Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My 2013 Blogosphere

Started off with some blend of write-ups and photographs, I scrambled down anything that had struck me. Since the beginning of the year, I was so much into Pranic Healing. I then completed many of the Pranic Healing courses which has brought some changes in my life. Hence, my first blog post of the year was on the same. 

Blog posts ranged from expeditions to the remote parts of the country almost covering whole of the nation to photography, book reviews and some write-ups. Initially my blog photography focused much on the flora and then gradually expanded my interest to some scenic captures. It covered the diversity of mushrooms to plants to culture and nonsense. 

Expeditions to different parts of the country has exposed me to various lifestyles and cultures right starting from 100masl to about 5000masl, that were unknown to me. Through these expeditions, I got something to post on my blog, which usually remained idle. 

In April, I participated in the A to Z April Challenge 2013. One requires to post alphabetically every day except Sunday. Fortunately I was able to complete it! Gosh, that required a lot of focuses, time and needed internet connectivity where ever I go. 

Thus, 2013 blog posts was kind of fun and indeed it was an inspiration for me to keep track of my life’s events and so on.

And I wish everyone a very Happy New Year and may all the successes and blessings be yours.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Art of Happiness - Brief Review

The Art of Happiness – A Handbook for Living is a finely written happiness book relating the east and the west by His Holiness Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler (Psychiatrist based in Arizona).

The Buddhist practices on happiness are related to the scientific practices in the west through series of questions, answers, teachings and discussions. The book tends to create the Buddhist principles on happiness into a daily practice or habit for a happy living, whether one is Buddhist or not.

The Art of Happiness reasons out one’s purpose of life, that is Happiness (or Enlightenment in Buddhism) and the happiness is barely known in some parts of the world. All the beings have the right to happiness and the happiness has the sources, so to find the sources of happiness, the book describes various eastern and western methods of training one’s mind of happiness. Also teaches the various methods and reasons to develop the compassion by deepening the connection to other beings. To achieve happiness, one has to transform sufferings and deal with anger and the book has it, how to transform one’s sufferings and deal with anger through various means like finding meaning in the pain and suffering and bringing about change.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Layman’s Compassion

Basics that we are unaware,
Yet explored for humanity,
Encompassed by few,
Through the altruistic love,
To make the world a better place.

Sufferings that we beings endure,
Are hardly empathized by others,
But there are few,
Enduring through the compassion,
To make the beings smile.

Trying to walk in other’s shoe,
We feel what they feel,
We rejoice what they rejoice,
We suffer what they suffer,
Our compassion is a paved path to happiness,

Only if one sets mind to free other’s sufferings!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Through the Sikkim

The new Buddha Statue

Path to Buddha-hood

Sikkim Tea garden

Monks in Rumtek, Sikkim

lol  (Gangtok)

Guru Padmasambhava

Samdruptse, Sikkim (29/11/13)


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