The Existential Man : His Predictable End And Cues To His Near-Impossible Transcendence

“The Being closest to being the Being is being-in-itself.

Instead, existentialists wax upon the objectified being-for-itself.”

Those who have read Being And Nothingness or Nausea by Jean Paul Sartre, the great clinical exponent of existentialism as a philosophy most appropriate to human condition, would remember the freezing realisation of the man who has come looking for his friend to a restaurant : “Pierre is here.” It describes the emotional and mental emptiness of man, who seconds earlier was filled with anticipation and the pleasure of meeting another person — another being : a close companion, the way he was, the way he looked, and the way he related. The nothingness he experiences instead, upon finding that his friend is not there in the restaurant, freezes his being.

The book however does not deal with being-in-itself, except as a couple footnotes to the main text. It is still dealing with the being-for-itself, of man, which is where existentialism ends up at : nothingness and the futility of “man.”

But, I sense, that the subjectivity of being-for-itself is yet to be exhausted. The vital mind and the intellectual mind are its domains, and the experienced emptiness in them affects the being-for-itself. The being-for-itself is yet there, standing as it were, facing its own extension shrunk in form and content. However, what is the form and content of this being-for-itself ? That is the question which awaits our answer.
It is a simple experiment that shows something about the nature of this being-for-itself. It commences with our man standing in pitch black darkness of a new moon night, out there in open under the cloudy sky, without the security of the four walls, the illumination that electricity brings into our homes, or the diversions of modern-day gadgets. He stands still in the solidified darkness, unable to spot a feature or object his senses could engage with.

He is rather, completely taken aback by this peculiarly uniform expanse of undifferentiated formlessness in ‘view.’ He looks in it and sees nothing. That nothingness is however something quite, though wholly unfamiliar and unknown. It is trying in extreme, to say the least. There is nothing other than ‘fear’ within the self and disinterest for the monolith in which the man is buried.

What follows are prompts of the conscious entity within : the being-for-itself. Disinterest burdens the eyelids down to close, though sleep proper is farthest from reach on account of the unexplained ‘fear’ within. All manner of thoughts arise to replace the latter and occupy the dark domains, vital and mental. We choose one : a thought or a will to action, to fix the dangling for-object consciousness in the nature of the being-for-itself.
Whatever the fix, his choice is a distant second to that immediate urge to turn away and walk into the safety of illuminated space, the familiar world of objects and forms. Into the world of differentiated beings, in short. The dark, featureless environment rejects him as forcefully as he does the other. There is nothing to see there, nothing to reduce to being an object for the self. It is all completely ‘dark,’ one mammoth and unknown homogeniety that surrounds. What is one to do with it ? The intense flare up of the being-for-itself is found in that momentary inability to retreat into the safety of seeing, sizing, reacting, or doing; and, in the process, itself becoming an object-among-others that sees, sizes, reacts and does.

This then is the nature of the being-for-itself : reactive, reflecting its experience of the world, and an inevitable compulsion to reduce itself to becoming, and being, an object-among-others. The opposite nature — active, in-itself, lord unto self — would make one seem like mad, abnormal, propelled neither by the primordial need to survive nor by the everyday need to perpetuate and prosper. It is not the being-in-itself but, I suspect, could take the man close if he may be without the willfulness that is ‘naturally’ programmed to take over his being.

That liberation, freedom from the hold of will upon oneself, is the spiritual domain of our being-in-itself.

One Question, Please !

#AgreedNationalValues …

It troubles me no end to realise that ” WE The People ” of India cannot cite 10 values we espouse in common, derived from our shared nationhood. What are they, which our nationhood means or assures to each one of us ? We are intelligent people for sure; there are many who will draw up a list on their own and the rest would be able to choose their lot from a more consolidated form. But what are those 10 things we all agree upon in common, that are a matter of pride and priviledge which our distinct nationhood uniquely bestows upon us, which we in turn accept and grant to each other and to ourselves ?

I am thinking of a short document, corporate like : crisp, clear and unambiguous, in few words and perhaps 10 – 20 bulletted lines. Would it include our historical heritage, the non-ideological corner stones of the Sanatan way — the Ram Rajya ? Language, cultural and literary heritage ? Would it include some of those socialistic values that our Constitution makers definitely had in mind, which our second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri speaks of ? Wouldn’t it include the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms ? The habitat and environment ? Education, work, food and shelter ? Taxation ceiling ? Heroes ? Our diversity, cultural and anthropological ?

What are our Agreed National Values that we would distinguish ourselves at, individually and collectively ?

Journal : Happy And Thoughtful

A headline about women and minorities triggers thought on an allied topic : radicalism. It morphed from being a cause to being a fad, and has since become a political corner stone of leftist ideology.

