Let us THINK : By Dr.King (Author of books on Yoga,Spirituality,Gardening...)
Summary: This is a regular weekly podcast on topics relating to Yoga, Meditation,Spirituality and many stimulating thoughts.
[Quick links] [Pause] Homeopathy is one medical discipline which can cure any disease without any harmful side effects. Nor does it need any invasive procedures, not even any painful pricks. Just take some sugar pills and you can cure yourselves.
[Quick links] [Pause] You probably have noticed that our thoughts are often influenced by our past experiences and memories. One Guru of recent times even goes to the extent of dismissing thoughts as just a jumbling of memories and nothing else!
[Quick links] [Pause] It is all right. Everyone does. That is the natural process. Have you noticed the first symptom of getting old? Yes, you guessed it right. You start forgetting things! Not that you forget everything. You still remember all those nasty things you did in your younger days. Those happy carefree days, those scolding you got from your parents for no fault of yours, and so on. But somehow, you start forgetting where you just left your mobile phone or the spectacles!
[Quick links] [Pause] We often think that what really makes us different from inanimate things is the ‘free will’ that we are supposed to be having. An inanimate thing like a fan for example, can start, stop, run slowly or very fast, not on its own but only when we switch it on or off, or when we tweak the regulator. That is because the fan is not alive, though it can move. It does not have a will of its own. It just does what we want it to do.
[Quick links] [Pause] For the past several episodes I discussed our current scientific views about our Mind. I took some interesting excerpts from my book “How does the Mind Work?” while explaining the scientific views. In the next few episodes, I am going to pick up some interesting ideas about the Mind from my book “Missing dimensions in our current understanding of the Mind”. My idea is to approach the Mind from both sides – modern science as well as ancient philosophy, pick useful things from both, and finally take you to regions beyond the mind itself! So, stay tuned till the end of this series.
[Quick links] [Pause] As usual, I am using the title as a sequence of overloaded words. I am simultaneously implying that Yoga is the solution to all your ‘worldly problems’, as well as all the ‘problems of the world’. I may appear to oversell Yoga. But it is true as I explain later.
[Quick links] [Pause] Reasoning is a very powerful tool used by our mind to know that which is not directly apparent to our senses. Can we use logic to know everything – even those that cannot be perceived by our senses?
[Quick links] [Pause] You probably have heard about this. Some of us are supposed to be left brain dominated and others right brain dominated. Not that we have two brains. What it means is that in some of us one of our brain ‘hemispheres’ plays a dominant role.
[Quick links] [Pause] Ancient Indians believed that the entire Vedic literature is the recording of visions of various sages when they were in deep states of meditation. They did not compose them. But they merely had the visions that they later recorded. One such record of visions of a sage by name Mandukya, namely the Mandukya Upanishad, is considered to be the essence of all the Vedas by philosophers like Sankara. It is a very short record with only 12 verses. Gaud pada uses this short composition as a basis of his theory that we discussed in the previous episode. What do these 12 verses say?
[Quick links] [Pause] As we discussed in the previous episodes, our Indian Scientist Dr. Krishan Chandra seems to have a magic solution for all the ills of gardening. It almost costs nothing as he puts it. But his claims are not easy to believe. If things were that rosy, why are not everyone doing it? In a matter of few years we could change the entire world and solve not only farming problems but also many of our health problems as well, that are increasingly becoming a menace due to our use of chemicals and pesticides in farming.
[Quick links] [Pause] In the previous episode we were talking about some miraculous finds of a senior Indian scientist namely Dr. Krishan Chandra. Let me continue on that.
[Quick links] [Pause] You probably are aware of an Indian Yogi who is quite popular these days. This Yogi who runs multi-billion corporate houses, with his finger in almost in every pie, has made his version of Yoga almost a craze among the Indian masses.
[Quick links] [Pause] Imagine a miserly man who always stashes his wealth in a locker. He has lot of wealth but it is of no use. Unless he takes it out from the locker and uses it, it is as good as his not having it!
[Quick links] [Pause] There is an interesting story in the ancient Indian mythology. Apparently, there was a wicked King by name Bali. God wanted to minimize his menace to mankind. So, God took the form of a dwarf – Vamana and approached the king asking for 3 foot holds of land. The king thought – “Afterall a dwarf! How much land he can lay his foot on?” So, he agreed to give him that much land.
[Quick links] [Pause] Now-a-days one keeps coming across many Gurus, who use miracles to attract more followers. They write books on their mystic experiences; put up internet ads promising wonderful results if you enroll in their courses. But we often close our eyes to miracles that have been going on around us since ages and still very active. But these miracle makers don’t put up ads, nor they are interested in our ‘donations’. Are you aware of them?