If we examine our modern and urban lives, we discover that we are surrounded by artificiality. Almost everything we use, consume or interact with is man made. Except for family, friends, and playtime almost all our interactions with others is transactional and hence dominated by a sense of artificiality. The greater the pervasiveness of artificiality the less the possibility for us to realise happiness. I spend considerable time in my small terrace garden and I realise that i
An American tourist desired to meet an Indian Mystic. So his hosts arranged for him to meet a Rishi (an enlightened being). On entering the small room, the American was astonished to see the Rishi's room and living space, so bare and simple. The only furniture was a mat and a few wooden utensils. Tourist :"With due respect, may I ask where's your furniture and other household things?" Rishi : "Where is yours?" Tourist : "Mine? But I'm only a visitor here." Rishi : "So am I..