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Our beloved Sai is back in subtle form and currently residing in a mountain top residence ‘Sai Anandam’ in Muddenahalli. Swami mentioned about spending the last few years of His life in a Hilltop abode to some close devotees. Just like Lord Venkateswara (atop Tirupathi) or Lord Subramaniam (atop Palani) or Lord Ayyappan (atop Sabarimala) […]

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Unknown Lessons from the Mahatma

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Unknown Lessons from the Mahatma
October 1, 2015 | Gandhi Jayanti, Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi Jayanti is an occasion to reflect on what we can learn from Gandhiji. Everyone’s life teaches us both what to do and what not to do. The ideals that Gandhiji set are an inspiration for generations – a sense of sacrifice, acceptance for everyone, an unbroken faith in satsang and dedication to the higher cause of the country and the welfare of people. But there were aspects of his life that teach us what not to do as well.

My teacher, Pt. Sudhakar Chaturvedi, who is still alive at 118 years stayed with Gandhiji for a long time. Bangalori, as Gandhiji would call him since he hailed from Bangalore, used to teach him the Bhagavad Gita. They were together on the day Kasturba passed away in Yerawada Jail. Watching her in the throes of death, Gandhiji said, “Bangalori, your Bapu has to face the test of fire (agni-pariksha) today.” Panditji saw tears in Bapu’s eyes for the first time. As he read the second chapter of the Gita for Kasturba, she breathed her last. Gandhiji remarked, “I realize that I gave her a lot of pain and no happiness.” Kasturba supported him in his mission till the end. Perhaps he would not have been so remorseful had he honored and agreed to some of her wishes once in a while.

Gandhiji was also deeply pained when his son converted to another religion. He spoke a lot against conversion and admitted his regret that he could not give his children an education of values and respect for their own religion. He came to be regarded as the Father of the Nation but could not be a good father to his own sons. While aspiring to bring freedom to an entire country, he gave none to his own wife. Due to his rigidity, Gandhiji put his family through a lot of distress and his own children rebelled against him. Approaching every aspect of life with a fixed attitude is not practical. One needs to have different yardsticks for dealing with different people and situations.

During the partition, Gandhiji received news of riots in Pakistan, but refused to believe such violence was going on there. To take stock of the situation, he sent Bangalori who was attacked no less than seven times with knives in Pakistan. On one occasion, he was captured and buried in sand up to the neck. The mullah was to come and strike him with the first stone before the mob finished him. Somehow the army reached on time and he was able to escape. When he shared his experience showing his wounds, Gandhiji accused him, “You are saying all this because you are a Hindu yourself. My Muslim brothers can never do anything like this.” Bangalori was taken aback on being suspected and left Gandhiji in dismay. The Mahatma was assassinated three days later. Panditji used to tell me, “I left that old man in the last three days of his life”, a fact that always pained him.

My grandfather also spent twenty years with Gandhiji in Sevashram. One of the rules observed there was to have bitter neem chutney with everything, even sweets like kheer. On one hand, such an austere practice, though strange, can help people overcome their small attachments like taste etc. and is good for a sannyasi, but it is undue to force everyone, including children, to follow it.

Gandhiji was quite uncompromising about his opinions often compelling everyone to accept his verdict. Considering everyone’s viewpoint and weighing the pros and cons of a situation did not feature in his style of functioning. On several occasions, he would unreasonably go on a fast to put pressure and prevail over others. When the issue of who the first Prime Minister of India was going to be was put to vote in the Congress, all the votes favoured Sardar Patel, except one. Disregarding this outcome, Mahatma Gandhi declared that Nehru would be Prime Minister. The man who laid the foundation of our democracy was very undemocratic in his ways.

Mahatma Gandhi had an indelible impact on the world. He remained committed to non-violence at a time when world wars were raging and rose to command a nation while living as a renunciant. His life will remain a lesson for all in more ways than one.

