Wednesday, 29 February 2012

A Singular Thought Does Not Exist: Thought Streams Do.





What separates a sentence from previous or next sentence in a written document? Yes, periods, question marks, exclamation marks, interrobangs etc. In case of speech, you find that there are certain pauses after sentences and usually if a speech is documented and later on read by someone, there is a certain mapping between pauses in the speech and pauses in the reading.


What is a thought? Does it exist in isolation?


These were the questions which occurred to me when I started practicing meditation. In meditation, all I had to do was to witness my thoughts and feelings. I had to try to be aware of arising and subsiding of each and every thought. That seems to be an easy task doesn't it? Though meditation is all about slowing down your thought process by making yourself more aware of them; there exists nothing called ‘a singular thought’. What exists, in my very humble opinion is ‘Stream of thoughts’. There might be gaps in this seemingly incessant streaming of the thoughts because of meditation or unconsciousness, but there never exists a singular thought, in isolation with the stream. In other words, as U G Krishnamurthy had put it once “You will find everything about thought, but you will never find thought.”




What are the boundaries of thought? Where does a thought start and where does it end? Are there any boundaries of thoughts?


Suppose I witnessed following chunk in my thought stream during my meditation practice:
[ I am simplifying a very complex process involving visual-spatial, auditory-sequential, muscular sensations and other factors into a mere verbal representation, in order to help easily analyse it]

Zelvin is a good boy. Cat is Fat. I went to market but Bob is not my uncle. Johnny is never in the place and there is doomsday around the corner.



Can we tell what a thought is, in the chunk above?


No. We cannot. 


A sentence is known because of delimiters but there are no delimiters for thoughts in my experience. We don't always think in words. We think in images as well but conscious witnessing creates an agent which incessantly keeps translating sensory impulses and other types of thoughts into words. Now if for analysis we consider that thoughts occur to us only in words. The witnessing agent is ever ready with thoughts. This means that even if there exist certain gaps in your mind streams, they don't act as delimiters for two consecutive thoughts (but wait, I said there are no singular thoughts, therefore the idea that there could ever be two separate thoughts in our mind stream is not valid.) When we think in words, there is no singular thought because there exist no gaps and there are streams of thoughts. What actually exists is streaming of thoughts in chunks and occasional gaps in it.
What then is slowing down of thoughts? It's the decrease in the rate of mind's toggling from one sense object to another. Or it’s the decrease in the rate of switching of mind from one field of thought to another. One field of thought is on or multiple streams of thought where most of the thoughts are related to each other and connect well as to create meaning and coherency. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Easily End Writer's Block!



I don't think that following suggestions cover everything on the topic, but you can certainly use some of the steps given below for effectively ending your Writer's Block. Even if you have not been into a situation like this, some of these suggestions would help you stay away from it. 


1. Scribble Freely:

Write down your thoughts and feelings without giving much attention to the quality. Devote some time for scribbling and do not think about the audience while writing. Write as fast as you can and let anything and everything come onto the paper. Defer editing until the climax. 



2. Don't put yourself under the burden of the statistics:

When you produce a work of great quality, expectations are set high in many ways. People might come and appreciate you sincerely and you might see your book's sales soaring high in market. This all might create a great urge to produce a work with quality as high as the one which received wide acclaim. This hinders creative process sometimes. At other times though some people might create their best pieces and later on when they reflect on their creations, they wonder how they could create those marvellous artworks under overwhelming pressure.


3. Write For The Joy Of It:

Enjoy your writing and make it a game. Compete against yourself and give yourself quotas. If you love writing, then there will be very few chances of getting too critically affected by negative feedback which you receive for your writing. When you enjoy the process, you don't get too many thoughts about the product, which boosts your ideaphorea.



4. Write Regularly:

No matter whether you publish regularly or not, try to reinforce the habit of writing on a regular basis. Leaving a few exceptions for some special and very creative ventures, the habit of procrastinating takes tolls on your neural pathways. If you're waiting for some important task to be completed before you really start writing, may be it will be too late to write before you finish that task. It's better to create your own goals and personal quotas and to scribble something or the other every day.


5. Portable Memory Bank:

This technique is part of core techniques of ProjectRenaissance. This is based on the simple observation that we let our creative insights slip away by not giving enough attention to them as soon as they occur to us. Our subconscious mind keeps on sending great number of perceptions to our conscious mind, but because of systematic conditioning of blocking such perceptions, before they could be made conscious, we tend to suppress these perceptions. Some of these suggestions from our subconscious hold the key for many problems. The technique is based on the idea that you might get your creative inspirations for writing at any time and not necessarily when you 'sit to write'. The technique is simple: You should keep a small notepad and pen with you, no matter where you go. As soon as you get an idea, do care to put a few words about that idea down on the notepad. Later on, you can read those ideas and reflect on them and analyse and scribble on them and sleep on them. These ideas will lead you to even more ideas, snowballing into an idea-base worth hundreds upon hundreds of high quality ideas.







