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Ramana Advaita : A Clear Brief

 In Maharishi Ramana’s own words …

This is a special post.

Only very pertinent comments will be approved

What is reality ? 
You are the supreme reality to yourself – the Self, the I that remains the same, still and silent, awake and aware, through your wakeful, dream and deep sleep states in life, from birth through death. 

Clearly, it is not the ego-being that waxes and wanes with its happy and miserable experience. 
You are awareness. Awareness is your another name. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it.

Your present knowledge is due to the ego and is only relative. Relative knowledge requires a subject and an object, whereas the awareness of the Self is absolute and requires no object. 

People want to see the Self as something new. But it is eternal and remains the same all along. They desire to see it as a blazing light etc. How can it be so ? It is not light, not darkness. It is only as it is. It cannot be defined. 

When a man realises the Self, what will he see ? 
There is no seeing. There is only being. The state of Self-realisation, as we call it, is not attaining something new or reaching some goal which is far away, but simply being that which you always are and which you always have been. 

All that is needed is that you give up taking the not-true as true. All of us are regarding as real that which is not real. We have only to give up this practice on our part.

At one stage you will laugh at yourself for trying to discover the Self which is so self-evident. There is no seer there to see anything. The seer who is seeing all this now ceases to exist and the Self alone remains. 

For those who live in Self as the beauty devoid of thought, there is nothing which should be thought of. That which should be 
adhered to is only the experience of silence, because in that supreme state nothing exists to be attained other than oneself.

It is false to speak of realisation. What is there to realise ? The real is as it always is. We are not creating anything new or achieving something which we did not have before. 

The illustration given in books is this. We dig a well and create a huge pit. The space in the pit or well has not been created by us. We have just removed the earth which was filling the space there. The space was there then and is also there now. Similarly we have simply to throw out all the age-long samskaras [innate tendencies] which are inside us. When all of them have been given up, the Self will shine alone. 

Liberation is our very nature. We are that. The very fact that we wish for liberation shows that freedom from all bondage is our real nature. It is not to be freshly acquired. All that is necessary is to get rid of the false notion that we are bound. When we achieve that, there will be no desire or thought of any sort. So long as one desires liberation, so long, you may take it, one is in bondage.

If you remain as you are now, you are in the wakeful state; this becomes hidden in the dream state; and the dream state disappears when you are in deep sleep. You were there then, you are there now, and you are there at all times. The three states come and go, but you are always there. 

It is like a cinema. The screen is always there but several types of pictures appear on the screen and then disappear. Nothing sticks to the screen, it remains a screen. Similarly, you remain your own Self in all the three states. If you know that, the three states will not trouble you, just as the pictures which appear on the screen do not stick to it. On the screen, you sometimes see a huge ocean with endless waves; that disappears. Another time, you see fire spreading all around; that too disappears. The screen is there on both occasions. Did the screen get wet with the water or did it get burned by the fire? Nothing affected the screen. In the same way, the things that happen during the wakeful, dream and sleep states do not affect you at all; you remain your own Self. 

There is only one state, that of consciousness or awareness or existence. The three states of waking, dream and sleep cannot be real. They simply come and go. It is the seer who says these come and go. The seer and the seen together constitute the mind. See if there is such a thing as the mind. Then, the mind merges in the Self, and there is neither the seer nor the seen. So the real answer to your question is, `They neither come nor go.' 

What is the difference between the mind and the Self ? 
There is no difference. The mind turned inwards is the Self; turned outwards, it becomes the ego and all the world. Cotton made into various clothes we call by various names. Gold made into various ornaments, we call by various names. But all the clothes are cotton and all the ornaments gold. The one is real, the many are mere names and forms. 

But the mind does not exist apart from the Self, that is, it has no independent existence. The Self exists without the mind, never the mind without the Self. 

Brahman is said to be sat-chit-ananda. What does that mean ? 
Yes. That is so. That which is, is only sat – truth, being. That is called Brahman. The luster of sat is chit – consciousness, knowledge, awareness; and its nature is ananda -- bliss. These are not different from sat. All the three together are known as satchidananda. 

If a man thinks that his happiness is due to external causes and his possessions, it is reasonable to conclude that his happiness must increase with the increase of possessions and diminish in proportion to their diminution. Therefore if he is devoid of possessions, his happiness should be nil. 

