Wednesday, May 23, 2018

1155. Antah Karna Shuddi.....!

My Thatha (Grandfather, my father’s father) had a piece of land in Gauribidanur where he used to cultivate groundnuts. Earlier in a write up I had also mentioned about the important lesson I got from him while he saw him de-weeding and his views about how the weeds affect the quality of groundnuts. Now I could reflect it to the unwanted thoughts which are like weeds and harm the constructive thoughts in the field called mind. 

The groundnut cultivation was when a few yards away from the land flowed River Pinakini. The water was sufficient for the cultivation. As time passed the river dried up and the sand mafia stepped in. With the water source drying up and no other source of water my Thatha rented
out that piece of land to touring talkies. 

The concept of touring  talkies is to watch movies projected on a white cloth which works as a screen under a temporary shed. There is no flooring done the audience sat on the ground and for those who can afford there were few wooden chairs. When we had vacations we would go to the touring talkies. 

Somehow I was not keen on watching movie in a touring talkies. The dust stirred up by the audience while moving in and out of the tent would settle on the white cloth on which the movie is projected. The dust and soil
does not let the screen remain white and this makes the movie
projected apear dull. Moreover the screen too is not still, it is shaky due to the wind behind. After watching movies in theatres in city, one may not be interested on watching them in touring talkies. The screen was soiled and hence the picture projected on it was not bright, it was not the fault in the projector or in the movie reel. Just the dust and the wind spoils the clarity of the picture on the screen.

Just as the picture is not clear on the screen due to the dust on it, to experience the Antaryami within is not possible with a clouded Antahkarna the inner conscience. 

This Antahkarana comprises of:

Manas: which always interacts with the world through the sensory organs and it is called Mind.

Buddhi: The realm of thoughts and faculty of Discrimination and it is called Intellect.

Chitta: the massive storehouse of inherent Impressions (Vasanas) and Tendencies (Samskara) formed as a consequence of repeated actions performed in the present as well as previous births and it is called Memory. And finally

Ahamkara: The predominant notion of one's own personality like “I am so and so” and it is called Ego.

These four faculties of the Antahkarna has to be clean to experience Antaryami. When there is discipline in mind without chaos the Antahkarna will automatically become Clean (Shuddha) as crystal, with a crystal clear Antahkarna, the veil of Ignorance (Maya) which is like the dust on the screen is lifted. With the veil of Ignorance gone Antaryami, the in-dwelling entity in every individual like water in the depths of the earth is sure to grace the Mind with His vision.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

1154. Inspire or Control.....!

Prerana (Inspiration) and Niyantrana (Control) are two actions which have the same result but have different approach. A person who is transparent, selfless and resourceful can influence others and the one who has status, money and power can have others in control. Prerana is the accomplishment that motivates the receiving party and Niyantrana is the act of exploitation towards the receiving party. Influence can encourage others even without position; to inflict fear control has to have a position or status. A personality that can influence others is human-friendly while the controlling personality takes refuge in terror tactics. Those who conduct on controlling can gain upper hand over those who influence.

In Mahabharata the sons of Pandu were great inspiration to their subjects but the sons of Dritarashtra were controlling them. The ability to inspire by Pandavas was the trait which was like the thorn in the flesh for Duryodhana so he threw them out of Hastinapura by manipulating.  In Gokula Sri Krishna the inspired people of Brundavana as he moved around even when He was not a ruler. He was neither King nor the commander of the Yadavas, yet He was the most inspirational personality among Yadavas. His influence had earned him the affection of those people which He would not lose.

Kamsa, the ruler of the Vrishni Kingdom had the power of position by controlling his people. Therefore he was always worried about losing control and had Chanura and Mushthika to create fear. The guarantee of position got by control has the fear of losing it, and when it is lost, it gives rise to anxiety and insanity.

It is better to be inspiration to people than have control over them and always fear of losing the power which leads to creating madness for oneself and others. Pandavas were exiled after grabbing their Kingdom but never did they lose the art of inspiring others. Kauravas enjoyed the power but had inspired none in their entire life. Eventually, they lost power too so whatever control they did have due to their status and power was also lost in war. Whatever power the Pandavas had, they used it wisely to increase the ability to inspire others always. When they lost everything in the Game of Dice, they still held the wealth of inspiring others.

We have to choose wisely, so that we can rise above easily even when our position is taken away, instead of succumbing to madness. Pandavas lost power several times but they came out victorious. Kauravas were anxiety stricken even by the thought of losing power. So they were controlled by their own fear and had no time and interest to inspiring anyone else positively. 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

1153. Bylakuppe....!

One of my friends in FaceBook wanted to know why Buddhism is not No.1 religion while Christianity is, though Buddha was born before Christ. Ironically some go by numbers to say that so and so is the No.1 religion. We all know how Constantinople, the capital of the Christian Byzantine Empire became the present Istanbul and how Hagia Sophia was converted to Ottoman Imperial Mosque. While one community used its might the other used its missionary to become No.1 religion. What is this No.1 when you lose Humanity???

We had been to Madkeri last week and while returning back to Bengaluru we visited a place which is near Kushalnagar to the west of Mysore. If Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh is the host to the Tibetan Buddhists in search of peace, tranquillity and spiritual guidance this place in Karnataka has two Settlements of Tibetan Buddhists. The two Tibetan refugee settlements started in the year 1961 and 1969 respectively has now grown into a full-fledged town housing the largest Tibetan population outside of Dharamsala in India. During the Chinese aggression in 1958 as many as 1,50,000 Tibetan refugees spread out all over the world with a more than a 1,00,000 settling in different parts of India.

