Category : Mahabharata
Dear Prime Minister Sushil Koirala,
I would firstly like to express my solidarity with all of those who have suffered in the recent earthquake. I would also in great humility like to express my great sadness at the sight of the ritual slaughter of thousands of animals in your country for the Gadimai event. I personally have been campaigning for years for the better treatment of animals across the world, but this event is almost beyond belief.
A close friend recently asked me, What do you think of free will? Here is my take on it.
When you are seated on a train and you have arrived at your destination, the walkway starts to fill up with passengers trying to leave the train. You have two choices, you can sit and look out of the window, or you can stand up and wait for somebody to kindly let you through. This is what I think of free will. You have the choice to stand up or stay seated, it is in the hands of greater forces if we are allowed to actually go or not.
Thank you for all of the support you have given me. By subscribing to this blog, facebook page and by purchasing ‘The Power of Dharma’, you have allowed me to do the work I feel most passionate about. I am truly grateful to you.
Introducing.. ‘The Eternal Path’. This project has taken 2 years to put together. Myself and co-author Dr.Nicholas Sutton have researched the vast ocean of Hindu sacred texts to put together a compilation of verses we believe represent the values of Hinduism. For me, this book is Sanatana Dharma. I feel it is the perfect gift for teaching somebody about Hinduism. There is no dogma, or strict teachings, only wonderful verses and short narratives, which the reader can pick and choose for inspiration. It is a personal guide on the spiritual path.
At every moment in our lives we are confronted with the opportunity to make a decision. But on what basis do we make this decision? The Katha Upanishad famously offers to two options, the way of sreyas, which can be defined as the way of Dharma and benefit for all, or the way of preyas, which fulfils our own desires.
Is it up to your effort? Or due to destiny?
This question has been asked for thousands of years. Is what we do really due to our effort? Or does everything occur as a result of pre-determined destiny?
Theists would often argue that it is all in Gods hands, that everything occurs due to the will of God. Others may argue that everything is in our own hands, and we can shape our own life as we see fit. I have always found this an intriguing issue and one that is discussed in great detail in the Mahabharata. The Mahabharata rather than dictating to us, explores areas and shows the failings of being overly dogmatic. It is the greatest guide to Hinduism and is the tallest sky scraper of all of the literature I have come across. (You can download the english translation by Kisari Ganguli for free on amazon Kindle or download the individual pdf files here).