I Will Be…

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

del sing

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.


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 !




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.


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.


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 !!!


Libertes philosophica : The Right To Think, To Make Philosophy.

One only is immutable, eternal and ever endures,

one and the same with itself. 

Nothing could be closer to the Upanishadic truth. But the man who came to the conclusion lived in an era, amidst beliefs that were not just contrary but deadly inmical to such liberating sense of One reality. He was born in rabidly Christian and deeply medieval Europe.

It is difficult not to get sentimental about Bruno. He was a man without a country and, finally, without a church. There, near the end of the 16th Century, he was closed in on all sides by the authority of priestly tradition, making a philosophical survey of the world which the science of the time was disclosing. The scientists themselves were too intrigued with telescopes, microscopes and chemical glassware, to bother about philosophy.

In 1581 Bruno went to Paris and delivered lectures on philosophy, infusing people with the fire of his ideas. His reputation reached King Henry III, who became a real patron in making a success of his short career in Paris. He published his work, De Umbras Idearum ( The Shadows of Ideas ), which was shortly followed by Ars Mernoriae ( Art of Memory ). He held that ideas are only the shadows of truth and denied the value of establishing Church dogma with reason. That, Christianity was entirely irrational and contrary to philosophy, and it disagreed with other religions.

In his fourth work he selects the Homeric sorcerer Circi who changed men into beasts and makes Circi discuss with her handmaiden a type of error which each beast represents. The book ‘Cantus Circaeus,’ The Incantation of Circe, shows Bruno working with the principle of the association of ideas, and continually questioning the value of traditional knowledge methods.

In the year 1582, at the age of 34 he wrote a play Il Candelajo, The Chandler. Its protagonist is a candle-maker who works with tallow and grease and then has to go out and vend his wares with shouting and ballyhoo :

“Behold in the candle … that which shall clarify certain shadows of ideas … I need not instruct you of my belief. Time gives all and takes all away; everything changes but nothing perishes. One only is immutable, eternal and ever endures, one and the same with itself. With this philosophy my spirit grows, my mind expands. Whereof, however obscure the night may be, I await the daybreak, and they who dwell in day look for night … Rejoice therefore, and keep whole, if you can, and return love for love.”

When the novelty of Bruno’s ideas had worn off on the French, he went to England to begin all over again. With a fresh audience. He did not make contact with Oxford which, like other European universities of the time, paid scholastic reverence to the authority of Aristotle. It was not the methods of Aristotle nor his fine mind that was so much issue, as it was the authority of Aristotle. That, a thing must be believed because Aristotle said so.

In his work The Ash Wednesday Supper, a story of a private dinner with English guests, Bruno spreads the Copernican doctrine as new astronomy offered to the world, upon which people were laughing heartily because it was at variance with the teachings of Aristotle. Bruno pushed a spirited propaganda in in favour of new truths when, between 1582 and 1592, there was hardly a teacher in Europe who was openly and actively spreading news of the “universe” that Copernicus had charted.

Having no secure place in either Protestant or Roman Catholic religious communities, Bruno carried on with his long fight against terrible odds. He had lived in Switzerland and France and was now in England, which he soon left for Germany. He translated books, read proofs, and got together groups and lectured for whatever he could get for it. It requires no great stretch of the imagination to picture him as a man who mended his own clothes and was often cold, hungry and shabby. There are only a few things that we know about Bruno with great certainty and these facts are the ideas which he left behind in his practically forgotten books, the bootleg literature of their day.

But Bruno continued to write books. In his book De la Causa, principio et uno … On Cause, Principle, and Unity … we find his most prophetic phrases pre-empting Newton, Einstein and Heisenberg :

“This entire globe, this star, not being subject to death, and dissolution and annihilation being impossible anywhere in Nature, from time to time renews itself by changing and altering all its parts. There is no absolute up or down, as Aristotle taught; no absolute position in space; but the position of a body is relative to that of other bodies. Everywhere there is incessant relative change in position throughout the universe, and the observer is always at the center of things.”

