Vipassana (विपश्यना)

Recently I attended 10 days vipassana course and hence this blog post. The contents of the post include my understanding of what vipassana (or Vipashyana) means , what is this ten day course about and my experience of staying this long without any contact with the outer world.

First about Vipassana

Vipassana is an ancient meditation technique used to eradicate impurities of your mind and find out root of any kind of misery you generate. Once you start practicing the technique, the path of happiness and peace in your life becomes very clear because you can just avoid the misery way on every occasion in your life. Importantly the technique teaches how to bring your mind under your control. Practicing the technique is the key. There is no time limit on when you can fully achieve the feat of bringing your mind fully under your control, but however far is the destination, it becomes closer if you step towards it. It may take a year , 5 years or entire life but as you practice you will definitely start seeing changes in yourself.

The base of the technique is  PRACTICE . Just knowing things at mental level won’t work. The understanding has to be done at body level / physical level. e.g. one knows anger is bad , but he/she becomes angry often and burns in anger for hours even after the incident , reason being he/she just knew “do not become angry” at mental level. Vipassana helps to change one’s behavior pattern by making him more conscious about himself. More you are conscious about yourself more peaceful you become.

Important observation you start to make by practicing vipassana is the root of any type of misery or pain lies with in you rather than outside object. e.g. Someone abuses you by saying some words. Now you become angry and start burning. You will notice that the intensity of this anger is more if the same person says same thing when your are along with your friends. Intensity is much more if the words has come from your own son. You will see that its the same word but all three situations has caused you different intensity of pain. Than means the pain generating factor is not the word, its the reaction you have generated. And you are sole responsible for your own reactions. You will start observing that more and more you are conscious, you gain control over your reactions. But as said before , knowing at mental level these concepts wont help at all. You must practice it. Vipassana is a technique of practicing of how to make one more conscious.

Apparently it’s the same technique used to achieve state of super consciousness. Gautama the Buddha has achieved that feat using it . He later introduced this technique to the world and many people got benefited out of it. But the purity of the technique got lost in last 2500yrs and if you practice wrong technique it wont benefit you and if it wont benefit oneself , one wont practice. This is how the technique got lost from world. Group of people from one country (Burma) kept it in it’s pure form from generation to generation. Visionary people of current time tried to spread this technique in it’s pure form back to entire world. And hence this 10 Days Course.

About 10 days course
The 10 days course is all about learning how to practice Vipassana in it’s true nature. This course focuses on the practicing part of the technique rather than just mental understanding. To understand the true nature of the practice , nothing less than 10 days will work. One must fully undergo the rules of the course to get maximum understanding of the technique. The course is free of cost. Food and Stay for 10 days is free.  The course is available at various places in India and throughout the world. I attended the course from Igatpuri (the first centre in India, and is 50km from Nashik, Maharashtra). They accept donations at the end of the course(You get 125% tax exemption on the donation). The course reservation can be done at

Rules of the course are very tough for one who is especially coming from internet world and has lot of addiction towards social n/w etc.Actually it’s tough for any addicted person. For the due course of 10 days, you won’t be having Mobile,Laptop, TV, Newspaper. You won’t talk (मौन) for 10 days. You will have only breakfast and Lunch (No dinner). You will be sitting by crossing your legs for 12 hrs of the day (you will have 10 mins breaks every 2 hrs). Basically you are completely isolated from happening world.

These 10 days are split into two parts. Anapana for first 3 days where you practice looking at your own breath. You will observe your breath coming in and going out. There is no control over breath etc, its just pure observation of your breath. This helps to concentrate your mind. Remaining seven days are for Vipassana(Pali) /Vipashyana(sanskrit).  In vipassana , you use your concentration that you gained , to observe your body from head to toe (by closing your eyes). You will take your mind to every part of the body and observe the sensation coming on it. you will notice that there are sensations all over the body. Some place you will see vibration, other you may observe itching, heat , coolness, pain etc. You must remain in equilibrium towards all kind of sensations. All kinds of impurities of your mind and body comes on the body in form of sensation all round the clock. Staying in equanimity against them is the key to eradication.  Well, 10 days are very less for gaining super purity of the mind but these 10 days are very important to understand what is the technique all about and how to practice the same in your life. Throughout the 10 days of meditation, you wont imagine any God, no chanting of any mantra, no imagination of any belief figure etc. The technique is all about reality you observe in yourself and staying in equanimity. That’s all.

