“If you seek enlightenment, go to the root cause. Nothing exists without a cause. The root cause of enlightenment is compassion.” -H.H. XIV Dalai Lama
Buddha’s Teachings – the connection between yoga and Buddhism
The core of the Buddha’s teachings exists in the Four Noble Truths, expounded in his very first sermon following his enlightenment, which is Nirvana.
The first noble truth explained by the Buddha is Dukka: This says, Life is suffering and suffering is a reality.
The second truth expands – Samudaya, it elucidates that the cause of this suffering originates in our own minds.
The third noble truth, Nirodha, offers hope: it says, liberation and freedom from suffering is possible.
The fourth noble truth, Magga, gives one the method to attain liberation, known to Buddhists as the path of the “Middle Way.”
Buddhism, as well as yoga, acknowledges that there is affliction and that liberation from pain is possible. This biblical pedagogy holds that empathy is a vehicle for liberation. Meditation is a yogic practice used by Buddhists and yogis similarly to go beyond the variations of the mind (the dualistic thought process), to realize the Oneness of Being. Buddhists may call it void. Yogis may call it the untarnished self. Shakespeare said, “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
The yogic text Astavakra Samhita states: One who thinks he is free is free, one who thinks he is bound is bound, as we think so we become. When one identifies with that which is eternal, one eventually becomes eternal.
International Yoga Day is a reminder that we must keep our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health before anything else and take some time out to nourish and nurture it with yoga (it is a holistic approach). Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy International Yoga Day.
PS: The image had nothing to do with the prototypes and the existing phenomenon of Yoga and its benefits. It is for all the lovely people who demean themselves due to many reasons and hold back. go, let go, and fuck the world with the right attitude to make your future better.
Let’s crack the code and debug our minds with BOOKS
Dazzle the world with your writings and books. Everyone knows Books are your best friend and today is World Book Day, I would like you’ll to go through some of the iconic authors’ and poets we have had in the world. Before that lets us see a brief history of World Book Day
This day is dedicated to book lovers around the globe and is commemorated as World Book and Copyright Day, or International Day of the Book. The ideation is to promote reading habits, publishing and copyright. It was first observed on April 23, 1995, in an annual event organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Since then to facilitate the habit of reading and inculcating knowledge this day is celebrated all over the globe via reading sessions, book promotion, and author meets and book launches and etc. to celebrate the love for books.
Go treat yourself to a new book today and enjoy these beautiful quotes from famous writers and authors.
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. – Haruki Murakami
A book is a device to ignite the imagination. – Alan Bennett
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. – Francis Bacon
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. – William Styron
A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it. – Samuel Johnson
Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. – James Russell Lowell
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers. – Charles William Eliot
Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. – Mark Twain
Books have immortalized great minds. Books have kept ancients secrets alive. A world which least value books, least value the real essence of wisdom and least know how to preserve what is precious!” – Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
Reading is a conversation. All the books talk. But a good book listens as well. – Mark Haddon
I have always imagined that paradise would be la kind of library. – Jorde Luis Borges
Books are uniquely portable magic. – Stephen King
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. – Haruki Murakami
Never judge a book by its movie. – J.W. Eagan
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. –Vera Nazarian
These are few from my journals
A book is like a dream that you hold in your hand and get blown away with the words in them – Spirited Blogger
We lose ourselves in books and eventually we find ourselves there too – Books are life! Spirited Blogger
For me, my books are the way to my personal freedom. – Spirited Blogger
Surrender yourself to books, as it is like cleaning an attic from your mind in order to make you a better version of yourself – Spirited Blogger
Yoga means the addition of energy, strength, and beauty. It gives sync to body, mind and soul. Read this small blog on the advent of International Yoga Day 2018.
