Tuesday, July 31, 2012
You can’t after run after happiness, money or joy, if it happens it happens. Sometime we feel like failures- it helps to inject a healthy dose of sckeptism in us. It is a well know fact that when we try too hard to do something, it sabotages our attempts to do it. It is the same with achieving your goals, the pursuits of happiness or the acquisition of wealth. A holistic approach is always advisable. If we slow down smell the zeitgeist, we may catch by the wayside of our pursuits, a spiritual creature that could alter our meaning of success, Working tirelessly for material success alone is where we fail as emotional creatures, to appreciate the various other aspects that we as human beings need for spiritual sustenance, apart from our attachment to this promiscuous world. If our thoughts can be transformed into reality then the illusion will be shattered and the suspense will disappear. Wealth, happiness and success is perceived as the distillation of all that is desirable in this world, slowly it becomes a potent elixir, consuming us totally with its sensuality. By ignoring the mundane and ordinary, which is floating miles above us, we miss the sweet nourishment of spiritual manna that is necessary to give us an exuberant reverie. This will only become evident when failure in our material pursuits turns to depression. If we can return to quite introspection of our own private impersonal perception of the world our heart will be filled with pleasure and material desires will lose its allure, despite its wild carnal and sensual odors. Valuing the real over the simulated or distinguishing the intrinsic from the sticky glossiness of worldly desires, will be rewarded with opportunities and bounties that abound all over in simple images.-Vinay-
It wastes as much energy to search for the meaning of life as it does to live with abandon, walk on the edge celebrating an ecstatic life. The underlying pulsating essence is the sublime intention to choose with no regrets. Embracing the darker realities of life is as important as enjoying the brighter ones. Instead of dissipating your time and energy searching for the elusive meaning of life, focus on the passion that excites you. As Marshal stated “for primitive man space and heaven was the uncontrollable mystery, for man in our technological age it is God and the meaning of life, that occupies the same role. Men have never shied away from experiment, stitching together myriad images of the supernatural. However belief that propels one into action need not always be derived from a religion or scriptures, and contemplation does not mean breaking away from reality, transcending flesh and bone. Religion has encouraged an allergy of experiencing negative emotions by emphasizing that faith and prayers will help. One of the selling points of religions is to ask followers to have faith and hope, while instilling the morbid fear of death & damnation in their hearts. Trying to stamp out negativity whenever it pops up is counter productive. Evolution from self absorption to the realization that life is unpredictable - you learn as you go along and we cannot change the past. This should not imply a severance from celebrating and enjoying life. Religions are unaware of the anguish of its believers, who are the borderline cases and like a pendulum swing from panic to serenity. Your success or failures in life will not be decided by the number of setbacks you encounter, but rather how you react to them. The origins of our fears are buried in the unconscious and religion converts at onto a transactable commodity making us revisit the stone ages. Fear is our natural reaction and makes us move closer to reality. We all act in a certain way and we cannot change the inevitable with hope or prayer, its how you handle the situation that counts. Real enlightenment or overcoming fear is when we look inward – to find reservoirs of strength within ourselves, to define our internal idea and seek it with a purpose verging on the spiritual. –Vinay-
With every new scientific discovery like the recent God particle, the chasm between science and religion is narrowing. Slowly the Vatican will have to relent and start accepting some of the scientific facts as the Gospel truth, as they accepted the theories of Galileo and Darwin’s evolution. However the clergy are not guileless, they manipulate their huge resources to precipitate artificial new truths, distributing a mass of images to the media-manipulated believes. For years even the Eastern religions culture and philosophy have been marketed to gullible theists and celebrities in the West. Starting from Yoga studious, transcendental meditation centers to Tantric Sex, smart businessmen have packaged this eastern wisdom- to vulnerable masses who mistook their self flattering dreams for reality. As Jonathan Lee & Bruno Latour discuss in cult of science there is a hoary orthodoxy theory which maintains that the rise of science annihilates religions –just as dawning of the day dispels the darkness of the nights. The clergy meanwhile are on overdrive denouncing science and marketing their own social constructs as the gospel truth. Uncomprehending believes, blinded by superstition and hillybillies along with gullible masses, who wallow in notions about, “the chosen people” are inspired by the scriptures, disembodied souls, exorcisms, heavenly reward and eternal damnations. They remove scientific distractions and ignore empirical thought by attending to incarnation, flesh and spirits. But if you try to argue with these blinded by superstition believers, who cling to their beliefs without any mathematical support, apart from the realm of make believe, you will end up disappointed. Their motto is that it is always, better to believe in something, or rather anything, rather than not to believe at all. The believers’ ultimate truth is a truth of transformation rather than the truth of empirical information. – Vinay-
Everyday there is a new Prophecy that the world will end, right from Harold Campbell to the Mayan shift of the ages end date in 2012. Most of them are a set of beliefs that signify the end of mother earth. Nothing is going to happen; none of these Prophecies have any empirical or scientific data to back them up. All the 5 elements will go on forever. The world can never end as energy can neither be destroyed nor created even by the supreme creator. There may be transformation from one state to another. So don’t put off your plans for the New Year bash. Tomorrow may be the destruction of the world and we may all reach Paradise above the ruins of our life – despite the grand times and great laughs. No mans past can be changed, like menopause or male pattern baldness which can cause moral and psychological damage. But tonight I would like to have my drink and consider my solitude, without a name, god, creed country or language. I have nothing in common with anyone- let me explore the solitude and silence by meditating about my past life where I truly lived. I have always treated death as triumph; the strain of waiting for death is delirious
As Shimon Peres stated “when you have two alternatives, the first thing you have to do is to look for the third that you didn’t think about, that doesn’t exist. “ According to Chinese tradition Yin and Yang are the representations of the Sun’s cycle, change of season etc. Yusuf Begg explains that there are complementary attributes not conflicting ones. Like Laurel and Hardy, the Good cop and bad cop, like a wave has to have a trough. While Yin is pure energy, Yang is the body and yang originated from Yin. Yin and Yang are polar opposites that are complementary and not conflicting. Yin changes to Yang and vice versa and at the extremes when the change is taking place there is disharmony – akin to our mind life crisis. Remember Hal Ashley’s being there and Peter Sellers mumbling in the garden, growth has its seasons. Spring, Summer Fall, and winter. This is the Tao theory of finding balance in nature. There is a bit of opposite in everything. Depending on the hemisphere the mountain slope gets more sun, Yang while the opposite get the darker YIN, the feminine side, the nurturing force, with characteristics of devotion, forgiveness and flexibility.
