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Life Comes From Life

Although the scientific paradigm requires one to demonstrate the hypothesis being tested, nowhere around us can we see life being produced out of matter. A living woman gives birth to a child, not a dead woman. Chemicals such as urine, tears, and bile are produced within our body when the body is alive; a corpse can never produce such chemicals. We have no evidence that life arises from chemicals or matter. Rather, we are surrounded with evidence that chemicals are produced in the presence of life. Continue reading

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Three Modes of Material Nature

It is said that variety is the spice of life, and there is not the slightest iota of doubt that we live in such a diverse world, with an array of people, culture, food, music, work, hobbies, religion, clothing, animals, plants, etc. Why does such a great diaspora exist? According to the Vedic paradigm, the objects and the going-ons in the world are simple the product or the workings of the combination of three principal modes of nature: goodness, passion and ignorance. Each of these modes has its own principal characteristics which are symptomatic of the different elements that fall within its classification and hence influence their behaviour. Specifically, in the mode of goodness, there is a feeling of happiness and purity, and a feeling of the progressive development of knowledge, while in the mode of passion there is unlimited desire and longing. The mode of ignorance on the other hand is characterized by indolence, laziness and sleep. In reality, the permutation of these modes in different degrees create further sub-classifications with their respective characteristics. Continue reading

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Faith: The Common Factor of Science and Spirituality

Without a certain degree of trust or faith, we could become too fearful to even board a bus. So, faith is a reality we all live with in daily circumstances. The real question lies in where we choose to put our faith and more fundamentally the authenticity or validity of the source of knowledge upon which we base that decision. Ultimately the test of faith lies in seeing or experiencing whether the desired result is obtained or not as predicted. In the case of the example of the bus or airplane, we would never know the result if we chose to never get aboard. The act of placing our so-called blind faith would be justified if we obtain the result of arriving at our desired destination. Continue reading

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The Indispensable Need For A Teacher

Motivation speakers tell us that we have to believe in our own ability to reach our potential, that we can achieve the impossible if we put our mind to it. There may be some truth to this. However, notwithstanding the level of intelligence we have been endowed with, the role of a teacher in our achievements or in realizing our potential cannot be overstated. At every stage of our development, we do need a teacher to help us reach the next level. Yet, it is indeed amusing that when it comes to the field of spirituality, the necessity of having a teacher is overlooked or even scorned at. Continue reading

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Looking Beyond The Glare

In this world of facades, we find ourselves often times mesmerized by the enamoring glare of the objects around us. In a world of glittering lights and sounds propelled by increasing sophistication of modern technology and innovations, where our minds are captivated by the intoxicating excitement of worldly repute and reception that follow status and position, where the charming glances and gestures of those around us entice us into believing in our own glory, we find ourselves ever-restless and always anxious to increase our materialistic stature. As such, we are always kept on the edge, jittery at the prospect of losing out to our neighbour, being left behind in the rat race, or even losing the status quo of our position in society. We are also unsure of how our actions and gestures may be perceived by others, and who we should trust or not trust. In this way, we live in doubt and suspicion and, I dare say, contempt of the very purpose of life. Continue reading

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The Precious Commodity Called Time

As the saying goes: ‘time and tide wait for no man’. Actually, as we live through the sojourn of life, we find that time passes us by paying no heed to who we are or what we do. It is as if time were oblivious to our existence. We find ourselves sometimes telling someone to ‘give me a minute’, or ‘I need some more time’, but truly time just goes by us, and neither can we be given the minute or more time that we need. In fact, we have lost time, the moments that go by cannot be retrieved. The only conclusion is that time is the most valuable resource that we have, for even all the wealth in the world will not be able to purchase a single moment lost. Continue reading

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Equating Ignorance With Bliss

Sometimes we hear people say that ignorance is bliss. Well, normally this phrase is used to position oneself as being neutral and oblivious to the usually uncomfortable circumstances surrounding the discussion, while other times, it is used to bring a halt to discussions of matters of significant importance, which the speaker is not particularly inclined or interested to delve further; hence, by saying that ignorance is bliss, it is implied that not knowing is better than knowing as we remain in a happier position by being not aware of the details. Whatever the situation might be, let’s consider the soundness of this statement which has more or less become cliche, given its somewhat loose usage in our daily parlance. Continue reading

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Living Non-Optimum Lives

The root of this enigma is the fundamental value system governing society, based on the paradigm or model of life. The current undergrowth of the principle that life has arisen due to nothing but a combination of chemicals has been the major catalyst for this predicament that we are in. If life were to be reduced to mere chemicals, molecules of no value, then there would be no real meaning or purpose of life. Even if our lives were to end today, it would be of no great significance. Even if the whole world were to be destroyed, the apt question would be: so what? Such a reductionist approach would lead to the idea of exploitation of the earth’s resources as well as of each other, with no feeling of remorse of guilt for our actions or the resultant consequences. We would be living a life without a conscience; there is no need for it. But the reality is that the converse is true. We are concerned about the environment, at least some of us are. We are angry when there is abuse and exploitation. We are! We do have a conscience as we are not a mixture of a combination of unconscious chemicals – we are conscious, sentient beings with feelings, emotions, desires, aspirations and hope. Continue reading

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Truth and Beauty

There may sometimes be arguments about whether “truth” and “beauty” are compatible terms. One would willingly agree to express the truth, one might say, but since truth is not always beautiful—indeed, it is frequently rather startling and unpleasant—how is one to express truth and beauty at the same time? Continue reading

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Our whole conception of beauty is mostly based on the outer physical appearance, one based on this body that we are currently in possession of. For this reason, the beauty advertisements propagate the notion that we would experience a transformation in our confidence for the better with a new hairdo, a slimmer waist, brighter and fairer skin, etc. But it never seems to end, does it? We become constantly more conscious about our skin, whether a pimple is about to erupt on our countenance, whether our eyelashes are long enough, whether our hair is the right colour and whether it matches the colour of our eyes, whether we have the right tan or skin tone, whether wrinkles are starting to form… the anxiety doesn’t seem to end. Continue reading

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