Phiroz Mehta: The Buddha taught something remarkably useful.
This is called dukkha (suffering). But there is a profounder meaning to it.
The Buddha was very fortunate actually to have come on the scene a century or so after the golden age of the Upanishads, as there was a background of religious feeling and understanding which enabled many people to appreciate the depth of his teaching.
For those who know little of Buddhism or who find it obscure, the Dhammapada is an ideal book to begin with. For those who know and love Buddhism it is likely already to be a constant companion and a reminder, just like having the gentle hand of Gautama on the reins of the unruly heart…
But first there is the maze which has to be negotiated. It is by definition a labyrinth—tortuous and serpentine—intended to confuse and disorientate. This brings us to the title: Brahma Faring in 21st-Century Mazes. The mind, because of its various functions, monkey origins, and self-deceptions, is very like those fascinating hedge mazes with their convolutions of temptation and the predicaments into which they lead us…
When I lost my mother after looking after her for five years, not only had I lost the last member of my family, but I also lost the main motivation for getting up in the mornings.