Thursday, May 04, 2017

One Pack

No shepherd, and one herd!

                     - Nietzsche

No alpha, and one pack!

Purpose

Isnt the elevation of the downtrodden and the appreciation of the beauty of the universe and the continued quenching of our curiosities enough purpose for living? 

Do we even need any other reason for living than enjoying the joy of those we love?

Monday, May 01, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Organized Mainstream Data Thievery


What do we call someone who takes something from us against our wish? A bully or a thief. That is what Amazon is. They do not allow us to retain the privacy of our thoughts regarding books. All comments, all highlights, how long you take to read, what time you read, everything goes back to Amazon and we have no option to stop it other than by not syncing kindle. And you can’t read a new book you have downloaded without syncing. Here on, I am only going to paste PDFs to my kindle voyage through my computer. No more buying on Amazon. We badly need a law on data rights, one strongly in favour of the consumer.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Life Time

How many times have I died and how many times have I been born, all in this lifetime?

Unrequited Love

Imagine this beautiful scene. You are looking out of a window at a snow topped mountain. The red rays of the setting sun paint the snowy top of the mountain. You want to stay in that moment forever.

Imagine how, for so many years past, before you were even born this must have been and for how many many years after you die it will continue to be. You care so much about it, yet it cares not one whit about you, nor will it ever.

If this is not unrequited love, what is? And yet you care not.

But yet in many ways, love given by humanity to nature is not unrequited. For nature returns in full measure and more the love that humanity gives it.

Adapted from a portion of an essay by Schroedinger.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Vercingetorix


Story goes that Cingeto and his brother challenged each other for the suzerainty over the Gauls. The contest was that each had to brand the other on the back with hot metal rods. This had to be done in turns. The first one to stop would be the loser. How much longer do we go on like this? Cygnet won and became Vercingetorix. Autocorrect changed Cingeto to Cygnet. I thought I'd leave it that way.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Mahayana and the Yogin

“The ultimate goal of our religion is emancipation from the bondage of material nature and freedom from individual rebirth, and certain souls, among the highest we have known, have been drawn by the attraction of the final hush and purity to dissociate themselves from life and bodily action in order more swiftly and easily to reach the goal….  

It is for this reason that 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, but ever engaged in doing good to all creatures,”

              -       Shri Aurobindo

One of my friends who has studied much Buddhism told me that he sees the difference between Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism being that Theravada Buddhism considers achievement of Buddha state to the be the ultimate goal whereas Mahayana Buddhism considers helping all beings on the path to Buddha state to be the highest calling.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Seasons


"Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower."

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." –Camus

Hey Sculptor!

A guilty conscience needs to confess.
A work of art is a confession.
- Albert Camus

Hey sculptor, what are you guilty of? Well, I am waiting. Out with it.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Adi Cha Antam Cha

You read that right. It is Adi cha Antam cha, not Atman cha. The title in sanskrit means The Beginning and the End. Well, it came up because I was wondering where I begin and where I end. Fascinating what is happening except for the pestilential temporal interstitions that cause a lot of unhappiness that is unbearable. Makes me wonder who gains.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

God!

I admire people who have no need of a God. They must be truly great to not need one. There was a time when I did not believe in God. It was out of ignorance, not arrogance.

There are at least two reasons I need God. One, so that I have a role model. That’s right. It is not that I have transcended present and past role models in corporeal form. The question is this, metaphorically speaking, how many people past or present can meditate with a snake hissing in their ears? How many people can hold still a thought as easily as holding a deer all trussed up? Thoughts are after all like so many frightened deer darting hither and thither.

The second reason is that I need a support in time of spiritual crises. I have not transcended this need. I glad that I am now at least aware of this need. However I have some arrogance in me that baulks at the thought of taking such support. Fortunately, the saner part of my psyche knows very well that I have a long way to go before I can do away with the God crutch and be independent.


Do not mistake me, as far as God is concerned, there not an ounce of irreverence. Only utter humility. But there are many other ways in which my arrogance is reflected in this piece. For those who see them, please forgive me. For the arrogance has arisen out of fear. Here go back to the first reason I need God, to be able to meditate with a snake hissing in my ear.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Next Hill

Perhaps ever since Man was born, his progress owes much to his desire to know, in the words of Alexander the Great, "What is beyond the next hill."

Our psyche, which is primarily responsible for all historical changes wrought by the hand of man on the face of this planet, remains an insoluble puzzle and an incomprehensible wonder, an object of abiding perplexity - a feature it shares with all Nature's secrets.  - C. G. Jung

Some of the secrets of Nature have begun unravelling, only to reveal many more. Do we know how far we need to keep tunneling to get to the other end, if at all there is an other end. With regard to the psyche (forgive me if I use the term rather loosely), let us say we get to read thoughts of other beings. To make a continent of Man, to make the waters recede, is perhaps the next great step in our evolution. I hope there becomes one day, one Pangea, not separate continents. How beautiful that would be.

The question then comes full circle, how do we know the other minds truly exist and are not figments of our imagination. How do we know we are not just simulations, as some popular theories go? Do we know the purpose of our existence? What happens when we discover our purpose? Who or what guides my fingers as they type? So many fascinating questions. I could keep ruminating on them while I stare at nothing. There might not be much purpose to my ruminations other than a certain pleasure they give me. I have also observed in the past that ruminations have led to interesting insights.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

God

god is a terrible fellow when it comes to meting out judgements and punishments for errors deliberate, deliberately induced and uncommitted, just perceived. I wonder who punishes this god for his Mistakes. Considering places like Pakistan, Sudan and North Korea, he is a pretty incompetent fellow. I wonder what the motivations are for his actions.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Elegy of a Voyage

The Moon came out. It's purpose was unclear.
                     
                                                                       - Aleksandr Sokurov

What is it with Russians and melancholic misery? Rather like Poe, but not quite. Poe add macabre to the misery.

Monday, September 05, 2016

War

I once read a true story. A small boy came running to a soldier. The boy was bring an apple. The soldier shot him. In the shadows of the dusk, he mistook the apple for a grenade. Poor soldier. The boy was dead. The soldier had to live.

Picking Holes

Nothing is perhaps as easy as picking holes in the thoughts that someone has presented to us. Especially when the collection is wide and the thoughts and observations, numerous. It must be all the more difficult for people from non-literary professions to write as the time they can devote is penning their thoughts is much less.

Appropriation

I am a great fan of President Obama and have read about 60% of his book, “The Audacity of Hope”. The clarity of thought, the insights, the anecdotes and the way the President has with English are exemplary. 

There was however a sentence in the book I found intriguing. To quote, “At some fundamental level, religion does not allow for compromise.” I say intriguing because he seems to have spoken for all religions. I feel this is true only for some religions.

There is a lot of compromising to be found in religions of Oriental origin. This is quite evident in Fritjof Karpa’s book “The Tao of Physics”. I think several scientists and artists found Eastern religions fascinating precisely because of this reason. These philosophies and religions gave them freedom of expression and thought. The freedom to question.


There are two appropriations in vogue these days. One is the appropriation of the word religion by those who speak of Abrahamic Religions. The other is the appropriation of the word Asian by South-East Asians.