ESSAYS

Vedanta Meditation

Vedanta views sitting meditation as a preliminary discipline that helps prepare the seeker for Self-inquiry. However, within the tradition meditation can also be used as a method for internalizing the knowledge once learned (nididhyasana).

A Trip to Costco

A trip to the American mega-store offers a glimpse of samsara.

Waiting for the World to Change

Every generation has the hubris to believe it’s going to make the world better. But what if the world can never be changed due to unseen psychological forces?

How are thee not real? Let me count the ways

One of the principles of Vedanta is to see that all objects are not real.

Vedanta - Just Another Story?

We thrive on stories, it’s the very air we breathe. This essay asks, Is Vedanta just another fabrication?

Out of the Mud

For some of us, it takes years to get out of samsara for the simple reason that we’re unable to convince ourselves that we’ve had enough! We keep going back for more believing that this time it will pay off, that this time I will finally get what I want and be satisfied.

No One Wants Your Stuff

A poem about our beloved and cherished stuff and how nobody wants it when you're gone.

The Last Time

A son visits his father on his death bed and muses about life and what's most important.

A Conversation with an Atheist

A contentious dialog between an atheist and a sage leads to a vision of God that logically explains the world and our role in it.

The Allegory of the Virtual Reality Headset

In the near future, Plato's Allegory of the Cave may no longer be an allegory but an actual reality for many.

Power

An essay on the power we're all seeking.

Mumukshutva

Vedanta isn't for wimps. It takes guts to want to slice open your own flesh and see what's inside. Who would do such a thing?

These Haunting and Harassing Obscurities

"Let us consider that we are all partially insane. It will explain us to each other; it will unriddle many riddles; it will make clear and simple many things which are involved in haunting and harassing difficulties and obscurities now." —Mark Twain

Heaven

Heaven is just a concept, one that seems probable only because of our dualistic perspective.

A History Lesson

The history of man can be summed up as the unsuccessful pursuit of object-oriented happiness.

Grieve Not

An essay on what Vedanta has to teach us about grief and dying.

About Reincarnation

The Vedas teach that after death the mind is transferred to a new body. But does this really make sense?