Fools!!!

It is said that if a person makes a mistake the first time, the mistake needs to be contemplated by the perpetrator deeply because that gives an opportunity for him to learn from the mistake so that he does not do it again.

The other person to whom this foolishness is being shown will also tolerate, provided he is magnanimous. Otherwise, it is going to be a mental torture for the foolish person because he is already reaping the bad consequences due to his foolish action ☹

If the person repeats his foolishness again by his habits, providence or otherwise, he is to be considered the biggest fool who did not learn from the previous experience.

This could be due to his forgetfulness, words from a misinformed/misjudged/misaligned/malicious acquaintance, circumstances or vain trust on the other person due to the false hopes that he created, that lures the perpetrator to commit the mistake again.

Whatever be the reason, the person has to reap the consequences of the repeated foolishness and there is no excuse, whatsoever, for the repeat offender.

The second time, the consequences got to be more severe because the lessons has not been learnt from the first experience despite the discriminating intelligence provided by the nature to him.

As long as this foolish tendency of the person is being witnessed by the people around, this person is likely to be taken for a ride for his follies by “the predator” and he falls easy “prey” to the flowery words and false promises made by them to him to be lured into more foolishness ☹

Persons in these low-minded category, “the predators”, are considered “smart” by the people of today’s world since their display of false pride, false show of generosity and display of excessive material wealth attained by nefarious means are much appreciated, adored and looked upon as big achievements in life and also as status symbols in this mis-informed world.

The common people in this world aspire only for material comforts, not on the means to attain it but bothered only on the ultimate end result, the attainment of material comforts, instead of working towards the actual goal of life.

The media houses accept some money from these predators and portray these insignificant cheaters as great personalities, thereby putting more gullible people into the trap of these materialists by propagating false reputation.

Governments and Politicians also do the same thing by accepting gifts (I don’t want to use the word bribe, money etc because “gift” is the norm 😊 ) and give special protection and respect to these predators and that gives further authority and now without any checks these predators continue their nefarious activities on the gullible.

Genuine people who want to raise their voice on these practices of predators are easily put to the back seat and made to shut up or face serious threats and damages because of the money power and muscle power tactics adopted by these unscrupulous people by using their own influence as well as with support from the like-minded ones.

So, who is to be blamed for all these happenings? Is it “they”, “the predators”, or the “victims”, “the prey”?

I would strongly say that it is the “victims”, “the prey”, who are to be blamed and also chastised severely!!!

In any society, the law of nature acts accordingly, as per the survival of the fittest, dominance/subsistence of the strong over the weak, and the predator over the prey.

The predator” in human forms of life always looks for the following characteristics of “the prey” and utilises these vulnerabilities to the maximum and exploit them to their fullest advantage:

  1. Lack of self-esteem
  2. Lack of self-confidence (or Self-doubt)
  3. Lack of self-pride
  4. Lack of resistance to temptations
  5. Lack of awareness of what is good and what is bad.
  6. Lack of awareness that what one consumes as food affects one’s thoughts, behaviours and actions.
  7. Lack of awareness on what is “food” and eating whatever one could lay their hands on, without knowing its attributes as to how it acts on one’s body, mind and intelligence and eating just to gratify the palate.
  8. Lack of awareness on the “time” aspect and its detrimental effect on one’s health, eating whatever, at whatever time whatsoever.
  9. Lack of awareness on the “respect” that is due to the food and the producers (farmer, nature, God) who are responsible for sustaining one’s own life.
  10. Lack of being aware of the consequences, attend “free lunch/parties” and consume the rampant serving of alcohol / meat / alcohol + meat and other obnoxious food stuffs without knowing the real reasons of the host behind hosting these extravagant generosities being shown and the degradation it causes in all aspects of one’s health and moral behaviour.
  11. Succumbing to freebies given in disguise of the original intent.
  12. Attitude to earn quick money without any sincere effort and taking undue advantage of the vulnerable and cause mental torture to them.
  13. Attitude developed through poor parentage, up-bringing and one’s own bad acquaintances.
  14. Indulgence in harmful and unproductive vices like smoking, drinking, gambling and wasteful expenditure in partying etc., very much being aware of the bad effects, having learnt through “modern education” that failed to bring about any impact on building one’s character and didn’t stop these vices.
  15. Poor spending habits, falling into debt trap and unable to get out of the vicious cycle, thereby getting into bondage with “the predator” and forcing oneself into permanent exploitation for life.
  16. Getting stuck in mundane work, not developing enough skill sets to get ready for an inevitable changeover for a better career/life.
  17. Building false hopes by getting stuck in the same place, while people around are quitting themselves for a better future or made to quit due to attitudes of the management. (this is also applicable in life situations where ones stick to bad acquaintances in lieu of genuine well-wishers).
  18. Inability to identify a genuine well-wisher with a back-stabber.
  19. Having false pride and doesn’t show enough respect and lend ears to even those who want to genuinely help.
  20. Wasting time in all sorts of entertainment and gossips that has zero value for personality and self-development.

