Sauntering Hues

Who knew sauntering amongst the spring hues could be so enriching! 🙂

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I am naturally nocturnal, born around 2300 hours, with a flair for being creative, attentive and tolerable, only in the wee hours. Other times, I have to exert effort to invoke socially acceptable doses of creativity, attentiveness and tolerability, and pretend my normalcy. Except, when the first rays of the sun starts hitting, in the early weeks of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, when there is a slightly higher moisture content in the air, and the fragrance of the blossoming flowers & fruits gets mixed with the moist air particles, along with the aroma of the soil, which awakens upon receiving concentrated doses of consistent sunlight. There is something about this concoction of moist air, fragrant flowers & fruits and aromatic soil (AFFS – Air, Flower, Fruits, Soil) which wants me to get out in the morning for sauntering, although, admittedly, before it gets really warm. Living in a tropical belt of the planet, augments the early spring experience like no where else, just because of the sheer number of buds which start blooming, and the AFFS factor dripping serendipity unabashedly.

The trick I realized is to get out early, perhaps, 20 minutes before the sun is visible at the horizon, to soak in the cool darkness of the night, and experience the transition into the morning, as the orange fiery ball starts glowing from far, distinctly polarizing the planet into light and darkness.
Its a phenomena worth soaking in, and I have often found, I fall for it in the early weeks of spring, defying any nocturnal qualities.

Last week has been a series of such morning and evening walks, interspersed by a completely random afternoon downpour, of the cloudburst kind, figuratively speaking. Sauntering around in the 10 km radius, with nearby hills as witness, and soaking the sunrise and sunset has been a devout and revealing experience. This will all end soon, as I pull myself out of here for a few months, traversing countries for specific purposes, hopefully returning by the fall equinox, entering the calmness and inertia of autumn. The summer is avoidable where I’m based out of, and this seems like a decent plan, except, I’ll miss the morning and evening hues of the sky, and the incomparable beauty of the rolling hills which embrace me every time I step out, away from the useful world of computers, phones, tablets and books.

I have also found that sauntering the body and mind near sunrise or sunset, by making it available to the natural elements, has an undeniable impact of awakening them to experience the profoundness of life. The phenomena is unexplainable, and I’ve learnt over time, to stop analyzing it, and instead reap the benefits, with some nice walks whenever possible. Even the experience of drinking water and eating a nice healthy breakfast or meal, after such sauntering, has some special significance, which I’ve not been able to understand and prefer keeping it an existential mystery.

It just seems more delightful, as if the body and mind came back from a cosmic shower, released the collective cellular stress, embraced some natural enzymes from the atmosphere, and managed to sit humbly upon the throne of ease, to accept the rigmaroles of life with an embracing quality.
Well, I might simply be hallucinating all this for all I know, but it doesn’t bother me, since this is how I would like to feel anyways, with all the other striving I subject myself to.

Amongst all this blabbering, I have also realized that, such sauntering, at specific times, invokes an important dimension of being able to simply “wait”, and be available to the present forces of reality. As with other things, this too is unexplainable, but the feeling of being not scattered, not rushing, not forcing, willingly waiting, without a purpose or goal, becomes a welcoming tune within myself.

Its hard to express in words, but it perhaps is the closest experience of death, in a manner of speaking, where an undirected and purposeless silence and stillness dawns within, which naturally brings calmness, and slides me into an unique state of quietness and alertness, almost as if everything merged, and there is no where to go and nothing to get.
Its not eerie or debilitating in any way, instead, it is empowering and enabling in many ways.

Who knew, such sauntering hues could be so enriching, but its best not to believe these probable hallucinations, and instead wander out and get a whiff of the serendipitous dawn and dusk around spring time. Do drop me a line if you find the “wait” to be real, while I pack up soon and move on to the next phase of activities.

Pheasant and the Bull

Pheasant and the Bull

Here’s a hilarious joke with a solid punch, applicable for all of us, which Sadhguru shares in the Inner Engineering program. It is so relevant and worthy of reading again, that I thought of posting it today as a reminder 🙂

 
Pheasant and the Bull

It once happened, on a certain day, a bull and a pheasant were grazing on the field. The bull was grazing on the grass, the pheasant was picking ticks off the bull; they are partners, you know?

Then the pheasant looked at a huge tree which was at the edge of the field, and very nostalgically said, “Alas, there was a time when I could fly to the top most branch of the tree, but today I do not have the strength even to fly to the first branch of the tree”

The bull very nonchalantly said, “That’s no problem! Eat a little bit of my dung every day, you will see, within a fortnight’s time you will reach the top of the tree.”

The pheasant said, “Oh, come off it! How is that possible?”

The bull replied, “Really, please try and see. The whole humanity is on it, you could try, too.”

Very hesitantly, the pheasant started pecking at the dung, and lo, on the very first day it reached the first branch of the tree. In a fortnight’s time, it reached the topmost branch of the tree. It just went and sat on the topmost branch and just enjoyed the scenery. 

The old farmer saw a fat old pheasant on the top of the tree. He took out his shotgun and shot him off the tree. 

So the moral of the story is: “Even bullshit can get you to the top, but never lets you stay there.”

Welldone Pond

An immediate indulgence with nature is an opportunity to merge with the real, the pristine, on a non-causal basis!

Surprisingly, leaving a hectic city lifestyle, and trading it with a lifestyle which offers many pauses, opportunities for randomness in daily routines, and extensive possibilities of remaining silent, needs a lot of work upon oneself. It took me a while to realize, that the human in the human being is severely conditioned, usually restless, and regardless of where he lives or what he leaves, simply being ain’t easy, and unless, he puts in considerable effort to realize his conditioning and compulsions, its all the same, as far as his experiences of life is concerned.
 
There’s a nice pond nearby, seldom visited by anyone, where I cycle sometimes in the evening, where I’ve been casually accosted by a goat, snake, few lovely birds, frogs, dogs and peacocks.

The surprising visit by the 5 feet long snake, some three feet away, was startling, although I managed to stay calm after the initial burst of fear, to enjoy his wiggly movements and casually passing away, uninterested in any of my ongoing stories in the head. 
 
I’ve always admired Thoreau’s experiments at the Walden Pond, and have visited the site where he chose to remain a recluse for over two years, and have wondered many times if I had that kind of strength or will to stay away from everything, procure my own food, build my own home etc. I doubt if I’ll ever actually take up such an experiment, but this nearby pond, has been attractive and serves the purpose of visiting alone every once in a while, be with myself and my thoughts, see the lovely sunset over the hills, accost some beautiful species and of course, get that 11 km exercise, either after an idle or hectic day, perhaps immersed in books, banking, bantering, bickering or bending.
 
Affectionately, in memory of Thoreau, and his courageous experiments, I’ve named this water body, Welldone Pond, and would love to take anyone who would like to visit, in a heartbeat. I’ve asked many, but rarely found anyone taking an interest in such a local outing, which doesn’t require an airline ticket or hotel accommodation, and wonder if traveling far has some special significance or a rhetoric which I don’t understand.

I like to think, a simple & immediate indulgence with nature, is a choice which cannot fail, because it offers an opportunity to merge with the real, the pristine, on a non-causal basis! 
 