Amongst other works, he wrote : The Infinity, The Universe And Its Worlds and The Transport Of Intrepid Souls. One of his works discusses the pretensions of superstition. This “ass,” says Bruno, is to be found everywhere, not only in the church but in courts of law and even in colleges. Elsewhere, he flays the pedantry he finds in Catholic and Protestant cultures. In yet another book, we find him leaving a clue for the French philosopher, Descartes, to take up in the next century. The book was written five years before Descartes was born. It says : “Who so itcheth to Philosophy must set to work by putting all things to doubt.”

By the year 1582, Bruno had issued very science-centered thoughts, considered heretical by the clerical authorities of southern Europe. He had written of an infinite universe that had no room for a yet greater entity called God. That blasphemed against schema outlined by Aristotle and tenets in Genesis taught by the Church and universally believed by low and high everywhere. Bruno’s philosophy negated the mysteries of Virgin Mary, Crucifixion and Mass. He seemed to have been so absorbed in truths he hurriedly exposed that he did think of them as heresies. He considered the Bible as a book which only the ignorant could take literally and the Church’s methods were, to say the least, unfortunate.

After 14 years of wandering about Europe Bruno turned his steps toward home. Perhaps he was homesick. After twenty years in exile, we may imagine him craving the sound of his own native tongue and the companionship of his own countrymen. Some writers have it that he was framed. For Bruno to go back to Italy is as strange a paradox as the rest of his life seems in that bigoted era.

For six years from 1593, he lay in a Papal prison. Was he forgotten, tortured ? The Papal authorities have till date not summoned enough the courage to overcome their shame and publish the historical records. Bruno was interrogated several times by the Holy Office and convicted by its chief theologians. He was given forty days to consider his position and, by and by, he promised to recant but did not desist from his “follies.” He got another forty days for deliberation but did nothing but baffle the Pope and the Inquisition. At last, in the custody of the Inquisitor, on 9th February, Bruno was taken to the palace of the Grand Inquisitor to hear his sentence, on his knees.

Bruno answered the sentence, of death by fire, with damnation : “Perhaps you, my judges, pronounce this sentence against me with greater fear than I receive it with.” He was given eight more clays to see whether he would repent. But that was futile.

Bruno was led to the stake on the 17th of February, 1600. He was offered a crucifix, which he pushed away with scorn.

Six months later, Bruno’s works were placed on the Index Expurgatorius; his books became rare. They never gained popularity and were soon forgotten. As was the martyr himself… the pioneer who roused Europe from its long intellectual blindness.

Bruno is the numero uno among all martyrs who were persecuted for their beliefs. He was not a religious sectarian, caught up in the psychology of a hysterical mob. He was a sensitive, imaginative poet, fired with the enthusiasm of a larger vision of a larger universe … and he fell into the ‘ error ‘ of heretical belief. He was kept in a dark dungeon for years, for his quest of an order that admits intellectual integrity. And, at the end, he was taken out to a blazing market place and roasted alive.

It is an incredible story.

The “Church” will never outlive him. Amen.

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A Song To The Self In Itself

With light steps

The words emerge

Gathering up the world

Culminating in the heart.


It’s one surfaced emotion

Over a million within

That words include

By the sounds I sing

To the being deep

At their core.


Who sings ?

For the being I am

Just hears, sending along

More words without speech

Wrapped in sounds that reach

That he who sings

Sings of feels

Sprouting rich

In nowhere space


About that empty core.


Where am I ?

Who creation accompanies

Creating more

Words in sounds

That flow deep

And wide


In abundance.


How shall I ever know

Who sings ?

Who hears ?

Whose are the words ?


Success Agrees And Disagrees

So you may find me shaking my head at a Dalai Lama quote that pitches successful people against compassionate human beings, and emphasises his preference for the latter. I do not see the premises it is based on as correct. There is no real reason why agreeable success and compassion must be mutually exclusive. On the other hand, such a position is so far divorced from our real world, of real people situated from one end of personal evolution and attainment scale to the other, that the harker must be moved far into the sidelines.


The disagreeable aspect to success is inevitable to the phenomenal package, and hence must be accepted. People will err but, then or later, will ultimately learn; those who have not caught on the agreeable part cannot be faulted or denied of their urge to attain and succeed.

via Success Agrees And Disagrees