Blog Plans for the year 2020

Blog related activities:

  1. Digital Media Library Creation and Maintenance.
  2. Record Audio Files for multi-lingual blog posts.
  3. Record Audio for various topics on an adhoc basisand provide reference to audio to these blog posts for easier comprehension.
  4. Interact with like-minded frequently to create conversations blog posts using Instant Messengers like WhatsApp, Skype, Google talk, blog comments etc. to augment blog content.

Content related activities:

  1. Bhagavad Gita Work – Attempt to work comprehensively by giving each sloka due weightage.
  2. Srimad Bhagavatham Work: Enhance knowledge in Sanskrit – A novel attempt to identify the 10 Sargas across all the 12 cantos and an attempt to create 10 chapters with due reference.
  3. Give importance to the mother tongue Tamil (hitherto un-touched) by working on and translating the English blog posts as well as provide specific content to the target audience.

This Seeker 2 seeks all the best wishes and blessings from all the bloggers / casual readers for this task.

My ardent prayers to:

  • The Goddess of Learning Goddess Saraswathi,
  • Srila Vyasadeva – The literary incarnation of The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Compiler of Vedas
  • Lord Shiva – The Lord of Material Nature and False Ego.
  • All the controllers and the maintainers of the various entities of this material universe.
  • All Spiritual Masters and disciples of All Sampradayas
  • All material entitiesLiving – moving and non-moving, Non-Living – objects devoid of life-force / soul.

All your words of encouragement in the form of likes and comments will be invigorating to me to provide significant impetus to this seemingly insurmountable task.

Hare Krishna!

Om Namo Naaraayanaaya!

References:

  1. Summary of Teachings from Srimad Bhagavatham – Part One
  2. Reflections on Srimad Bhagavatham Canto 1
  3. Conversation 016 – Process of creation of material elements explained scientifically in Srimad Bhagavatam
  4. Magnificence of Srimad Bhagavatham

Conversation 060 – Inner Engineering?

This is really a lengthy conversation with my best friend. I am breaking it into multiple posts for our convenience. Thank you very much for reading!

Seeker 1: Have you heard about ISHA Kriya and their program on Inner Engineering?

Seeker 2: Yeah … I have heard about it.

Seeker 2: Most people blindly get into these kinds of things in the name of yoga and meditation because they are unable to manage stress in their life but want relief through some shortcut means.

Seeker 2: Nobody wants to put sincere efforts by subjecting their body and be self-controlled. With no proper diet control nothing can be ever achieved!

Seeker 2: If one says inner engineering is possible for anyone that means he is only interested towards money making by trying to exploit these kinds of people. However, if he is scrutinizing in selecting people for the program he is genuinely interested in the welfare of the people. Otherwise the tendencies of these modern day “gurus” is to cheat with false promises just to extract money for their establishment.

Seeker 1: What is the best way then? Is this the only way? Do you know the best diet control? I believe it again changes from person to person based on body type. It’s not possible for every human being??  Why not if one practice it?

Seeker 2: People have to throw away their bad habits first (primarily intoxication, meat eating, gambling and unregulated sex habits) and be sober for quite a while before indulging into inner engineering or things like that. Otherwise whatever one tries, his efforts will not be effective.

Seeker 2: Most “gurus” starts with strict principles in the beginning but gets diluted midway because the profit motive and “preaching according to the nature of people” comes into picture. Original intentions and the principles will get slowly lost in the course of time and in the name of flexibility and advertisements and with constant pestering for donations in the name of introducing philanthropy to common people by bring a false hope that one can compensate for bad karma in the name of these kind of donations!

Seeker 2: One is going to reap for whatever one has done no matter what, if not from this birth, from all the previous births! People are not aware of basic principles and without any basic knowledge on scriptures do everything nonsense and blame everything as they continue to struggle with problems in life. This includes the so called educated who claims they know everything but in practicality, their life is only oriented towards money making and gaining high positions in society, which are all temporary and do not lead to any higher purpose either in this life or after death!

Seeker 1: Hahaha … nicely said though! But my basic question remain what is best diet plan and how to find that plan suits one’s body??? If everything our moods/ emotions / thoughts are dependent on what one eats???

Seeker 2: Yes, surely it gradually builds over the years.

Seeker 1: What is the best diet plan and how to get to it without any complications?

Seeker 2: Mainly because food is also classified into three modes and so one becomes what one eats!

Seeker 1: Three modes?

Seeker 2: Check this post for details on the three modes of material nature: Conversation 026 – Modes of material nature (and beyond)

Seeker 2: Yes – Goodness, Passion and Ignorance or Sattvic, Rajasic and Tamasic.

Seeker 1: Yeah. All is mentioned in Bhagavad Gita. One should ignore Tamasic and Rajasic types of food? That is best one to follow…

Seeker 2: Yes, Different types of food and how one is according to what one eats! If one does not read and live according to Bhagavad Gita his life is really a failure in spiritual terms!

Related Posts:

  1. Trying to be a preceptor in a mundane world!
  2. Conversation 056 – Trying to be a preceptor in a mundane world
  3. Conversation 041 – Fasting on Ekadashis
  4. Conversation 040: Food and Laziness / Dullness
  5. Directions for having food

(Continued…)

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…

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.

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  1. Unknown

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)

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