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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Gurus,reverence and technology

There are certain books that one must read before one dies.

They are

1. The Seven mysteries of Life by GUY Murchie, my God what a book.

2. A Brief history Of science as seen through the development of scientific instruments by Thomas Crump.

3. Krishna , the greatest avatar and the Vedas the Ultimate philosophy both by Osho.

 4. Conversations with God [ 3 volumes] by Neale Donald Walsch

5. Words, words, words and Story of English by David Crystal

6. Speeches and talks of J.krishnamurthy and Ramana maharishi .

7. There are some more like Rambles in Vedanta by Rajam Iyer [out of print ] and Autobiography of Yogi and Adventures with God by Rom Landu .

8. Human Destiny by Le Comte de Nuoy and many more.

The common factor in all these works is that it improves our perception about life by injecting a far wider view of all lives.
Number two mentioned above is the work I wanted to talk about in this context of technology stuff.
Leave alone computers and missiles and satellites, what could we have done to know about things without magnifying glass, microscope, telescope, X-ray etc.
Just imagine the impact they have had on humanity. When it is technology we take it for granted because once it is available as a product most of us are comfortable with the utility that it provides and it becomes a tool or medium and hence we do not bother about its worth or greatness.

We worship all Gods that we have never seen but do we salute the soul who has introduced the uses of electricity whenever we use electricity. No why? We are brought up as insensitive persons both intellectually and emotionally for which we cannot blame anyone or any social system.

But if we sincerely seek to listen and learn then serendipity will source us all that is required to enhance our sensitivity and senses through myriad means and all that we need to do is to learn to observe by shedding our prejudices, pre-conceived notions, inculcated indoctrinations, socio- cultural conditionings etc and keep our heart, head and soul open to allow the wisdom to enlighten us.

That way the most important GURUs are unprejudiced observation, unbiased listening and passion filled sincerity to learn to understand better.

All great saints and scholars who have had visions and who have provided humanity with great scientific and philosophical truths to improve life have all had those GURUS and none depicts this better than GURU DATTATRYEYA.

In our religion, the most vital aspect is the philosophical concepts that are embedded in each area but unfortunately, or who knows, perhaps correctly, they have all been masked by ritualistic worship to ensure everyone is at least aware of the great visions of our sages and ensure that the works of saints are not lost for want of better understanding [ as humanity is prone to have lot of souls with poor understanding or biased evaluations] or tangible utility [which is what many humans seek] etc
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Life what it is and how to measure it







































Life –before measuring it we need to know what it is.

 How it can elude stereotyped homogenizing methods or yard sticks.

The fact is that every life has many things unique and not necessarily uniform nor easily classifiable into a few categories.

Variety is not only the spice of life but sine qua non of life.

Our physical life cannot be confined to mere body anatomy but energy and vibrations;

Our mental life cannot be defined within the confines of intellectual logic and reason alone;

Our spiritual life cannot be confined to some institutions, ideologies, belief systems or scriptures.

Life is a constant process of churning and learning and a live ever vibrant activity that happens and we experience some of its facets and aspects; understand some and miss out a lot of them and periodically discover many of its splendors.











RBI




















How about RGC- RBI Governing Council?

Government must restructure RBI with a new outfit called RGC- RBI Governing Council with 5 members.
One RBI Governor,
One member from NITI AYOG,
One member from or appointed by Finance Ministry,
One member from or appointed by SEBI,
One member from or appointed by Ministry of Corporate affairs

This will ensure better synergy with economic development agenda and social welfare measures proposed by Government through RGC’s professional inputs with compliance to the laws of the land and in tune with the constitution of India.

All major financial, economic decisions to be approved by majority vote of RGC and ensure avoiding individual whims, fancies and favors spoiling economic developmental activities or jeopardizing national interest either real or perceived to be so.


Editor’s dilemma

Editor’s dilemma is in determining the length of a sentence and extent of elaboration of any idea.

When I saw this post about the problems faced by editors I was travelling with very low battery but noted that I must debate on this issue.

Editing is important, some cases inevitable too and in certain cases renders a work more interesting through fine tuning and chaffing of the unnecessary frills covering the important substance or subject.

But how much is too much and who gets the privilege of deciding that.

Whether editing must be used as a nail filer or as a vegetable or fruit skin peeler or as a surgical knife or as a lumber jack to fine tune a presentation.

All artists in all forms of art create or render their works as a flow of their creative expression involving the romance between the medium with all its techniques and tools and what the artist wants to express using them.