For being virtuous, there is only one option, but to get into all sorts of trouble the options are infinite!

If the “victim” has a few or several of the above characteristics, where is the hope for the “victim” to advance in his life?

…and does this blame game on “the predator” going to lead “the prey” to any useful end?

So, let’s not talk about “the predator”. “The predator” is too insignificant and they are just not worth to be talked about because they are the perpetrators of all the vices as we already saw!

They are not to be imbibed by a sane person and they are for only those who are unable to get out due to their illusion and want to live in a phantasmagoria.

Laws of nature will definitely hold its sway for “the predator” at the appointed time.

In this world, everyone, including “the victim” only wants to the enhance the material condition of themselves by being opportunistic at every moment.

In that way, there is no factual difference between anyone in this present situation.

Therefore, the enemy to “the victim” is “The Victim” himself!

Everyone wants to lead a virtuous life with happiness, good health and free of misery.

But where are we all heading to? – Stress, Mental Illnesses, Lifestyle diseases, strained relationships for trivial reasons, dishonesty in everyday dealings, Overwork but extremely underpaid and hence pathetic job satisfaction, Lack of stability in job, zero work life balance, costly but worthless education system that doesn’t build character etc. – if the education system is good enough, we won’t see the existence of much of the above vices that are so prominently observed.

That’s why we are not actually fools of the second order but of the nth order because we come from a culture where these things never existed for so long, and now we, being lured by the greed of materialism imposed by the invaders and their alien culture, who just ruled for hardly 200+ years, we are unable to get out of this vicious trap.

The namesake freedom that we got in 1947 that divided the friendly communities that co-existed for generations and generations peacefully and those who fought for independence together got separated violently and the repercussions since then have not faded by even 1% where brothers and sisters otherwise view themselves under enmity! ☹

What we now have is the disguised permanent bondage and no real freedom, this roots of bondage has already planned and carefully planted deep into the soil by the colonialists/imperialists when they left, through their most pathetic form of materialism that have never been witnessed in history before, and is now flourishing like a huge banyan tree with unlimited roots and shoots branching out all over and the irreversible/permanent damage has already been done.

We have forgotten our origins, our own unbroken civilization since the beginning of time, and now we are in the most pathetic situation depending on the people who call themselves as civilised, and we having forgotten all the atrocities that has been committed during those period, still imbibe their system of education, read the manipulated history written by them tailormade to suit their vicious needs, adopted their form of government and constitution that is prone to corruption by 100% because of the attributes in this iron age of Kali. The irony is now we accept these things as civilised and when we face the consequences, we having been so brainwashed are actually living in illusion!

So, solving this malaise is never going to be a collective responsibility because of the differences that has been purposely created through the constitution and its governing laws during the time of granting independence, having inherited a completely alien form of government from the colonialists itself.

So, the probability of arriving at a unifying decision on improving the conditions of our existence here is a big ZERO.

Thus, It has to start from the individual – at the most micro-level possible to rediscover the roots, our glorious past, on how to learn to lead a disciplined life and in trying to understand as to what is self, what is the force that drives our very existence, what is self-control, the inherent dangers in indulgence of various habits, what are the factors that drives our thoughts, how to control our emotions in adverse circumstances and overall how not to get entangled in the 20++ vices mentioned above so far.

The answer to all questions is there in Shrimad Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatham.

They are not to be considered as sectarian literatures that is tied to a particular faith or a cult of people.

These transcendental literatures are applicable to all living beings in this universe as a whole, since they were in existence very much before the appearance of any of the modern religions, or modern civilization as the alien historians call it.

There was only one universal faith and every living being were followers of that faith during those times.

Related Posts: Almost every post in this blog.

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The one percent majority!

The one percent majority…

You defy authority!

You are not in the herd mentality,

You are of the lion category!

You are enigmatic,

But also, pragmatic.

You are a person of one thousand words,

But you never speak one unnecessary word.

You don’t strike anybody with vengeance,

You believe this is a world of transience.

You don’t belong to the category of mundane,

You don’t succumb to the follies of mundaners.

You respect every living being,

Even including the antagonist and mischief mongrel living dead beings.

You believe this world gives equal opportunities to everyone,

Even though those “everyone” only satisfies “everyone” in the category of “everyone”!

You live for everyone’s well-being,

Even though those “everyone” lives for their own well-being.