To be born in India is to be exposed to its mystical philosophy armed with which you wander throughout your life – free with a metaphysical certificate, as Karma becomes embedded in you DNA. No matter how intolerable the situation, you accept it with the stoic nature of a philosopher. Sometimes it also happens that instead of joy you will encounter pain, it is again attributed to Karma as explained in Eastern Philosophy. Life is a perpetual spree, destiny affects everything and everyone and there are no exceptions, because this is the assumed reality. Believing in what is reality can be a relatively negative experience, yet they strive for reconciliation – as a sort of catharsis for the soul. Life with its disappointments goes on, while ruthlessly stripping away the ornate masks which we all wear to hide our own flawed humanity. We are all victims of self doubt. When you believe in Karma (Destiny) the miseries even if many may not seem much – but the form suffers some strange destiny to which many of us succumb. Like the vapors which unravel in a haze when viewed through the mirrors of our minds, your Karma become as clear as the blue ocean. These expressions emotional as well as intellectual are all about the present moment of awareness. It is indispensable to understand this transition to achieve bliss and liberation. So go ahead, step on the gas, physically, mentally and spiritually. Drink the wild music of the noisy streets; hear the bird song in the quiet woods to find the balance between what is pragmatic, materialistic and meaningful in life. We are all part of humanity which will not survive – except by extraordinary shifts of the ages in this inhuman world shaken out of our certainties, frightened adults, struggling to understand their sad predicament and willing to forgive - an unseen and unknown God. In the west we could sing Que Sera Sera… what will be will be. There are always exits, compensations, ameliorations, people, religious rituals that create a chaos when order is beyond human comprehension. There is no sharp separation between vice and virtue – neither joy nor sorrow can be connected to form a holy chain or a narrative of life, this is our destiny. Truth may be single but lies and miseries are legion in this world. By believing in Karma we can only grasp a splinter of the truth – painful, a poignant excavation of self and a gripping narrative of life. – Vinay-
It would seem so and that too paradoxically in a negative manner- James Holm paints himself like the “Joker” in Batman enters a cinema hall in Aurora, Colorado, lobs smoke bombs and goes on a shooting spree, killing 12 and wounding 50 people. This incident has appalled people all over the world. According to davinci, comics teach us lessons, in Batman comic lore Bruce Wayne’s parents were murdered in front of him at an impressionable age, creating a psychological trauma. Bruce grows up and investigates the mind of the underworld and becomes” truly lost”. A person called Henry Ducard comes to his rescue, he trains Bruce for many years at “The league of Shadows” and helps him to find his path. Like most comics Batman also contains an underlying moral and important lessons for all us. It teaches us that will power is more important than any training and to achieve anything in life you will have to sacrifice something ( Bruce sacrificed his wealth to fight injustice). It is harder to make choices when you know that the consequences are risky and fraught with danger. Batman also taught us that fear is normal (he was also scared) but we must keep going despite our fears. He also taught us that struggles and fear are part of everyone’s lives, and also that we never get recognition for our good deeds. No one knew Bruce Wayne was Batman- he struggles with his identity like we all do – we wear masks we create different identities - for parents, children, friend and co-workers. Like Batman we must also represent the good against the evil which is in all of us; the constant struggle we face in our daily lives, the fears we hide within and strive to live like a normal human. You don’t need to be a superman. Batman was also a psychological wreck from inside after his parents were killed- but it was ultimately what he did that defined him. “It is not who you are from the inside, but what you do that defines you”. – Batman Begins& excerpts from Step case.-
Religion is a very personal matter...I would not stop anyone from worshipping me. But as British Savant Bertrand Russell said “If you believe in god, it’s up to you to prove his existence”. The burden of proof is not incumbent on the Atheist, who is merely denying your claim. The analogy was “If I were to claim that a celestial dog orbits the sun somewhere between Earth and Mars, it would be nonsensical for me to expect others to believe me on the ground that they cannot prove me wrong”. As spiritual columnist Vithal Nadkarni states in this internet age the Lord does not manifest himself physically, so can we equate believing in the Unmanifest ( Nirgun ) aspect of God with something as nonexistent as a celestial dog circling around the sun. Carl Sagan said men may not be the dreams of the Gods, but rather that the Gods are the dreams of men. Alain de Bottom also echoes similar sentiments when he states.” Religion is above all a symbol of what exceeds us and education in the advantage of recognizing our paltriness “To insist that Religion is benevolent is fanaticism or mere stupidity. Arthur Clarke expounds that “It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him”. The world view is that there are idiots who believe is Santa Claus, fairies, magic and elves and we are not joining that nonsense. The Bhagavad Gita also warns us that the path to the unmanifest is fraught with utmost trouble, for those who are embodied. Jiddu Krishnamurti also says,we have invented God, the thinking created god for itself. That means due to our unhappiness, fear and depression we created something called god. God did not create us after his imagination.Devotion thus, is the last resort of the perplexed. Subdue yourself; abandon the fruit of all actions; simply merge with the Universe into the Cosmic.