We can see this romance in alapana [elaboration in music], a painter splashing multiple colors , a photographer taking photos from various angles, a writer weaving multiple expressions to express ideas, thoughts, descriptions and so on.

Every phrase in an alapana, every line or colour in a painting, every expression in writing, even the redundant ones or synonyms may have popped out of certain nuances that must have struck a chord in the mind of the artist/writer.

That’s why editing is a very delicate job like tight rope walking- the emphasis of focus is on balance than on exuberance or exhibition and ultimate aim is to ensure that final output is enjoyable or useful to the intended recipient.

When I see a movie like PINK PANTHER I am in total admiration of the editor; when I see Sivaji Ganesan’s over acting I feel that both the director and editor have failed miserably; when I see excessive, unwarranted, repetitive long winded dialogues in Indian movies it is irritating.

However, when Semmangudi elaborates a raga in alapana or a Madurai Mani Iyer repeats certain kalpana swaras, when J.Krishnamurthy or Osho repeat certain intrinsically valuable philosophical truths in different ways , when Shakespeare’s or Kalidasa’s plays delve into multiple descriptions I would love to savor them in all their entirety as many times as I can.

Life after all is a collation of repetitions. Repetitions of various kinds and intensities and which could be categorized as inevitable, interesting and incorrigible.

As in many other realms of life, editing and determining the length of a sentence too, our attitude is, inevitably one that is ambivalent.

Here is what I wrote on three topics of remote relevance to the subject of discussion
1. Length of a sentence

2. Need for elaboration


3. Repetition- the predominant factor of life


Once I had an argument with an editor, I told her , well I thought writing a cheque in your name for hundred thousand rupees i.e. 100,000 but then I edited and removed the four zeros which I felt were a mere repetition.



Friday, May 20, 2016

Perspective matters more than intellectual abilities

Luck is…..


Nothing intellectual sir, what is intellectual and what is so great about it?

Mantra is simple we must look at everything and everyone without any preconceived notion or bias.

We must be aware that everything has multiple dimensions of which we may not be always aware of.

Besides, every dimension may have multiple inherent dynamics as well as dynamics emanating from specific circumstances.

Always remember that we all mostly do what we can do , what we want to do or what we are destined to do.

We must realize our inherent qualities /attributes both strengths and weaknesses and try our best to consciously acquire attitudes which prioritize humaneness and sociability over the rest.

Whatever we do we must make sure whether it enhances or gives pleasure to our body, mind and spirit/soul.


With all these in the background along with our acquired knowledge/experience for whatever they are worth and humility as the fine print we develop our perspective to understand life, then serendipity will shower us with blessing to perceive better.

Institutions are important

You are correct institutions are more important than individual whims and fancies either for or against.
Issues and policy frameworks must be prioritized taking into consideration the exigencies and long term implications.
There is no point in resorting to blame game on any individual or for that matter even a single institution especially when it concerns the economy of a nation as vast as India with its multitude of operations and operators and everyone debating on everything as self proclaimed experts, though everyone is entitled to one's opinions on any issue or individual but before attacking anyone or any institution one must also visualize oneself in that situation and honestly interact with one's own consciousness as to what one would have done in similar situation with all the complications, complexities and compulsions.
We are not silent like what US of A did in the case of bail out of almost collapsing Citi Bank through TARP which the outside world hardly knew and to my surprise even many of the employees themselves did not know what it was and why it was done? Similarly even the big frauds of such banks are given a royal burial.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lodha report- Some of its observations



















Lodha report- Some of its observations are pandering to populist views and may not be in the overall interest and development of the game.
BCCI needs to make  some changes to at least improve its image.
The whole problem is we tend to emotionally react and enact rules to check anomalies.
In the process we miss the facts. The committee’s agenda was to ensure proper management of affairs based on interest of the game and its stake holders, players, fans, sponsors, public figures and politicians who may have genuine interests and also get many things done easily etc and draft proposals which can also ensure less corruption and improvement for the game in all its aspects.
In fact Railways and services, India cements, TVS etc have produced more players, nurtured their talents, groomed them, taken care of their livelihood etc than many states which are states in Map of India but not in the atlas of Indian cricket.
Some observations of Lodha report do not have any cricketing relevance; they appear as if the report is seeing the entire gamut of the game and its administration only through prisms of political nexus and corruption excess which make for a usual populist script for media and films not course correction.
Many states with greater geographical area have not produced a cricketer.
How many cricketers have Bihar produced or Sikkim or Assam or some other states for that matter?
Union territory Delhi has produced so many good cricketers that do not mean that we must demand a vote for Pondicherry and Andaman and Nicobar islands too.
Many Malayalam and Bengali movies are more realistic and sensible than bollyhood but only bollywood stars are popular and grab limelight and awards. Will any committee say that each regional language film must have only one award?

