6 February 2019

Comrade Jesus : Part 2

Despite my atheist inclinations I cannot simply discount the aura surrounding such God-characters. There was something about them. In fact, there was something massively-great about them to have their names survive across the tempest of history, when it could easily have been rubbed out in a minor accident. They were popular enough for their times to have recorded in oral or written history, whether written by the discounters or by the worshipers. Let’s go back to our thread on Jesus.

I look at some of the pictures (Google “Early Christian Martyrs”) and wonder what Jesus would have preached to have inspired so many early church martyrs so much to brave the pride of hungry lions, cauldron of boiling oil, flaying and other unspeakable torture. It cannot just be zealotry because many of these martyrs were also gentiles (non-Jewish). Just another rebellious Jewish cult (there were many in the first century) wouldn’t have survived history without solid fundamentals. And we know Jesus’s ideas were not about Jewish fanaticism.

We now know how a local hero can become a legend and over time achieve god-like status. A fun video from YouTube explains it best without many paragraphs from me. Many Indian gods may have been such heroes from the distant past. Legends become Lords … White and Dark, Dracula being a dark one from the recent past.

To appeal to the mass, one must be a hero model. And to be a hero one must do (or at least attempt) an almost impossible act … or maybe even introduce a radical idea! And that maybe what Jesus really did.

But to appreciate the radical-ness of the Jesus-speak, one must imagine the economic, cultural and political situation of the region in the first century:

A lower-class Jew was oppressed by the rich and priestly.

An outcast (leper, prostitute, ‘sinner’) was considered doomed, shunned from the Kingdom of God.

A slave (gentile) was nothing but a furniture or appliance with no independent aspirations … now or even in the afterlife.

Perfect storm-clouds for a revolution … if only someone could sow the right seeds.

And along came in Jesus, opened the eyes of the outcast and the downtrodden, said “…the Kingdom of God is within you” and not elsewhere.

He dared to call the brahmins in the Jew community, the Pharisee and the Sadducee, a bunch of show-offs and "... yee of unclean minds".

He told the oppressed and the tired to not worry as their “...treasure awaits...” and so be resilient.

And if that was not enough for the perfect storm, the Apologetic Paul took the ideas to the gentiles in the then Western world (modern day Turkey, Greece and Rome). Paul attributed his inspirations as coming from Jesus. And this was the critical mass. 
To such a large (and mostly illiterate) crowd, these words were liberating, for once there is something to life and its worth dying for.

Acknowledgements: Thank you Shanty Mathews for the image. You rock dude!

22 February 2016


Anything that hurts, challenges or limits is bad - this is what we have come to believe. Avoid risks, don’t fight, don’t question, stay secure is what our good-intended parents (especially of the developing nations) taught us.

Unfortunately we are not only defined by what is our exterior, our formal-education, our successes or our good-parentage or the company we keep - these are all the known, which we see in the light. We are also what we are not and that includes:
1.    What we know that we are not, and
2.    What we don’t know we are not!

To complete the picture we the inclusion of one’s fears, resistance, conflicts, weaknesses – that is the ugly dark side is essential. And there is a bright side to the dark side J it’s also part of our foundations
·         Fears define behaviors … very early in life
·         Traumas temper character
·         Enemies build strength

Sportspeople will relate to this quicker, a win is more celebrated if its over a ‘worthy opponent’. In fact the stronger the opponent, epic the victory.
·         Fear of the failure -> change strategy
·         Opponent strength -> harder they train
·         Trauma of the past failure -> recognize one’s weaknesses and become humbler

Unlike the light side, the dark contours can only be identified by persistent (and sometimes prodding) introspection. There would not be a human without an inherent fear. One need not have an enemy in real life, but he/she will definitely dislike some times of characters. We are all susceptible to certain kinds of ailments and/or face similar impediments recurring in life.

“Your weirdness will make you stronger
Your dark side will keep you whole
Your vulnerability will connect you to the rest of our suffering world
Your creativity will set you free
There’s nothing wrong with you” -Andrea Balt

11 February 2016

The Tool Makers

One of my favorite beats CD has a cover of an obese man with a T-Shirt that says "I'm No. 1 so why try harder". The name of the album is: You've Come a Long Way, Baby. The first song in that album is tied to a cool video that depicts, in a funny way, our evolution from amphibians to this obese man.

