Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Kuja Dosha: Mangalika

Sanskrit word for Mars is Kuja. Angaraka is another name for it. Dosha means defect--Kuja Dosha means defect because of Mars. Along with Saadhe-saati, Rahu-kalam and Kala-Sarpa Yoga, it's, in my opinion, the most talked about combination in horoscopes in Indian context. Most people are afraid of it and think that it must be something very horrible because it's an obstacle in way of their harmonious married lives and some worships must be performed to appease deities for getting rid of evil effects.

Fear always arises out of ignorance and superstition. There are just twelve houses in a horoscope to delineate all the matters related to life-narratives of natives, therefore it's pretty obvious that a planet would be found in all twelve houses if you look through enough number of charts. The Kuja-Dosha is not very rare because Mars situated in 1, 2, 4, 7, 8 and 12th houses causes this combination--you would find it in at least 50 percent charts. Further, in order to delineate this combination you should examine it from all three--that's from Moon, Lagna and Venus. In some cases Surya-Lagna is stronger than the previous three--that should also be taken into the account. Thus you would find that majority of charts would have this combination--therefore it's to the wise to take reckoning from all three charts--if all three or two of them are tainted--consider the native as heavily Manglika.

The Psychology of Kuja-Dosha is very simple to understand. Mars signifies aggression, leader-ship, competence, physical strength, vitality and yogic practices in horoscopes. When it over-energizes the marriage house or houses which are adverse to the harmony of marriage--it causes difficulties for one's marriage partner. Mars in a horoscope, devoid of any soft aspects and in retrogression or debilitation might hint that the native has Karmic burden related to Grahastha-Ashrama to cope with. It's not easy to really change the Karmic script without being aware of one's behavior--without being meditative. 

It must also be noted that Mars' 4th and 8th aspects are 100% whereas 7th is only 50%--therefore a Mars located in the 7th house is most malefic, then the ones with Mars in the 4th or 8th houses, as they have their 4th and 8th aspects to the 7th house, respectively.

Learned ones also say that Jupiter's full aspect on Mars cancels this dosha. Rahu located in a kendra(1,4,7,10) from Mars is also supposed to cancel this dosha--whereas Saturn's aspect to an already Manglik 7th house makes it doubly Manglik.


Saturday, 23 June 2012

Rajiv Gandhi: A Black Swan In Vedic Astrology: Part 2

Please read part one for continuity. What strikes you in Rajiv Gandhi’s chart?

1.     5 planets in the lagna in Leo. Leo is ruler-'the king'.

2.     Atmakaraka Mercury is in lagna in both Rashi and Navmasa charts.

3.     Sun is very powerful in Shadbala.

4.     All planets in three signs: Soola Yoga: One born in Soola yoga will be sharp, indolent, bereft of wealth, be torturous, prohibited, valiant, and famous through war.

5.     Fiery rasi and fiery lagna along with fiery navmasa rises. In Chaitnaya Mahaprabhu’s chart too Simha rasi and Simha lagna was rising.

6.     Navmasa has exalted Jupiter and Mars but Venus is debilitated and it also has Saturn in its own sign.

7.     AAtmakarakaMercury is in lagna in almost all charts. In dwadasmsa, the fourth lord is exalted in the 9th house: which suggests that his mother was a great politician: One of the greatest politicians ever born. Even 9th lord Jupiter is in its own house but in the 6th bhava---suggesting early separation from father.

8.     In Dasmasa---10th lord is exalted. 

9.     Since Sun rises in lagna with directional strength-- the first child born even in case of Rajiv Gandhi is Rahula, a son, who is matter of pride for his family. This observation holds good more often than not.

10.  Sun in the Magha quarter two is nothing but more powerful than exaltation.

11.  Separation from loved ones in middle age was because of Mars being in Uttra Phalguni quarter 2.

13.  Damaruka Yoga: At least in case of Rajiv shows a great effect--because first part of life was better than the second part.

14.  Dasamesha Venus is neecha in the Karkamsha lagna: Does it suggest Rajbhanga neecha yoga?

This is not an exhaustive list, but just a few observations which strike immediately

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Prometheus: Why Ridley Scott has to be so boring?

Ridley Scott is dramatically boring in Prometheus. There is nothing new in it at all, there is no new 'angle' of looking at things either. If you have already watched Aliens and Blade Runner and disliked them, then, unless you have absolutely nothing else to do, please don't go to watch this movie.