What is the real experience of man ? Does it conform to this view ? 
In deep sleep man is devoid of possessions, including his own body. Instead of being unhappy he is quite happy. Everyone desires to sleep soundly. The conclusion is that happiness is inherent in man and is not due to external causes. One must realise the Self in order to open the store of unalloyed happiness.

Existence is the same as happiness and happiness is the same as being. The word mukti – liberation, freedom -- is so provoking. Why should one seek it ? One believes that there is bondage and therefore seeks liberation. But the fact is that there is no bondage but only liberation.

Parable of ten foolish men ...
The ten foolish men in the parable forded a stream and on reaching the other shore wanted to make sure that all of them had 
in fact safely crossed the stream. One of the ten began to count, but while counting the others left himself out. `I see only nine; sure enough, we have lost one. Who can it be ?' he said. 

`Did you count correctly ?' asked another, and did the counting himself. But he too counted only nine. One after the other, each of the ten counted only nine, missing himself. 

`We are only nine', they all agreed, `but who is the missing one?' they asked themselves. Every effort they made to discover the `missing' individual failed.

`Whoever he is that is drowned', said the most sentimental of the ten fools, `we have lost him.' So saying he burst into tears, and the others followed suit. 

Seeing them weeping on the river bank, a sympathetic wayfarer enquired about the cause. They related what had happened and said that even after counting themselves several times they could find no more than nine. On hearing the story, but seeing all the ten before him, the wayfarer guessed what had happened. 

In order to make them know for themselves they were really ten, that all of them had survived the crossing, he told them, `Let each of you count for himself but one after the other serially, one, two, three and so on, while I shall give you each a blow so that all of you may be sure of having been included in the count, and included only once. The tenth missing man will then be found.' 

Hearing this they rejoiced at the prospect of finding their `lost' comrade and accepted the method suggested by the wayfarer. While the kind wayfarer gave a blow to each of the ten in turn, he that got the blow counted himself aloud. `Ten,' said the last man as he got the last blow in his turn. Bewildered they looked at one another. 

`We are ten,' they said with one voice and thanked the wayfarer for having removed their grief. 

However often Bhagavan * teaches us, we are not able to understand. 
* reverential address, meaning God 

People say that they are not able to know the Self that is all pervading. What can I do ? 
Even the smallest child says, `I exist; I do; this is mine.' 
So, everyone understands that the thing `I' is always existent.

What is the ego-self ? How is it related to the real Self ? 
The ego-Self appears and disappears and is transitory, whereas the real Self is permanent. Though you are actually the true Self you wrongly identify the real Self with the ego-self. 

How does the mistake come about ? 
See if it has come about. 

One has to sublimate the ego-self into the true Self. 
The ego-self does not exist at all. 

Why does it give us trouble ? 
To whom is the trouble ? 
The trouble also is imagined. Trouble and pleasure are only for the ego. 

Why is the world so wrapped up in ignorance ? 
Take care of yourself. Let the world take care of itself. 
See your Self. If you are the body there is the gross world also. If you are spirit all is spirit alone. 

It will hold good for the individual, but what of the rest ? 
Do it first and then see if the question arises afterwards. 

Is there avidya [ignorance] ? 
For whom is it ?  For the ego-self. 
Yes, for the ego. Remove the ego and avidya is gone. Look for it, the ego vanishes and the real Self alone remains. The ego professing avidya is not to be seen. There is no avidya in reality. All sastras [scriptures] are meant to disprove the existence of avidya. 

How did the ego arise ? 
Ego is not. Otherwise do you admit of two selves ?

How has the unreal come ? Can the unreal spring from the real ? 
See if it has sprung. There is no such thing as the unreal, from another standpoint. The Self alone exists. When you try to trace the ego, which is the basis of the perception of the world and everything else, you find the ego does not exist at all and neither does all this creation that you see. 

It is cruel of God's leela (play) to make the knowledge of the Self so hard. 
Knowing the Self is being the Self, and being means existence, one's own existence. No one denies one's existence any more than one denies one's eyes, although one cannot see them. The trouble lies with your desire to objectify the Self, in the same way as you objectify your eyes when you place a mirror before them. You have been so accustomed to objectivity that you have lost the knowledge of yourself, simply because the Self cannot be objectified. 

Who is to know the Self ? Can the insentient body know it ?  All the time you speak and think of your `I', yet when questioned you deny knowledge of it. You are the Self, yet you ask how to know the Self. Where then is God's leela and where is its cruelty ? Because of this denial of the Self by people the sastras speak of maya, leela, etc. 

