Recap and Pittsburgh’s Superlative Visual and Artistic Spectacle

Reloading videos on my new YouTube channel so great if you would like to subscribe to the channel. Leave you with one of the best videos I ever shot at Pittsburgh music festival. A superlative visual and artistic spectacle. This week is the month of recap. Going forward will post a few videos which were part of my articles earlier. Also, plan to write an article on equity and debt markets in my signature style.

For debt, we will talk about the concept of duration since it’s going to part of the article. The world today as we know is loaded with debt. And are US equities akin to a toast with butter at both sides taking words of James Bevan, an asset manager from Europe? We will have to wait and watch as Master Nish unravels the mystery.

Reloading videos on my new YouTube channel so great if you would like to subscribe to the channel. Leave you with one of the best videos I ever shot at Pittsburgh music festival. A superlative visual and artistic spectacle.

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Chicago: Museums, Planetarium and Aquarium…Cultural Ecosystem

img_20161228_131242840We journey through some of the museums, planetarium and Aquarium in Chicago. Chicago is known as the windy city. The name is a misnomer since although the city is known for high winds but its name comes from the fact that statesmen and politicians from Illinois were know to be a a bit long winded in their speeches… as a matter of fact even I am a bit long winded and our profile matches. Love Illinois considered by many as the great cultural microcosm of America. Continue reading “Chicago: Museums, Planetarium and Aquarium…Cultural Ecosystem”

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Dude Has Landed…United States of America & University of Michigan, Ann Arbor…Go Blue!!!

13882353_796951093781301_1746736691650152929_nIts been sometime since I wrote on my blog here. Well its time to start with a bang. The dude landed in United States of America this month…The Quintessential Country of Our Times…A country which has led the world in innovation, academics, entrepreneurship and philanthropy for about a century. Continue reading “Dude Has Landed…United States of America & University of Michigan, Ann Arbor…Go Blue!!!”

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Bhaja Caves Near Lonavala

IMG_20151115_161902My recent trip to Bhaja Caves. They are caves near LonavIMG_20151115_161848ala and very old Buddhist caves dating back to 2 BC. The bets way to go to these caves is to take NH4 the old highway from Pune to Mumbai. There are two caves very similar to each to each other Bhaja and Karla caves. if you are travelling from Pune to Lonavala then you will come across a junction from where on your left is Bhaja caves while on your right is Karla Caves.If you travel towards Bhaja caves  the you will have to park your car and walk up about 100 steps to the caves. The caves are really good with good vibrations. I had met a friend of mine after 21 years and we decided to visit Baja caves which is en route to Lonavala.

The view from the caves is majestic. These caves are very old and is quite an achievement considering the architecture  IMG_20151115_161639 went around the place and practiced Mindfulness and meditation. There are number of IMG_20151115_153242small caves where the monks must have meditated and practiced mindfulness and self awareness for years. We did not have much time so we could not visit Karla caves and I plan to visit. In the end I understand that for Indians such places are not spiritual places but places of leisure. This is my feeling after visiting all the spiritual places of Lord Buddha.

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IMG_20151115_152251Above roof of the main cave. On side entrance to small caves.

It is very sad that Indians have forgotten or are misled about Lord Buddha’s life and teachings. But then there is always a new beginning.

Look forward to my trip to Karla Caves which are very similar to Bhaja caves.

 

 

 

Attaching a video of Bhaja caves but the recording gets distorted after 45 seconds.

 

 

 

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Nalanda: Mother of All Universities & Rajgir

IMG_20151028_144915Nalanda is the First Residential International University which was officially set up in the 5th century although it had been operating for the last 1000 years.  Nalanda is near village Bada Gaon and comes on the way to Rajgir. was set up according to Legend by Sariputta, the chief disciple of Lord Buddha around roughly 500 bc. Sariputta belonged to Nalanda and took his nibbana when he left his body here after taking permission from Lord Buddha. Venerable Sariputta’s mother was residing in Nalanda and he had gone to take care of his mother before he took his Nibbana. Continue reading “Nalanda: Mother of All Universities & Rajgir”

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Shirdi Sai Baba..A Tribute & Two Little Angels

Sai-Original-sitting-on-stoneThere was an epidemic of cholera spreading across the village. A saintly old man was grinding powder in his stone grinding wheel. Everyone around the him were earnestly looking at the significance of the sight in front of them. The saint instructed people around him, to spread the powder on the outskirts of the village. Soon after the same was implemented the epidemic disappeared from the village..All the devotees understood that grinding of powder was just a metaphor and the epidemic had eased due to blessings of the saintly person.. Who was this saintly person and which period did he live in?? The name of the saintly person is Sai Baba of Shirdi, a place in the western part of India.

Sharing my recent experience when I went with my mother to Shirdi to take blessings from my Guru and eternal friend Sai Baba (Shirdi Sai Baba should not be confused with the other Sai Baba from Southern part of India).  My other Guru is of course Guru Goenkaji ( please refer to my earlier article on mindfulness meditation) to whom I had paid homage in my previous article. I had visited for a peaceful world and for my personal blessings. Continue reading “Shirdi Sai Baba..A Tribute & Two Little Angels”

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Yoga at its Best:Sivananda Ashram

Continuing my series on Fitness & Wellbeing, Travel & Adventure and Spirituality, we take a look at Yoga as a means of Fitness, Wellbeing & Spirituality in this article. Yoga sutras a compilation of asanas with mindfulness  is credit to Yogi Patanjali. they are a set of physical asanas along with meditation which help in the union of  body with consciousness resulting in both physical and spiritual well-being.  We will not dwell deep into the origins of Yoga since Swamiji_Classic_1many books and literature is available on internet.

In this article and series of articles i will discuss my experience at various Yoga centres across India during my spiritual sabbatical apart from my experience in Vipassana meditation.
We begin our journey by discussing the very famous Sivananda Ashram  which is spread across the world with headquarters in Canada (not surprised since Canada is emerging as a spiritual hub in the world).  Founder of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedantamaster Centres, Swami Vishnudevananda, was a world authority on Hatha (yoga symbolising physical postures)  and Raja Yoga. Swamiji was also known as the “Flying Swami” for the different peace missions he accomplished around the world.Swami Vishnudevananda was a disciple of Swami Sivananda, who was one of the greatest Yoga masters of the 20th century, Swami Sivananda, is the inspiration behind the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. The teachings of Master Sivananda ( photo on right) are summarized in these six words: Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize. ( Source: Sivavanada.org) Continue reading “Yoga at its Best:Sivananda Ashram”

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