Monday, 27 February 2012

The Artist: Oscar For The Best Film 2012



The verdict is out and The Artist has won Oscar for the best film this year. I watched this movie yesterday with a friend. I would not say that I went to watch this movie; in fact we had no movie in mind when we went to cinema hall after having killed a lot of time. We were looking at the list of movies and availability of the tickets. We had not done our homework and I was not happy about it.


"You have not done proper research pal." I said.


Then he came up with idea to see ratings of movies on his cell phone using internet and we started peeping into ratings for various movies which were visible in Google searches in tiny fonts. And clearly, The Artist had this rating of 8.4, so there was no point in going for any other movie. I did not have even a vague idea about the movie because somehow it had escaped attention.


As we sat in cinema hall after having waited for a while and such 'waiting' is often an excuse to eat junk food. We were in the hall and it was a bit cold out there. After having tolerated a series of trailers and advertisements, we realized that The Artist started with a scene from a movie. Little did I realize that this scene from a silent movie was not from some other era but very much a part of the movie. Then we were perpetually in hope that human dialogue, chattering and crying and so and so on would come. But it didn't. Did we not read "The Artist (Music)", before the movie started? Yes we did. So what? We do like Musicals.


It was not just a musical. It had just music and pantomime. But music was soothing and actors were accomplished. My friend did have a hard time as he is not too fond of Hollywood movies and then a movie without dialogue and that too in Black and White.


I don't know the names of actors in the movie; nevertheless it goes without saying that they all did a great job. The idea in itself is unique and audacious. Kudos to the director! While moving out of cinema hall, I said to my friend “Such a brilliant movie!" I also said that Bollywood wouldn't have made such movie and Indian audience would not have received it well. But these are my views only.


Both of us were fond of the performance by the cute dog and thought that it was the best performer in the movie.


This is a unique movie with brilliant music and almost no noise and it makes visuals stunning at times because your entire focus is on them.


This is a story of pride of an artist. This is also a story of another artist whose beginning was humble but love was true and she rose to the great heights because of her flexibility to take up the change with confidence. This is also a tale showing overwhelming love of a pet dog for his proud master.


This movie reminded me of Charles Chaplin. I had read that Charles Chaplin was very resistant to the talkies which came when he was doing silent movies. His movie 'Modern-Times' also has undertones of his abhorrence for talkies. The Artist shows the very thing in a whole new light.


I loved watching this movie!  

It's A Really Hilariously Spun Article!


I published following article on January 22, 2012, on this very blog. If you click on the title of the article, you would be redirected to my blog-post. I came across (my  first ever actual encounter with the spinning) this article in morning and this seems to be too uproarious insertion of synonyms of words in the sentences of the actual article.( If I may call it spinning, because I am not very familiar with it and may be it doesn't qualify as spinning). I know however, that it's a form of plagiarism.) The article which is reproduced below the original piece is from http://www.mediaxps.com 




Today morning, I did a Google search out of curiosity for BLABBERWOCKYING and found the link to this article on the website mentioned above at the bottom of very first page . Many websites have used this article because I had posted it on Ezine articles directory. Many of my articles which are on Ezine are used by various websites which subscribe to Ezine; but all of these clearly keep my signatures from Ezine articles intact in the reproduced articles. The website mentioned above did not do so. Yes, it's intentional because they tried to spin the article to make it sound like their own. More than that they have put publication date as January 16, which is obviously a fake date.


I laughed out loud on the use of words in the article which were replacements for the words in the original article. Mostly there has been replacement of one or two words per sentence and I think this is how spinning tools work. But anyone reading this article would realize in no time that no human could commit to write in such a mechanical English. I have highlighted the words which are replacements for the words in  the original article. The title too is a replacement of the original title of the Ezine article( 'Really' has been replaced with 'Actually'.) I hope that you would enjoy reading this spun article.




My article on blog ( Almost same content as in the Ezine article.)


It's A Wonderful Life


“It’s A Wonderful Life” is the most wonderful film I have ever seen. It’s most inspirational movie I have ever watched and it’s very perfectly made movie in my opinion. Performances, script and dialogues are so perfectly done that you don’t have enough words to appreciate them. This film by Frank Capra is a gift to the world. Strange enough it was a box office flop when it was released and it failed to win an academy award.


The performance by James Stewart who plays George Bailey is one of the greatest on big screen by anyone anytime in the history. George Bailey makes you so engrossed with his emotions that it naturally calls for your empathy and you start living moments with him and start thinking for him. Even if you don’t believe in the angels and God, the part where that comely angel starts alleviating suffering of George Bailey makes a profound impression on you and instils feelings of goodness in you. The second half just emphasizes the importance of life whereas the first one underscores the great character of George Bailey right from his childhood.


