Nepal – the country of the Buddha and the Mt. Everest

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without – Buddha

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Mathematics and the Religious Impulse

Is Buddhism a Religion?

Water is a good servant but a bad master

China closer to becoming second-largest economy

Dead Sea Scrolls Mystery Solved?

Interview with Alva Noe, Ph.D.

Stuart Hameroff talks with Deepak Chopra on ” Where Is Consciousness?”

A Chance to Break Through: How You Can Use Crises to Transform Your Life

CHINA AND INDIA RACE FOR DAMS ON RIVER BRAHMAPUTRA: IMPACTS COULD BE MASSIVE AND UNKNOWN

The Real Issue: Reconciling Science With Experience

‘Dharma and Religion’

Is Consciousness the Center of the Universe?

MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSIONS OF SPIRITUAL QUOTIENT

Is There a God or Is There Nothingness? New Scientific Paradigm

Skill, Knowledge and Innovation Exchange – A Challenge on New Frontier

Leonardo da Vinci – Paleontology Pioneer

Wisdom: An Endangered Natural Resources

Can you tell me What is Wisdom while standing on one leg? This was the challenge put to a rabbi of old.

King Solomon said that wisdom was the knowledge and judgment to know right from wrong. He received his vaunted wisdom from God in a dream; would that we too had such dreams!

“Blessed is the man who finds wisdom,
the man who gains understanding,
for he is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.”

— Proverbs 3:13

The Talmud says that the wisest among men is he who learns from all. My father’s view on the subject was that it would be wise if I did what he said and didn’t say what he did. Wisdom is as wisdom does. For more click here

Groundbreaking Speech by Ban Ki-moon on Eve of NPT Review

I know how much energy it takes to speak out, to protest, to carry the banner of this most noble human aspiration – world peace. Let me begin by saying how humbling it is to speak to you in this famous place, Riverside Church.

It was here that Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke against the Vietnam War, and Nelson Mandela spoke on his first visit to the United States after being freed from prison. Standing with you, looking at you, I can see what they saw: a sea of committed women and men who come from all corners of the world.

Our shared vision is within reach: a nuclear-free world.

On the eve of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference beginning on Monday, we know the world is watching. Let us heed our call. Disarm now!

For more click here

Bid Farewell to Nuclear Arms

By Queen Noor of Jordan [1]

During the standoff of the post-war period between the superpowers, possessing nuclear weapons had a bleak sense to it. The justified fear felt on all sides of their appalling potential consequences kept their use in check. Mutually assured destruction maintained the peace among a handful of nuclear armed nations. 20 years after the end of the cold war, however, the world has changed radically and we need to change our approach to nuclear weapons in consequence.

I believe that if governments do not act now by beginning to eliminate all remaining nuclear weapons, we will witness in our lifetimes the detonation of a device by a state or terrorist group. To get governments to act, everyone needs to get involved and we need to bring this issue to the top of the political agenda. For more click here

In Consciousness Connected to the Fine Structure Of the Universe?

On March 27 Deepak Chopra [1] interviewed Dr. Stuart Hameroff [2] of the Center for Consciousness Studies of the University of Arizona. Here is an edited transcript of that interview.

DEEPAK: It’s my pleasure today to interview Dr. Stuart Hameroff who is a Professor Emeritus at the Department of Anesthesiology and Psychology and the Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona. Dr. Hameroff is best known for his research on quantum consciousness, an alternative to the accepted view that consciousness emerges from complex computation. Dr. Hameroff in conjunction with noted Oxford physicist Sir Roger Penrose, who was Stephen Hawking’s thesis advisor, has proposed that consciousness arises at the quantum level with infrastructures inside neurons known as microtubules. It is a great pleasure to interview you, Dr. Hameroff.

STUART: Thank you Deepak for this interview. It’s a pleasure to be here. I must say I have admired your work for many years also. So this is great that I have a chance to talk with you. For more click here

Atom Smasher Set for Record Collisions

GENEVA — The world’s largest atom smasher is ready to start a new era of science, colliding beams of protons to learn more about the make up of the universe and its smallest particles.

