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Issue – 4


Finding the Essence

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WALKING THE FOREST OF UNNATURAL HAPPINESS

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The Guru and the Geek

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Anticipation and nervous excitement filled the atmosphere. It was the first day in the dissection room for the three hundred new medical students in my year. Entering the foyer area, we slipped into our white coats and prepared our surgical kits. The doors to the interior theatre swung open, and we were hit by an …

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“I’m famished for material fulfillment,” the mind begs the body. “Make me feel like a natural enjoyer.” Your senses need no pleading. “Oh yes—set us loose.” They guarantee: “We’ll light your fire. Saturating you with desire, we’re sure to take you higher.” Quickly the piggy mind computes: “I’ve worked hard for the right to enjoy. …

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I used to believe in the common saying, “Love is blind.” But last night, I realised love is not blind; rather, I am blind to love. Yesterday, my very dear friend underwent a lot of trouble to make me a beautiful birthday cake. The moment I saw it, my heart jumped. It looked deliciooouussssss! I …

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Would you like to live forever? Does it sound attractive? For me, I would totally jump at the chance to become immortal. I would imagine that most people, if given the choice, would gladly choose not to die. A View from Science With the advancement of science, some people think the cure for death is …

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I think I have acquired a spiritual guru. Actually, I think it might be more accurate to say that he has acquired me. I’m a scientist (astrophysicist to be precise) and I’ve been agnostic for as long as I can remember, so I’ve always struggled with the idea of God and the purpose of religion. …

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“It’s all about the people not the place.” It’s a cliche I know, but it’s so true. That’s what I love most about travelling— meeting such a variety of colourful characters from all over the world. Everyone is so individual and so interesting. Not like at home, where it’s just the same people, day in, …

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Picture yourself in a yoga class in the futuristic “age of spiritual machines,” when conscious computers and their artificial intelligence eclipses that of the modern human. Imagine downloading the sun salute routine from your yoga instructor app and loading the software into your cyborg mind: #include <studio.yoga.itn> int main <surya.namaskar.itn> int main <rotaryflexion> #say_ommm {self} …

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Happiness is a term often bandied about, commandeered by marketing agencies for campaigns that purport to hold the elixir for true and continuous contentment. Buy this drink, wear this make up, use this toothpaste, chew this gum, and all of life’s little inadequacies will fade into the ether. Happiness is the destination, product the vehicle, …

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