Karnataka was one of the southern states to open up settlements for the Tibetans in villages like Bylakuppe, Hunsur, Mundgod and Kollegal. Bylakuppe which is 80 kms from Mysore is the host to a largest Tibetan community in exile with about 40,000 people in settlements containing monasteries, kindergarten to higher level secondary schools, health care clinics, hospital with traditional Tibetan medical facility and also a court within. The settlement is spread over 3000 acre which was leased by the then Government of Mysore. In 1966, 4,000 acres of forest land near Mundgod in Uttara Kannada district was allotted to about 15,000 Tibetan refugees followed by the establishment of two more the Rabgayling settlement in Gurupura village near Hunsur and Dhondenling at Oderapalya near Kollegal. Currently, the population of Tibetan refugees in India is estimated to be around 1.5 lakh and Karnataka has the largest number, estimated at 45%. It has been 50 years and the second generation of those Tibetan Refugees are living happily and most importantly without fear. This is the culture of my land India; we Hindus do not use might or ministry to make Hinduism No.1 in the first place we do not believe in No.1 as we welcome any religion or any philosophy.   

Vast open lands with Tibetan houses and colourful flags fluttering in front of the monasteries welcome us. The most popular and visited monastery is Namdroling, which can be sighted from a distance. As it was a day after Buddha Jayanthi we were not allowed inside the shrine as there was some rituals being performed. The volunteer there talked to us in fluent Kannada and explained it to us. We could peep inside through the window to have a glimpse of the 60 foot tall statue of Buddha flanked by Padmasambhava and Amitayus on either side sitting serenely amidst the colourful paintings, sculptures and small statues. The statues they say are made of copper and plated with gold ……and they are amazing!!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

1152. What is Doership???

In one of my write up I had mentioned that without the grace of God nothing happens and in another post I had wrote that our will power make everything happen. Some of my reader friends pointed out to me that I had created a bit of confusion with this contrary statements. One of my friend messaged asking me who was the real Kartru (doer)???

To answer this we need to know what Kartruttva Bhava (Doership) is all about. Lets try to understand.

One of my friends told me he has built a house. There is nothing wrong in that statement if we look at it superficially. Anyone who has understood from the language of this empirical world agrees to that statement. In real sense my friend did not even lift a brick yet his statement “I have built a house” has to be accepted. It only means that he funded to build a house in which an architect, civil contractor along with daily wages labourers built it.

In whatever task we do there are three components of Kriyattva (Deed) for that task to be completed. These components of deed involve the Jada (Insentient), Chetana (Sentient) and Chaitanya (Consciousness). The part of deed which involves Chaitanya is called Svecchadhina Kriyattva (Deed lack of Self-will). Chetana is involved in Icchadhina Kriyattva (Deed lack of Wish) and Jada has simply Kriyattva (doing the deed). God induces us that Svecchadhina Kriyattva and we use our skills to implement it through Icchadhina Kriyattva using a Jada Vastu (Insentient object).

To explain better let me take you to the T20 World Cup Final 2007, India and Pakistan were contesting for the trophy. India batted first and made 157 runs. Chasing the score Pakistan at the last over needed 13 runs. Misbah-ul-Haq was batting and most importantly Pakistan had the last pair at the crease. Joginder Sharma was the blower to bowl the last over. First ball of the last over was a wide and the next ball was a dot ball. Next ball was hit for a six over the head of the bowler.  The equation came down to 6 runs in 4 balls with Misbah at 43 not out.

M.S Dhoni ran up to the blower Joginder Sharma and said “You bowl confidently, even if anything goes wrong, I am there.” Joginder ran in to blow and saw Misbah getting ready to scoop the ball expecting a fast bouncer. Joginder slowed down his pace and at the last moment removed his thumb from the ball and bowled a bit slower delivery. The ball went up in the air and Sreesanth was there to catch the ball. India won the finals.

Here Dhoni, Joginder and the ball completed the task.  Dhoni gave the instructions Joginder followed it and the ball did the rest. Dhoni had the Svecchadhina Kriyattva hence he inspired the blower, which is what God does to us all. But only few like Joginder will get the inspiration and blow using their skills and the implements they have, which is a ball here.

Not all the times these three bring in success, this Kartruttva Bhava (Doership) end at finishing the task, to say, here the ball hitting Misbah’s bat. Ball going up in the air and fielder coming under it is a different story altogether. Yoga (Fortune) plays a pivotal role after that.

Sometimes Yoga (Fortune) and Yogyatha (Deservance) go hand in hand like how the slower delivery was spooned up to be caught. Few times Yoga favours even without Yogyathe that is when a bad ball fetches a wicket. Many times Yogyathe does not yield Yoga hence a beautiful delivery doesn't help pick wicket.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

1151. Fundamentalism, Socialism, Communism, Capitalism, Fascism or Crony Capitalism......!

A few days back a write-up posted said nothing is bad or good and it is only the situations which make them. To justify this, the story of Shibi, the ancestors of Shri Rama was mentioned.

This incidence was mentioned by Vyasadeva in Srimad Bhagavatam.
According to Vyasadeva the King was in Dharma Sankata (Moral Ambiguity), either to save the pigeon from the eagle or let the eagle consume its prey.