The way Men in Black and Ridley Scott looks at aliens is a kindergarten way of looking at them in my opinion. I feel that there are enough people interested in these childish alien stories, that is why they keep on repeating such disasters. 

Stanely Kubrick seemed too slow in his 2001: A Space Odyssey, but in my humble opinion, his way of looking at extra-terrestrial life is not only a 'graduate' level of looking at this subject, but also offers much more to the imagination of his audience than Scott ever did.

Except couple of scenes in Scott's Prometheus, nothing inspires; whereas in case of 2001 of Kubrick, almost everything moves you. I think that there might well be these organic chunk of ETs filled with sleazy slime in the outer space, but I prefer watching really intelligent, almost divine life forms. Both of them and all the conceivable variations are possible, but I just cannot tolerate stuff filled in the despicable forms depicted in movies of Scott.

Scott has not improved even a little in my opinion. Blade Runner was a disaster and despite all the hype and appreciation by Christopher Nolan, Prometheus is even bigger a disaster. In Scott's movies, as a rule a crew would go out hunting for extra-terrestrials and these members would be attacked by a chunk of Franksteinian ET and one or more members of the crew would get infected by some contamination. 

Sets would always be dark; I mean come on, you could have found a pretext to get some light on sets, why it has always to be so dark out there? Then, to add up on that pile of stupidity, the great writer Damon Lindelof of TV series Lost had to give his inputs. You know what he added? Come on, you cannot miss it! Do you remember what happened to all the ladies on island in Lost? Yes, they all started to get pregnant one after another, even if they were incapable of reproducing prior to landing on that island in that fateful plane crash. The same happens in Prometheus; the lady who was not fertile at all--conceived an extra-terrestrial! How disgusting; but this was the only brilliant input given by Damon Lindleof. Why do they have to make such movies? It's so because people could learn from mistakes; they stop watching their movies and such movies are not created again and again as a consequence.

Hats off to Ridley Scott for being poor on imagination and playing with the same toys all his life!

OTOH: I love Gladiator!

Image: Prometheus 

Sunday, 17 June 2012

The legend about Chakdor: Rahu & Kethu: The Buddhist Version

Mike Crowley has given a good account of a Buddhist story which is very similar to the story in Hindu Puranas. I wrote about Rahu and Kethu in an article recently and this story relates to that very vividly:

Once upon a time the Buddhas all met together on the top of Mount Meru, to deliberate upon the means of procuring the water of life, Dutsi, which lies concealed at the bottom of the deep ocean. In their benevolence, they intended, as soon as they obtained the water of life, to distribute it amongst the human race as a powerful antidote against the strong poison Hala, which the evil demons, at this period, had been using with such mischievous effect against mankind.In order to procure the antidote they determined to churn the ocean with the mountain Meru, and so cause the water of life to rise to the surface of the sea. This they did, and delivered the water of life to Vajrapani, with orders to secure it safely until a future meeting, when they would impart it to living beings. But the monster Rahu, a Lhamayin, happened to hear of this precious discovery, and having carefully watched Vajrapani's movements, seized an opportunity, in the absence of the latter, to drink the water of life; not satisfied with this act, he even voided his water deliberately into the vessel. He then hurried away as fast as possible, and had already proceeded a great distance, when Vajrapani came home, and having perceived the theft, instantly set out in pursuit of the culprit. 
In the course of his flight Rahu had passed the sun and moon, whom he menaced with vengeance, should they venture to betray him to Vajrapani. His searches proving fruitless, Vajrapani betook himself to the sun, and asked him about Rahu. But the sun replied evasively, saying that he had certainly seen somebody passing a long time ago, but had paid no particular attention as to who it was. The moon, on the other hand, returned a candid answer, only requesting that Vajrapani would not repeat it before Rahu. Upon this information Rahu was shortly afterwards overtaken, when he got such a terrible blow from Vajrapani's scepter [i.e. vajra] that, besides receiving many wounds, his body was split in two parts, the lower part of the body with the legs being entirely blown off.
[Note: This might be interpreted as a reason why Sun is considered as a malefic and Moon is considered as a  benefic generally.

