My wife once asked me to get down to a figure for the dollars I think will be good enough for us. I calculated and calculated and calculated and calculated over a period spanning a few months. $75k a year seemed to fulfill our needs, $100k is what will give us a decent life. This…Read More
Reporting experience as it is – 6/21/2019
A computer screen in front of me. A computer screen. Letters/words on a computer screen. Two hands typing. One mind thinking what is being experienced. Mind thinking how to not have so much space on hitting enter and moving to next line. Not getting a quick answer, mind decides to continue without hitting the enter button…Read More
Good Thing? Bad Thing?
Once upon a time there was a Chinese farmer who lost a horse. It ran away. All the neighbors came around that evening and said – “that’s too bad.” He said – “maybe.” The next day the horse came back and brought seven wild horses with it. All the neighbors came around and said…Read More
Is it all pre-determined?
Pre-determinism negates free-will. Let’s picture this; let’s describe the context. In a given context each element bounces off against others producing a certain effect. A cause or a combination of causes can produce only one (and only that) effect or a combination of effects. These effects plus new actions become the cause(s) of new ‘pre-determined’ events. If…Read More
How can I improve me?
How can ‘I’ improve ‘me’? You can‘t. If you could, then there would be only one or two self-help books; not hundreds published every year; not millions all around the globe still needing improvement after having read tens of self-help books. “Self Improvement is masturbation.” ~ Tyler Durden, Fight ClubRead More
Life’s Longing For Itself
In my late teens, I wanted to do exactly opposite of what my father wanted me to. Then I came across a beautiful poem by Khalil Gibran, a poem I connected with and wanted my father to read. I could never give him the book. Now that I am a newly minted father, I recollect…Read More
Eating meat in America
Eat or not eat meat – an ethical consideration. Being in the USA, I am learning more about factory animals here; I am sure the situation must be same elsewhere too. I am not a daily meat-eater; I eat twice or thrice a week. And I love the taste of it. Over last few months,…Read More
The World is Me
From my light The body and the world arise. So all things are mine, Or nothing is. As a wave, Seething and foaming, Is only water So all creation, Streaming out of the Self, Is only the Self. When the Self is unknown The world arises, Not when it is known. From me the world streams out And in me it…Read More
Meaninglessness is meaningless
Layman: What’s life? What is it all about? Philosopher: Life has no meaning. It is all meaningless. This is a meaningless world. Layman: In a meaningless world, you and I are also meaningless. Aren’t we? In a meaningless world, what you are saying is also meaningless. Isn’t it? What you said being meaningless, it follows that…Read More
Never Not Now
It’s never not now. I am never not here. What is time? I know, but when you ask me I don’t. ~ St. AugustineRead More