Religion gives you the luxury to dream of redemption, liberation and joy everlasting. When you wake up to the harsh reality of life, you realize that they have cleverly omitted to mention agony, grief and unhappiness on earth in their technical specifications. Over the years, religious wars, jihads and global terrorism have embedded, terror in the psyche of all peace loving people, endowing a weak messianic power to which the past has claim. People have slowly withdrawn themselves, mentally and emotionally from the wider cravings of faith. Empathy rather than sympathy is the new cardinal social virtue, which combines learning with a wise, unpretentious ethical sensibility. This has prompted a return to family values-which is clearly picking up momentum in these economic recessionary days. As the disparity between the elite and masses increase, looking outward makes for better social awareness. Power buys influence, the needs of the powerful institutions comes first, hierarchies comment must be respected, lives of ordinary people have no commercial value. Powers only understand power and the occasional injustice pales in the face of larger injustices meted out by the government. The global detachment of state and religion toward the masses is the unchanging habit of tyranny. Truth, transforms to deceit and hate in the “us-against them”, in the battle for survival, where the perverse power of solidarity erupts in “Arab Spring “and “Occupy Wall Street” revolutions. By plumbing the depths of our inner lives we understand the deep nature of reality. Following a charismatic leader or evangelical preacher to an abstract principle & their unrealistic assumptions is no longer an option. We are dissatisfied because the world is fall of wretchedness and religious vanity and our dreams turn into nightmares. The angels of history, the decay of ethics, and the flash of messianic fervor manifest the world in a futile state of flux. A new world order must arise; spirituality without borders, or confining dogmas, is the ultimate reward for happiness. “And as the truth is re-enthroned, problems of disparity should evaporate to usher in a posthumous portrait of civilized living to the new culture now defined by Internet and face book. Vinay-
One’s entire life is a continuous slow journey, a pilgrimage like process of inquiry through the world. It is related to discovery and learning, but the beautiful mystery will never end. A certain sense of what is transient and what is permanent in this universe will permeate and grow as knowledge grows within you. Life itself is our teacher and the Universe communicates with us, unlike school or society there is no test and no fixed curricula. You will continuously meet different situations and this experience bitter or bliss will teach you what is to be desired and what is unimportant. You need not go through many births, heavens or hells -this life itself is a collection of moments and experiences. It will provide you with the key moment when if you look without awareness you cannot see, or listen, but cannot hear. Life may be series of attachments, because relationships are the fulcrum of our lives, be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. The order of existence in the Universe is rooted in viewing everything with equanimity and relationships with animate and inanimate beings. We will learn to bear reality ‘s timeless and space less fire, and enjoy the grace of nature and realize – that there is nothing to be asked for, desired for beyond one’s spiritual self. This what is called enlightenment and it is not an end by itself, only death is the end of physical existence.
If we are not afraid of death, we should not be afraid of sex. Why can’t we love and indulge in a thing that gives us pleasure? What is this irrational fear – unless we release ourselves from the fetters of this hypocritical mortality imposed by society? We will forever be in human bondage and we will never be able to find our true selves – because we are not crossing the barriers of self liberation. To live life fully is to explore those sensuous, dangerous horizons of desire; living on the razors edge heightens our senses in sheer exalted exuberance. We get in touch with our wild side of our inner spirits, the missing link where sexuality and spirituality meet. Sufis, Tantrics, Dervishes, the Bauls, Dionysus and Bacchus used love and sex as the final means to Mukti, deliverance or bliss. It was Blake who remarked – by flying ourselves with utter abandon into the sexual – we find that the spiritual beckons – the road of excess leads us to the path or place of erudition. In this internet age of cyber love and virtual sex with digitally simulated orgasms, which seems really hotter than sex in the real flesh – because there is no reality to block our inhibitions or fantasies? The mind has an infinite capacity for liberation and is after all man’s main erogenous zone. This is the right approach leading one to true spirituality, the transcendence to the right avenues, evolving from the lustful genital craving to the ultimate cosmic, symbolizing the freedom of our untamed energies. This is basis of transformation; it provides above all a meaningful human connection or linkage. In the end we recognize that it is not just work, but love and sex – the unconditional love of another who accepts us for who we are, that makes life bearable. Sex is the ultimate expression of love and fulfillment.-Vinay-
Tantric Mythology and Sex. In the ancient Hindu, Greek and Russian mythological texts it urges man to indulge in our baser instincts like anger, violence sex – as venting and dissipating these energies conforms to the needs of the spirits within us. A number of great sages, philosophers, writers, artists and poets also endorse this view. With regards to carnal and lustful passions, the pagan sense of sex – which is the primal flux, the DNA of our very existence. There is no resolution for the soul’s confusion, as our lives are divided into two emotional realms – one towards separation and individuation and the other towards connection and union. It is only after we have satisfied the cravings of one’s physical desires that one can transcend into the higher realm i.e. sex in the cosmic sense from the genital one. Like Dante who also found himself lost in the dark woods, in the middle of his life – but also emerged to see the stars, having discovered that love is what makes the world move and go around, and this is how he truly lived. Thoreau also echoed similar sentiments when he said “We are all living lives of quiet desperation” or in today’s context noisy desperation, the conflict between carnal and ethical explodes in our faces. Most of us are not liberated in the real sense, real freedom frightens us. We follow patterns, set for us by our parents, prurient religious, or an overtly moralistic society that weighs our morality against our desires. Sexual liberation is the actual drive that leads us toward transcendence- it enriches our life and solves our creative crisis at the fag end of our lives. Puritans and clergy will disagree and may even frown on the real freedom of our untamed energy and its link to the primal force of sex. They may even classify Dionysus (God of fertility & merriment) and Bacchus as a band of drunken monks and the epitome of vulgarity, but the spark of desire will always be inextinguishable – Vinay-
The Vedas are world’s oldest composite literature on religion, science,
humanities and spirituality, yet they are not treated as sacred in the
Biblical or religious sense. It is a priceless intangible, and unique
mystical world view of that era. It has documented mans culture, fear
and misery as a sort of reflection of the Rishis of yore.
