May 2021

Month

Tathāgata, or the Buddhāvatāra of Hari

Arising in this holy land in an age of dreary nihilism, Buddhism invited with open arms the cynic-sceptic, the nihilist-pessimist, and the sufferer-seeker-confused alike to take refuge not only in the figure of the Buddha (alas! – who the Buddhists of a certain kind soon turned into a mere figurehead),...
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The Tale of Warrior Robots from Ancient India

It may seem hard to believe but stories of robots have been around from the time of Buddha. This particular narrative is set in the mid-400 BCE. The fable goes that Buddha entrusted King Ajatasatru with defending his relics. Ajatasatru was well-known for his military inventions, including powerful catapults called...
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There’s No Place Like Home

I’m sitting in my London garden. It’s mid-spring and the garden is in full bloom. The daffodils and tulips have strutted their stuff beautifully over the past weeks and have now started to retreat, as the cycle of life dictates they must. The birds are singing their hearts out, probably...
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Brāḥmaṇa by Rabindranath Tagore (Part II)

Who are the people who can steadfastly defend those ideals? Only those – who have hereditarily stayed aloof from the conflicts arising out of a pursuit of self-interest; only those who have found glory in economic deprivation, who do not see good deeds as a commodity, whose minds, permeated with...
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