Does my realisation help others ? 
Yes, certainly. It is the best help possible. But there are no others to be helped. 

That will take some years. 
Why years ? The idea of time is only in your mind. It is not in the Self. There is no time for the Self. Time arises as an idea after the ego arises. But you are the Self beyond time and space. You exist even in the absence of time and space. 

All books say that the guidance of a Guru is necessary. 
The Guru will say only what I am saying now. He will not give you anything you have not already got. It is impossible for anyone to get what he has not got already.

I see you doing things. How can you say that you never perform actions ? 
The radio sings and speaks, but if you open it you will find no one inside. Similarly, my existence is like the space; thou this body speaks like the radio, there is no one inside as a doer. 

I find this hard to understand. Could you please elaborate on this ? 
Various illustrations are given in books to enable us to understand how the jnani can live and act without the mind, although living and acting require the use of the mind. The potter's wheel goes on turning round even after the potter has ceased to turn it because the pot is finished. In the same way, the electric fan goes on revolving for some minutes after we switch off the current. The prarabdha [predestined karma] which created the body will make it go through whatever activities it was meant for. But the jnani goes through all these activities without the notion that he is the doer of them. 

It is hard to understand how this is possible. The illustration generally given is that the jnani performs actions in some such way as a child that is roused from sleep to eat eats but does not remember next morning that it ate. 

It has to be remembered that all these explanations are not for the jnani. He knows and has no doubts. He knows that he is not the body and he knows that he is not doing anything even though his body may be engaged in some activity. These explanations are for the onlookers who think of the jnani as one with a body and cannot help identifying him with his body. 

You are Bhagavan. So you should know when I shall get jnana. 
Tell me when I shall be a jnani. 

If I am Bhagavan there is no one besides the Self - therefore no jnani or ajnani. If otherwise, I am as good as you are and know as much as yourself. Either way I cannot answer your question. 

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The Many Indian Apartheids

It is easily noticed, starting with the language apartheid.

Then the many come into view :

— money apartheid, with GINI coeff of over 0.7;
— judicial ” , with language-dress and colonial legacy;
— political ” , with secular-lib-left white sheen necessity.

It all sums up in the social apartheid picture of elitism within both  wealthy and marginalised, and incomes high or low. The troubling part is not even understood till we discover the overlap these apartheids have with the language apartheid. The extent of correlation between the preferred language of speakers and the disproportionate advantages they enjoy financially, politically and judicially… splits the very sky overhead and the ground on which we stand. They are more frequently the same people and the ecosystem is primed to educate and push more of our countrymen into those segregated realms, one elite with advantages and the other plebian off whom the elite derive their distinctions.

The problem would be greatly reduced and almost disappear if the language characterstic of elites in media, art world, and every other we have pointed to, was not consistently “english” and their faith was not compulsorily “secular”. But that is invariably how they occupy the elitist and advantaged layers, glib and shining, with english credentials in media and finance, Raj legacies in judiciary, Gandhian secularism in politics, and leftist ideals within terrorist and insurgent outfits.

Make no mistake, the entire elitist edifice is raised on english grounds and secular-left-liberal pillars, rising glib and shining to positions of power and authority in every material profession of Indian life, public or private. And there lies the rub. There would little or no problem if they all had a common ground in vernacular speech because the latter is not monolithic and would hence not facilitate cohesive nexus and cliques. People with advantages would be split in several tongues : politics with Hindi, media with Engligh, art with Konkani, Pahadi or Bengali, money with Marwari and Tamil, literature and performance arts with Malayali, Kannada and Marathi, and so on. But, today, the english system co-opts even the vernacular elites. Their disparate successes are smoothened into the same fold — english, liberal and left, and secular.

Theoretically, the other alternative to disrupt the elitist ecosystem would be to spread english as linga franca and make western ways commonplace. But that would be too theoretical a solution and, even as it is implemented, would come with several unintended consequences, a few of which would be both fundamentally deleterious and intractably endanger our existence as a nation of diverse people with local look, custom, attire and speech, but bound with few uniting threads of beliefs, values and a sea of transcendent narratives in our common heritage in form and speech, casual practice and formal thought. In short, such a solution negates the historical India out of its contemporary State.

The conflicting apartheids of India must unite in their vernacular cradles, not spiral out of touch in their ideated and airy overreach. It’s the only reasonable hope that is backed by the size of vernacular audience compared to the miniscule viewership of English media. And, very optimistically, it reflects in the successes of homegrown political calls and people centered economic policies of the mainstream government since voted to power.