Sanatana Dharma says the King has to do justice to everyone and following that the King readily volunteer to substitute his flesh to save pigeon and at the same time not to deprive the food of the eagle.

This incidence happened thousands of years back and the King took a perfect decision based on the understanding of Sanatana Dharma. For some youngsters who read the write-up this decision did not go well. A few messaged me and felt that the Kings move seem to be stupid and he could have arranged some meat equivalent to the pigeons weight. True they could be viewing the situation practically and there was no problem at all in their thought process

I wonder why when all these years the Kings decision was accepted now this generation feels it was little over for the King to sacrifice his flesh. I analyzed that the younger generation are exposed to fundamentalism, socialism, communalism, capitalism, fascism and crony capitalism. Now they can thinking about a situation from all those angles and asses the situation to pick appropriate solution. I felt maybe the exposure is the key for such thoughts and I do respect them even if they do not vibrate with mine.

Further on lighter note I contemplated on how the incident could have shaped if the King and his subjects were also having the thought which sympathized either Fundamentalism, Socialism, Communism, Capitalism, Fascism or Crony Capitalism. Here is how the situation would have been different.

Fundamentalist : The King would let the eagle have its prey. Saying this world is running on “survival of the fittest”.

Socialist: The King will kill the eagle and let the pigeon fly free. Saying in this society the “weaker section has to be protected”. Why kill the eagle, did you ask? The socialist thought would not let the strong have the upper hand.

Communist : The King would kill the pigeon and divide the meat into two and give the one half to the eagle and keep the other half to himself. Saying everyone in this society has “to have the equal share”.

Capitalist : The King would kill the pigeon. Defeather and eviscerate the bird cut it into small pieces, weight them and pack them in a transparent plastic box. After fixing a price tag the King would sell meat to the eagle. Saying whatever I do it is important for me to see what will “I gain from it”.

Fascist : The Eagle would revolt against the King and bring support from its kind and dethrone the King and become the new King. Saying I am always “the best to rule”.

Crony Capitalist : The King would kill the pigeon and share its meat with his family and relatives. Saying “me and my family priority is first”.

Note: Friends this is on lighter note please do not take it seriously……just enjoy.

1150. Mode of the Jouney of Life!!!

I have a dream expedition in my mind. It is crazy but I like to undertake that voyage sometime in near future.

The itinerary looks like this:

From my residence I wish to take a Tanga (Horse Carriage) to Kempegowda Bus Station Bengaluru. From there I want to take a bus to Mangalore. From Mangalore it will be train journey to Goa on Konkan Railways experiencing the scenic beauty of Sahyadri. Amazing greeneries, plethora of water bodies, stunning curves and the magnificent Sahyadri make the train travel experience great. After reaching Goa it will be Cruise that will take me to Mumbai. From Mumbai back to Bengaluru it will be Flight journey and from the airport to my residence it is the cab which will be my vehicle.

Now in this one circuit I will be travelling in Tanga, Bus, Train, Cruise, Flight and Cab. In between my travel I can use Cycle-rickshaw, Auto-rickshaw, Taxi, Truck and Tuk Tuk too. The beauty of this trip is that there will be no destination it will only be journey. I think Spirituality is also similar.

Spirituality is not the destination but only the means to attain it which can be equated to journey. Also the Spiritual thoughts should be on the right track and have propelling force. Let us consider Spirituality to be the compartment of a train. If the Engine that is pulling it is the Philosophy, the Track is the Mind. Without the Engine and the Track moving the compartment is near impossible.

The Jevatma has to take a seat inside the compartment and enjoy the journey. For the journey to be safe there are many factors to guide and protect the compartment like Track Shifting Engineers and Level Crossings. Likewise for the Spirituality (Compartment) there are Gurus and Scriptures (Track Shifting Engineers) to make sure that the train is moving in the right direction and Level Crossings (Indriya Nigraha –Sense control) are also operating.

When the compartment is on the roll the Level Crossing (Sense Control) is most important if it is in operation, it won’t let unwanted disturbance to the Track (Mind). Sri Krishna tells Arjuna in Bhagavad-Gita that if the journey is abruptly stopped (due to death), the expedition is possible to continue from where it ended in the next life, like wise if the train stops in the intermediate junction there is always possibility to take another compartment to continue the journey from that station.

Having said that the track (Mind) that lead us in the journey is important again. Sometimes we have the possibility of two trains run on the same track and collide, lets us not let two Engines (Philosophy) coming for opposite direction on the same Track (Mind). This Train Journey is Bhakti Yoga.

Further for those who are in a hurry there is Magnetic Levitation Train (Karma Yoga) there is no connection with the Train and the Track (Mind) even though there is Track signifying Non-Doership. Amazingly here also we have Telecommunication Network (Gurus and Scriptures) to guide the Train.

Is it only through a train journey (Bhakti Yoga) or Magnetic Levitation Train (Karma Yoga) that the Jeevatma can experience the ride???

No, not at all, one can take a Flight Journey (Jnana Yoga) also but most amazingly we have Engine (Philosophy) and Air Traffic Control (Gurus and Scriptures) but there is no Track (Mind) and hence no Level Crossings (Indriya-Nigraha) but only Airborne (Consciousness).

1149. Sambar, Rasam, Payasa, Majjige......Yummy!!!

A beautiful explanation about our own Sambar, Rasam, Paayasa and Majjige (Buttermilk) and their significance to the quality of life we lead. The explanation continues with the order of food intake as well.