Your day starts at 4am in morning till 930pm, of which you will perform 10-11 hrs of meditation practice.  Vipashyana timings in day: 4.30am to 6.30am , 8 to 11am , 1 to 5 pm, 6 to 7pm, 8.30-9.15pm.  Other : Breakfast-6.30am , lunch- 11am , evening snaks and tea-5pm. Goenkaji’s Video discourse program : 7-8.30pm. This goes for 10 Days. Tenth day is Maitri divas. The schedule on this day has less hours of meditation and you can talk on this day.

There are ~ 15 group halls for meditation of varying seating capacity from 50 to 200. On day zero (arriving day) you will be assigned one meditation group hall and a permanent seat in that hall.  You will be given one residential room (shared/individual). Throughout the course you will go to your assigned meditation hall and be seated at assigned sit. You won’t talk with anyone other than your Acharya /Teacher for 9 days. On 10th day from 10am onwards , after Maitri teaching, you can talk with other colleagues (that too only in Canteen and residential quarters).  Absolute silence on main road (shanti pathar) of the campus throughout 10 days. Girls and boys have separate halls , canteen and residential quarters. Event if you come with your wife or colleague you wont meet that person for 9 days.  Course finishes on 11th day 6.30am in the morning, you will be served breakrfast on last day.

My experience at the Course.

I was practicing this technique (30 min /  day) since a year before joining this course. It benefited me a lot. I was having many questions regarding the course and so I attended this course.  So the experience shared below is effect of my past practice and the course as well.

First time I learned that sitting peaceful and ideal (doing absolutly nothing, not even moving your body parts ) for more than 2 hrs is the most difficult thing I have ever done. I am not kidding! So basically it was very tough course for me. At times I thought to run away. Every evening’s video discourse by Goenkaji is what kept me working for next day.  3rd and  5th day were absolutely tough.

At the end of 10th day I felt I have attended most difficult exam of my life. I felt there is less chaos in my mind than ever before. I felt very fresh and energetic. But I knew this wont last long.  My mind has a behavior pattern to cause misery over the time and so I must practice on daily basis to get real benefit out of it. I wished  I should have got introduced to this technique earlier in my life (in my twenties).  But nevertheless, I got it is what more important for me. I felt thankful to S N Goenka who explains the technique in unique manner and generates belief towards the technique.Once someone has little hope or shradhha towards something ,he tries. The technique is so powerful that if you practice it , it will start giving you fruits of happiness in life. And once you start getting fruits , you will strongly practice it. Same thing started happening to me. Ans so I am thankful for my entire life to S N Goenka. At the same time started feeling greatness towards Gautama, the super human who found the technique.

Purifying ones mind is long process. The long journey becomes shorter only if we step towards it. Importantly the path must be correct. I feel I have found right path , now walking on the path is what remains.

Mangal Ho (be happy)!

(Links :  S N Goeka’s Video discourse in Hindi :  Vipassana 10 days Hindi discourse ; Course reservation and more about the course : )




Nature is a place of great secrets. These are secrets until we unlock them. Surprisingly every time we unlock one , we end up with many more secrets inside. To unlock such secrets we need  be able to find the link between various things.  To me everything in the universe is linked in one form or other.  This blog post is about various links that I see and I feel worth to be looked upon.

