Weekend Musing – The Happiness Problem

Observation

The world is always changing. Objects arise, wither and disintegrate. Mind, the instrument of perception, is also in constant flux.

Implication

We desire an object. Attainment of it produces happiness. However, the object changes. We change. Our own preferences change. What produced happiness does not produce happiness anymore. It produces suffering. Continue reading

The World According to Yoga

The concept of Guna is fundamental in Yoga philosophy. It can be confusing to people with Scientific training. However, it is just a conceptual model. One way of looking at the world. I discuss this issue in detail here. I will try and explain the Gunas in non-technical terms.

The context comes first! Imagine our world 2500 years ago. Telescopes, microscopes, spectroscopes, computers, etc had not appeared yet. All that a Yogi had were his mind and sense organs. His view of the world is constructed from the information coming directly from these organs. His main tool of analysis was introspection (i.e. meditative analysis or Saṁyama in Sanskrit).

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