 

The Last Bit Of Dignity

The world has since bundled its essence in money.

Men of the world make money because they must, to make living with dignity possible; and they make money easily who learn early enough not to be too honest.

Unfortunately, and very curiously, a man’s last bit of dignity is sacrificed, bartered away, every time he deems the way too honest before choosing one of the many other practical ones.

The case with a spiritual man is different. Every time he intends or does, he will not feel honest enough without being too honest.

That last bit of dignity, saved and valued to the last, lends a glorious presence to the spiritual man.

A Life Passed Away

The cancerous outgrowth on left side of the face of this middling man, like an ugly uneven mass of mocking flesh, can be arresting. But the woman with him shares her trauma and harrassment with a scornful smile, interpersed with castdown sag and springing laugh. The haunted look in the man’s eyes would yield to poker faced cracks raising ripples of bubbling mirth. In between crippling chemos, with the last two to follow over next couple of months, we had a feast. The best of doctors have offered no hope of a cure, after relapse from earlier surgery. The old expert of indigenous medicine he’d consulted had been way more capable : his predictive diagnosis had proved accurate thus far. All with a finger on the pulse at his wrist !

Through the night, his restlessness was audible. The next day, we drive the couple over to their pad about twenty miles away. He said I seemed a litle furious : no one pushes over 90 kmph on a busy late Friday afternoon in this poisonous city. I seriously defended against the charge : one, there must have been space enough in front of us to permit that; two, there’s nothing more ridiculous than a vehicle wheeling on a busy highway as if its owner was taking a leisurely walk in the neighbourhood park. The emotional connect he was angling for might have been there but no more than a buzz I was on top of.

The return leg felt heavier but had the same disdain for spending even a moment longer than I should…

via A Life Passed Away

I Will Be…

Leaving on Feb 15 for a week odd days in Singapore.

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It will be a sedate thing; but the queen wants to and my son in Singapore wants me to. So there…I will brave the disruption and make my heart and pancreas be as good as the body will permit. It is likely that I will remain offline mostly, musing over the swan song before life plays “This is the end.”

I’d much prefer this one by Jethro Tull…in the meanwhile :

Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day

Meanwhile back in the year One, when you belonged to no-one, you didn’t stand a chance son, if your pants were undone.

`Cause you were bred for humanity and sold to society
one day you’ll wake up in the Present Day —
a million generations removed from expectations
of being who you really want to be.

Skating away
skating away
skating away on the thin ice of the New Day.

So as you push off from the shore
won’t you turn your head once more and make your peace with everyone?
For those who choose to stay
will live just one more day
to do the things they should have done.
And as you cross the wilderness, spinning in your emptiness:
you feel you have to pray
Looking for a sign
that the Universal Mind (!) has written you into the Passion Play.

Skating away on the thin ice of the New Day

And as you cross the circle line, the ice-wall creaks behind
you’re a rabbit on the run
And the silver splinters fly in the corner of your eye
shining in the setting sun
Well, do you ever get the feeling that the story’s
too damn real and in the present tense?
Or that everybody’s on the stage, and it seems like
you’re the only person sitting in the audience?

Skating away on the thin ice of the New Day.

___________________________-______________________________

I’d hear it modified to accord with my own truth. But, about that, we’ll talk later. Let’s meet then, when I’m back…

The Mind Is Dispensable

Entities are known to perpetuate asexually. The need to copulate with another is propelled by a much wider drive acting on more evolved living entities : unity, with entities other than oneself. The need is social. It brings in great complexities for the mind to learn and deal with, much compounding of feelings and emotions, will and thought, and reflection. Vertibrates and higher animals have far more complex sensory network along with mind well endowed to sense, feel and carry the will riding on resultant emotion.

Human beings show a wide range of capability of the mind in different individuals, at different age, under different situations or circumstance. But everyone can choose to put himself through well-laid processes to learn and train oneself into emptying the mind and its hunger. The physical evolution ended a long time ago and the mental one seems to be merely iterating in its well known consequences.

It is almost four thousand years since Buddha pointed out the fact. It will never be that entire humanity takes to his Way. But some who have had their fill of individual living may; and few who are ripened enough to renounce it happily will. The mind is the whole universe of every individual entity. It ceases with cessation of ownership of the universe it contains. The ownership is marked in our emotions, in our will that rides on each. There is no individual entity without it and no mind to accompany such entityship.

