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 058 – Three categories of people/existence!

Seeker 2: Good morning…

Seeker 1: Hi Sir………..Good morning……….

Seeker 2: Good afternoon 🙂

Seeker 2: I know you don’t have lunch…but did you had anything today?

Seeker 1: Ohhh you remember that……..yeah, I had something in the morning…

Seeker 2: I remember almost everything…that is my biggest problem ☹

Seeker 1: 😊

Seeker 2: Forgetfulness is really good and very beneficial in so many ways…

Seeker 2: I also have this peculiar habit that aggravates this 😊 I note it down somewhere as soon as I realise when something wrong happens or if I am hurt by someone. So, I can’t forget it because I tend to refer to them at some point…that always serves as a reminder when I have to interact with that person again…which happens almost all the time ☹

Seeker 1: Haha!

Seeker 2: That’s why I can almost relate to everyone and everything since my school days…and with the 16-companies and the people I worked with. I have contacts all over the place..i have close to 1100 contacts in my LinkedIn (LOL).

Seeker 2: You wouldn’t believe I can tell the names of all my classmates from my 11th/12th class in ascending order even now 😊…I am not sure I told you this before. There were 29 of them…

Seeker 1: No, you haven’t spoken me about this…

Seeker 2: Oh okay…I told this list in our reunion at school few years back and they were stunned and couldn’t believe my craziness 😊

Seeker 1: ohh great! 😊

Seeker 2: Every day everyone hears the list of the class by the class teacher while taking the attendance and it involuntary went inside me but not into everyone 🙂

Seeker 1: Interesting! 🙂

Seeker 2: I mean one’s memory could be developed in so many ways…all we need to do is to listen…

Seeker 2: For example, remembering all the 1000 names of Lord Vishnu in Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam does serve lots of purposes…which I was very fortunate by the grace of my parents who made me to attend a class at a nearby place and made me learn it by heart during my 6th standard holidays and that has been my constant companion since then…That has been and will always be my biggest saviour in all circumstances…Any time any place any situation….

Seeker 2: It always reminds us that there is always a supreme person who is a supreme protector with supreme qualities. Just thinking about all those qualities as is in these names will inspire us to develop that quality at least to a minute extent that would enable us to develop as a conscious individual.

Seeker 2: Otherwise we are continuing to get caught up with the situations that has been created by us only and thinking we can get out of every situation by ourselves!!!

Seeker 2: Just think on this aspect and if this really appeals to you, you are really apart from the rest of the crowd…I see you as a person of a different level and category since the first time I met you and that’s why I am saying this… otherwise I have no reasons to say these things to anyone…I tell you this..

Seeker 2: There are just three categories or people, or you can say just stages in our existence(if at all one is fortunate to navigate from one level to the next level)…

Seeker 2: Exist…Live…Realise

Seeker 2: Exist are those who don’t have the reason or knowledge to comprehend what and why things are happening to them or to people around them…

Seeker 2: Live are those who knows a little bit of what and why things are happening around them and learn to live with them but they don’t have the means to go beyond them…

Seeker 2: Realise are those who is able to comprehend what is the real truth behind everything…why things are happening…Who is behind all this…to go beyond that to realise that there is no actual thing as happiness or sorrow in this world and everything just passes…

Seeker 2: These are the three real categories of people or existence.

Seeker 2: So, it is through our own efforts and sacrifices to reach or achieve which states of existence we want to be in or want to become.

Seeker 2: All I say now are coming out of my spontaneous learnings and realisations. If you have heard these things from anyone else please do let me know. I would be really privileged to be submissive and learn and know more from him/her further. I know but I can’t say this in much simpler terms than this…

Seeker 2: This is the entire summary of my learning all these years, primarily from two scriptures, Shrimad Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatham.

Seeker 2: I don’t know why I am saying this to you only but I do and could relate to people as to what are their expectations in their life are. And say these to only those kinds of people of that calibre to comprehend these aspects…

Seeker 2: Age does not matter here. Only mental maturity matters!

Seeker 2: I will say even my six-year-old kid is more mentally mature to deal with situations and knows lot of these aspects in the form of Krishna Katha as described in 10th Canto of Srimad Bhagavatham and also the detailed reasons and activities behind the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu in various cantos of Srimad Bhagavatham that even the 25 years old+ colleagues of yours cannot… 😦 He will also be able to narrate the entire events and the characters in the first canto of Srimad Bhagavatham…Just lending one’s ears is all that matters…

Seeker 2: Most of what I said is in that recorded conversation/interview in Tamil that day, I know hardly anyone will pay any attention to it…People don’t know what is important for life and what is not. No one can help it 🙂 Even the Gods can’t help it as Krishna himself says it, unless one realises these aspects by one’s own efforts, this is not going to happen!

