Monday, March 27, 2006

I, therefore, will to love you!

Love is as much as a subject of one’s will, as it is,
as much as a subject of one’s emotion or feeling.

That’s a rather outlandish statement to make – especially in the new age of ‘enlightenment’. Quoting Immanuel Kant on enlightenment - Enlightenment is man's release from his self-incurred tutelage. Tutelage is man's inability to make use of his understanding without direction from another. Self-incurred is this tutelage when it’s cause lies not in lack of reason but in lack of resolution and courage to use it without direction from another. Sapere aude! "Have courage to use your own reason!" - That is the motto of enlightenment.

Read this with a calm and easy mind -

  1. Love is (made) subject to the will, (you choose to consciously love, and once this happens)
  2. Will is now subject to Love (Love defines what the will wants to do)
  3. And then, the “will” will draw its very meaning and existence from “Love” itself. (in simple words – you forget if there was a will to start with).

It’s in this state that we think – Love is about a feeling, the Chemistry, the blind thing etc, etc. Most of the time, we forget, or rather get clouded that – it was a willful choice to like or love someone that has made Love supersede our will – and that’s when we start hearing things like – Love is Everything…and believe that it was love with made all things happen.

If we need to create the corollary to the above – I guess Love will never happen. Can “Love” force the “will” at step zero? Yup, is there ‘Love’ at step zero?

You don’t agree with me – Try ‘loving’ someone you don’t like, and you never know when you fell into the Abyss. Scared? I bet we are!

However, does this mean that there is no place for the “laws of attraction”. Yes, there definitely is a place for them- but, what defines what we get attracted to – is still a rational outcome of our growing up impressions of ourselves and our views of how we would perceive our future. So, somewhere, sometime, deep within our cerebral hemispheres, we ‘willed” that, this kind of person will do me good – and when you seem one like that – voila – Love at fist sight!

Bottom line – it’s still an amazing thing to be loved, and to be in love. Will or no will, feelings or chemical reactions – it still beats the best of intelligence and wisdom – Like Solomon (The wisest man to live on Earth) said –

of the three things he does not seem to understand, one of it was
How can a Maiden can fall in love with a man?

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Origin and Meaning of Time

This is a partial extract of an Article by Joe Boot, Director, RZIM Canada

“Once upon a point of infinite density, Nothing that was Something went ‘Boom!’ then there was Everything. Everything eventually named Something ‘Matter,’ the tragic character in our story. Sadly, Matter had no mind, yet this makes our tale all the more amazing!”

“Now matter had only one companion, the hero of our fable, a mysterious stranger of unknown origin called Chance. Chance, though blind, was a brilliant artist. Chance taught mindless Matter to paint and paint our pupil did. Matter painted a universe from center to rim on the canvas of a vacuum. And lo, innumerable galaxies emerged filled with infinite wonders, beauty, order, and life. The inspired brush strokes of ignorant Matter, guided by the hands of blind Chance, created together a cosmic masterpiece. But as Matter and Chance were working away they failed to spot out the villain called Time. Time crept in unnoticed back at the boom and was extremely wound up about being stirred from his sleep. Time determined there and then to wind down again and thus rub the masterpiece out—as soon as he got hold of that Chance! Chance, being blind, didn’t see Time coming and mindless Matter was helpless to intervene.”

“Now, Time ruins the painting little by little and brags that by Chance it’s just a Matter of Time before the canvas is blank and the boom will swoon and Everything that was Something will be Nothing again, once more upon a pointless point of infinite nothingness, with no Time for Chance to Matter anymore.”

To read the complete article, click here

Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Circle of life....

Much of our life is spent in trying to make things happen; things that we need somewhere deep. When these very things do happen, we get caught in a tangle - wondering if that was what we wanted and many a time kill the same things that we made happen. In the process, expecations rise, emotions surge and a few things get built and a few things get broken.....and... then we return to the same thing - "things that we need somewhere deep".

The circle continues..

Sometime or most times, all it takes is that we let accept the fact that we made things happen and ensure that either - we take responsibility for things made and care for them, or let remain and let the things we cherish for to happen in the natural course.

There are many a things that cannot be realised unless outside a full commitment, most often a life time is too short.

The bottom line - The greatest truths are the simplest and the simplest are the most difficult to comprehend. The answers are simple, it's us who complicate the questions.
Something that I wrote a year ago...and suddenly popped up.

