Sunday, December 25, 2011

XI. Existence

Going nowhere is a common term to denote a lack of progress or stagnancy. But really, no one goes to this place called "nowhere". Everyone/thing must be going somewhere. There is a destination for all of us, as persons/organisms and as a collection of atoms and molecules - we will  keep traveling. Nowhere is a logical fallacy. It is a place that doesn't exist.

Being a nobody is not an option. I may not be a great or a famous one - but I will surely not be a "nobody".  My actions don't count as nothing/ zero. I am an entity and my existence is real. It doesn't matter how I exist, only thing that matters is that I exist, even to the point when "I" simply becomes irrelevant.

We already are somewhere and we already are somebody - we may not exist in these forms in another 100 years but we will still exist someway or the other - as sub-atomic particles, atoms, molecules, carbon etc. Existence is so enormous - we can hardly see it beyond our little bodies, our little lives and our little world. Existence is not limited to consciousness or "life" as we understand it . Life is pretty insignificant so to speak - there are things more basic that life. The universe is much more than alive - its buzzing with activity. Its changing in a way that change is the only thing constant- what a wonderful idea !

knowing all this, yet I'm just beginning to find out .........something I can never fathom in its entirety, in my entirety, but  I am a part of it and am happy to be ..............

Sunday, November 20, 2011

X. Mask of Sanity

We all live our lives either trying to be act civil. Often we wear this mask of sanity that hides our true feelings. No matter what, we are recommended not to take off this mask. But sometimes it does slip off showing the true side of us. Seeing someone's madness can help to know the person better. The ugly side is as important as the pretty side.

Being in an altered state of consciousness does reveal this truth. But the rules still remain the same..

Monday, November 7, 2011

IX. perspective

man - so you're a lesbian, tell me why do you hate guys?
lesbian - it is they who hated me first..for being what I am

It is just a matter of perspective, eh ??

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

VIII. Great Expectations

Disappointments can be prevented if you do not expect anything out of anything/anyone. Must be thankful to whatever you have- the air you breathe, the water you drink, the rain, the clouds, parents, friends. Great expectations can be castles made of sand. Disappointment is an unnecessary trouble. You are fortunate if you can realize this... .

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Us and them - Pink Floyd

Us and Them
And after all we're only ordinary men
Me, and you
God only knows it's not what we would choose to do
Forward he cried from the rear
And the front rank died
And the General sat, as the lines on the map
Moved from side to side
Black and Blue
And who knows which is which and who is who
Up and Down
And in the end it's only round and round and round
Haven't you heard it's a battle of words
The poster bearer cried
Listen son, said the man with the gun
There's room for you inside
Down and Out
It can't be helped but there's a lot of it about
With, without
And who'll deny that's what the fighting's all about
Get out of the way, it's a busy day
And I've got things on my mind
For want of the price of tea and a slice
The old man died

Saturday, October 8, 2011

VII. Choice and Destiny

Sometimes you have to choose between two evils. Sometimes you've got to side with the devil you know. Sometimes you need to taste a bit of poison just to stay alive. Sometimes you have to settle for the easy rather than the difficult, the cheaper rather than the expensive, anonymity rather than fame etc.

Everybody makes choices that are seen to be life changing. But the most important choices are already made for us- our parents, place of birth, time of birth, home, education, opportunities etc. By the time we realize our power to make decision and strive for our goals, we are already on a path that has been arranged for us- not necessarily by anyone in particular, but by the course of events upon which we have little control. Then comes the question of destiny, fatalism and all those things that modernity detests.

Acceptance is the best way. Trust time to make everything clear. Sometimes you have to fall to rise again. No choice is wrong because knowledge is the greatest gain.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

VI. Mellow

Slow and soft, soft and slow,
in cycles of boredom and contentment
Lazy days and tiring nights
may never be dimmed, these sparkling lights

Oh time so flies by mellow, yellow,
accept my gratitude for this vision
Though this will not last an eternity,
will gladly see you next season ....

Friday, July 29, 2011

V. Sunset of Age

The days are getting shorter. The gaps are getting wider. The door creaks open. The red sun sets. Where have you come? Are you gonna sit on your heaps of gold trying to get back the days of youth you wasted?

IV. Achievement

It is joyous to achieve something। Mere possession will not do. Success cannot be gauged in terms of material gains but in terms of achievement. No one can measure the level of your achievement but yourself. It measured by the level of contentment in your soul.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

III. Freedom

I would rather not be chained to you. It is too much of a price to pay – anxiety, sorrow, jealousy, guilt. Love is but a confusing term. I‘d love you better if I wasn’t in love with you. Only selfless love is free of Maya. I would rather be free to love you, or not.

II. Circle of Illusion – the question

It is true that death sets everything free. Life is an illusion to those who regard death as the awakening. It’s all Maya – birth, relations, love, greed, anger, hatred, fear, pain, pleasure. To be free before dying is to know that life is an illusion. Only after that realization, one can live to the fullest.

Perhaps Life is best enjoyed as a lucid dream, when you know it’s not real and you can just play along. But that is when Maya comes from behind and you are trapped again. Though you know it was all an illusion, you find it hard to let it go, all the meaningless things become important – there, you’ve come a full circle.

Can anyone survive free of all Maya, free of suffering? Perhaps Buddha knows… (To be continued)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

I. Dreams

He said he couldn’t write unless he was unhappy, unfulfilled, in conflict, in doubt, uncertain. It is one thing to dream it, it is another to realize it. Most dreams are unreal, unfulfilled and forgotten. Many lives are spent in the illusion that somehow one’s dreams will become true; while many just dream, without ever feeling the need to convert them into reality.

He could have spent his life being lost in his fantasies while pretending to carry on with whatever he was expected to do. He could have pretended he cared about empty relations and responsibilities. But he wasn’t good at faking. Or he could have declared that he just wanted to dream and nothing else. He was torn between the two. He was good at hiding though, so he hid for a long time. He turned into a beast. Sometimes he cursed his fate. Sometimes he longed to just escape into the void of a primitive life of the struggle to merely survive. He stopped hiding when he couldn’t dream anymore. Terrified of this, he tried swimming in this humane stream of the mundane but he almost drowned. Imagination is only alive when you make it real, when you give it a form. Then he dreamt again, he dreamt of finding a way to any place he wanted to be. So he wrote…….