“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind” ALBERT EINSTEIN Since the day the first man would have walked on Earth, He would have been fascinated with his surroundings. He would have looked up the sky and wondered about the stars that shine. Just as a child is inquisitive to know about his surrounding, The first man too would have been inquisitive enough. He would have tried to find out the reason for a tree to grow fruit, Why does rain occur? All these questions would have been raised in his mind. But at the same time, He would have been scared of thunder and lightening, floods and other natural calamity. But it seems that He would have accepted this as part of daily existence. But somewhere that fear would have lingered.
While travelling in Rajasthan, I heard the song ” Jihale Masti” from the movie “Ghulami”. The song is written by Gulzar. But I knew that he was inspired by some other poet. I was little confused as to who wrote it. Couple of minutes later, courtesy Google, I found out the original poem. Zihaal-e-Miskiin is a persian/brij poem written by Amir Khusrau. A beautiful mix of persian and brij bhasha…
Ramana Maharshi 1879 –1950 Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi was probably the most famous Indian sage of the twentieth century. He was renowned for his saintly life, for the fullness of his self-realization, and for the feelings of deep peace that visitors experienced in his presence. So many people came to see him at the holy hill of Arunchala where he spent his adult life that an ashram had to be built around him. He answered questions for hours every day, but never considered himself to be anyone’s guru.
Since I was a student in school, I was a big fan of sayings of Kabir. I found his words or couplets to be so spiritual and philosophical that I was always moved when ever I read them. Told in the simplest of language they were profound.
The Lotus has bloomed. The White Lotus. It is floating. Floating in a small pond. It is surrounded by beautiful almost perfect leaves floating in clear water. There are fishes. Fishes of bright red colour. And there is reflection of a man. He can’t make out who the man is but he is there. The man is looking at him but he could never see the man. And just when he tried looking , he always woke up.
‘Damn, Damn, Damn. This can not be happening. Not now. Please not now’ These were the thoughts which were running in my mind. Here I am on my way to airport, trying to set everything right, and I am stuck in this traffic. It could not have been at the worst time. I am running short of time. I don’t have the luxury of it now. Twelve years have been wasted. Now I cant waste any single moment. And here I am stuck in the traffic jam.
The official, Riko, once asked Nansen to explain to him the old problem of the goose in the bottle. “If a man puts a gosling into a bottle,” said Riko, “and feeds him until he is full grown, how can the man get the goose out without killing it or breaking the bottle?” Nansen gave a great clap with his hands and shouted, “Riko!” “Yes, master,” said the official with a start. “See,” said Nansen, “the goose is out!” It is said that Bodhidharma fell seven times and rose eight times. He fell seven times because there are seven layers of our mind and and in each layer he fell. Eight time when he rose, he was enlightened. I am no master. I am just another disciple as you are. but below is the discourse by OSHO where he explains the seven layers of mind. It is reproduced Ad Verbatim. These words are not mine but are of OSHO.
LIGHT ON THE PATH PART I THESE rules are written for all disciples: Attend you to them. Before the eyes can see, they must be incapable of tears. Before the ear can hear, it must have lost its sensitiveness. Before the voice can speak in the presence of the Masters it must have lost the power to wound. Before the soul can stand in the presence of the Masters its feet must be washed in the blood of the heart.
Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism. The word Zen is from the Japanese (but also Cantonese) pronunciation of the Chinese word Chán , which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyan, which can be approximately translated as “meditation” or “meditative state”. Below are some Zen stories collected from different sources. They have helped me a lot in my understanding about things so far. Hope it helps you too.