Radicalism was a cause proper against that traditional “rule by divine right” of monarchical institutions, clerical eminence, feudal social values system and supporting economic structure. Then, it became a political “holy cow,” ideologically. That socialistic phase saw much churn and upturning alongwith killing of tens of millions of people.

Radicalism remained thereafter as a slogan spouting fad, especially among the youth, and as a political creed for democratic power game.

What does radicalism mean today ? A perversion that fights for justice to rapists and for human rights of terrorists.

I would much rather prefer the reformed tradition, which still regards rape as heinous and terror as unacceptable. Sabka saath, sabka vikas is a good rallying point for the traditionalist mainstream.

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How about a mob being led by a slogan : Rape is good. Give us your mother, aunts and sisters. Break up the family…

Is this acceptable admission to our right to freedom of speech, even as a slogan ?

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I have no thought about revenge. #IndvsAus #WCT20

The play was extraordinary for the large, daring heart and exceptional skill that @ImViratKohli showed he has. The beauty of that play in the 3rd last over, the 2nd last, followed by Dhoni’s winning boundary in the first ball of the last over… it stayed in the mind like an unforgettable taste you tend to remember for long after the meal is over !

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Illegal migrants from #Bangladesh have patrons in #MamataBanerjee #CPIM #Congress #TarunGogoi #ArvindKejriwal

Such are the current political leaders in our country today. These are people who are criminally ill-educated about the sanctity of nationhood, citizenship, demographic and social integrity.

#UP’s #SP of Mulayam and Azam Khan act similarly to protect their vote banks among #Muslim anti socials and anti nationals.

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Supporters stand by ideas and programs.

Sycophants stand by persons and personalities.

Atharva Veda : A Farmer’s Song

A Farmer’s Song And Prayer :

BOOK III — HYMN XVII

Wise and devoted to the Gods

Skilful men fast bind ropes to the plough
And yoke (the oxen) on either side.

Lay on the yokes and fasten well the traces :

Sow the seeds in the furrow formed.

Viraj ! vouchsafe us

While we sense the plenty with restraint
Let the ripe grain come home

With drawing of the sickle.

The sharp share of the plough bringeth bliss

While traces on the oxen

And stilts on the ground

Hold it right and steady.

(Ho-ha-ha !) Shear out for me a cow or sheep

Get a rapid driver to the cart

And a blooming woman, plump and strong.

May Indra press the furrow down

May Pushan guard and cherish her.
May she, well stored with love

Yield lovingly for us

Through each succeeding year.

Happily let the share turn up the soil

The men happily follow the oxen.

Suna and Sira !

Pleased with our sacrifice

Make the plants bring

Abundant produce to this man.

Happily may our steers and men work.

May the plough furrow happily.
Happily be the traces bound.

Happily may the driving goad ply.

Suna and Sira !

Welcome ye to this laud.

Bedew ye both this earth of ours

With the milk that ye have made in heaven.

Auspicious Sita, come thou near :

We venerate and worship thee
That thou mayst bless us

Bestow prosperity upon us

And bring to us

Abundant fruits for our efforts.

Loved by the Visvedevas and the Maruts

Let Sita be bedewed with oil and honey.

Turn thou to us, O Sita

With the wealth of milk

In vigour and strength

And pouring streams of clarified butter.

Atharva Veda : The Commerce Man — 2500 B C … Sarasvati Indus Valley Civilisation

A Merchant’s Prayer For Success In His Business :

BOOK III — HYMN XV

I stir and animate Indra, the merchant.

May he approach us

And be our guide and leader

Chasing ill will, wild beast and highway robber.

May He who has the power

Give to me the riches I seek.

The many paths that Gods are wont to travel

The paths that go between heaven and earth

May they all rejoice with me.

Through these oblations

I offer milk and clarified butter

That I may be rich

And profit by my purchase.

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With fuel for thou. O Agni !

I offer butter and my longing

For strength and conquest.

And, with prayer for strength

I adore this holy hymn

To gain a hundred treasures.

O Agni, pardon our repeat submission.

We have trod this distant road.

Favour us in our effort

To sell and barter.

Make our merchandise exchange deals profitable.

Accept the twin offerings in our libations

And grant that they be propitious.

Make our ventures prosperous

And enhance our income.

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Ye gods ! I seek to add

To the wealth I carry for my transactions.

This very wealth I offer to thee.

May this wealth grow for me, not less.

O Agni, upon this sacrifice

Chase away those that hinder our profit !

Ye gods ! I seek to add

To the wealth I carry for my transactions

This very wealth I offer to thee.

Herein, with this libation

May Indra, Savitr and Soma

Prajāpati and Agni

Give me splendour.

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O Hotr-priest Vaisvanara !

We sing thy praise with reverence.

Keep thou watch over our children

Over our bodies, kine and lives.

Still to thee, O Jatavedas

Ever will we bring oblation

As to a stabled horse.