Seeker 2: Do read this again in your leisure and let me know.

<<sometime later>>

Seeker 1: I think I would be on PIP (Performance Improvement Plan) now… and these people are not giving me anything to work …

Seeker 2: Don’t bother about anything…that’s all I can say…Good for you…

Seeker 1: No, it’s not good ☹

Seeker 2: That means it is very much possible for them to ask you to leave the place without you having to serve notice period for 3 months 😊

Seeker 1: I have never faced this kind of issues with me before…everything is going against me these days…

Seeker 2: As if I have faced these kind of things before (LOL)…I have been a top performer in all companies throughout my career…you can check all my projects and all the teams that I had led…I had never let down any company I worked with nor the teams that I handled any time…and i had always been a kind of a father figure in my later days or an elder brother all the time during my early days…

Seeker 2: Seriously 🙂

Seeker 2: If you end up in a pathetic company with a pathetic work culture, you are not to be blamed for it…

Seeker 2: Still there are places based on your approach and skills you will be respected for what you are…otherwise you should have the skills and guts in you to quit and go for somewhere else… whenever you see any irregularities…

Seeker 2: I quit every time whenever my reputation was at stake and someone else was readily willing to offer me a position all the time till now…otherwise I would not have end up in 16 different places in 20 odd years… 🙂

Seeker 1: But no one is willing to take me at this time…

Seeker 2: Same with me either ☹ Time will surely change… I can’t give you much more motivation on this because we have already spoken on this quite a lot and you have also come to a good mindset to handle it, I guess…

Seeker 2: I don’t want you to look at my present situation and empathize with me because that is not going to solve anything, similar is your situation on me empathizing with you…

Seeker 2: I can and I only want to be a good well-wisher and support to you at this time for reasons I really don’t know…as to why i am paying this much special attention…

Seeker 2: Just got to realise that the present cause is for a long-term effect and we are going through everything in phases just like how we go from a temporary stage from a baby to a boy/girl to a teenager to an adult and so on…

Seeker 2: and everything is in continuation from what was before…these things are really very hard to take in for normal people but as i said if one attempts to transcend to the third category, then these situations are to be taken as God-sent as to how to handle these things to enable us to realise the real purpose and the result that is to come out of the present situation…

Seeker 2: I am just saying these things to you because this is the reality and if you are able to take this…you will realise that there is a purpose to anything that is happening and not get entangled with situations that are not the actual reality but appear to be real!

Conversation 057 – Being interviewed by a reporter from a Spiritual Magazine

I must say that this conversation happened only because of the divine will of Lord Lakshmi Narayana in this temple that I visit almost every day. Otherwise, there could be no other reason!

This conversation took place on 04-July-2019 but I am able to make the full transcript only now.

There is this reporter of a prominent spiritual magazine in Tamil language (name asked to be kept in anonymity), who happened to see me and recognize me. He happened to visit the temple that day. He stopped me right on the road and wanted to converse with me. The conversation (Tamil translated to English) goes like this:

Seeker 1(Reporter)

Seeker 2(Rajini (myself))

Seeker 1: I am a reporter from this magazine in Tamil. We focus mainly on spiritual subjects. I have been a regular follower of your blog and I see that you are nearing 150 posts, that is really a big achievement!

Seeker 2: Thank you very much. I am very glad that you are regularly checking on my blog posts.

Seeker 1: It is my pleasure. I note that you have good knowledge on scriptures, particularly Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatham, Thirukural etc.

Seeker 2: 😊 Please don’t say that. I am only a learner…

Seeker 1: I find that you have written a lot and covered a lot of topics in depth. I want you to summarise based on all that you have written on the present attitude of people in general and what could be done about it.

Seeker 2: 😊we are standing on the road and do you want to talk about it right here?

Seeker 1: I am really sorry. I respect the value of time and so we cannot afford to go to my office to have discussion at this point of time.

Seeker 2: That’s really very nice of you! Okay, then we shall go to this isolated kind of annexure to this temple. I call it the ant-hill Lord Lakshmi Narayanan 😊. I am usually here most of the time because this is solitary and peaceful for prayers. No one ever comes here inside 😊

Seeker 1: Sure.

Seeker 1: I am recording what you are saying for my interpretations. I hope this is fine with you. I would share the recording with you after sometime. I think the recording is likely to be interspersed with lot of traffic noise because of our location, but I think that doesn’t matter.

Seeker 2: Sure. But One thing I want to tell you. This is the place where I meditate regularly. So, I might get into a sort of trance at some point of time as I watch Lord Lakshmi Naarayanaa and speak on the answer😊 and say anything as ordained that time, you may note some subtle changes in my voice etc., but I would sincerely request you to take note of the validity of whatever I say and use it for the benefit of everyone.

Seeker 1: Sure, I will.

