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Maaya

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As Kboy reminded me sometime back

दैवी ह्येषा गुणमयी मम माया दुरत्यया ।

मामेव ये प्रपद्यन्ते मायामेतां तरन्ति ते ॥७- १४

Every time I come across a reference to Advaita, I am carried away for a while along a tangent. Surprisingly it’s never the philosophy itself that is the subject, nor are the tangents themselves of similar terrain.

One of the navigable tangents has been the question about nature and its own nature. While the former itself is obviously(?) as real as our own physical self, what about the nature of nature (its features/characteristics…) Is it what we believe it is? Even our most logically proven beliefs are overturned every once in a while, so how real is the reality that we are concerned about? A familiar example is of our beliefs about Earth (its nature) and its neighbors (planets/stars) It’s not that our beliefs turn out to be erroneous only regarding the issues that do not directly concern us, far from it their occurrence is relatively rare when compared to how often our beliefs about ourselves (& our surroundings) turn out to be mere delusions. Self-interest is often given as an excuse for our blindness to the obvious, but its obvious implications make it almost improbable to be accepted by any one. Either that is the case, or the reason might be a slightly different manifestation of the same root cause. Looking around, while drifting tangentially, I was suddenly faced with the possibility that we fail to see the obvious because we do not bother to see it. Either it’s our apathy, or we might actually be blind. Since self-interest prevents us from accepting the latter, we can conveniently stick to the theory that we are so obsessed with making up theories about what we look at that we miss out on actually seeing what is around us.

Proof: As people have been repeating for quite some time, `The proof of the pudding lies in eating it.’ In a similar fashion, the proof for the above theory lies in the burnt vegetables in my kitchen!

PS: There was a painful tangent too: there was an earlier attempt to make up a seemingly absurd theory whose absurdity was limited to ‘seemingly’. As should be obvious by the absence of its records, it didn’t go well!

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January 15, 2008 at 10:50

Vinaasa kaale…

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A few months back M S Subbulakshmi, one of the legends that our earlier generations grew up worshipping, passed away. The next day morning none of the newspapers, save for one, bothered to give the lady her much deserved space on front page. The more I think of this, and many similar events, the more am I reminded of a novel by Ayn Rand: “Atlas Shrugged”. I had, to be more honest- tried to, read it a few years back and had found the plot interesting till the last few pages, where the author went into a lengthy harangue on the topic: “existence exists”. Though I could not last the uncalled for verbosity of the author, I had to agree with the author’s tirade against the celebration of mediocrity that has become the norm in our present society.

 

As Carl Sagan rightly pointed out, ours is a world where most of the population is addicted to the technological developments, all the while not understanding how a light bulb works! We can’t live without a minute of television, but consider those who made flat-screen monitors as ‘queer’.

 

We have come to be comfortable while sneering at perfection, and those who strive for it. More articles can be found discussing, at great lengths, the superficial flaws in the batting of Sachin Tendulkar and the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly, than on possible suggestions to improve the team that they form. People too take more pleasure in reading about the degeneration of the rich and famous, than about those great people who make things work. Are we witnessing the ‘dumbing-down’ of human race in general?

 

There was an age when we worshipped legends; now all we are interested in is imperfect individuals, in an attempt to defend our own degradation. ‘M S’ meant something divine earlier, now it only means a B-grade movie actress who confuses acting with stripping! We can be no better than what we admire and emulate. No wonder, ours has become a society that romanticizes an Osama and imprisons a Sankaracharya!

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May 20, 2005 at 16:27