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To , or not to ?

To think over the mind and matters that matter the mind is not very mindful matter. However, the matter of mind is such that mind still minds about mind and matters. Mind thinks without the thought to provoke it intentionally. It keeps at the task of pondering over the wonders and gossips of the world. And once this question came up.

How do I see a person.

As a person who minds, I do not have to think too much on how I behave when I am with people I am accustomed to . Like small kids who are free to cry or be happy or be wild in the presence of their best human contact, mostly mother and father bear the brunt. They seem to act more polished and  controlled in the presence of strangers. This, I see as  a sense to be naturally defensive. Keeping the own nature to the near and dear ones, while be secretive or hide the total character from others, who may or may not be well-wishers. Is it for the same reason that the human mind gets stuck at the thought of a public presentation or to speak up at interviews and public forums. May be Yes. There is a time when the mind is experienced enough to pull in socially acceptable standards of putting thoughts into words. This may backfire in case of people who are honest and frank about telling the inconvenient truth.  Do I perceive them differently ?

If it is a public personality, a politician or a popular person. There is a reason to keep a distance at the thoughts promoted by that individual. The influence of this individual may be limited by the sense of overall character perceived by the viewers, followers or fans in case of sports and movie starts. If an actor says about social responsibility rather than films and movie related matters, I do not feel that the person is authentic because of lack of experience shown by that person in social responsibility initiatives.

Say, I heard something about a close friend. How does the mind analyse it. Initially, it is the thought as to should I share what I learned about the person just now ? Is she/he open to hearing the same. Does it benefit either of us in sharing this information/gossip. Is it true ? Should I check if it is true ? Does it matter ? This process very closely uses the Aristotle’s filter of truth.

If the mind decides through the filter that it may be true, but not beneficial in material terms, except that the growing empathetic concern to see my friend in a better light would be  personally satisfying. This holds no material benefits and can be truly classified into the category of gossip.  Because this really does not bring in the positive enthusiasm, nor is it could in bringing about a sense of calm. It is just like some of the Indian roads. You see the cattle shit, sometime you do not. You step on it. Some people may feel it funny, some feel it may be funnier when you step, slip and fall. Nevertheless, for the self, it is the back-pain and the resulting dirty footwear that matter. And like Mark Twain said about age.

“Age is a matter of mind. If you do not mind, it doesn’t matter”

Can be applied to anything and feel free to fill the blank.

“_____ is a matter of mind. If you do not mind, it doesn’t matter”

To judge whatever comes to me, to analyze and to categorize as good bad, beneficial , not beneficial, instigating action or not, is for the mind to decide. That is where it really matters.Because at the end of the story, if there is no lessons learned, there is no point.  And it goes to resemble the Socrates’ question and let me ask the self  when something comes to me. Is it for me to take action, scrutinize, propagate, promulgate or pejorate. The next step “to, or not to____?” remains with me.

And Buddha’s story helps here. A person came to Buddha and shouted huge profanity at him. Buddha remained silent. After some time the person left the place. And one of the disciples asked Buddha. ” That person, was outrageous and too heated up. Why did you remain silent all this time ?”

And then Buddha replied ” If someone comes to you with a gift and you do not take. What happens to the gift ?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Reading: The Monk who sold his Ferrari

I had taken the book in hand twice before. But, both the times I was not happy with the way it was written. The beginning of the book seemed to try and build a background on which to put all the philosophy. I tended to ignore the story in my third time. The background story is just to show the philosophy. It is like some old Bruce Lee movies were a story is build just to show off Bruce Lee’s martial arts and skills rather than the story it self. But this mode of approach may have been the fashion style when the book was first published , 1999. However, I finished the book, finally. It was easy once I focused on what I wanted out of the book. Not the story of Julian, the character in the book, but the philosophy.

There are a few points worth remembering. Most of them reinforcing the practices of Indian culture of meditation and mantra. This may work as a boost for the Indians abroad who tend to confuse the cultures and end up nowhere. The addition of Japanese words and sumo wrestler adds spice to the story. Easily disregarded.

 

“Never set a goal without attaching a timeline to it…commit a goal to  paper.. create a dream book”

 

“Power of ritual”

“No man is free who is not a master of himself” – Epictetus

“kaizen = never ending improvement”

“Limits on your life are those that you set yourself”

 

“Not improving your mind or nourishing your spirit, is like , not having time to stop for gas because you are busy in driving”

 

The book refers to

1.The Story of My Experiments With Truth

2. Siddhartha

3.Think and Grow Rich

There is a small section where Robin Sharma discusses the contradiction of ” living with simplicity ” and “happiness through achievement”. But what invokes a book of discussion on the topic itself is dealt less and mostly with digression.

My take on the topic that achievement is based on the goal you set. The goals when achieved gives happiness. If the goals are great but involves simplicity in action. Many greats have achieved the greatness by being simple in life. No pride, no jealousy, no pretension, perseverance on job at hand .

The book also says

“Man” = mind, “tra” = freeing, Mantras free the mind.

Talk to yourself, how you would like to see yourself as. Repeat the mantra everyday.

Busy , productive people are very efficient with their time.

“Time is a non-renewable resource”

In all, it was an achievement to read this book. Nevertheless, the content of the book is valuable.
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Posted by on June 22, 2016 in Book Review, Review

 

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| Jab jago tab savera | Wake up to make the morning.