Seeker 2: Before I answer on what you have asked, I dedicate whatever that I had to say, advertently or inadvertently to Goddess Saraswathi because She is the source of all knowledge, She is the object of all knowledge and also She is the destination of all knowledge. I also seek the blessings of the source of everything, Lord Naarayanaa and His eternal consort Goddess Mahalakshmi.

Seeker 2: <<Goddess Saraswathi Invocation>>

Seeker 2: Here it goes…

Seeker 2: People, why you are running around here and there all the time? Where do you actually want to go from here? What big things are you doing in this world that is of really of any significance or benefit to anyone or anything? What???

Seeker 2: Same running around all the time…same sleeping…same waking up…same eating…same work…day in and day out…

Seeker 2: When is this all going to end?… Is this work that you are doing giving any satisfaction to you? you are doing the same thing again and again as if you have become mentally retarded…

Seeker 2: Is this giving happiness? What sorts of happiness? Where is this all leading to?

Seeker 2: At the end of ONE day, we all have to leave this place., by being disciplined. Doing good…learning good things. do you want to find a way of reaching the abode of Lord Vishnu…or…

Seeker 2: By being too materialistic like…I have to buy this house…I am to earn this much…I have to buy that car…I have to buy this…I have to buy that…I have to buy luxuries for my family and well-wishers…

Seeker 2: Eat this…eat that…eat whatever I feel like that satisfies my palate…

Seeker 2: You have this…I have that. I will show off my possessions to people around me but that only gain you jealousy and envy…

Seeker 2: What is going to come to you finally? Are these “possessions” of yours really yours??? What is really going to come to with you at the end?

Seeker 2: How you have lived…How has been your life…Has anyone really benefited from your gestures that transformed them, that made you live in their heart forever like a guardian angel? He introduces you to his friends and well-wishers…saying…”I have been with this person…What I am now is because of him”…Have you made anyone tell like this about you? Then what has been the purpose of your life? What is going to happen after you are no longer there? What are the people going to talk about you then?

Seeker 2: Goats, cows, pigs etc. eat well…sleep well…procreate well…know how to defend…are you being born as a human being only to do this in a much more sophisticated manner?

Seeker 2: Do you know how you have evolved into a human being? These mundane things what you are doing now are being done by you in all your life forms since ages…

Seeker 2: You have been provided intelligence…right? right? Doing these same things, then what is the use of acquiring this human birth after crossing all these life forms…

Seeker 2: Wealth, Work??? Can you do it honest in this world? Everything is disguised cheating…. that causes heart-burns for so many people and you are also not satisfied as well…

Seeker 2: This is Karmic influence…you have to face it…Will it go? What is going to happen after THAT day…Is atma (soul) like a stone etc. that is made from 5 material elements to also disappear??? atma is life particle…atma is eternal…and that keeps transmigrating…

Seeker 2: The Supreme Lord thinks this way…Atma ,  you moved away from Me…you wanted an identity…to dominate material nature… “thinking” I know how to live on my own…the material nature is mine and is for mine…this body is mine…this is my wife…my kid…my house…my nation…my earth…

Seeker 2: Krishna asks…What is yours???? For how long?  What did you bring in when you came into this world? From previous births…t is just continuing from there. What else you had? Understand that..your being is now like a dog…just for the sake of living a livelihood and seeking petty pleasures, you didn’t seek to learn good things…forget what is needed. Forget your own self…

Seeker 2: Forgot that the atma is in your body…you forget even that…you get attached to false conceptions and feelings that this is my body…she is my wife and so on.. The body that is made of 5 elements. What is going to happen. How will atma go out on this body on THE day…it can only go through the nine holes (two holes in the western side…mouth..nostrils, eyes and ears). If you don’t realise yourself before the time of your death…

Seeker 2: Why being born again as to do what you have been doing before? What are the things that has come to you as of now, at this point, that were with you since the time of your birth? everything is changing…what is staying the same from birth to death? Its only the atma that is dwelling in your body that stays unchanged throughout…

Seeker 2: How did the atma acquire this very body? Have you ever thought about it? It had been in various bodies earlier. Even now this atma could have been in any body…be it in a coconut tree, snake, demon etc. but what made it chose this very body of yours to stay? Won’t you think about it?

Seeker 2: For this sake only, God has provided intelligence to “human beings”…but what are you using it for? watching some junk stupid movies and third-rated soaps…indulge in all sorts of habits, useless idle talks, gossip and pomp…eating all sorts of obnoxious stuff and spend time in cooking them and discussing about them as well… ☹

Seeker 2: Without even realising what the gunas of the food that you eat are the ones that drives your thought process, character, your intelligence and your way of life…you spin like a wheel running around…

Seeker 2: Everything starts from what you eat…food constituents are split into 2 parts…one part for energy to drive all physical activities. The remaining part? What it does do you know. You think eating this will build muscles, that will improve eyesight etc. But for how long..50yrs+???..wont the aging process take over?

