Vincent Ehindero Award: 1 and 2 πŸ™Œ

Hello everyone ! Have a wonderful and safe day πŸ™‹πŸ»

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I am very delighted to announce that I have been nominated for this award, twice by 2 wonderful bloggers Ritisha of https://ritisha.blog and  Anushka of https://4anushka22.wordpress.com. I am very thankful to both of them and wish them great success. Both of the blogs are very interesting and insightful. Friends, do visit their respective blog whenever you have time.

Now, coming to the award, the rules are

  •   Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog.
    β€’ Make a post of the award (with a photo).
    β€’ Post the rules.
    β€’ Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.
    β€’ Nominate 10-30 other bloggers.
    β€’ Follow Vincent Ehindero at vincentehindero.wordpress.com (to qualify for free blog promotion and shoutout and more blogging opportunities).

This time, I am answering Ritisha’s questions as I have already answered Anushka’s questions in another Blogger award.

The Questions:
1 What is your favourite aspect of blogging?
My favourite aspect of blogging is that I have learned to be more expressive when it comes to writing. Another aspect is that I have learned so much from the different variety of posts on different subjects from my fellow bloggers.
2 What is your favourite social media platform, and why?
I am not a fan of social media. But since, I am blogging, I have started to give attention to my different social media accounts.

3 Are you more of an indoors or outdoors person?

I am both an indoor and an outdoor person. I, enjoy both the spaces at different time.
4 Tell me a weird fact about yourself!
As I age, I have learned to be spiritual and keep listening to spiritual talks.
5 What is your favourite season?
I love the springtime as Nature is at it’s best. This time around, due to lockdown, I have missed the pleasure.
6 What is your favourite memory?
I do have some beautiful memories of my childhood. Another beautiful memory is when my son was born.
7 Cats or dogs?
I love dogs.
8 If you were an only child, would you wish to have siblings?
I have 2 siblings. When it comes to my son, he never wanted a sibling.
9 What is your favourite ice-cream flavour?
I love the chocolate flavour.
10 What three wishes would you ask from a genie?
As of now, I would always ask for a beautiful, green planet with peace and harmony and of course Coronavirus free.

As for the Nominations, it is very difficult to choose any name. I love and respect each one of my fellow bloggers. They are all so wonderful people. I am privileged to be with them under the same platform. Therefore, I nominate all of them. Whoever feels, can take this award and answer the same questions as above.

Thanks for reading.

Blessings and much love to all πŸ’

 

 

 

 

 

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Post:Non-duality: An intriguing reality πŸ™Œ

Hello everyone ! Have a wonderful Sunday πŸ™‹πŸ»

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The essence of duality and non-duality is quite intriguing and complex. We experience the physical world in many ways, the day to day reality gives us multiple experiences, emotions, thoughts, feelings regularly. We are so attached to the material world, the objective world that we always forget the true essence of our existence. We are so engrossed in this body-mind armature that we forget the true Self, the essence of our being. We are so driven by this logical and practical world that we cannot think or question beyond this empirical reality. Therefore, in a way, this duality, the empirical reality of our worldly experiences is what we think or pursue as the existing reality.

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But then, seeking the Truth with questions like who am I? Why have I come here? How was this world created? Does God exist? All these questions do make us think and intrigue us more about our existence. Several years earlier too, mankind has been seeking these questions and explanations have been found in different texts of ancient scholars wide across the world.

Ancient Indian Sanskrit based texts like Advaita Vedanta have detailed explanations and resolved all these questions of our very existence in a well structured elaborate way, several thousand of years back. According to Vedantic doctrine, Advaita itself means our Individual self, the True Self. The texts include the Upanishads, Bhagawat Gita, Brahma Sutras, Tattva Bodha etc. Since then, several monks, scholars, philosophers over the years have acquired the spiritual wisdom and tried to simplify in their capacities. They developed and adopted different methods of teachings (Prakriyas) to impart the knowledge to their respective followers. Out of them, Swami Vivekananda, a renowned scholar from India widely known across the world have been on the forefront. His teachings were greatly based on Advaita Vedanta. Traditionally, this kind of spiritual wisdom can only be impactful when given by a competent teacher (Scholar) to a qualified student (meaning a student who has spent several years of learning, devotion, meditation, selfless service). That is the tradition of guru-disciple lineage. So, people like me and you, it is a difficult task or may require years of study and perseverance.

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But yes, even though, we are so engrossed in this practical and logical world, we have the right to seek for answers to questions like understanding more about our true self, the essence of our being, our existence. The Vedanta has beautifully unfolded the essence of our being, the purpose of our existence. Even if we live in duality, in our day to day worldly experiences, there is always, an underlying stratum of reality, which reside in all of us, the Consciousness (Brahman) which is pure, eternal, whole and complete to which we all belong that is why the text stretches upon as “all is One”, The Non-duality. Like in our worldly life, every day, we go through different orders of reality – the conscious awake state where we experience the empirical reality through our senses, (The Duality), the dream state (the projected reality when we experience the world in our dreams) and the absolute state (when we are in deep sleep, we see or experience nothing, just darkness). In all these three stages, though we go through different stages of experiences, yet our underlying consciousness is the same. Therefore, likewise, living in this world too, in our conscious state, we experience empirical realities, different experiences, but in truth, we belong to the same Universal Consciousness (Brahman) which is not subjected to change in time/space. In our objective and subjective experiences, we experience everything in forms and names (Nama, rupa) but the underlying stratum remains the same, the Absolute Truth which is eternal, whole and complete, the Brahman.

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Beneath, the complexities of this world, remain the pure, eternal and the ultimate truth. We do not acknowledge it or experience it because we remain unaware due to our ignorance. Our thinking is too limited to the boundaries of this material world and experience. That is why, spiritual wisdom, intense devotion, meditation and selfless services are some ways where we can understand our true self, the purpose of our being. The very purpose of this knowledge is to free one from this sense of limitation, the Enlightenment.

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Blessings and much love to all πŸ’

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Post: World AIDS day πŸ™Œ

Hello everyone ! Today, 1st December is observed as β€œWorld AIDS day”. The theme of 2019 is – know your status.

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