Here’s again we are celebrating International Yoga Day in India and all across the world. What is that so significant which has made Yoga so important to mark it as an international event which is celebrated by all the cadre of societies? International yoga day has been a global event which is now celebrated in the schools and every other gathering. Each year it marks an additional progress in spreading the practice and study of Yoga and its acceptance into schools, businesses and all walks of life, nationally and internationally. It is important to keep this impetus going as Yoga holds the secrets to the transformation of the human being to a higher level of awareness.
Yoga is India’s greatest civilizational gift that exists with us dating back to 5000 years. One of the oldest and purest forms of practice to blend your soul with your mind, eventually that rejuvenate your heart is from India. Thus, it is is very important for India to continue to nourish its roots and spread out to the world. Yoga is of many forms which prevail in different parts of our country. It has significance in India’s culture and traditions respective of which religion you belong to or from which part of India you are from. It is widespread from a local village to a broad national level. This also includes a yogic influence on music, art, dance, science, philosophy, medicine, politics and economics, including the entire spiritual realm where Yoga always outshines. Skill in action, focus on sensitivity, the unitary path of energy, the fortitude of effort, and brilliance in achievement, along with inner equanimity and tranquil are all aspects of Yoga.
Yoga ascends from nature and instils in our minds to live in harmony with the Earth and the stars. It is not just simply a manmade or historical invention, but it is a medium of integration into the cosmic life. Yoga is characteristically a biological pursuit and endorses environmental awareness, disquiet for the environment, reverence for the Earth and all of its creatures, large and small. Yoga affords us an earthly vision in which we look at the world as a whole, not divided into contradictory countries and communities.
Another aspect of the awareness and popularity of Yoga is the common sight to see people walking around with beautiful sling bags, over their shoulders in a variety of patterns, with their yoga mats. And, the extraordinary popularity of this ancient knowledge is apparent from the number of yoga studios escalating around the world. Tactlessly, with yoga being a billion dollar industry now, it is not infrequent to find new styles of yoga being introduced every other day. Hence, the other side of the coin is that building even more awareness on all the other forms and methods of Yoga has also become really important so that the roots of the ancient yoga and its philosophies remain intact.
Due to all the above points which we discussed in this International Yoga Day blog a step towards the right direction was taken back on December 11, 2014, when United Nation decided to dedicate 21st June as the International Day of Yoga. We are thankful for the initiative of the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. This is helping to spread the awareness but is also providing a platform for the organisations, institutes and practitioners to dedicated their lives to imparting the authentic system of yogic practices and showcase it to the masses.
As soon as we all reach the end of the year and go towards a new beginning – we all have some or the other to start with and believe me the planning is absolutely meticulous and freaky at times. Well, about the resolutions for the new year there are many, as I was saying these resolutions can be damn freaky too and for few, it is all just the same.
Still, we as humans do not fall short to dream and aspire to our new beginnings. And this is not the first time we are doing this planning, every year we do the same. Many of us must be following new resolutions for every coming year, and the others must be ditching it beautifully.
Anyway, 2018 has arrived, and to start the year with a positive note I would like to quote something from one of my most favourite author and philosopher – Oscar Wilde ” The past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.”
Well, with this note, this blog will just focus on few basic things which are imperative and essential for mankind. The era we are living in is full of love, passion, sex, envy, money, power, reign, work, children, politics, relationships etc. etc. etc. But what made me write is something irrational to all the above yet connected to the core.
Forgiveness and Humanity
You must be wondering how insane this woman can be to ponder emphasis on such debatable and ambiguous issues. However, these are the foundation of your life.
We always wanted to create something or the other by our means. We want to conquer the world with what we want to do. It is true and achievable, but you need to create forgiveness in order to reach the destination. For me, the most difficult job is to create anything out of this universal force. But in the longer run, it can be beaten only by love and forgiveness.
It is exactly like beating the sharpness of a sword by the spirit.” In the saying of “Napoleon who touched upon the importance of forgiveness and its principle. That forgiveness is very creative and it certainly springs from love and passion. This is better explained like – it is the ability to admire someone’s agony and hatred to oneself while extending love and forgiveness.
