The Wisdom Tree film… a spiritual journey that traverses farther yonder!

On a dark, stormy night, driving on an empty road in Northern California, Steve Hamilton, a self-conflicted quantum physicist meets with an implausibly bizarre car accident! Dr. Trisha Rao, a compassionate but unwavering neurologist attending to Steve’s injuries, and an anguished FBI Agent, Mike Parker, attempt to untangle this baffling accident. The mystery deepens as … Continue reading The Wisdom Tree film… a spiritual journey that traverses farther yonder!

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Explosions at Bodh Gaya!

My tympanic membrane is tired, and hardened from the continual onslaught of explosive news. Not only tired of the terrorism, I'm sickened by the endless rapes that women suffer mercilessly. Add to that the helplessness one feels, reading about the pointless deaths of hundreds, thousands - en masse! Now, worse, am defeated by the mindless … Continue reading Explosions at Bodh Gaya!

Buddhist Monks at Nalanda

Buddhist Monks at Nalanda by chitralekhan Modern day monks... at the ancient center of learning, in Bihar, India. When I visited Nalanda in November of 1996, it was the Chinese Year of the Monkey... 4694 Bing-Shen! So, "What's the context?" you may well ask... well, among the Buddhist Jataka Tales, is also a delightful but … Continue reading Buddhist Monks at Nalanda

The Ruins of Nalanda University

The ruins of Nalanda UniversityOriginally uploaded by chitralekhan The excavated remains of an ancient center of learning... from over 2000 years ago! I may not be able to visit Taxila (now in modern-day Pakistan) in this lifetime, but was very fortunate to be able to walk around on the very same grounds of Nalanda where, … Continue reading The Ruins of Nalanda University

Plan of excavated ruins: Ancient Nalanda University

Plan of excavated ruins: Ancient Nalanda UniversityOriginally uploaded by chitralekhan Layout of Nalanda University, (Bihar), India: one of the ancient higher-learning institutions, particularly for Buddhist monks from near & the Far East... think 5th & 6th centuries B.C. Alas, it still remains among UNESCO's tentative lists of designated World Heritage sites:  Excavated Remains at Nalanda … Continue reading Plan of excavated ruins: Ancient Nalanda University

Teaching children to apologize… and adults as well.

The ten days of repentance for Jewish people beginning with Rosh Hashanah will conclude with Yom Kippur also considered The Day of Atonement. For the Jains, Paryushan may be somewhat its equivalent... 8 days of atonement through penance and repentance... around August-September every year; in 2009 it ended with Samvatsari on 3rd September. Reading Lisa … Continue reading Teaching children to apologize… and adults as well.

Gayatri Mantra… enunciation for my reference.

Aum (ॐ) Bhur (भूर्) Bhuvah (भुव:) Swaha (स्व:) Tat (तत्) Sa-Vi-Tur (सवितुर् ) Va-Re-Ny-Am (वरेण्यं) Bhar-Go (भर्गो) De-Vas-Ya (देवस्य) Dhi-Ma-Hi (धीमहि) Dhi-Yo (धीयो ) Yo (यो ) Nah (न: ) Pra-Cho-Da-Yat (प्रचोदयात् ) Learn these words by uttering them aloud. To practise saying the words, listen to the intonations in the chants . When chanted … Continue reading Gayatri Mantra… enunciation for my reference.

Sathvaro Radheshyam No… brought to you in the US by…

It's Sunday and in my determination to locate the sponsors/organizers of the dance ballet production, here's the precise theme information I found:

India Journal’s review of “Sathvaro Radheshyam No”

In my search for the US schedule of this Gujarati production, I finally found at least one review: India Journal's review for the dance ballet. Now I have the names of all the promoters; national: Natwar Thakkar of 999 Enterprises Inc and Hiren Parpani Productions; regional sponsors: Harshida, Harish, Dhanesh Parmar of Dhanraj & Tisha … Continue reading India Journal’s review of “Sathvaro Radheshyam No”

Yet another “forward” titled, “This is shocking”!

Here I am, sipping on my first coffee of the day, opening my mail-box and voila... the most recent email attempts to unnerve me for the rest of the day. But guess what, I'm not shocked, because I've received this not once, but several times from different sources. The visual of a boy with his … Continue reading Yet another “forward” titled, “This is shocking”!