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A world without joints?

Shakespear

It’s a mirage in itself as to what the world as a whole is and what is the purpose which it stands for. Is there some God who created it or it just emerged at  its own with or without any massive volcanic eruptions devastatingly colluding with one another and the resultant mass was called the world. But authenticity part on this version is still sans an acceptable truth. What historians and anthropologists talk on the subject is all guess based. The role of the mythologists too has worsened the confusion in a form worse confounded.

We can of course talk about the real world of which we are the inhabitants, we can visibly see it, we can use it, we can share our views with one another candidly and frankly, and above all we can secure some little space somewhere as our own with plenty of ifs and buts to add or subtract from any where to any where. If it suits Jigar Moradabadi, an eminent Urdu poet he fumes and frowns saying “…na jaane kidhar se na jaane kidhar ko, azal se abad tak baha jaa raha hoon…”. As if it was not enough, Shakespeare finds the world as a whole suffering from loopholes and his Hamlet proclaims that he is the one born to set these disorders fixed. Hamlet cries with a shriek “The world is without joints and I am born to set it right”. The world continues the way it suits it and the critics have no pause against whatever they could at the maximum, say beyond a limit. We may have to keep ourselves contended that there are actually two worlds –one that we could never see and the other one that we could see with snags at every step.

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This is in continuation of a previous post vide the link – https://uppermost.me/2014/10/29/a-world-laden-with-overloads-of-developments/. The topic is of a vast circumference and much can be talked about it. The comments and the feedbacks it elicited included certain significant ones –the one being as from R.S. Pandey, a scholarly writer, providing a rich feedback on the topic with the requisite elaboration and it warrants special perusal as from the readers, hence the reproduction as follows:

  • R.S.Pandey
    Nov 01, 2014 @ 18:03:20 Edit

    As the saying goes, and enumerated in the post itself, too much of anything is bad. The so called development is no exception to this rule. The technology based development which is adding new means of comfort and leisure with every passing day, is, to my opinion, nothing an extra. This all is only a sort of transformation of already existing things. Moreover, the materialistic development is not universal in nature. It differs from country to country, zone to zone, race to race and likes. The human race has made rules for itself and whatever ideas are there, they are based on the experiences of previous generations. Perceptions are also experience driven. Our ancient scriptures tell us about ultimate destruction of the universe (SRISHTI) but it is quite unfair to say that that time is there in very near future for the uncertainty of the certainty known as death in case of any individual bio mass itself is yet to be understood or explored. In such a situation how we can decipher on arrival of final moment of destruction of Srishti. Despite all scientific and technological advancements (development), we have not been able to unravel the mystery behind life or creation of universe for that matter. Theories like Big Bang are theories only and even more strong and logical one(s) coming in future cannot be ruled out. It is true that anything, after reaching pinnacle, takes downwards course but in case of development what that pinnacle is, is not known or defined anywhere. We often say that sky is the limit and infinite which the sky is, how it can be limited to any limit in any sense. Origin of universe** has been defined differently in different religions and so is the end also. In such a situation, how one can say with authority that this or that version is true. These all are theories enunciated by minds of finite; the capacity of which is itself unknown. And how can be it known also when the explorer is made of same (finite) elements. The knowledge that we have explored so far is but discovery and an unimaginable small a portion of that infinite. Our existence in the universe is even smaller than a sand particle available on earth because earth has been measured and the universe has so far been beyond measurement and without any measurement, no comparison can be drawn. However, so far as the peace is concerned, it is a state of mind regardless of any development. An undeveloped can be peaceful and a developed can be otherwise. The reverse is also equally true. Peace comes from contentment and detachment, a theory which only orient believes. For now, oriental philosophy has been eclipsed by western materialistic ideology for materialism and consumerism give immediate satisfaction, although momentary in nature. Peace has little to do with the development. Let us learn to Live, unmindful of doomsday for the end has been told to be certain, with or without our pondering over it; keep ready, for eventuality may fall upon any time, utterly sudden and unwarned. Forewarned is forearmed.

** ….all existing matter and space considered as a whole; the cosmos. The universe is believed to be at least 10 billion light years in diameter and contains a vast number of galaxies; it has been expanding since its creation in the Big Bang about 13 billion years ago….

If this solitary tree had a tongue to speak?

Many a passers by might have trodden by this tree since the time immemorial leaving their foot prints of which there is hardly any trace except a little dust with invisible layers on it to remind that lot many people visited the spot only to get lost into oblivion leaving nothing sort of any indication as to who they were. Those who are passing through the spot currently are destined to meet the same fate. One generation is replaced by the next one and this is the sequence that continues eternally like a bubble drowns in deep waters instantaneously followed by its successor. An enlightened soul is capable enough to realise what a mysterious phenomenon is this and he overcomes the intrigue through his karma which, though not eternal, has a bigger span of longevity through “actions of the just” that “smell sweet and blossom in the dust”, and this is how the mystery of life unfolds itself.




Karmyog–What a phenomenon it is?

