“A man was forcing his way through a thick forest beset with thorns and stones. Suddenly to his great consternation, an elephant appeared and gave chase. He took to his heels through fear, and seeing a well, he ran to hide in it. But to his horror he saw a viper at the bottom of…

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Sri Ganesh

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Loss in Meditation

once Buddha was asked “What have you gained by meditation?” He replied “Nothing, in fact I only lost.” He further said “I lost anger, depression, security and fear of old age & death.”


A small town chamber of commerce invited a speaker to address its annual dinner. The community?s economy was bad, people were discouraged, and they wanted this motivational speaker to give them a boost. During her presentation, the speaker took a large piece of white paper and made a small black dot in the centre of…

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Who am I?

Aristotle once said ?Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.? The first step towards wisdom leads me to the question Who Am I? It is simply the most complicated question in the world. Let me explore for the possible answers: My name is Ashish Chowdhury, with my name alone nobody can know me, and…

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Karma: Conscious choice-making

Gautam Buddha once said everything that is happening to us at this moment is a result of the karma we have accumulated in the past. All our karma are the choices that we make, whenever we do any karma. Whether we agree or not, most of us make these choices unconsciously, and therefore we don?t…

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Vipassana: The state of Mindfulness

Mindfulness in Vipassana has a different meaning than its usage in general parlance, especially in western cultures. This word did not even exist in American English vocabulary about 30 years back. Today it has come to be used in the Western world to carry meaning of high degree of mental concentration. This mental concentration consists…

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