Thursday, July 31, 2003

ACTION: DEEDS MATTER MOST (SUBJECTIVE AND OBJECTIVE)

A fat plump person endowed with a lot of fat is treated in a dismal manner - laughs, jeers, stifled giggles and smiles. How does he cope, either he chosses to ignore the barking lot or reacts in an agressive manner or in an emotional manner. He certainly may choose to think he is hurt humiliated (subjective) as against seeing the true cause of the problem(objective) and ignore it as a wrongful action from the otherside. Every person who chooses to tease or bring down another person, is himself suffering from some discrepancy or deficiency - he tries to react in a manner so as to show that he has everything under control - whereas he is trying to gloss over his weakness at the expeense of someone else.
Provocative actions should not provoke negative reactions - then the wrong thoughts of both the provoker and the provoked would suceed. The Mind should be under perfect control for this and to achieve this end meditation I think will almost always suceed. Only the source of learning mediation must be right, else other negative thought centers may get activated. Lust, greed, anger and jealousy are somethings that come to mind as being severely negative feelings that can turn a good person into a veritable brute or wild animal - all powerful and all-enveloping delusions arising out of the mind that seem so real when working, that we tend to act under their total control. Like the crystal resembles the colour that the background it is placed on - though in fact it posseses no colour of its own.
Thoughts, emotions and other such seemingly subtle things are the ones that inturn bring up action either good or evil (warning: the recurring theme of good and evil is pervasive in this essay).
It is ultimately the action that matters the most - though thoughts play a central role in initiating an action, you can think and think and think but never act - this is basically of no use except to tense you up. Every thought is directly or indierectly going to produce as its result some action. Thats why you would have noticed that brain-washing is the first step deployed by militant and terrorist organizations - once the ideas and knowledge is disseminated the real action begins. But action can also be thoughtless like suicide attacks though the root cause is some thought again - its difficult to go into the mind of a suicide bomber - but its evident he is acting under some delusion or passion for his or his community's cause, however foolish it may be.
The action is what is constructive or destructive and this is what works against the fact that the world is an illusion, since if actions were not allowed no effect would be seen - of course in VR (Virtual Reality) lets say a game too you act against a stimulus and respond to alter the scene or scenario.
I am not an atheist, I believe in the concept of God - but many things remain inexplicable - What I have surely understood and seems perfectlyreasionable is to serve humanity with all the good action or deeds that is the true manifestation of God. Think good and as a result you would certainly act good and you would also become good - good in the sense of not causing any mnisery to fellow beings - sharing their sorrows and sharing your joys - but never get attached to anything; act in an objective manner - its difficult I am sure it is, but the subjectivity is even more dangerous - I can act objectively only when I am able to grasp the true meaning of something - and discrimininate between good and bad, constructive and destructive, true and false . Until then of course you will see bloodshed, pain and suffering. You may argue that if everyone thinks alike, objectively ie creativity and ingenuity will be lost and advances in the human civilization would come to a halt but this is not the case, think different think without hindrance colour your activities with the colors of imagination uninhibited but let it be constructive and let it lead to actions that are inturn constructive because the end result should be action; inaction is the state of the the dead not the lively. Never be idle; think when free - and then mould these thoughts into fruitful, effective and dynamic action.


Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Interview with Brian Kernighan


CYBORG RIGHTS - the World Transhumanist Association conference at Yale University in late June. International academics and activists, they met to lay the groundwork for a society that would admit as citizens and companions intelligent robots, cyborgs made from a free mixing of human and machine parts, and fully organic, genetically engineered people who aren't necessarily human at all. A good many of these 160 thinkers aspire to immortality and omniscience through uploading human consciousness into ever evolving machines.

SUPRAMUNDANE : On Second Thoughts...