The air we breath is produced by trees. Why would I totally depend on something created by trees. Could there be a link between oxygen creators and oxygen absorbents ?  There are many different types air molecules , but why only oxygen ,produced by trees ,is our dying need. Is it that there was large amount of oxygen prior to animals on this earth , and we could survive only if oxygen’s abundance is reduced ?  Have we evolved ourselves to breath oxygen in a way to maintain some kind of balance in nature with trees.The molecule created via photosynthesis inside a leaf becomes a necessary element in chemical reaction inside human body to release energy from sugar molecules. I would call this as Energy Link

Human senses are capable of detecting only those changes which takes more than 0.1 second. e.g. if you are given an needle injection shot in less than 0.1 second, then you wont know if it was given at all. We can say that processing speed factor of senses is 0.1 second.  Earth takes 86400 seconds to rotate around itself to cause day and night. Because it is much much larger than 0.1 second (~10^6  times) we can detect the presence of day and night. If Day and night would have been faster than 0.1 second , we could never have been able to observe it.  The question is , is it just a coincidence or there is link between our consciousness factor and speed of earth rotation ?  May be we have developed our processing speed during evolution to be much faster than day-night cycle speed. This also gives another thought , are there such things happening around us which are way faster than our detection and so we are missing it?   I would call this as a Time Link.

Everyone who has ever lived on this earth died one day or will die. We have not yet evolved ourselves to be able to live forever. This is one of the pure truths of life. We are mortals. Rather, every living being is mortal. However we become rich, powerful, peaceful, intelligent we can not escape the death cycle. “Even Einstein dies” is the very truth we experience. Now if “being born” and “dying” are linked via life , why not  “dying” and “getting birth” are linked ? They can be linked based on state of mind at the time of death. More stable you are at the time of death, more peaceful your nature will be in the next life. If you die absolutely peaceful like Buddha, you need not another life at all.  The link between death and rebirth can be called as  Life link.

There are many more links like these and is just a step into knowing the nature of the world we live in.  Share your thoughts on these lines if you are thinking on similar lines in the comments below.

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Shiv (शिव)

This post is about my understanding of Shiv (as in lord Shiva or lord Shankar). All of my thoughts below are inspired from Mr. S N Goenka (famously known as Vipashyana guru).

Meaning of Shiv word itself is “well being” , “happy being” , “being in peaceful state” , “being in pure state”. One of the very intelligent ideas of Hinduism is to represent most aspired and most required state for human beings in a form of God. Being in peaceful state ,no matter what happens , is most difficult and most wished state to reach in this one life time.

Hrishi’s and saints found that attaining peace of mind is most important and at the same time a very tough process. They thought of representing this peaceful state in a form of God so that this becomes inspiration to normal people and looking at such peaceful God they may try to inherit the similar state in their life. And so is this Lord Shiva.

Ancient philosophers were very thoughtful and to represent this God of peace they thought of moon being on his head. Moon light is cool light (unlike sun) and logically someone can think moon as cool piece. Shiva has moon on his head , it means his head , his mind is as cool as moon. Coolness is infact peacefulness.

Shiva has river Ganga flowing from his head. Water of Ganga is very cold at it’s source and down the river too. Shiva’s mind is utmost cold that it can be thought as his head is source of such cold river.

Shiva has dangerous animal snake around his neack. Snake is also called as death as just a single bite of it can cause death of any other animal. Such of this animal even cannot affect Shiv’s peace. In the scariest of such situations Shiv can stay calm and peaceful.

Shiva’s body is blue. He has been pictured as person who drank deadliest poison resulted from sagar manthan. Poison is one of the hottest natured substance and can vanish a life in no time if consumed. Shiva is imagined to have drunk this huge poison and still his peace of mind is unaffected. He is such a cold natured Hrishi.

Ancient philosophers has done a great deal of imagination to have thought of this coolest image to inspire peaceful living in generations.

To me worshipping Shiva is taking time in your life to imagine such concept who is cool like moon, whose head is as cool as source of Ganga, whose peace is untouched by deadliest animal, whose body remains in cold form even he drinks poison. And try to inherit some of this in my life to make best use of being human.

