Alan Watts and South Park

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973) was a great entertainer. A "philosophical entertainer" with the emphasis on the entertainer bit. Fortunately for us, his talks are available on YouTube. He was a fascinating person, as you can gather from the wiki page on him (linked above). My interpretation of Vedanta, Zen and Buddhism matches perfectly with … Continue reading Alan Watts and South Park

Of Prizes and People

We humans instinctively categorize, especially people. We are amateur primitive set-theoreticians. There are infinite ways to categorize people since humans have a humongous number of characteristics. Consider the categories of people who award prize and people who win prizes. In my view, people who institute prizes belong to the most prestigious set. I order the … Continue reading Of Prizes and People

There are 10 Kinds of People

A comp sci joke claims that there are 10 kinds of people: those who understand binary numerals and those who don't. Being a former computer science student myself, I find it tickles my funny bone. Note that I wrote "binary numerals" and not "binary numbers." There are no binary numbers, just like there are no decimal … Continue reading There are 10 Kinds of People

Maya, Moksha, Nama and Rupa

Maya Pondering the fact of death, I am reminded that impermanence is a central feature of the world we live in. The phenomenal world — of things and events — is called maya in the dharmic traditions (namely Jain, Hindu, Buddhist & Sikh.) The world is maya. Many people simply translate it as “ the … Continue reading Maya, Moksha, Nama and Rupa

AMA: the “What I Profess” edition

This is a confession of my beliefs on a variety of subjects, some fundamental and some derivative. It partly answers the question "who am I?" and goes some way in demonstrating that the matters I profess have coherence, consistency and structural integrity. I will first introduce them as a list and then expand on each … Continue reading AMA: the “What I Profess” edition

Thoughts on the Passing of Shri Balasaheb Thackeray

Shri Balasaheb Thackeray passed away today (Saturday afternoon India time) in Mumbai. Much of what I know about current events, I learn from the handful of people I follow on twitter. So I got to know of Balasaheb's death through twitter. I noticed quite a few "RIP" messages. That prompted me to write a few … Continue reading Thoughts on the Passing of Shri Balasaheb Thackeray