Eastern Philosophy

Cultivate your mind with eastern philosophy. Philosophical short stories on Hindu philosophy & Zen Buddhism, Tao & Dao, Upanishad stories with Vedic philosophy (For Buddha quotes & stories specifically - see Buddha Story)

  • A Cup Too Full

    KyotoHe poured in his visitor’s cup. The cup was soon full, but Nan-in kept pouring.

    The tea rose to the rim and began to spill over on the table.

    Nan-in continued pouring.

  • A Land Too Far

    rings on the riverInsightful Story: A Land Too Far

    Lyrics in various versions of ‘Chhalla’ translated in context of the lover’s ring, boatman’s dead son & Punjab’s current issues

     

  • Abhi Toh Main Jawaan Hun

    Malika PukhrajMalika Pukhraj's iconic rendition of Hafeez Jalandhari's urdu nazm ‘Abhi Toh Main Jawaan Hun’ made them both legends in Indian sub-continent.

    Lyrics explained.

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 10

    A farmer's pride

    Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 10

    Another bandit marks Alibaba’s house but Marjina is vigilant.

    Rosh discusses Dozakh, Jannat, Life, death...

  • Angry Buddha

    Fell On Black DaysAnger Management Story: Angry Buddha

    Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh shows how anger dissipates not from paying it lip service, but by mindfulness of it.

     

  • Bedsheet For The Soul

    Gandhi spinning CharkhaInsightful Story: Bedsheet For The Soul

    Rosh explains the lyrics of Kabir’s iconic poem 'Jhini Chadaria', in which he calls the human body a finely woven tapestry

  • Best Raindrop In The Sky

    Dewdrop Inn“If we want to be great, we should learn to have habits of the great. Discussing people and their follies, like we are, is futile. In doing that, we become no more than the three raindrops.”

    “Raindrops?” Josh was perplexed.

  • Caught You Red-Handed

    Blow Your Mind"Time passed slowly and the expectation that he was finally going to eat made his stomach growl with eager anguish."

    "Geshe Ben was so hungry that he found it difficult to wait. His eyes kept returning to the jar of food within his reach."

  • Funny Haiku Error Messages

    Error HaikuRosh recounts funny Haiku Error Messages from Salon Challenge, when his laptop freezes.

    Interesting story with Japanese Zen Poetry on computer & windows errors.

  • Haunted

    Ghost"How do you make a ghost go away?" she asked again, staring wide-eyed into the darkness.

    He awakened fully now. He sensed her stiff body, her cold hands under the covers.

  • Holistic Healing

    Ayurveda in Sri LankaInformative story exploring world’s oldest holistic healing (whole body) system Ayurveda.

    Comparisons with orthodox medical treatments & Maori medicine Rongoa.

  • Jai Jagdish Hare

    Anand Math (1952).jpg

    Spiritual Story: Jai Jagdish Hare

    Rosh explains the lyrics of Jai Jagdish Hare, famous song from legendary film Anand Math.

    How should one live their life today? With faith, and fearless action!

  • Kamaal, Son Of Kabir

    Ephesians 5:14"That can't really be true!" exclaimed Josh, "You can't just wake up once you are truly dead."

    "Well, Jesus is said to have risen from the dead," said Rosh, "What makes you think he was the only one to do so?"

    "Jesus did," remarked Josh, "because he could. He was the son of God."

  • Kill Your Own Master

    Playing Dead"Let Buddh help you reach that ultimate point. Then certainly, if you meet him there, kill him. You will be truly free."

    "Then why are Zen masters," asked Josh, "who teach their disciples to kill the Buddh on the way, still clinging on to Buddh themselves?"

  • Let The Song Arise

    UntitledLet the song arise, let the instrument play.

    Osho’s poetry extols intoxication – whether in communion or committal.

    Spiritual story which became a love story...

  • My Vivid God

    VividInsightful Story: My Vivid God

    With translation and meanings of Punjabi Song ‘Sahib De Rang Neyare’

    A grateful heart is happy, as it overflows with wonderment.

  • Neither Friend Nor Foe

    JesusNeither Friend Nor Foe - Insightful story with English translation of lyrics & meanings of

    - ‘Koi dost hai na raqeeb hai’ sung by Jagjit Singh, and

    - Its reprisal ‘Na suboot hai’, sung by Sachin Limaye

  • Taming The Mind

    Monk chanting and praying in Samye Monastery, Tibet, January 2011 (Photo: Erik Törner, IMs bildarkiv)"And have you tamed your mind yet, my knowledgable husband?" Isha teased, clearing the dinner table.

    He smiled and replied, "No my dear, not yet. I try often, but I always fail."

  • The Burden

    FireBuddhist Story: The Burden

    Most burdens we carry, like anger, are burdens of the mind.

    Leave them behind to move on...

  • The Good Samaritan

    Le Jour ni l’Heure 6617 : Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel, 1850-1913, Le Bon Samaritain, 1878, musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans, Loiret, région Centre, mardi 7 août 2012, 14:47:49Spiritual Story: The Good Samaritan

    Being good is risky. So, what was Jesus’ message in that Christian parable?

    What is the purpose of religion in our lives?