deals with our attachment to our wild side and the sensual world we
inhabit with all its inbuilt suffering. The universe has sculpted our
connection with life forms and solidarity with sentient and insentient
beings. Earth is a picture where ideological and political crimes are
carried out everyday, a cruel place despite humans who are instilled
with humanity inhabiting it. The world is a merciless place, inhabited
by, cruelty, consumption, hatred lust, violence and untold misery.
Life is full of great joy and intense pain, we have lost something
both aesthetically and ethically with the shift of the ages from that
era to our modern culture, and we are on the brink of losing a priceless
intangible heritage. Mans condition to object against this human
condition is to protest or pray to God- as they live their entire lives
in the reflected glory of religions, losing their own identity in the
process. All religions, symbolize hope and despair to which mankind is
Our relationship are filled either with
great happiness or intense sorrow shared with lasting pain, it is here
that the Vedas helps us learn about life. When we are stripped down to
own bare bones and the road ends, when nothing leads anywhere, and
religious hope explodes into despair and everything becomes groundless-
then the Vedas helps us to reclaim our lives.
As humans our
life is nothing but a slow journey through detours of bliss and intense
sorrow, the simple understanding which unless you have surrendered to
nature, the world refuses to answer your doubts and the meanings
therein. We must move into the solitude and silence of our inner self to
perceive the very images whose presence our hearts opened up to in the
What a fascinating world, its starkness like the
desert that is within us, with a vast expanse of silence which is the
real beauty. Order, chaos and reason, the will to survive, the imperious
obstinacy to change, all these secrets are revealed, the happiness in
those mystical moments of nature, the simple pleasures and to re
organize our life’s priorities till we can treat death itself is a
triumph over our spirits. It is all there in the Vedas. –Vinay-
Love, creativity and the Universe will always remain a mystery. It has
intrigued theologists, philosophers and mankind, who keep wondering
about it all the time. Love is the tragic influence in our human lives, a
hostile relationship like a drug, in which we cannot control the
hallucinations of desire and hate.
The world is full of suffering lovers who converge easily, but with the
passage of time diverge diagonally and as the sweet music ends- they no
longer want the strings attached to the instruments of their love.The
alchemy of the initial rhythm and mellifluous sweet thoughts that made
them tango disappears in the utter tedium and futility of everyday life.
As the crescendo of the love balled comes crashing down to expire on
the rocks (pun intended) the images remain shattered and totally
desolate. We go on living in quiet desperation even though the page is
blank and bereft of letters or meaning.
We wonder where the love came from and where it has gone.
In this life we love many and one, it is as if the truth was an
illusion built on a shaky foundation of trust. When did love alter is
course like the river, what happened to all the obstacles/compromises we
made to hang on, it couldn’t stop the relationship snaking away like a
strong current leaving one bleary and starry eyed. Like a sputtering
candle in the tempest it burns brightly then blows out and our lives
become a blurred waking shadow of memories.
The river of love
flows into the larger ocean of life, the tears mingle with water and are
everywhere but the river is no more. We wonder where it went, did
someone take possession? We will never know, we return to the faded
memories, like the rustling trees and rivers of our youth- to view lost
love, reminisce with sensibilities on a deeper philosophical plane.
The idyllic universe, that existed briefly, when we had time for loving
and thoughtful individuality- deepening the intimacy before being
snuffed out. Death, love, loss, expectations and regret are the deeper
issues we face in our world- tinged with a sense of mild incomprehension
as to what life is all about. –Vinay-
Homo-sapiens have four basic stages in life each distinct as a chapter
of its own. They are childhood, adolescence, middle age and old age.
Childhood or youth is the best as it is the formative year like the
early morning of a new day where everything is new and full of wonder.
The dew drop that melts, the world lazily unfolding from its slumber,
music and chants wafting in the air, the aroma of coffee and fresh
scores bread in the air. Everything looks new as the rays of the sun
sensuously envelop the verandah. This is the best phase of life as
carefree and free you roam around with friends and playmates not a care
in the world.
like forenoon where the morning has disappeared and youth hardens into a
day. The world around us now takes form and shape, the sun now shines
brightly and your life is crammed with activity, school / college
sports, friends / partners love and passion. Like the noon day sun
heating your bones to stir activity all around you till exhausted with
dreams of the future you go to sleep.
Middle age as it suggests
is like midday of life, work, career, and family predominantly
manifests itself in your life. The engine is now pursing on the road of
life, hiccups, put stops and accidents do happen. You cross the frontier
between carefree youth into the responsibilities of a man / women. We
look back at the past down as we inhale the smells of the day. We try to
seek out the purpose of our existence, worry about our career, finance
and family. We plan for grand success and happiness. The pressures of
life build up as we navigate the tricky water in the world as we plunge
into gross physical activity of life, indulging in reasual pleasure and
other intoxicants of life tell we approach evening or twilight.
