Life Lessons

If you remove your brain and keep it aside are “you” in the brain or the body?

Do questions like these plague your mind?

Why were there no wandering Rishis or seers who received revelations in the Alps or the Andes like in the Himalayas?

If we were to fast forward happenings on the planet and the world around us by a million times and watch from a distance, how would it appear?

They do mine.

Hi comrades. I am Mohan Ranga Rao, a 61 year old entrepreneur who treats life like an enterprise. By the time I turned 58, I had fathered a blind daughter, lost her to cancer when she was barely 9, set up and sold many brands and businesses including a world class pharmaceutical facility, built a temple for the poor, completed 25 treks several of which were in the Himalayas at more than 12000 feet altitude.

I am a trekker, traveller, writer, tennis player and the kind of a guy who takes a double espresso and his single malts neat.

When I turned 60 last year, I was fitter than when I was 30. 

I am what some categorize as a SBNR guy: Spiritual but not religious. I do not believe in mass or organized religion. I believe that spirituality is a private inner study and reflection about deeper meanings of life. I do not believe in rituals or prayers to appease or influence Gods. I do not believe that God has anything to do with what happens to us. To me God is an infinitely intelligent field that is present in the form of common underlying consciousness in all of creation. The purpose of our lives is to contribute to this field through our life experiences.

Like David Bowie said religion is for those who are afraid of going to hell; spirituality is for those who have been there.

I have no intention of committing to any specific spiritual school of thought since I believe that spirituality is an eternal inner exploration of self and recognise the mind constructed based on what we learn, what we experience. Our ancient seers experienced this and reported their findings thousands of years.

My quest to understand the role of mind in the greater working of the cosmos took me to the Vedanta school of thought derived from the Upanishads and lucidly taught as the concept of Advaita, or non-duality, by the sage, AdiShankara.

It is my wish to share my experiences of my inner and outer journeys, my thoughts about eastern philosophy and my treks and travels.

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After being threatened by a Bangalore mob boss, retired Indian businessman Mohan Ranga Rao takes a vow to trek around Mount Kailash, a holy Tibetan Mountain revered by over a billion people. What starts out as merely a challenging high-altitude trek soon becomes a life-changing adventure. With a blend of humour, honesty and keen insight, Mohan journeys toward a deeper understanding of the world around him. A memoir of a road less travelled and a true story of self-discovery at 19,000 feet.

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