The transformation is unbelievable when the very-slow changes are scaled to such very-short duration. From what to what have we become! From where to where have we arrived!

And if the physical transformation is not enough, in the last few millennia sapiens seems to have turned even magical – almost godly. They seem to have conquered it all – earth, wind, fire and space. Long abandoned the ant-hole poking stick of their ancestors, now they are on the light (moon) that dot the dark curtain (sky) of the night!

If somebody from the dark ages could observe the present us (plausible if we ever learn to warp time too) they would run back to tell their folks that the future people have it easy and many of them labor throughout the day by punching or scraping a luminous surface (tablets/laptops/smartphones);

And that they have unlimited supply of meat from (broiler) chickens that do not run away;
And that luxury is available to all (Consumerism) … and not just the Queen;
And that they have machines (Photo-camera) that can hold us still in strange leaves and others that can even store the past (Video-Camera);

And that they can fly like the birds (airplanes);

And that they can conjure a spell that will enthrall you for hours (Movie);

And that they can stop the goddess from havoc (medicines for infectious diseases);
And that they can talk to anybody, even at the world’s end, by just speaking into the air (Mobile phones);

Even simpler insignificant stuff we use now is amazing to a time-traveler relative from a distant past say 200,000 B.C. Then they would say that we know to carve sound (pen) J Even a button would then be an immensely delightful finding.

A tool making animal is an animal who is self-conscious and wants to improve its current living situation. It’s probably this faculty, as a function of some accidental circuits in the brain that identifies humans from the rest of the earthlings.

Yeah, guess we can all pat our own backs in gratitude for ‘those who walked before us’.

10 September 2015

...Or walk on water

"We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it
" - Billy Joel

Imagine a clear and still lake. 
A child touches the surface of it - a small but a definite ripple is created. Though weaker by the minute, it will nevertheless traverse the whole of the lake.

Now imagine a million such touches at many parts of the lake - now no point on the lake's surface is immune to some ripple confluence. In such a situation of continuous ripple creations: at any given point on the surface of lake, every second, a floating but environmentally-sensitive being would experience seemingly random ups and downs. It could complain as much as it wants but its futile.
The way out is to accept that those so 'random' movements are naturnal or eternal: so learn to enjoy floating (like a duck) or enjoy surfing/sailing (like humans do) :)

Its futile and unproductive to think: "why do I have to go through all this pain & trouble?" or "why do I be the carrier of that burden of the cross on me?" Every second then becomes excruitiating.
Instead accept the situation and think "How do I pass over this?" or "What is it that I have to learn from this?"  OR even better: focus on a bigger goal... like getting onto the lakeshore. 


Our 'collective karmic veil' is dynamic and confluent of the multiple energy expression its exposed to since even the big bang . What one does or 'causes' is not even of one's own volition. Its like a dynamic script that changes with more conscious beings' participation.

All's well and right as the scheme of things should be. So float or surf!

25 May 2015

Could divination work?

What is unexplainable today need not be out rightly wrong.

Astrology1 is said to be among the oldest of sciences. Some consider it a pseudoscience at least. The similarities, in the basic structuring and techniques, across astrology’s many variants (from Native-American to Mayan to Tajik to Indian to Chinese) that too in seemingly disparate communities) is fascinating. 

Even attempting to prove that such divinations (or superstitions) may work do sound preposterous and even embarrassing to rationalists (that includes me). But what if there is a perspective we simply missed!

Let me even try: 

Erase-off the proponents’ common explanation that astrology works because light from the other planets in our solar system affect the living things on earth. A simpler mind may be happy with this line of explanation just as most believers are happy with the Genesis story of human origin.
The real obstruction to our explanation-attempts is our mental paradigm (rather our belief) of the universe. In our current belief everything is separate – God, you, me, the planets, earth, oceans, animals, space. What this model makes us believe is that we are the center of the universe and everything else revolves around us humans. Its a model we are used to for so long.
What if it’s a model that could use some improvisation?

For the sake of my attempts here, let’s try switching to a monistic2 model. By monistic here I mean that all of the universe is one entity – imagine it as a cosmic clock or say a gigantic jukebox J or maybe even the body of the Almighty!

If that can be imaged - hold that model in your head and realize that this cosmic-entity’s constituents are sub-systems. They should be interconnected and interdependent – say like the organ-systems of a human body. 