This is the time for contemplation or spiritual practice or relaxes
with a drink and watch the world goes by and your children wake up to
the down of their life. Time hang in the air like some music momentarily
infinite till you drift out of its magic. You look back at your
yesterday’s in nostalgias as today has changed its tempo as you
gradually catch the rays of the setting sun. Growing old in a faster
world where the techno-meter forever hovers on the red line, your memory
of yester years slowly crumbles like yourself.
If the race is over by the time your settle in front of the Telly it’s a
sprint; if it is still on after you have finished the popcorn and beer
it’s a marathon or long distance run.
For some people life is a jog
and others it is a lark. You see them early mornings / evenings with
fancy running kits, ears plugged into an iPod. Many of them have never
broken into a sweat about mundane things like mortgages / EMI, tuition
fees, inflation or recession.
Years of living in countries like USA, Canada and Europe, a regular diet
of proteins and carbs have built up muscles, and the sprinters with a
dash of steroids have build bodies that move like greased lighting. For
most people in cities life is one big sprint racing through everything
in life – school to B schools, career, work, dropping the children,
soccer classes, tuitions, music lessons and the occasional barbecue in
the back yard.
When we race against the clock there is no time
to ruminate or chew the cud, when you decide to smell the zeitgeist,
it’s time for antacids and angioplasties. On the Olympic track running
is not such a glamorous part time, the marathon is tough business.
The Marathon is packed with people from underdeveloped countries like
Ethiopia, Kenya, and Morocco………. Athletes, who have struggled for a
meal, no training facilities, who have no shoes and literally begged to
find sponsors to travel and foot the bill.
Slight and wiry men,
running the race of their lives, but with the will power, patience,
strength and endurance required - an aerobic experience where the body
has to produce oxygen. Compared to distance runners a sprinter has
longer muscles & lower body fat. Sprinting is an anaerobic exercise –
it uses energy stored in muscles and they are the glam boys of
Athletics, while the other has to go the distance to just survive.
Everywhere in discussions and beliefs it is propounded to kill the ego
which is portrayed as a stumbling block in life and progress. According
to Freud’s theory, ego has three parts Id, Ego and Superego.
is the instinctive part (involuntary & spontaneous) which contain
the basic drives and pleasure principles. Ego is the organized and
realistic part, as one matures this part learns to endure pain, and
defer gratification (satisfaction/ fulfillment) indulging only when
necessary. Super ego is the critical and moralizing part which is the
dangerous part as it can bring in a sense of false pride self idolatry
All religions preach
denial of the ego, this is because they do not want individual but
herds and your own identity becomes extinct, and we become meek as ants.
Ego is so delicate like a flower that praise tends to make it bloom
while discouragement often nips it in the bud and resentment sets in.
Ego is definitely required for survival in this planet. “I “and
individualism is not a failing, it promotes yours own identity and a
healthy distinctiveness. Your ego represents your assertion of your
unique self to attain your objectives in life. The laws of nature cannot
deny your existence, so treat it as a positive state as it provides
sustenance for achieving personal excellence and in charting one’s life
on our own terms.
Even animals have awareness, instinct
driven, the Lion is the king of the jungle, and they know fear but not
greed. All creative people have hung onto their ego to follow their
inner calling, passion, or creativity, because everyone is born with his
or her own unique talent in their respective fields.
helps to develop lateral thinking to raise the bar for excellence and
overcome adversity stimulating growth. It helps you lead your life with
higher values, walk the talk, to be successful, happy and communicate
yours vision. Killing ego is killing yourself a sort of spiritual
hara-kiri – Vinay-.
Many of us may not even remember those quaint dolls made of cloths or
knitted in wool, a cherished childhood tradition. We had relationships
with them, but later grew out of it. Remember the weekends when we would
grab the picnic basket, sun umbrellas and head out for an intimate
weekend on the beach or woods with the family and friends.
was an iconic image of weekends and leisure, the sense of a vanishing
world is painfully insistent in our technology driven lives today. With
the ubiquitous Blackberry and Smartphone we embrace digital technology
to fill the void of intimacy and warmth of relationship thats has
picnics and weekends at the beach with family and friend are passé and
even at parties – physically they are elsewhere as they tap and text on
their cell phones. Children have difficulty in differentiating the real
and authentic from the inanimate.
There is a dark possibility
that cherished cultural artifacts and traditions will disappear to a
point where, we prefer shallow relationships over actual intimacy.
Cultures and places changed beyond recognition by social media.
We have a fragile sense of self; we are becoming terrified of intimacy
and flee from the old life long gone by … and the old analogue world
being dismantled. We can never go back within the flow of time, from
which it was removed.
We turn to the digital world, mute the
sound of our hearts and emotional lives and present a false persona
online. We become that person; we get confused, disoriented going into a
grayish dark world of monitors hoping to find a digital soul mate
sooner or later. -Vinay-
Friday, July 20, 2012
While growing up I was quite taken by the eagerness of the western
world to learn eastern mysticism and spiritual traditions like, Yoga,
Transcendental meditation, and other esoteric facets of Indian
philosophy. Our spiritual heritage has spawned many Gurus, Sages who
have tried to integrate the philosophy of the Vedas into everyday life.