It would be my honor to take you to Welldone Pond, infrequently visited by any, and available for immediate indulgence with nature! Do take me up on this offer sometime, it will be my sheer pleasure to introduce you to Welldone! 🙂 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The American Dream

Its not how he says that matters, its what he says. George Carlin, on the American Dream!

 

#Carlin #America (Watch Time: 11 minutes 👀🔉💻📱)
Rated R for language

By George! Carlin knows how it really is, but please excuse his profanity, mainly used for emphasis! As always, satire & sarcasm is deeply rooted into his “reflective insights of reality”, when an ancient player like #Carlin starts talking about matters which are so relevant!

Here’s George Carlin expounding in the 2005 TV show “Life is Worth Losing” on HBO – upon the lifestyle, mess, choices & domination of the most affluent country in the world, in his assiduous style, as he reminds us its: “The American Dream – because, you have to be asleep to believe it!

Sapiens Moronic Index (SMI)

Lets blame ‘em original sapiens for the soaring Sapiens Moronic Index, or learn the nuances, and choose beauty over annihilation?

 Moronic Behavior (1)

 

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I didn’t grow up in a rich family, although, I did grow up in a rich neighborhood, filled with famous celebrities, super successful businessmen and ancestrally rich folks, who walked around with big tummies and shiny shoes & clothes, haggling over the price of corn from the local street vendor, during the monsoons of the sub tropical neighborhood, some 11 minutes walking distance from the Arabian Sea. When I was growing up, the neighborhood was filled with nicely decorated and named bungalows, interspersed with few two-storey buildings, with crunched up flats, which housed my kind. Strangely, trees were still respected then, and I’m not even terribly old yet, and variety of them planted on the roads, as well as in the compounds of the bungalows and buildings, the most common one called Peltophorum. The bungalow owners always had a “Mali”, a caretaker of their garden and plants. They would manicure their lawns, prune the plants and provide manure for the flowering plants and get the whole area filled with colors, fragrance and beauty. It was a sight to behold, in spite of the bungalow owners, being MIA, uninvolved and unavailable to the beauty of their own homes and the fragrance of this tender blossoming flowers, which would wither away the same day, a very brief offering from Nature!

Richness must be an interesting thing, seems to take quite a bit to keep it up, and seems enjoyable to the extent one doesn’t feel poor within themselves!
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Money seems to be hanging high in the cloudy awareness for most of us. It gives us the ability to purchase things, and somewhere, purchasing and having many things, makes us feel good about ourselves, doesn’t make us feel empty, gives us a purpose to our existing, gives a feeling of being fulfilled, accomplished, satisfied, and content – for the time being. No wonder, a whole lot of us have chosen to spend a substantial amount of time of our lives, on a daily basis, on the obscure process of hoarding monies, without doing a quality check, if the initial hypothesis around such a popular accumulation process, actually fulfills, accomplishes, satisfies or provides content, as planned. It would be preposterous to claim that money is the source of any problems, or its an evil, or it makes us spend way too much time running behind it, as if it was flirtatious to begin with. Money has a tremendous and unarguable utilitarian value, which cannot be offset by anything else. The reason is not anything else, but the simple fact, that is how we have arranged our affairs, to assist our survival needs, where currency, allows us to trade, purchase or sell commodities, giving an outright lift to our instinct of self-preservation. It’s a simple arrangement , gone berserk in our minds. The grandeur of accumulating and hoarding money, perhaps, comes from some other source, not limited to our ignorance and unwillingness to change, and it maybe worth investigating.
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It must have all started, a very long time ago, when the species evolved to the point of being now named Homo Sapiens. The lore goes to lure and inform us, we used to be four-legged, then the spine and brain evolved, forming various types of apes, and amongst them monkeys, most took off to search for some alluring keys to success, while the rest dropped all search for keys, and became monks instead, in search of the inner keyless locks. Well, jest apart, when the spine became straight, brain got adorned over the delicate neck, which probably had a helluva job balancing the bouncy 3 pounds, which was supposed to unlock tremendous value for us, and a definite realization must have dawned upon the fresh homo sapiens brand, that they are freaking on their own now, in the vastness of the cosmos, where they must have struggled to find daily food, without any supermarkets or Amazon buying Whole Foods, and Joe wanting to become a trader etc. Their contemporary species, the animals, birds, insects, plants, worms, reptiles, on the other hand, had no such problem, and must have seemed pretty clever and efficient at finding food for themselves and although considered evolved, the sapiens probably must have found out, much to their own chagrin, they did not have the nails, teeth, strength, agility or knowhow, as yet, about procuring their daily food, unless, they start developing some tools, which can be used to enhance their single most advantage as an evolved being, their awareness of self.
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Armed with this new insight, some naked smarty-pants, figuratively speaking, must have created the pointy spears, daggers, swords etc., something reasonably sharp to tear some other creatures apart for food, found out how to light a fire from a spark, without the matchstick, and thus, so many other creative and absolutely fantastic discoveries, must have happened in the wild, which we now take for granted, in today’s day and age, and instead struggle with fabricated nutrition labels and wonder whether we’ll be diabetic or a cardiac patient first. Tools must have been the real deal.

Without tools, there was no reason for the sapiens to have survived, as they were no match for the other creatures, who they were food for. Every stronger and agile animal could have gobbled down ‘em sapiens, without much thought or beef about it.
The spear and spark, were incredible discoveries, with a beautiful design to protect, defend, feed and attack when needed to hunt a kill, and relish the booty. The sapiens were finally ready to become a formidable force, equipped with tools and slowly picking up the knowhow on surviving well.
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With the newly found strength, sapiens must have eventually realized, the arduous nature of their existing – nomadic, uncertain, risky and another smarty must have thought on wanting to relax at one place, not roam around as a nomad in hunt for daily food anymore, and must have consulted few wise guys with long beards, unless they had chopped it off with the same dagger, ignoring aftershaves or deodorants.

Together, the wise sapiens, probably not physically agile, but mentally sharp, a rare find for those times, must have observed the process of seeds becoming plants and fruits hanging out, which can be harvested in certain seasons, be stored for future use, and must have put two and three together, and come up with a four, and the first business plan of settling at one place, a big risk for those times, and thus forayed into the world of agriculture, with the promise of peace and prosperity.
We, the 21st century folks, live in a culture which agrees to everything, on the basis of inherited knowledge, but back then, the sapiens must have been very sharp, in developing agriculture and strategizing the storage needs, risking staying at one place, in order to stop wandering and instead start wondering about the pleasures of relaxing and food growing in the backyard, along with the occasional kill for taste or due to bad harvest, with an uninterrupted view of the natural scenery, avoiding ‘em realtors.

