Coma

Coma (10 minutes 14 Seconds) – Guns N Roses – Use Your Illusion 1 – Song no.16

This post attempts to describe what sort of thoughts and emotions can go on in one’s mind because of the traumatic events happening around him and happening against him.

None other than someone like AXL Rose, a rebel, a kinda reflection that i had imbibed, who had undergone such experiences can write this kind of a song and this kind of lyrics could have been conceived only in a trance!

There are the kind of situations when we question the very existence of God due to the agony that we are facing that what we can experience then, when situation goes reality out of control.

Just by being spiritual cannot sort out the matters that much because matter is having too much influence over spirit at this point of me. So, let’s deal with it.

Let’s be material that we are, like removing a thorn through another thorn and get back to spirituality later.

This is all about betrayals, false pride, back-stabbing, mistrust, heart burns etc. dealing in one’s own way without resorting to violence, or disrupting the external world but inflicting everything as a self-torture trying everything to get satiated through the powerful medium of music, plugging the ear holes and facing the music internally and let it to act on the brain cells, the mind and the consciousness to create an effect to cool down without resorting to some one some friend or some external soul to console, because NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING is going to console oneself through external influences in such a situation because no one can understand or has the empathy to console, because of the strong sense of self that only lets one think on everything related to the self and the experience that the self-experiences through the mind using the senses, comparing everything with oneself and undermines the agony that the other person is experiencing.

This is one song aptly titled Coma, that deals with a person experiencing these kind of situations. More apt is the title of the album Use your illusion 1, a part of a double header and an another full fledged album titled Use your illusion 2 that was released simultaneously on the same day – September 17, 1991, when i was in my first year of university education in BITS Pilani, Rajasthan, India, an unpredecented event that has never happened in the history of music and this is unlikely to happen in future for sure!

Tracks such as November Rain, Don’t cry (with an alternative version), this particular track, 14 years, Yesterdays, Breakdown, Locomotive, Estranged, My World and many others to be mentioned. all highly powerful, high octane stuff that surely gives a high everytime the ear gets near to it!

If you is not inclined to spirituality, one may at least listen to these kind of stuff to derive and realise the bitter facts of life and take some gyan out of it to learn from others’ experiences!

You may also check the post Manic Times to get some indication of this fact, how the distortion of what the individual “i” factor unable to align with the supreme “I” factor can lead to an extreme and permanent form of expression of – ILLUSION, Bi-polarity etc.

Just closing the eyes, shutting out everything, plug in the earholes with earplugs and listen with full volume. listen and tell me your experience 😊 You will not find a practical session of “mind blowing experience” better than this! Not something for those sane people who are lovers of Indian classical music though! 😊

This is THE song and according to me no other song ever comes closer to this song in intensity when it comes to describing strong emotions.

I have always wanted to give my interpretations on this masterpiece and I think I have to give it at this point.

you’ve caught me in a coma
And I don’t think I wanna 
Ever come back to this 
World again
Kinda like it in a coma
‘Cause no one’s ever gonna
Oh make me come back to this
World again

Probably due to bad experiences through one’s friend or acquaintance or personal tragedies, one in a state of extreme frustration would attempt to take away one’s own life but because nature has provided such a strong defence mechanism, he is so much skeptical that even when this body gets worn out due to old age, still the will to remain alive remains extremely strong as ever like how it was when we were in youth. But having facing agonising experiences that threatens the very way of one’s existence, one part of the thinking process is realising the necessity to go beyond birth, death, disease and old age so as to never be born again!

(Same thing is reflected in Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody as well – “Some times i wish i have never been born at all…carry on…carry on…doesn’t really matter…

Mama, just killed a man, Put a gun against his head
Pulled my trigger, now he’s dead
Mama, life had just begun, But now I’ve gone and thrown it all away
Mama, ooh , Didn’t mean to make you cry
If I’m not back again this time tomorrow
Carry on, carry on, As if nothing really matters
Too late, my time has come, Sends shivers down my spine
Body’s aching all the time, Goodbye everybody, I’ve got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth
Mama, ooh, I don’t want to die
I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all…
“. )

Isn’t this reality and a real fact in this distorted world???

