Sunday, June 05, 2011

Vishvapani's ‘Thought for the Day’, on Karma

To read more, or listen to the full piece, please visit the BBC website here, an Order Member and regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’ program, writes -

“Here’s a link to my most recent ‘Thought for the Day’, on karma.

He begins his piece by saying “My relief that the Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic is at last being subjected to international justice has a personal dimension. My father’s family were Jewish victims of the Nazis and my grandfather died in Sobibor Concentration Camp, so I feel a particular resonance with accounts of Central European genocide. Most chilling for me, and most reminiscent of the Nazis, was the cool deliberation behind the Srebrenica massacre when the state turned its power on Bosnian Moslems killing 8,000”.

His previous post, is also available. Celebrating the recent Buddha Day festival, he manages to explain ‘What is Enlightenment?' in 2 mins 45 secs!

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Anonymous Clare said...

This feeling of relief Mr Vishvapani experienced at Mladic's capture: what exactly was it? I'm sure it wasn't connected to revenge!

In his conclusion, Mr V echoes the hanging Judge Xmas Humphreys, the well-known Buddhist, who said the law was an instrument of karma. Buddhism is indeed morally active, not passive.


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