You witness some instant karmic clean up in the second half and you see how the good deeds George Bailey had done come back to him saving him and making him realize the importance of life he had. Prior to that he lives with the impression of having sacrificed a lot for everyone else and that had some inner lack of satisfaction in his life and the accident which renders bankruptcy to him and his organization just evokes this karmic burden to the fore and then it seems that all the wrong things start happening with him, but then his good deeds come to his rescue. There are so many well-wishers who pray for him and then he realizes importance of life and accepts it the way it’s and with this acceptance miracles start happening and money for which he was about to end his life; comes rolling on its own and his brother says “To George, the richest man in the town”.  The coloured restored version made it look even more exquisite than it would have been when it was made. It’s indeed a most wonderful film with a most inspiring climax.




Link for original Ezine article: It's Really A Wonderful Life




Link for the website where this spun article was posted. http://www.mediaxps.com/its-actually-a-wonderful-film/






IT’S ACTUALLY A WONDERFUL FILM!


“It’s A Wonderful Life” is the most superb film I have ever noticed. It is most inspirational movie I have ever watched and it is really perfectly created film in my opinion. Performances, script and dialogues are so perfectly carried out that you don’t have enough words to appreciate them. This film by Frank Capra is a gift to the planet. Strange adequate it was a box office flop when it was released and it failed to win an academy award.


The efficiency by James Stewart who plays George Bailey is a single of the greatest on massive screen by anyone anytime in the history. George Bailey tends to make you so engrossed with his emotions that it naturally calls for your empathy and you start living moments with him and commence thinking for him. Even if you don’t think in the angels and God, the portion exactly where that comely angel starts alleviating suffering of George Bailey makes a profound impression on you and instills feelings of goodness in you. The second half just emphasizes the significance of life whereas the very first one underscores the excellent character of George Bailey right from his childhood.


You witness some instant karmic clean up in the second half and you see how the very good deeds George Bailey had done come back to him saving him and producing him comprehend importance of life he had. Prior to that he lives with an impression of getting sacrificed a lot for absolutely everyone else and that had some inner lack of satisfaction in his life and the accident which renders bankruptcy to him and his organization just evokes this karmic burden to the fore and then it appears that all the wrong items start happening with him, but then his good deeds come to his rescue. There are so several nicely-wishers who pray for him and then he realizes importance of life and accepts it the way it’s and with this acceptance miracles start off happening and income for which was about to finish his life comes rolling on its personal and his brother says “To George, the richest man in the town”. The coloured restored version made it look even much more exquisite than it would have been when it was made. It really is indeed a most great film with a most inspiring climax.


Some of us discover ourselves reluctant to great motion pictures of past just since they had been created in Black &amp White. Restoration of this movie with nice colors removes that obstacle and aids you get pleasure from one particular of the greatest films of all instances.




P.S. : Ezine does check your article for originality before accepting the submission. Look at another article with similar copying.

Stelliums


The combination of four or more planets in one sign(rashi) in a horoscope is suggested to cause 'Sanyasa Yoga,' in Vedic Astrology, which is the combination for renunciation, unless there are combust planets in this combination. Combustion of planets happens if they are adjacent to Sun, which means that they're placed with in the 0 to 15 degrees on either side of Sun. Some experts are of opinion that Mercury is never combust.There seems to be some problem with this combination in the sense that I do come across many charts with it but not all of the natives are Sanyasins. The charts however, more often than not, suggest the natives with a great focus in a certain field in their lives.


There are twelve houses in horoscope. These houses represent everything possible in every area of life because one house represents many matters. For example: The second house tells about language, mouth, family, wealth (accumulated) and so on. This means that many planets getting accumulated in a horoscope indicate that the native has a lot of Karma related to that house. It's true that every planet casts seventh full aspect to the house seventh from the one where it's situated. These aspects are considered only and only in the Lagna chart and not in the Bhava chart. Taking into consideration this fact, you would realize that stelliums in the charts suggest that such natives have two highly pronounced domains in their lives. However, it's certainly a very easy task to ascertain which matters related to the life are clearly indicated, unless you clearly analyse all other combinations and divisional charts. The Karmic baggage in the lives of the natives with Stelliums is more perspicuous if their Bhava-charts are not much different from Lagna-charts.


For example: If in a native's horoscope, eighth house is highly populated, it means that the matters pertaining to the eighth as well as the second (seventh from the eighth) would be considerably highlighted. Secondary importance would be of the houses of which the occupants of the eighth house are lords and the houses where the tenants of eighth house cast their additional aspects upon.


Eighth house signifies death, longevity, inheritance, self-transformation, sudden changes, mysterious and occult, scandals and so and so on. The second house represents speech, languages, family, teeth, food and eating habits, accumulation of wealth, face etc.
If there is a Stellium in the eighth house--it means that these matters would be most pronounced in the life of the individual. The natives with stelliums in their charts don't tend to live balanced social lives. They tend to be hyper-functional in certain domains and dysfunctional in others.
Stelliums in dusthanas, which is in the sixth, eighth and twelfth houses are most difficult, whereas in the first or the tenth house they cause a person with great fame and achievements. Since tenth house is best of the houses, the stelliums in the tenth house causes great Rajyoga if other combinations support.




