Vipssana (विपश्यना)

Although I had heard the term Vipassana (विपश्यना) a long time before, I came to know about this practice from Ashish, my university batchmate, who had attended a Vipassana course in 2008. From his description I came to know that Vipassana was a meditation technique to look passively, with closed eyes, towards the body while being completely silent for the entire period of meditation. But I was not much enthusiast for this meditation practice until my another close friend had participated inRead more

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The Flying Cobra

In one of the afternoons of my month long time in Pushkar of Rajasthan, we three people, 2 visitors and the owner (named Pradhan alias Ramu) of the Ramues cafe and Shankar Palace where I was staying in, were having the discussion on some random subjects. In that bright and hot sunny day of the summers, we all were restfully seated on the chairs placed under the shadow of the trees which were planted in the roofless central ground of theRead more

Indrahar pass

One of the most mysterious things of my childhood was a lush green mountain in front of my native home. For a long time, the peak of the mountain was the highest ever point on the earth and I always wondered to imagine the view from the top. I had believed that if my home was up there, I would have been living in the paradise. But the day when I observed the same mountain from a distant point, I was surprisedRead more

Coexistence and Expressions

We all might have heard of some examples of coexistence of the wild animal species with human societies. Such examples from ancient times, when the primitive societies were supposed to be in close proximity to nature, are quite imaginable. But with any such examples from contemporary times, besides coexistence, we also expect some degree of compromise. During my time in South India, I came across a few villages where the wild waterbirds coexisted with the human societies; Kokkre Bellur being oneRead more

Earth: An alien land

Sometimes, the answers appear before the questions. I comprehended this aspect when a question, which never existed in my mind, got instantly fabricated after seeing the bright lights of innumerable electrical lamps, the answer, of the Kangra valley and of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj from Triund, a location which is approximately 2800 meters above the sea level on the Dhauladhar range of outer Himalayas. The question was, “How could the life on earth be discovered by the aliens, now?”     VariousRead more

Dance of Contentment

Life is not only about to seek pleasure in the awaited expected outcomes but also about to wonder the surprising elements. Experiences of unexpected events could be counted as good or bad or neutral ones, but they do not leave without showing those colours which otherwise remain invisible. For me, travelling is meant to increase the probability to feel this dimension, of surprising elements, of life. I had one of such random experiences when I unintentionally reached around Foy Sagar,Read more

Abundance

Perhaps the most common desires among most of the people around the globe are the desires of everlasting happiness, neverending love and to witness novelty from time to time. If these ‘everlasting’ and ‘neverending’ labels sound too subjective, proper alternative terms could be ‘abundant’ or ‘overflowing’. In an ideal boundless life, which is usually considered an imaginary one, everything we desire is plausible indeed and there are myriad ways to achieve what we want. But certain fears regarding life andRead more