Sai Baba Magick and Puttaparthi Mountains
31st of March, 2008 - 12:33
A few days back, as our route took us to Bangalore, we also spent a few days in Puttaparthi, the ashram of Sathya Sai Baba, the famous Hindu teacher, considered by his followers to be an avatar.
Taoist-Maoist Indiana Jones
31st of March, 2008 - 12:29
The gurubhai seers of Radhakund have now realized that I have become a Tantric and a Buddhist Sannyasi, and concluded that my fame deserves to be spread...
Theravada 4 Eva
27th of March, 2008 - 13:41
To adopt a new conceptual framework, to revise the old, or neither, or both? Thoughts in principle on evolutions, revolutions and renunciations, on current emphases and future possibilities.
Shankara, Bhagavata-purana and Advaita-vedanta
25th of March, 2008 - 4:08
The first installment in exploring earlier themes of Vedas, Advaita, Buddha, Brahmanas and so forth in some further detail.
24th of March, 2008 - 16:14
With my recent writings on the evolution of my views on Hinduism, featuring a departure that to many is irreconcilable and to some also unforgivable, expressions of anger have again become a theme of some contemplation to me.
Question to Readers
23rd of March, 2008 - 5:30
I don't really have a very clear picture of the demographics of the current Vraja Journal readership. Here's a question to the readers.
Gods Forsaken, Paradise Lost
22nd of March, 2008 - 19:44
Being a Buddhist means I no longer believe in god. Right? Well, let's be a bit more nuanced here.
Buddha, Vedas and the Brahmana culture
21st of March, 2008 - 13:30
Buddhism earned the nastika (atheist or infidel) label owing to the Buddha's rejection of Vedas. However, rejecting the Vedas isn't as black and white an issue as one might assume. This is a look at the Vedas the Buddha knew of.
From the Sahajiya Watcher
20th of March, 2008 - 13:03
A gem from recent feedback from Harry Krishna, a self-appointed sahajiya watcher.
18th of March, 2008 - 10:45
I wish to write a few words on the "exclusive devotion" theme of an earlier entry to clarify my views on bhakti.
16th of March, 2008 - 10:41
Yesterday, Advaitadas commented on my exit in his blog. These are some reflections on his message.
16th of March, 2008 - 5:52
Following the change of spirit, the form of the journal has undergone a due transfiguration.
Vraja Journal - Disclaimer
15th of March, 2008 - 15:57
What's the future of Vraja Journal? It'll continue, albeit in a somewhat different spirit. Please read this disclaimer before reading any further.
14th of March, 2008 - 18:37
Many readers of this journal have been wondering about the evolutions in my slant on things and my spiritual direction in general. Time has come to address matters in definite terms.
Vilasa Kunja Status
12th of March, 2008 - 16:13
I'm aware Vilasa Kunja and the rest of the sites (except for Vraja Journal) are down. Here's the latest on that.
Asubha: Meeting Corpses and Death
9th of March, 2008 - 16:51
Walking around the ghats of Varanasi, death is a common sight. The large piles of firewood tell their story of the volume of corpses daily burnt.
Our Shared Journey
4th of March, 2008 - 15:03
There was an earlier blog on misleading, commenting on the feedback of someone who came forward in a rather pointed manner about it. This is something, slightly retouched, I wrote to a friend who asked whether I truly felt I had misled someone.
Delhi to Varanasi
1st of March, 2008 - 13:25
Reaching New Delhi, booking train tickets, killing a few extra hours, observing the ominous Buddha-presence, moving towards Varanasi...
Vraja Journal - Disclaimer
Posted: 15th of March, 2008 - 15:57
Please read this text in its entirety before reading Vraja Journal any further.
An obvious question after the note on my revised spiritual course is one concerning the future of Vraja Journal — even if it isn't likely to be the greatest of questions in the readers' minds following the announcement. It needs to be addressed nonetheless.
Someone actually wrote to me a while back, insisting that I must either change my tone to one that is faithful to the Radhakund babaji tradition (following my writings on some of its corruption), or otherwise change the name of the site to something else. While I am rarely one to bow to the thought police, the old site description is obviously no longer relevant.
The word vraja has a dual meaning. The meanings we are more accustomed to are "cattle-shed", "station of herdsmen" and so forth, meanings tied with the actual geographical location. The primary dictionary meanings of vraja however are "way" and "road", as also "wandering" and "roaming" — which are very much on the mark. I'll do a slight retouch of the journal style in the days to come as a symbolic shift to mark its next phase; the wanderer's journal.
With this, I wish to be clear in noting — although it perhaps goes without saying — that you shouldn't expect future content to conform to a orthodox Gaudiya Vaisnava point of view. Those among the orthodox Gaudiyas with pliable faiths will want to reconsider their habit of visiting my journal. If you don't stop reading the journal here and now, don't hold me responsible for the possible effects my future writings may have on you. You have been warned.
I will be writing, time and inspiration permitting, on many of the issues that led to my shift of direction. With hordes of taboos dissolved with my absolution from doctrinal conformance, I am now in a more comfortable position to openly discuss issues that may have been bothering or perplexing many. While I am obviously not going to say anything objectively bad, and while I seek to write only for giving rise to goodness and wisdom, not everyone will be happy with future writings appearing on this site.
That said, I wish to reiterate that I have no objective in persuading anyone to believe or disbelieve in any particular manner. Those who are mature enough to take my writings for what they are and explore the content in a critical and reflective spirit are welcome to keep reading. The rest are encouraged to quit reading here and now and focus on their spiritual practice of choice while finding safer sources of inspiration.