Dubbed the world’s largest scientific experiment, the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider holds the promise of revealing details about theoretical particles and microforces, scientists say.

Two beams of protons began 10 days ago to speed at high energy in opposite directions around the 27-kilometer (17-mile) tunnel under the Swiss-French border at Geneva.

The beams have been pushed to 3.5 trillion electron volts, the highest energy achieved by any physics accelerator – some three times greater than the previous record. For more Click here

India Misinforming about Buddha: Ram Dev

The Hindu Yoga Guru Swami Ram Dev speaking at a programme in Kathmandu told reporters, “Sita and the Buddha are pride of Nepal. India is worthlessly dragging the Buddha to controversy which is wrong”.

Talking to media persons, Swami Ram Dev said, “There is no doubt that Buddha was born Nepal. Now he is a universal character.” Opposing the rumour about Buddha’s birth place being India, he said, “Any enlightened person is a dignity and pride of a nation,” adding, “I will campaign for Nepal if anyone says that Buddha was born in India,” he added. For more click here

Happy International Women’s Day

Respectable and Dear ladies,

I would like to wish my best wishes to all the ladies on the occasion of International Women’s day 2010.
For most of you this sort of wishes could be enough, however; millions and millions women from different parts of the world, this day could mean something more than this due to various functions and commitments for them from different leaders and activists. They work more than men, but they are exploited, abused and violated by men. Somewhere they cannot eat whenever they want – they need to wait until their husband and other male members come and eat first. Even they have to suppress their feelings. They are like toys and machines for men. Just I would like to give you all a clear picture in short about the situation of millions and millions of women in different parts of the world. Everything seems to be separate, but they are interlinked each other in many ways, so any incident in any part of the world could affect others in different ways depending upon its nature. Many activists, therefore, raising their voice for Balanced Development to minimize different social problems, but this is not an easy job due to many reasons. For more click here

Isaac Newton on God

While revered as one of the greatest scientist of all time, Isaac Newton (1643-1727) wrote more on religion than science. The fight between secular fundamentalism and Christian fundamentalism rages as both sides seek to bolster a political system by crowning famous people as their own. Was Isaac Newton a Deist or a Christian? The answer is Newton was broadly a Christian Unitarian or rational Christian. He clearly rejected the Trinity and read the Bible in a literal manner (Christians use allegorical), thus removing many of the Greek pantheist and Platonist elements at the core of Christian dogma. See The gospel roots of Christian pantheism.

According to At the Origins of English Rationalism by T.E. Wilder he makes it clear “deists are now widely misunderstood, and their views commonly misrepresented. The caricature of deism is of a belief in a ‘clockwork’ making God who sets up the world and then retires to allow it to run unattended…The God of the Deists is often made to appear as the apex of an abstract world-system, a creative being that started the world-process and then withdrew and is now separated and isolated from it; this is the “absentee God” of literature.” For more click here

The Power Elite

One of the great achievements of modern times is that we have made society more fair. Sixty years ago, the upper echelons were dominated by what E. Digby Baltzell called The Protestant Establishment and C. Wright Mills called The Power Elite. If your father went to Harvard, you had a 90 percent chance of getting in yourself, and the path upward from there was grooved in your favor.

Since then, we have opened up opportunities for women, African-Americans, Jews, Italians, Poles, Hispanics and members of many other groups. Moreover, we’ve changed the criteria for success. It is less necessary to be clubbable. It is more important to be smart and hard-working.

Yet here’s the funny thing. As we’ve made our institutions more meritocratic, their public standing has plummeted. We’ve increased the diversity and talent level of people at the top of society, yet trust in elites has never been lower. For more click here

E=mc2 – What’s the Speed of Light Got to Do With It?

“Energy equals mass times the velocity of light squared.”  So what exactly does the velocity of light have to do with it?

By far, Einstein’s best-known equation is “E=mc2 – energy equals mass times the velocity of light squared.”  According to this equation, any given amount of mass is equivalent to a certain amount of energy, and vice versa.

We all have some idea of what mass and energy are, and can appreciate that either can be converted into the other.  Einstein’s equation even tells us how much of one potentially converts into how much of the other.  But what exactly does the speed of light have to do with either matter or energy?  How does the speed of light, of all things, come into the picture at all?

The answer turns out to be one of the easiest to follow of all Einstein’s derivations.  When Einstein derived the relation of mass to energy, he had already demonstrated how time is a direction much like the directions of space, and how the distance and time intervals between events depend on one’s frame of reference, which changes as one changes velocity.  He also found that other things depend on one’s frame of reference in a similar manner, such as the strengths of electric and magnetic force fields.  The way electric and magnetic fields depend on frames of reference gave Einstein a road to what he called “a very interesting conclusion.” For more click here

Einstein’s God, or The Hopes for Secular Spirituality

It came as a shock when the letters of Mother Teresa, long concealed by the Church, recently came to light. Suddenly it was revealed that this saintly icon — who is on the way to becoming an official saint — had anguishing doubts about the existence of God. These doubts tormented her at the beginning, middle, and end of her career. Those who want to see Mother Teresa canonized claim that her doubts make her even more a heroic exemplar of faith. But if you take the letters literally, at face value, she had a common predicament. She tried to live according to a Christian ideal but God didn’t listen or answer. He never showed his face or his presence to Mother Teresa, and therefore she had to confront deep disappointment and (dare we say it?) skepticism about the truth of religion.

Even though she was an outsized personality and a model of immense compassion, Mother Teresa wasn’t all that different from ordinary believers who come to the conclusion that God is a myth, perhaps even a fantasy created out of whole cloth. A rash of prominent books by atheists like Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Richard Dawkins have pounded away on the theme of delusion and fraud. Using science as their chief bulwark, they insist that religion serves the purpose of blocking reality. A rational secular society is their ideal, and their fervent hope is that religious yearning will be seen for what it is, a childish, irrational, and ultimately hopeless drive. Everyone can see the result. Neither side, the atheists or the religionists, have won the argument; they’ve simply become more entrenched in their original position. For more click here

Skyscraper Rotating Buildings:

The world’s first moving building, an 80-storey tower with revolving floors giving a shifting shape, is under construction in Dubai. “It’s the first building that rotates, moves, and changes shape,” said Italian architect David Fisher. The Dynamic Tower design is made up of 80 pre-fabricated apartments which will spin independently of one another. “This building never looks the same, not once in a lifetime,” he added. (For more click here)

Kapilvastu Day as Part of the World Peace Movement

*Ram Kumar Shrestha

We shall find peace. We shall hear the angels; we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.” (Anton Chekhov) Undoubtedly a peaceful world is everybody’s yearning and dream and many philosophers and humanitarian activists are optimistic that we will get there, however; every day results make it seem that we are not making much progress.  The world peace mission has been complicated because of the divergence of people involved and their ways of thinking.  This suggests to us ……

Relogion and Science

* Albert Einstein

Everything that the human race has done and thought is concerned with the satisfaction of deeply felt needs and the assuagement of pain. One has to keep this constantly in mind if one wishes to understand spiritual movements and their development. Feeling and longing are the motive force behind all human endeavor and human creation, in however exalted a guise the latter may present themselves to us. Now what are the feelings and needs that have led men to religious thought and belief in the widest sense of the words? A little consideration will suffice to show us that the most varying emotions preside over the birth …….

Science and Religion

* Albert Einstein

During the last century, and part of the one before, it was widely held that there was an unreconcilable conflict between knowledge and belief. The opinion prevailed among advanced minds that it was time that belief should be replaced increasingly by knowledge; belief that did not itself rest on knowledge was superstition, and as such had to be opposed. According to this conception, the sole function of education was to open the way to thinking and knowing, and the school, as the outstanding organ for the people’s education, must serve that end exclusively. ….

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