Tag Archives: Istanbul

Miletus, Constantinople, Istanbul, New York

Most of my friends don’t know that I write. My family members know about my blog, of course, but they don’t read my writings. I am thankful that I have few readers who are curious about the things I write … Continue reading

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On the late adoption of the printing press in the Ottoman Empire

The printing press with movable type was invented by Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz, Germany circa 1439. Ottomans were first introduced to the printing press by the Sephardic Jews in Istanbul in 1494. Ottoman Empire granted protection to Sephardic Jews who … Continue reading

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Spiritual quantum jump

In my previous post, I described my initiation experience in Istanbul in 1980. Dada K. (the meditation teacher who initiated me) returned to India in 1981. He has been living in India since then. I have not seen him or … Continue reading

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Initiation

The year of 1980 was a turning point in my life. In the summer of 1980 the social unrest in Turkey was getting out of control. On September 12, 1980 the military took over the government promising to end the … Continue reading

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Sailboats

Image credit How pleasant, oh dear God, how pleasant To journey on the blue sea To cast off from shore Aimless as thought. I would set sail to the wind And wander from sea to sea To find myself one … Continue reading

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Baba’s Istanbul Discourses (3): The Supreme Truth

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti visited Istanbul in 1979. I was a third year university student at that time and I did not know about him. He gave 3 lectures in English on September 14 and 15 in 1979.  I missed these … Continue reading

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Baba’s Istanbul Discourses (2): Beware of Dogma

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti visited Istanbul in 1979. I was a third year student in Boğaziçi University at that time and I did not know about him. He gave 3 lectures in English on September 14 and 15 in 1979.  I … Continue reading

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Baba’s Istanbul Discourses (1): Mysticism and Yoga

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti visited Istanbul in 1979. I was a third year student in Boğaziçi University at that time and I did not know about him. He gave 3 lectures in English on September 14 and 15 in 1979.  I … Continue reading

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Orhan Veli

Orhan Veli Kanık (b., 1914, Istanbul; d., November 14, 1950, Istanbul) from Contemporary Turkish Writers – A Critical Bio-Bibliography Louis Mitler – Indiana University Uralic and Altaic Series, 1988. p. 142-144. “Son of the conductor of the Presidential Symphony, Orhan … Continue reading

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Crimson Dawn of a Different Kind

Powerful explosions in the aftermath of the Japan earthquake reminded me the big one that happened in Istanbul 32 years ago. The year was 1979. I was a junior at the Bogazici University in Istanbul. An apocalyptic explosion woke me … Continue reading

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