Today Yoga and Meditation is practiced widely in the western world,
while it languishes in India. Meditation is not a profound religious
ritual – it is more about finding one’s inner harmony and peace by doing
absolutely nothing, cutting of the noise - a sort of de-concentrating
and calming our busy brain.
Being a secular nation we have always had respect for other cultures and
religions. Multiculturalism and multi religious tolerance is critical
in today’s globalized world. Constant dialogue throws open a lot of
questions, which can shed light even if they do not give immediate
answers or solutions. In Hindu philosophy we generate more questions
than answers and the seeker is left in solitude to find their own
The spiritual aspect is not about liberation or
salvation per se – but there is a hidden inspirational thread to make
that compassionate connection and discover your inner self. So questions
will lead to further doubts and questions and even the answers will
beget more questions and this deep introspection will open the doors of
another dimension of reality.
Even a simple ascetic life, lived
with infinite grace captures the spiritual essence of the mundane. You
are liberated from the traps of mental concepts beyond the reach of mere
logic and religion, layered with profound insights about all aspects of
life. It is all about living a life that gives you satisfaction, one
that truly makes you happy. It is then that you are at peace with
yourself and the world around you. –Vinay-
To be born in India exposed to its mystical philosophy is to wander
throughout your life – free with a metaphysical certificate, as Karma is
embedded in you DNA.
No matter how intolerable the situation, you
accept it with the stoic nature of a philosopher. Sometimes it also
happens that instead of joy you will encounter pain. It is again
attributed to Karma as explained in Eastern Philosophy.
There are always exits, compensations, ameliorations, people, religious
rituals that create a chaos when order is beyond human comprehension.
There is no sharp separation between vice and virtue – neither joy nor
sorrow can be connected to form a holy chain or a narrative of life.
These expressions emotional as well as intellectual are all about the
present moment of awareness. It is indispensable to understand this
transition to achieve bliss and liberation. So go ahead, step on the
gas, physically, mentally and spiritually. Drink the wild music of the
noisy sheets; hear the bird song in the quiet woods to find the balance
between what is pragmatic, materialistic and meaningful in life.
Streets may be ugly, dirty, life full of frailties, but don’t mind
anything that happens – both the good and the bad have to co-exist in
life. A perpetual spree, there are no exceptions because this is
reality. Whatever is not in the open street is false; now work the
calmness into your soul like an anesthetic.
Even the Deistic
creator who designed the world keeps aloof, an absentee God who is
indifferent to their plight. He is not willing to step down from his
Ivory Tower in Heaven and eradicate the problem of evil -that envelopes
this world in the form of sorrow, suffering, injustice, exploitation and
sickness. Why should god make some people more privileged than others?
This is not so in the animal world or plant kingdom. The all powerful
omnipotent god is silent or remains a mute witness. It would seem he is
There is always a darker perception unleashing
negative emotions – fear pain, jealousy, all distructure and the source
is a gap that inevitably exists between the haves and have nots. Their
aspirations are lost in translation and it triggers the thought process
that their expectations are unrealistic.
Theirs is a world
where all of us would be thrown into turmoil because we can barely
imagine it. Yet they have the audacity to define their own lives. The
poor always view situations with more sensibilities on a deeper
When we do not get the desired results we try even harder, following
the silly King Bruce Maxim to keep on trying till we succeed. But we
never stop to analyze even for a moment why we are not succeeding after
repeated attempts. Like religion does by repeating (Hail Mary’s) we keep
repeating but of to no avail.
If, we stop to think or
scientifically analyze what went wrong – we would soon realize that we
forgot to “change course” in spite of seeing the iceberg in our path. If
real awareness had set in we would have taken corrective measures
earlier and avoided a lot of stress and disappointment.
Success is not a science or art that one can perfect; it is more of
creative thought and applying winning strategies. To climb the ladder of
success you don’t need more practice but creating more friends and
leaping into the warmth of human experiences. This way you will inspire
yourself to attain new heights.
In the earlier days, they said
God was watching over us, now god is a blip on the radar and the
Internet is watching us and might even censure you for this part. Can we
not just believe in ourselves, our hearts and our intuitions? Do we
need the lines of our lives to be a perpetual confession in the presence
of an unknown, unknowable creator? Why can’t we create our own legend
and bury ourselves in it, before our ashes lose its warmth.
Success comes at a heavy cost though we don’t realize it at that point
of time and you will envy the ordinary unsuccessful people in this
world, those who are blissfully unaware of dreaming big.
Sometimes you will yearn for the aimless solitude of our erstwhile
youthful life, no goals, no responsibilities the sort of schoolboy life
we enjoyed. It was when the world was alive with magic, less complicated
and we were free inside. Not trapped between the timelines, meetings,
deadlines and the fear of failure.
In the end it’s all about
living a life that gives you leisure and the joy to enjoy your life, one
that truly provides bliss. It is when you are at peace with yourself
and the world around you that become aware of all the different paths
your life took, each time you made a choice.-VINAY-
Any good post should have the capacity to provoke thought - shake the reader from his complacency and border on the outrageous.
Great philosopher, poets, writers have this capacity to stun us from
our stupor and shock their readers; most of them were zealous and
paranoid about their views, thoughts and works.
Safe conventional posts or quoting some second hand wisdom and advice
from scriptures is for preachers’ clergy, teachers and proselyters – who
do not have any original thoughts and do not want to step out of their
comfort zones- and all their posts are as dull as dishwater.
Out of the box thinking and posts, presents ideas and thoughts that
seemingly suspend conventional wisdom and understanding, sometimes
turning it topsy turvy,it is an in your face good or bad advice from
life’s bitter experience.