I know it is terrible and the toughest thing in the world to forgive someone who has thrashed you by all possible means. it hurts and often haunts us till our past dies or we die. It also bullies our future and ruins our love life. Unfortunately, we tend to relive forgiveness and keep on forgetting that forgiving someone will certainly help your heart to be healthy. But by learning to live in the present, embrace us with the pain of the nuisances and then it can heal your wounds as well your loved ones who are also affected by it.
Forgiveness is to accept what has happened in the past and forget or ignore rest all. If we can practice forgiveness and avoid putting the final word to others and oneself then we can make a huge difference in our lives. That makes it a creative and a happy approach. Let’s gear up for humanity this year
Let’s get together for a handful of humanity and restore it in our hearts and lock it forever. Many of you’ll be thinking practical and will not agree with humanity doesn’t pay you and make you rich in today’s world. This world for them needs money more rather than loving someone selflessly. Agree! we all need money to survive, but at what cost, we never think about it. It is a mad rush and race towards nowhere. Apparently, forgiveness and humanity lead you to your own Karma and a path to a peaceful life, as we all have to die one day.
This world can be full of so many dark things and that’s why it’s easy to lose sight of how good humans are, naturally. With so many terrible stories in the news lately, but there’s always a hope to bring smiles on the faces of people.
Well, nothing much too write and to give “Gyan” as many people think of it quite often. Let’s be together this year and try to inculcate love and humanity in our lives this year and contribute to mankind for the world to be a better place. Take a pause and just think about it once, where are you heading this New Year. With all your New year resolutions and dreams, please take out some time to forgive all in the past and move ahead with loads of love and humanity.
Trust me this world needs love, smiles, humanity, and passion. We all need love not hatred. Why not spread smiles and share some love now!! Be Selfless! Be True!
Have we ever realized the difference between love and a companionship?
Almost everyone would agree that when you get married your life gives you a direction gradually to nurture your relationship into a companionship which we always looked for in your lives. I don’t want to discard anybody’s feeling, this is all personal experience of love and companionship. It can vary from person to person as we all have a different set of expectations from each other – especially the people who say “we don’t except anything for anyone” too have some beautiful expectations to owe from the person they love.
For a couple of years the girl (Jyotsana) lived a content married life and while she was happy in her own world, gradually she realized, there ‘s something missing into her relationship with her husband. Although she was happy spending time with her husband, giving ample importance and relevance to the in-laws and of course etc. etc. etc.
She got married to a person whom she loved, but later she felt lacunae in the relationship where she was missing a friend, a companion to her, which initially she thought she would get but with due course of time she couldn’t. She thought that being in Love is having a companion of life with all the emotional support that one needs.
She was wrong, she was completely wrong:
An instance: where she would ask her husband to go out for a dinner and sit for while chatting nothing special about anything. He would go, but it would be a proper dinner -dinner date and come back home. When asked to talk and share your day with me, I will do the same – he used to deny saying I’m tired, had a lot of work today. Quite annoying at times. She started feeling alone and depressed as she was missing the madness, the craziness, the connection that a companion offers. She has always been a friendly person and in return, if she is expecting the same – she isn’t wrong.
She kept on trying and asking him what’s the reason why you are ignoring, share with me if any problem but he will be just quiet and do not give her the expected or a satisfactory answer. Although Manas (the husband) was an introvert person by nature and a bit authoritative, which she knew she was puzzled by the behaviour, the ignorance and the emotional warmth missing in the relationship. Moreover, she also knew that he is not cheating on her, neither she is!
“As rightly said by Bertrand Russell Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of happy mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give.”
While she was experiencing a gap of true friendship and a bestie in her marriage, the suffocation and threat of losing her identity took her to a point where she started finding it outside or in someone who’s close to her (it is natural indeed).