The Buddhas once more held a meeting, in which they deliberated upon the best means of disposing of Rahu's urine. To pour it out would have been most dangerous to human beings, as it contained a large quantity of the poison Hala hala; they therefore determined that Vajrapani should drink it, in just punishment for the carelessness through which the water of life was lost. Accordingly he was forced to do so, when his fair, yellow complexion was changed by the effects of this potion into a dark one. Vajrapani conceived, from his transfiguration, a most violent rage against all evil demons, and in particular against Rahu, who, notwithstanding his deadly wounds, was prevented from dying by the water of life. This powerful water, however, dropped from his wounds and fell all over the world, numerous medicinal herbs springing up on the spots where it touched the soil.
[Note: This is a hint for psychoactive herbs like Amanita Muscaria.
A severe punishment was also inflicted upon Rahu by the Buddhas themselves; they made a horrible monster of him, replaced his legs by the tail of a dragon, formed nine different heads from his broken one, the principal wounds were made into an enormous throat, and the lesser ones into so many eyes. Rahu, who had ever distinguished himself from his fellow-beings by his wickedness - in their earliest youth even the other gods had to suffer from his malignity - became, after this transformation, more dreadful than he was before.His rage was turned especially towards the sun and the moon, who had betrayed him. He is constantly trying to devour them, particularly the moon, who displayed the most hostile disposition towards him. He overshadows them whilst trying to devour them, and thus causes eclipses; but owing to Vajrapani's unceasing vigilance, he cannot succeed in destroying them.

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Saturday, 16 June 2012

Lunar Transit's Impact Varies For Moon Signs!

It's raining cats and dogs over here, in Bangalore this afternoon. There are no all sweeping effects of Moon's transits for all Moon signs as some of the examiners tend to believe. The difference I am talking about here is not because of the differences created by major and sub periods in distinct nativities. I would keep scope of this discussion to cover only Moon signs and not other factors.

Moon in the eighth house is not considered to be a good transit, especially for relations, negotiations, discussions and debates. Moon in the eighth house by transit tends to make one argumentative, impatient, paranoid and prone to accidents and injuries. Break-ups and ruptures in relations, defamation and slander and mental agony happen during this phase in most of the nativities. But does it mean that this is equal in gravity, if you leave all factors aside? It's not so. Let me take an example: For a native with Aries Moon sign the eighth house transit will be most acute, because Moon gets debilitated in Scorpio. Some people argue against it--because in their opinion, debilitation lessens the evil effects of a planet; but in my humble opinion it's otherwise. The debilitation makes both malefics and benefics meaner and not the other way around. For example: Mars debilitated in the first house would tend to worsen the Kuja Dosha when compared to the exalted Mars in the first house. Similarly, transit of Moon through the eighth house would be most crucial for Aries natives as they get distorted rays from debilitated Moon in Scorpio. On the other hand exalted Moon in the sign of Tauras in the eighth house, for Libra Moon sign, would give least acute results. Could this be the reason why Libra people are so balanced and popular when it comes to the public life? May be; it needs further investigation.

You can extrapolate this proposition for other Moon signs and auspicious as well as inauspicious transits. Take for example the transit of Moon through the sixth house. For natives of Sagittarius Moon sign, Taurus is the sixth house and Moon gets exalted there, sending its most brilliant rays; therefore it's most auspicious disposition for Sagittarius natives. But for Gemini natives this position is somewhat less auspicious because Moon gets debilitated in Scorpio. You might calculate various combinations borne out of various dignities of Moon for all the Moon signs this way. You might get more accurate results for your transit predictions for all purposes using this technique.

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See You In Another Life Brother!

As you start watching it, secondary plot-lines which peek into the pasts of characters on island look very absorbing and they continue to interest you throughout the season one, but somewhere in the second season you start feeling bored by too-frequent-but-too-insignificant details of the past lives of various freaks on island.

I thought it was just me who used to fast-forward the secondary plots, but recently I recommended this TV series to one of my friends and she also started doing the same. She liked it until season one but as soon as second season started these sequences became 'intolerable' and she started skipping them altogether to stay on island.

I shared this small piece of information about Lost because I felt that it was important. Since I stopped watching Lost, I have not found a better TV series; perhaps I will never find one. The plethora of characters and narratives and mysteries in Lost overwhelms the attention spans of viewers in a unique way.

Out of all pieces of dialogues in the series  "See you in another life brother" is most amazing in my opinion.

Image Source: This

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Don't Judge So That Ye Shall Not Be Judged!