The Stellium of planets strengthens all the planets involved unless they're very inimical to each other in nature. For example: Sun and Saturn involved in any conjunction cause natives to have stringent relations with authority figures like father since their childhood.
Stelliums are easy indicators of Karmic baggage. For example: A person with a Stellium in the tenth house has played commanding roles in society and has earned distinctions in his earlier incarnations and hence he comes up in life in a most dignified manner. A chart with a Stellium in the sixth house, on the other hand, might suggest a Karmic script of debts, prisons, arguments and enemies.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Transcendental Meditation

A friend asked me about Transcendental Meditation:



Just curious to know if you have thoughts on TM. 

I have friends who grew up in a cult that practiced TM, so they have very negative associations with it. Just came across this youtube video where David Lynch talks about TM, so I'm curious now about it. Any thoughts?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2UHLMVr4vg







I have read some of the views from people in the Lynch club. Actually nothing bad if you promote a type of meditation, however, it becomes a bit of a 'cult', when people practicing it, who have not really tried other types of meditations, start asserting that it's the best meditation.

If you read through Lynch's websites, you will find many claims that Transcendental Meditation is best over any other meditation. Well, if you ask for my personal opinion, it happened so that Lynch came across Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of India and learnt meditation from him and this meditation contributed in a vital way in his creative make-up and life. That was a chance event in my opinion. I think that Lynch has not tried all other types of meditation.


Those who put TM over all other meditations are in a way like religious fanatics (just with a bit different 'taste'). They have not really tried all other meditations, nor they have actually understood what meditation is. What do I mean by it? I mean following two things:

1. When you really understand what meditation is, you become capable of creating your own knacks and techniques and that gives you something of your own, which is almost always better than anything borrowed.

2. You never nourish and nurture a belief that the way you practice is the only way or the best way. Such beliefs arise out of sheer ignorance. If you practice a lot of types of meditation you would realize that. I am not suggesting in any way that you should just keep on experimenting--as not each one of us has same amount of free time available to do so. Similarly at times it's better to stick to a method for long than to just keep on switching between the methods. But idea is not to turn yourself into a fanatic just because you came to choose a particular type of meditation over the other. I have often emphasized the importance of attention on breathing, because, in my experience that seems to be a very easy meditation with very high effectiveness, however, it would be utterly rubbish if I started suggesting that it's the best type of meditation.


I don't really find studies supporting TM very convincing. TM has been marketed properly and sold cleverly. It's not a great meditation. It's just a tranquilizer, similar to a sedative. Nothing bad about tranquilizer and it's very much possible that those who have practiced it for long have attained great heights of consciousness, but believe me there are so many vital meditation methods available. Moreover, once you get the creative mode you can invent your own techniques of meditation.


Will you believe that Shiva has described 112 techniques of meditation in his very old esoteric treatise called 'Vigyan Bhairava' on which there have been beautiful commentaries by Indian mystic Osho? Many experts believe that it covers all types of meditations but I don't think so. I just think that there is no limit possible for fundamental variations possible for meditation techniques.


I have practiced many techniques including TM. TM is much hyped in my opinion. TM is a symbol of 'eastern things repackaged by western minds' tradition and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi along with his group used their business mindedness to sell a very simple and potential of 'placebo' level of meditation to millions. The so called Guru-mantra is kept secret! Bullshit. There is nothing secret about TM. 


No matter who comes selling you techniques for meditation, have an open mind and try to investigate on your own about efficacy. I see advertisements, Oprah Winfrey and David Lynch etc supporting it, but I don't let my view get clouded by my affinity for Lynchian cinema. 

In the end, any meditation or method or technique is a clutch in the path of what you call liberation or enlightenment. Clutches can help you walk for a while but like any other Guru or meditation or technique, whatever technique you have adopted for increasing your sensitivity, awareness and attention, has to be given up finally. Only then enlightenment happens or say when it happens it’s inevitable that you would give up all methods and Gurus and techniques. But then another strange thing will happen: The enlightenment towards which you had strived so hard all through your life will not be important for you. 

A Very Long Engagement




It's a great movie. It's a mystery based on a most intense romantic drama in settings of Second World War in Europe. The movie has great and at times lurid action sequences, followed by passionate romantic vignettes and some of the most vivid and beautiful colours. Mathilde (Audory Tauto) is in search of her fiancé, love of her life, who left for war but never came back. Once this search is set in motion, you see dazzling layers of mystery getting uncovered, one after another giving accounts of what actually happened to her lover from the viewpoints of a number of characters related to the events in which he disappeared. The movie has a very appealing sound track.