An explanation given by Kanchi Periyava.

''What is the difference between Sambar and Rasam..?" Both contains Dal, Tamarind, Salt, Spices and Asafoetida.

Someone from those assembled said, 'We consume Sambar first, then Rasam, that's the difference...'

The Acharya laughed loudly. He said, the Sambar has vegetables, but Rasam does not.

Based on this, the discussion proceeded.
Acharya's explanation:

If Ego occupies our mind, we get confused, that's like Sambar. But, if that Ego is not there, our mind is clear like Rasam. "Taan" is the word used in many households for vegetables.

We should not forget this, and so, we consume each day, both Sambhar and Rasam.

You go to a feast. You are served
and Majjige (Buttermilk)
in this order.


This food culture is not found anywhere else.

As soon as a man is born, "Taan" or Ego develops in first. He faces a number of problems that totally confuses him, like Sambar, with different types of vegetables.
When his mind settles, it becomes clear, like Rasam - which is served next.

This is followed by the sweet Payasam, because mind is settled and is happy.

Now, in the end, it is Majjige or Buttermilk - which has a separate quality.

Once our mind is settled and we are happy, our mind becomes one with the Lord, just like we get curd, butter, ghee and buttermilk from milk in that order.
Buttermilk is the last stage in our Life - from which you cannot get anything more. The same way, once you attain the Lord, then there is nothing more to achieve.

Majjige at the end also indicates "Enlightenment" and that, its the last item on the "menu" (purpose of life), after which you just leave your "leaf" (Body) behind.

Thus, ended the Acharya's discourse.

1148.Remove a thorn with a thorn.......!

Sri Krishna and Mama Shakuni were the main strategist to Pandavas and Kauravas respectively. Agreed that the Great War, Kurukshetra was won because of those strategies but the Jaya (Victory) embraced the strategy which had Dharma (Righteousness) in it. The rules, regulations, customs and traditions should serve certain social functions in a society. If they cease to do so then it is wise to discard them if possible or amend them if it is impossible to discard.

An ace strategist will be very well aware that the course of action while performing certain duty, which could be voluntary or obligatory can be amended when it is working against the social fabric of the society. Rules, regulations customs and traditions are bound by time, space and causation. That which is bound by these three cannot be eternal.

Maha Vishnu is invincible as He is Omni-Present (Sarvavyapta), Omni-Scient (Sarvajna) & Omni-Potent (Sarvashakta). There is no force that can subdue the energy of Maha Vishnu. Realising about this nature of Maha Vishnu, Asura Aloka sat in penance to obtain a boon from Brahma.

This name Aloka is unique it is to say that it is different from normal; this earth plane inhabited by Manava (Humans) is referred to as Loka (Earthly). One who is beyond this Loka is Aloka, he could be superior as Daiva (Divine) or inferior to be an Asura (Demon). This Asura was Aloka which indicated was inferior to Manava.

His penance was so severe that the entire universe was reeling under fierce heat. Inevitably Brahma had to stop the Asura from pursuing the catastrophic penance which was causing hardship to the living and non-living in the universe. Brahma appeared before the Asura and woke him up from the meditative state by assuring him of granting boon if it is viable. Asura Aloka asked for the boon of immortality which was not acceptable by nature.

When Brahma asked him to request for an alternative the Asura asked Brahma to grant him death the day Maha Vishnu is defeated in a combat. Brahma had to oblige and grant the Asura the boon. With the boon Asura Aloka was confident that Maha Vishnu will never be defeated and he will immortal, he stated his atrocities on the humans and devas.

At the time of Sita Swayamvara, Shri Rama accidentally broke Pinaka (Shiva’s Bow) while trying to string it after lifting it. To string the massive bow by lifting it from the cart was the challenge provided by King Janaka, the father of sita to the Kings and Princes gathered to win the hands of Sita.
As we all know Shri Rama won the contest and wedded Sita. Parashurama came to know that Shri Rama had broken Shiva’s Bow and was angry he vowed to defeat Shri Rama. Now, this was the situation if either Shri Rama or Parashurama is to be defeated then Asura Aloka would die as both Shri Rama and Parashurama were incarnation of Maha Vishnu. Parashurama accepted defeat and the Asura Aloka was killed.

Our Puranas have a lot to teach to this modern world. That is why they still continue to be relevant and widely popular today, spawning successful theatrical shows, retellings in discourses, and enacted in skits. They provide timeless lessons to guide our thinking, always pulling our thought away from the extremes of realism as well as the extremes of idealism. Thus encouraging us to resort to what might even seems to be unjust in order to achieve a greater justice.
In the present political scenario too the same can be applied. In order to contest against a party filled with big scamsters the support of a small wrong doer is justified.

They say you need a thorn to remove a thorn.

1147. A theist, Atheist and God.....!

On a rainy night one pious Sadhak heard a dastak on his door. He opened the door to find a young man drenched in rain. "Can I take shelter here?" He asked. The Sadhak welcomed him and give him a towel and his cloths for him to change. "God has provided me this I will share it with you" He said.

The young man dried himself up and by that time the Sadhak brought in dinner. "God has given this to me I will share it with you" the Sadhak said. Both the Sadhak and the Young man had dinner.

It was time to sleep the Sadhak provided the young man bedsheet and rug. "God has been kind and given me this you can use it" He said.