Joying in food, O Agni

And in the growth of our riches

May we, thy servants, never suffer.

Perspective : Expanse And Limit

Sky is not the limit. Nor is it wrapped around our loins. Both are occasional, however, once when we are euphoric and next when we are overcome with the lust for carnal. In both cases, natural to human beings, we lose sight of perspective of the kind that stays with our reason and steadies us through ethical and moral dilemma. The euphoric super — human perspective in our notion, of ourself in the world, overwhelms but soon shrinks to level with reality. The sub-human emotion coiled-up around the carnal objective in our exclusive focus, likewise, releases us one way or other and settles in subconscious as a faraway trace of a dream.

Recent happenings and public debate in India, and elsewhere, can be analysed in the light of perspectives we humans ought to keep. For instance, the freedom of expression forcefully invoked by individuals and groups, primarily for politikal purposes, never appends the “reasonable constraints” our constitution mandates. Similarly, the group identity raked up by individuals when convenient, in making demands from the State, overlooks the fact that there are millions more much worse off for whom the federal government is as responsible. A pinhole view is never of the same order as a panoramic view.

Assuming that states in modern democracies are reasonably moved to keep people interests centre-stage, and corruption off the table, it seems rich to me that there are special interest groups pressing for their with airy secular-liberal ideas and those more organised and vocal wanting benefits for themselves. The end result of their action is subversion of the democratic system of governance, in one case, and unwarranted mockery of sincere leadership, in the other.

Traditionally, we confer heart-felt benediction for good health and prosperity for all life everywhere, without failing to do our utmost for those in our family, community and the nation. Most amongst us may find themselves exhausted, trying to merely meet the two ends. Yet, I will not accuse them of hypocrisy when they prayfully voice their goodwill for other people. Never.

The limit to what we can do cannot be faulted for the well-being in our unreserved intent. At times, with most of us, wishing for good, beauty and truth, is all that is within our means. Let us hold on to that expansed perspective. There is a values system inhering in it.

What, A Higher Reality ?

I really do not know how to broach or present this one. Yet, it is what I want to, now, when it seems to me the most important…

Let just start, shall we ! Everyone has realised some time or other the one underlying fact which totally changed the sense we had of a situation or sight before us : suddenly, the apparent victims turn culpable and the hard core nuisance character appears to have a far more sound, fundamentally substantial, basis for his behaviour. First, it meant one way to us, as they appeared; then, they acquire a more real, truer basis of why and how they were. That is, things clarified after the realisation dawned and the meanings apparent to our emotional take of the matter gave way to another, quite, out of a more correct and solid understanding of things.

It is like a compelling realisation, now etched sharp and clear despite your self, from behind a haze, as it were, that had camouflaged the truth out of our vision.

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Self realisation has the S of self in capital. It is because we are not speaking of our outgoing self, desiring and wanting, wishing and wisping, watching itself in the mirror surroung by an immense aura of exclusion and separation from the other individuals. It is realisation of the Self of ourself, within and behind. It is the Self on which our self rests, of which it is animated, which shines within ourself night and day.

If the suggestion means something to one, it is because he or she has found a way to travel within and see, rather sense, the being within but absolutely distinct and apart from the existential — feeling — emoting- — experiencing — self. How do we know ? By the absolute absence of this existential self just then, while the sense of the Self lasts. It is not if it is not thus overwhelming and absolute a presence.

Obviously, few would confirm such a realisation and be true about it. It does not just happen; and never through willfulness. It takes a seemingly endless self-effort, sensivity towards the phenomenon manifest within oneself, and the stupendous self-believe to ratify the reality witnessed by the unanimous consent of one.

It is then not necessary to be a student or practitioner of Dhrupad, the Indian classic oral music system, to understand the nature of the self effort it takes to master those pressure points of consciousness within the body, from which the Dhrupad singer draws to intently qualify the sounds issuing from the same common voice box in the throat.

It is a miracle, and would be equally miraculous if you see what I mean !

Hear the Gundecha brothers explain :

Tell us if you will…

When Kashmir Was Ethnically Cleansed…

While Farooq Abdulla and his National Conference was in office, in the State, and Rajiv Gandhi and the Indian National Congress were strutting about with plumes of power in Delhi… The quote below has historical and informational value at par with those pertaining to Netaji Subhas Bose under Gandhi-Nehru regime since the eve of India’s independence in 1942, when the die-hard nationalist was raising the National Flag in Port Blair.

The quote is a part of larger essay written as an open letter to Ayesha Begum, erstwhile well-known actress whose maiden name was Sharmila Tagore.

The entire essay can be read here.