James Harbeck shared this intriguing article on Facebook. The last two paragraphs sound like most alarming yet realistic propositions to me:

What explains this result? One provocative hypothesis is that the bias blind spot arises because of a mismatch between how we evaluate others and how we evaluate ourselves. When considering the irrational choices of a stranger, for instance, we are forced to rely on behavioral information; we see their biases from the outside, which allows us to glimpse their systematic thinking errors. However, when assessing our own bad choices, we tend to engage in elaborate introspection. We scrutinize our motivations and search for relevant reasons; we lament our mistakes to therapists and ruminate on the beliefs that led us astray. 
The problem with this introspective approach is that the driving forces behind biases—the root causes of our irrationality—are largely unconscious, which means they remain invisible to self-analysis and impermeable to intelligence. In fact, introspection can actually compound the error, blinding us to those primal processes responsible for many of our everyday failings. We spin eloquent stories, but these stories miss the point. The more we attempt to know ourselves, the less we actually understand.

We sit in judgement on others in our lives and we dwell on 'creatures of reason,' which exist only in our imagination. We humans are budles of feelings, thoughts and life. We're life; but many of us don't want to delve into 'what's life debate,' which is, fortunately not the matter in the hand. When we judge others, be it their wrong-doings, their degree of corruption or the torture they have inflicted upon us--we tend to take into the account "reason" part of their being and we just create a barrier which doesn't let their "feelings" factor play a role in our tiny calculations. On the other hand, when we introspect, unlike what most of us think happens; we tend to take into account more of "feelings." Though they give us 'our view' of what we have done to ourselves and those around us, it doesn't play out as a 'fair and balanced' judgement and this incorrect assessment becomes a seemingly insignificant but horrendous-in-proportions-as-time-passes trigger for future personal catastrophes.

Introspection might lead to gross error of judgement unless;- we realize that number of factors we take into the account while passing opinion on others are very less than the ones we use for judging our own errors in our eyes. Bias is plainly because of the self-love you may say; but 'feelings' are the ingredients in the recipe of bias-because-i-love-myself. To assess and judge others when we have so little knowledge about feelings of others is perspicuously very common practice and it leads to eternal imbalance in relations-public and personal. It might be why "Do not judge so that ye shall also not be judged" was said! But ours are very fast and furious lives because we are not cosmic omniscient beings; therefore we have to take decisions based on our 'erroneous' assessments and to run as long as we don't go to sleep.

Eckhart Tolle might give you another reason for not judging people. He would say that since we are not thinkers but witnesses of thinkers, we are not voices but observers of voices, our judging voices would go to sleep if we just watch our 'thinkers.' Judging is not good because all equations are temporary equations.

Karmically, whatever you give out you get back, because you alone are. The self is one. There is no reality in duality. Whatever you give out you're bound to get back because you give only to yourself. When you sit in the judgement, you're actually judging yourself and that is what you're bound to get back!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Saturn: Getting Things Done.

A strong Saturn in any chart confers the capability of getting things done. Saturn is all about toil, patience and perseverence. It's about hierarchies but not about power. It's all about justice and it feels most comfortable when it's doing justice(in sign Thula(Libra.)) Strong Saturn in the sevent house of horoscope gets directional strength and if it's in either Capricorn, Aquarius or Libra, it forms one of the Panch-Mahapurusha combination known as 'Shasha Yoga,' which makes a person an inborn leader with capabilities of getting things done. But hind side is marriage getting delayed. Saturn is all about 'slow and steady wins the race,' and like Kalsarpa Yoga, it seems to be holding a person back but in reality polishes them again and again and paves way for grand success.

A strong Saturn in chart also makes a native quite immune to much dreaded Saadhe-Saati and Kantaka Shani; but it should not be taken literally--the impact of transit of such a big and slow moving planet is felt by every native, be it a transit through an auspicious house or an inauspicious house; but in case of aforementioned natives, these transits don't wreak much havock on them because of the strength conferred by the radix chart.

Jyotisha is not superstition and it's also not a pseudo-Science; it's a proto-Science and it works by way of Karmic scripts written in our subconscious. A strong Saturn in a person's chart doesn't magically make a person powerful: It makes him a hard worker first. He is very persistent and works his way through all odds, at a slow and steady pace and wins the battle. He also becomes a hard-task master who loves justice and that's why he becomes a leader.