Now, I feel as if I’m floating away
I can’t feel all the pressure, and I like it this way
But my body’s calling
My body’s calling

Having realised the betrayals and having realised and experienced the cheating propensities in this world, I have learned not to expect anything from anyone or give any expectations to anyone by giving false promises and thus through this understanding my pressure will be relieved. All I need to understand is to listen to the needs of my body consisting of sense organs, organs of actions, mind, intelligence and ego by being more aware of the surroundings by providing proper inputs to my mind through my sense organs so that the intelligence tries to reflect on the reality and the mind properly analyses the things as they are and not swayed by the flowery words of others, including close friends and family members.

Won’t you come back to this world again?”

This world is full of bad influences. I couldn’t see any even remote light at the end of a tunnel. This world has become a hopeless place to live and is fit only for nay Sayers and vagabonds who have lost the discrimination to know the very purpose of their living.

What necessity is there to come again and face these worldly experiences again?

When all earthly relationships are tentative, naive, false, temporary and full of only misery, for what purpose should I come to this world and face the music again ?

Rather, i would live in an illusion till then and listen to these kind of music that relates to THE VERY ME.

Suspended deep in a sea of black
I’ve got the light at the end, I’ve got the bones on the mast
Well, I’ve gone sailing
I’ve gone sailing

Even though I am in between the devil and the deep blue sea, I am in an illusion that I will be sailing in a perfect condition with calm seas, nice breeze, lots of food and drink, a nice captain and a good company to chit chat and wile away all the time!

I could leave so easily
My friends are calling back to me, I said, they’re
They’re leavin’ it all up to me
When all I needed was clarity, and
Someone to tell me what the f*** is going on
Goddamn it

This is in a work environment/life environment where all work is dumped on a hapless person, providing no proper requirements, giving a hopeless deadline but expecting the work to be done with perfection, doing micro-management to cause frustration through abuse, coming every now and then to monitor and give sarcastic abusive remarks. Friends could be sarcastically described as supervisors or organisation in a typical example of work-place stress.

Slipping farther and farther away
It’s a miracle how long we can stay
In a world our minds created
In a world that’s full of s***

Under the above situation, hinting a layoff because of the horrible work environment created where going to work everyday has become a chore or from the sufferer’s side, job-hopping at the earliest opportunity is being contemplated. The whole world, I mean the personal life also get screwed up because of the mental torture at the work place., hence the strong phrase, “in a world that’s full of s***“.

Okay, let’s get this guy in the program please, we’re losing him (start an IV Please)
Come on, his airways someone’s got to protect his airways I want two
Where’s the defibrillator?
Two IV’s over here please, that’s two more now, we’re losing him (let’s go) (help me)
Okay, respond, we’re losing this guy (help me) 
Where’s the, where’s the crash- what’s going on? anyways, in protective two IV’s 
slow motion here (let’s get him in ER)
Going out on us
Who’s got the defibrillator?

Some desperate measures here being attempted by the employer through a display of false intelligence with the undermining superior authority because of the flickering material prosperity, thinking of diverting the situation by providing some false rehabilitation in the form of cheap freebies, cheap entertainment in the form of cultural extravaganza, free lunch/ice-cream parties, alcohol parties with bollywood songs for dance, sports events, celebrating “days” like women’s day, parents day that are of no real consequence etc. by having a special thinktank to plan these “innovations” according to time and circumstances, to divert the attention from the actual problem to brainwash the enthusiasts.

Please understand me

A desperate plea by the sufferer. Everyone has got their own share of issues and our false ego – strong sense of I and Mine that only projects our own importance and undermines others. In other words, one must have the determination to solve one’s problems through own’s own efforts.

I’m climbing through the wreckage of all my twisted dreams
But this cheap investigation just can’t stifle all my screams
And I’m waiting at the crossroads, waiting for you
Waiting for you
Where are you?

Realising that the career and future is getting spoiled because of a bad and uninformed decision without any proper investigations, now standing in an edge do or die situation, earnestly searching and hoping for someone to provide super motivation to lift from this hell by being prepared to listen consciously with all senses to provide some peace and solution to this desperate situation.