We spend enough energy fighting if shiva exist or not , if Ganga starts from his head or not and blind believers always fail to spread actual message of Shiv to scientific , logical thinkers.

We are all thankful to such philosophers of old era to have inspired us to live a life in such peaceful way or Shiva way. It’s our duty to carry such messages for future generations.

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There has been lot of discussion in recent decades about “state of nothingness”. Philosophers , scientists , teachers , scholars and many other groups have been discussing about was there “nothing” before this universe.  Most of the discussions goes on understanding of nothing itself .Can there exists absolute nothing or what is nothing itself is yet to be locked into scientific discoveries.

This blog post is inspired from Lawrence Krauss‘s discussions and thinking about  nothing.  This blog post is not about theoretical physics etc and is all about my honest opinion and  my thoughts on “nothingness“.

Lets start with very simple state of nothing , and for that I put a statement : “There is nothing in my pocket.” This is very relative statement and for me it means there is absence of things which are commonly kept and looked upon in the pocket. But there exists air inside , so definitely there is not nothing because air is something. As long as we find something we can not say it’s nothing.

Lets create vacuum in a iron cubical box by removing air. Now can you say there is nothing in the box ?   Electromagnetic waves can travel trough vacuum and on earth we have so many electromagnetic things going on (mobile , radio , television signals and what not are all electromagnetic)  and so there exists something in the box. Also because we can’t realistically make 100% vacuum so there will always be something in out iron cubical box on earth.

Now let’s go to deep space and imagine 1m cubical area out there. Again assume vacuum is out there. Is there nothing ?  What about light from stars, you will always have some light (low/high intensity) out there coming from some or other star.

We can go further deeper and we will see Gravity,Time, Magnetic force etc out there.  Also we can call space itself a something. Now if space itself is something then it’s highly difficult to imagine things which can exists without space. Only your thoughts then can exists without taking space(and even someone can say thoughts take space in brain).

It seems to be inconclusive or branching discussion and so it will be good to first arrive at a point or definition of few important things out here and then again talk if “nothing” can exists.

Two of such things are “exists” and “a thing”. What are all things that we can say they fit into category of  “a thing”. What is the criteria on which we can call if it “exists” ?

So in conclusion , to find out if  “nothing exists” we need to know what do we actually mean by “something exists”?  If we answer second question we may be able to categories  what is “nothing”  and if it exists or not.

Please watch this space for further discussion on this topic on my blogpost.

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This “Time” series is my honest attempt to know what do we mean by “Time”. What is the nature of it. It is offcourse not necessary ( and is not ) to match with what someone says.  Ans so I am saying it as my honest attempt.

In previous blog (link) we discussed if Time is purely just a discovery by humans, i.e. have we discovered it ? To be able to discover something we need source for that thing , medium by which it travels (or stays) and our senses to detect it. For time we don’t have any of those. There is no source that creates time, time does not have medium , and we don’t have any sensor which can detect time.

We discussed that we have memories of something happened to us and our consciousness tells that we have memory. e.g. we were very little conscious when we were a year old. We don’t recall any of the things happened to us at that time. We individual can not surely tell if we were one year old for sure in past (we logically think that to become 30 yrs old we must have been 1 year old and that’s it. There is no real proof that one himself can generate that he was one year old.  Your parent can show you old photos ,videos etc but it’s not you , it’s them.)

So consciousness is helpful to let one confidently differentiate between past and present.

Let’s go to other branch to see if Time is our invention.

Invention is something lies in our creation category. e.g. GOD is our invention. We have not discovered GOD , instead we have created it for our own sake.

Is Time like a GOD , that we created for own sake ? Both of them does not have source of creation , and we either don’t have any sensor to detect it’s presence.