Saturn: Image Source

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Rajiv Gandhi: Black Swan In Vedic Astrology-Part 1

The birth data used for the calculation of this horoscope is: August, 20, 1944; Mumbai; 8:11 AM. As a young boy, I used to have only one image of prime minister, that was of Rajiv Gandhi in his hallmark white kurta and pyjama. Lets look at his chart as it qualifies for what you may call as 'Black Swan' in Vedic Astrology. His lagna, Moon sign, as well as the sign in which Sun is situated in the ascendant is Simha(Leo). Which means that he was manifesting Leo characteristics via his mind and body. His lagna Leo has a grand stellium of five planets, which are Sun, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Moon. This stellium is the symbolic representation of his charismatic personality.

The only weakness of lagna is that it's very close to 30 degrees.

Atmakarka: The Jaimini Atmakaraka in a horoscope is the planet with the highest degrees in any sign. In this horoscope Mercury is Atmakaraka. Pandit Sanjay Rath has remarked on Atmakaraka rising. He says that Atmakaraka rising in the ascendant suggests birth in the royal family, whereas Atmakaraka rising in the navamsa suggests connection with the royal family since birth. Rajiv Gandhi was not only born in the Gandhi family but also became a prime minister, later on.

Not many planets are dignified by virtue of being in their own or exaltation signs, still the lord of the lagna Sun is situated in lagna, which makes this lagna a strong one. Leo is a fiery sign. Accumulation of so many planets in a fiery sign suggest a glowing charismatic personality, but his demise too, unfortunately happened in a bomb blast, which is fiery explosion. I don't know for sure if it really relates to his extraordinary stellium.

Maximum number of planets are in Magha, Poorva and Uttara constellations, which are respectively owned by the KKetu Venus and Sun, in the sign of Leo. Sun in the Magha spreads glorious rays and hence the noble birth of Rajiv Gandhi. There are many planets in Kendra but not many of them are exalted, still the peculiar stellium puts his horoscope in an extraordinary category.

His nnavamsaattests his peculiar lagna. Atmakaraka Mercury rises in the lagna whereas lagna lord Sun is situated in the sixth house which is a difficult house. Lagna of navamasa is 8th house from the sixth, therefore difficulty and opportunity both because of the sudden events. He was elected prime minister after sudden death of his mother Indira Gandhi and he died very suddenly in a bomb blast when he went to address an assembly in Tamilnadu. Mars and Jupiter are exalted in nnavamsa but Venus is debilitated and Saturn is in its own house.

Please read second part of the article here.

Introverts, Extroverts and Narcissistic Personalities

Absurd as it might seem, it has been my observation that a really introvert person would never suffer from narcissism, whereas an extrovert might suffer from it. The reasoning is simple in my opinion: Unresolved conflicts in the dark side of subconscious cannot get resolved in case of an extrovert, because he never has time to attend them. In case of an introvert(I am talking about a prototype, like Buddha) nothing remains unexplored, therefore there are no unresolved conflicts and complexes.

I don't know if there could really be an introvert in the ideal case who is narcissistic. Could the world frustrate an introvert who is narcissistic: True up to an extent, but it's really not because of the 'introversion' but rather because of 'lack of it'. Consider this: A teacher like Buddha, a full blooming flower of consciousness, if possible, is the final fruit of introversion. Such an individual will never blame the world around because his stable mind is always able to take into the account all causes of universe leading to the effects or say he is eternally aware of the chaos(lack of 'particular' causes.) Why an introvert might seem frustrated with the world is: He is not enough of an introvert. He has not yet looked deep enough inside and that is why the world seems like a hostile place.

An introvert who is suffering from narcissism might want to get lost into the wild because of loneliness and an extrovert might become a megalomaniac needing a very big stage to get attention of entire world. You suggest two possibilities of 'going into oblivion' vs needing big stage, but they're because you focus on morbidity of introversion versus extroversion. The introversion--in the sense I consider it, is nothing but looking at your thoughts and feelings with minute attention and not letting go anything unnoticed into dark of subconscious. Why it solves all your problems is--because no conflicts remain lurking in your subconscious looking for opportunities to get triggered. The real introvert would understand world and persons around him better than an extrovert because of the thorough study of his own feelings and thoughts. The psyche around you is more or less is like your psyche. If you could fully attend to yourself, you are capable of attending to anyone, because they're more or less 'you'; bundles of thoughts and feelings and life. A real introvert will be like a transparent being where no ideas meet with ego-resistance but just a reflection; in that sense, he becomes a mirror for others.   

Image: Buddha

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Rahu and Kethu: The Other Way Around!

