Stampeding American Bigotry

Stampeding American BigotryWatch the the video of white Nationalists raise their hands in Nazi salutes and yell Heil Trump. Combine this with several foreigners being shot publicly in the US, by assailants shouting go back to your own country, we need a serious conversation about the new reemergence of American bigotry. The old prejudice is now adapting to an on-line world where beliefs, both true and false, find a large audience. Let’s determine what problem we are trying to solve. We wish to avoid organized abuse of minorities, including bloodshed at the hands of the state.  Continue reading Stampeding American Bigotry

Life is the religion

Life religion Life is the religionWhy is life the religion? Because life is primary. Without life, nothing important to us is possible. It may seem trivial but it’s easy to take the life religion for granted until we are at risk. We do not have an endless supply of tomorrows to finally begin our “real life.” This is it! This life is the incarnation of matter itself and, even more, matter becoming more conscious. Every deception and mistake and every discovery of truth is Continue reading Life is the religion

Truth is better than the alternative

truth alternative“Not everyone is lucky enough to have access to facts that controvert flawed beliefs. Still, when the truth embedded in events of life threaten our viewpoints, we may excuse contrary facts as an exception to the rule and the beliefs stand as strong as before. The more serious the disillusionment, the more difficult it becomes to Continue reading Truth is better than the alternative

Love renounces all limits

Love“Who do you know who does not place a boundary around his love? We are afraid others will use us and that our desire for love makes us foolish. In deference to this fear, we try to be smart and use others in the name of love for our own ends. We become what we fear and keep things hidden from our mates, especially the secrets that would show our real thoughts and behaviors. Then Continue reading Love renounces all limits

Let’s not suffer fiction

Let’s not suffer fiction“The more intense the emotion, the more we feel justified in imposing our feelings, even if we generate those feelings through fiction. Christians burned people before the public eye believing they were witches and heretics. In relationships we suffer fiction, countless men and women endured derision and violence from a lover for imagined reasons. Our prejudices will run automatically unless we have a pressing reason to arrest them. We will dare attempting trial and error when we must. Ridding ourselves of errors, including the mistakes of past generations, is to remove the rubbish; the alternative is to live in a mental garbage dump.” Continue reading Let’s not suffer fiction

Americans Need Indian Genius

Indian GeniusWhy Indian Genius? Any people who dare to question beliefs are precious, regardless of where they’re from because flawed or false beliefs cause immeasurable useless misery. In every culture there exists its highest contribution to humanity and social diseases in the form of poisonous beliefs. It is a rare person who can apply an antidote to poisonous beliefs in the face of cultural pressures. I introduce here two examples of Indian genius, Kabir and B.R. Ambedkar.
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The Relevance of Kabir, Video Interview with author Todd Vickers

The Relevance of KabirSounds Within and Pasadena Media Presents

L.V. Smith asks Todd Vickers questions about his latest book The Relevance of Kabir. Topics include meditation, breaking habits, and our powers of conception. Continue reading The Relevance of Kabir, Video Interview with author Todd Vickers

Evolving sexual beliefs

sexual beliefs“We  live  in  a  vastness  much  broader  than  our  imagined  limits and this includes our sexual beliefs.  When  we  let  go  of  our  ideas  of ‘self’,  we  are  not  bound  to  the  limits  of  such  an  arbitrary  ‘self’.  That  same  ‘self’  would  have  an entirely  different  set  of  beliefs  about intimate relationships if  we  grew  up  in  a  different  culture  with  a  different  religion  or system.  In  particular,  the  question  is  not  what  you  would  do  in  this  or  that  circumstance,  but  what will  you  choose  from  the  thousands  of  options  available.  This  access  to  a  greater  variety  of options  from  which  to  choose  cannot  guarantee  an  outcome  that  you  want,  but  makes  it  so  that you  are  not  limited  to  the  options  that  coincide  with  what  you  believe  about  yourself.  We  do  not need  to  defer  to  an  authority ,  an  institution  or  a  belief  to  go  beyond  the  limits  of  our  habits  and  try some  new sexual beliefs.  We  may  feel  fear,  but  fear  can  be  imagination  ebbing  and  flowing  in  the  silence. Is  it  fear  based  on  a  real  danger  or  fear  of  doing  something  outside  of  what  we  have  become accustomed?”

Excerpt: The Relevance of Kabir

“Humans are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. Otherwise both will wither and die.”
― B.R. Ambedkar

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A New Movie About Kabir

IMG_8775 copyFilm director V.V. Raju (left) and Dr. Chiranjeevi Kolluri (right) met author Todd Vickers at the recent India talks. They met again to discuss a new film about the life of Kabir.

Mr. Raju made a film about Kabir thirty years ago, but wants to create a remake in three languages Telugu, Urdu, and English. The new movie will more in tune with the poems of this daring 15th philosopher who criticized the religion, customs and the power structure of his time.  There will be a gathering of academics, philosophers, and historians to discuss the  content. The movie is now in pre-production planning.  IMG_8777 copy

What a lovely and exciting project!