Monday, March 06, 2006

What is that we look for, while on our stint on this earth?

Black boy in Chicago
Playing in the street
Not near enough to wear
Not near enough to eat
Don't you know he saw it
On a July afternoon
He saw a man named ArmstrongWalk upon the moon

Young girl in Calcutta
Barely eight years old
The flies that swarm the market place
Will see she don't get old
Don't you know she heard it
On that July afternoon
She heard a man named Armstrong
Had walked upon the moon

The rivers are getting dirty
The wind is getting bad
War and hate are killing off
The only earth we have
But the world all stopped to watch it
On that July afternoon
To watch a man named Armstrong
Walk upon the moon

And I wonder if a long time ago
Somewhere in the universe
They watched a man named Adam
Walk upon the earth
- Nanci Griffith

What is it that makes it so important of our stint on EARTH?There is a whole universe that watches us, right from the moment we step on the Earth – There is rejoicing in Heaven of another soul being born, bubbled joys in the family of a new born dream, and with each passing day – there are more and more people watching our little stint on earth.

Some of the things that I think we all are watched are for –

The Ending is more important than how it began –
Man lives for 70 years, but when the audience from a distant horizon looks upon us against the grand canopy of eternity, we are but a speck.

This makes me wonder - is it all worthwhile that we strive for so many a things in life. Does the “reality of present” cataract the grandeur of eternity, which we choose to barter for a few moments of – Glory, Gratified Passions, Indulgence, Subsistence and Ethos.

If only each one of us got a chance to hear what people would speak at our ‘funerals’ would we die all over again?

Quoting C.S. Lewis -There is something that unites Magic with the Modern Minds, while separating it from the wisdom of the sages of ancient times.
The Question for the Ancient was – How do I confirm my soul to Objective reality? – The Answer is Virtue, Discipline.
The Question today is – how can I reconfigure reality, to be confirmed to my passions? The answer is ‘Technique’

The hook of reason -
I guess there, in the views of an existentialist (living for the moment), as against a utopian (the ever optimistic perfectionist) and the Transcendentalist (hope to gain by transcending, but stuck in the past) originate any of the reasons to our stint on earth. I left out Pragmatists – will deal with them later.

To state a fact like - It’s somewhere conjured in the accepted ‘norms’ of civilized society that – a gentleman is one who can say a ‘Thank you’ for good, “I am sorry” when he does something wrong – and the more one says these, the more ‘social’ we are looked as?

There is something that always haunts me with this kind of approach – Was this a natural sensitivity (that we say a thank you or a sorry) or is it a natural preservation (survival) since we are against the brick?

God – Where are Thou?
From the Theist to the Atheist, from the preacher to the follower, from the saint to the sinner, from man’s life to death – ‘God’ is the pivotal point of every thought for or against. So, the most important question comes to the foray – What is it between God and Man, and how does our stint on this earth affect this?

Whether we like it or now, there is something deeply soul(ish) about us. Infact, it’s this soul-isheness that makes us what we call ‘human’.

Our stint on earth is the preparation ground for the ultimate union with God again. So, it should be our Endeavour to have that relationship with GOD. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Only Way, The Truth and The giver of Life, and depending on whether we accept the gift of salvation while on Earth, and unless we constantly pursue GOD – we will be left with the Question for Eternity – God –Where are Thou?

Notes to myself -
At different points of time in life, many a people perceive and view us in different angles. Each of us is a unique and a strong composition of various dimensions. Based on how we interact with different people, different facets of us come to the foray.

In any relationship (I call it human interactions at any level - business, personal, family, emotional, spiritual and others), when things go fine, there are a certain set of traits that draw us to the people we like - and the focus remains on the good. To some extent euphoria is generated and a sense of “well being” carries it through the initial phases. In this sense of euphoria, we sometimes miss, yes we “MISS”, to keep establishing the anchors of our personality, which will go in establishing a long term stint.
I end on this note – It’s the Jiving and emasculation of reality, the hope of the future, the learning of the past that make a day worthwhile. Of twenty and seven years, how many are the moments that I can count as moments that defined my stint on this earth? I look forward to leave a trail that I hope would make my stint worthwhile.
And I wonder if a long time from now
Somwhere in the universe
They would recall watching a man called John
Walk upon the earth