There is the immanence and life with its stimulii, and feelings that reflect the immanence in thought, not the individual. Our actions then are acts of life pure, flowing, without desire or memory, even when it seems otherwise !

via The Mind Is Dispensable

India And Its Kasganjs

Recent investigation update have picked the suspects for killing and rioting in Muslim dominated Kasganj, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. They are Muslims.

We have several examples of such instances in Muslim majority areas in Kashmir, West Bengal, Kerala, Bihar, Assam, Gujarat, Telengana and, of course, Uttar Pradesh. The occasions for such mayhem may be varied but the consequences everytime are similar : rioting, rape, beating and murder. Terror, in short, in the hearts of non-Muslims residing in or passing through the areas And the cause was common : beliefs, values and the way of life Muslims follow, led by clerics whose life perspective is wound around Islam as an identity. Most of them are also vocal about it in their Friday sermons and almost all of them are staunch ‘religious’ advocates of culling cattle compulsorily for food, child marriage, prostitution through short term conjugal contracts, and Halala sex. For the rest, they think on behalf of the community and issue advisory fatwas on every issue under the sun, personal and social, which the people are obliged to heed.

There are many kasganjs in India. The community identity among Muslims seems harmless at first, quite as part of a welcome diversity, until it seamlessly morphs as if programmed into cleric clamour for a separate Muslim nation or state, in community dominated areas. If there is a mainstream fabric spread across the country, the kasganjs I speak of are intolerant no-go zones, as so many hell holes in it.

The whole Muslim phenomena in India is a dangerous and intractable problem for the nation. It is found on Islam, a pseudo religion with political community-exclusive goals. There are no other aims that the community recognises, for the wider population or the nation as a constituted state. They have little respect and regard for laws of the land, which the government is oath bound to enforce, nor for the constitution guaranteed freedoms that the judiciary is tasked to protect.

The kasganj problem is not unknown to this country. The separate nationhood narrative is reminiscent of one that was set up a hundred years before, which led to the rise of Muslim League and to the country’s partition in 1947. No wonder Pakistan, the breakaway fraction, is stoking and actively supporting the present day Muslim community ghettoes and calls from there for similar separation from the mainstream. It is problem that requires due deliberation for an extended solution strategy, agreed upon by the nation’s executive and judicial leadership and vetted by our legislatures, and wisely propagated to bring all mainstream citizens on board.

I leave the matter with a speech herebelow by India’s current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for those who may appreciate the vernacular language.

http://www.meethatv.com/Modi-s-answer-to-the-future-of-muslims-in-India(S0av3ngFC5I)

India : Between Good And Evil

Kant's Definition Of Good Vs Evil
We know the enemy : It’s us !

The words may have antiquated in most free and open societies dominated by left-liberal ideology today. But the terms will remain relevant, nay, indispensable, till the day we all have evolved into being Buddha or becoming Bodhisattva embodiments. Which isn’t the case : we still must be seen to behave, act, and have an attitude one way or other, not only for the sake of ourselves but also the sakes of our weak, women and children, the old and marginalised, poor and disabled, educationally disadvantaged or mentally challenged…the vulnerable, in short.

I have seen organ harvesting done out of slaves in Libya, Yezidi women and children in ISIS prisons and their slave markets; Saudi attacks on Yemen hospitals, killing innocents and maiming the ill, Iranian Guards swoop mercilessly on its own people; Pakistani terror camps setup to train and equip agents by hundreds to disrupt peace, kill and destroy, in their neighbourhoods far and near; Muslim women dumped overnight under Sharia Law, divorced and deprived by their men on flimsiest of grounds; horrible state repression in China equally against their dissidents and their ethnic minorities in Tibet, East Turkmenistan, Southern Mongolia and northern areas; the abominable regime in North Korea, which has imprisoned a whole nation; the Argentine junta government in the ’70s; the Emergency years in India…and the daily rapes of vulnerable kids and nuns in the Christian Church and its instituted denominations.

Each of these remind me of the good and evil in our midst. They make the faces of good and evil clear to me : the sea of good, which makes a life of dignity and hope possible, and the evil that hobbles and smothers and raises these killing unanswered questions within me.

I know, it is impossible to have a billion all-good people, who are kind and compassionate, honest and beyond coveting. But I do believe we can minimise the evil to a few personal failures per thousand. How ? By ceasing to rally for our God in heaven or these covetous and profiteering gods of wealth and power, predatory sex and hoarded grains; and, by casting our focus on people around us, on ordinary families and common households instead.