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The Purpose of Life – BEING ULTIMATELY PERFECT – The 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa

Okay, so on the relative level the world we inhabit appears miraculously due to karma , however we, out bodies , have not appeared miraculously due to karma; it depends on our parents. If its all due to the manifestation of karma, then why don’t we manifest miraculously instead of having to come through our parents?

Well, I think this world did not come about miraculously. This world came about through all kinds of ways , but we are talking about the world that we perceive; this is the earth, that is the sky, this is the sun, this is the moon, those are the stars, that is water. Then, this is good water that we can drink, that is bad water which will make us sick, you know that kind of world. This is what we see. But each one of us sees it slightly differently. Somebody thinks putting their hair one way is cool and others think putting it another way is cool, etc. It is quite clear how we all perceive, so each one has a different perception. Although we have different perceptions, it is the same earth, the same sun, the same stars, the same sky, the same air, the same food , the same things.

But this world has not just miraculously come about. This world came about through many many trials and errors of all kinds. It went through so many evolutionary processes, burning, breaking , exploding, shrinking and expanding, so many things which are still happening today. For example, just recently our land shook so much that tens of thousands of people were buried alive. All these things are happening but they are not miraculous things. Then we are born from our parents which is also our karma because we have been their parents and now we are their children. We say,’ Mother sentient beings ‘ but we can say ‘father sentient beings’ husband sentient beings’ wife sentient beings,’son sentient beings….and so on…Everybody has been everything to us, therefore , now we become somebody’s son or somebody’s daughter.

But there are other ways to be born also, you can be born from an egg, you can be born by what we call a miraculous birth, like Guru Padmasambhava , who appeared out of nowhere, this also happens. There are four kinds of births: miraculously born; born from heat; born from a mother’s womb; and born from an egg, which we call double birth – first an egg has to be born and then the egg has to hatch and be born again. So there are four types of births, and of course I know that this time you are born from your mother, the creation of your father and mother, but I’m sure in past lives you were born miraculously countless times. Me too, everybody, so we are not deprived of having being born miraculously.

Then one more thing I must say, because this is our kind of perception , if you are miraculously born in a certain way then you will not perceive this world like this. Miraculous birth is not necessarily an enlightened birth like Guru Padmasambhava; ordinary sentient beings can also be born miraculously without a mother and a father. If you are that type, then your world will be totally different, you will not perceive us, you will not see us. You will see everything differently, and our sun, our moon, our stars, our earth would have no relevance for you. You wouldn’t see this ; it would be totally something else.

I can give you a example; for fish water is air. Have you heard of a fish drowning, except dolphins and whales getting caught in a net? Ordinary fish , real fish, never drown. Whales are not 100% fish, they are kind of half and half, they have to breathe. Anyway, for them water is air, but for us it is something we drink but not to breathe. We would die there – if we were underwater for ten minutes we would be dead , fifteen minutes is the maximum. Then for our kind of Gods, we say that they see all our water as nectar, amrita. For our kind of hell-beings they see all the water as burning lava and flowing. For our kind of preta they will see all the water as undrinkable poison, so they starve. Pretas or hungry ghosts are not hungry because there is nothing to drink or eat, but because everything is burning and poison, it is impossible to drink for them. Actually there are many kinds of pretas, but that is one aspect. So like that, even water is perceived differently.

So in one way everything is miraculous, yes, but I think we should reserve the word miracle only for positive enlightened manifestations. But as a term, everything is miraculous. All of us have two eyes, we all have a little hair on our head or no hair, and one nose with two holes; it is miraculous.

PS: Rimpoche in Being Ultimately Perfect explains that all teachings of the Buddha are directed towards making our lives meaningful and purposeful , apart from taming the mind and realizing the essence of all dharma . He also contends that enlightenment is not duche (the result of causes or conditions) – it is beyond that –

To be honest , the Rimpoche says, the purpose of life is to do our best to enjoy this life without hurting anybody, without causing any suffering to anyone, and on top of that, happily and joyfully doing everything we can to help others, and make them happy and make them enjoy life.

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Buddhist Photographs of Japan in 1865

Exquisite photographs ~

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You can see many more of these wonderful photograph on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) website.

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