Carl Sagan once wrote “We are a way for the universe to know itself”. I interpret “We” as “human consciousness”, and “know itself” as “understand it’s own nature”. Through each of us, the universe is trying to understand it’s true nature. An inherent part of the universe’s nature is creativity…


In a sense, the past and the future are both illusions. They do not objectively exist. They only exist in our minds. The past exists as memory or loss. The future as aspiration, hope or despair. To be conscious is to recognise that the present moment is the only objective…


We can never know what others are thinking and why they choose to do the things they do. Their actions are a product of their experiences. As an individual being, we don’t have access to their experiences. We only have access to our own. These experiences are the ones we…


How quickly all things disappear, in the universe the bodies themselves, but in time the remembrance of them; what is the nature of all sensible things, and particularly those which attract with the bait of pleasure or terrify by pain, or are noised abroad by vapoury fame; how worthless, and…


Since it is possible that thou mayest depart from life this very moment, regulate every act and thought accordingly. But to go away from among men, if there are gods, is not a thing to be afraid of, for the gods will not involve thee in evil; but if indeed…


Theophrastus, in his comparison of bad acts- such a comparison as one would make in accordance with the common notions of mankind- says, like a true philosopher, that the offences which are committed through desire are more blameable than those which are committed through anger. For he who is excited…


This thou must always bear in mind, what is the nature of the whole, and what is my nature, and how this is related to that, and what kind of a part it is of what kind of a whole; and that there is no one who hinders thee from…


Through not observing what is in the mind of another a man has seldom been seen to be unhappy; but those who do not observe the movements of their own minds must of necessity be unhappy. — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 2, Meditation 8

We have only ever been inside…


Do the things external which fall upon thee distract thee? Give thyself time to learn something new and good, and cease to be whirled around. But then thou must also avoid being carried about the other way. For those too are triflers who have wearied themselves in life by their…


The study of philosophy encapsulates three fundamental problems:

  1. The problem of knowledge
  2. The problem of conduct
  3. The problem of government

Ancient settlements in the East and the West began this enquiry through mythology. In the East, the pioneering texts were the Vedas and the Upanishads. In the West, the Iliad

Djay Pandya

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