The seed for accumulation was probably born in this arrangement. Complacency breeds inertia.
It was easier to accumulate grains, store them, grow food using the (soil+water+tending) combination and create babies, raise them, domesticate some milky species, defend from carnivorous species, and you have a whole society going right there, with a defined modus operandi and prospective plans for growth, except…
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Besides the wise guys, the remaining lot, must have seen the merit of living with such comfort very quickly, and must have started replicating similar behaviors. The underlying need to hoard must have started from the fact, it provided comfort and a non-nomadic life, which seemed easier and less risky, or so one would think. But, when the neighbors also started doing the same thing, fencing their living arrangements, calling their baby makers their own, and popping out a bunch of children and calling themselves family, their struggles probably must have multiplied, unbeknownst to the ideas of peace and prosperity they had previously envisioned. Families, must have become tribes, and different tribes must have formed communities and cultures, which at some point must have clashed for wanting to steal resources, and an umpteen number of unpredictable risks must have surfaced for them. Using the same tools, the sapiens had created for their wellbeing, they must have started fighting to kill, conquer and steal. The idea of course, was always self-interest and self-preservation, which must have led to such actions and in general, the feeling of, the more “I possess, the less I’ll need to work” and be secured with provision for food, shelter and occasional clothing, or lack of, for those times. And it is also worth noting that, if the sapien found an edible hunt, it was in his interest to hoard and consume as much as possible, considering the uncertainty of finding immediate hunt the next day.

The psychological basis of our hoarding habits goes back a long way, to the spine-erected sapiens, although, they lived in conditions where this habit was perhaps justified and served them well. It is an obviously irrelevant and destructive habit for the current times, which is neither justified nor serves us well.
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So, here we are in the 21st century, tightly attired in slim-fit suits and gagged at the neck, attempting to choke the fundamental passage of our breathing apparatus, labeling it as fashion, making much hoopla about going to work at a street with a wall, and trading, exchanging billions of electronic certificates, as a symbolic gesture of our advanced state of living, and making thousands and millions of dollars and not having to worry about how to procure our daily food for surviving. A tremendous leap from the earlier sapiens, who were out in the wild, while we the civilized lot, are simply wild in the out. Its hard to argue though, if the basic instinct of today’s sapiens, is any different, then when they stood up, so to speak, and started walking on two. The fears, apprehensions, darkness, uncertainty and the constant need to defend etc., still seems to persist and forms the foundation on which the current sapiens organize their lives and construct their present.

We have undeniably built the comforts and conveniences, and in a manner of speaking, the first business plan, to relax and stop being a nomad, hunting for food etc., is a super success, but it could be certainly argued, that the human in the human being, who was physically an evolved version from his tailed ancestors, has either completely forgotten to evolve mentally or simply enjoys his distress and distractions, which still makes him behave the same way, when he was created, except in a more civilized manner, hidden behind suits, ties, shoes, purses, makeup, hairdo, watches, gels, belts etc.
He’s always looking for more, to store, save up for a rainy day, wants to feel less fearful by collecting more than his share, doesn’t want to share with others, feels scared within and goes to work daily in his borrowed car and mortgaged home.
Perhaps, accumulation is an instinct, which erroneously gives a sense of freedom, while shackling us even more to our unevolved brains, which we probably forgot to pay attention to when created, just because we could suddenly walk, run, hide, think, and slowly be more powerful than other species, because of the ability of creating tools to hunt, fight, defend and destroy others.
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Its even more distressing to know that, after all the accomplishments in the various fields of energy, space, health, genetics, biotechnology etc. and having organized our food, water and shelter, the sapiens never learnt or wondered where to stop, because they were rushing fast with the newly equipped brain, not knowing for what purpose or to what extent it should be harnessed, without looking back and doing a quick quality check, on whether it was serving the purpose.

The present sapiens needs to take a pause, take a real break, be conscious of his movements, lack of stillness, compulsions to create at all cost, wanting to hoard even more, not addressing his fears, temperaments, confusions and thus pushing the entire world towards the brink of annihilation.
So, its not the money he is after, nor the fame or the power, success, or whatever title the sapiens gives, its fundamentally the unawareness about himself, his compulsive behavior which replicates his earliest ancestors, who lived in a different time, different circumstances, without the knowhow of how to survive, which the current species, after all these years of inherited knowledge, need not be bothered with. But, he behaves the same way, unwilling to admit his erroneous, or more aptly his ignorant ways of behaving, not wanting to take a pause, organize better in his head, and actually come to terms with the fact, he needs to invest much more in learning how to operate the faculty he’s been blessed with, his mind, which currently has become his curse.

If he doesn’t do so, the future of his species, and all others too, is in total jeopardy, and for some strange reason, if the planet doesn’t explode, including the alternate Planet Hollywood, the next generation of his species will be even more dangerous, destructive, unaware, existentially irrelevant, while seriously soaring the Sapiens Moronic Index (SMI) to greater heights than the combined Dow Jones Industrial and S&P 500 indices.
Its time for us to STOP, reevaluate, admit our ignorance, create beauty, smell fragrance, slip into nature, be more elemental than mental, and make the dream of our long gone ancestors true, where we can finally say, we know, how to relax, live in harmony amongst communities, respect every species and understand the ecosystem works for us, only if we are aligned to its ways, not the other way around.
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PS: Many ideas in this post came after the reading the amazing book “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari: 👉 https://www.amazon.in/Sapiens-Yuval-Noah-Harari/dp/0099590085/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1521911384&sr=8-1&keywords=sapiens+a+brief+history+of+humankind+by+noah+yuval+harari

A Tilted World

Spring Equinox, one more opportunity to align with natural existential processes of our solar system!

Earth's Tilt
[SPRING EQUINOX]

A single tilt decides the fate of everything that happens on Planet Earth. Perhaps, a single tilt can also decide the fate of everything that happens to a human being.

 

Traveling approximately at 1000 km/hr, our planet spins around its own axis, while simultaneously taking an elliptical orbit around the sun, in the vastness of the solar system. Its quite a speed to travel at, roughly equivalent to a Boeing Dreamliner (950 km/hr) or an Airbus A380 (1020 km/hr), and not to mention that it is also spinning around the sun at approximately 100,000 km/hr, for it to finish one year in roughly 365 days. So much movement seems to be happening with the planet, in a very still manner, designed in a brilliant way, and we earthlings enjoy the benefits of it, primarily the various seasons it brings us. The most interesting part of the design is that the planet rotates and wobbles on a tilted axis, and oscillates between the tilted angles of 22.1° and 24.5°, to give an average tilt of 23.4°, and this tilt is the primary reason, we experience the variation of solar energy absorbed by the planet, which in turn brings about the various seasons.

A slight tilt, a little wobble, jet speed, and the planet still manages its orbit around the sun, on time, every time, to bring organic life on earth. There is no reason for us humans to assume we are anything but organic life and keep on orchestrating an organized life instead. Quite a precise design with some allowance for margin of error and imprecision.

 

Its another spring equinox, and the position of the planet during its orbit around the sun, distributes equal amount of solar energy to both hemispheres, to bring balance and freshness to all organic life on the planet.

 

As hard as we try to believe, we are separate and can live whichever way we like, this is another periodic reminder and boost, by the planet, for us to get aligned, so as to enjoy the free booty of life, and that a simple tilt of axis can bring about a phenomenal twist of fate for us earthlings.

