Looking Within – M.S. Srinivasan

(This is an imaginative recreation of vedantic stories, which describe the path of self-knowledge discovered by ancient Indian seers.) Aruni is a great sage of upanishadic age in India.  He had four sons.  One day his eldest son, Anna came to Aruni and asked, “Father, teach me the Truth.”  Aruni said, “Look within.”    Anna tried…

Drop It-M.S. Srinivasan

An Indian prince, Bhargava, comes to Gautama Buddha for initiation and become a monk.  In  a large hall in a monastery, the Enlightened One was sitting in a chair over a raised pedestal with many monks standing in a row in each side of the hall. The prince enters the hall carrying two large bowls…

The Dark Secret

(A free rendering of a beautiful and poignant Buddhist story.) They are the last days of Gautama Buddha, the Enlightened One.  The Great Master was meeting his disciples personally and individually to give his last message.  Ananda, one of the closest and wellknown disciple of the Master, stood close and near his beloved Guru.  Buddha’s…

What is a Miracle?-M.S. Srinivasan

A seeker went to see a great saint who used to perform miracles like materialisation etc. The saint waved his hand, produced a wrist-watch and gave it to the seeker. The seeker asked. “Why a spiritual man like you doing such cheap miracles”. The saint shot back. “It is a miracle to you but not…

The Spirit of Indian Art-M.S. Srinivasan

(This story is based on an episode in the life of the great artist Sri Nandalal Bose) Shanthiniketan— the great institution founded by Rabindranath Tagore. The art students were sitting all over the vast lawns of the institution-painting, drawing and sculpting. The head of the institution, one of the greatest artists of modern India, is…

The Fire and the Flower –M.S. Srinivasan

(Published in Awakening and NAMAH) (This is a recreation of an encounter between an American scientist and his Guru, a red-Indian sorcerer based on the encounters of the American anthropologist Carlos Castonanda with his Red-Indian Guru, Don Juan. The names are changed to indicate that it is a free and complete recreation of the episode.)…