A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH THE NON-SELF
Promoted by S.N. Goenka, vipassana meditation
is getting increasingly popular among people from all strata of society. Based on the Buddha's teaching but eschewing any
hint of religion, it is a simple technique for self-purification......
Pilgrim of the little way
Is it possible to see a reflection of the master in his followers, I asked myself, as I sat in the meeting room at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission in Pune, India, waiting to meet its present spiritual head, Dada Jashan Pahlajrai Vaswani. With me sat three of his associates. There was none of that anxiety, fervor or awe that many spiritual masters excite. The ease was explained by the appearance of a little man, dressed plainly in a kurta-pyjama
, with a shawl falling over his left shoulder, his salt and pepper hair parted to one side and severely slicked down. His eyebrows are a surprise—bushy, grizzled, and furrowed. This, plus his large sticking-out ears, add a puckish note to an otherwise innocuous face.
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The secret life
At his Guru's samadhi he weeps,
pondering over the
secret significance of his life.
It is not as if he has not known
it would all end.
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