 

The planet never stops reminding us of our ultimate fate, as seasons and years roll by, and the body in essence will be taken back after a few for some or several for many, trips around the sun. Just like an enjoyable rollercoaster ride, its fun to go around in circles, get the giggles, but the ride for sure, ends. A wise mind always learns to enjoy the rollercoaster ride, but remains aware and guides his curiosity towards wanting to know, what is beyond the enjoyable rides. A curious mind too, never stops seeking answers to existential realities, and attempts to align to the grandeur of existential processes over the more frequent psychological processes, to understand their relevance to our existing, inside the cocoon of the solar system, and perhaps humble ourselves towards being more focused on simply living and withering away, into this fleeting offering of life in a tilted world.

Systems, Solutions and Stressors

On Systems, failed attempts at sustainable solutions and two missing ingredients, “Consciousness” and “Stressors”.

 Systems, Solutions and Stressors

 #Antifragile #BlackSwan #Stressors #Systems #Taleb

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We humans are a significant and strange lot! We coexist, but have our own quirks, and when we are so many, we need to be guided. Guidance brings systems, which we have to follow to co-exist, but which we resist to mono-exist. We dislike addressing our quirks, and end up creating systems, to manage us herds, along with the mixed motive of co-existing & mono-existing, thus introducing loopholes to manipulate systems and get our own way.
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We humans also seem a desperate lot, and currently in plenty, on this planet.

It is a known fact that when something burgeons, be it our population, profit, pessimism, or bellies, beliefs, buttocks, any system created around it, is eventually bound to produce an extreme consequence on the darker side, creating a Black Swan (idea credit: Nassim Taleb).
It is difficult to attribute prospective extreme consequences (Black Swans), while designing present systems, to be stemming from our quirks, unwillingness to address it and an element of design flaw which gets overlooked, called “stressors”.
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A solution to any problem, falls under the premise, that the underlying problem is real, can be solved, and has to hold good for the majority, over a long range, else it defies the logic of efficacy, and is considered not much of use, as it ends up using resources, not worth investing in. Most solutions need a stimulus for it to be activated. We humans create systems as a solution to our problems, with hope of maintaining sanity amongst us to coexist, especially since we’re a rampantly burgeoning species. We have so many familiar systems, which abound either organically or designed with well-intended motives, although with asymmetric benefits to specific groups. Some popular systems around us are: medical, political, educational, legal, family, monetary etc., which have evolved from the hunter gatherer days, until now, in varied manners, some unscrupulously, many gracefully.
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The human quirks mentioned earlier are not too many, but the few that exist, are enough to render any system and its intended solution, to malfunction over time, and eventually become ineffective, to the point of collapse, causing extensive mayhem, a directly opposite outcome from its original intention. Its worth mentioning that we humans have also self proclaimed our dominance over other species, under the assumption that, we’re the most evolved species and hence we naturally understand the functions and complexities of the ecosystem, without need for any extra training, awareness or quality checks. Its worth pointing out some obvious issues in the current systems, which were all well-intended and their current challenges, with specific examples:
📌 Medical
escalating and unaffordable costs, heavy reliance on insurance driven programs, symptomatic addressing of health etc.
📌 Political:
gridlock in policy making, unbridled fiscal deficits, systematic rise in taxes upon the middle class etc.
📌 Educational:
inability of instilling curiosity in students, inability to attract talented teachers, interference of state to drive the programs etc.
📌 Legal:
extensive delays in verdicts, escalating costs, ambiguous outcomes based on varied factors etc.
📌 Family:
subtle dominance and violence, uncharacteristic instilling of feudalistic qualities, lack of long term commitments etc.
📌 Monetary:
unreasonable favoring of debt instruments for growth, unbridled infusion of consumerism, hefty hidden charges on credits etc.
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There are other well-intended systems which probably are not listed here, but the message is clearly indicative.

In spite of creating extensive systems based on plethora of choices and hired minds, we humans repeatedly seem to fail in creating solutions, which holds value over a long range.
And what’s even more daunting is the fact, we don’t want to stop and wonder, whether we are missing some basic understanding, because of which we are unable to provide sustainable solutions to the problems of coexisting amongst the billions.
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A basic human trait which gets instilled in us right from infancy, is the strong idea of individuality, based on the systematic rub off from our family and society, along with the strong idea of constantly enhancing and prolonging our survival needs, no matter what the cost.

We are brainwashed, to think that we exist as an individual, bounded to a family, loosely connected with few others and everyone else remains separate from us, and our coexisting in the world is independent of anyone else’s wellbeing.
This training seems like a colossal mistake, as that is not how other species or activities in nature seem to be functioning. We are ill trained from the beginning, and our ill habits are formed very early on. This amounts to us living unconsciously about our nature, and the significant journey of exploring our original nature remains a side to nil affair. This leaves us lacking inclusiveness, where only “I” matters to “me”, and everyone else’s wellbeing is arguably their problem. This divides us from one another, and what should have been a natural coexistence, remains a sad journey of violence, intolerance and morbid attempts at living one up in relation to someone else. This is the foundational quirk in us, which never allows any system to create solution for our wellbeing, in the long term, because the same human who is using the system is constantly eyeing to fail it, based on his conditioning.
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A system designed with built-in stressors, has a higher chance of becoming anti-fragile (idea credit: Nassim Taleb), neither misused by humans, nor allowing us to depend on it.
It functions like a push-pull technology, where the system offers value, but by design, prevents its misuse or total dependability for solutions, thus enhancing the human and strengthening itself, in net. In a way, these stressors, are catalytic, and prevent the system from being either fragile or robust, instead catapults it towards an anti-fragile quality, asymmetrically gaining from any disorder (idea credit: Nassim Taleb). It requires a balanced and conscious mind to create such systems, which are in sync with the natural ecosystem and with inclusive qualities, which considers wellbeing over profits and sustainability over skewed immediate outcomes.
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Some indicative ideas of stressors in a system are (this is a concocted list, not a one size, fits all solution):
📌 Medical:
onus on individual in staying healthy, basic doctor visits discouraged, insurance and industry responsibility shifting towards holistic and preventive research versus symptomatic remedies only etc.
📌 Political:
discouraging or completely avoiding debts as an active instrument of growth, adjusting programs to fit within budgets rather than vice versa, identifying voters to participate actively versus passively with policy makers in demanding outcomes at various governance levels etc.
📌 Educational:
emphasizing play time and creatively instilling curiosity in students, parents & teachers expectations to shift from grades to child, teacher & parents’ combined joyfulness as a criteria for bringing out student’s potential and success, awakening to the limitations of education and it being a stepping stone towards fulfilling survival needs etc.
📌 Family:
emphasizing weekday outings in nature, one parent fulfilling the role of provider while other a nurturer for the entire family, introducing meditation, yoga & physical games in daily routines, discouraging unbridled demands by a member over common resources, encouraging creating a vegetable garden and cooking with home grown food etc.
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While systems and solutions are necessary, as the world burgeons with human species, creating imbalance, the inverted effect of size on systems becomes a genuine concern for its imminent failure, and eventual collapse, partly due to our unwillingness to expand in consciousness using inner technologies and partly due to lack of stressors in the design of systems. It hence seems impossible to create an anti-fragile solution, to make us responsible and forward looking versus becoming complacent and dependent upon systems. It is a matter which affects everything we do, right from our personal growth, individual relations, to family affairs, living in community, being part of nation and the various stimuli living in the world offers. Yet, these attempts at systems and solutions, have been tried over generations, and they always fall short, and the need to look at it from the perspective of stressors and expanding human consciousness, is ever more grave and urgent today, as we’ve copulated and populated beyond the limits of available natural resources, and have significantly empowered humans with an arsenal of technological benefits, which can turn out to be a benediction or bane, depending upon what kind of stressors we create, for the human race to either flourish or perish!
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The central theme of this post stems from Nassim Taleb’s excellent work on Randomness, Black Swans and Antifragile, on which he has written three remarkable books, which I would highly recommend.
Here are the links:
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Unraveling Death