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Srinagar, January 4, 1990. Aftab, a local Urdu newspaper, publishes a press release issued by Hizb-ul Mujahideen, set up by the Jamaat-e-Islami in 1989 to wage jihad for Jammu and Kashmir’s secession from India and accession to Pakistan, asking all Hindus to pack up and leave. Another local paper, Al Safa, repeats this expulsion order.

In the following days, there is near chaos in the Kashmir valley with chief minister Farooq Abdullah and his National Conference government abdicating all responsibilities of the state. Masked men run amok, waving Kalashnikovs, shooting to kill and shouting anti-India slogans.

Reports of killing of Hindus, invariably Kashmiri Pandits, begin to trickle in; there are explosions; inflammatory speeches are made from the pulpits of mosques, using public address systems meant for calling the faithful to prayers. A terrifying fear psychosis begins to take grip of Kashmiri Pandits.

Walls are plastered with posters and handbills, summarily ordering all Kashmiris to strictly follow the Islamic dress code, prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks and imposing a ban on video parlours and cinemas. The masked men with Kalashnikovs force people to re-set their watches and clocks to Pakistan Standard Time.

Shops, business establishments and homes of Kashmiri Pandits, the original inhabitants of the Kashmir valley with a recorded cultural and civilisational history dating back 5,000 years, are marked out. Notices are pasted on doors of Pandit houses, peremptorily asking the occupants to leave Kashmir within 24 hours or face death and worse. Some are more lucid: “Be one with us, run, or die!”

Srinagar, January 19, 1990. …. Curfew is imposed as a first measure to restore some semblance of law and order. But it fails to have a deterrent effect.

Throughout the day, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists use public address systems at mosques to exhort people to defy curfew and take to the streets. Masked men, firing from their Kalashnikovs, march up and down, terrorising cowering Pandits who, by then, have locked themselves in their homes.

As evening falls, the exhortations become louder and shriller. Three taped slogans are repeatedly played the whole night from mosques: “Kashmir mei agar rehna hai, Allah-O-Akbar kehna hai” (If you want to stay in Kashmir, you have to say Allah-O-Akbar); “Yahan kya chalega, Nizam-e-Mustafa” (What do we want here? Rule of Shariah); “Asi gachchi Pakistan, Batao roas te Batanev san” (We want Pakistan along with Hindu women but without their men).

In the preceding months, 300 Hindu men and women, nearly all of them Kashmiri Pandits, had been slaughtered ever since the brutal murder of Pandit Tika Lal Taploo, noted lawyer and BJP national executive member, by the JKLF in Srinagar on September 14, 1989. Soon after that, Justice N K Ganju of the Srinagar high court was shot dead. Pandit Sarwanand Premi, 80-year-old poet, and his son were kidnapped, tortured, their eyes gouged out, and hanged to death. A Kashmiri Pandit nurse working at the Soura Medical College Hospital in Srinagar was gang-raped and then beaten to death. Another woman was abducted, raped and sliced into bits and pieces at a sawmill.

In villages and towns across the Kashmir valley, terrorist hit lists have been floating about. All the names are of Kashmiri Pandits. With no government worth its name, the administration having collapsed and disappeared, the police nowhere to be seen, despondency sets in. As the night of January 19, 1990, wears itself out, despondency gives way to desperation.

And tens of thousands of Kashmiri Pandits across the valley take a painful decision: to flee their homeland to save their lives from rabid jihadis. Thus, takes place a 20th century exodus. …

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Let’s never forget our history.

This Has To Change…

I like the expression but only with a quiet passion behind it. A militant loudness spells an emptiness within the sound of it. I naturally will myself to stand with it when it is a statement, not a declaration.

My views of homosexuals’ call is similar : make things change, by youUr own example. It isn’t something to be worn on the sleeve. The last time it was done with the Star of David badge in Nazi Germany, and we know how vulgar, oppressive, terror and ultimate discrimination it was. Nor can you start on converting those around to shore up your sense of security that being in a crowd tends to provide.

The real way forward is not to demand or expect much from the mainstream community and be a part of it, instead. There are very many common, mainstream issues of more basic nature, affecting millions. Their importance and urgency will not change because one or few among us have special needs. There are government institutions and policies to suport and facilitate. We need to take it and strengthen ourselves, create our own flow through the day, and find ways to be and seem one among all… aspiring, doing, reading, talking, laughing and loving.

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I heard the line coming from women wanting equality in public spaces like pubs and restaurants, and roads to loiter. Most of it is not only filled by men but dominated by them. A woman’s presence raises eyebrows, suggesting questions or even more aggressive or teasing volleys.

I can see why such behaviour and vibes are idiotic. Why can’t they see how they are driving beautiful people away ? People who are perhaps are the best of our kind !

The Human Clamour For Rights To Freedoms Is The Resolution Of A Monkey Council That Knew No Better ?