After hearing the Sadhak always talk about God the young man said, " Why do you always say that God has provided you everything while in reality it was you who have earned them by your hard work".

Hearing this the Sadhak became angry. "You idoit, everything is happening because of God. Without Him nothing happens. You seem to be an atheist. I am ashamed of myself for entertaining you. Get lost".

The young man was thrown out of the house. Young man silently walked away in rain. The Sadhak went to bed he had a dream. In his dream he saw God talking to him, " think you are my devotee but you have not understood me in reality. I created you as well as that young man. Both of you are dear to me. I have tolerated that young man for 25 years but you could not stand him for 25 minutes."

The Sadhak got up and went in search of the young man in rain.

In Sanatana Dharma an atheist also exists as much as a believer. He too can be a part of society to bring in harmony and help in the welfare.

One need not be an theist to be a responsible citizen. There is no dictum that to practice morality one has to be a theist. Believing in God and Scriptures is private matter while being on the moral path is general. One can be spiritual without being a believer.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

1146. Sanatana Dharma and Communism....!

Communist thought is nothing new to Sanatana Dharma. Only those who have not understood either Communism or Sanatana Dharma may feel that there is no communist thought in Sanatana Dharma. Even I too thought they were contrast but when I started to understand Sanatana Dharma in the correct sense I could find communist tinge in it too. 

First we need to understand what Communism is. If we conclude that Communism is being an atheist and opposing feudalism then we will not perceive the true communist thought in Sanatana Dharma. Yes, of course Communism advocates atheism but having a communist thought is not just being an atheist. There is place for atheism even in Sanatana Dharma. The reason Communism has not flourished in my Bharath is because the followers of Communism have made it one point agenda to target theists and most importantly attack Hinduism.

My land Bharath is recognized globally as the Spiritual hub and without Spiritual angle Communism doesn’t work here. Greed is the common cause for feudal attitude as well as capitalism. Spirituality alone can open the heart of the rich and make them support the needy.

There are fanatics and Fundamentalist in practising any religion, if Communism thinks it can sever the eternally connected Consciousness of mankind by the sickle and hammer their ideology then it is impossible. The sense of belongingness can bloom only when one thread the path of Spirituality. Open mindedness and a progressive attitude is the sign of a communist who has Spiritual thoughts.

Uncontaminated Communism has the coat of Spirituality. It is absurd to think that we can achieve equality without equanimity which is the outcome of a spiritual thought. To test the belongingness of Srimad Ramanuja his Guru Thirukoshtiyur Nambi said, “I will incite Ashtakshara Maha Mantra which will free the person who recites it from cycle for birth and death and you have to keep it a secret never reveal it to anyone. If you do reveal it to others you will go to hell.”

After getting the initiation Srimad Ramanuja climbed up the steps of the temple Gopuram. From there he told the people of the village that he was going to tell them about the Ashtakshara Maha Mantra that would free them from the cycle of birth and death. He loudly chanted “Om Namo Narayanaya” and asked the people to repeat it. People were all enthralled and started chanting the Astakshara Maha Mantra.

When asked why he defied the words of Guru Thirukoshtiyur Nambi and not guarded the secret of the Astakshara Maha Mantra. Srimad Ramanuja replied politely, “I know that Guru Thirukoshtiyur Nambi had told if I reveal this Maha Mantra I go to hell. But if thousands of people would be benefited by chanting this mantra, I would not mind going to hell.”

Is this not a communist thinking???

If one looks at it, the Sanatana Dharma inspires the individual to exclude himself if need be, to make way for the benefit to reach others while  communism thinks of benefit of self along with others. In other words a Sanatani will want to provide to others first while a Communist thinks of himself as well as others at the same time. 

The problem in recent times is that communism which had to be contrary to capitalism has been reduced to state capitalism and hence there is group-ism which is against a communist thought. Erecting statues, demolishing them, instilling ideologies or eradicating them do not matter much if we do not learn to see others as humans.     

Thursday, December 28, 2017

1145. Indiffrent or Insensitive???

In the Dasara holidays when we normally close our factory for a few days I used to go visiting the Hoysala Temples. There are several temples most of it in Hassan district and some in Mandya and Tumukur. A few of those temples are thousand years old and their architecture is amazing. The uniqueness of the Hoysala rulers was that they would construct a lake and on the lake bund stood the massive temple on a star shaped base with exquisite carvings on the Balapada Kallu (Chloritic Schist). 

When one mentions about Hoysala Temple only the Chennakeshava Temple at Belur, Hoysaleshwara Temple at Halebeedu and Keshava Temple at Somnathapura are the temples which many remember. But there are several other temples which are equally beautiful like the one at Mosale Hosahalli, Belvadi, Javagal, Nuggehalli, Doddagadavalli, Adaguru, Araluguppe, Koravangala, Basaralu, Anekere, Arasikere, Marle, Govindanahalli, Hosaholalu, Talakadu and many many more. I am fortunate to have visited some of those temples.

On one occasion when I was on my way to a hoysala temple I happened to see a water buffalo relaxing in a pond which had Lotus plants. The immediate thought which appeared to my mind while looking at those Lotus leaves was the words of Sri Krishna. “Padmapatra mivambhasa” be like the lotus leaf.   

What is so special about the Lotus leaf???

Even though it is in murky water the Lotus leaf does not let the muddy water wet it. It has the experience of water without the water sticking to it. That is the sign of Sthitaprajna (Steadfast Seer), so the Lotus leaf is unmindful of the muddy water.