#Sadhguru #Euthanasia #Death #Decision
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Poet, lyricist and screenwriter Prasoon Joshi, probes Sadhguru, on a topic which is common, yet unexplored and quickly swept under the rug. As usual, Sadhguru, with the depth of his insights, expounds on this topic, and may have some very interesting points for all of us new-age folks, who cleverly avoid seeking answers to such topic.
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The entire video (1 hr, 54 mins), titled “Unraveling Death: An Insider’s View” is a must watch, and the HD version of the conversation can be downloaded, by naming your own fair price, & clicking on the following link: https://www.ishashoppe.com/downloads/portfolio/unraveling-death-insiders-view-english-video/
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Baba Bulleh Shah

Bollywood song “Bulleya” paying an awesome tribute to Baba Bulleh Shah.

#BullehShah #मुर्शिद मेरा
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Any creative endeavor around the 17th century mystic, Baba Bulleh Shah, is usually magic, and the song “Bulleya” from the arguably lackluster movie “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” is no exception. Bulleya (Baba Bulleh Shah) must have been an extraordinary mystic during the Mughal era, to be still remembered & providing relentless intensity to any Sufi-style music.
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AAPS (Amitabh Bhattacharya – lyrics, Amit Mishra – singer, Pritam – composer, Shilpa Rao – singer) have created an amazing song in Bulleya, where the lone seeker eventually, helplessly seeks for his disguised lover to be his guru (guide), and in a defying moment of abandonment, the seeker realizes that not everything worthwhile is attainable by effort, anything subliminal, needs surrendering into ease, and this leaves us suddenly submerged in Bulleya’s gentle presence in an undulating manner.
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It’s fascinating how the composer mixes the traditional & modern instruments to create a “heavy style” of music, in contrast, revealing the surrendering emphasis of the lyricist, and appropriately adulating Baba Bulleh Shah with much reverence.
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Hats off to 28 years young Lucknowi, Amit Mishra, for pouring his heart & talent, all over this deep, intense, soul-searching  song.
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मेरी रूह का परींदा फड़फडाये, लेकिन सुकून का जज़ीरा मिल न पाए, इक बार को तजल्ली तो दिखा दे, झूठी सही मगर तसल्ली तो दिला दे, मुर्शिद मेरा,मुर्शिद मेरा|

Master Blaster

#Tendulkar  #MasterBlaster
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While T20 is the current rage & rightfully so for the modern man, with little time for sports, in his stressful life, this 20 minutes is a must watch for any cricket buff who admires “classic cricket”, and the video exemplifies classic textbook cricket by Sachin Tendulkar, a champion batsman, who reigned for 24 years on the field, and managed to hit 100 centuries in his career, between test matches & one day internationals (4/yr | four centuries a year), an outstanding feat which perhaps will remain unbeaten for a very long time, for which he was affectionately nicknamed, God of Cricket, Little Master & Master Blaster.
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Anyone, who has taken coaching in cricket, understands the attention, coordination & dexterity required to hit decent shots, and for a man of who’s 5’5” in height, Tendulkar in this 2007 test match against England at Chelmsford, shows what a classic player he is, getting 171 runs off 235 balls, with some fantastic shots on all sides of the fields with equal finesse.
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Check out the:

🍁 balance in his straight stance, before the delivery
🍁 moderately tight grip, at the lower end of the handle
🍁 preferring a heavy bat (3 lbs), indicative of his confidence in timing the ball, and hitting it from the middle of the bat
🍁 a perfect follow-through after a hit, for which his coach, Padma Shri Ramakant Achrekar must be very proud of, as it signifies total involvement with the delivery versus sheer strength being used to gain runs
🍁 the variation in the timing of the actual hit (contact with the ball) as he gives his mind necessary time to decide where to place the ball to get that otherwise elusive boundary
🍁 the ease of rotating his wrist to get those amazing square drives which deceptively look effortless
🍁 opening & closing the face of the bat, for those outstanding cover drives depending on the length of the delivery
🍁 amazing fine & reverse sweeps, scoring runs behind the field
🍁 the flatness of the bat, while hitting that lone straight six

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Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, certainly seems to be a breed apart, has a definite insight into the fine art of ball hitting, and its simply delightful to watch his batting, even after his retirement from international cricket, and we can cherish his extraordinary command over batting for years to come.

The Translucent Breath

 

Breathe
#Tantrum #Aggression #Violence #War #Words #Breath #Yoga #Platform #Science #Invest #Technology

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The trouble with words is, they are merely words, their significance is only relevant, in the way they will be received, and there is no assurance, they’ll be received, in the manner it was intended, when sent.

The art of communication is complex, and perhaps, using words or thoughts, as the only vehicle for communicating, may not be the wisest or the wickedest approach. Most of us find that out only in hindsight!

We’ve reduced our communication skills only to the oratory or vocabulary, and seem to have convinced and trained ourselves to believe, the combinational science and art of communication ends there. Beyond the oratory and vocabulary, communication perhaps requires, the single-most important element of “silence” as part of its repertoire, of a foundational nature, for it to be effective and delivered as intended. Silence, not of the grave or eerie, but of a light, emptiness, nothingness kind, a kind which silently observes, doesn’t get excited nor dejected – a motivated, energetic yet passive silence, like our breath, which remains present all our living life, except that, it remains absent from most of us, all our living life!
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When nation’s fight, and declare war, for variety of reasons, it is considered an act of aggression, and it is clear that since many lives are going to be lost, natural and manmade resources destroyed, it is a certain act of violence, which is fabricated and designed, to support some idea of a better good for the nation, their people, or mankind in general. But, it is still clear to everyone, it is an act of aggression and violence, even though it is for a benevolent cause.
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When individual’s fight, argue, throw tantrums, blow fists, use abuse, connive tactics, rhetorics etc. to get their point across, either to dominate their ideas over somebody else’s, or to get their way, to feel fulfilled or accomplished, to feel consequential, or many such things, it is not very obvious that, all these represent a subtler, yet certain dimension of aggression and violence, in which many lives are still lost in a manner of speaking, since these attempts, usually compulsive, don’t allow an individual to explore and seek out their inherently dormant potential or genius. These compulsive behavior of tantrums and aggression, also become an unconscious method of reinforcing the wiring of the brain, to behave, perceive and act in the same manner, to varying stimulus, every time, making it a conditioned and repetitive reaction. This then, becomes the basis of our lack of freedom, and constant feeling of being incomplete and unfulfilled. Freedom when compromised through such compulsions, is a heavy price to pay for an individual, who is always seeking on the other side, wanting to be free from compulsiveness and moving towards consciousness. It perhaps requires a different set of eyes to get this point right and realize the nature of the problem at hand.
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Our breath is the most significant part of our existence, yet, it remains the most underestimated and unexplored faculty in the  human system. Generally, with the advent of agriculture and modern ways of procuring food from the super organized supply-chain methods, from the manufacturers to the retailers, we have started attributing our intellect, as the most significant part of our existence. It used to be our physical ability to work and create, when agriculture and the supporting supply chain for procuring our food wasn’t as organized. Over time, things evolved, we became complacent and assured of getting food, albeit its quality is arguable, on a daily basis, without having to physically flex too much of them muscles, except a trip to the local supermarket. Naturally, the intellect became significant and the need to express our views, feel good about our feelings, wanting to feel good about our existing, started occupying our lives. It is obvious from the phenomenal rise of the cosmetic, service, social media, entertainment industries, how much importance we’ve given to our intellect and the dominance of our ability to think and create has taken over.
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The correlation of the breath to our ability to think, feel, act and most importantly solve our problems, has perhaps been the most underrated and unexplored aspect of human explorations, amongst the many lofty ones, like exploring the cosmos, landing on the Moon, wanting to land on Mars, and wanting to secure some living space, in space.