Guess what happened, she met an old friend of hers, randomly in the market. She was happy to see him as he was the bestie to her for ages. But after marriage, she was all concentrated to her husband and busy in her married life. It was like a breeze meeting him; they sat at a coffee shop and chatted for hours. Wow, she was feeling relieved just by chatting and talking to her bestie after long. This feeling was amazing – gradually the touch and the sense of togetherness triggered her life and she started spending time and talking to him at a comfort level which she desires. Her husband used to ask her on her absence at home in the evenings sometimes, (he knew her friend), she was fair with him – on all this Manas was okay about it and wasn’t at all curious though. Alas, he couldn’t understand what he is missing in his life, which she was, but now she found her true companion in her bestie.
This simple and cute story shows us that we all have a split between our passion, love, sex and companionship in our relationships. But having said this, your ideal companion can be someone else too not necessarily your husband only. Love and companionship is an emotional bond that doesn’t fade with your ageing skin, but it can be found anywhere in anyone.
While I was on my #solotrip last year to North India, I admired a couple sitting beside me in a cafe’ (Trek N Dine). I was reading a book “The One You Cannot Have” and sipping my fav coffee (Mocha).
After quite a while, I Overheard the girl saying to the guy these lines mentioned below (Essene of it, in my words), that took me to my life back few years, that I experienced a bit late, but those feelings were core from the heart:
“For the first time, I understood something I’d always wondered: nothing about love or sex is rational. In these domains, our passions rule, leaving us with heartbreak or euphoria, but always undeniably alive… Also, both feelings have their own prejudices, such as, “The best love lies on the foundation of friendship, and the best sex lies on the foundation of love….” AND ” I can still taste the sin of you on my lips”
Being Friendship Day today, It reminded me of connections, relationships, love, friends – what not all…. Well, with so many relations to name, there are few which can’t be named or judged by the societal norms. The whole idea to jot down few lines were to push up an idea on a different relationship which we might have in our lives but it remains hidden. So let’s start celebrating the real Essene of Friendship with the relationships that give us the passion which we seek in our lives. with a relationship that helps us to move out of our depression, sorrows, and pain. Because a friend is not only for the good times but for the times when you need them the most.
Hope you all rekindle the freshness of relationships and friendships forever. Be Happy People 🙂 Be with the one who never let you down and loves you unconditionally.
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“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. Because it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ―Maya Angelou
These lines give me ample reasons to personify my life into a terrain of love and pain. When I see people getting resilient and grit about something, I feel Ohh, My! Is life legitimate to just one soul on this earth?
But the question is how one can be more pliant? Leaving our “so called” egos in a bin! How can we wave-off the challenges that life throws at us in-and-out, and we come out as a successor?
I tried to peep into my hard times in life, which is still not ending and finding no hope to end as well. But I looked up to the difficult situations and went to the insight of knowing how I can be resilient!
Managing emotions sounds stupid and insane. But if you know the art you are through to the life’s jungle. Thus, don’t rush, as rash decisions rarely result in positive outcomes. Resilient people remain calm and gradually act by analyzing the situation.
You know, the secret of resilience, is to be a quitter! So now you must be thinking I’m mad,
Keep yourself busy, busy and just busy….. Ohh Yes it works! No scope for shit in life. Often people face quells of emotions and get scared, but the resilient person knows how to stay happy and busy.
Make your pain a game. Make your boring things fun and stay happy! Be resilient!
To be resilient and sticky in life, difficulties are important!
#SoloTravel has always beguiled me! It was a beautiful morning, unadulterated and not to miss in life! The view from my cottage was stunningly perfect awe-struck my senses. I took my shades, got into my boots and headed down towards Dharamshala from Dharamkot passing by Mcloedganj. The destination was Norbulingka institute.