Yes? If this much can be realized, then we have progressed much. Many of these constituent-(sub) systems within may be individually deterministic3

Now zoom in to our solar system. So its now (in this model) just another cog in the bigger machinery. It is a sub-system which has further, almost infinitesimal layers of constituent, sub-systems – one of level being us as individuals. So if this Solar system is like a human body, we are then just cells within!

In this model, the planets' state maybe more like positions representing the overall system status at a point of time (like an LED blink-pattern on a panel in a control room) . Which in turn translates to a situation at our realm. And this is the information that  an Astrologer tries to use.

A pulse check is not the cause of a hypertension, a scan picture is not the cause of a tumor – they are the lights patterns on the panel that depicts the current state of the overall whole.

Occult (hidden) connections could be plausible. Omens may be useful. A divination stream may be a case of someone happening to decipher the patterns on the panel. Like using eyes (one constituent of the human body) to see rashes on the skin (state of another constituent) and analyzing that the soup had shrimp in it (interpretation) and predicting the run to the nearest toilet (fortune-telling) J

It’s what I call a side-effect of singularity.

1 Astrology is just one among the many divinations practiced around the world; there are numerous other fortune telling systems like readings based on geckos, entrails of sacrificed animals, tea leaves, coffee-dust patterns, omens or just rants of a person in trance – many of these traditions on the decline. Some ex-believers have just degraded Astrology to a pseudo-science, and not a full-blown .

2 Monism is a philosophical view. One of its regional definitions is called 'Advaitham'. For our purpose this essentially means: Everything is one, and the one is part of everything else. In the east they call the 'everything' as the 'Supreme Being’.

3 Based on the system’s general behavior, given its state at a point of time one could determine its status in the next. Here in this example assume the solar system is deterministic and its constituents works interdependently. Why? For a reason perhaps, which is beyond a mere human’s imaginative capacity. 

20 May 2015


What makes perfect sense to one may be utter nonsense to another.
Monistics consider the dualists to be inferior. Monotheists consider themselves superior to polytheists. Puritans are generally in contempt of traditionalists and liberalist. Scientists cannot agree with Occultists. Why, husbands will never understand wives and vice versa J
Not only do each of the sets speak a different language, but each also on a different paradigm of thought. Many of these sets inherently have a particular model of the world; consider that both theology and science are essentially doing the same thing – figuring out the world and our position in it!
To unravel bigger questions, first step would be to release oneself from the confines of the paradigms (and labels) one is familiar with and start testing the world out of that box.
“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of consciousness that created them” is what Einstein said.

5 May 2015

Tangled, in Complex

Tangled (2010 animated film from Disney) is based on the German fairy tale Rapunzel. If in reality, the tale would have ended this way

"... And they would have lived miserably ever after."

You see Rapunzel was ‘held up in a tower’, which is like a pit inverted (a prison nevertheless). Anybody who is unexposed to the world most of his/her life has to be immature. Less association => Less experiences => Less maturity. Rapunzel have to be immature simply because of inexperience dealing with situations that are elsewhere outside but not when alone.

To be shielded from the outside world most of her life also leaves Rapunzel vulnerable to the brightness (chaos/intensity) outside. In the tower, even the minutest deviations from the norm are reasons for emotions - celebrations, despair. Existence, for such a character, is measured by such odd events even the minutest. AND these are remembered as life for them is a series of traumas ... even the case of the missing comb is one. 
And with so much time at her disposal, when in the tower, added to the fact that she is deliberately ‘hidden’ from the world, Rapunzel would leisurely ‘create’ worlds (she has never seen) or situations (she never has dealt with) within her head (illusionary) and would expect the world to behave in her way (delusionary) - brew for a perfect social misfit.

Rapunzel has ‘long hair’. In some traditional personality studies, long hair is indicative of a very large ego and so also of a judgmental nature. Afterall all the world (in the tower/pit) is oneself. 
Rapunzel’s abysmal-maturity yet Himalayan-ego will rip her mind into duality: either you are with me or against me. The outside world to Rapunzel is all black OR white, right OR wrong, good OR bad and there can be no AND(s)!
Anybody or thing that deviates from Rapunzel’s order of the world is, she believes, antagonistic to her. 