However whenever I post a creative or
outrageous thought – I am labelled as a cultural and religious
provocateur, mainly since I do not follow the path or dogmas of millions
of believers. Added to that the fact that I am an atheist, a non
conformist and a rebel makes me an easy target to be labeled as a fake,
infidel, denigrator of faiths and an abnormal person. Often these
philistines with a religious disposition sit on judgement on my thoughts
and posts. My thoughts are worth more than the miserable pennies they
drop in the charity boxes.
Screw them to oblivion – Vinay
My thoughts are worth more than the miserable & charitable pennies they insert in the till.
There is infinite grace, harshness and beauty even in an ordinary life -
even bruised souls find a connection, a glimpse of the fabric of
realities, that is about sex, love and despair. For the impoverished
life is layered with a profound sadness – the kind of melancholy that
comes from being aware that their life, careers, even children are
tainted by poverty. Throughout their life they try to escape this
labyrinth which has a bleak centre – bitter sweet, poignant and deeply
There is always an endeavor to get out of this rut and
create a better life – like trapped dream walkers they float in a
somnambulist state of sleeplessness. Whether their dreams die or if it
will be successful is a moot point. Forever alone exploited by the rich and state – a seething rage implodes within their character, loneliness and disappointments are the order of the day.
They would wake up the next day, not knowing whether to laugh or cry
about their dreams or nightmares, but just shrug it off and get on with
their dreary life. They are afraid of their own thoughts and their
response mechanism search high and low for a means to escape from
It is a cruel world that they are trapped in which
ultimately breaks their spirits and souls and in the end it kills them
as surely as life. There is no end to their misery and the very brave
snatch moments of joy, before the timeline dissolves. The caste system
which has Indian connotations is prevalent in the world –these are the
people who are not part of society, they live on the fringes, they have
no position or place in society you cant touch them.
part, of a shadowy world, left out of the mainstream- loneliness creeps
in like the dark night that envelope a city. Only in sleep are their
tortured minds allowed to relax and slip through the fabric of misery.
So many questions, so many possibilities but none of them an option,
careening off in the direction of an azure conclusion,-that ultimate
point of truth, where all their desires merge.
progress and wealth of this unmoving world … everything around their
wretched life is stifling, yet in their hearts they are free, blissfully
unaware of the enchanting treasures of the world, victims of their own
circumstances. Trapped forever, jaywalking through life with dreams for
all eternity. _Vinay-
As Barry Schwabsky commented in Extreme eccentrics, those who maintain
the question “Who am I” was started by mental cases seems to be right -
only “mental impulses so strong and so disconnected from the actual
environment / reality” as those that plagued, Van Gogh, Cezanne and
Rousseau, could have allowed them the courage or naiveté to venture so
far into the unknown. Later all religious figures and seekers began
exploring this new terrain in full consciousness of the unknown
In India ringing in a bitter reality Janme Shah
Sinha, Asia Pacific head of Boston consulting Group realized that he did
not envy those seekers of spirituality in their quest for identity. No
wonder the famous Indian film star Shahrukh Khan yelled at the US
immigration authorities “my name is Khan and I am not a terrorist”.
Establishing one’s identity is equivalent to seeking Nirvana and is a
herculean task. You require address proof, copy of your passport,
electricity bill or phone bill. The issue gets further clouded as some
accept passport copy, others went your (IRS) Pan Card copy, some insist
on your driver’s license.
If the electricity and phone bill are
in your wife’s name then you have to produce your birth certificate,
school certificates and sometimes lease deed, or letter from the society
you reside currently.
If you are brave enough to change your
residence the whole process has to be repeated, you tribulations will
never be over. You have to get all these copies attested by a senior
Government official with a rubber stamp - the purple imprimatur, which
certifies you exist. You also require furnishing bank statements for 1
Year. If you have not made any transactions because of the recession, it
is assumed that you are dead, fictitious or do not exist.
Just like Frang Kafka’s character in “The Trial” who has no idea what he
is charged with – we too end up wondering “who am I” if not for all
these documents. The search continues…. If you are a real brave heart,
then only apply for a U S Visa as you have to not only establish your
existence and identity, but prove that you have enough bank balance to
last through 3 recessions, that you are not a pedophile, terrorist,
rapist, atheist, vampire or wife beater.
When a poem recitation is over, there is pin drop silence as we try to
imbibe the meaning of the word and its import even though the poem is
over, moments of quite introspection that can create mental images,
float in our minds even in the absence of words which are always crammed
with noise. Words can never keep track of the profusion of silent
thoughts that populate our creative minds- in many instances a lot of
things are left unsaid .It is the silence between our thoughts through
which we can access our highest creativity- a sort of music to our
ears, our deepest intuitions and our most profound joys.
we grieve deeply or are moved intensely, we find ourselves bereft of
words, this silence of wailing noises is not due to the absence of
sound, but due to the interpretive
feeling and the presence of a powerful and profound meaning. Sometimes
when the bonds are strong between friends, family or lovers we can
convey wordless messages without the jarring sound of language. Hermits,
sages also seek the solitude of nature in the mountains/ deserts or
caves to cut off chatter and focus or meditate, silence represents
By transcending into silence we can dissolve stress
and tension – a pause that refreshes and nourishes our silent source or
soul within. Some narratives in our lives are more poignant in their
silences- than the loud high pitched wailing of grief and pain. Often
victims of sexual violence and abuse shun word as they skip over a vast
expanse of pain and unspoken truths, which we have relegated to the
domain of silence and invisibility. Their anguish and memories bleed
copiously into the silences of their narrative as their reticence
escapes the most salient aspect of the deeply agonizing violence.
