A Big Question

SkylineRecently I’ve been typing up some audio transcripts for a very good friend of mine. They are recordings of a series of talks given by the Tibetan Buddhist Rinpoche I wrote about a few blogs back. It’s great to hear what he said all over again, and it’s almost like a private audience.

For some reason, as I was typing away today, I got the Madonna song Ray of Light in my head, so I went online and listened to it.  Great song!  I think I remember that she’d had some vocal training because she was hitting some high notes.  Great song, I listened to it twice 🙂

It got me thinking about light.  What is it?  Turns out that light is part of the electromagnetic spectrum, along with gamma rays, X rays, infrared and ultraviolet, etc.  The part of the spectrum that is between ultraviolet and infrared is the part our eyes can detect – visible light from the sun.  So light is the same sort of stuff as everything else, a form of energy.

I am still chanting the Gayatri mantra every day:

Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yonnah pracodayat

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Hindu Roots, Buddhist Roots

Beads photoI’ve been in Paris several weeks now and my life is starting to take on some shape.

I have some work teaching English to keep me ticking over and have been extremely lucky to have linked up with a French friend of mine from the old days who has plugged me into her group of friends, so it’s not all work, work, work.

And my daily practice continues.

I wrote a while back about the Gayatri Mantra.  It has become a daily fixture for me, alongside Green Tara.  In combination, these two mantras create a mental and physical reality in me so peaceful and at the same time so active that I can truly say I have never felt better in my life than I do now.

Since starting my practice over two and a half years ago, I have been struck by the fact that the mantras I chant originate in two different traditions; Buddhist and Hindu.  It seems to me from my continued reading and research that these two spiritual ‘lines’ are closely linked.  Continue reading