The way we react, feel, think, act, plan and solve our problems, affects the way we breathe. The reverse is equally true, where the way we breathe, affects the way we feel, think, act, plan and solve our problems. This second approach remains hugely unexplored and unrealized, and can be the future method for creating sensible and effervescent human beings. The human system is designed in a manner, that a calm, rhythmic, silent and gentle breathe, does not allow the individual to throw tantrums or act aggressively. Its a scientific fact and can be easily experimented and verified. The science of Yoga, which is an applied science, makes use of this fact, and individual’s can easily vouch for its efficacy, based on applying simple daily yogic practices and the benefits derived by it application.
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We’ve not been trained by any faculty to be sensible and live gently. On the contrary, it is considered a taboo to not be aggressive and violent, to get one’s way, and the extended outcome of such a poor training and following, results in individual tantrums and damaging wars.

Our breath has a much bigger role to play in our and everyone else’s well-being, much bigger than we might have explored, and it is time to invest in the breath, its nuances, its efficiencies, calmness, silence and subtlety.

Yoga is the platform for such experimentation, and the benefits are far too outreaching, to be ignored or neglected anymore, especially in today’s world where everyone is connected, figuratively speaking, while the individual finds himself completely disconnected from everyone, particularly from himself, amongst the rampant cacophony, in an ongoing world which doesn’t pay attention to their breath, but is overtly hung up with their words, thoughts and feelings, hoping to desperately find some meaning to their lives, without first exploring the basis of their being alive, the translucent breath!
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Words are significant, only if they stem out of a serene silence! Our thoughts, feelings and actions are significant, only if they stem out of a blossoming breath.

Investing in the right technologies is important, and Yoga as an applied science to explore the depth and dimension of our existing, is the most relevant scientific platform, available for us to bring back our lost sanity and natural ways of living! Just like rooting for peace, in the form of organized protests, is ironic, and gives a pseudo hope for a solution, so does war, tantrum, aggression and violence, give a pseudo hope for a solution, to an individual, nation or humanity, seeped in ignorance. A much better and effective approach might be to invest in the inward technologies, like yoga, to empower the human system, to create a peaceful and sensible human being, who demand a peaceful and sensible society, nation and world – distanced from the noise of their meaningful but superficial words, thoughts  feelings, and deeply rooted into their being, aware of their breath, silence and beauty.
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Isha Yoga Center

112-ft Guinness award Adiyogi, Dhyanalinga, and part of Incredible! India – Isha Yoga Center, India, @11°N,76°E is a MUST to visit.

 

#IYC – Isha Yoga Center 
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A burgeoning yoga center at the foothills of the Velliangiri, part of the Western ghats, in Coimbatore, Isha Yoga Center (IYC) is a beauty and surprising place to visit, invest & benefit. It’s been around for 25 years, and overtly popular only for the past 10. This space has been designed under the guidance of Sadhguru and thousands of volunteers who have poured in their love, willingness & commitment towards creating an infrastructure & platform for offering technologies of self-transformation & raising human consciousness.
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The tools offered are subjective, powerful & very apt for the modern man, who has forgotten to invest in the only two instruments through which he can experience life, his body & mind. Applying the tools offered by Isha Yoga upon oneself, is a direct commitment on owning up to one’s life and willing to enhance it.

It offers an unique realization in one’s life, when after all the trials & tribulations one allows himself to succumb to, and fall prey to an assumed benevolence in trying to organize one’s life excessively – one only keeps on coming back to the cyclic experience of occasional triumph followed by an expected fall. This simple realization, if kept alive & unsullied, has the possibility of invoking an inward journey of tremendous significance!
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Investing is an art of getting rewarded for having an insight into something in the present, whose potential or possibility is realized only in the future, immediate or distant. Humans in general, are not good at it for the simple reason, they lack balance, to be able to perceive what is happening in the present properly, since they muddle what they want to happen, with what is already happening in the present, on the screen of their perception.

Its a continuous issue with us & we erroneously look for solutions outside of us, except within, where this distortion is occurring. Subjective tools, like what is offered at IYC, are unique investment opportunities, which opens up the dimension of proper perceiving, by raising our inner energies, where we can start seeing the mechanics of how we’re distorting our own perception, and thus benefit significantly in the way we handle the affairs of the world and regain a balance within, which helps us in experiencing life with equanimity, a remarkably big deal worth investing in! 🙂
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For most successful human, who has decent food, shelter & clothing properly organized for himself, life seems stressful and complicated, an unique attribute of the modern man.

He struggles with the lopsidedness of his emotions and logic, and finds himself cornered and confronting recurring challenges, because all his ideas of organizing his life should have given him freedom and happiness he’s frantically running after, except that, it seems fleeting or outright distant, at some imaginary horizon. Since, most of us exhibit the same experience of life, it seems like a natural way of strife, which happens to everyone, except that, its a fallacy to make such an assumption, without experimenting with subjective tools of transformation. If someone has a genuine intent at scrutinizing the anomalies in his perception of life and applies the technologies offered at IYC, it is pretty much assured, this person is on his way to freedom, because he’ll start seeing the shackles he applies upon himself.
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Isha Yoga Center, spanned over hundreds of acres is surrounded by one of the 18 biosphere reserves of the country, and houses a broad variety of flora & fauna.

It’s an eco-friendly space, where only electric bikes & bicycles are promoted inside, and buildings are standing on organic & natural ingredients with an abundance of beautiful trees, flower bearing plants, intricate stone work, unique architectures and subtle aesthetics, augmenting the beauty of the space.