No one’s going to bother me anymore
No one’s going to mess with my head no more
I can’t understand what all the fightin’s for
But it’s so nice here, down off the shore
I wish you could see this, ’cause there’s nothing to see
It’s peaceful here and it’s fine with me
Not like the world where I used to live
I never really wanted to live

Having found the right mentor and worked hard to enhance his skill, an elusive job opportunity looks in sight with a strong realisation that it is no worth continuing in the present place. The mentor having invoked the sense of detachment is able to realise the influenced of the actual situation, enabling him to come out of the blinding illusion to come out of this situation:

There’s an unceasing wind that blows through this night
And there’s dust in my eyes, that blinds my sight
And silence that speaks so much louder than words
Of promises broken.
” – Pink Floyd – Sorrow – A momentary lapse of reason (aptly titled, of course by who else but the masters of psychedelic music)

Ah
Okay, we’re starting to lose this guy
I want that IV and his airway protected (let’s get some people in here)
Get the crash cart please, we’re losing this guy, he’s going under (give me an airway please)
Clear
Zap him again
How about an IV, stat?
Okay you better protect the airway, you’re starting to lose him (clear)
Zap the son of a b**** again

Another desperate and penetrating attempt by the employers, this time through more vehement means by giving excruciating torture (this torture varies depending on the innovative torture tactics adopted by various employers according to time and needs and also according to the mental faculties of the hapless individual, but no one is spared for sure by any means) during the notice period to seriously derange the quitting person so much so that the possibility of triggering a suicide situation is not far off!

“Listen to me
Axl, are you listening to me?
No, don’t walk away from me “Get back over here
(‘You are such a f****** p***** I am so p****** with you)
All I hear is BS, all the time
All you ever wanna do is have sex, sex
I just don’t give a s*** anymore

The final tactics goes to a level of abuse and provocation that is more direct and minding and that directly addresses the individual, more so because of the employer’s brahamastra – similar to the one released by the stupid Aswatthama for extremely selfish means just to salvage his life, though knowing that, that is impermanent – the necessity of relieving letter for any individual to be submitted to the new employer.

It’s the final stage of the strong willed to endure, thanks to the training from the mentor (if one has someone like this by luck or God’s grace) who provides survival tactics to handle these kinds of situations to exit gracefully without losing one’s cool.

Now comes the climax, the amazing non-stop breathtaking vocals for 2+ minutes

You live your life like it’s a coma
Won’t you tell me why we’d wanna?
With all the reasons you give, it’s
It’s kinda hard to believe
But who am I to tell you that I’ve seen
Any reason why you should stay?
Maybe we’d be better off without you, anyway

This is the cryptic advice given by the mentor and the reflections from the inner consciousness that wants to tell this bitterly to the employer.

You have to be in a state of numbness like in a comatose situation. Comatose situation is temporary, it’s a temporary slumber, though unpredictable, it has to come to an end. Either way it is good, whether you are happily out of this torturous world or land in a new better situation.

You got a one way ticket, on your last chance ride
Got a one way ticket to your suicide
Got a one way ticket, and there’s no way out alive

An’ all this crass communication that has left you in the cold
Isn’t much for consolation when you feel so weak and old

This is your last chance to endure the last suffering to get out of this hell, though you are fed up of everything. Endure the cold and insipid situation for all more last time and get the hell out of here. this should be you own way ticket never to cast even your shadows here for the rest of your life…

But if home is where the heart is, then there’s stories to be told
No, you don’t need a doctor, no one else can heal your soul

Even people in your home can’t help your situation because everyone has their own stories and have to live their own life. It’s all self-help.

Got your mind in submission, got your life on the line
But nobody pulled the trigger, they just stepped aside
They be down by the water
While you watch ’em waving goodbye

You learn to control your mind and senses. People will automatically show you the way out of compulsion. And when you say good bye to them on your last day, on your way out, they will only envy you and wish their day also will come soon! “They be down by the water” implies they would continue remaining on the sinking ship hoping to be rescued by providence, but that’s never going to happen because they are stuck in the whirlpool because of their past deeds, got to experience the same torture, if not more, to come out of the situation.