It’s in the constitution of every democratic country today. It also what occupies numerous national, non governmental and multilateral institutions : fundamental human rights and freedoms. They are in the manner of how a council of monkeys will resolve when they suddenly find themselves liberated of fear from higher predators in their midst.

What happens in the courts of law which adjudicates on related issues or upon complaints of breach ranges from the foolish to the ridiculous that yet pass the muster of law. The right to freedom to snore in sleep is found to contravene the right of a spouse to sleep in silence : enough to be a ground for divorce. The rights of a child supercedes the rights of a loving parent to raise their progeny as they deem culturally fit. The right of a government to snoop conflicts with an individual’s right to privacy…

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The law seems necessary but limiting to our evolution on to being a community of compassionate people. It is enough for us to mind our own business. But that has made the family redundant. Now who in the world would support all these people who have erred, not criminally but out of naivete, and are weak enough to be classified as ‘mentally disadvantaged’ ? There is no law to enforce the Right To Compassion.

So what would ? Life today is culturally structured to cause one to flow from secular education into a career, economy or business. If the person just minds his own business, there is nothing in law to lead into concerns about his wasting brother, who is an adult and must therefore take care of himself and his own. Only, he can’t. At first, he couldn’t judge things right and, secondly, he wasn’t smart. He was just honest, sincere and could be trusted. No ambitious employer or business owner will take him on a salary that would pay for a decent living. He is surrounded by law-abiding, upright and unimpeachable citizens.

The law then sounds like those quality standards, to be achieved through Go — NO GO control. It would enable some, for the monkeys, to prevent their fall back into chaos. But no more.

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Is there a culture in which we could have the Right To Compassion and restoration of compassionate families ? There were such communities of culture over a long period in past…

“This is the age of Science and Rationalism. If there is one scripture, which is highly rational and challenges the human being to experiment upon himself, it is the Upanishads! Throughout its pages, one finds this theme running like a thread – Tad Vijijnasasva – find out for yourself. No wonder the rational minds of western philosophers brought up on the thought processes of the Age of Reason have found the Upanishads a gold mine of spirituality. When Swami Vivekananda was once asked why one should study the Vedas and the Upanishads, he said, “To get rid of superstitions.” This is precisely what appeals to the modern mind. It is not only philosophers of the East and the West who have experienced it. Scientists too are discovering in the Upanishads a way out of the predicament which quantum physics finds itself in as to the role of Consciousness in natural phenomena. A trend set off by Erwin Schrodinger in the 1930’s and 40’s has now gained momentum and is now engrossing the minds of scientists, as evidenced by the large number of seminars and conferences in India and around the world on the comparison of Scientific and Upanishadic principles. The fearless uncompromising pursuit of truth is, after all, what binds these two disciplines together so strongly.

“What is the message of the Upanishads to the modern mind? One cannot do better than to quote Swami Vivekananda, “Let me tell you that we want strength, strength and every time strength. And the Upanishads are the great mine of strength. Therein lies strength enough to invigorate the whole world; the whole world can be vivified, made strong, energised through them. They will call with trumpet voice upon the weak, the miserable and the downtrodden of all races, all creeds, and all sects, to stand on their own feet and be free. Freedom, physical freedom, mental freedom and spiritual freedom are the watchwords of the Upanishads.”

“The modern world is in the throes of a cultural crisis. We do not know whether we are steadily progressing towards a better tomorrow or tumbling helplessly to an inevitable destruction. No wonder, many thinkers have started paying attention to the eternal values of ancient cultures. The Upanishadic culture and philosophy of life stand out like a beacon light beckoning us to make a better world for ourselves. The message is there. All that is needed is the will.”

(Extract quoted from article featured at http://www.eng.vedanta.ru/library/vedanta_kesari/upanishadic_culture.php)

Journal : Atharva Veda – Part II

Dharma, to the Vedic people and Sanatan followers, means a codified art of living as individuals and being as a community. It purported to build upon nature, its beauty and wealth, a human order that would be in accord, that would institute a way of life which allowed animal fulfilments in civilised ways and constantly point to ways and means to excel at that, both personally and collectively. It raised the perspective and values system oriented towards ” Liberation for Self and Welfare of All,” ” The World is One Family,” … very dictums that guide the informed Hindu even today.

Dharma endeavours to mould and form human beings who would not sink into animal attitudes and behaviour in personal life or take to socially destructive conduct upon assuming power or authority of sorts, who would instead become, contribute and continue to tread the path of excellence all his life. Every feature and practice of the Vedic order was instituted with that purpose in context, especially the Gurukul education and internship system that fostered such values as respect for truth, justice, love, friendship, liberty, forgiveness, uprightness, honesty, sincerity, humility and self restraint.