Life's totality

I think it is over simplification of a highly complex [further complicated by our approaches] socio-economic life which must factor in various aspects rather than merely resorting to over generalizing it as a mere manipulation or adjustments of or juggling of financial aspects and spicing it with a few labels like free market, rich, poor, government, corporate nexus etc.
These types of powerfully and most commonly perceived /abused words to over simplify and over generalize something as big as socio-economic factor of human life is almost the tools used by all brain washing propaganda generated ideological outfits throughout human history and politics with an instinct  to presume human life as homogenous and intention to  homogenize.
This precisely prevents people from looking at multiple alternatives/unexplored option that may exist out there, newer horizons to help human economic conditions and an instinct to explore more possibilities and perceive with newer perspective.
Everything regarding  life undergoes constant churning and many things come out and ultimately evolution of life selects what suits best or  gets what it deserves.

While it may be interesting to know about dinosaurs and feel sad about their extinction it would be rank hypocrisy if anyone says he would love to have a dinosaur as a pet in his backyard. We need to prise open the clam shell of a preconceived notions, propaganda materials and observe life in its totality , in all its details with all its facets with intense totality and total intensity.




BJP and RSS seniors need to realize

Seniors  of RSS and BJP a fervent appeal -think, introspect and decide what you want  for India- Economic development under Modi’s-BJP? Or AAP or LALU or CONG back in power? Choice is yours.
Bharath is great country in terms spirituality, varied rich cultures and heritage but a poor nation economically.
We need to prioritize only economic development.
Prominence and popularity come with prioritizing contextually relevant performance and putting in abeyance things, ideologies, outdated aspirations in back seat at least for another 15 years.
The seniors of BJP, RSS have become unwitting prey to media propaganda that has landed in electoral defeat in recent times.
Do not become enemies from within; do not put self goals which make the anti-national forces winners.
BJP seniors, RSS loose tongued seniors, BMS na├»ve leaders just ask yourselves are you willing to work with AAP and LALU or do they ever support or praise you on any issue after getting elected  or did the media  bother to bring in their mikes after the electoral victories there.
RSS, Senior leaders of BJP, VHP etc are great contributors to formation of this government but please understand the importance of taking care of your baby without allowing anti national and anti developmental forces take charge again.
All your experiences, maturity and wisdom are necessary for nation building.
But do not suffocate economic development agenda of BJP government with any indoctrinated ideology or identity however good it may be.
If BJP government is not in power no one will be even there to listen to you, please remember that because you will not even get a stall in international market of economic fair.
All great critics of present BJP government either from RSS or BJP or BMS itself must realize that they lived in deafening silence and perennial fear all these years.
Become mature and start living in present times.
Now you face media cameras wherever you go and the media which projects every controversial comment of yours giving you a popularity or notoriety.
But remember if BJP government is not in power you will not face media cameras but mafia guns and attacks.

Also remember that the greatness of Sanathana Dharma is that it does not require nor recognize any institute as a marketing outfit.

Media mafia's declining impact


Media mafia generated intolerance


Apps wapsi and media boycott needed


Vivekananda


Governance and media indifference


performance as priority over ulterior motives


Left -the dubious red brigade




















In general and more so in India these labels liberal ,freedom, intelligentsia are all totally misused and intentionally perverted with various hues and colors leading one to wonder is it wrong prisms of projections or perverted prisons of perceptions.
The Red brigade in India was always getting funded by anti-national forces so they kept not only changing colors but also appropriating labels and assigning colors as per the dictates of the funding forces.
They had a tacit tie up with the NGOs for social engineering and media for false propaganda who carried on these dubious and deliberate projections and slowly they are getting exposed both the left over Left and the media mafia.

The white lies of the Red are getting exposed so they happen to see a bleached Red and term everything as Saffron.

Politicians,business men better than media

All politicians are neither bad nor inefficient. Let us not generalize, what is wrong if they lead sports bodies?

At least educated people are expected to refrain from resorting to emotional populist reactions.

Sports persons need not necessarily be great administrators;

Bureaucrats need not necessarily be expected to be free of corruption;

All politicians need not necessarily be corrupt, criminal, ineffective, insincere. 