They be calling in the morning, they be hanging on the phone
They be waiting for an answer, but you know nobody’s home
When the bell’s stopped ringing
It was nobody’s fault, but your own

There were always ample warnings
There were always subtle signs
And you would have seen it coming
But we gave you too much time
And when you said that no one’s listening
Why’d your best friend drop a dime?
Sometimes, we get so tired of waiting for a way to spend our time

After seeing you, they will realising their futility, they will start their planning, they will ask you for references, you will say you guys didn’t see the warning signs but still there is hope, be diligent, if you don’t trust your sincere friend who will help in your dire situations, when he is waiting to help you wholeheartedly, why not make full use of it? You have your own naive sense of false superiority and that is your big hindering block and the unscrupulous elements takes full advantage of it.

An’ it’s so easy to be social
It’s so easy to be cool
Yeah, it’s easy to be hungry, when you ain’t got s*** to lose
And I wish that I could help you with what you hope to find

Instead of using social media for worthless ends and waste time and be “easy and laid-back”, why not use it to develop your skill set and find useful associations. When you have the intentions and thirst for knowledge why not utilise the services of those willing tohelp?

But I’m still out here, waiting
Watching reruns of my life
When you reach the point of breaking
Know it’s gonna take some time
To heal the broken memories
That another man would need just to survive

But I am going through a much more traumatic situation, but well aware of what is going to happen to me sooner or later, thinking through previous experiences, sitting on a time bomb under forced circumstances but trying to create an awareness that these are realistic situations that could happen to anyone, asking people not to panic and trying in their own way to earnestly come out of the situation. Realising that only time is a great healer but the wounds are not skin deep but heart deep, trying to forget the experience and erase the memories from the mind in totality.

After all this world is like a sealed bottle of honey and all the time we lick the glass outside thinking that, that is the real pleasure because of our poor understanding of this nature in every aspects of it and our inability to learn from it because of our false sense of superiority and attempting to lord it over it and not realising the fact that it is the nature that lords over us in absolute terms! 😦

Courtesy: https://genius.com/Guns-n-roses-coma-lyrics

Thank you very much for reading this till the end.

Conversation 056 – Trying to be a preceptor in a mundane world

The context of this conversation is based on a hypothetical  situation in corporate world (not hypothetical anymore (LOL) because this world is pretty much ruled by 99% category at this point of time☹), where a senior personnel (Mr.Y) is laid off abruptly and he is conversing with another colleague (now ex-colleague) who is also his good friend (Mr.X).

Mr.X: This post that you shared: Data warehousing and its architecture is really useful. Thank you very much. Sure, I am going through this right now. The blog post Mental Maturity that you shared is also equally good 😊

Mr.Y: Thank you very much 😊. The need of the hour is to tolerate with mentally deficient people.

Mr.X: Yes, by showing empathy!

Mr. Y: Yes, I no longer need it at this point but you need to ☹ I have already fallen down and not much to fall further…

Mr.X: Yes, I can understand. I am thinking of this only day in and day out.

Mr.Y: And you have to come out of the situation quickly for your mental health!

Mr.X: Fair enough. I have to study day in and day out to get out. otherwise they will eat me for sure ☹

Mr. Y:  Yes, it’s quite tough nowadays since the market is also not that good… you got to push through some good contacts. You got to think on those lines also!

Mr.X: ☹I will try.

Mr. Y: But still some effort to try through direct means as well is also useful, or whatever since that is still better than sitting idle in this sinking ship.

Mr.X: Yes, I totally agree.

Mr. Y: I don’t think they can stand long in the industry with this kind of attitude to everyone though. I am saying it to you because I know about you fairly well.

Mr.X: Correct, I can understand.

Mr. Y: Because I see the trend is getting worse over the years as I am watching on this attitude towards the employees. When the company is quite small, they tend to treat the employees fairly well. But when the company has grown exponentially, they want the employees to become their slaves by imposing arbitrary policies!

Mr.X: Yes! The trend has definitely changed over the years and it is changing for really worse for the employees.