Truth Within, Shines Without

A SMALL SELECTION OF FREELY PARAPHRASED HYMNS … contd 

[ Part I @ https://vamadevananda.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/journal-atharva-veda-part-i-29-2/ ]

Source :Hymns of the Atharva Veda [ 1895 ] by Ralph T.H. Griffith

http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/av/av01034.htm

Vedas, Vedic Age and Vedic People : A Brief contd

Vedas do not advocate any religion. It is a body of truth and practice, with a knowledge and belief system in accord, that projects the ” Sanatan ” way of life. It does not have a God apart from ourself, a Prophet for our exclusive salvation, an organised administrative structure headquartered in a particular place, a specific Book for veneration, and a plethora of rules with manned mechanism for watch and control over the laity.

The Vedas are panentheistic, the perspective concomiting with monism, which blows away the seeming idolatory in Vedic practice oft apparent to Western eyes. Even the proverbial ” beam in the eyes ” of the…

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Liberty, Equality And Fraternity Need The Secure Ground Of The Assured Freedom To Be

Those people, the perpetrators, need to be watched over 24/7, and everything should be done with them, to them, soft and hard, protective and pre-emptive, to prevent the next such tragedy from happening, in France and the world over.

That is a responsibility every government worth its salt owes to its people.

But I suspect many in India would still not understand my premise. They did not when Mumbai 26/11 happened. And even earlier, when a whole population was chased out of Kashmir Valley because they were Indian but not Muslim. Or, when followers of Islam infiltrated from across the border and changed the demographic profile of the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal, and proximate regions in North Bihar.

That general agreement on the nature of the problem people are faced with has still to happen in India and in every other country of the world.

Truth Within, Shines Without

#ParisAttack

I believe many in the world are coming to realise this basic truth : liberty, equality and fraternity are add on values to the more fundamental one of secure life and assured freedom to be.

And yet there is a plethora of secular-liberal calls harking on openness and tolerance, the values people fear might get eroded in France’s response to these attacks that has resulted in 160+ dead.

Is that what comes to your mind just now ? Not to mine. No, not more of those candle light processions or laudatory speeches of how the French people have been strong… et al.

People have been killed. Families have been affected. Children, women young and old have been traumatised. It’s a tragedy caused through deliberation, by people with a particular profile. And they will do it again, in France and anywhere else, wherever. Because, they are committed to doing so…

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Winter, Heart And Trump

Swapan Dasgupta lays out a contrarian scope to Donald Trump’s call to bar entry of Muslims in the United States, until there is a robust and accurately differentiating mechanism in place to filter in only those who subscribe to universal human values. Dasgupta says that Trump was “merely following a time-tested technique of protest : using drama to force attention on an issue. In effect, he was doing with words what the terrorists he so loathes do with guns or bombs.” You may read the rest of the article here…

The usual social media herds have reacted to Trump’s remark sharply and have more or less echoed President Obama’s exhortation not to “demonise Islam.” Which, in my view, is really the point : to caution the world and the Muslim communities everywhere against ideological Islam, one which is religiously political and not spiritually religious. Obama, and the entire secular-liberal lot, fail to distinguish the ideology from the man.

I would embrace any Muslim – the man – if and only if he were without Islam – the ideology. The world must encourage the Muslim the man, with a spiritual religion to practise within the bounds of his home, tending to his soul with discrimination and love. What we see instead are Muslim mobs, speaking and hearing of a political ideology that is intolerant of others with different beliefs, that mocks at universally accepted human values, vocations, industry and aspirations.

The world must stop treating the ideological followers of Islam with kid gloves. That is what Trump’s call is all about. Because they mean terror, death, rape and destruction : material, ethnic and cultural. Those who died in San Bernardino deserve more than mere lip sympathy : their death must prod us to prevent more such carnage and massacres in future.

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The winter is here. It is a change I guess most of us wait eagerly for, for our individual reasons. I like the sunshine during these cool and cold days. It spells light and comfort, the mellow feel, against the blinding fury it strikes us with in summer months. Personally, it also reminds me of life in the mountains and physical wellness…

Those with a heart condition must however take good care, keep themselves warm, take blood thinners if necessary in consultation with their medic, and generally pay close attention to metabolical and respiratory functions.

It is especially the season for thanks. We should be healthy and happy enough to give fully, with our whole heart.

India And Japan

Yesterday, Prime Minister Abe’s featured article on the eve of his India visit raised a positive swell of hope and committment. Today, China Global Times writes of Abe’s visit as an attempt to contain China.

Japan will execute the 15 billion bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. It has the extended potential of 1000 billion over the next 7-10 years, considering the other train routes that need similar conversion. A great start for India – Japan partnership…

Truth Within, Shines Without

Prime Minister Modi’s ongoing visit to Japan is about a new partnership between the two countries. Japan is already a top investor in India, even if China is the leading bilateral trade partner. There are over 1000 Japanese companies in India, and a very significant surge in their number is sure to follow in coming months.

