Monday, January 29, 2018
The angels looking down on us from the heavens would see a world of people, bent over with the burden they each carry. They go about their daily chores, heavily laden and very few (if any) are actually able to lower this burden. The angels probably feel sorry for us; surely they realise that we need not carry these burdens.
Part of all we carry is natural, systemic and a person would say, 'meant to be'. They are things we are born with, or which come in inheritance. Poverty, wealth, physical disabilities, health challenges. It is manageable to have these. We are designed to live life with them. The poor learn their limitation. The rich man learns the odd difficulties which come with inherited wealth, which generally so detracts from living a real life. A health burden too is mostly compensated, by greater abilities within. Most people, so challenged, learn bravery and patience and many lead fulfilling lives.
It is the other burden which I speak of which is so debilitating. These burdens are all self created. Our filters are built on experience and we have then institutionalised these filters into characteristics, which then forces us to walk a life weighed down.
What burdens are these? Generally, they come from two distinct mindsets. Both destructive. One is the persecuted mind. It feels the burden of hate, dislike, lack of opportunities, it is folded inwards and is not fulfilling its potential. The other is the superiority syndrome mind. It feels it owns the world, everything is designed for them. They are louder, confident, selfish, mostly dominant, and the so-called commoners are to be used for their goals.
Both are high maintenance people. The poor inward looker has to be coaxed to participate, as they are demotivated, reactive, hurt inside and sad people. It's always them against the world, bad luck stories, persecution and unfairness. On the other hand, the brash mind overreaches, takes more than their share, exploits people and system and is unpleasant to deal with. For them it's exploitation and dealing out unfairness and unpleasantness. The system somehow has to control them or they become domineering. Mostly these type will fall along the way, when they run up against a wall which will not yield - this is fate equalising the misuse of their strength.
There is a concept of living in the moment. The sufis say there is only one reality. Which is Now. The past and the future are all brain impulses. Not reality! The past is gone and the future has not arrived. So just imagine a Now person, totally free of burdens and living this life to its utmost and no baggage! This person would be above any being, fulfilling their potential and a source of great admiration for the angels looking down.
* the image is taken from Pinterest.com; the host site is stated on the image.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
On the fervent request of Carl Sagan, the iconic astronomer, finally in 1990 the Voyager 1 cameras were turned around to face its mother planet Earth. This last service, some 13 years from launch and after 6 billion kilometres of lonely travel. Mans most unique servant was about to provide perspective to its master. More than 27 years ago, the Voyager 1, took 60 frames which were merged into what today is known as the Pale Blue Dot. A picture of our planet and home from way out there, showing us our reality. The picture is so small that one is not able to download it sufficiently for a proper view. It has become the most poignant photograph in history and there is no better explanation of its importance, then from Sagan himself, the originator of the idea.
“Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar", every "supreme leader", every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.
To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”
Once seen, one can never forget the Pale Blue Dot and the words of Sagan make the reality even more stark. Our feet on the ground, we should never be arrogant in this tiny circus of our existence. We have no reason to be.
*picture is from Wikipedia.
*picture is from Wikipedia.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Five day formula Mon-Friday :). Try it, it might stick.
Fajar, read Quran with meaning
have a healthy breakfast
be in time for all commitments
never stress on the road
smile and appreciate others
when required, advise, never criticise, never talk down
let others be. Don't be holier than thou.
lunch, less carbs, Zohar.
play some brain challenging puzzles
have haldi, green tea with honey, ginger and kaali mirch
stay in touch with old friends
stay active and Asr
dinner (light) and then Isha
watch TV, social media, read, play some more puzzles
contemplate on day, on life and times.
try and sleep early enough, unless some social event.
if at first do not succeed, keep trying. :)