There are /have been many exceptions;

Institutional rules and frameworks must ensure proper administration, less corruption, less partiality, recognition of pure merit!

Advantage of politicians of all hues and colors is that some of them have a natural knack of decision making and administration because they can feel the pulse of situation much better-they only need to learn or be properly guided about the nitty-gritty of things/situations/issues and nuances of the domain;

All these are because politicians have wider contacts and connect because of their social activities and interactions at all levels and along with a clout, foot soldiers, faithful followers and besides politicians do not hesitate to wield power to get things done.

Many politicians are sincere are serious about whatever they do at least for the mileage that they derive out of it and incidentally some of them are educated and concerned about social welfare.

While politician bashing is always a preferred filler for all media because it always pleases some, media, especially main stream media, to be more precise most 24/7 news [nuisance] channels have to realize that social media is exposing all their lies, partiality, puerile priorities, putrefied projections , petrified prejudices, sensationalism seeking, their dubious designs, hidden agenda and arrogant anchor room arm chair struck verbal churning masquerading  as know-all and judge –all experts.

Business people who help feed so many families, politicians who help address many social issues are far better than many media persons who secrete only negativity, sensationalism, scandals and have forgotten positive news at all and many top bureaucrats who do many things just for promotions and perks


Love and all that matters in love

There are only perceptional and contextual variations in degrees and intensities; intentions and involvement; value systems, mental maturity, socio-cultural mores, biological and hormonal impacts; the frames of reference from various perspectives and inherent conditioning and indoctrination and so on.

All or any of these can alter the status of any or all of these ranging from lust to love and they allow a very wide spectrum of emotions in between, within or beyond them ranging from youthful romance to familiarity to spontaneous affection to socially and religious sanctioned and sanctified relationship to heartfelt personal intimacy of body, mind and spirit.

There is first a necessity to observe the whole gamut of any issue, more so address various aspects when it comes to emotions/feelings with psychological pinning without being judgmental or taking positions.

This can/may help us look into many more aspects of the issue.

Even my write up on Love started off more as a response to hypocritical reactions towards the very word and concept. It was the primary tone in which it began then as I waded through without inhibition I decided to write what is there in the link below.
Actually if we delve deeper we may have to address too many factors ranging from purely clinical to civilizational to cultural issues

About Love and Cultural bias





New Year Greetings

























































Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Peace,identity,harmony and interelatedness

Peace can happen at individual levels, social levels and among nations too only when it is consciously cultivated and  culturally encouraged as an inevitable attitude to be adopted for the survival of the human species and other species on this planet irrespective of all/any religious, social, ideological, political, regional, national, linguistic, racial identities.



Because we need to remember one thing while all of us feel the need for unity, what unity needs is feeling for all by all which means a spontaneous compassion or at least a tolerance towards the rest.



1. Role of Peace, Harmony and Unity



2. Role of Identity


3. Role of understanding the importance and intricacies of Interrelatedness


4. The following link covers all the above and many more


5. But unfortunately we have embarked on these

Is International Unity possible? If not, why?




Panacea



















No single domain of knowledge can claim to be a panacea.

We still have a lot to discover, learn further, sometimes unlearn what we already know and understand better.


We are not sure how far is too far or how far is good for life of humans and the whole environment.
We also have to take into consideration the petrified traditions, vacillating trends and vindicate evaluations based on ethics and values along with contextual relevance, religious and political correctness etc.









Science and spirituality


Ultimately I ended up writing this very long stuff. New Year with a New Realization of Reality because life is in a constant churning process without any pause button or pass it on baton.




Freedom that is meaningful






















Monday, May 16, 2016

Be true to yourself

Be true to yourself

You have touched upon a topic too vast and vital that I cannot restrict the length of my comments.

First I must say not to boast you that you write really well through exact articulation of your real feelings.


It is always true that an ounce of personally involved actual experience is worth more than an ocean of philosophy that rests in books or in brain as mere ideas, thoughts and words or manifested as hypocritical and superficial display of certain practices.


Conscious self acceptance of reality and search for actions/answers/solutions to deal with the reality, in whatever way one wishes, is the first honest and good step towards mental maturity.

But it must be done preferably along with one’s own perception of life as it is encountered and lived based on one’s own perspective along with the aid of sublime ideas, suggestions and advises by wise souls who have documented for our convenience their wisdom in words and deeds through similar experiences that they have undergone.

This where I always admire the honest wisdom of Issac Newton who said, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”.