Whether or not GOD is an invention is very debatable and so let’s not fit time into invention category just because my personal opinion about GOD being an invention. Another example of invention would be let’s say a Chair. It’s an instrument to sit and take rest(it’s a physical instrument). Another example would be mathematics. It is our invention (virtual). It is a thought or collection of various logical thoughts.

Is Time just a thought or is it a external independent thing ? We will discuss more in upcoming blogs.

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ONE of the main reasons why human could conquer this animal planet is his ability to “Study”. In this blog I am posting my understanding and opinions about “changed meaning of word Study in current times”. This blog is based on my observation of the same in primary schools  , colleges and universities.

To me meaning of study is  to observe ,  and for one to become master in particular area he must practice.  Observation along with practice can make one a Professional.

Today the meaning of study has completely changed and it has become “to read“. And for one to become master he is “remembering”  what he has read.  So today’s professionals are “readers who could remember”.

Well , surely not everyone fits into above category but you will agree most of them though fits in. Immediate question would be why are we going on this path if this is not right way. How one can study rightly. Is reading only way left to study now as Newton, Darwin, Einstein , Faraday , Hawking already did the “observation” part and nothing is left for us to study? Is reading and remembering giving us the success (money) and that why we are on that path ? Is today’s competition very high that one does not have time to observe and grasp, and if one does  will he not succeed ?

To know all these , keep visiting Purity for my upcoming blogs.

Thanks for taking a moment in your busy life to visit Purity. Hope you have a different thought to take with you today.

I am keeping the blog length short from now onward as some of my readers suggested, they are too busy and if the page size is more then it’s not effective. 

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I am sure one day my daughter is going ask me “why 1 plus 1 is 2?” and I am going to go nuts to answer this. This very thought generated in me a basic question “What is the limit to ask why , meaning till what extent one can ask why ?”

Let’s try to answer above question of  why 1+1 is 2 itself (explanation is not to my daughter , she wont understand it as of now).

First hand answer  : “because one apple and one apple makes two apples”.

Question: But both apples may not be same, will still it make 2 apples ? why ?

Answer: I think size wont matter while counting.

Question : If I cut one apple into two pieces, then along with second apple , how many apples I will have?

Answer: “Well” , umm.. in this case apples are 2 but count is 3 . (Ah!!)

Question : That means , size does matter.

Answer : Ok, Let me explain in you by another way.  2is a number and 1 is a number. 2 is away from 1 by 1. (:O), and thats why when we add 1 with 1 it becomes 2.

Question: Why 2 is away from 1 by 1  ?

Answer : We have number line which makes the two numbers separated from each other with some logical distance. For equal distance intervals we name it by number. e.g. 1 , 2 ,3 ,4,5 are equidistant intervals.

Question: Why we have number line ?

Answer : That’s our base of mathematics.

Question : Why we need base to a subject ?

Answer  :  This is common practice to make a base i.e. foundation and then create the whole system. And that works , rather it has worked in past for many such systems.

Question : why common practice is trusted to a level to make a base and then system?

Answer: Because it works.

Question : Why something has to work to make it a common practice?

Answer : Because if it does not work then we can not use it .

And the series goes on….. A point comes in the series where ..

Answer:  “there is a GOD who created universe, and thats why it is like that.

Question : then who created this GOD?

Answer : GOD does not need creation .

Question: Why he does not need creation ?


Question : Why HE is the GOD???

And it never ends!!!!!

Main idea of this blog is to tell you that every single thing in this universe  , be it logical , physical , virtual ..anything , is questionable and questions are limitless, there is no limit .

It is limitless both ways. You can go solar system, Galaxy, Universe , multiverse etc i.e. outward. And you can go towards atom, electron , boson etc.. i.e. inward.

Now question is does human has limit to know the limitless nature?

And that’s what is called Science , an approach to study limitless nature and break the today’s known boundary to tomorrow’s unknown secrets.

Thanks for visiting Purity, hope you had a different thought for a moment in your busy life!