Both the prime ministers at the scheduled bilateral summit are unabashed nationalists and have a hard nose for filling their agenda with decisions that back their vision for their respective countries. Abe and Modi are expected to strengthen security ties and finalise a framework for defence coordination. Supply of US-2 amphibian search and rescue aircraft to India has been discussed since December last and the Abe administration has eased the nation’s long-held ban on weapons exports, including technology transfers, in April this year. The two leaders are expected to continue joint maritime drills in addition to trilateral ones with the…

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Our Capacity To Realise…

Most do not notice. Others do not care. We all prefer to join in the Dionysian party if we can put curtains over the virulent leftist claim upon our idealism-fired rebel hearts. The Appolonian frame seems too dark and idle in comparison when the mind is yet untamed and the flesh is rippling for grandstanding flavours of youth.

However the morning after inevitably presents, restoring balance with a spread of pessimism and an unsmiling beauty of things in themselves all about us. Gone is the revelry and boister, like a dream abruptly displaced by truth pinned on the wall by oblique rays of light from the rising sun. There was life through the evening before; it now stood proportioned with death.

Yes, I say, nodding imperceptibly to myself : life is the canvas framed in death. It did not seem dark at all, nothing wormingly ominous, in the early morning glow. The presence was plain; as was the truth of the matter. Only, it is not seen but realised.

Contemplation is driven by our distinctly human capacity to realise, though it may not always end with a realisation. Indeed we might ask, what is there for us to realise, beyond all that we understand through our everyday animal frenzy ? Humanity, without doubt, since access to this capacity is uniquely available to us humans alone. It is our humanity that we realise : first in our heart and then in our mind, before committing ourself to long labour and strife in order to bring its truths to light.

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All sciences — natural, occult or of inner spiritual realm — proceed from the human capacity to realise them. With them does the population know, people are weaned away from their ready brute indulgence and children are schooled into the wondrous arts of knowledge and discovery, and the civilisation grows.

The more I have informed myself of real history of people in the Indian subcontinent, the greater is my understanding of the premium their ancient civilisation lay on individuals with the capacity to realise compared to them who could merely do. The stratification of Indian society, before its democratised avatar, could be understood in that light :

— Brahmins with naturally gifted and well honed capacity to realise, expanded and refined, and tuned to apply instantly in everyday situations;

— Kshatriyas with cultured capacity to realise, expanded to include the interests of the community and the nation, to act and do accordingly;

— Vaishya with cultured capacity to know and act in ways that meets the needs of the community;

— Shudra with cultured capacity to act and do in order to help the knowledge and community keepers contribute.

One can understand, then, the strong organised foundation of the early Vedic societies, the massive textual outputs in later periods, the spread and prosperity of Sindhu Sarasvati civilisations, the spiritual reform movements during post-Sarasvati millennia, the flowering of alternate ways of life, arts and culture through Buddhist and Jain prominence, the Hindu restoration centuries… before a millennium of disruptions set in, bringing us uptodate in the democratic age of 21st Century.

We, the humanity, will continue to discover our own newer extensions and depths, greater capacities for beauty and truth, freedom and compassion, happiness and peace… but not without those amongst us who are gifted with the primary capacity to realise. It is always there for us to harness, if only we will free ourselves of indulgence and ideologies of whatever form or hue, religious or secular.

Our capacity to realise is both most fundamental and precious.

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Journal : Dec 26, 2011 : 2.30 AM

My first real blogpost…also the journal entry of the day. It was a bitterly cold day. There was a basket of thoughts on my mind, from my son’s departure for long work stay in SAfrica to prtions of a fine spiritual discussion brought over from elsewhere.

There is something of the universal man in local happenings here.

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Delhi :  The cold wave has intensified. Temperatures in London, Dublin and Athens are 6 – 7 deg C. In Delhi, Amritsar ( Punjab ) and Churu ( Rajasthan ) thermometer readings are touching 2.9, – 0.6 and – 1.6 respectively. Gurgaon ( Haryana ) might have hovered around 0. In the morning, dew on the grass at India Gate seemed like icicles.

It is bitter in the mountains : Pahalgam Kashmir ) – 4.1, Kalpa ( Himachal ) – 6 and Chamoli ( Uttarakhand ) 3. Uttarakhand seems a shade better off, but a low maximum temperature of about 15 – 17 in Chamoli, Almora and Nanital makes life tough all the same.

And, as with every other crisis that descends upon us, it is the poorest and weakest who die, despite having the largest of hearts to embrace misery with expanded measures of peace. Not one of them…

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What Is The Issue, Amir Khan ?

He is a PR padded celebrity with a controversial baggage, prominently as a top signatory to appeal made to US authorities to deny visa to incumbent Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, while he was Gujarat Chief Minister.