The world is complicated – the tower (or pit) is simpler, the world is risky – the tower is safe, the world is fast – the tower is calm.
She will retort, from the very-brief exciting period of ‘aliveness’, of meeting a partner, back to the creature of solitude and habit.


Abuna Tuma, the Christian priest noticed the opening-crack atop this rocky hill when he first ventured here alone. He was only ten when he discovered it when a hyena emerged out of it with a strange object in its mouth, something almost like a crucifix. He would later fix his calling to priesthood at this ominous sign. He still visits this small opening in the rock on his spiritual retreats. The priest has led the local parish to believe that this was a spot where Jesus spent his ‘wilderness’ days and that there used to be an ancient church at the same spot, the remnants of the church intact underground he said. The strange tiny engravings, he believed, just inside the mouth of the opening were faded-writings in a language long lost. To keep it intact and as pure as he found it, he fixed a glassy covering over the opening, closing it to any further curiosity.
Lieutenant Mattias is a geologist in the Imperial forces, operating in and around Sudan. His job was to help the Engineering team blast a road through this treacherous land. The road will quickly transport necessary supplies to northern front. While surveying this rocky hill, he observed something like a fault line at the base of a rocky hill, like a vertical cleft. When the torch was shone into it, he observed a cave-like interior with chalky markings on the walls and some shiny powder on the ground. But too narrow for most humans to squeeze through the opening. Lt. Mattias decided to work around this rocky hill, leave it alone and record the location as potential crystal mine.
It was not long before the archaeologists of the area stumbled upon another cave-like opening just a bit uphill of the cleft at the base. What they found in this one was spectacular: there were Lascaux-like figures and that too with colors & pigments that were never known possible during ‘pre-history’. The paintings stretched inwards some 200 metres of twisting walls, like a museum of events across a time period.
Some years later, an eccentric ancient astronaut theorist raked up some noise on social media about this hill. He claimed that the whole hill is nothing but hardened sandstone but burying a large disc shaped alien ship that crashed into this location just before the last ice age. The cleft, the cave and the church openings were nothing but the cracks into the disc-like ship. He proposed that stone-age timed humans, unaware of this fact, had used one of its opening into its interiors as a dwelling and later some Christians Stylites would have possibly used the hill top too.
Recently, Dennis, a nine year old of Father Tuma’s parish, ventured atop the same hill one day and decided to remove the covering. In his innocent curiosity, he even crawled down into the opening. There is no school at this time of the year and he had all the time in the world discovering it. By evening, his absence from meal-times caused a commotion back in his village. His parents and friends, along with the priest, combed the area. Towards dusk the priest, saddened now almost sure that the boy was lost to the hyenas, went out to the hill top to pray. To his astonishment he saw the boy crawl out of the opening, just as he saw the hyena 20 years ago.
The boy was smiling, he said “Abuna, I had the time of my life!”
The priest, furious that Dennis defiled the holy place, shouted back “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!”
The boy was still gleeful “There is no church there Abuna! But a long slide that speeds you all the way to the bottom and then there is way to climb up through another tunnel. Looks like the rock termites took a long time to build it”

10 November 2014

The Chinese Finger Trap

At a fundamental level both theology and science strives to make meaning of the world (physical or mental) humans live in...Funny, but that what they are for.

Theology was most human-digestible of the two; for the survival-focused masses this was therefore the alpha and omega for a very long time. They offloaded all brain-racking' mysteries onto the biggest mystery of all : God. Religious institutions ruled the roost for most of history and tried its best to snuff out all scientific temper.

Science, in the mean time, survived the oppression and painfully evolved into the new-age religion! It is what now ALMOST EVERY human truly believe, live and breath. Scientist, thinkers, consultants and researchers are the new monks, priests and bishops. They turn all magic to drab logic.

Will the twain meet?

7 February 2014

Analysis leads to Paralysis

Which leg should I put forward first?
If it should be the right, how would I know its the right thing to do?
And if its right thing to do, will it end up with the right result?

And even if it ends rightly, will I have missed out a paths leading to a better result?
Above everything else how do I know this is the path destiny intents for me?
So Should I even put anything forward?

29 January 2014

Headspace Bandwidth

Your mind is like this water, my friend. When it is agitated, it becomes difficult to see. But, if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear” ~ Oogway to Shifu in Kung Fu Panda

Are we clear?
I mean are we clear of the clutter in our heads?

How can I not be preoccupied, not be lazy, not be tired and ultimately not be happy … with a mind like below

Inhibiting Initiative
For many there is this noise between their ears that is eating up all their creative space. They frequently complain that they are too exhausted to do anything at all.
Observe if you are continuously justifying, reasoning, rationalizing, reconfirming (your point of view), planning, scheming and not the least judging. These internal dialogues waste our precious thought space.
Observe that sometimes external (work or otherwise) trauma/pressure can change these dialogue-threads’ noise. A trauma (say a personal accident) can temporarily kill all the conversation threads, but none for too long.

Stalling Decisions
Noise and too much chatter do not allow for decisions; without a stand - vacillation between places causes another tempest within the mind’s ocean.

28 January 2014


to self-realization, improvisation and progress is what I am referring to here. Keeping out the simpler analogies like the fence, the boulder and the mountain, here are some of my categorizations of life-impediments (and all at the 'self' level) that we should learn to overcome. Some of them may be related and frequently

Imagine a mental construct such as a giant Cloche over an individual and you can get to understand the impact of an invisible but artificial ceiling of performance. Like the elephant that believes it cannot move the small log (chained to its leg) which was originally meant to restrain it when a calf, one builds such mental entrapments over the formative years and sticks with that belief to the detriment of one's progress. ‘I haven’t done this before’ is a statement coming out of people in such glass-ceilings. ‘Nobody does it this way’ is another such statement which translates to the ceiling: ‘I can’t do it’.

Observe our behavior and realize that we, in some situations, act or speak as if there is a deadly Sword over us; like Damocles’. Here we are fearful of the cutting pain of retribution if ‘inappropriate’. The fearful here has compromised his/her integrity in the past and not ready to own and settle it.

Some prisoners, in the past history, were restrained by the Ball & Chain. Well many of us are still prisoners and will never be truly free unless we do the simple (mental) act of letting go of the past. Settle your conflicts - internal & external, clear the air, throw out your garbage, acknowledge the right and unshackle the burdens you have always been carrying around … unnecessarily.

This is interesting that it could happen to whole communities :) nations even. The question to ask is ‘Am I in a Pit?’ Like frogs in a well, put in by somebody, the newborns of the older residents cannot image they are in a hole and therefore believes there is no world but this. A variant of the pit if the Cave; the difference being that latter is opted for. Isolation is safe as change is risky; therefore such inhabitants never ventured out like The Croods. The cave dwellers are escapist, they do not need the external hand for help out and may even sting the hand like a scorpion would. Actually being in such a construct is the so safe that is it one of the most dangerous: one would be safe from life and any improvement itself!

The most prevalent one of all: the illusion probably ALL of us live with but what most never realize is that one I call the (colored) Spectacles; the filter we apply on our sensory inputs, particularly on our vision and hearing. It is the input signal-distortion circuitry one has introduced by themselves; much like the Malayalam proverb of the bad-colored vision of the jaundiced.

OK, being able to identify and remove the spectacles is one achievement but it’s a tendency for bipolar disorder if one is able to see life as a coin: head or tail, right or wrong, good or evil, saved or infidel, truth or lie. Such dualists have difficulty accepting ‘shades’ of color; for them the OR operator functions more than the AND operator.

If one feels like in a Maze, then he/she is bored of following destiny’s path like cattle-path. It’s time to get into the driver’ seat take control of the steering of one’s destiny!

The Crown is like the Ball & Chain, a burden on one’s head either as expectations set by the environments or as an artifact of one’s past achievements (Bask and Waste off like the celebrities who did that one time hit) or simply because one has put him/herself on a high pedestal (The faster one goes high, the more deadly the fall)

Whirlpool is the mother of them all: the combination of all (or most) of the above especially with one being the cave. Being trapped into one of these powerful black holes is unfortunate, chances of succumbing to a fall is high. One would, at the minimum, need the experience of negotiating each of the above in order to effectively fight this monstrous-one out.

3 May 2013

The God that evolved

Let’s rewind back to the beginning of human consciousness, some millions of years back in history; back in Africa, back to the time when the then hominids’ brains just about evolved to point that they realized they could understand their environment better than the other creatures. At this point (rather period) in human history the requirement was only survival. It is unlikely that they needed any god, life was mostly instinctual.
Forwarding a couple of million years the hominid brains almost tripled in size and this was key to self-consciousness historian say. But the world was still an unforgiving place. Only might was right; hunting and foraging was survival. Staying in groups ensured better survival and having a strong leader for the group helped well. The leader possibly became the origin of lords; Servility and condescension to the lord(s) of the group, most of the time, guaranteed security of both food and life.
Moving ahead in time, generations’ later, and our still-crude almost-human ancestors realized that there are forces of nature that were way more powerful that any of their group-lords. Earth (quakes), Wind (storms) and Fires were definitely on top of the list.
With the advent of agriculture on the fertile banks of rivers, human physical and belief evolutions took a fast pace. Agriculture and social structures brought security (relative to the past) to food supply and otherwise. Our ancestors had now some time to imagine: and so they thought that dark-forces (it still being a rather pessimistic time) governed the uncertainty (in harvests and in health) to life and so were gods. The earlier-identified powerful awe-elements (Earth, wind, fire & water) were never fully understood and so never discarded, just associated with these new inventions.
Wind is the carrier of disease (and of locusts), lightning the spear of the gods and volcano the seat of the gods. In fact, the then insurmountable mountains were all the seats of the gods, in most cultures.
A few thousand years back time was right for the need for stability and direction. The more time certain humans had at their disposal then more they wanted to make sense of the chaos of the world: Gods, sacrifices, fluid kingdom-lines, etcetra. And so arose the concept of Godhead of the gods. The creator of the minions, the more-powerful and higher in the escalation matrix! It was only logically to amalgamate the gods, based on their creative/preservative/dissolutive natures, under any of the three or two hoods. Most spiritually-progressive religions of the world had come up to this realization quite early. A good comparison is in India: over the last thousand years all the individual gods, prevalent across south Asia, were assigned as a manifestation of one of the Godheads of the Hindu trinity.
Last two thousand years: we contemplate that there can be only one God who is most powerful and most merciful. Notice the shift from a negative to a positive God; the One positive for humans. Now the three is boxed into One with each head being simply a face of the ultimate. That’s again only logical :)
Hinduism achieved this heap-to-singularity; so did its sister religions: Buddhism and Jainism; and so did the Abrahamic religions.
The next logical phase in the spiritual evolution is blending everything into the One! There can be no distinction between us and That; between good and evil. I am That. No duality. In this level of spiritual-maturity-model, only the eastern philosophies come close.
We have come a long way baby; why try harder :)
So I ask: what changed over the course of history? God or our concept of God? For instance, observe the character change of God/god from the Old testament to the New Testament: from a jealous, capricious, vengeful one to a gracious and merciful one.  If God is infinite how can he change in this short time-period. Its absurd to think in such lines.
The funny fact is that humans created this being(s) and changed the definition over time to rationalize the world.

1 May 2013

Recipe for Success

There is no result without action, success or otherwise, and so therefore Intent is the core and single ingredient.
Desire is just wishful thinking; intent is cause for the action. Intent is automatic in one with conviction; Convinced that the result/goal, of the action/exercise, is imperative to the stakeholder.

Conviction > Intent > Action > Result

So if you have been a procrastinator there is nothing wrong; you just weren’t interested or convinced enough to do anything. In such cases, desperation brings the necessity to act.

A rags-to-riches story is all about a personal intent. But an individual’s intention and actions may not be sufficient for a non-individualistic result like say the history-making and/or pioneering explorations? Discovery of a new land; Exploration of the Dark Continent or the deepest point in the ocean ; Building mega structures as in Dubai; Putting a man on the moon; and Yes even revolutions : political (Say the French), religious(Protestant) or Socio-economic (White). An individual’s power is insufficient for the success of these bigger projects and thus requires collaborative action. One could transfer the intent to the team by simulating the glorious results by his/her powerful words (Mahatma Gandhi) or just by using the carrot of money (employment).

For longer-termed projects or big-hairy-audacious goals like the above, one could add another ingredient to only sustain the first element through commitment over the time period. And that is by risking something purposefully.
By virtue of the first element (intent) something is already at risk by default: that one may not achieve any results if not committed. That apart, one may (depending on context) risk money (investments) or risk his/her image (promises).

