Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Boy with Divine Power

Just watched the documentary on The Discovery Channel: The Boy with Divine Power.
It is about a teenager (aka Buddha Boy) who meditates for long period of time. In the documentary, the Discovery Channel crews filmed him continuously for 4 days without food or drink. In today's medical science, most people would be dead.
While his display of deep medidation is out of this world, I found his message deep and meaningful. While I am skeptical if he is the next Buddha (Buddhists are supposed to question and be critical in thinking), I am VERY SURE that he is no ordinary teenager. There is so much wisdom, depth & compassion in his speeches. That's Amazing.
Last year november, I saw an article on him while I was going for my paragliding in Porhara.
He was appealing to the Hindus in Nepal not to Slaughter the thousands of animals for religious sacrifice. Unfortunately, the slaughter went ahead.
See the news report:
The world's biggest animal sacrifice began in Nepal today with the killing of the first of more than 250,000 animals as part of a Hindu festival in the village of Bariyapur, near the border with India. The event, which happens every five years, began with the decapitation of thousands of buffalo, killed in honour of Gadhimai, a Hindu goddess of power.
It is sad, but that is nothing compares to our modern butchery.
Americans consume a million animals an hour!!!

Ram Bahadur Bomjon's Speech against the Slaughter.
I was touched by his compassion.
I really hope that he would provide more wisdom to the world after his 6-years of meditation.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Carrying the Past...

This is one of the classic Buddhist Stories that I heard many times and find it very beneficial.

(Buddhist Monastery @ Inle Lake, Burma)
This version is taken from A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Two Zen monks, Tanzan and Ekido, were walking along a country road that had become extremely muddy after heavy rains. Near a village, they came upon a young woman who was trying to cross the road, but the mud was so deep it would have ruined the silk kimono she was wearing. Tanzan at once picked her up and carried her to the other side.
The monks walked on in silence. Five hours later, as they were approaching the lodging temple, Ekido couldn't restrain himself any longer. "Why did you carry that girl across the road?" he asked. "We monks are not supposed to do things like that."
"I put the girl down hours ago," said Tanzan.
"Are you still carrying her?"

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Wonderful Wonderful Evening...

Attended a good friend's wedding with a bunch of good friends.
It was a great feeling to sit around a table with good friends.
It was a wonderful experience to play with my friend's toddler.
It was touching to listen to the bride & groom's speeches.
It is the best vegetarian meal I had in a wedding dinner.
It was a fun to take stupid photos with friends, despite the fact that we are all nearing 30years old.
I am really grateful for friendship.
I guess, this will be one of the little wonderful memories that I bring with me when I leave this world.
When I looked up the sky, I saw a few stars & a crescent - it looked PERFECT!
Contented, Grateful and Happy.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Dan Gilbert: Exploring the frontiers of happiness

If you like Freaknomics, you will like this video. =)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Celebrating Life....

Recently, I just celebrated my good friends' 30th Birthday... and a few months later, I will turn 30 also.
That's a really scary thought... and that is the time when quarter-life crisis set in.
We would ask ourselves alot of questions: What have we achieved in the past 30years? What is our benchmark? Society expectation? Peer comparison? Why do we need such unnecessary pressure? Does it mean that if we are below the supposedly "benchmark", then we should be sad or unhappy?
Are these questions necessary?
What if I am "ahead" of the pack, does it mean that I will be happy?
Will winning bring real & sustainable happiness?
Life is like a race.
Sometime you are ahead.
Sometime you are behind.
At the end of the race,
you will realise that you are the only person in the race.
This year, I set certain goals for me to accomplish... and I have been working hard on it... However, I realised that I lost something precious... That's my source of frustration.
I was so engrossed with the goals that I forgot to enjoy my journey (something that I always advocate). I forgot to appreciate the blue sky, white cloud, green trees.... and the beauty of the world.  I forgot to show gratitude towards the good things that I am enjoying now. I lost those magical moments when I am so touched and grateful to be alive.
Is it worth it?
I am still searching for the path...

30th Birthday Cake
Celebration of 30years of Wonderful Life!!!
Another random thought:
When I was younger, I was affected when people say that I was childish.
Maturity was such an important issue.
I wanted to be mature. I wanted to be respected. I think I was just too unsure of myself. As I grew older, I met lotsa older, successful and supposedly more mature people. Well, I must say that I am not impressed with them. Not impressed that alot of them are so vulnerable.... vulnerable to their EGO.
The great thing about toddlers are that they have short term memory. They seem to forget all the negative things (like scolding), and be happy with the present moment most of the time. They do not have any vulnerable EGO that they need to protect. They just enjoy and be happy with the PRESENT.
That's something that I want to learn.
I want to be childlike...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Life works in a mysterious way...

Last week, I realized that my attachment to the notion of "I", "Me" & "mine" (My Ego) was creating unhappiness in my life. A sense of inner peace and freedom was lost... and I get frustrated more easily - frustration with people and myself.
Interestingly, one week ago, my sister returned me the birthday present (Book: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle) that I gave her a year ago. She said that she could not understand the book. Well, I felt it was a pity that she could not appreciate the depth of the book, but I wasn't upset, in fact, I was happy as I was keen to read the book.
Right now, I am reading the 2nd chapter which is about EGO.
Perfect! That's what I exactly wanted to read now...
Life works in a mysterious way.
This is definitely not the first occasion when I have an issue to resolve, and the solution/wisdom appears infront of me without active searching...

Friday, January 08, 2010

End of Year 2009...

I always like the end of the year...
Time to reflect the things that I have done & could have done...
Time to contemplate my life & my inevitable death...
Time to be grateful for all the wonderful things in my life...
Most importantly,
Time to spend quality time with my family and friends...
I am especially grateful to spend my new year eve with one special group of friends - My Primary School Friends. I always join them for countdown since 31st Dec 1998 (except 2 years when I spent it at New York City Time Square & New Delhi Airport). We are good friends since 1987, and it is happy to see our group expanding with addition of partners & kids.
I guess I am getting old now...
I am avoiding partying on the street or in a club...
I do not need expensive drink to get me high to feel happy...
I do not need to wear expensive outfit to impress others...
I just need good company to laugh together.
What more do I need from life?

Ugly Faces Pic @ Dhome