Survival of the fittest - was this concept right in the first place? - because everything depends on the behaviour of the species or individual. There is this stunted person I see everyday who is always laughed at either in smiles or stifled giggles and must be feeling the ignominy . . . However this in turn makes the person I am referring to timid and more shy and unable to cope, submitting to the public - or is it the 'meek shall inherit the world' syndrome playing in here - is the person becoming humble so as to be a victor inthe later stages of life. Handicapped men and women have reached great heights but thats totally based on the attitude and the behaviour they adopted - no inherent fitness genes or inbuilt or inate abilities!
Assume a burly strong guy - surely in a place of shallow people he will thrive become the bully and the domineering type - successful in his own right making use of his brute chauvinism. However in a more intellectual or academic environment unless he is bestowed with good brain power he would heavily lose out.
It all depends on the circumstances and the context (Einstein's theory of relativity applied to life - everything is relative to the object or frame of reference) and the individual's behaviour - in one context the very same person may rise to the peak and in another she(he) may drop to the depths unless continuous adaptation occurs.
Similarly good and evil thoughts are also context-sensitive - a butchers's job is a classic example - its his duty and so is it good or evil? Sometimes the mind may go into the vilest depths of evil thought and sometimes may rise to enlightening insights of knowledge. Why does this happen ? Is this because of the circumstances around and the behaviour of the person? Why do we think is another very interesting question? Evil thoughts why and how do they come - some seed sown somewhere grows into a tree - like dormant waves in an ocean when a drop falls in an ocean it goes into abeyance to come up at the slightest prick or stimulus. Yet dirty, bad, evil, vile thoughts always seem to come up - hidden things akin to backstabbing. This circumstantial thing - now assume the bad/evil in the society are developing at a rate greater than the good, this will almost certainly wipe out that race. Assuming again a certain person is good, tries to be good and is always trying to indicate to others to strive to become good but the rate of evil growth is so high that the lone guy may be wiped out into the evil scheme of things - majority wins - the guy thinks he is losing out in the current situation - and needs to emulate to win and in the process corrupts his self or unknowingly falls into the trap - his fault of course. Or should he come up truimphs if he follows the right startegy and pursue his ideals if not selfishly at least for the good of the others till the end.

The more a person (coming into the human domain now) thinks positive and good, the more will be the tendency towards good and greater heights as the classic statement of Swami Vivekananda rings loud and clear - 'The purer the mind the easier it is to control'. The mind the thought processes - Rene Descartes's classic statement 'I think therefore I am' all point to the eternal fact that The Mind is the Reaper and so is the Slayer - it can lead to the matrices of the good or the bad as you chose. But is the Karma concept true? Then who is the judge - the Self ? Why does it manifest itself in so many forms - is it playing a game - I am not trivialising the issue, the Leela or Maya is what this concept is, ie the physical - is it an illusion (Matrix buffs galore nowadays); then are the planets, the stars, the constellatons, the universe all an illusion I dont think so. The brain in a jar concept cannot be true - even though I agree everything if you see it that way depends totally on the senses or the sense organs - the 5 senses. If you could send in the right impulses and stimuli the situation can be created meaning simulated. But if the senses were everything is creativity a product of these - what and why are some craetive and others not? Then again I find I am asking myself - what exactly is good? Those pleasant to the senses or conversely those bad to the senses are good to the soul - pleasure to the senses is like the beginning of pain to the real inner self. Good music is then bad - auditory sense, good scenery is bad - vision, good food is bad, or is it it that you should not get attached/addicted to these - remain aloof or detached, take when you get it dont crave. Dont strive? Confuson reigns. Strive but not for material things, yes, but higher things - after life ? Or prepare for the next edition of your life. Or best is to get out of this cycle all together.