You want to remain in a life of the one percent category,

Though everyone around you cannot go beyond the ninety nine percent category.

Ninety nine percent do not want to know the reason for their existence,

One percent can’t make them understand the reason no matter what!

Ninety nine percent spend time their life for naught,

One percent knows what is to be sought.

Ninety nine percent are indulgent,

One percent are diligent, vigilant and valiant!

Ninety nine percent are slave of the senses,

One percent are master of the senses.

Ninety nine percent are any way my way and only my way mentality,

One percent are my way different way and for everyone’s way mentality.

Ninety nine percent seeks excuses in every situation,

One percent sees opportunity even in an adversity.

Ninety nine percent does one hundred things but only one thing may be sensible,

One percent does only one thing but that is one hundred times beneficial to everyone.

Ninety nine percent are self-centred and selfish,

One percent are self-conscious and believe in the self.

Ninety nine percent are in the herd mentality,

One percent are in the lone warrior mentality.

Ninety nine percent do not go beyond the status quo,

One percent changes the status quo.

Ninety nine percent acts grossly,

One percent acts subtly.

Ninety nine percent cannot understand the one percent at all,

One percent understand everything about the mentality of ninety nine percent!

Ninety nine percent are pretenders,

One percent are masters!

Ninety nine percent are grossly materialistic,

One percent are very realistic!

Ninety nine percent live for the momentary satisfaction that results in only material advancement and sense satisfaction,

One percent utilises every moment as a means of progress towards spiritual advancement and self-realisation.

One percent sustains the ninety nine percent,

Ninety nine percent try to consume the one percent!

…so ninety nine percent is the actual minority,

One percent is the real majority!

Corollaries of:

  1. The living entities in this conditioned world are My eternal, fragmental parts. Due to conditioned life, they are struggling very hard with the six senses, which include the mind.” – Bhagavad Gita – 15.7
  2. The endeavouring transcendentalist, who is situated in self-realization, can see all this clearly. But those who are not situated in self-realization cannot see what is taking place, though they may try to.” – Bhagavad Gita – 15.11
  3. Those miscreants who are grossly foolish, lowest among mankind, whose knowledge is stolen by illusion, and who partake of the atheistic nature of demons, do not surrender unto Me.” – Bhagavad Gita 7.15
  4. An intelligent person does not take part in the sources of misery, which are due to contact with the material senses. O son of Kunti, such pleasures have a beginning and an end, and so the wise man does not delight in them.” – Bhagavad Gita 5.22
  5. Those persons who are materially engrossed, being blind to the knowledge of ultimate truth, have many subject matters for hearing in human society, O Emperor. The lifetime of such an envious householder is passed at night either in sleeping or in sex indulgence, and in the daytime either in making money or maintaining family members” – Srimad Bhagavatham 2.1.23.
  6. Lazy human beings with paltry intelligence and a short duration of life pass the night sleeping and the day performing activities that are for naught” – Srimad Bhagavatham – 1.16.9.

Mental Maturity

On this day of Guru Poornima let’s attempt to develop those exemplary qualities that the Gurus in the days of yore taught and lived that way and also wanted us to earnestly develop those qualities’:

  1. Instead of fault-finding with others and trying to rectify them, identifying our own faults and finding remedy to that.
  2. Accepting everyone (and everything) as they are (even if we find faults by our own bench-marking).
  3. Understanding other’s opinion and thoughts by thinking in their angle by stepping into their shoes and not coming to hasty conclusions based on our own thought processes and experiences.
  4. Learning to discard whatever that needs to be discarded.
  5. Learning not to expect anything from others.
  6. Accomplish whatever tasks we do with a peace of mind with no expectation of reward.
  7. Leaving the habit of not proving our intelligence to others.
  8. Leaving the habit of expecting others to accept whatever we do and to accept whatever be our opinions during talks, discussions, debates etc.
  9. Leaving the habit of comparing ourselves with others.
  10. Trying and learning to keep the mind calm under all circumstances.
  11. Trying to understand the difference between our basic needs/wants to what we need to actually accomplish in our life (Simple living, High thinking).
  12. Coming to an understanding that being in real happiness doesn’t have to be related to our materialistic accomplishments and materialistic position in life.

Since we are human beings (by classification of species in animal kingdom 😊) and in the mode of passion, it’s quite unreasonable to be expected to be adhere to all the above 12 guidelines.

The demigods, qualified by the superexcellent quality of the mode of goodness, are situated in the heavenly planets, whereas the human beings, because of their nature in the mode of passion, live on the earth in company with their subordinates.” – Srimad Bhagavatham 3.6.28.