He made an “intolerant India” statement, purportedly a concern voiced by his wife, and has invited all manner of skeletons in his cupboard. Opinions and facts contradicting his (er, wife’s) opinion, his bonafides, have been comprehensive, voluminous and unsparing. Every issue and aspect raked up online could keep a dicussion panel hotly engaged for hours.

I intend keeping this rejoinder brief : the real issue is why did he raise the matter at all ? The earlier rounds, started with “award wapsi” and fellow celebrity Shahrukh Khan’s statement, had just died down. Why, why now ?

We know the consequence : it has kept people divided and freshly exercised, drawn public attention to the exclusion of every other more immediate common concerns like economy and development, and generally disrupt even the possibility of a meaningful dialogue between the federal govt and the Indian people. The last part is tenuous at the best of times in a politically charged up polity, such as India has always been through days of Kamraj Plan, Emergency, Mandal, BJP wins in 1998 and 2014.

And that is the real, primary issue.

Why would Amir Khan, and those before him, serve to engineer these disruptions that have been remarkably regular and frequent of late, with a media clique waiting to lap up, further and push ?

Why ?

Again, we know the consequence : it keeps the attention of the whole nation diverted and deeply factionalised, away from areas that would make the nation strong and its people better served, in real terms.

The last qualifier is subtle but crucial : in real terms, for even these disruptive agents claim to further the national cause albeit ideologically.

Which brings me to my final analysis : why is ideology, make that plural please, more important than Jan Dhan movement, reducing Gas subsidy, agriculture inputs, floods in South, Bangladeshi infiltrators, GST, cases of corruption, action on black money, improvements in justice delivery, etc etc. There are 50 more issues more important for our people and our nation than ideological rubs between diverse groups within the country’s population.

The next query : Who ?

Who wants and is investing huge in keeping India weak, militarily and economically, and the people divided and distracted from empowering and building themselves up ?

That is for our intel agencies to find and act to neuter.

Muslim Terror Flows From ‘Holy’ Quran

Muslim celebrities, closet anti-Hindus and political harvesters of “divide and rule” can continue till the cows come home… but there’s nothing contradict or explain away these hard evidence that confirm : Terror flows from the holy Quran.

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It’s not in men but the belief Quran instills in them. As author Taslima Nasreen said, “Islam is the theory. ISIS is the practice.”

What is stated in the verses of the Book can have no other interpretation than to kill, drive terror, destroy and subjugate people who do not accept its tenets and surrender to the believers of Islam.

The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.

Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament, the verses of violence in the Quran are not restrained by the historical context of the surrounding…

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Islam – Prehistory, Myths & Present (VI)

There have been concerted attempts by Saud rulers to eliminate any evidence that would impair the authority of Islam, and hence their own as keepers of the holiest two shrines at Mecca and Medina. But for that, if archaeological excavations could be undertaken, all other idols too could be found buried in Kaaba precincts or trampled underfoot in labyrinthine subterranean corridors.

The Black Stone is badly mutilated; its carved base has disappeared, and the stone itself is broken at seven places…

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English: A picture of people performing (circu... Muslims circumambulating the Kaaba.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tsabaism – Origin Of Abrahamic Religions

In his book Origines, Vol III & IV, Sir W. Drummond writes : “Tsabaism was the universal language of mankind when Abraham received his call, and their doctrines were probably extended all over the civilized nations of Earth.”

In all probability, Tsabaism is a corruption of the word Shaivism which is part of the Vedic religion. On page 439 of this book, Sir Drummond mentions some of gods of pre-Islamic Arabs, all of which were among the 360 idols that were consecrated in the Kaaba shrine before it was raided and destroyed by Muhammad and his followers.

Here are some of the Arab deities mentioned and their Sanskrit names :


Arabic                                   Sanskrit                    …

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India and the West

Indian astronomer and mathematician Bhaskaracharya in the 5th century BC (this is an estimated date that may be too recent), calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun to nine decimal places. Algebra, trigonometry, and calculus were first set forth in ancient India….

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A German manuscript page teaching use of (indo... A German manuscript page teaching use of (indo-)Arabic numerals (Talhoffer Thott, 1459). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Flow of Science and Mathematics

From India to Arabia and Europe

Dr Kenneth Chandler

Origins Of Vedic Civilisation

A Lighthouse for Scientific and Mathematical Discovery

India remained a lighthouse for the advance of civilisation long after the classical Vedic period. Our modern zero-based number system (the place-value number system) was first developed in India. Called ‘Arabic numerals’ in the West, they actually originated in India and were passed into Europe through Arabia, whence they derived their name in the West.

In Arabia, mathematics was called the “Indian Art,” and the numerals used in Arabia were called “Indian numerals.” Arabic scholars knew that mathematics had come into Arabia from India and not vise versa. It was also in India that the counting numbers were first invented. This inspired Albert Einstein to say, “We owe a…

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