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)

  • 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.

  • 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

     

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

     

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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."

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

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

  • 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.

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

    Comparisons with orthodox medical treatments & Maori medicine Rongoa.

  • 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!

  • 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."

  • 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?"

  • 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...

  • Symphony of Love Life is fragile, appreciate itInsightful 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.

  • The Hymn of God's Word "God Becomes Flesh to Save Mankind"Neither 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

  • 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."

  • FireMost burdens we carry, like anger, are burdens of the mind.

    Story of two Buddhist monks.

    The elder carried a helpless girl to safety and left her there, but …

  • 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?