Thursday, April 05, 2018

Gardening

“He who wants to keep his garden tidy does not reserve a plot for weeds”


― Dag Hammarskj√∂ld

So difficult!!! Why?

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sergeant Pepper

and the LONELY HEARTs Club Band

Difference

Kun Faya Kun and That Tvam Asi; for the spiritually inclined, there doesn't seem to be much difference between the two great sayings.

Deine Zauber binden wieder was die Mode streng geteilt; alle Menschen werden Brueder, wo dein sanfter Fluegel weilt.

Monday, March 19, 2018

After Death Tax in Germany

Every person who works in Germany is co-opted into paying around 80 euros a month to the church. This is an opt out system which means one has to specifically say no. Otherwise, their money is given to the church. And if they say no, they are denied Church services, even the service that Christians get after death. I think that is unfair and does not become such a humungous religious organisation.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Lucifer

Lucifer is born of the words Lux and Fere which respectively mean light and ferrying. Loosely translated, Lucifer means Light Bringer.

While Lucifer is much maligned, think of the care a Lucifer/Prometheus must have had for Man to bring him fire against the will of his boss.

A Courageous and Beautiful Lady on Atheism

"When you realize that there is no god, you’ll understand that you have to rely on yourself so you’ll be stronger. You’ll realize that you live only once, so you’ll understand the value of your life better, you’ll be happier and the love for those around you will increase. You’ll realise that there is no afterlife, so you’ll take your rights yourself."

Sometimes I wonder if everything and everybody is god. If that is the case, what is god's purpose? Why are the galaxies flying away from each other at greater and greater speeds? How is it that nature's constants are so precisely tuned to allow our survival? Perhaps we just happen to be in the universe where this is true. That would explain it silly.  But I am entirely OK with being silly.

Just imagine if god were true, and the universes were infinite, what it would mean. Gods upon gods of gods unto infinity with us at the bottom, setting out to reach each higher step. Almost like a video game with infinite levels. Just imagine what each level would reveal to us, if at all one can. Most of us can't even imagine four dimensions.

As I have mentioned before, I sometimes would like to make use of the god crutch. That is the reason why I think the lady whom I quoted is so courageous. And I happened to see a picture of hers. So I can vouch for her beauty.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Paradise and You

A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread — and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness —
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!


                                       -- Omar Khayyam

Dewdrops

I languish on mere dewdrops of a hope.

As a friend of mine used to say, I, hope against hope hopeth. :P


Friday, February 16, 2018

Knowledge

Knowledge refuses to be contained. The veil refuses to stop being lifted.

The Japanese

1. The Japanese don't speak English.
2. The Japanese do not rob their brethren by being corrupt.
3. The Japanese can't be bought by the church or Saudi Arabia.
4. When the Japanese go on strike, they work extra hours.
5. The Japanese elite do not mislead their own people.
6. Japanese youngsters are increasingly learning English and working in foreign countries and with cross-cultural teams.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Brahmacharya and Shraddha




"Every boy should be trained to practice absolute Brahmacharya, and then, and then only, faith - Shraddha - will come."

                                                                                                                        -- Swami Vivekananda?

".....Sri Krishna laid so much stress on the perfect Yogin’s cleaving to life and human activity even after his need of them were over, lest the people, following as they do the example of their best, turn away from their Dharma and bastard confusion reign. The ideal Yogin is no withdrawn and pent-up force....”

              -       Shri Aurobindo


I am a huge fan of Swani Vivekananda. But two things. I am not entirely sure that was His quote and the fact that I am not cut out for celibacy. So disappointed as I am that I find myself unable to follow this particular precept, I must find for myself my Shraddha, wherever she is, as soon as realization dawns. Oh this realization!

The Vedanta on Atheism

"The Vedanta teaches men to have faith in themselves first.... Not believing in the glory of our soul is what Vedanta calls atheism..... most of us think that this ideal can never be reached; but the Vedanta insists that it can be realized by everyone."

                                                                                      -- Swami Vivekananda

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Why Rahul / Raoul Gandhi is an Aam Aadmi

"In my piece entitled 'The Future of Illusion', I was much less concerned with the most profound sources of religious sentiment than with what the common man understands by his religion, the system of teachings and promises that on the one hand explains to him, with enviable thoroughness, the riddles of this world, and on the other assures him that a careful providence will watch over his life and compensate him in a future existence for any privations he suffers in this. The common man can not imagine this providence otherwise than as an immensely exalted father. Only such a being can know the needs of the children of men, be softened by their pleas and propitiated by signs of their remorse. All this is so patently infantile, so remote from reality, that it pains a philanthropic temperament to think that a great majority of mortals will never be able to rise above such a view of life."

                                                                                               ---- Sigmund Fraud

I have nothing against Christianity. But I do get angered by those who falsely claim to belong to various religions and create mischief by dividing people along the lines of caste and creed.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Bakr Id and Tanning


Angered by the spate of voices raised against Deepavali on account of the 'pollution' caused by it, I wrote the below post to highlight that it is not only Deepavali that pollutes.

All this talk of pollution arises from polluted minds. I do want to purge my mind of the pollution cause by the by the mischief created by certain (I can think of no words to describe such people).

I apologise to anybody I might have offended by the below post. I do not subscribe to those views any more.

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To take an example, let us consider Bakr Id in the country of Bangladesh, the size of a state in India. Bangladeshis slaughter 3 million goats on the day of Bakr id. Roads turn into rivers of blood and the animals are slaughtered according to certain rituals which means torture before death by slowly slitting the throat while arcane formulae are recited. This, for over 3 million goats and God knows how many other animals just in the country of Bangladesh.

Now each goat contributes 2.9 cubic meters of methane a year to the atmosphere and each cubic meter is 0.717 kg. This translates to over 155 Million kilograms of CO2 equivalent (as 1 kg of Methane is equivalent to 25 kg of CO2) just for one day of Bakr id from a rather small country.

Just imagine the amount of green house gases released all over the world only for the purpose of satisfying culinary lust.

The tanning industry is perhaps the greatest polluter of water bodies in India. yet nothing much has been done against them as that would hurt the sensibilities of a particular community.

But Deepavali, which is perhaps the single most important festival of Hindus, can be targeted in a country where the Hindus are a majority. I wonder what the powers are behind the scenes. Even Modi seems powerless to stop them.

Monday, October 02, 2017

The Nature of Jackals

There has been a constant stream of bad press on the present Indian government. Well, it is in the nature of jackals to howl and in the nature of The Lion to ignore such howling and focus on what needs to be done.

They couldn't beat him by threatening war. So now they instigate jackals against him.