This is a tale of true love, imbrued with the hope of a girl and it has been told in a most intriguing manner. A few characters seem so familiar to you, as if they have been directly assimilated into this story from other European movies based on world war. The Notre Dame, Tina Lombardi and a few others look like familiar names. Tina Lombardi is most dangerous character in the movie, hell-bent on killing each and every person responsible for his lover's tragic death.


Without any doubt, Mathilde is most comely, impressive and jovial character in the story. Her love does not let her rest before she uncovers the truth. Finally as she sits before her fiancé, who has forgotten everything owing to amnesia, she smiles and the narrator says:




"Mathilde leans back
against her chair,

folds her hands in her lap
and looks at him.

In the sweetness of the air,
in the light of the garden,


Mathilde looks at him.


She looks at him...

She looks at him..."




Thus the movie ends on a very positive note.



Moon(2009)



Moon (2009) is a Science-Fiction mystery. The protagonist is on Moon in a base of Lunar Industries (a company which mines for helium-3), eagerly waiting for last two weeks’ time to end to return to earth. He has been on Moon for a three year contract. After an accident, he undergoes some shocking revelations. In fact audience of this movie also undergoes a shocking revelation. It is known that protagonist is not what he has been made to think he is. Protagonist is like umpteen other clones of the same man (Sam) and these clones are assigned three years' contracts each, one by one and then they are put into hibernation, perhaps for future use.

Since all of them are clones of same man, they possess identical memories. I think, though movie is good to watch, it lacks the substance which a great mystery should have. There are certain weaknesses in the plot. The emotions of clones are justified after knowing that they have no real life memories but just implants of a unique patch of the life of the original, but the story fails to explain why these many clones were needed. The clones were needed, perhaps because the company had to spend heavily just once in training Sam and then all of his clones had his memories implanted into them and that accounted for the skills of all of them as astronauts.


The movie fails to impress me except for a few scenes. There is a scene in which an unknown lady is sitting on a chair as the protagonist is drinking water. He thinks that he has seen this lady on television, but TV was not on at that time. You don't get another scene linking to this one in the rest of the movie. Perhaps this scene was to insinuate that he was getting more and more deluded towards the end of his tenure.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Easily End Writer's Block!


I don't think that following suggestions cover everything on the topic, but you can certainly use some of the steps given below for effectively ending your Writer's Block. Even if you have not been into a situation like this, some of these suggestions would help you stay away from it. 


1. Scribble Freely:

Write down your thoughts and feelings without giving much attention to the quality. Devote some time for scribbling and do not think about the audience while writing. Write as fast as you can and let anything and everything come onto the paper. Defer editing until the climax. 



2. Don't put yourself under the burden of the statistics:

When you produce a work of great quality, expectations are set high in many ways. People might come and appreciate you sincerely and you might see your book's sales soaring high in market. This all might create a great urge to produce a work with quality as high as the one which received wide acclaim. This hinders creative process sometimes. At other times though some people might create their best pieces and later on when they reflect on their creations, they wonder how they could create those marvellous artworks under overwhelming pressure.


3. Write For The Joy Of It:

Enjoy your writing and make it a game. Compete against yourself and give yourself quotas. If you love writing, then there will be very few chances of getting too critically affected by negative feedback which you receive for your writing. When you enjoy the process, you don't get too many thoughts about the product, which boosts your ideaphorea.



4. Write Regularly:

No matter whether you publish regularly or not, try to reinforce the habit of writing on a regular basis. Leaving a few exceptions for some special and very creative ventures, the habit of procrastinating takes tolls on your neural pathways. If you're waiting for some important task to be completed before you really start writing, may be it will be too late to write before you finish that task. It's better to create your own goals and personal quotas and to scribble something or the other every day.


5. Portable Memory Bank:

This technique is part of core techniques of ProjectRenaissance. This is based on the simple observation that we let our creative insights slip away by not giving enough attention to them as soon as they occur to us. Our subconscious mind keeps on sending great number of perceptions to our conscious mind, but because of systematic conditioning of blocking such perceptions, before they could be made conscious, we tend to suppress these perceptions. Some of these suggestions from our subconscious hold the key for many problems. The technique is based on the idea that you might get your creative inspirations for writing at any time and not necessarily when you 'sit to write'. The technique is simple: You should keep a small notepad and pen with you, no matter where you go. As soon as you get an idea, do care to put a few words about that idea down on the notepad. Later on, you can read those ideas and reflect on them and analyse and scribble on them and sleep on them. These ideas will lead you to even more ideas, snowballing into an idea-base worth hundreds upon hundreds of high quality ideas.







Monday, 20 February 2012

When Did You Learn English?







Once upon a time a linguist conducted an experiment. She asked volunteers to come forward to take a quiz. I wanted to volunteer. There was a form to be filled before you could volunteer for the experiment. Since the experiment (as well as the quiz) was related to English language, there was a question in the form where I got stuck. Due to that very question, I was not able to proceed with the form and hence with the quiz; therefore my urge to volunteer for this language experiment remained only an urge. Its remnants still haunt me in my lucid nightmares, but with the hope that I would get another opportunity someday, I carry on.