Even in quantum physics there is a non-physical filed of energy/
residing in a state of entropy or vacuum. This inner field of life is
called as the field of consciousness in the Vedas and through quiet and
tranquil contemplation one can connect to the innermost core of
intelligence. Like the silent night when you sit in mediation one, mind
becomes so silent that our own intelligence in then revealed to us.
In life we have Gurus, Sages and Personal life coaches. In golf the
caddy is your companion guide and pseudo philosopher- who helps you to
explore the landscape of your life. Among all the sports and games, golf
is the one game that brings you closest to nature and your inner self.
There is a method in the aimless jaywalking style of the game- while
chipping away at the pock marked ball, one realize the importance of
conserving nature and the environment. A mystical journey and a sort of
spiritual union with the universe.
Silence is absolute here like
meditation, and ethical questions will always hover in your
consciousness when you attempt to take short cuts- because it will dawn
on you that you are only fooling yourself, and it is not the path to mastery or perfection. It is a symbolic trip through lush space and time, to perceive reality through nature.
You learn that bad shots happen on the golf course too and one must
not fret about it but analyze what went wrong and focus on the next
shot. You learn so much more from your bad experiences (shots) in your
life than the good ones. You get time to reflect on them unlike other
sports, not reflecting is a waste of a precious opportunity, as
reflecting plus pain equals progress in life.
A few bad shots are
not the end of the game of life and one great shot can make the par, and
you can reclaim your life. The real purpose of mistakes, sorrow is to
enable you to rechart your life, just like you make course corrections;
you change the iron to fit the situation, different sticks for different
On the course you are alone, no coach, no
guide the moment of truth- as you are poised to strike the ball, you are
alone, the “ I” remains. You will discover that you develop two
perceptions of life, two fundamental objectives,- the self discovery of
your specific characteristic and the perception of distinction, for a
balanced view, the game is a relentless pursuit of truth and personal
evolution. That is why they say old golfers attain a state of bliss/
nirvana- they do not die, they only lose their balls.
Religions have always been at loggerheads with philosophers and their
advice to mankind. Christianity and other mainstream religious theology
always wanted to remain as the undisputed King & queens of ethics
and morality. Even after moving from the Gothic arches of the dark ages -
the medieval Cathedrals, to the neo-Gothic modern towers of online
biblical teachings, they want to even control the air- waves, with their
In ancient Hinduism and the Vedanta Philosophy
which is not a religion but a way of human life - it is a treatise, a
teaching one how best to care for the soul. The Upanishads like the
philosophy of Epicurus Aristotle etc, taught mankind how to eliminate
anxiety and irrational desires to lead a life of happiness. Living in
accordance with one’s own virtues is the goal of human life.
Vain is the word of the religious clergy who quoting their holy
scripture can not heal any suffering of mankind. Even the commandments
have largely lost the robust connection to human life and reality and
are just a cramped box of permissible and non-permissible deeds. There
is little that looks like it is capable of healing and it seems to
promise the opposite.
Hinduism and ancient Vedanta’s ethical
work in contrast offers guidance to “the whole of human life” not just
questions of right and wrong. They share a commitment to life that
develops and perfects the human capacity for reason cultivating the
virtues of courage, temperance and compassion being a few.
basic metaphysical truths of life were offered for contemplation to
everyone, unlike the dense theories of religions which differed
technically in each faith and advocated living in accordance to its
fixed tenets. Vedanta and the Upanishads is basically ancient philosophy
which focused on living well and is flexible.
Only when one
has a completely grounded philosophical understanding on the embedded
truth of how to live, can one find a fully satisfactory life as a human
being. Unlike other religions or science there are no pre-determined
answers for; What should I believe? How should I seek salvation? Or How
should I live? It teaches what matter most in life and you are left
alone to answer your questions.
Religions have always been at loggerheads with philosophers and their advice to mankind. Christianity and other mainstream religious theology always wanted to remain as the undisputed King & queens of ethics and morality. Even after moving from the Gothic arches of the dark ages - the medieval Cathedrals, to the neo-Gothic modern towers of online biblical teachings, they want to even control the air- waves, with their commandments.
In ancient Hinduism and the Vedanta Philosophy which is not a religion but a way of human life - it is a treatise, a teaching one how best to care for the soul. The Upanishads like the philosophy of Epicurus Aristotle etc, taught mankind how to eliminate anxiety and irrational desires to lead a life of happiness. Living in accordance with one’s own virtues is the goal of human life.
Vain is the word of the religious clergy who quoting their holy scripture can not heal any suffering of mankind. Even the commandments have largely lost the robust connection to human life and reality and are just a cramped box of permissible and non-permissible deeds. There is little that looks like it is capable of healing and it seems to promise the opposite.
Hinduism and ancient Vedanta’s ethical work in contrast offers guidance to “the whole of human life” not just questions of right and wrong. They share a commitment to life that develops and perfects the human capacity for reason cultivating the virtues of courage, temperance and compassion being a few.
The basic metaphysical truths of life were offered for contemplation to everyone, unlike the dense theories of religions which differed technically in each faith and advocated living in accordance to its fixed tenets. Vedanta and the Upanishads is basically ancient philosophy which focused on living well and is flexible.
Only when one has a completely grounded philosophical understanding on the embedded truth of how to live, can one find a fully satisfactory life as a human being. Unlike other religions or science there are no pre-determined answers for; What should I believe? How should I seek salvation? Or How should I live? It teaches what matter most in life and you are left alone to answer your questions.