Then my eyes fell on the water buffalo even it was unmindful of the muddy water was it Sthitaprajnattva too. The buffalo was Nissukshma (Insensitive) while the Lotus leaf was Niriha (Indifferent). {Now please all the animal lovers do not climb on my shoulders for calling buffalo insensitive. I know it is the animal which I need to ride pillion on my last journey!}

The remarks were only to bring the clarity on the difference between being insensitive and indifferent. When King Janaka of Mithila was listening to the Words of Wisdom coming from Sage Ashtavakra, his guards came running to tell him that the palace was on fire. King Janaka could remain calm and poised as he was indifferent to his belongings. He could have become anxious and rattled if he had identified himself to the material world. This is being indifferent.  
At the accident site when the injured is bleeding and crying for help, if one thinks about non-attachment it is not Niriha it is Nissukshma, which is insensitive. 

Essentially both Niriha and Nissukshma end up giving the same result but there is a difference in using that emotion.  

The Lotus leaf and Buffalo could be in the same pond with muddy water, one is unattached while the other is not bothered at all.     

1144. To stay Rich or to become Richer???

We find two sets of people, one who are becoming richer and the other who try to become rich. Ironically both fail to live a contended life. As for as the word “Poor is concern, both of them are poor. If not, one would not try to be rich and the one who is already rich would not yearn to richer. Unknowingly we classify them as “High” class and “Middle” class respectively.  

The middle class work for money while the high class have money to work for them but amazingly both are financially illiterates. Financial Literacy is the most misunderstood concept. It is the ability to use wisdom to manage financial resources effectively for the well-being of self in particular and society in general. Financial Literacy is not managing the financial resources using the mind, but managing mind in using the financial resources. 

Financial literacy is to be aware of the financial independence which we have irrespective of how much we own. It is to be free of the need to earn a living; by turn our attention to make what is there already into abundance. If we lack this awareness it is then “Poverty Consciousness” which makes it impossible to create wealth for ourselves and others. Being stuck in a job with no satisfaction just for the money or being unemployed or underemployed, does not help self as well as others. No matter what, we need financial literacy so that we may take advantage of our talents to serve our self and others too. But poverty consciousness prevents us from being willing to learn or from realizing that we will have more to contribute to society if we are rich than if we are poor.

Middle class study hard to score academically so that they get to work for a reputed corporate company. They draw handsome salary and start buying things which increase the liabilities which they presume to be assets. If there is clarity to differentiate between assets and liabilities then one is wise. Assets create income and liabilities generate expenses.

Investing on liabilities the middle class is stuck in an endless cycle of fear and avarice. Fear of being without money compels them to work for it, and when they have money avarice makes them spend them. The vicious cycle of earn and spend continues and there is no financial freedom.

The one who are already rich continue the desire to become richer. They have more assets than their liabilities which they call wealth. According to them net-worth is wealth but what they don’t understand is that wealth is not net-worth. Wealth is what makes you feel that you can survive from this moment it does not mean only money, one can survive even without money or with little money. The one yearning to become richer swindle the financial institutions to make more money. They want others to raise their eyebrows looking at the way they amass wealth, irrespective of whether it is by misappropriation or mismanagement. The infomercials also lure them time and again and hence they too like the one who want to become rich are burgeoning hard aimlessly.  

The one who want to become rich and the one who want to be richer have missed the point which is to enjoy the living. Both postpone the joyous living for the future when the present is more enchanting and delightful. If not now when, is the million dollar question???  Isn’t it???

Sunday, December 24, 2017

1143. Merry Christmas!!!

"There was a sadhu called Issa Masih born in a cowshed. He performed many amazing miracles like curing a leper, walking on water and gave a insightful sermon on a mountain". This is what we were told by our elders a decade or two back about the founder of Christianity. It was so nice to hear about Jesus Christ and know about his life.

We Hindus did not really see Christ as a Christian at all. As a matter of fact even Christ didn't either, because the term wasn't used during his lifetime. In Hindu thought, church or temple membership or belief is not as significant as spiritual practice, which in Sanskrit is called Sadhana. As there is no membership in Hinduism everyone holds their own spiritual and philosophical opinions. Hence it is impossible to dig into ones spiritual state simply by knowing his religious practices. Here it is common to hear someone ask, "What is your Sadhana?" Instead of "Whom do you believe?" Spirituality among a practicing Hindu can be felt in the way he behaves and relates to others. He is humble, tolerant, non-violent and accommodates all. By the control over the mind and senses, a Hindu is aware of others' rights to live a life o their wish and are willing to give up their comforts to make others comfortable.

These traits in Hindus has been misused by the Radical Christian Missionaries who want just to increase the number of believers of Christ. In the name of Jesus they have targeted our Girijana (Mountain Dwellers) by luring them with money and material. They have adopted all the Hindu religious practices, they have "Jesus Gayatri Mantra" "Jesus Sahasranama" and "Jesus Namavalli" to go with images of Jesus with Vel (spear) as seen with Murugan. Off late we find Dwajastambha in front of Church. 

These radicals do all this in the name of Christ who was a simple lover of Absolute. Do they need to do all this in the name of Christ??? We Hindus do not mind if these radical celebrate our festivals or not but we do join in celebrating the Birth of Christ. But sometimes the Radical Christian Missionaries poke their nose in commenting on Hindu festivals and Hindu Deities which need to be condemned. We do not want them to adore Hindu Deities or participate in Hindu festivals but they need to respect our tradition and culture.