The question was: “When did you learn English?"


Since I was a non-native English speaker volunteering for the experiment, this question was asked. May be I don't remember very vividly and the question was common for native as well as non-native speakers of English. "What was so difficult in answering this question?" you may ask. Yes, it might seem an easy question, but for me it was as equivocal a question as equivocality permits any question to be!


Interpretation 1. When did you finish elementary Grammar of English?


Interpretation 2. When did you learn to speak fluently?


Interpretation 3. When did you master English as a foreign language?


[This might mean: When did you clear an examination like TOEFL or IELS]


You might add any number of interpretations to this.


The amazing thing about the quiz was: It was for general public and not designed for linguists or masters of English prose. That made it difficult for me to interpret the question correctly. When I posted my query to the forum where discussion related to this quiz was being done, my question was deleted without any dignified answer. I did not and could not mind that, but question remained a question.


What do you mean when you say "When did you learn English?"


What do you mean when you ask such a question about any language?


In my opinion, you might learn a language for a range of applications, like asking for directions when roaming in a foreign country, or for passing an examination, or for writing a paper; but is there anything like learning a language completely? Can you say that someone who has written a number of books, or given a lot of discourses in a language has learned the language?


When I posed this question to one of my friends, after having narrated the scenario: He answered-"It was simple, you could have told the answer of "When were you introduced to the basics of English?""


"But that was not the question. Moreover, I learned basics of English in many classes, over the course of many years during my school." I said.


"Then, you might have told them about the time when you were introduced to the alphabets." He said.


"That also does not answer the question, in my humble opinion." I said.


"Hmm, it seems that you can never learn a language completely." He said.




 
 


   

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Karkamsa Lagna: Combinations For An Author-B

Continued from here

Sage Parashara says:
41-45. EFFECTS OF KARAKAMSA AND THE 5TH THEREFROM:If Jupiter and the Moon are in Karakamsa or the 5th thereof, the native will be an author.



(B) Jupiter and Moon are conjunct in the fifth from Karakamsa: In such a case, neither Jupiter nor Moon is Atmakarka, therefore we can discuss about the degree of excellence of an author, thinker, scholar or grammarian and not thoroughly about the degree of realization of a soul from this combination.

(1)    Jupiter and Moon are in Cancer (Karka), whereas Atmakarka is in Pisces (Meena) Navmasa. Naturally, as Atmakarka is in Pisces Navmasa. Such a native would not only be inclined towards meritorious deeds, but also would be a Mumukshu (someone who has a deep desire to attain final liberation). Since Jupiter and Moon are in the Cancer, which is sign owned by Moon and which makes Jupiter extremely dignified, the native would be an excellent author as well.






(2)    Jupiter and Moon are in Capricorn (Makara), whereas Atmakarka is in Virgo Navmasa. Itch, corpulence, fire etc. will be sources of trouble for such a native and he would not be an excellent author.





It must be noted that in any other case, when Jupiter is neither exalted nor debilitated, Moon’s dignity will play a role. For example, when Taurus (Vrishabha) is the sign in the fifth from the Karakamsa, the Moon would be exalted; therefore the grade of authorship would rise by virtue of it. If such a combination occurs in the sign Scorpio (Vrischika) where Moon gets debilitated; it will ensure a psyche interested in paranormal and healing.


In all of the combinations given above, association of other influences, by either conjunction or aspect, or both, will greatly modify the results. 

Karkamsa Lagna: Combinations For An Author-A

Sage Parashara says:
41-45. EFFECTS OF KARAKAMSA AND THE 5TH THEREFROM:If Jupiter and the Moon are in Karakamsa or the 5th thereof, the native will be an author.


The Moon represents mind or psyche in Astrology. The Karakamsa lagna is analysed to observe the karmic relationship between Soul (Atmakarka), Mind (Moon) and Subtle-body (Karakamsa lagna) of a native. Atmakarka is the planet which has highest longitude in any sign in a native’s birth chart.  Jupiter is not only the greatest benefic, but also the prime indicator of a native’s potential as an author, grammarian, philosopher and thinker.  Jupiter’s association with Moon is considered to indicate a great influence on a native’s mind in every sense, especially if it’s by conjunction. Even if this association is by aspect, it’s a most auspicious combination. If such an association occurs in the Navmasa chart (Navmasa is the ninth division of Rasi chart and tells about fruits of dharma and marriage for a native), then it indicates the potential of a native as an author, grammarian, thinker, astrologer or a scholar.  As per the varying dignities of this combination (exaltation, debilitation and neutrality of either Jupiter or Moon) and as per the various influences on this Yoga, by either conjunction of malefic or benefic planets, or by aspect of various other planets; the degree of the potential of the native varies.

