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“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens”*…

 

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You might think that digital technologies, often considered a product of ‘the West,’ would hasten the divergence of Eastern and Western philosophies. But within the study of Vedanta, an ancient Indian school of thought, I see the opposite effect at work. Thanks to our growing familiarity with computing, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI), ‘modern’ societies are now better placed than ever to grasp the insights of this tradition.

Vedanta summarises the metaphysics of the Upanishads, a clutch of Sanskrit religious texts, likely written between 800 and 500 BCE. They form the basis for the many philosophical, spiritual and mystical traditions of the Indian sub-continent. The Upanishads were also a source of inspiration for some modern scientists, including Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrödinger and Werner Heisenberg, as they struggled to comprehend quantum physics of the 20th century…

Philosopher and Vaishnava Hindu theologian Akhandadhi Das. a member of the Science and Philosophy Initiative, explains how “Modern technology is akin to the metaphysics of Vedanta.”

* Jimi Hendrix

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As we muse on metaphor, we might send carefully-constructed birthday greetings to Donald Knuth; he was born on this date in 1938. A computer scientist, mathematician, and professor emeritus at Stanford, he made numerous substantive contributions to computer science, both practically and theoretically.  But he is probably best known as the author of the multi-volume work The Art of Computer Programming, which he began in 1962, began to publish in 1968… and has (via multiple revisions/additions) still not finished.  Called by the New York Times “the profession’s defining treatise,” it won Knuth the Turing Award in 1974.

That said, it’s surely worth noting Knuth’s other major contribution to our modern zeitgeist: his “Potrzebie System of Weights and Measures,” published in Issue 33 of Mad Magazine when he was 19 years old.

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Written by LW

January 10, 2019 at 1:01 am

“Surely if God had meant us to do yoga, he would have put our heads behind our knees”*…

 

Wish your vinyasa flow practice came with beer, cursing, and heavy metal music? Rage Yoga might be for you. The more casual yoga practice involves stretching, swearing, and a killer soundtrack. Currently, founder Lindsay Istace offers classes at a pub in Calgary, Canada, on Mondays and Wednesdays—but the phenomenon is gaining traction worldwide, and classes may soon be able available online…

Details at “Rage Yoga Is Here To Make You ‘Zen As F**k’.”

* Rod Stewart

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As we walk that downward dog, we might recall that it was on this date in 1891 that Swami Vivekananda reached Bombay on a two year pilgrimage.  A Hindu monk and chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna, Vivekananda announced his plans to go abroad.  In 1893, he sailed for Chicago, where he began a tour on which he was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world.

Vivekananda in 1891

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Written by LW

April 21, 2016 at 1:01 am

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