Mr.X: Did you get any talks with some other organisations on your next employment?

Mr. Y: I have been doing it all the time but nothing is fruitful so far.

Mr. Y: It’s better for you to think they have made you resign and your notice period has already started and try for a job in this attitude. That’s my sincere advice if it all you really realise the gravity of the situation. And the career is already getting into a drain every day you stay there anyway!

Mr.X: Yes, this is pretty much happening ☹.

Mr. Y: So please think like this because you know they can do anything and you can do nothing about it. And you only will regret later because Its back to square one for you whatever be it.

Mr.X: Yes.

Mr. Y: I am not ringing any alarm bells because you very much know the reality in this very place. You can’t afford to lose out and sit like me naively trusting everyone under the sun ☹

Mr.X: 😊

Mr.Y: I trust people so much and every time I have seen them only let me down and I don’t learn any lessons any time because I think I am trustworthy and expect the same to get reciprocated, but unfortunately luck has not favoured me for not even a single instance so far.

Mr.X: I can understand what all you are going through. I can see it clearly.

Mr. Y: So, it is better to learn lessons from others and rather than face it yourself and then learn from it. When the sufferer comes and explains the predicaments to you sincerely, you got to take it whole-heartedly because “The sufferer only knows the suffering of the suffered.” ☹

Mr.X: Yes

Mr. Y: That’s why I am patiently talking to you.

Mr.X: This is very true.

Mr. Y: I am old and mature enough to handle it but I don’t think the youth of today can. At least the majority can’t bear it for sure.

Mr.X: yes, this is correct.

Mr. Y: What you can think of this in these situations when kids are at the peak of their education, a big home mortgage is on and the family expenses to handle and someone called “employer” to whom to put your heart and soul abruptly says, it’s all over this very moment???

Mr.X: hmm!!!

Mr. Y: You saw this reality that happened right in front of you to a person very well known to you right?

Mr.X: Yes, I was in shock. I told you. I had a lot going in my head at that moment.

Mr. Y: If this doesn’t ring alarm bells what else will?

Mr.X: Yes, Correct. this is something beyond comparison and was a shocker to me.

Mr. Y: No one can change anyone in this world because it is in their nature to remain as to whomever they are, since this attitude has been inherited from over countless lifetimes and also the upbringing in this present lifetime and also the nature of this age☹

Mr.X: Yes!

Mr. Y: You are because what you are and you are longing to be virtuous. Demons only long to be demons, because everything is in the corresponding nature. So, there is nothing much one can do about this and simply learn this truth to further better ourselves in the midst of the tortures from them.

Mr.X: Yes, I fully agree.

Mr. Y: These are the lessons no one will teach you but we have to learn yourself through introspection and learn to get mature through it by life experiences. And getting better and better with every such torturous experiences, so much so, that there will come a point when you will not feel anything as a torture but only as a blessing to better yourself further 🙂 . If one reaches this level he will come to a stage when he will be able to transform at least one person in an otherwise no one is “transferable world”, that would really be the biggest achievement in one’s life because it’s really not easy to lift another soul and absolutely nothing even comes closer to that ever.

Mr. Y: Really!

Mr. Y: That too if that is done without any expectations or rewards, no harm can even come closer to that person whatsoever.

Mr.X: Fair enough.

Mr. Y: That is the summary conclusion of Karma yoga in Bhagavad Gita – Working without expectation of rewards to attain perfection. So, please that got to be fair enough 🙂

Mr.X: Yes, I agree.

Mr. Y: I don’t want anything in life. Because nothing is permanent. I only want to sustain my near and dear as long as I am there. Our actions and its results are only permanent imprints of ourselves.

Mr.X: Yes.

Mr. Y: I don’t know if I am really going deep into philosophy and not even sure whether you are inclined into these subject matters. But I know you as a sincere person, these things definitely appeal to you. Otherwise you will not come to me because hardly anyone come to me on anything. I am a 100% loner though I get along well with everyone superficially and always try to keep them in good humour. And I am always willing to share whatever I can, but everyone feels superior according to themselves and so they don’t find the need to know anything from others!

