Meditating on the Media

The media is the most powerful entity on earth,” said the American black militant leader Malcolm X, popular in the 1960s. For, in his own words, “They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control...

Science Meets the Arts

Hardly? Impossible? Not in Bali. Here, science and the arts are not poles apart. Here, science and the arts are not opposed to each other. On this beautiful isle of gods, the two not only meet, but also complement each other. This is the inner significance of...

Celebrating Silence

We normally associate celebrations with noise, loud music, singing, partying and of course crowds of people. Not so with the Balinese; not always. Here, on this isle of gods, silence and solitude are celebrated too. Indeed, the most important celebration here is that...

Living Meditatively

There is very famous Zen anecdote of a disciple asking his master, “Master, Master, what were you doing before your enlightenment?” And, the Master answered, “I was tending my garden.” “And,” the disciple asked again, “what did you do after your enlightenment?” “Don’t...

Becoming Mastermind

Having written last week that “hypnosis or hypnotherapy can be used as tools to open one to meditation,” or to strengthen an already weakened brain, I must, once again, emphasise this. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are not the only tools; there are several other, much,...

What Is Meditation?

There was a vigorous debate last year whether yoga and/or meditation were part of certain religious rituals, belief systems, science or some sort of physical training. The census among those who raised the issue was that as long as yoga was done for physical wellbeing...
The typical Malaysian problem

The typical Malaysian problem

Anand Krishna ,  Jakarta   |  Sat, 01/30/2010 12:52 PM  |  Opinion As pointed out by Azmi Sharom of University of Malaya in his dissertation (www.projectmalaysia.org), “at the crux of the problem facing plurality in Malaysia” are the twin issues of race...

Promoting faith-based secularism

Anand Krishna , Jakarta | Mon, 01/18/2010 10:44 AM | Opinion When the British writer George Holyoake first used the term secularism in 1851, he likely had no idea that his brainchild would be so dreaded by so many prominent religious establishments. In our country,...

The voice in the wilderness

Anand Krishna ,  Jakarta   |  Sat, 01/02/2010 12:58 PM  |  Opinion The “voice” is gone. And we are left with wilderness. Gus Dur, the voice that made the wilderness less terrifying, shall no longer be heard. His was the voice of hope, the voice that kept...