This combination might be interpreted thusly:

(A). Either Jupiter or Moon is Atmakarka. There must be the presence of Jupiter and Moon together in the Karakamsa lagna. The presence of malefic or benefic planets along with these two planets will accordingly increase or decrease the auspiciousness of this combination. Here I am dealing with the case where either Jupiter or Moon is Atmakarka. In next article I would take up the case where these are not Atmakarka but situated in Karakamsa lagna. More than that, we would deal with the cases where Jupiter is situated in the fifth from Karakamsa, which means none of these planets is Atmakarka.

(1) Karakamsa lagna is cancer (Karka): ( Please see the image below.)

Let us take following two sub-cases in this case:

a. Jupiter is Atmakarka and Moon is with Jupiter in Karakamsa: Since Jupiter, the Atmakarka is exalted in Karka; the native will be an excellent author and a liberated soul.

b. Moon is Atmakarka and Jupiter is with Moon in Karakamsa. In which case, Moon would be in its own sign, therefore native would not be fully liberated a human being but will be an excellent author.




(2) Karakamsa lagna is Capricorn (Makara):(Please see the image given below.)

Let us take following two sub-cases in this case:

a. Jupiter is Atmakarka and Moon is with Jupiter in Karakamsa: Since Atmakarka Jupiter is not highly dignified-though the native would be an author; he would not be an excellent author, neither a realized soul.


b. Moon is Atmakarka and Jupiter is with Moon in Karakamsa: Since Jupiter is debilitated, though native would be a more realized soul than above mentioned in case (2)a., native would not be a great author and he might be an ordinary author when compared to the case immediately preceding this one (above).


I have taken the two extremities of debilitation and exaltation for Jupiter. It should be understood that in the rest of the cases the effects will be somewhat moderate, but any native with a combination like this would be an author and varying influences by malefics and benefics, by aspect or by conjunction will result in slightly better or worse effects than the results where this combination is free from any other influences.


To be continued



Space


You haunt me, in every street, at every shop, in washrooms, in galleries, virtually in every nook and corner. You harass me in every single thought, in every nightmare and in every letter. Give me some space. I am starving because of lack of space. I am in dire need of space. You have filled every single inch of playground of my psyche with your noises. You have seized every single opportunity of breathing deeply from me. You don't let me breathe, you don't let me weep, you don't let me walk, and you don't let me sleep. I beg for the space. I don't see silence I don't hear the butterflies anymore. Are you merely projections of my internal noises or you are for real? I walk to some places, randomly, on my own, without whispering even a single word to any soul, in hope of finding some space; but whenever I have done so, you have suddenly come across, from a corner, from front, from back-side or from right.

It's indeed unfathomable to know your ways but I solicit some space. I would die without it. I am feeling suffocated and I need some space. You change your faces, you use many guises and you deceive; you're nimble and you are a rogue. I am fed-up of your worn out clothes, I hate your vulgar blabbering and I absolutely abhor when you open your mouth to chalk-out those dilapidated premises of yours. I need it. I need some space. I know in the heart of my hearts, that there is no running from you, still I try to vamoose. You chase me and I hate this and I warn you that I may burst out at once and it would be costly: For both of us. I need some fresh air and some dreams to fly but you come foul-mouthed and make everything dry.                  

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Eraserhead




Eraserhead is a disturbing movie. The movie was made in 1977 but it is a Black & White. The protagonist has a weird hairstyle which looks like crown of hair resulting from an electrocution. The movie starts with a dream sequence and there is no sharp boundary between reality and dreams in the plot. There are many dream sequences which is a common theme in Lynch movies. Unlike recent movies of Lynch, background music is rather disturbing and even intolerable at times.

In my opinion, there has been no Lynch movie, perhaps with an exception of Inland Empire (His most independent experiment), which has been so overwhelming and eerie. The movie has almost no dialogue in it, but it uses imagery in a most disturbing way to affect your psyche. It seems that Lynch is familiar with all of the dark corners of psyche and overwhelms you by his brilliant, haunting and unique images. The movie would give you nightmares, especially if you're very susceptible to suggestions. Movie treats the subject of rearing up an infant at a time when parents are least ready for it. The emotions, objects and experiences in the movie have been exaggerated out of proportion and made into a horrific cinematic experience. The crying of baby is so disturbing that you want to avoid it. Its appearance is very horrid and the reactions because of the environment cause some most abhorrent blisters on its skin which make it very difficult for you to keep your eyes on scene. The frustrated, enervated and devastated father; deprived of sleep and even more deprived of mental peace, kills the infant in the climax. Many images are not clearly understood as Lynch leaves a lot of space for interpretation. In a scene where protagonist visits his girlfriend, the house looks haunted and characters look very absurd and hilarious at the same time, but that is all of the humour if there is any in this movie.