It is possible today to shelter each family, every household, to keep them fed, clothed and secured, healed and educated. Families that are equipped to survive, are healthy and educated, root out the despair in the hearts of their men, women and children. In India, we are doing it through Aadhar, Jan Dhan accounts, DBT, Crop Insurance, public health services, Ujjwala, Sukanya…and scores of like schemes and programmes. We have long way to go… through education, skilling, employment, transport, support to micro- small- and medium enterprises, food security, housing for all and, above all, through the spread of ways of life, beliefs and values systems, anchored to responsible living.

May this turn we have taken succeed, no matter the decades or centuries it takes.

India, as the state is managed today, will continue to believe enough in good, despite sponsored disruptions of all kinds. It must be applied enough to succeed at realising its beliefs, enough to disable the ideological evil acquired by its citizens because of their marginalisation in past.

It has made a great start.

The RigVedic World…

There is a real world behind the sacred hymns of the Rig Veda. The entire mystery of that pre-historic setting in which the Vedic civilisation flourished is hinged on identifying the people, titles and personalities referred to in the Rig Veda… with a geographical reference to the community or clan who divined it… the Purus, celebrated in the epic Mahabharata. That certainty and the method that helps us to arrive at it would enable us to lift the historical pall over the period, on the people on its stage, the happenings within the communities and events involving them.

This demands a critical review of study reports and research papers on the subject, and a measure of serious scholarship to appreciate the historically relevant evidence etched in the Vedic age compilation. The entire line of research, reasoning and analysis adopted by the author, Shrikant G Talageri, and the truths he discovers for us, is miraculously in harmony with facts little understood previously by mainstream scholars and historians in the West. The conclusions are uncovered to us through an engaging discourse, with a methodical thoroughness that enthralls and revelations that seem both magical and exhilarating.

The crucial question about the original habitat of Indo-Aryans, whether it was in Central Asia as commonly concluded and taught all over or in India which the hymns have in their background, is always open in the absence any evidence in support of the widely accepted theory. Let us look into the Rig Veda itself for authentic clues as opposed to the surmises on which the Aryan and non-Aryan myth and the Aryan Invasion theory is perpetuated.

Read the entire text researched story here.

 

Four Supreme Justices Step Up Into The Nation’s Court…

I am appalled at all the superficial, cliched and outright idiotic criticisms news broadcast channels are cluttered with at moment. Not one thought dwelled on the immense, historic and unprecedented nature of this measure by the four senior most justices of the nation’s apex court, of stepping into the people’s court with their appeal to overturn the closed, opaque and unaccountable ways prevailing in this very important pillar of our polity : the judiciary. It is only occasioned by immediate instances of autocratic functioning by the office of the Chief Justice Of India, detailed in the letter the four justices addressed to the CJI, copies of which were distributed at their press conference this afternoon. But the real issues are endemic, global to the entire vertical, and principally fundamental to the way judiciary is being administered and points to shortcomings in the processes being followed.

Several aspects to this exposure, before and after the press conference, such as the involvement of long time Modi – and BJP – baiters with the move colours the “Justices Protest” as a left – liberal exercise and an attempt by the political opposition to undermine the authoritative and unitary character of judiciary as an institution. These narratives, both in mainstream and the social media, are being set up to bury the essential motive behind the public protest, which is to open up the administrative doings at the apex of the justice delivery structure, make a case for obvious lack of leadership in managing its state of affairs, take away the autocratic character of functioning in the offices of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and, by implication, of chief justices in state High Courts.

I hope, this opportunity created by the judicial protests pins the attention of our people, lay and currently in constitutional positions of great authority and influence, back to the task of introducing reforms in the nation wide justice delivery vertical, of making appointments and performance of justices in superior courts and judges in state and district courts more transparent and accountable. These much overdue reforms are far more important and valuable than all the political meanings presently being read and personal motives being attributed to the protesting stalwarts of law.

Let’s make good of this opportunity, I say !

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Song Bachelor — I

I am a working man on his day off

Mooning late on dreams lost

Now curled over the present past

Peering into this nothing, dark.

 

I am turned away

From the knocking day

That creeps in

Through gaps and slits

To reveal the dust

Zigzag afloat

In the light beam

In the room sparse.

