Watch 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
Why 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
“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
“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
“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
Why 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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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
“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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Film 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.
What a lovely and exciting project!