World population is estimated to be 0.1 billion during Buddha’s time. Maybe a quarter of it lived in India then. Now, 2600 years later, the world population is 7.7 billion. The human predicament has remained the same – with or without material progress, with or without war, with or without peace, with or without spiritual…Read More
Arguments for predeterminism
In philosophy the idea of free will is called ‘Libertarianism’ and the idea against free will is called ‘predeterminism’. Here, we will explore all arguments FOR predeterminism. METAPHYSICAL argument This is the most powerful and direct argument. Every human action is an event in time. Every event in time is preceded by a cause.…Read More
My wife and my boss are the root causes of all my problems
My husband is the root cause of all my problems. My mother in law is the root cause of all my problems. My flat-mate/boyfriend/girlfriend is the root cause of all my problems. My parents are the root cause of all my problems. I went with the most catchy title but it’s about whoever or whatever…Read More
The world should accept me as I am
It’s a desire for most that they should be accepted as they are. By who? By the world. The moment you accept the world as it is, the world will accept you as you are. Not until then. Examine this statement a little deeper – the moment you accept the world as it is, you…Read More
Uneasiness in life – I
I have always wondered how some people can take life as it comes, and I am not talking about the saintly people, and others don’t. In our everyday lives, we come across people who just glide thru life. In strictly worldly parameters, they may or may not be successful but there is an easiness about…Read More
Why don’t we have the energy to change?
As long as there is duality in ‘what is’ and ‘what should be’, man trying to become or trying to achieve something, there is conflict between ‘what is’ and ‘what should be’. That is the very essence of wastage of energy. As long as man lives in the corridor of opposites, he must waste energy and…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
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