Rahu (The North Node of Moon) and Ketu(The South Node Of Moon) are not only important in Vedic Astrology, but also in Hindu mythology. Most of the times you keep hearing about the myth in which lord Vishnu beheaded Rahu-Ketu(Which was just 'Rahu' earlier). Rahu is just head but no body, therefore it has desires; desires to possess, to win, to use and to exploit. Not just that, the desire to break taboos is also a prominent expression of Rahu in nativities. Since Rahu only has a head, all it could do is to have cerebral pleasures. It could scheme, covet, think and shout; but it could never get satisfaction, ecstasy, peace and rest. 

Kethu, on the other hand is all body and no head. It cannot scheme, plan, possess or think; therefore it's ever detached. It's a failure in society, but if controlled, it's a grand success in spirituality. Since it has no head, it can very easily meditate, be at peace with itself and bliss of existence showers on it at the expense of social connections.

Yesterday, Moon was in the sign Scorpio. Rahu is also transiting through Scorpio and it was reported that there was a lunar eclipse, witnessed only in a few regions across the globe. Moon travels through various signs at a swift speed and returns to a sign after every 27 days, which might mean that there should be a lunar eclipse once every 27 days, as Moon would be transiting through the sign in which Rahu is situated once every month. But it doesn't happen. Moon, when it's brightest, that's when it gains 'Paksha-Bala', and in the sign through which Rahu is transiting, might undergo eclipse.

That is why, not all the people who are born Moon conjunct Rahu are born at the time of lunar eclipse. Looking at Rahu and Kethu is difficult for Astronomers. The eclipses, lunar and solar, are the most evident forms of Rahu and Kethu for them, but as far as Astrologers are concerned; Rahu and Kethu are very perspicuous objects. In lunar eclipse, Rahu eclipses the rays of Moon, therefore, people born during this time don't enjoy a very healthy activity of mind and hence have something always lacking with regards to health. The yoga is termed as 'Chandaal Yoga'. Combination of Rahu with most of the planets is considered inauspicious for spiritual reasons, but it might confer great taboo breaking social capacity on some natives. 

Image: Rahu

Saturday, 2 June 2012

In Praise of Idleness

Bertrand Russell, a great British philosopher and mathematician once wrote an essay "In Praise of Idleness." I don't exactly remember what he wrote in that essay, as I read it a very long time ago, but I do feel that mention of that essay is appropriate for subject in hand. I am going to discuss about the 'leisure' and its role in shaping thinking.

As happens with anything, it tends to make good thinkers better and bad thinkers worse. Being idle, as well as getting enough of seclusion is indispensable for thinking thoroughly. I don't suggest that there are not people who could think well in market place or while carrying out their routine jobs. I just intend to make a suggestion that for special purposes, it's important to have privacy and idle time for thinking well.

Ancient western thinkers have stressed it that only aristocratic people are well suited to do philosophy. It seems reasonable, because unless you are free from loads of earning a living, you cannot devote your time to philosophize. But it seems to be the only half-truth. Our apelike ancestors who had hunter-gatherer existence, did not become really great philosophers, even when it's almost a given that they had enough of idle time. (This was recently mentioned by a fellow interlocutor in a discussion.) Why? Because it takes a certain degree of aptitude to think through things and even aristocratic people are not all inclined to Philosophy. Are they?

Ancient thinkers used to think that aristocratic oligarchy which is driven by Philosophy is best rule for any state. In the heydays of renaissance of Athens this idea of philosopher-rulers gained some good popularity, but Socrates, who belongs to that time, was a commoner. Socrates is considered as father of western Philosophy. Similarly, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kant and Hegel were not aristocrats. They were all greatest philosophers of their times.

As far as eastern Philosophy is considered, people from all walks of life have contributed to it. Ancient sages used to live simple lives with noble thoughts and Buddha, though born to a royal family, lived life of an ascetic. The eastern Philosophy is mostly a Philosophy of mystics and ascetics--in search of Truth and Being. Ascetics indeed have a lot of idle time to think, in fact, they don't have anything else to do, because they live on social welfare.

In absence of righteous timely triggers, idleness will always induce boredom in its subjects, which is root cause of all evils and random thoughts coming from Noosphere, when level of awareness is very low, in absence of life-force-energy, lead to more evil; therefore idleness should be taken with a pinch-of-wisdom, if it's to reinforce original thinking and Philosophy.

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