Mr.X: I can relate to things what is happening and what is going on. So, I am just preparing myself for any eventuality.

Mr. Y: Yes, wishing you the very best!

Mr.X: Thanks, I will prepare myself otherwise this world will swallow me! You have always been open and ready to help anyone at anytime as much as i have seen 😊

Mr. Y: 😊 I have to step out…  We will surely continue and stay in touch wherever we are. Do let me know…I am always available for any assistance any time you want…

Mr.X: Thank you again so much. All the very best to you too!

Mr. Y: Thank you very much!

Conclusion: Mr. Y is still looking for that elusive job opportunity as I am publishing this post. He is in a burnout state as of now ☹ inside but doesn’t know how to show it outside, probably because he has been mentally drained all through his life… 😊

This too shall pass…

Trying to be a preceptor in a mundane world!

There are lot of predicaments for a person aspiring to be a sincere preceptor in this mundane world at the present moment because of the highly unfavourable circumstances and the rampous opposition by unscrupulous elements who do not want to change the status quo, just to hold their sway for their own selfish ends.

This post attempts to reflect on the challenges and solutions for a sincere preceptor in this modern world, attempting to uplift the thought process of the youth in particular at this moment or any thinking person in general for their betterment.

The purpose is to not to get carried over to the 99% majority and living in that state for the rest of the life.

The influence of the malaise’s introduced due to this present iron age of Kali that has infiltrated and ingrained into every system, that makes human beings entangled in all sorts of vices, causing deterioration and threatening their very own existence.

Surely no one is to be blamed for this, because all of us have been inheriting these qualities gradually over the 5000+ years through disciplic succession for generations through our parentage (LOL).

This has started to happen as soon as the disappearance of Lord Shri Krishna from this world after performing his pastimes.

Though Lord Shri Krishna has given us lots of transcendental literatures like Bhagavad Gita, Uddhava Gita through Srimad Bhagavatham etc. and also several others through His realised devotees and also through his very incarnation(s) itself as He lived His way of life to teach us how to actually live and not just exist just like living beings that lacks developed intelligence and consciousness.

But we are not realising the importance of these transcendental literatures and continue to live a life of zero purpose!

So many preceptors have come and gone since then and hardly an infinitesimal has picked up and grasped a miniscule of these thoughts – the less than 1% of the aspirers apply these teachings to their very life and also influence the people around them.

It is a clear fact that we have to change ourselves through our own efforts and none whatsoever can have any influence on this.

That is why this is called science of self-development, understanding of the self, science of self-realisation etc., because external influences can play only that much part

  • as to kindle an introspection within ourselves to look out for the reasons of our sufferings,
  • to seek that knowledge, that enable us to realise the reality of the actual situation,
  • to strongly believe that we are living in an illusion,
  • to understand that we are living in just a world of sugar coated bitter pills with adverse side effects,
  • to observe and learn from the solutions that are already offered by this very material nature, though the same material nature acts as a deluding effect for those with poor fund of knowledge.

It’s like extracting out the thorn through another thorn though both are of the same nature, by understanding the discriminating nature of the same substance at different situations.

The following examples are worth to look and ponder for our own self-development:

  • The blooming lotus surviving in filth, whose leaves never get tainted or touched by even a single drop of water though being in a muddy pool, illustrating how to live detached in this world of multiple distractions that inhibit the process of self-realisation.
  • The swan that separates the water from the milk, illustrating the necessity to discriminate between knowledge and ignorance/nescience/illusion to attain a higher purpose.
  • The tortoise that hides and withdraws into its shell immediately and completely under threatening situations and waits for a favourable situation, illustrating the aspect of proactiveness, control of senses, when to act/when not to act, when to react/when not to react and how to apply the knowledge to make any situation favourable.
  • The deer that gets lured to the sweet sounds of the hunter and gets caught in the net / a frog that croaks only to be easily detected by the snake to become its prey, illustrating how the sense of sound (hear/produce) can lead to one’s own downfall if one does not have the knowledge to discriminate between its good and bad effects.
  • The python that waits for its prey for days without any movement and gets satisfied with whatever that comes its way, illustrating full faith in nature/God for satisfying our basic needs and as human beings use the provided intelligence to work towards a higher purpose.
  • The snake that gets into the residence of others residences like caves and ant hills without the necessity to construct one for its own, illustrating the aspect of living in a simple uncomplicated residence and lead a simple life to utilise time and energy for other productive purposes.
  • The Koel bird that lays its eggs on the crow’s nest, illustrating the full faith in nature/God that even to protect its own progeny we need not actually endure that much undue pain because we are helpless in the laws of nature/God for its unpredictable nature and that the nature itself protects its helpless children.
  • The chameleon that changes its colour to adapt to the surroundings, illustrating the importance of adapting to any adverse situation using one’s own intelligence and foresight.
  • The male elephant that gets lured to the sight of the she-elephant to get into a trap set by the hunter, illustrating how getting attracted too much to the sense of sight and how too much attraction towards the opposite sex can lead to one’s own devastation.
  • The camel that relishes the taste of its own blood when eating its food in the midst of thorns, illustrating our very self that undergoes unsurmountable pain, just for a little sense pleasures “gained” by being acted upon and getting associated with the three modes of material nature – goodness, passion and ignorance.
  • The jack-ass that struggles through the day carrying huge burden for its master only to get beaten all the time, all for a small bunch of grass, that it could very well get on his own, grazing the pasturing grounds, illustrating the lack of inclination towards spiritual knowledge which is real knowledge and acting in utter foolishness similar to the ones who gets lured by the imperfect material knowledge that only causes to get entangled into material existence because this knowledge is meant only for gratifying the senses and not for any other higher purpose!
  • The jack-ass gets repeatedly kicked by a she-ass when it requests for courtship, illustrating the tendency for males to get excessively attracted to females and getting dominated by them, just for getting little sensual pleasures, enduring ridicule, chastisement and being hen-pecked and finally getting gratified after being mortified (the puranjana saga in Srimad Bhagavatham is a great example of this). The concept of being hen-pecked and its impact on the process of self-realisation will be detailed in a later post.
  • The ants and the bees cooperating in their activities with a marked sense of division of labour and self-sufficiency, illustrating living beings with insignificant brain size and insignificant brain mass can explain us a lot as to how to create and live in a organised society of perfect harmony – how the concept of Varnashrama System – the intellectual class, the military class, the mercantile class and the labour class working in unison through division of labour can be self-sufficient to achieve their intended purpose through Karma Yoga or acting selflessly without any expectation of reward to achieve a higher purpose.

The examples are just numerous to be mentioned and a lot of lessons could be learnt from them for our betterment by taking them as our preceptors or spiritual masters.

Our standard of living would not have been this pathetic now had we taken a leaf out of their book just by taking even one or two examples and apply it in our lives!

Still the attempts needs to be carried out for those 1% aspirers and by those 1% aspirers, it’s just because of them the world still exists despite its huge discrepancies and deficiencies.

It is a strong belief in our scriptures that even a single person has the potential to transform the future of this entire world for good.

In scriptures, the incarnations of Lord Maha Vishnu/Lord Shri Krishna are mentioned as Tri-Yuga.

In other words, the Lord incarnates as His personal form only in the first three yugas viz., Satya, Treta and Dwapara.

In Kali Yuga, He does not appear in His personal form because of its contaminated nature and appears only as a covered incarnation in the form of a devotee like Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu etc. and the propagation of devotional service through Sankirtana yoga or chanting of the holy name of the Lord because modes to realise the absolute truth suitable in other Yugas are just not suitable for the age of Kali because of its inherent nature.

Thus, sincere devotional service, applied with the knowledge of transcendental scriptures to teach the love of God is the only means to awaken the people in slumber in material existence in this age of darkness.

Thank you very much and best wishes for reading this entire post to the full…

Special acknowledgments with gratitude and references to the beautiful description of The Puranjana Saga by Hints to the Ancient Wisdom:

  1. Myth or a Symbol? – Story of Puranjana – Part 1
  2. Myth or a Symbol? – Story of Puranjana – Part 2

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.

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.

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