I wonder about our true self and what it is. Is our true self/the essence of what we are, the same as Atman or is it something that is even beyond Atman?
Since we all are in the process of shifting our awareness from jiva to
Atman, does that mean that both jiva and Atman are different points of
view or two different ways of experiencing what is?
Is it really possible for consciousness to be pure and totally objective?
As soon as there is awareness, isn
This is a list of the key "Opportunities and Threats" we, as members of a global community, now face amidst this financial crisis.
. Humanity is moving with hiccups towards greater humility, acting in concertand collective thinking. Nation states are recognising their inter-dependencewithin the global community of sovereign nations.
. Small is beautiful. The way out of economic difficulty is through thecreativity and the ingenuity of small to medium size businesses as they havethe ability to create employment and reinvent processes in all kinds ofeconomic conditions.
. The global economy will no longer be driven by two or three trading blocs, asother smaller trans-national and regional engines are gaining significance.
A few months ago, my two daughters were ring bearers in two of our closest friends wedding ceremony.
It is okay to have thoughts during meditation. It
Can a Pakistani rock star strike a new chord in the hearts of Islamic fundamentalists?
The most important battle in the world right now may not be between radical Islam and the West but between Islam and itself. The fourteen-hundred-year-old religion has hit a crossroads.
Moderates and extremists are vying for influence and power in this ancient tradition, and perhaps nowhere is that struggle more evident than in Pakistan. As one of the largest Muslim countries, with a population of 150 million, Pakistan is a test case for a religion that is being pulled apart by the twin tensions of modernity and fundamentalism. In the midst of this maelstrom, fate, with a little help from the BBC, has placed an unlikely champion of a more moderate version of Islam at the center of the debate. His name is Salman Ahmad, and he is the guitarist in the band Junoon. A South Asian trio with members from Pakistan, India, and the United States, Junoon has become a worldwide sensation over the last decade and is now a household name for millions of Pakistanis and Indians. And Ahmad, who has teamed up with award-winning producer Ruhi Hamid to make documentaries exploring Islam, may be the best-known face in what the New York Times has called "the U2 of Asia."
"Who are the Mullahs who say that [music is forbidden]?" demands Ahmad, sitting calm and relaxed in a circle of students at a Pakistani madrassa, or religious school. What unfolds next in the BBC documentary The Rock Star and the Mullahs is a rare glimpse into a world few Westerners have ever seen. Ahmad asks the students of this fundamentalist Islamic school to tell him why they believe that music is haram, or forbidden, in the teachings of Islam. As he presses them and they respond, the young Muslim students are torn between their fascination with this cultural icon, who represents rock and roll and twenty-first-century values, and their adherence to a form of increasingly extremist Islam taught by their local mullahs. Eventually, Ahmad reaches for his guitar, and as the students sit around him, their expressions a mixture of shock and intrigue, he defies the ban on music and sings