It is then that the concept of GOD comes in - he (she or is he formless) is an entity to preserve nature and the human edifice - then doesnt the concept itself become human centric, a concept or an illusion arising out of the human brain - I am confused. I have read the Bhagavad Gita - not too many times, but get the ESSENTIAL concept that the real GOD or GOOD comes either from Bhakti(WORSHIP), Karma(WORK) or Jnana(KNOWLEDGE) - its the path that you choose to adopt that matters. If you chose none you are a vegetable or an inhuman brute. It everyone is in a cycle of life and death - why was the cycle created first of all - the good the bad the ugly - what was the 'init move' or the initial state ? Or is the whole thing a way of keeping resonance in the relations among human beings a higher form of life so that the humans dont tear apart and decimate fellow human - a clever ploy by the humans themselves to survive - fittest race or the behavioural aspect.
I was reading an article sent via mail by Kanwal Rekhi - one of the earliest of entrepreneurs to go off to the US and establish himself in the Silicon Valley - where he points out that the basic needs when met, an infinite number of services can be lapped up by humans. This improvement from subsistence based society- agrarian society to a developed society like US - is what India should emulate and follow blindly ... But as the society becomes more mechanized and automated, the leisure and pleasure hours go up and thus crime of all sorts rises - idle minds are indeed devils' workshop - thus the man eat man situation again . I am not a luddite; against technological advancement - but someone explain the above juggernaut.

Is there any truth in the astrology, palmistry and other such sciences which are being institutionalised currently - I think not ... Nor are miracles and such. Prayers? Rituals? Temples? Churches? Its all to maintain the human balance? - keep the behaviour under bounds - preservation of own species, survival tactics of a highly evolved and intelligent thinking human species - Its intellect. But the Heart says something differnt from the Mind almost always doesnt it?
Thoughts : another tool for survival? Then if humans vanish will the next manifestation of The Self be another species that will realise that it is inturn another concrete form or part of the Self ?

Better even, just forget to think about all this needless metaphysics (physics at the higher level is agin metaphysics) and follow your chosen path tirelessly - you will achieve all ! May be . . . you choose.


Wednesday, July 23, 2003

THE BHARATEEYA BLOG MELA #22

Another blog mela for me is due
This time the entries have been few
But none have been rejected
Nor would they have been if plenty
Whereas I am not exactly dejected
Am I supposed to get senti?






DRAGON - 'yoni ki baat?'
Discussions on a play and the related issue of abuse against women ...


Ram Duraikannu - Embedding Amazon Products in your webpage
On Automating Amazon wishlists (Indian connection ? anyway... I have a dearth of entries u c)
Using the Amazon.com web services and PHP (amazing must be a linux junkie PHP Hmmm!), he has written a small script which makes it easier for users to embed wish lists, list mania, and other keyword items into their webpage


RAVIKIRAN - Troops to Iraq - comments on sending Indian troops to patrol Iraq ...


RAVIKIRAN NOMINATES : An entry from Jivha - the Tongue
Ground duty, after Fifty - on the recent Indian Supreme Court's decision allowing the government-owned airline, Air-India, to force female air-hostesses to retire to "ground duty" after 50 ...


Breathtaking Digital Art
DINA nominates Avi Das saying a new blog by Avi Das - i enjoy all his thoughts - but i particularly liked this post - so i nominate it for the mela

Monday, July 21, 2003

Hey whats wrong with everyone - no entries in this time's Blog Mela after a Kumbh last time ???



I REPEAT (SHOUT)

BLOG MELA #22 - On 23rd July RIGHT HERE at BLOGMIND's Blog . . .

Entries SINCE 17th from your or someone else's blogs can be submitted
PLEASE Send it in to shamitbagchi@yahoo.com OR POST THEM AS comments on this blog
With the subject line as BLOG MELA ENTRY ...

So what are you waiting for WHAT THE HECK?

NOTE : SOME THINGS

All kinds of mails except personal entries are welcome.
You should be an Indian or the post must be about India or Indians.
Posts must be dated between 17 July 2003 and 23 July 2003 will be considered for my version of the Bharateeya Blog Mela - Ver. #22
Send in URLs (permalinks) of the particular post (not the blog URLs please) by 23rd


Blog Kumbh Mela Irony - (INDIAN BLOG FEST 21-22)

Dont you hear my hue and cry,
As I shout, my throat goes dry,
I try and try and try and try,
Yet no posts and entries do come by !