 

I mull bubbles

Surrounded by shadows

Revv up the music

Of desert sand dunes

My home and that dance mad

In gray lucid haunts

And that lady old

Silhouetted against an oil lamp.

 

Here sometimes

In my worktown

I’d long stand on the sea shore

This awesome expanse

Of liquid gold

Which one presence

Its being immense

Would speak for all that I never had

While I’d measure its span

Upto the horizon

By the weight of throbs

In my sense

Of this present on past.

 

This morning but…

Listen !

They now have the news thrust

You know, this daily collage

They push under the door

With a rustle that spells

Fresh print smell

While the delivery boy

Rushes away

On his receding steps

Turning the day

Into barren texts

And curvy models

Kindling worlds loaded

In their boobs and butts

Lying smiles and skin cheered up

Projecting sad

Layered reckonings

Aggregating things

Grandstanding empty

About these lives strange

And their doings

That leave me scratching

My poor man’s head…

 

I pick up the creep

Glance at its first word heap

Sense the tidings and shake

Of these predictables lame

Before skipping over

To the sports leaf….

Judiciary : Tying Itself In Knots

Look at this : order, reviewing its order, re-reviewing its reviewed order… when we do not understand enough.

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It means that the supreme justices do not understand the merits of the matter or the locus standi of the law in its context, be it the LGBT or national anthem issue. It is getting more ideological than being “just.” These are situational matters and are hence best handled by the executive and the legislature than by judiciary. There is no need, in the first place, to invoke rights and freedoms all the time and underpin every social practice or personal situation with the legal lever. In such matters, judicial iterations signal the greater pointlessness of legal exercise than an urgent point for law.

Rather than tying our polity into knots, the supreme court of law must ask for help, from the executive or the legislature. There ought to be a more practical way of dealing with such issues than wasting precious time of the pendancy saddled judicial courts.

Maybe, the supreme justices must wizen themselves with a refresher course on Deming’s thought : reduce the must-do-s to just a few things and apply rigorously to ensure the delivery of those few. The world has benefited by this sagacious principle; it’s time the judiciary did, too.

The Death Phenomenon

For an instant, I did seem to lose all self-awareness, but throughout the rest of the experience I was aware of the most remarkable clarity. I found that I felt more familiar and at ease traveling without the body than when I was dragging it along, anchored to it by my usual physical-body identification. I felt myself to be alive as Consciousness, at ease as the witness of mind and attention.

At different moments in this Cosmic journey, I felt the deep urges of the body-mind drawing me back towards embodiment, and I sensed the frustration of having no physical body through which to enact or fulfill desires. This made a stunning impression on me, and I remember feeling how foolish it would be to waste the opportunity of a human lifetime to do the [spiritual practice] that could help free me of the binding attachments I had now seen so clearly.

Then I became aware of a loud buzzing or humming sound as I slowly came back into [identification with] the body-mind, taking on each layer [or sheath], starting with the most subtle. The inner sounds quieted until once again I was aware of lying on the floor.

via The Death Phenomenon

Freedom, Death And Immortality : The Vedic Yoga Perspective — IX

There is no cause in the world, no phenomenal experience that, of itself, will trigger reversal of the object orientation of the individual self. On the other hand, the causal roots of individual being and its orientation are diverse and many, fathomless and deep, and inscrutably embedded at its source.

Karma eases the hold of attachments (or revulsions) a person has for objects in his world : people and things, what they mean to him and yield to his joy and pleasure or fear and pain. That easing of its bondage is in effect a slowing of the speed and intensity with which the individual self is preoccupied, overwhelmed and taken over, and reoccupied with its transactional associations in the mundane. Delinking of thought and concern from the result, except through the period when one exerts the goal focused effort, spells freedom : the effect affords time to the individual self to remain unoccupied, engage non transactionally, or study and reflect. While it prepares the domain bound self for its reorientation, which is still just a theoretical possibility at this stage, the taste of enhanced freedom and unburdened being gives a filip to its contrarian desire to turn away from its preoccupying world and weaken the engaging force of this hunger-satisfaction-dissatisfaction routine. The need for turnaround deepens and becomes a serious work in progress. But the seed of what to turn to, in which direction, remains undefined.

The secular nature of karma intervention by the individual self, to invest wholly in the effort and free itself of any attachment to the result, fruit or consequence, is only apparent. There is no secular, worldly cause for the individual to intervene thus except through the appeal we encounter in Vedic texts, heard or read. There are sayings in the Upanishads, the Gita speaks of it, and people have traditionally followed the advisory but not without heeding the exhortation to remember the Creator or keep the Godhead in mind.