This message is an invitation to visit IYC, which houses the Dhyanalinga, an unique meditation temple, along with Guinness award winning 112-feet bust of Adiyogi, the originator of the science of yoga. If one is wise, tired, confused, confident or seeking, it is advisable to come for doing the introductory yoga program, aptly called “Inner Engineering”, details of the program and registration can be found at: http://www.ishayoga.org/program/isha-yoga-center/inner-engineering-retreat
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There are comfortable & super comfortable rental accommodations available, which need advance booking for anyone interested in visiting this space. Along with the burgeoning yoga center, the popularity has also been burgeoning and it makes a lot of sense for someone visiting, to book their rooms much in advance, to avoid any disappointment by calling +91 422-2515 470 / 471. People attending the Inner Engineering program get accommodated as part of the program schedule.
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Investing is an art, while the science of yoga offers variety of subjective tools, and us humans need to marry this art & science, to create wellbeing.

Marrying this two can also help us in arriving at a space within, where struggles can be easily mitigated by fine tuning our inner energies to bring balance & harmony towards external stimuli, rather than seeking rampant counseling, incessant bickering & gossiping, succumbing to avoidable diseases, seeking answers in tabloids or self-help gospels, dulling the mind with soap operas, venting over phone, endlessly browsing the internet, or fatally & slowly falling for destroying habits of smoking, alcohol or drugs.

Linga Bhairavi Devi Yantra

An esoteric science needs an open mind, without falling for preconceived biases. Linga Bhairavi is a blessed opportunity not worth missing!

 

#Yantra #Devotion #Intelligence #Seeking #Devi
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It’s hard to understand a science we don’t fathom, easy to speculate a science we don’t understand, but simply appropriate to share the experiences of applying that science, as it becomes a reality in one’s life!
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Linga Bhairavi Devi, came into our lives on December 11, 2015, unplanned and forcibly. It wasn’t that we weren’t inclined to her grace, since her creation in January 2010, but we were totally swept off our feet, by her unusual entry, in the form of Linga Bhairavi Yantra, initiated together as a couple, on that fateful new moon night in the winter of 2015. In retrospect, her sudden move felt natural, as if a formidable presence, rightfully forced her way, without bothering for permission, and showering immediate and abundant blessings, by aligning our lives towards taking responsibility for creating wellbeing and rubbing it off on anyone who allowed contact.
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A logical mind looks for easy or complex explanations for the happenings of life. If it can’t find one, it imagines one, thus avoiding an immediate feeling of stupidity or helplessness.

It seems easy that way, but is hallucinatory! Its not easy to gauge the simplicity of allowing a ritual and devotion to invoke one’s intelligence in living life, amongst the amalgamated complexities of human distress. Learning to surrender to the simple daily ritual instructed for performing the process with Devi, has very easily catapulted the experience of life, from constant “hamstering”, to a smooth, effective and lubricated way of living. Its not that suddenly all the challenges of an unaligned body, improperly applied mind, incongruous life energies, disappeared in a jiffy, but, the sweetness of slowly learning to surrender one’s ignorance, allowing the initiated presence of a Linga to be imbibed, observing the fallacies and limitedness of one’s knowledge, recognizing the restlessness towards the uncertainties of living, slowly learning to accept the pride and prejudices we love to cling on, becomes radiantly visible with her association, and it serendipitously leaves us in a space of eased seeking, gentle strides and gleeful demeanor.
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Needless to say, we feel her benediction, as we learn to conduct the affairs of our lives, sometimes smoothly, other times, passing the necessary tribulations, but the guided presence of Devi, remains an obvious blessing beyond normal recognition. A yantra seems to be a simple tool, calibrated towards creating wellbeing, under the aegis of the energies of the form, created by someone who understands this esoteric science!

We may be city slickers, trained to be suspicious of tradition, lest we get jipped, but we are also city slickers, who recognize the value of a tool/device/machine/yantra, which helps lubricating the sophisticated human system, and stumbling upon one, are bound to unlock its value, by applying it in our daily lives, lest we forget how fragile we are!

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Garfield unhesitatingly expounded: “Hard work never killed anyone; but why take a chance!” We’ve learnt not to take a chance, and seek out the blessing & grace of Devi, in guiding our daily lives, without any excitement, passion or faith!
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Fruits & Veggies

 

#KISS #Fruits #Vegetables
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In a milieu stimulated by external influences, insidious jargons, lackluster vision, fashionable culinary, imbalanced ambitions, confusing information, we seem to have relegated our health to improper & arguably toxic diets, where we’re clueless about the source of our food, its imminent effect on the body, the knowledge of diet based on existential considerations, our strong & conditioned likings for certain food, the barrage of broken down information which the food companies feed us with their obvious bias for maintaining quarterly profits, reading the deliberately cryptic Nutrients labels, the composition of the food in terms of its elemental values and the grander, evolutionary perspective on which is the most absorbable and effective food we should consume to ascertain health.
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There are many modern perspectives on this topic and an entire industry is attempting to make some sense on food, while parallelly the healthcare costs keep sky-rocketing, and even the most affluent nations face the scornful plight of having to eat packaged, processed and modified food for their daily meals.

For a lay man, its all confusing as the supermarkets fill themselves with variety of packaged foods and the heavy advertising behind it creates the necessary raucous to keep us confused.
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KISS (Keep it simple stupid) principle, popularized by the US Navy in the 1960’s, states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore simplicity should be a key goal and unnecessary complexity should be avoided. Our body’s ability to ingest, digest & excrete food, suggests that it is a system, and keeping a simpler diet, filled with more fruits, veggies, nuts & berries, implies a simple & powerful defense against the confusion around our daily diet. In the spirit of KISS and consuming easily digestible & absorbable food, sending some local varieties of fruits & veggies for a culinary merriment!
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Happy KISS-ing 🙂…

Hometown

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#Hometown #Nostalgia #Perspective #Seeking
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It is nice to feel nostalgic and have a romantic bias towards one’s hometown, as long as it remains confined to our memories, and does not obstruct our perception of present realities. Even a dense metropolis looks serene, when we’re not caught up in its own maze, from a far distance above. Distance matters, especially, the direction from which it is observed. A linear distance within a metropolis rarely screams serenity, since it can only scream of horns and hawkers, while a distance from above, can scream of beauty and beatitude. Perspective Matters, Opinions Don’t!
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When 20 million people live so close by, there’s bound to be minimal agreement amongst them, and restraining their cacophony is the last thing in their minds, to showcase a pseudo idea of civilized behavior under the guise of etiquette and social mannerism.

But, the opportunity to have a better survival then anywhere else, lures us to build up the steam in an already heated up city, and yet the menace created by the city life seems worthwhile after all. Taking infrequent nature holidays becomes the fad, at the expense of filling the bronchioles with some form of carbon on a daily basis.
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I grew up in this city, my hometown, some long time ago. This is the finer section on the map, affectionately called the “Queen’s Necklace” at the southern tip of the town, and it is a matter of wonder, if like the elusive necklace, the name was also robbed by the invaders during their brutal reign of over 200+ years. But, the spirit of the hometown does not get diluted by the violent strokes of history and its devastating recordings. Growing up, playing on the streets, running barefoot, drenched by monsoons, fascinated by real games like marbles and tipcat, hide and seek, board games when bored like Monopoly and Ludo, attending school while awaiting the 2 month summer holidays, the unfailing care from parents, the involved attempts by teachers to get us ready for the real world, the suburban train and bus commutes, and so many other things make up for many lovely and harsh memories, all clubbed together in a collage of impressions which stay with us, until we die.
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I may claim I’ve grown up, but I’ve a distinct feeling, I’ve only grown older, and growing up must be something else.