No conversion in the name of Christ.....!

Merry Christmas!!!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

1142. Selfie Fever.....!

A group of NCC cadets from Bangalore who had gone for an outing decided to take a dip in a temple tank. After bathing in the tank they left from there to realise much later that one of the boys in their group was missing. Some students went through the selfie photos and what they found was shocking. In one of the photos they saw the missing boy struggling to stay afloat, only his hair was visible on the surface of the tank as the rest of the group was busy smiling at the mobile camera. Selfie fever had taken one more victim.

Is clicking selfie that bad???

No, not at all but getting mesmerised and to be unaware of the situation around is a cause for concern.  

Our face has always been used as an effective attention-grabbing mechanism. Hence there is an extra care taken to enhance and present it to the outside world. It has been mistaken as display of self-worth. Some feel that posting a selfie regularly on the social networking sites will boost up their self-confidence, but that is not true. Self-Confidence is an inner matter and doesn’t need approval from other.

American Psychiatric Association says that those who have a compelled feel to regularly post pictures of themselves on social media need mental help. The term for this mental condition is “Selfitis.” Selfie didn’t exist a decade ago but later the term came into use when self-portraits were possible with a digital camera. Then the digital cameras were replaced by the smartphones as it was quick and easy. Since then selfies have become a staple of the modern online landscape making way for the sales of selfie sticks and now selfie drones.

Clicking a selfie has a bad reputation for being something that “narcissists” do. Taking a self-photograph is not always an exercise in self-love. Sometimes it is simply a convenient way to take a photo when no one else is around to take the snapshot. But if a person wakes up in the morning and then clicks 10 or 20 selfies to choose which one to post to Facebook or WhatsApp or Instagram it calls for a problem.

The height of selfie craze is when we find that it is taken in most inappropriate places like place of worship and in very insensitively at the place of disaster like accidents and natural catastrophes. I only wonder why people owning a smart phone are not smart enough to know how they should behave responsibly in the place where they need to volunteer to help instead of capturing the event. For some it is just the like and comments for the pics posted on the social networking sites which matter most. While a few want to be the “first” to send the pics on the WhatsApp looking for appraise from friends in their group. 

Amazingly there are many photo editing tools available to enhance the selfie taken and make it look better than others.

Friday, December 22, 2017

1141. Time to Unfold the Blindfold???

The statue of King Ellalan can be seen in the premises of Madras High Court in Chennai. King Ellalan belonged to Chola Dynasty and ruled the South of Tamil Nadu region including Sri Lanka with Thiruvarur as the capital in 200 B.C. He was conferred the tittle “Manuneethi Cholan” (Chola who followed Manu Smriti). 

Manu Smriti also called “Manava Dharma Shastra” is traditionally accepted as one of the supplementary arms of the Vedas. It is a compiled bulk of ancient rules and regulations, customs, laws, and rites. Yes, it is the same Manu Smriti which the so called “Pseudo Secularists” and “Pseudo Socialists” of my country are against. 

Human have the ability to transform and hence we have various law books during different period of times. Nothing remained static in the Hindu world it kept on changing. Manu was one of the law givers. Hindu jurisprudence propounded the doctrine of “Dharmo Rakshati Rakshita” (You protect righteousness and righteousness will protect you).

Coming back to the Chola Kings, it is said that he executed his own son to provide justice to a cow. Legend has it that the King had hung a giant bell in front of his courtroom for anyone in need of justice to ring. One day, he came out on hearing the bell ringing to find a cow pulling the rope. Upon enquiry, he found that the calf of that cow had been crushed under the wheels of his son’s chariot. In order to provide justice to the cow, Ellalan sentenced his own son to death. His name ever since has been used as a metaphor for fairness and justice in Tamil literature.

Truth has to be the biggest assets of a region. If that Truth is suppressed it is like allowing false to spread its tentacles to become deadly to the law enforcement agency itself and ruin it. It is believed that the tripod on which the democracy stands is Karyanga (Bureaucracy), Nyayanga (Judiciary) and Shasakanga (Legislature). If either of the one fails democratic values get fractured. 

Nyayanga in a civilized system is the pillar of hope to get impartial justice. It is only an effective judiciary that can guarantee a fair deal in a legal proceeding. Effective judiciary is a powerful weapon against injustice, but the experiences in court are often far from fair in recent times. Judges can be bribed or they can be pressurised. If the people with mighty and money abuse their power they can influence decisions and distort the judicial proceedings. Moreover people are often unaware of law and their rights. Hearing about the countless negative experiences in the court from others they sometimes simply resign them to their fate before a corrupt court.

Is there no solution to this problem???

Awareness of the fact that the real trial is not inside the four walls of a courtroom but deep within, will trigger the conscience. A clear conscience is a soft pillow. The Moral Fear has been the key to lawfulness. The rationalists ridiculed and destroyed it in the name of awareness. Even those who sit in the seat of judgement do not care about morality. As told in the “Garuda Puranam” everyone have to answer some uneasy questions on the “Judgement Day.” 

So time to unfold the not the one on the Statue of Justice!!!         