Seeker 2: Skin starts to lose its lustre…eyesight fades…ear doesn’t hear properly…whatever you have been eating so far…Will you be able to eat them for life. Your doctor says eat without salt…reduce fats…reduce sugars…having eaten all obnoxious foodstuffs so far to satisfy your tongue…and thinking only food is life…you ask yourself how you will be able to stop it suddenly?…then you start to think…why should I live…are you living just for eating?

Seeker 2: In olden days rishis, munis, gyanis have told…written Ramayana.Mahabharata…puranas etc. and for Tamils, the Tamil Veda…Thirukural…leaving these things…what you guys are reading…how to influence others. How to be successful in business…these are required…no doubt…but this is not all…

Seeker 2: What is required for good living? You people leave this…what is good…what is bad…how to live…how not to live…not thinking like that…hear from junk and degenerated people with all sorts of vices and bad habits…if you don’t know anything…even if some idiots says something it becomes Vedanta to you. Are these things not worth thinking about?

Seeker 2: ..or for the remaining part of your life. Do you want to do the same thing…running around here and there without any use…expecting flattery for whatever you do…What are you having for lunch…Shall we go to this hotel…How is this cinema…How is this TV serial? How much this guy score in that match…  What is this all going to lead to? Think! if you think what I am saying is good for you. start with books…

Seeker 2: for example. Start with Thirukural. If you don’t know Tamil. Do you know that Thirukural has been translated into at least 80-90 languages worldwide…you don’t have to do anything like learning all the 1330 couplets…just take any from the first 500..you may even take it some random page…there is something in everything there for life…you just need to take your preferred language and just READ.

Seeker 2: You complain…I lost my job…I fought with wife…i don’t know how to reconcile…my kid is not obeying me…my kid is not studying…my kid is roaming around…if we are  disciplined…why the kid will not be obedient or wayward? we are not obedient ourselves…but worry about our kid…what will happen to him. How will he study…how will he succeed…?

Seeker 2: Already God has carved a path for everyone based on our past karma and what we do in this life…so what will we do. We don’t even know what is in store for tomorrow. Then why think about your kid so much ???…he will do…he will study. If kids are undisciplined…so are we…!

Seeker 2: We leave our parents alone in their old age either in “homes” or get themselves solitary confined in their own home…your family…your wife and kids live in a different place…you live in a different place…your parents sweated out and shed blood for you to bring you up…you forget what they did for you…

Seeker 2: You say…they are old…I can’t even take care of my kid. You listen to your wife for all her idiosyncrasies. If her family come to your house you buy everything for them and make them happy. I am just saying what is happening you have to judge it yourself…

Seeker 2: I don’t even bother whether this happen or doesn’t happen with you…you see everything that is happening around you but if you agree to this or not…it’s just your discretion…

Seeker 2: I don’t have anything to gain or lose…that you guys listen to me for this long I treat this as a blessing and some sort of an achievement…I am just telling what I think and also many are my own personal experiences that I I am talking about…

Seeker 2: At the present state of world affairs, if you think even 10% – 15% of what I said as truth or fact or if it makes some sense to you…I think that would be a big happiness to me…

Seeker 2: …or I would have to take this like this…you people tend to watch at least 3 or 4 TV serials daily that are total time wasters anyways…and there is only negative takeaway from them…I would think this like that…that’s all…people cannot change themselves and would always want to remain like status quo…it is their destiny…

Seeker 2: Thank you very much for the opportunity to share my thoughts. I hope all will be good to everyone…understand people…life and its importance…

Seeker 2: Hare Krishna!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sdixUGwe-JTwc093Q9sAQCwUzmTNUksp

(The above audio is my voice is in my mother tongue, Tamil Language)

The below conversation is after the recording and before parting our ways…

Seeker 1: Phew…that was too much…really a pleasure to be able to listen to you…looks like you covered the basic principles of Gita and Bhagavatham in just around 20 minutes.

Seeker 2: 😊 there is a lot to talk…I just didn’t want to divert from your question too much.

Seeker1: Yes, you were very much to the point…very subtle but thought-provoking…

Seeker 2: It’s just my longing that people lead a more basic and disciplined life and get contented with what they have. Pretty hopeful this will happen at least to those who are inclined for it.

Seeker 1: Yes! You are right. I have to thank you again for suggesting this make-shift arrangement for this “interview” 😊

Seeker 2: It’s my pleasure!

Seeker 1: நன்றி! மீண்டும் சந்திப்போம்! (Thank you! We will meet again!)

Seeker 2: Thank you very much!

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…

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.

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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