The above approach enables the process of search leading to some probable realization to be swift, sober and saner with consciously aware consideration of subtle aspects of life in its multiple dimensions with all its myriad dynamics which may elude even the most honest and highest perception.


However, as George Savile says, “The struggling for knowledge hath a pleasure in it like that of wrestling with a fine woman”. The relationship with thoughts and ideas gives greater pleasure.


What is of greater importance is the perspective with which one may look at everything in the search without getting influenced excessively by any form of ideological or identity fixation, however great or good it may have been because life moves constantly in different contexts and situations each requiring different adaptations as in biological evolution or mental flexibility.


This is an important attitude which will ensure immense tolerance with sense and sensitivity without overt violent aggression or introverted psychological suppression.

I am happy that you are developing an inner relationship with lofty ideas that you come across in life with unbiased attitude to experiment and experience.



Ultimately reality is half formed by our perception and perspective and all thoughts that we think, as per scientific study are in existence somewhere already.


However, our contribution is in how creatively we use them to specific situations sanely realizing the meaning of life or injecting meaning to life while simultaneously also discharging /succumbing to inevitable obligations of life [even those that are utterly stupid or irrelevant or idiotic] and exigencies and imperatives of survival  as a manifestation of our life as social creatures.


I have read and written volumes and volumes on reality, realization, meaning of life and so on, still my search continues as I encounter life at every moment without idealizing it or intellectualizing it or emotionalizing it or politicizing it or subjecting it to my ideological prejudices or socio –cultural of religious definitions because then observation is unconditioned and unbiased and awareness reveals at least some part of reality though I am aware that I cannot always exhibit that reality outwardly for various reasons.

I would like you to read this small piece of ten points on perception

It is nice to start the journey to be true to yourself but one life time is not enough to know the real ‘yourself’ the moment that anyone realizes that then that is the truth as expressed, experienced and exhibited many wise souls.

Along with these deeper thinking process, impulse to realize truth or true meaning of life at your age you must also not miss to enjoy life with gay abandon away from too much of serious thinking always.

Life is there to be lived happily and peacefully trying our best to make this happy feeling and calmness with simple living and high thinking an influencing factor to all those around us.

and also do not miss this wonderful site





Friday, May 13, 2016

Facts,falsehoods and failures

Indians must be ashamed of certain things and resort to course correction.

It is very unfortunate that almost all those involved in the match fixation scandal have died or disappeared from the file of activity but in India with all tall talk of philosophy we have rendered one such person an MP by the party which has no qualms about anything or anyone, surprisingly in politics because politicians do all frauds but ensure that they are not obvious to public view.


Most Indians , I am sorry to make this remark, probably because I move more proximately with them than other nationalities in real life, have a very healthy public opinion and filthy personal standards in every sphere, of course some justifiable and could be blamed on certain inevitable circumstances or situations.

There is nothing wrong in using all that is available as a privilege to reach any or all your goals, but misusing that privilege or position or a few pennies is what smacks of hypocrisy, selfishness and lack of humane concerns.

We also need others, others including other family members or rank outsiders to point out what we are doing may be intrinsically wrong and also correctible.

This is perhaps the first philosophical concept taught in Ramayana through life of Valmiki who is robber and when made to go back, his wife and children make him realize that they do not approve  of what he does in spite of the justification he gave saying that ‘he was doing it only for their sake’.

So there are certain actions which are inherently and intrinsically wrong and they may not be wrong based on any socio moral dictum or legal sanction but intrinsically wrong.

Anyone of us may justify nay or probably may actions but then the ultimate analysis should preferably be whether those actions have caused happiness to some, helped some and have not hurt any directly any.

There are many others dimensions to these dirty attitudes with murky dynamics but then the obvious facts hit us hard on the face, which is not merely embarrassing but very regrettable.

Unfortunately in the long run these attitudes seep into our sub consciousness and influence our belief systems, opinions and so on.

Embarrassment lasts a moment, regrets last a lifetime. - Petteri Tarkkonen

Many think they can opt for a safer position by being indifferent and some take a very aggressive justification mode for ideological and identity veneration reasons.

This I can say is India’s one great weakness.

John Adams says, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
Ayn Rand says, "We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality."




 “All of us have our own inner fears, beliefs, opinions. These inner assumptions rule and govern our lives. A suggestion has no power in and of itself. Its power arises from the fact that you accept it mentally.” - Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind



We must realize that the subconscious mind is the law of action and always expresses what the conscious mind has impressed on it. What we regularly entertain in our mind creates a conception of self. What we conceive ourselves to be, we become.” - Speare.