As a prolific writer and an omnivorous reader he is with a versatile knowledge on different subjects, James Alien Jamie (hirundine608 as a blogger), often uses the terminology reading as “…the karmik wheet grinds on” while giving his comments on my blog posts. This prompted me to speak out my mind on the topic in a measure I take it. Bhagwat Gita enunciates karma in the following words in Sanskrit:

“Karmanye wadhikaraste

ma phaleshu kadachinam”

(Your right [duty] is to work, but the result part of it you just can’t claim).

There are several dozens of interpretations on this. Many believe that what is envisaged in this shloka in Sanskrit is that one can perform his/ her duty leaving result of it to the Almighty God as whatever He will do shall be good only in the interest of the person concerned. This is not the message. The message actually emphasizes that whatever occurs as a result of some performance has to be accepted as the final reality, it is immaterial whether or not it is good or bad. This is in fact the element of Destiny which is highlighted in the message of Lord Krishna to Arjun in Mahabharat laying stress on the eternal Truth which ultimately emerges irrespective of any prejudices in respect of things good or bad. Forget good, forget bad, and accept whatever happens as a result in whatever form and shape it emerges, was the real message. Arjun was confused and was not inclined to follow what Lord Krishna was advising him. Lord Krishna told him point blank at the end that he followed the advice so given to him or did not, the results are in no way to get affected as what has to happen is invariably to happen and none can stop it. Destiny has its own ways, unalterable and unquestionable. Those, who have read Thomas Hardy, must have observed that in most of his novels this very element of Destiny is well elucidated and illustrated with an exhaustive coverage. There is no question of some body accepting or not accepting the result of his doings, all the results are destined ones and what is once destined, it just can’t be blotted or erased, and that was the message Lord Krishna gave to Arjun on his Karmyog lesson to him, as I am able to take it.

As a corollary to this, there is another version to support this theme in the shape of the following words:

“Twadeeyam vastu Govindam

Tubhyameo samarpayani”

(Whatever I have, it is bestowed by You [the Lord] only, and the same I am surrendering to You).

This is another way of submission through Immanent Will, the Destiny, where one neither gets any thing, nor gives any thing, both the act and the result emanate from the Lord, the creator, and that is exactly the eternal truth.

 

How a thought travels from one person to another?

Strange but true it is that you have some thought in your mind and the same percolates onward to the mind of another person. What is the factor that is instrumental to this is a mystery but there are cases to indicate that this does happen. There is a story.

There was a king who used to move from place to place in a disguised manner within his kingdom to watch whether or not his public did really like him. Once he was moving in the interiors of some village coming across a field of sugar cane. He saw a woman working in the field and told her that he was feeling thirsty. The woman told him that there was no water available in the vicinity but as an alternative she could offer him the juice of a sugar cane. She plucked a cane stick from the field, squeezed it and offered the juice to the king without knowing exactly as to who he was. She had taken him just as a passer by. The king was  surprised to see the forceful flow of juice coming forth from the cane stick after it was squeezed by the woman. The king just thought of increasing the land revenue on sugar cane fields as they must be fetching a big earning from them. The king left to stop there again while returning. The woman was still there whom the king in disguise asked for some more cane juice. She repeated her necessary modus operandi, plucking a cane stick and squeezing it out with the full force at her command, but most surprising as it looked to the king this time, there was no flow of juice coming forth out of squeezing, this was instead only a matter few droplets. ‘What is the problem’, the king asked to which the woman replied as ‘possibly our king has developed an eye on sugar cane cultivation with a view to increase the relative land revenue, as it gives us more earnings’. The king felt shocked. On return to his palace, he shared the experience with his ministers and decided to drop any idea of increasing the land revenue.

In the modern era, there could be several names to be given to this story like telepathy, psychological analysis, face reading, but what exactly happened can only be termed at the most as the factor of instinct, although this very element still  continues to remain an area of mystery.

The topic under reference is a matter of study and the readers who want to subscribe their views on the subject are welcome to do so by way of their comments or by directly addressing an email to  me, which is traceable in ‘ABOUT ME’ on the top of this very site.

Is it worth compromising merit for political gains?

Job reservations are a big cry, more so from different political quarters in India. This slogan has in fact outlived its life since a free and independent India is now aged 65 years. It’s a mystery that despite adding and enhancing reservation percentage every now and then both at the level of the Central Government and those in different States of the country, the cry for further provisions in the matters of recruitment and promotion flagrantly continues unabated. What about the merit? Most talented and brilliant candidates are very often ignored just to accommodate those who lack in merit but fall in some reserved category or the other. Who stops such categories to develop necessary merit in themselves and compete with the other talented ones? Why they should be offered incentives for the lack of merit? India, after all, needs meritorious people for its development. Merit generates quality of work, and it is this quality that elicits developments for the growth of the country. It is the sheer game of people in politics who exploit the situation to appease some category or the community from time to time to woo some particular segment of the voters for election purposes. There is factually no reason to compromise the factor of merit just for the sake of political gains. India’s future lies in merit and merit alone.