What is Zen?

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‘What is Zen’

by Alan Watts

What is Zen

The mundane too is sacred

Zen has always believed that the mundane and the sacred are one and the same.

Ask not and you will get

The transformation of consciousness is not a question of how much time you put into it as if it were all added up on some sort of quantitative scale and you got rewarded according to the amount of effort you put into it. Nor is it that simply by avoiding the effort and wanting it instantly would you get it. The only thing that your effort or ‘no effort’ can teach you is that this approach doesn’t work. You can only get it when you discover that you do not need it. You can only get it when you don’t want it. That is the secret. Keep Reading

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A journey to where you already are

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Guruji often says that a problem lies in identifying a life situation as a problem. Once you have identified it as a problem, there is nothing you can do about it. On the contrary, if you do anything about it, you will only mess it up further. Let us draw a parallel of this with one another Eastern mystic culture – Zen Buddhism.

In the Zen culture, when a new seeker comes in and asks the master – ‘Oh master, I seek to be enlightened, please guide me’, the master takes a baton and gives the fellow a hard knock on the head. The seeker more often than not gets the point and walks away. By itself, the master’s action defies our understanding. But hidden beneath is a very sound logic.

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Freedom is not Free

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FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

By Shiv Khera

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To a patriot, serving the nation is not a SACRIFICE but a PRIVILEGE. Some people think that the only way to find one’s peace of mind is to ignore the danger.

In a democracy, legislators are supposed to be the representatives of the citizens and not the rulers.

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The Rise of India & China

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‘THE ELEPHANT & THE DRAGON’

By Robyn Meredith

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As demonstrated in India & China, globalization never hurt the poor as was widely claimed by the activists protesting globalization.

China’s story

China opened its economy to the outside world in 1978. This led to a five-fold increase in average incomes.

China has had a sickening history during the times of Mao-Tse- Tung before its rise in the world . In pursuing his vision of egalitarianism (which is the basis of communism), he collectivized all land and paid peasants based on collective revenue. This only entrenched famine. Deng Xiopang, the architect of Modern China, who came in Mao’s wake decollectivized land, re-allowed trade of produce from privately owned land and China’s harvests grew back to decent shape. Keep Reading

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Spontaneity

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Living beyond discipline

RSVK as an organization is based upon three tenets as framed by Pujya Guruji Rishi Prabhakar. Amongst them, the first one is : ‘There is nothing that needs to be accomplished over here.’ However, I wonder how many of us have reflected upon the essence of this statement and made it the very way of operating in our lives.

We define SSY as the science of non-doing.. Non-doing essentially, is nothing but ‘Living in No-Goal’.

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