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Saturday, February 13, 2010

i like ghiya

We ran out of cooking gas last night. So, our cook (Our CrOOK) was not able to INNOVATE this morning. Mind you, he is very good at that. Tea without sugar, and dal without salt are a couple of his specialties.

I thought I would go out for breakfast, but was in no mood to. Lazy bum I am. I thank Anish for getting cornflakes, for they made a nice fill. A glass full of cold milk, a tea spoon of sugar and cornflakes in my mug. It was such a nice feeling. Not because now I had something to tank my belly up, but the fact that I had not eaten cornflakes for over a year.

The crunch of mildly salty corn, with small dispatches of sweet milk, cool breeze gliding around my face, and a constant chirp of sparrows made a mouthful of happy feelings to swallow.

I realize happiness was not because I found a solution for my issue of satisfying my hunger. The little flakes that I found were the real reason.

People pick up volcanic rocks at Mt Kilimanjaro, they bring back postcards, cameras full of images, souvenirs when they go vacationing. All these small items do not give them what the real thing did, or can. But they give them memories, of an experience they had, of the hike they did with the family, the fun they had with friends, the soar buttock they got when they fell off a pony, the pleasure of bathing in a spring.

The flakes made me remember my days in Chandigarh when I was, I think, in eighth or nine standard and used to take Chocos with cold milk. Some of my friends hated them but I liked their chocolaty taste with cold milk. I remember having a bowl while writing my homework in the evening as well. Sometimes, I demanded the same for dinner too, and my mom used to tell me that they are no substitute for food and that I should eat my chapattis/daal/sabzi/salad properly. But I wanted Chocos only...deemed.

Now whenever I go back home, mom asks me if she should prepare chicken, mutton, or black dal, paneer etc., things I liked.

I do not want rajma, kadi, paneer, kali daal..every other restaurant serves these; can still do with non-veg though. But what I want are brown daal, yellow daal, ghiya, with all the spices and onions, tomatoes, garlic and ginger, which I detested earlier, with each morsel I take.

Little things in life that no one cares about when they do get them, sometimes become a craving when deprived of.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

education is a cover up

Education is actually mass hypnosis.

Does that mean the teacher is hypnotizing the kids into believing P comes after O? Yes.

Why do you think:
first: we are taught thermodynamics
second: are asked to submit an assignment on laws of thermodynamics
third: the professor asks us to deliver a presentation on car radiator
fourth: there are lab activities on endothermic and exothermic reactions
fifth: then lab activities on effusion and diffusion of gases
sixth: need to submit another assignment on functioning of a refrigerator
sixth: we got to write a test on the entire course

to fuse thermodynamics to our brain cells in a way that even if a person drinks water, he can feel the heat transfer within his body.

Every concept is taught from the basic and then built upon. With examples, theoretical explanations, lab experiments, assignments that make us work up our brains around it. And in the end, an examination when everybody studies the subject again, remembering, reciting, mugging up facts and understanding theologies.

The process stresses upon laboring over the same thing again and again.

That is the reason why educationists emphasize so much on eye contact and have words like "confidence", "trust", "focus" ..."attitude" associated to it but don't explain the real thing- hypnosis.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Do you believe in ghosts?

No. Why?

Because they're un-sci-en-ti-fic.

They contain no matter, and have no energy, and therefore according to the laws of science, do not exist except in people's minds.

The scientific point of view has completely wiped out all other views to a point where they all seem primitive, so that if a person today talks about ghosts or spirits he is considered ignorant or maybe nutty. It's just  impossible to imagine a world where ghosts can actually exist.

My own opinion is that the intellect of the modern man isn't that superior. IQs aren't that different. The medieval men were just as intelligent as we are, but the context in which they thought was completely different. Within that context of thought, ghosts are as real as atoms, particles, photons and quants are to a modern man. In that sense I believe in ghosts. Modern man has his ghosts and spirits too.

Example, the laws of science and the number system. These are ghosts. We just believe in them so thoroughly that they seem real.

It seems completely natural to presume that gravitation and the law of gravitation existed before Isaac Newton. It would sound unbelievable to think that until the seventeenth century there was no gravity.

So when did this law start? Has it always existed?

What I'm driving at is the notion that before the beginning of the earth, before the sun and the stars were formed, before the primal generation of anything, the law of gravity existed. Sitting there, without a mass of its own, without any energy, not in anyone's mind because there wasn't anyone, not in space because there was not space either, not anywhere...

IF that law existed, I honestly don't know what a thing has to do to be nonexistent. It seems to me that law of gravity has passed every test of nonexistence there is. No one can ever think of even a single scientific attribute of existence the law of gravity had. And it is still "common sense" to believe that it existed.

If you think about it long enough you'll find yourself reach only one possible, rational conclusion. The law of gravity and gravity itself didn't exist before Newton. No other conclusion makes sense.

