The biggest cause of suffering is….. ENJOYMENT

Well, you might think I’m crazy. And you could be right… but hey, read on and it’ll either be confirmed or you’ll think I’ve got something useful to say. Let’s do a little exercise first. What’s the first thing you think of if I asked you this question? And don’t read on until you’ve answered…

How we live doesn’t make sense

OK, here’s something different. Read carefully…. We see things not as they are but as we are We say things not to describe them but to describe us We hear things not what they say but what we want to hear Why is it then that we want to be not what we want but…

How to screw up your life using a smartphone

I’m not against smartphones, but I decided to stay away from them for a while. So I switched to this one – a Nokia 105. I don’t know who on earth ‘Ashima’ is. This is just a standard image off the internet. And the phone’s pretty naft. Now I can’t really do much apart from…

This could be your last day

Don’t know if you’ve had one of those days when you do a lot and by the end of the day you’re wiped out and tired. Still, when you try to pin down what you’ve achieved you think “What the heck!?” The day just passed by and you spent it working on things that are…

Who says this world needs fixing? It’s already perfect.

People always keep discussing problems and their solutions. I think it is our nature to fix things. The newspapers and television are full of problems. I sometimes feel we have enough problems in our own life and there is actually no need to venture out and delve in other people’s problems. But here’s a thought…

How not to get angry – especially when you want to!

Do you ever get angry? Well, let me tell you that after being around as a normal person for 24 years and then becoming a weird monk, some conditioning from the past still tends to haunt me now and then. Our attitude towards life takes years  to change. And it never does completely. There will…

The Dawkins delusion: How the evolution theory is still evolving

Disclaimer: First of all, I would like to state that this is not a blanket criticism of everything about the evolution theory; only close. Have a look at this video. This is Richard Dawkins speaking to creationists about the one thing that apparently refutes creationism. I’m not a scientist, although I have studied a bit…

Why do bad things happen to good people?

This is a question that has been asked for centuries, and everyone’s got a philosophy to explain this. But the truth is – there has to be a definite answer somewhere.

How to be a good atheist

I write for people into spiritual practices and those not into spiritual practices. But I have never written anything for atheists before. I respect them as co-inhabitants of the same planet and that they are entitled to their views as much as I am. As a monk, I encounter them all the time, and I…

The truth about love and marriage

I’m not a monk because I have something against love, or marriage. It’s a great thing to be in love, or get married. For a marriage, you’ve got to know what you’re getting yourself into, and although love is spontaneous and not planned like a marriage – you’ve still got to know what you’re getting…

How NOT to meditate

I’m no meditation guru, and I can’t meditate for longer than 2 hours at a stretch. I’m just a humble monk 🙂 My mind wanders sometimes. But I’m slowly getting better – one step at a time. I teach meditation, and I talk about it. And I talk about it a lot. But I see…

The Religion “Swimming Pool”

As a monk, one of the things I do is try to share the tiny bit of spiritual knowledge I have. I have a brain that is just about the size of a chickpea bouncing around in empty space in my skull; but nonetheless, it’s got some wisdom however little it may be – and I…

The Yoga of Love

The word “Yoga” is widely used nowadays. It usually brings to mind a picture of some pretty woman in a stretchy bendy posture. Well, that’s how it is portrayed in magazines and media. People do yoga for various reasons, usually health. But hey, let me tell you something… that’s not what it’s there for.

So I guess the question is “Who created God then?”

So an atheist might ask this question and think he’s cornered the philosopher. But hang on mister. Let us give the eager philosopher some room to share his thoughts too. And yes, there is an answer to this question. And it’s not “Oh, he’s always been there.”

Are you spoiling your kids?

An article featured on AOL money UK just 3 days ago on how much it costs us to raise kids up to the age they’re ready to leave home. For those of you who have kids may know. I’m a monk and I don’t know. So I have to look it up in the news….

Is there life after death?

So I was walking past a house near Watford where I live, and I saw this sign on a door. It was quite amusing and I had to take a picture. The debate about whether there is life after death or not has been going on for centuries. And although many claim to have gone…