- Inspired by Satyen Kale (great blog)

Friday, July 18, 2003

RACISM, AFRICA AND CIVILIZATIONS

Nelson Mandela is now 85 - and to mark this a portion of the daily current affairs programme on DD National at 10:30 pm 'Worldview India' (a very good programme - I am reminded of my younger days when watching 'The World This Week') was dedicated to him on 16th July. It had poignant footage from history, of the African national struggle against the imposition of Apartheid by the British. Mandela and his comrades were imprisoned decidedly taking the struggle on the path to success. The foucus was on how the Indians helped throughout in the struggle - also India was the first country to cut off diplomatic and international links with the then SA's racist goverment and the last to resume it.
Saeed Naqvi the first to interview Mandela when he was released from prison after twenty seven years, recounted on the show how he had managed to enter SA because of contacts in high places during those troubled times and was assisted by one of Mandela's Indian comrades, Ahmed K to interview him. Naqvi also related, how electrifying and momentous the day was when he Mandela was released from the Victoria prison. The whole area was lined with supporters, well wishers and journalists from all over the world, helicopters hovering above to capture the unforgetable moment on video.
Naqvi noted that even after years of imprisonment, not a trace of hatred or aggression or anger could be seen in Mandela's persona.

I am basically appalled at the outrageous behaviour of the British in using the Black & White divide to oppress the very natives of the contry they had forcibly and wrongfully colonized. True even India faced colonialism but the public use of racism to restrict and shadow all human rights and imprison the blacks is so distressing and unpalatable to even think of. Relating to an incidence one of Mandela's contemporaries said, when imprisoned the Africans(blacks) including Mandela, in the biting cold winter were given short prison pants, whereas Indians were given long pants.

An indication towards what can an is happening in Iraq too - if not race then religioUS or cultural apartheid.

Mandela praised and acknowledged the political, moral and social support that Indians lended during the period. Many of the members of ANC and close associates of Mandela were Indians including Ahmed K, Laloo Chiba, and many others. A series of interviews was shown on the show of how they supported Mandela in writing his autobiography from inside prison - Long March to Freedom - in a stunning flimsy and mysterious manner, writing in the footer area of sheets in extremely small print and passing it on to the supporters and party functionaries outside; to get it published.
The Indians in SA were confined to ghettos during that period, their free movement curbed and not to be mentioned blacks were treated as inhumans. We call such people civilised races ? The Iraqis and Indians were the true civilizations in the sense of the word, but later on the Romans, Greeks and all following civilizations were blinded by their obsession for conquest, unbounded power and world dominance defying all human rights and ethics.

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

[BLOG MELA UPDATE] :
You should be an Indian or the post must be about India or Indians maybe even remotely associated ... no problem
I might actually attempt a winner or best entry kind of thing - just my choice is that OK?. . . thats all.
[UPDATE ENDS]

Thursday, July 10, 2003

[[the bharateeya blog mela #22]] - [[early info]]


On 23rd July here at BLOGMIND's Blog
Any interesting entries after 16th July from 17th ie - from your or someone else's blogs can be submitted
Send it in to shamitbagchi@yahoo.com
OR
as comments on this blog
With the subject line as BLOG MELA ENTRY or something of the like...

So what are you waiting for - Oh yes, of course 17th I guess . . . ;-)

NOTE : Specific Points

All kinds of mails except personal entries are welcome.
You should be an Indian or the post must be about India or Indians.
Posts must be dated between 17 July 2003 and 22 July 2003 will be considered for my version of the Bharateeya Blog Mela - Ver. #22
Send in URLs (permalinks) of the particular post (not the blog URLs please) by 23rd noon



THE MELA IS HELD EVERY WEEK & THE MIRRORS CAN BE FOUND HERE: