Namaste

Namaste

Namaste is a respectful greeting, salutation, and even valediction in Hindu culture.

Most commonly in the West we use it as a respectful affirmation with someone we feel comfortable with in an environment that it is most proper to use.  For example a yoga studio Lol 😉

It is a beautiful word and means “I bow to the divine in you”.

So to all my readers and followers Namaste 🙂

Zen in the Prairies

I sit quietly by the lake.

Enjoying the magnificence of life.

I hear the Canadian geese start to arrive and crash the water.  For a moment I have to assert myself as the squawk of a goose threatens to destroy me and the world.

– Is this awakening?

Thanks to “August Meditations”

In Genjokoan, Zen Master Dogen wrote:

“Conveying oneself toward all things to carry out practice-enlightenment is delusion. All things coming and carrying out practice-enlightenment through the self is realization.”

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A few nights ago I was scrolling the buddhist blogs on wordpress and stumbled upon August Meditations (https://augustmeditations.wordpress.com/)

The above was the first post showing and Wow! What a first post to see!

I am not sure if anyone else gets a huge burst of insight from this gem by the Soto School Founder but I sure did.

Anyway in short it’s a great quote and August Meditations has a great blog!  Check it out for yourself 🙂

Orthodox Hinduism

Hinduism surely is one of the most fascinating religions on the planet.  This is in large part due to it’s origin as a fusion of many distinct cultures and traditions from diverse roots.

The material in which one can throw themselves into in regards to studying Hinduism is almost endless and this leads to an incredibly rich field of information and knowledge.

Within Hinduism there are officially six orthodox systems of thought known as “Astika”.  Although all these great schools of thought accept the Vedas as authoritative they differ wildly in the philosophical tenets they endorse.

The six schools of thought are:

  1. Samkhya
  2. Yoga
  3. Nyaya
  4. Vaisheshika
  5. Mimamsa
  6. Vedanta

At first I was going to do a basic description of each Darsana yet when I started the process I quickly became overwhelmed.  The truth is that one needs to study these systems of thought in their fullness and additionally one needs to become knowledgeable to the tradition as a whole in order to properly understand them.

Hopefully this blog post has sparked your interest in Hinduism and you will study these interesting Astika on your own! 😉