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Tue 25 May 2021

Dear Vishi, can you meditate like a monk?

Tags: diary rambling

Meditation

Today I tried to meditate again. I used Insight Timer app for background sound. However I think I'll just stick to Youtube as it has more varieties. I struggled for 20 minutes sitting cross-legged as my mind wandered in the labyrinth of thoughts. I guess it will take more practice to hone my skill. Have you ever wondered how monks can meditate for countless hours or days?

There’s a very famous picture of a Vietnamese monk called Thích Quảng Đức. He was protesting against the persecution of Buddhist. He self-immolated himself without making any fuss. I apologize if you find following image disturbing.

I understand that this image can be disturbing

David Halberstam, an American journalist was witness to self-immolation said-

“As he burned he never moved a muscle, never uttered a sound, his outward composure in sharp contrast to the wailing people around him”

People claim they can levitate while meditating. However I am not convinced if the laws of physics can be broken. Carl Sagan said, “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”. So we can ignore mumbo jumbo of levitation. However meditation can certainly help to remain calm under tumultuous times.

Reading

Currently I am reading Glimpses of World History by Nehru. I hope you might recall some of the history of Mughal Empire. Remember history is not fact. There are multiple interpretation & nuances by different people colored by their own biases. Today I’ll share views of Nehru on two prominent figure in ancient India.

Babar laid the foundation of Mughal Empire in India. Nehru praises him in his description


However Nehru was critical of Aurangzeb, who was the last ruler of the Mughal Empire.


Do you think Babar was better than Aurangzeb? Remember history is nuanced. May be you can read more about it to form your own opinion.


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