lifestyle; by the minor to the important our practitioner is the go to person for many concerns regarding our physical, psychological and frequently even emotional wellbeing. So here’s a crazy idea- imagine a world or lifestyle where physicians weren’t too common, and where disease itself- large or little – was a rare event. Sounds too good to be true? Well if you hear the whispers of timeless wisdom, this appears to be our natural inheritance, not the disease-prone lifestyles we’re currently playing out.
Pure, unadulterated generosity is among the most gorgeous qualities to experience- regardless of which end of the rope you stand on. Any surprise then that each and every tradition, doctrine, culture and school of thought- across time and space – extols it. But to give in the heart- without fear or concern for self- is much more than just great values or accepted behavior, for really true generosity can’t be enforced.
The pineal gland is located deep in the recesses of the human brain, but really it’s shrouded in much more mystery than you might realise. This red gray color, pine cone shaped gland is no larger than a humble pea, but its importance and existence far outweighs its physical looks. Paramesvara – The Mathematician Who Gave the World Cyclic Quadrilaterals 350 Years Before Lhuilier! Where do you find the brightest minds of our time? The idealist in me likes to think they’re concealed amid the bustle and grind of everyday; but a person far more practical will inform you to search a reputable university for them. But as early as universities might be, there was a time when the brightest minds walked not as academic elite, but as ordinary men.
Hindus have long held that the epics – Ramayana and Mahabharata – aren’t works of fantasy, but real histories piled and penned down by sages. The thing to bear in mind here is that Vedic culture was initially oral in nature, in the sacred texts and hymns were passed down from generation to generation orally and therefore they are much older than their written counterparts. These were penned down considerably later.
Why Do Good People Suffer? The amount of times I’ve encountered individuals who strongly believe are the inheritance of the great – their own life standing testament to the same – is not possible to keep an eye on. Call me an idealist with a pollyannic perspective on life and its workings, but I strongly disagree – we don’t suffer because we’re good, and in this wild world it’s possible to select between the two; actually we do not suffer because we’re good in any way! I once read that knowledge falls into three classes – the known, the unknown and the unknowable.
The unknown offers us an opportunity to learn what we may yet not understand; however, the unknowable is a kingdom that lies beyond our definite grasp and as such reminds us of our humanness. So does the question of what’s going to happen to us after we die lie in the former class – the unknown, or the latter? Should I Convert To Another Religion? Religion, at its core is a subject – a lively with the religious aspects of life as we encounter ourselves, and throughout the world around us. Offering us a structure to not only see, perceive and react to such experiences, but to construct our private relationship together upon, our faith becomes the lens through which we understand our own place in the world at large. To some faith is a safe haven; to others it’s a philosophical journey.