Friday, January 09, 2015

Storyline has no bottom line

Of those serial killers - The Hindu
[The beauty of the storyline is that it has no bottom line. It is like a meandering river, finding its way as it goes on.] @nishaVijesh
[Show Monday episode’s trailer on Friday, leave women to fret over whether the evil bahu manages to add poison to her poor husband’s kheer.]

STORY OF PONDY SISTERS: The sister act via @IndianExpress

The sum total of our childhood Harish Dhillon Posted at: Jan 6 2015
I am never bored and I am not afraid of being alone. I have honed my skill at storytelling and earned some fame on this account. I am not fussy as far as food is concerned

why handwritten letters are so much better than a normal text message

A must read. Even @smritiirani's astrologers will be floored. @mitalisaran

The Need For An External Form Of the Divine

#6080 narendra on Wed, Jan 07 2015 
Modest women never tell others the sweet words of love whispered into their ears by their fond husbands, nor of their connubial experiences. A foolish woman thought, in her extreme pride of her husband’s love, that if she told others how dearly her husband loved her and illustrated this with the words he had uttered in her ears and the happiness she has derived from his company, people would admire her and congratulate her on her good fortune. When she began broadcasting these experiences of hers, people laughed at her and mocked her and her own relations avoided the company of this immodest woman. Eventually, even the husband began to hate the wife for such immodest behaviours on her part. Thus she lost everything and spent the rest of her life in utter misery.

Similarly, good Sadhakas never tell others of their Guru’s Upadesa or their spiritual experiences. But foolish Sadhakas, proud of their initial spiritual experiences, begin to advertise them in order to draw public attention and admiration. But alas, the public discover his vanity; and he becomes the laughing stock of the people. Brother-Sadhakas shun his company as he is a man of vanity. Overweening pride makes him lose even the initial contact with the Divine that he had and thus he forfeits the spiritual experiences granted to him. Thus abandoned by all he spends the rest of his life in utter misery.

O Sadhaka! Keep your Guru‘s Sacred Upadesa and your spiritual experiences a secret. Then you will grow spiritually and reach the goal quickly.

The Fount And Foundation Of A Perennial Spiritual Culture
In the Indian context the Veda is the greatest, sublimest and most authentic odyssey of cosmic unfoldment that promises to link up man's destiny with the One Purusha, tad ekam. The Vedic mantras are revelations granted to their authors, apauruá¹£eya, the transliterations of Vac, the first manifest form of the Infinite and Eternal.
It is true that the vision of the Rishis is couched in a language that is too difficult to decipher; it is camouflaged in symbols and figures, but for the initiates it lays itself bare, as the Veda itself puts it, as a bride to her lover. The allusions and legends, images and enigmas all then fall in line to signify a coherent and consistent psychological truth underlying the universe. The mind by itself is incapable of comprehending the in- ~VMR

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Respect, love, and charity

These two lovers are to blame for our idea of a “perfect love” or a “perfect relationship”. Romeo and Juliet are also responsible for the staggering number of divorces in our country. Couple seek the passionate romance that these two people have in their marriage, and when they don’t feel it, they then think that the marriage have failed. Even though in reality, just respect, love, and charity is all whats needed in a beautiful and everlasting marriage.

Dr Yuval Noah Harari answers all questions regarding the beginning of humanity until now in his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. He raises fascinating questions on gender, many species of humans and more
50,000 years ago — which is a very short time in evolutionary terms — earth was home to at least six different human species. Homo sapiens lived in East Africa. The Neanderthals lived in Europe and the Middle East. In East and South Asia lived Homo erectus and Homo denisova. And other species lived on the islands of Indonesia. Just imagine how different our view of the world would have been, if at least one of these other species had survived alongside us. Try to imagine India of today, if besides all the other divisions, there was also a division between Sapiens and Neanderthals. Another shocking discovery is that there were sometimes mixed-couples from different species. Four years ago scientists mapped the entire Neanderthal genome, and it turned out that up to 4% of the unique human genes of modern Europeans come from Neanderthal ancestors. This means that tens of thousands of years ago, people from our species, Homo sapiens, not only had sex with Neanderthals, but even had children together. It is quite amazing to think that we can have children together with animals from a different species. - See more at: 

Has fast paced life got on Mumbai's nerves?
Exponential real-estate development in Mumbai’s extended suburbs has led to the working and middle classes, (the victims of the politician, babus and developer nexus), commuting for hours to work. The resultant stress, physical exertion and pressures of a fast-paced life have led to them going on a hair trigger, lashing out at others at an individual level or against a system at a mass level, as demonstrated during Friday’s violence.

“This gradually affects society,” pointed out PG Jogdand, dean, faculty of arts and head of the department of sociology, MU, pointing out that life on a treadmill has led to the blunting of finer sentiments, selfishness, collapsing interpersonal relationships, rise in individualism and decline in social bonding, and a propensity to violate rules.

He noted that pressures of commuting often forced people to act, without regard to needs of the aged, women, children and disabled and give vent to their personal tensions. “People are not willing to sacrifice and fight for others, they want to protect personal interests and those of their families. A sense of belonging is almost over,” said Jogdand.

“Pressures of urbanisation translate into mental health problems,” said Dr Sanjay Kumavat, former deputy director (mental health), government of maharashtra, pointing to the need to focus on anger management to manage violent reactions. He added that instigation of even a single authoritarian man could trigger violence. “Patience and tolerance reduces because of fast-paced lives while frustrations rise,” noted Kumavat.

Of those serial killers - The Hindu