Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Monday, June 04, 2018

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Special

Well, special friends deserve special treatment such as good keel hauling or a few juicy ones from a cat-o-nine-tails. ;)

I Wonder

I wonder what relevance "Fr. Dominic Valanmanal leading a one day bible convention" has to that lecture by Shri. Gurumurthy to figure so high in the list of suggestions. Or is it more mischief from some of my 'special' friends?

Come on Google pull up your socks. :P

Oh by the way, do watch that lecture if you have the time.


Hate?

Just realised how much Wendy Doniger hates Hinduism. I wonder if it is hate or something worse.

Lilliput

For a Lilliput to have stood on the shoulders of the Brobdingnagians has been an exhilarating experience. Whew, what a view!!!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Today

It’s not me
don’t you see

It is not I
but I don’t sigh

Someone far greater
pater or mater

Has things moving
gets me grooving

takes me higher
I'm a flyer

Frabjous day
Is today

'bout the morrow
I just not know

Grey Matter

Grey matter is like clay. only it is grey. Perhaps, for I have never seen it, only heard of it and hopefully used it.

Shame on you Apple

I was using Apple OS 10.5 which was working fine until Apple decided i had to upgrade and made Mail disfunctional.

I was not aware Mail had been made disfunctional until I went to the local service center where I was advised to upgrade to high sierra to ensure that the hand shakes were ok.

So I upgraded to high sierra. Mail remained as disfunctional as ever and on top of that, Siri and various other unwanted and undeirable apps were dumped on me, filling up my hard disk with stuff I don't need and don't want.

It is apparently impossible to complete delete Siri once high sierra has been installed. I hate Siri and want it off my Macbook Pro.

To top it all, the laptop has become much slower than it used to be!!!

Shame on you Apple!!! I did NOT expect this from you! You are the same as MS when it comes to trampling on the rights of users.

Just discovered, my 'old' MS Office software does not work on high sierra. If you have an option not to transfer to high sierra, pelase make sure you don't.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Children,

not literally, but child like.

Neruppu Da

Neruppu da! Nerungu da! Mudiyuma?

I am the fire that you can't approach!

Izhuthadhum piriyira noola naan?

I am no weave/knot that unravels at the tug of a thread!

The boasts from the child within. Big fan of Rajini sir.

Wakanda, Castalia etc.

Wakanda, Castalia, they are all the same!!! Very little difference. In the end, it is love.

Kencht's love for a wayward world, Narcissus' love for a wayward student and Siddhartha's love for a wayward son. Hesse was the Grandmaster of love.

Love

I came to love like a drowning man to air; and hopefully shall never sink again. I love!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

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.

Roots

I wish I had named this blog banadasa.blogspot.in for Bana and Kalidasa are closer to my roots than are Ghalib and Shakespeare. Amazing how overpowering certain ways of brainwashing are.

A La Tesla

I am like Tesla. Tesla said he was a just a receiver of ideas and thoughts from the source. I and the this blog are the same. We are just amplifiers of these ideas and thoughts on the way from the source to you.

Being Positive

Ye dhuan ke saath yun roshini uthi chirag se
Ye khwaab mein duba tha main
Uth raha hoon khwab se
Mubaraken humhi ke hum
Jahan ke noor ban rahen (shayad)

Adapted from the song Ajeeb Daastaan Hein Ye from the movie Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai. Haven't seen this movie.

Note: The word noor in urdu means light. Autocorrect changed it to noir. Autocorrect has no idea how wrong it is.

Question: Why does the djinni that comes from a chirag always arise in form of dhuan instead of roshini?
Answer: We are changing this part of the story.

Man, am I arrogant... but this time in a humble way... :)

Dooba dooba rehtha hoon khwaabon mein tere
Deewana ban raha hoon mein khwaabon ke tere
Deewanapan se sudharne do, khwaabon se uthne do


Saturday, July 08, 2017

Is God Needed for Humility to Exist?

In the 21st century, perhaps what the world needs more than anything else is humility. For the powers we possess are so vast that we are just beginning to comprehend them.

I think true humility, from deep down, on a collective scale, is required now more than ever if we are to survive the transitions that are coming.

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.