And what that means is that that law of gravity exists nowhere else but in people's heads. Its a ghost.
The real problem, the contradiction the scientists are stuck up with today is that of the mind. Mind has no matter or energy but they can't escape its predominance over everything they do. Logic exists in the mind. Numbers exist only in the mind. I don’t get upset when scientists say that ghosts exist in the mind. It’s that only that gets me. Science is only in our minds too, it’s just that that doesn’t make it bad. Or ghost either. So ghosts are good.

Laws of nature, laws of logic, mathematics are human inventions, like ghosts. The world has no existence whatsoever outside the human imagination. We see what we see because ghosts of Moses and Christ and the Buddha, Darwin and Plato, and Aryabhatta and Lincoln show it to us. Newton is a very good ghost. Infact one of the best. Our common sense is nothing more than the voices of thousands and thousands of these ghosts from the past.

We see ourselves the way we want to. In our minds. We are ghosts too.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

i SAW a bird today

When I get up each morning, the first thing I do is drink water. Ten to twelve big gulps. I usually can not take any more than that. Then I open the windows to let in fresh air.

Today when I opened the windows, I saw a bird. A sparrow like creature. Small. It had an orange beak. Black-brown feathers from head to chest and back. The belly turned to gray and the inner side of its tail was a gradient mix of gray and white. It looked around moving the head from left to right, upward and downward in short bursts.

It posed on the balcony wall on its left foot. I had never seen this (type of) bird earlier. I was anxious to observe its activities. I stood there looking at it from my room. I picked up my phone that I had kept charging the last night on the table and thought of clicking it. Then I changed my mind. I didn't.

Maybe my mind wanted to register the episode rather than having a split moment of the bird standing there being in my memory card. The bird jerked its body, as if drying the feathers, or shaking off the cold. Then hopping on its left leg only, it moved towards the left, in the sun. I think the poor thing had its other leg hurt. After being still for some time, it jerked again and then sat down.

That was the end of it. I moved on with my day.

What kept me glued to the feathered creature was that I had never seen a bird with such colors. Or was it that I never took notice of an earthly carnal being, living life like me, just of a different species, behavior, habits and livelihood.

We are so busy with our lives to listen to the rain slapping the ground or follow a butterfly's vibrant flight. I wonder if we really mean it when we ask  "Hey! How are you?"
Is it just a gesture, or do we really intend to stick around and listen to the reply, because mostly we get an answer "bas badhiya bhai, tu bata", "i'm good, how're you?"

When we go to bed we have gazillions of thoughts regarding chores that need to be completed the next day. We run very fast to complete out tasks, to reach our destination, and in the process miss half the fun of getting there.. Life becomes like an unopened gift.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Religion..a system of incorporating fear

Religions exist due to scarcity; of information regarding why natural phenomenon took place.

Religion is a system that was created to explain the un-describable (if that is a word). Floods, thunder, solar eclipse, earthquakes, deaths.

Earliest known evidence of human religion is from homo-sapiens neanderthalensis around hundred thousand years ago. Since then, religion continues to be a significant and influential aspect of human lives.We have faced numerous issues, challenges and problems from every possible background, location and social class (which is also a stratification invented by by religion on the basis of type of work, color, and physical variables of humans). People have faced issues of health, safety and mortality. Religion was the universal tool for explaining things that could not be understood through the context of the known physical world.

It also defines a manifestation of the human mind, of human-like entity that has greater power to control natural occurrences: god. An upset god, created flood and earthquake, famine and plague to punish those who carried out undesirable acts. Acts which were not "desirable" by the few who were corrupt. These people started a value system for the benefit of their then unorganized corporations by giving directions to control the human actions, thus purchasing power to govern the human society in lieu of the guidance and directions to be in the "good books" of god.

Thus, religion is a notion of conduct of human behavior as is favorable for those who propagate it.

Consider this, all men and women are born from the womb, naked, in need of food, shelter, protection. Alike. Religion creates an identity for them by inculcating the value system that has been traditionally inscribed into our minds and hearts so deeply that it has become perpetual and ubiquitous. Religion is a cause for social stratification. The elite, the poor, the masters, the servers, the leaders, the followers.

Religion does not tell us to be unified as we are. Born with the same bio-structural systems composed of the same atoms that started the universe. It does not have an agenda to consider us as one or even equal. It, instead segregates people into Hindus, Christians, Jews, Muslims etc.Each of these is further subdivided into sub religions with sub cultures and numerous leaders with their modifications of the value system to have their followers behave in a to profit them.

A religion divided is no religion at all.

The funny thing is the common link - god, as the most powerful someone. This clarifies that the minds of those who breed religion and keep the followers under control function in a similar fashion. Keep people under a constant fear of god and derive power to run the society.