All ordinary transactions and dealings became polluted with cheating, even between friends. And in familial affairs, there was always misunderstanding between fathers, mothers and sons, between well-wishers, and between brothers. Even between husband and wife there was always strain and quarrel. A conditioned living being is endowed with four principles of malpractice, namely errors, insanity, inability and cheating. These are signs of imperfection, and out of the four the propensity to cheat others is most prominent. And this cheating practice is there in the conditioned souls because the conditioned souls are primarily in the material world imbued with an unnatural desire to lord it over the material world. ” – Srimad Bhagavatham 1.14.4 + Purport.

If we sincerely attempt to choose 7 or 8 favourites from the above guidelines and try to imbibe it, our life will become simple, peaceful and we will be in a state of mental equilibrium under all circumstances.

Mundane!

Inspired by the grand old lady of Tamil poetry Avvaiyaar (Tamil: ஔவையார்; literally means ‘Respectable Woman’) and her classic   treatise Moodhurai (மூதுரை) , where the opposite characteristics are beautifully poetically expressed in two consecutive stanzas, I am writing this post on similar lines to my earlier post titled Unknown and this post is titled Mundane!

The intention to depict opposites is because everything is relative and hence opposites are inevitable in this world and may be taken relative to one’s position based on the observer and the observed, perceiver and the perceived.

For example, a person fallen on the ground will not have to fall down further because he is already fallen! but a person standing on the ground or a person sitting at an elevated position can experience a fall 😊.

The purpose of this post is to depict the dual states of being in knowledge and being in ignorance.

Ignorance is not bliss in all circumstances!

Fire causes a burn to a little child irrespective of whether the child knows the characteristics of the fire or not.

Water drowns a person irrespective of whether the person is aware of this fact or not because that has got to do with the chemical composition and physical properties of the person and the water and it will act according to it.

Poison acts on the person irrespective of whether the person knows its side effects or not and whether he has consumed it voluntarily or not.

Medicine acts on the person irrespective of whether the person has the knowledge of its potency or not and whether it is has the propensity or cure or whether it causes adverse side effects.

It is the nature of substances to act according to its composition and properties.

Humans are no exception in this regard, having constituted of five gross material elements in various proportions, each having its own properties and the three subtle elements mind, intelligence and false ego governed by the combination of three modes of material nature – goodness, passion and ignorance.

Thus we (mind) are helplessly acting because of the functions of these gross and subtle elements in material creation.

It is to understand this fact that we mundane, needs to transcend beyond the modes of material nature. We are not mundane in the real sense because we have a mind and an intelligence that can discriminate but since everything is governed by the modes of material nature in this material universe and we are also part and parcel of it, we are in the cycle.

Akrura during his mission to Hastinapura emphasises this fact to King Dhritharashtra through this beautiful advice:

In this world no one has any permanent relationship with anyone else, O King. We cannot stay forever even with our own body, what to speak of our wife, children and the rest. Every creature is born alone and dies alone, and alone one experiences the just rewards of his good and evil deeds.” – Srimad Bhagavatham – 10.49.2021.

The accumulation of our good and evil deeds since time immemorial and also the deeds in our present life determines the ever-transforming combination of the three mode of material nature that is responsible for the unique mental composition of each one of us and that drives our way of life in the present and the next destination after death! It’s only by the endeavour to being in the mode of goodness and by finally transcending even this material mode of goodness to a transcendental mode of goodness or Suddha-Sattva, there is an escape from this material existence.

Before going to the aspects of mundane, first, due respects to the grand old lady of Tamil poetry Avvaiyaar as to how she brings in the pair of opposite nature of people in this world:

 “நல்லாரைக் காண்பதுவும் நன்றே; நலம் மிக்க

நல்லார் சொல் கேட்பதுவும் நன்றே – நல்லார்

குணங்கள் உரைப்பதுவும் நன்றே

அவரோடு இணங்கி இருப்பதுவும் நன்று– Stanza 8 – Moodhurai

This translates to:

“It is beneficial to see people of good character,

It is beneficial to listen to their words,

It is beneficial to talk about their lives and

It is beneficial to have them as friends.”

The opposite has been written with such a minimalistic effort and choice of words and can be noticed just by visually observing the arrangements of alphabets between the two stanzas, even without knowing the language! This is reflected even in the translation!

தீயாரைக் காண்பதுவும் தீதே; திரு அற்ற

தீயார் சொல் கேட்பதுவும் தீதே – தீயார்

குணங்கள் உரைப்பதுவும் தீதே;

அவரோடு இணங்கி இருப்பதுவும் தீது.”Stanza 9

This translates to:

“It is harmful to see the wicked,

It is harmful to listen to their words,

It is harmful to talk about their character and

It is harmful to have them as friends.”

https://wiki2.org/en/Moothurai

Coming to the mundane:

Mundane are the ways of the mundane

Mundane is being in bondage

Mundane is the incomplete

Mundane is the one that is easily known

Mundane is the Jivatma (due to its externally looking nature and perceiving through imperfect senses)

Mundane is the activated (by the Paramaathma, Antaryaama, Indwelling or Supersoul)

Mundane is the eternal servant (either to senses (during material existence) or to the supreme lord (after liberation))

Mundane cannot realise that unknown

Mundane speculates using the imperfect knowledge of material sciences

Mundane cannot attain the unknown

Mundane drives itself using the material senses

Mundane identifies with the body

Mundane identifies with the senses

Mundane identifies with the mind

Mundane identifies with the intellect

Mundane identifies with the intelligence

Mundane identifies with the ego

Mundane is being in a state of forgetting the original identity

Mundane is being bound by feelings and actions

Mundane is being materialistic

Mundane is being in a tendency to dominate material nature

Mundane is being in a state of inequilibrium

Mundane is being bound by the modes of material nature

Mundane is being superficial

Mundane is being predictable to circumstances and situations

Mundane is being known

Mundane is being slave of the senses

Mundane is being in the concept of “I” and “Mine”

Mundane is being conditioned

Mundane is being in a bodily state of existence

Mundane is being in a state of lamentation due to failed desires

Mundane is being afraid of death

Mundane is being considering oneself as a “doer”

Mundane is being in a sense of proprietorship

Mundane is being in a state of sense gratification

Mundane is being in a state of forgetfulness

Mundane is being in illusion

But…

Mundane is to be overcome

Mundane is to become self-realized

Mundane is to realise the pangs of four-fold misery – birth, death, old age and disease

Mundane is to attain the Unknown

Mundane is to realise it is only spiritual knowledge that is factual and eternal, all else is temporary and nescience

Mundane is to realise the tricks of speculators, jugglers and pseudo-mystics and not to fall into their trap

Mundane is to listen to the inner voice by shutting out the external noises

Mundane is to engage in solitary pursuits to purify body mind and intellect

Mundane is to thoroughly understand the transient nature of material existence

Mundane is to slowly get detested detached from this transient world through knowledge of revealed spiritual literatures from a spiritual master (alive or not alive taking the master by heart)

Mundane is to learn to tolerate bodily and mental pain inflicted through the three sources 1. Adhyatmik 2. Adhibhautik 3. Adhidaivik. (miseries inflicted by the body and mind itself, those inflicted by other living entities, and natural disturbances)

Mundane is to realise the futility of senseless exploitation of mother nature and learn to live in harmony with all the living entities

Mundane is to reject man-Gods or man-made Gods and understand that there is a supreme controller who is the source of everything

Mundane is to learn to surrender to that supreme

Mundane is to totally understand the helplessness in the hands of material nature and the illusory energy of the Lord

Mundane is to learn to activate the intellect to our pursuits towards the absolute truth through devotional service

Mundane is to acknowledge the indwelling that is doing its designated duty and functions in a subtle manner

Mundane is to acknowledge that it is the indwelling that activates the consciousness to awaken ourselves from sleep

Mundane is to acknowledge that it is the indwelling that activates our vital organs to perform its functions

Mundane is to acknowledge that it is the indwelling that controls the fire of digestion that digests four types of food stuff – Bhagavad Gita 15.14

Mundane is to acknowledge that it is the indwelling that activates the five prana

Mundane is to acknowledge the indwelling is unknown…no one knows how it does these activities for our survival in the material world

Mundane needs to understand that the process of self-realization can only start from inward to outward.

Mundane needs to understand the futility of material existence and want to give it up.

Mundane needs to understand whether to transcend from this mundane existence to a transcendental state is self-discretion…

To summarise, a mundane should realise that human life is a misery at every step, confronted with dangers due to the propensity of the soul to lord it over material nature through the deluding power of false ego, injecting the concepts of I and mine, having lured by the unsurmountable illusory potential of Maya (at least in theory) to get entangled perpetually through the attractions of opposite sex, progeny and wealth remaining in the trap of material existence, the way out of this trap is self-realization through knowledge and surrender through devotional service to the Supreme Lord.

Related Post:

  1. Unknown

Vaishnava Sampradayas (Contd.)

This post may be taken as a side note to the Conversation 039 – Vaishnava Sampradayas (Tradition/Spiritual Lineage)

The subtle variations of intrepretations by great acharyas of various sampradayas/schools and the many liberated souls, combined with our own understandings of their philosophies that give rise to brainstorming with meaningful interesting discussions thus clearing our doubts and ignorance and broadens our insights.

🙂

You would be knowing the four bonafide/primary Vaishnava Sampradayas:
1. Sri/Maha Lakshmi – the consort of Lord Naarayana/Maha Vishnu (Sri Ramanujacharya – an expansion of Lakshmana/Sankharshana/Aadishesha – http://sriramanujar.tripod.com/ramanuja.html),
2. Brahma (Sri Madhvacharya – the (self-proclaimed?) third avatar or incarnation of Vayu, wind god, the son of Vishnu – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madhvacharya / http://globalpress.hinduismnow.org/global-press-originals/god/madhvacharya-third-incarnation-vayu/),
3. Rudra/’Lord Shiva (Sri Vishnuswami (https://gaudiyahistory.iskcondesiretree.com/vishnu-swami/) + Sri Vallabhacharya (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vallabha) ) and
4. Gaudiya (Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu – a devotee incarnation of Lord Shri Krishna – http://www.krishna.com/info/chaitanya-mahaprabhu).

All of them are identified by subtle variations and even have sub sects in them having further subtle differences in their main tenets.

For example, Sri Sampradaya is branched into two subsects – the Northeners (Vadagalai – the sect i belong to by birth 🙂  ) – the progressive, and the Southerners (Thengalai) – the more orthodox…

This article by my favourite Stephen Knapp that briefly explains various aspects of this and is worth reading. – https://www.sanskritimagazine.com/indian-religions/hinduism/sampradayas-four-main-chains-discipline-successions-hinduism/

You may excuse my limited knowledge of variations between various manifestation of Lord Krishna/Lord Maha Vishnu/Lord Naaraayanaa and the interchange in terms of name/usage – Lila-incarnations, incarnations, expansions, primary expansions, secondary expansions, expansions of an expansion, portions, plenary portions, portions of plenary portions etc.

But the ultimate thing to note is that they are all specially empowered beings designated with a specific purpose during the course of their descent into the material plane and subsequent ascent into the spiritual plane once their mission/purpose is accomplished.

They are Nitya (https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/5717/nitya), determined to bless us jiva souls to also to transcend/ascent to their plane and it is up to us to utilize the teachings and follow their path (in whatever ideology that one may find comfortable to follow because of their modes of material nature -apart from the above four , not to ignore / forget the Advaita school of thought propounded by Aadi Shankaracharya, an empowered expansion of Lord Shiva/Rudra as mentioned in the Padma Purana and Shiva Purana, refutations of this school of thought is the primary factor behind the tenets of the vaishnava sampradayas that came into existence/prominence after the ascent and descent of Aadi Shankara).

It’s only the spiritual evolution and the realisation of the impermenance, ever-changing and ever-transforming attributes of the material universe and the need to transcend beyond it that is of primary importance.

This concludes my 150th blog post!

Note: Regarding transcendence, one may refer to this amazing, mind-blowing book – Transcendence – My Spiritual experiences with Pramukh Swamiji and be blown over by it! – A dialogue between The People’s President, The Missile Man, above all a great human being to have walked on this earth, Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam(1931-2015) and Pramukh Swamiji(1921-2016) – the acharya from the lineage of Bhagwan Swami Narayan school of Vaishnava Sampradaya – the treatise Vachanamruta being the bible of the teachings of this Sampradaya, and the establishment of Akshardham temples all over the world under his leadership, particularly the amazing Akshardham temple at Noida, New Delhi, India.

These are the books that has the capability to alter the course of our thought process for good!

Unknown

Unknown are the ways of the unknown

Unknown are the means of the unknown

Unknown is the means to attain the unknown

Unknown is the indwelling

Unknown is the Avijnaatha

Unknown is the Antaryaami

Unknown is the Paramaatma

Unknown is the eternal guide

Unknown is the eternal activator

Unknown is the eternal master

Unknown is the Supersoul

Unknown are the ways to realise that unknown

Unknown cannot be known by the knowledge of material sciences

Unknown is unknown to be attained by the mundane

Unknown is the driving force behind everything

Unknown is unknown to the body

Unknown is unknown to the senses

Unknown is unknown to the mind

Unknown is unknown to the intellect

Unknown is unknown to the intelligence

Unknown is unknown to the ego

Unknown is unknown to thoughts feelings and actions

Unknown is transcendental

Unknown is beyond the modes of material nature

Unknown is enigmatic

But…

Unknown is to be known

Unknown is supreme consciousness

Unknown is eternal everlasting

Unknown is to be attained

Understanding towards that unknown is real knowledge, all else is nescience

Unknown cannot be attained by speculation jugglery and pseudo-mysticism

Unknown can be attained only by directing and listening to our own inner voice by shutting out the external noises

Unknown can be obtained only by solitary pursuits and through purification of body mind and intellect by thoroughly understanding the transient nature of material existence and slowly getting detested detached through knowledge of revealed spiritual literatures from a spiritual master (alive or not alive taking the master and the matter by heart)

Unknown can be attained only through tolerance of bodily and mental pain inflicted through the three sources 1. Adhyatmik 2. Adhibhautik 3. Adhidaivik ((miseries inflicted by the body and mind itself, those inflicted by other living entities, and natural disturbances).

Unknown can be attained only through alignment and in cooperation with mother nature and not by senseless exploitation

Unknown can be only realised when we understand there is a supreme controller who is the source of everything

Unknown can be attained only through surrender to that supreme, totally understanding our helplessness in the hands of material nature and the illusory energy of the Lord

We cannot get to that unknown residing in our heart…

Only the unknown has to be made to activate our intellect to our pursuits towards the absolute truth by directing our mind inwards through surrender and proper application of intelligence attained by the mercy of the Lord

Unknown is to be understood to be already doing its designated duty and functions in a subtle manner by dwelling in the body of every living entity

Unknown is the one that activates the consciousness to awaken ourselves from sleep

Unknown is the one that activates our vital organs to perform its functions

Unknown is the one that controls the fire of digestion that digests four types of food stuff – Bhagavad Gita 15.14

Unknown is the own that activates the five prana

Unknown is unknown…no one knows how it does these activities for our survival in the material world

Unknown needs to be reached to give directions to elevate the atma to eternal bliss by making the process to start from inward to outward, while it has been the reverse all through – atma is being endowed with minute intelligence and discretion – either to align with the permanent supreme reality or trying to dominate the material nature and in the process forget its original identity and get entangled in material existence.

Unknown is the eternal well-wisher that gives directions only to the atma residing in the form of a human body that thoroughly understands the futility of material existence and want to give it up.

Human soul is endowed with all faculties in full strength the five sense organs the five organs of action the mind the intelligence and a highly evolved consciousness for discrimination.

You see the answer is already there…

Mind is the best friend as well as the best enemy – Bhagavad Gita 6.6

To control the mind is more difficult than controlling the wind – Bhagavad Gita 6.34

…but controlling the mind controls everything

Controlling the two basic urges of tongue and genitals controls the mind

This is just a hint…

Whether we continue our existence in the category of other species of life and remain in four-folds of misery (birth, death, old age, disease) or to elevate ourselves to the highest destination is our own discretion…

This is the inference that is to be gathered from the Puranjana saga in Srimad Bhagavatham – Canto 4 chapters 25-29.

A detailed exemplary treatise of the Puranjana Saga is in the blog Hints to the Ancient Wisdom in the posts: Myth or a Symbol? – Story of Puranjana Part 1 and Part 2

To summarise, Human life is a misery at every step, confronted with dangers due to the propensity of the soul to lord it over material nature through the deluding power of false ego, injecting the concepts of I and mine, having lured by the unsurmountable illusory potential of Maya (at least in theory) to get entangled perpetually through the attractions of opposite sex, progeny and wealth thereby remaining in the trap of material existence perpetually.

A self-realised soul understands this and sees every difficult moment as a step to God realisation to move to next step towards the ultimate purpose of our existence.

Sage Narada describes about himself on his earlier life to Ved Vyasa: ”I don’t have any caretaker except my mother who was a maid-servant, when she had to quit the world to a snake bite when I was a mere child of 5 years, I took It as a special mercy of the Lord and decided to travel North to realise the Absolute Truth!” (How much of us can do that? That is why Narada is Narada and we are we!) – Srimad Bhagavatham 1.6.6 – 1.6.10

The supreme Lord has a purpose for all of us depending on our pre-disposition and our spiritual evolution continues that way. Even a small step in this direction has a permanent effect and can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear. (Bhagavad Gita 2.40) and (Bhagavad Gita 6.40)

This special mercy of the Lord is beautifully summarised by Srila Prabhupada:

“Confidential devotees of the Lord see in every step a benedictory direction of the Lord. What is considered to be an odd or difficult moment in the mundane sense is accepted as special mercy of the Lord. Mundane prosperity is a kind of material fever, and by the grace of the Lord the temperature of this material fever is gradually diminished, and spiritual health is obtained step by step. Mundane people misunderstand it.” – Srila Prabhupada purports to Srimad Bhagavatham – 1.6.10

Notes:

  1. Avijnaata is the main character behind the scenes in the Puranjana Saga – the Supersoul that comes in the end of the Puranjana Saga, being the observer all through,  as the king Puranjana continues his material existence and becomes a woman in his next birth due to his own injunctions, and when he begins to lament for his (her) husband’s death, Avijnata makes a grand appearance and explains to Puranjana(who is a well-situated woman full of good character), the futility of what (s)he has been doing and undergoing all through. That passage alone is enough for us to awaken our dormant spiritual consciousness – Srimad Bhagavatham – Canto 4 – Chapter 28 – Puranjana becomes a woman in the next life – Slokas 51-65.
  2. It Is also to be noted that Avijnaata (Name 483) is a name of Lord Vishnu as mentioned in Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam. The meaning is “One whom not a single person has realized fully” which is condensed to a single word as “Unknown
  3. Puranjana Saga can also be considered to be the explanation of concepts and is a commentary of what is mentioned in Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 15 (Verses 7-11)

Conversation 055 – The Thrashing Incident

As mentioned in The Thrashing Incident, I now mention the conversation that took place between the father and the kid(s) after the incident on the way home. For brevity, I use the following abbreviations to refer to them.

  1. Mr.F – The Father.
  2. Master EK or Simply EK – The elder kid
  3. Master JK or Simply JK – The junior kid

EK: I just observed what you have been doing and I am really shocked by your behavior and reaction to that man (I mean buffalo 😦 ). Your reaction only reminds me of the similar situation from the movie Baasha:

Subtitles: Brother, what is this? He has beaten you so much. You haven’t even reacted a bit and haven’t shown any emotion at all and got yourself beaten like this? Even a cat will react as self-defence and will show some aggression under these circumstances. Have you not been beaten anyone before? Will you ever get angry? (The brother – Superstar Rajinikanth laughs sarcastically and walks away from the scene…)

I want to know the reason for this behavior of yours. See Master JK was crying so much that It was very difficult for me to console him. I thought one of your thrashings would have helped the situation.

Mr.F: (smiling) Do you remember I having ever beaten anyone of you anytime? It was my mistake first. I should have used careful choice of words in the first place in front of these intoxicated people. I should have expected how deranged people will react under least provocation in these circumstances.

Mr.F: I already told the story of The logic of the mouse and the snake to your little brother sometime back while walking on the way to his school. You may hear that story from him. That could make you understand the logic of the situation.

Mr.F: There are several possible ways to react to the same situation. 1. Confront him head on and give a thrashing. 2. Call the police 3. Gather your friends to confront if you are weak. There are a lot more uncivilized options but that is not worth going into 🙂

Mr.F: You should realise as a science student – The Newton’s third law, “For every action, there is a equal and opposite reaction.” So you can easily think about further consequences of these actions that would bring and the subsequent unpredictable chain reactions, that is again not worth thinking about because they are all imaginary situations running in the mind that doesn’t have any reality!

Mr.F: But one thing that is surely going to happen, a waste of lot of time and our limited valuable energy for this useless endeavour. As per The logic of the mouse and the snake, our position was weak in the sense that, that person was many times physically stronger than me and the gathered crowd was also highly insensitive. Under the situation, confrontation is not going to help, only logic and common sense will help! The immediate need was conflict resolution and get out of that place ASAP and one has to compromise. In his animalistic state, I am 100% sure that I could expect nothing of that sort from him because of the obscenities that emanated from his mouth before the thrashing that you cannot manage to stand even for a moment! if you know its real meaning 🙂 (Don’t ask me the meaning of them (LOL). You will learn it anyway in your college (hostel) from your friends and well-wishers 🙂 )

Mr.F: Every person goes up or goes down only by his own actions. No external influence is required! I know you also have endured similar situations in your school by actions of bullies and they have become your best friends now. So you need not be surprised by this.

EK: (smiling) 🙂 But we are kids. We will fight for sometime and get united the next minute. I thought adults are not like that because generally they are more prejudiced and conditioned and sense of rivaly, enmity and revenge is much more dominant!

Mr.F: You can’t say that. A really matured person is a kid at heart. You should read biographies of great personalities like Dr. Abdul Kalam, Dr. Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. etc., how much they have endured violence for a higher cause.

EK: Yes, I totally agree with you. I have to improve my reading habit and read more useful things.

JK: Yes, and you have to tell all these stories to me 🙂 you know I love listening to stories.

PS: The acronyms EK and JK have been chosen after careful thought and for obvious reasons. Anyone would aspire their sons to become someone like Master.E.K or JK THE Master. (You can say Mr.F as Mr.Father, the Mr.Fool (LOL) )

It is the duty of every spiritual student to reduce one fool in this Creation before he dies and that is oneself. He should also see that there is one more wise man on this Earth, and that is also oneself…” —- Master. E.K (Acknowledgment to this quote from the tag line of the blog – Hints to the Ancient Wisdom

Master E.K
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Note: This is not a superficial incident but a real one and the conversation between the father and the kids is also real!

Related Posts:

  1. The Thrashing Incident
  2. The logic of the snake and the mouse!