A new year comes up. The numbers change. The accounting changes. The responsibility increases. The age increases. The mind gets cluttered more. The more, the better. In this wake of the new year. Some resolutely resolve to come up with a resolution. The need for it comes in search for a purpose, aim, and course of action for the days ahead. Resolutions vary in length, vision, imagination and creativity. This asks for a reflection on what happened to the previous year. The aims, decisions and acts that lead to its conclusions , each would be dissected to carefully analyse and strategically plan , co-ordinate, determine, decide and put in words the objectives of the new year. This could be inconclusive, sometimes needing drastic corrections and change in course and ways. There arises a question on the determination of the mind on the plan to be followed. The scepticism with which a resolution is framed breaks the foundation of the determination leading to a deterministic mentality. While an existentialist would proclaim ” Jab jago tab savera”. Truly, when the action and orientation is in the firm grasp of mind. It is morning when I wake up. I have my own plan of action. I do what I wish. Of course, without questioning or jeopardizing the liberty of fellow-being. It is the right time when I feel like it. I am responsible for what I do, I have complete authority and freedom on what I do. In this way everyone walks in their own path, to reach personal goals. There may a convergence of thoughts and methods of different minds. However, every creation is unique in its own respect. Happy New Year can be on any day I wish. Probably, all days are beginning of a new year. And every day starts with New Year wishes shared around, often shortened as “Good morning”. That morning is mine. I wake up to make the morning, my morning.

NB: With inputs from Subodh and Dharma

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Definition of God, exploring some plausible answers

I was asked by a fellow about my perception of god, about god, on god.

My first preference on this note would be this previous post.

 

I was conservative on answering his query on my perception on god. But in sum total the term “God” could be summarised into the following:-

 

1) The Uncertain

2) Luck

3) The Inexplicable

4) The Unknown

 

Let me elaborate on this further.

1) The Uncertain

There are many happenings, situations, which are not working as per our plan.  This has close ties with non-existentialism. Whereby the human is not able to predict certain events due to the uncertainty and the complexity involved. Basically , when things are not in our hand, we prefer to refer it to the God.

 

2) Luck

Suppose there are many applicants which equal qualifications, only few posts are available to be filled. Only those who are lucky get selected. This assumes that all are equal in all other aspects. Mostly, by way of common-sense and certificates people get selected. Communication may play a role. There is lot of uncertainty involved and people who get what they wish only depend on luck. This is especially true for an Indian scenario. We have a lot of people around, some may be helpful, some may not be. This “May” is the uncertainty. And what happens in a positive manner is the luck. And what is negative result affiliated to ? That would come under the Inexplicable.

3) The Inexplicable

As humans, we are prone to diseases, despair, anger and very many negative emotions. Sometimes, theses negativeness help us appreciate the beauty of the positives around. For instance, if you listen to a rapper and then switch to classical music by Yesudas, you feel the difference, you will appreciate the divinity of his music more.

Sometimes, we get into deep emotional, mental or physical trouble. We ourselves cannot judge what went wrong, and solutions may be far away and veiled. What could one do in such a situation. It is definitely not by choice that we wish bad things to happen to us. We all wish a have a positive and normal, calm and peaceful life. But there is this inexplicable that simply adds spice to life. This is the Inexplicable, which is also unpredictable. We cannot make  out why this happened, at a particular time. And as with most accidents we are relieved once the bad phase passes over. We would be happy that a car had hit the leg instead of rolling over the torso. Life is such that this has to be accepted.

When something inexplicable happens, most people refer themselves to the divine prowess, some magnificent intervention. God then gives us courage and confidence to move on.

4) The Unknown

“Science” means to know. It is the knowledge of humans with reference to what is there. What is there is the unknown, and slowly science is uncovering the facts and rules of the nature. Here, nature is the unknown. From the minutest bacterium to planets and cosmos, From everything inside to everything outside, all are open to human discovery and understanding. Only if we had the eyes. Thus as science progress we feel that there are more explanations and theories available to prove one or the other. But the unknown persists. We say, everything is made of atoms, atoms being the indestructible building blocks. But why atom? who created atom? What is the purpose of all this?. With a continuous single question of why to all the answers to any question we end up talking about the unknown. Hence the unknown is the God. The Unknown is the manifestation of God, or a part of God. It could be a creation, a building block or destructive remnant. It could be anything and this unknown which also inexplicable, I call this as God. People refer to it as God.

 

These may be the vague categories that alphabets and vocabulary, language and usage provide me with putting down the complexities of what is God. But beyond this what is mentioned is less that what is really existing. What is existing is yet to be comprehended.

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In God

On Rebirth

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Theory of wheels and time ,Saturday, 8 December 2007

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Wheels!

Watch the wheels

what do they say when the vehicle moves forward?

The wheels go back so as to make the vehicle move forward.

As the wheel moves backwards it resembles the clock moving backwards,saying as long as we(the wheels) move the wheel anti clockwise we go anticlockwise;and at the end we may have to go back through ages and push our carts.

Honorable Albert Einstein had told “I don’t know what world war III would be fought with but world war IV will be fought with sticks and stones”

The Start

For a beginning:

.:INTRODUCTION:.

This blog is all about philosophies,thoughts,ideas and quotes hence evolved,from and by Ajeya
There may be referencing to famous quotes and ideas.If copyright infringement or misinterpretation of ideas occur please forgive and forget.Please don’t fail to comment on misinterpretations,misunderstood ideas,etc.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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