Thursday, December 21, 2017

1140. Finger Prints the barcode of humans.....!

Hasta Rekha is a part of Samudrika Shastra. We need to know what Samudrika Shastra is all about. At the time of Pralaya (Cosmic Deluge) Sriman Narayana in the form of Bala Mukunda (He is now Mukunda, as he had conferred Mukti to all- “Muktim Dadati Iti Mukundah”) goes into Yoganidra (Cosmic Slumber) on Vatapatra (Fig Leaf). This Vatapatra is His Concert Maha Lakshmi. While floating on Pralayajala (Waters of Cosmic Deluge) with the entire universe and its beings in His tiny stomach, He contemplates on the creation once again. Meanwhile the Samudra, the Ocean God looks at the Mangala Lakshana (Auspicious Signs) in the body of Bala Mukunda and makes a complied list of them; this became “Samudrika Shastra” of which Hasta Rekha (Finger Prints) is one of them.   

Most of the living beings except for human beings have similar looks as in their lot. We humans have different facial features in the appearance and colour making it simple to recognise aiming at easy identification of individuals based upon differences in their facial structures. Yet there is one more trait in us which can make us different distinctively and that is in Hasta Rekha. Hasta Rekha is like the bar code in humans and it is the Aadhar (Basis) in our Aadhar Card.

Samudrika Shastra throws light on the body structure and how one individual is different from his counterpart. Hasta Rekha relates to the study of marks found on the human hand like how it is done in modern Dermatoglyphics and Chiromancy. The hand is considered more expressive than the face, thus it is said that Hasta is a Darpana (Mirror) that reflects the nature and fortune.

I am not interested in knowing the fortune but if the lines on the palm could reveal the nature of a person it is quite interesting. The modern science too agrees that no two finger prints can be same and they are distinctive. It is said that Maharshi Agsthya used the Hasta Rekha as referral to study the Naadi Shastra. Naadi Shastra is an ancient astrology which has been composed by Maharishis (Sages) using their spiritual powers by awakening their sixth sense. With the help of divine guidance those Sages created records of everyone’s past on palm leaves categorised by thier Hasta Rekha. The language inscribed on these palm leaves is old poetic Tamil and is understandable to very few who are well versed in the art of Naadi reading.    

A Naadi reader takes the thumb impression (Male - Right Hand, Female - Left Hand). Every impression can be classified into a particular category and the leaves are categorized in bundles based on the thumb imprint categories. They say that for a particular thumb impression there could be several bundles each containing many leaves. Once the bundle matching the thumb imprint is found, the Naadi reader reads each leaf present in the bundle. The Naadi reader will not have any details about person, he only reads out only what is written on the leaves as he can read that language. One by one the Naadi reader take up several leaves asking the  person to verify basic facts like the date of birth, place of birth, occupation, health details, etc.

I prefer my unique Hasta Rekha to be my identity than my life indicator….

Thursday, December 14, 2017

1139. Science and our Ancient Scriptures....!

The irony is that we need an international organisation to make us believe on the facts written in our ancient scriptures. We are a divided nation with the freedom of expression and freedom of speech. I can express my thought irrespective of how my thought would make an impact on others; I can talk irrespective of what harm my words might bring. Recently a two and half minute video made by an American Science Channel on Rama Sethu has proved again that we need foreigners to investigate and tell us the truth. There was a party chief who has asked “Who is this Raman (as Lord Rama is referred to in Tamil)? In which engineering college did he study and become a civil engineer? When did he build this so-called bridge? Is there any evidence for this?”

I am ashamed to have tolerated this statement and have not protested against the one who made this statement. Anyways it does not matter much as we in Hinduism believe in not proving anything to anyone else but our search or quest is for our own self. Coming back to the discovery by this science channel the team says that the bed of rocks connecting Bharat (India) and Swarna Lanka (Sri Lanka) is sitting on a sandbar which is known as a shoal and the investigators believe that the sandbar is natural, but the stones sitting on top of that sandbar, are not. The huge stones are brought from afar and set on top of sand bar. The rocks on top of the sand actually predate the sand, while the rocks are 7,000 years old the sand is only 4,000 years old. I do not know why some tried to even destroy this bridge. Was it a conspiracy to irradiate the proof of Srimad Ramayana to our Generation Next???

This is not the first time that we have seen the science world have tried to search for the proof from our Puranas. There are many instances where our Puranas have guided the investigators or scientists. The Speed of Light which was mentioned in Rig Veda was explained by Sayana a scholor who was in the court of Bukkaraya of Vijayanagar Empire (14th century).

Hanuman Chalisa written by Goswami Tulasidas (15th century) had the verse which could help calculatethe distance between Sun and Earth much more accurately than the 17th century scientists who eventually found out. In the Angaraka Stotra it is mentioned that Mangala (Mars) is Raktha Varna (Blood Colour) and science when on to discover that Mars is indeed a Red Planet.
About the Equinox which is due to the wobble of the earth by 23.5 degree, it is mentioned in Srimad Bhagvatham that while restoring Mother Earth back into the solar system the tusk of Varahadeva brushed it and that is the reason for the wobble.  

Aryabhata worked on the approximation for pi (π) in a verse he wrote “Add 4 to 100, multiply by 8, and then add 62,000. By this rule the circumference of a circle with a diameter of 20,000 can be approached.” This calculates to 3.1416 close to the actual value Pi (3.14159).

If only we introduce our ancient literature as subject in schools we will not be in this pitiable state where those who do not have access to those scripture will have to teach us about them.

Also we should try to understand why in the year 1938 the German scientist working under Hitler wanted the help of  Brahmasri Dandibhatla Vishwantha Sastra of Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry) and invited him to Germany.