     

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Problem with Dynamic Views in Google Blogger

At times you find that your blog URL would convert into ***.xx (where 'xx' stands for the internet country code) from ***.com and along with that the symbols of 'pencil' and 'home' would disappear, which means that you cannot access, either dashborad or the create post options. Below shown is the image for scenario 1 where you can clearly see the symbols of 'pencil' and 'home' and URL also shows ***.com.












































Now see the image shown below. It's apparent that URL has changed ( and it does so randomly and on its own or by a subtle law of which I have no awareness) and so has the bar just above the posts. You cannot see options for creating a post or managing other posts. It becomes difficult to search and get hold of them again!




























Moreover, you cannot see a well structured Menu in many of the dynamic views. Dynamic views are fast to access but there is no HTML editor available for the templates, making it difficult for you to add any gadget unless it's accessible through Google Blogger's 'add gadget' property.




Unlike classic Google Blogger's post editor, you don't get keywords suggestion for your posts. You have list of labels from your older posts instead. You don't have an option of sharing posts on Facebook in the Dynamic Views, however you can just like it. I think some of the functionality has been removed as a trade-off with excellent speed of access to the entirety of blogs provided by these templates. Now preview has also been disabled.


If you to edit a post after having published it, you're very likely to get it updated directly on blog but no preview is provided.

















Tuesday, 14 February 2012

अनकही

अनकही
शब्दों में बहका मैं,
अनकहा ही रह गया,

अभिव्यक्ति जाती रही,
मन ढँका ही रह गया,

कश्ती तूफाँ में कुछ यूँ फँसी,
साहिल ओझल हो गया,

ढूँढता फिरा जिसे उम्रभर,
वो मकाम कहीं खो गया,

हँसी चेहरे की,
झुर्रियों में खो गयी कहीं,

दर्द तो भीतर था,
भीतर ही सो गया,

Monday, 13 February 2012

Valentine's Day and other Days!



DISCLAIMER:


"I cannot confirm or deny that anything the following prose says has any connection to any matter true or false or any event that has, is, or will occur in the history of the universe. Any similarity to an event or with an actual existing person(s) is purely coincidental."



The Valentine's Day is in the air. In fact it has been floating on the surface of air since last week.

"Sandal Hunk, tell us one thing, what is more important, work or love?" asked Hallmark Haircut Kite with enthusiasm, pointing to Hajj Pan Ran.


"That's a vague question to be honest. Context is not clear." I said promptly, as if I was giving a performance on a stage in a play.


After a brief pause I said "Love is most important in the greater scheme of things, it seems." But I had a certain hesitation while stating this as if I was not clear about my own ideas on the subject matter.


Then I said:

"Without work you cannot feed yourself. The courtship is just entertainment with flavourings and seasonings on top when you have enough to eat and spare. If you're hungry, you don't think about love."

This made Hajj Pan Ran look indignant. She was collecting her thoughts on the subject matter.


"What about a normal scenario, in a working woman's life? Let me be clear about this: Should there be any specific days for love or it should be incessant flow from your heart to the heart of your beloved?" asked Hallmark Haircut Kite.



"Hmm, that sounds like a good question. I have given it a thought. I think, there is no meaning in showing your love on a special day if you live like an automaton for the rest of the year!"



"That's what I am talking about." He said with exultation.


"I don't agree with that." Hajj Pan Ran said with frowned face.


"We're busy performing our duties and we don't get enough time to celebrate, that's why we should take time out to celebrate love on this day." Hajj Pan Ran said with command.



This made me ponder. I found myself saying this after a while:


"I think there is a reason why we are celebrating these days. This pattern of having special days for celebrations is a contribution of West. West might have started celebrating days because of its work-oriented culture, which did not give enough freedom for the expression of love because of the demands made by the work on a day to day basis." I said with doubt. I was not clear about the origin of this pattern and hence my lack of confidence in the statement.


It seemed that they agreed.


"Work without love is not important. Love without work cannot be sustained; therefore there should be a balance. Balanced path is best path to walk on. Thus spake Buddha." I said with confidence.


"He should be a politician. He is ever changing his arguments." Hallmark Haircut Kite said.


Sensing that argument had turned in her favour, Hajj Pan Ran said:

"We work almost every day but celebrate love only on a day. It doesn't mean that we should not express our love on other days, but it's important that we should take this day to come out of our forgetfulness to express our love."




After a walk and a tea, it occurred to me that it has been long since this question has been in my mind and maybe I have got an answer for that at times. But then answer has been forgotten and the memory that I had this question was erased. I again got this question. The question is: Why there are so many days like Valentine's Day, Cancer Day and so and so on.



I think, thereafter it occurred to me that I have two propositions which might suggest about the origin of Days. I do not however, try to make an impression that these propositions cover entirety of the causes behind the beginning and continuation of such trends. I said to them:

“1. Like Independence Day and Valentine's Day, these days are to commemorate some special historic events. These celebrations reinforce memory of some great martyrs or compassionate groups.

2. These Days are to increase awareness about certain things: Like Cancer Day, or Women's Day etc.”


It seemed that they agreed with me or their quota of the intellectual exegesis for the day got exhausted.