On this Karma prepared ground, the three other comprehensive disciplines contribute with respective chart of their independent paths, to complete the turnaround and head toward the Godhead. Of the three, we were introduced to RajaYoga in the previous part.

via Freedom, Death And Immortality : The Vedic Yoga Perspective — IX

The Overarching Vedic Truth

Much transpired in the Indian subcontinent over a very very long period of time, in terms of definitive understanding about life and its reality before accepted, peer validated thought systems were codified for the civil world to ponder, practise and know. The happenings pertain to times so long ago that it is well nigh impossible […]

It does seem that Vedanta rose in view through two practice verticals : action and reasoning. The action vertical rose over several centuries, perhaps millennia, along Purva Mimamsa and (Raja) Yoga practice. The former has no place for a super deity — God, believing entirely on the power of action performed and regarding the unseen immanence as the sole cause behind the certain fruits or consequence of the deed done as prescribed. Yoga does have God — the super being, compared to the individual — in its core but not as a performer of miracles or as lord of the universe. God, Yoga suggests, embodies the ultimate evolved being the individual himself is heading to be when his own practice matures and completes.

Along the other practice vertical — of reason — is Nyaya or logic and Samkhya. Buddhism is largely drwn from the Nyaya method of right knowledge to attaining moksha or nirvana. It also allied to the insistence on certitude of knowledge in respect of any real thing, as detailed in Vaisheshika school of thought, which Jainism borrows. In their ultimate consequences however, Yoga and Samkhya are almost identical, though the latter ends with dualism being the eternal reality while the former eschews such consideration and presents the Self Absolute as the supreme truth.

via The Truth Overarching : Yoga II — Truth Within, Shines Without

“It’s Not About Sexuality. It’s About Power.” Really ?

People might have legitimate romantic notions of approaching each other sexually in the flow of deep goodwill and love, after interacting with dilated intimacy, understanding and feeling of togetherness, but that flow does not become an overpowering need without wanting something from the other for oneself. It is no longer the want for the other person, as one might have felt in the flow, but for something that the person must yield to the other. Nothing changes in the best of concurrent circumstance, when the wanting is equally intense in both. Right then, it is that respective something wanted by each from the other that is of utmost value to them individually, overriding the personal respect and regard the best of lovers would otherwise have for each other.

via “It’s Not About Sexuality. It’s About Power.” Really ?

Gandhi’s Righteousness And Its Truth

I believe that the pursuit of truth can lead to madness … when egotism prevails. There is a wilfullness in overreaching by being “good,” on moral high gounds raised on ambition, howsoever merged in its accord with historical timeline. That was Gandhi … moral and right, up there as the ‘great leader’ of men, grafting a nation’s destiny all by himself … without an iota of the truth in respect of himself ! All that remains of him today are the falsehoods he had strayed into and embraced unawares.

via Gandhi : Righteousness Vs Truth

Two Tweets : Truth Prevails

Alongwith my own thoughts this morning :

Some men are good, however they seem.

Some men seem good, however they are.
Some men do good.

Of them, some just suck.

Of them, some are just addicted to sucking.
Some just prove to themselves :

Of being good, through doing good

Because they do not know

Which way they truly are.

Wait for the tweets

Mainstream India Must Apply To Change The Direction In Which The Polity Is Demographically Headed

It is because of directions pervasively embedded among fundamental institutional verticals over several decades before and after the country’s independence, by Gandhi – Nehru – Congress Party legacies, that the task needs strategic application, perseverence, patience and time.

The good thing is that we are started and are finally at work, thanks to the change ushered in through general elections held in May 2014.

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via Mainstream India Must Apply To Change The Direction In Which The Polity Is Demographically Headed

Dear Readers ! Give It To Your Joy And Make Merry With Everyone Present…

I am being sentimental …

But, in this moment, the joy is real.

You know, I love Christmas as an occasion for joy and merry making, not as any concern whatsoever to things religious or Church routine.

So here’s to you, Dear Reader, wherever you be on the planet : don’t let anything interfere with how you wish to find your joy and put the merry making together for yourself and your loved ones, and for the strangers who join in.

I look at this spread herebelow and feel its rise within me … Merry Christmas to You !

Let your cheer extend to usher in the New Year !!

And may your happiness continue through the days and months that follow !!!

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