A friend send this photo from an aircraft, and as it usually happens with memories and photographs, an array of feelings and thoughts, interspersed with a collage of vivid dialogues, events and hopes from the past, flared up and a few unrealized tears must have escaped, in this bewildering attempt at figuring out the game of being born, taken care of, living amongst the herd, getting older, seeing elders die, and ending the game with an abrupt death.
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Nostalgia can be overwhelming and a much needed trigger for seeking existential truth, which we carefully avoid, knowing well, that without questioning and striving for some answers, its only going to bring confusion and paranoia as we age towards a finish, unless of course, some friend sends you an aerial photo of one’s own hometown of that elusive necklace.
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Go Slow

 

#GoSlow #Calvin&Hobbes #Meditation #Flipism #Randomness #Decisions
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It would be a mistake to think that comic strips are meant for amusement and entertainment only. It would also be a mistake to think that our lives are much more than a comic strip. Calvin & Hobbes epitomizes the conflicting nature of confusion and enthusiasm within us human beings. “Flipism” was philosophized by Donald Duck in which he retorts, all decisions in life are made by flipping a coin, and are considered effective due to randomness being an active ingredient of life. While this seems radical, its the duck’s way of sharing wisdom and indicating that, we may be giving much more credit to our decision making ability, than it truly counts for. Alas, not all Donald’s are wise, some come with vice!
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Charlie Munger, the genius billionaire and partner of Warren Buffett, of Berkshire Hathaway fame, has been known to repeatedly ascertain: “It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.”
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Naseem Taleb has written books on Randomness, and has titled his amazing trilogy, “Fooled by Randomness”, “The Black Swan’ and “Antifragility”.
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Osho, incessantly reminds us: “Life is not a problem to be solved, it’s a mystery to be lived.”

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While identifying with our thoughts seem to be the only way of perceiving reality, and asserting that our decisions are the only reason for our success or failure, there’s a side to this whole perceiving business, which remains unexplored, to the fatal unawareness on how consciously were we making those decisions. While it is easy to say and see, that my ability to think, be rational, logical, analytical and present is the basis of my decision making, it is not very easy to realize that simply thinking may not be sufficient to be making conscious decisions and at the end of the day, how conscious we are, decides the fate and quality of our decisions, over simply exemplifying the ability to think.
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Much to our chagrin, we might have erroneously empowered ourselves, with the help of our teachers, parents, friends and solace-laden quotations which we worship, in relying upon our instant ability to be making decisions using thoughts as a supreme vehicle.

A random peek at truly successful beings, indicate a rather opposing view on how they never make instant decisions, knowing well that their first level thinking is heavily conditioned and usually lacking deeper insights. Delaying, yet paying significant attention, is the method employed by them, where they deliberately pause and enable extra sensory attention towards their personal biases and activate a second level thinking to go deeper into their decision making ability. They delay, not to stall, but to bring clarity by being conscious.

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Matters of real significance, have hidden layers of buried impressions, which are not easily visible to the naked eyes. It requires careful and unhurried attention to see those layers, and be able to attribute the connectivity between the outcome and the roles these hidden layers play in their manifestations. Pausing, consciously delaying, adapting to second level thinking, waiting to be more informed, not jumping to immediate conclusions based on our conditioned thoughts etc. are all creative habits we need to cultivate, they aren’t taught. Not adapting these valuable habits, should be seen as the primary reason for a disgruntled world and our desperate attempts at fulfilling our lives. When everyone is in a rush to make things happen, burdened by the instincts of self preservation, seeking immediate attention, wanting instant gratification — the outcome of such rushing, cannot be beautiful or fulfilling. It can only be an endless loop of recurring dramas and furthering of futile attempts at desperately creating beauty. It is easy to see these outside of us, but it takes a pause, a delay, a moment of steadiness, to see it happening within us, to our own lives, and realizing that, we are the mess, we claim to be seeing in the world.
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Its worth keeping a check on the way we make decisions. Its worth being more conscious. Its worth enabling second level thinking, investing in quietude, equanimity and being attentive yet lazy, and acting only upon real opportunities which does not create hindrance.

#GoSlow should not only be a mantra, but a trick to keep our psychological rushing at bay.
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Flipism is not necessary, its risky, enjoyable by a duck within a comic book, but realizing the probability of randomness in life, enabling conscious attentiveness and second level thinking, adopting meditation as an active tool to invite deliberate slowness to our psychological rushing — are real, effective and essential acts needed today, which can prevent us from falling, and provide us a platform for rising beyond the compulsions of improper habits we’ve succumbed to. After all, “There is not enough time to do all the nothing we want to do.”
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Rama Nayak Udipi

A delectable experience of a South Indian cuisine in Central Mumbai.

Rama Nayak Udipi
#RamaNayak #SouthIndianCuisine #Matunga #Mumbai
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For an eatery to exist for over seven decades, be celebrating their platinum jubilee, and still be appreciated for its simple food & ambiance, staff & owner courtesy, inexpensive billing and be frequented by the locals, is a feat beyond compare, in today’s fast pace world where everyone wants to go everywhere and try everything new, and the plethora of net-based companies providing delivery services for cheap & greasy food in a heartbeat.
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Rama Nayak’s, is an exception worth exploring, with a simple ambiance, located right off Matunga (C.R.) station in the bustling Mumbai city, it offers meals, which are close to some homemade meals & far better than many other homemade meals. It offers a remarkably clean facility, with an opportunity to visit the kitchen at defined times, with a smiley, meditative & extremely efficient staff, simple & healthy vegetarian food, while the original owner’s kin sit happily at the cash counter welcoming & guiding the patrons and pocketing the cash (no plastic, just like their plates) in exchange of a metal token which we’re supposed to put in front of our plates. The peach colored walls give a soothing feeling of ease, the sitting is mandatory in pairs of two & as we consume the much anticipated food for its simplicity and taste, it suddenly occurs to the palate, that not all meals be finished with a laxative. Interestingly, the first item served is a pinch of salt and they’ve traditional desserts to be decided upon arrival too, a  blessing for the sweet-toothed. Do drop in at this delightful joint on your next trip to Mumbai for an enjoyable surprise!
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Oh, did I forget to mention that they provide the services for “dabba” (“tiffin”, “carry-out”, “to go”) for us to take it with us for lunch before work or pick up after work for dinner, and this service by itself, is a benediction for anyone in the neighborhood, considering the fattening, unhealthy & unhygienic choices to consider otherwise, unless one still cooks at home.
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Please don’t mind the drag of this note, but the brag is all worth it & kudos to the Nayak’s for managing, maintaining & sustaining such an establishment with vigor & hoping to be around in 2042 to celebrate their first century! 🙂
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