Wondering why I’m writing on an institute that has nothing much related to me, indeed the institute needs to be talked about. It lays 6 kms southwest to Dharamshala and as established in 1998 by Kelsang and Kim Yeshi Sidhpur. The name of the institute is derived from the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lama which is in Lhasa (the capital of Tibet)
Getting around Norbulingka – I got enticed the moment I entered the institute by the gorgeous artifacts and colorful walls engraved and painted with traditionalTibetan art (thangka). The moment you step in you are enthralled by magnificent and gurgling streams that smoothly run through flawlessly maintained Japanese-styled gardens. You may get astonished to see or witness different species of Himalayan birds flocking and flittering among the treetops.
There lot to see and roam around in the institute which might take your hours to explore fully. Norbulingka institute’s main aim is to preserve the art and culture of Tibet in India. The institute comprises of a temple, stupa with deities who are worshiped in Tibetan culture, workshops for embroidery, paintings, statue making, wooden art, lush green gardens and hummingbird café for munching and chilling out!
Workshops – This institute will amaze you with the endurance and perseverance of the culture intact on safe hands. From, generations the artisans and craftsmen are working hard to conserve the traditional art form of paintings (thangka) and appliqué work.
Every year thousands of visitors come and explore the Norbulingka institute and take part in the workshops. The workshops give you vivid knowledge and understanding of intricate art form and culture of Tibet. You can take the workshop as per your choice of art form; there are workshops given on thangka sketching, wood painting, wood carving and appliqué workshops. Do not worry! you are always under the supervision of experts who would make you professional in the respective art form. After the completion of the workshop if you wish you can be offered to volunteer or work as well.
Shops –There is a shop inside the institute that sells the hand-made artifacts, paintings, and statues, which are made in-house at the workshop in the institute. The unique collection of appliqué, wood carvings, paintings are sold here. You can take any of the meticulously created thangka painting, statues or wall paintings for your home décor way back home. It is worth!
One of the best things you should not miss while visiting the institute is meeting the humans here. OMG! They are the wonderful people one can have all the pleasure knowing them. Every manager, artisan, craftsman, worker, tour guide has their own story to depict with the pain of being a refugee in India. The hard times they faced as refugees in India or caught hold by the military or stuck with kids and no food and no shelter. From my eyes out of many meet the two –
KALSANG KYPA – THE TOUR GUIDE– A great chap with sincerity towards whatever he does. He was a great help to me for all the time I was in the institute, exploring and learning new things about Tibetan culture. His journey was terrible but after being patient and having faith in oneself he found he is safe in Nepal and then he came to India. Wanted to say thank you!
DASAL – THANGKA PAINTER – He is a terrific thangka painter, since childhood he would draw mountains, valleys and hills. But as he learned more about Tibetan culture he now loves to paint only Buddha and thangkas.
Getting Here – Norbulingka is situated in Sidhpur, a suburb of Dharamsala, about 30 minutes from McLeod Ganj.
By Air – nearest airport is Gaggal, around 20 minutes from Norbulingka. Alternatively, you can take flight from Jammu or Amritsar, both are around 4 hours from Dharamsala.
By train – Pathankot is the nearest station. 2 hours from Dharamsala. Booking in advance is recommended.
By Bus – One of the most cost-effective and reliable way to reach is by bus. Volvo and Himachal Tourism buses ply on a timely basis; you can check the schedule online.
I walk the memory lane because, few things in life take you to memory lane even though we don’t wish too. Often people judge you by your past. It’s a stigma that has to be avoided. Don’t judge anyone by the past, live in present and love the moments lived.AS —–Everything flies with time nurturing souls and Karma .. once parted can’t be together but the Soul awaits the divine feeling till last breath…(unconsciously) (unconditionally)
When you travel through my veins life seems seamlessly easy, reaching the journals someday gives you an opportunity to understand the past better. It is not necessary to be always jovial, rather just be yourself. Coping with the negatives puts you through high enabling life to take a plunge.
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There is a piece in me that like to tenderly imagine my maverick and seditious soul. But, precisely, I love to have a picky and cosy relationship with my soul that can rub up against a little bit, putting me alive.