Conviction > Intent > Action (Collective/Individual) > Results > Commitment > Bigger Results! (Success)

As politicians do one could be loud about the risk like as a public declaration or one can be silent as his/her strong conviction; the louder the more commitment and more the chances of transformations happening in the network. And as they say the Universe would conspire for the intent to happen!

22 April 2013

The Breadboard

JM reiterates that we humans are here to learn…continuously. Anybody who ruminates a lot like me can agree that this is actually what we do … consciously or unconsciously and continuously: when we talk, when we listen, when we observe and when we act.

All experiences, good and bad, are learning experiences. Yes, there are opportunities to learn something even with traumatic experiences such as accident, physical injuries etc. and relatively minor experiences such as fall-from-grace, humiliation, divorce, disgrace etc. In fact everything is a learning experience. Even all (apparent) hindrances to one’s progress are actually opportunities to evaluate-learn-innovate-improve.

Is our innate goal to know it all and reach perfection? 

Consider the above illustration:  Brain as a platform for building information connects which in turn generates knowledge which in turn allows for ‘wisdom’. Like a breadboard where connections between points are made, connections like these together form a circuit to perform a larger function. Consider the neurons in the brain to be like these connection points waiting to be connected to another. A fresh (newborn) brain is blank and without any links….blank, happy, innocent and blissful.

A link between a few neurons may be formed when the baby learns that a smile gives (mother’s) attention in return.

Links are thereafter continuously formed and reorganized in different patterns over these infant years. Even a fall during its first steps also links connections, as this too is learning.

Later on in life, reading a book builds a few hundred connections (words, ideas, grammar, writing styles etc.)

Playing the piano builds another bus of connections in another area within the gooey matter.

Pursuing a hobby builds a few hundred.

Focusing on one area (say in one’s career) could organize the related connections from what looked like chaos at first to a pattern over the years of accumulation.

One may just not really know it all but may reach the threshold of completeness. It would seem there is infinite storage and infinite more stuffs to be learnt. But there could be peace at the stage when there is a pattern in the connections say like the image on the right.

End of Curiosity?

One of the yearnings (instincts I would say but not as basic as hunger) in human beings is “to know”. Curiosity is generally inherent in higher-brained animals but, I observe, that this itch unbearable for humans. It is as if to learn is the destiny of humans. What kicked-off as simple observation, in early humans, of patterns of danger and of the awe that is the sun, moon and stars is still in progress albeit to a very complex (or rather progressed) level. We now observe the most distant stars and the inner most particles; and also try to analyze consumer patterns which are as complex as the weather. Will this curiosity ever be satiated?

Is this state what is enlightenment (since I don’t know of another better word)?
As per Hinduism, one path to this state is Jnana yoga or the Path of Wisdom. Instinctively urged to follow this path one assimilates as much understanding as he can about the universe. Either through one source or varied, though the Hindu scriptures claim that understanding the Vedas would suffice.

My gatherings is that enlightenment is like the total understanding (maybe just acceptance) of everything’s place in the universe. The enlightened ones generally seem to be in a state of total calm. They also then tend to be extremely quiet and unfazed by events around then. They do not want to change anything. It is probably because they now feel everything in the universe is in its place and everything is right. Their quench for knowledge (of everything) satiated.

But enlightenment seems like conquering infinity by just understanding the finite?

Well I understand that at the point of the so-called enlightenment our brains are COMPLETE with all (necessary) findings…at least as much that a human mind/brain can process. It may not exactly be complete with everything in the universe but at least the basic patterns of the universe that explains everything i.e. the underlying basic rhythms of the universe or most fundamental equations in the universe.
Physically speaking this may indicate a brain complete with: all possible electrical connections it can achieve; all patterns it could humanly recognize.

8 March 2012


... in the Singularity: the Infinite; the completeness of all worlds; the reason for all things visible, invisible and virtual;

And in Ruha, which is nothing but the will of Singularity: the omnipresent finger, the ordering principle in the ostensive chaos;

And in Matter, which is but just one of the human-sensitive manifestation of Singularity itself;

And in all the perceptive Beings, who for us humans guide us in this world and the next, in this life and the next higher life;

And in the catholic belief that through continuous learning, positive faith, discipline of action and enablement of other beings one will traverse the human-journey towards the Infinite with contentment and fulfilment

And in the recursion of updating this very creed if my wisdom deems so.