Sunday, 31 August 2014

Dexter and Kira

Note: This article contains spoilers. 

Dexter is a TV series which narrates the events in the life of a serial killer called Dexter. Kira is the name of the serial killer in the animated TV series Death Note. These two serials have gained wide critical acclaim and I also liked both of them. 

There are many parallels between these two characters. There are many differences as well. Since these two serials have serial killers as their main characters--they don't really portray them as evil--though towards the climax you might find their comeuppance(I am not yet done with Dexter)--while watching them you find that the whole story revolves around them. What affects me in particular is the narration of the events which is almost always from the viewpoints of Dexter and Kira--especially in case of Dexter--where you find a great introspection and contemplation switching through phases towards bright and dark sides of human psyche.

I find Dexter more humane than Kira. We see that Kira(Light Yagami) was initially a bright student who by a chance event gets his hands upon a dangerous book called 'Death Note'--this at first reinforces in him a tendency to make society a better place by killing criminals--but later on--this becomes a need--a need to kill--a need to be feared---then it becomes a megalomania and we see Kira  as intent on becoming a God--the highest, most feared and most worshiped personality in the world. He seems more of a selfish tyrant ready to sacrifice anyone or everyone when compared to Dexter. In case of Dexter, with what I have seen till now--I find that audience can relate to him more than to Kira. Dexter doesn't seem to become a megalomaniac by a chance event--there is a detailed history of events pointing to the causes which made him a sociopath. But Dexter's self-knowledge is amazing. His monologue is often very comical and philosophical at the same time. Kira is more of an intellectual whereas Dexter is more of a skilled artist.

Needless to say that both of them have codes which they use to kill--Dexter calls it Harry's Code--a set of rules given to him by his stepfather, whereas Kira makes his own set of rules. These codes are fragile and they are there just to make them feel that they are doing it for good especially in case of Kira.

Is it some kind of coincidence that both of these TV series started in 2006? My brief research doesn't lead me anywhere and you may know better but that these two characters have striking resemblance is not deniable in my opinion. Both Kira and Dexter are supported by the fate--many events where mystery, suspense and thrill gets higher and higher turn out in their favor--without their having to do anything. Both of them have got the inside information from the departments which are trying to hunt them down--which makes it a kind of intriguing contest to watch. They both believe in a higher power which is protecting them and they thrive on the attention given to them by the masses which labels them as 'savior'.

These two scripts are brilliant and some of the most diligently done stories ever. You don't find too many plot holes. Execution of the victims in case of Kira is easier because of the magical note book but in case of Dexter it's more practical and difficult. This is what makes Dexter slightly gory to watch and this even becomes a handicap for Dexter who has to get rid of the body parts after every execution. Dexter does not kill as many people as many are killed in a season--that is, you find more dialogues and monologues in Dexter than killing events whereas Kira kills dozens per episode. Kira is more of an intellectual's series and I suppose it was written by a very meticulous writer, whereas, Dexter is supposed to be comical, thrilling and mysterious one  containing all elements of a good TV series. I found Death Note to have a better sound track than Dexter. I think that in spite of lack of colors in the animation--Death Note impressed me more than Dexter has done till now.

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लिखता हूँ नगमें,
कुछ तेरे भी हैं,
कुछ मेरे भी हैं,
चाहत दिलों की है,
दिल तेरे भी हैं,
दिल मेरे भी हैं,
सोचता हूँ चेहरे,
कुछ तेरे भी हैं,
कुछ मेरे भी हैं,
दूरियाँ दिलों की हैं,
घर तेरे भी हैं,
घर मेरे भी हैं,
खोजता हूँ मंजिलें,
राहें तेरी भी हैं,
राहें मेरी भी हैं,
कारवाँ बहुत से हैं,
ठिकाने तेरे भी हैं,
ठिकाने मेरे भी हैं,
हलक में हैं प्यासें,
लब तेरे भी हैं,
लब मेरे भी हैं,
पाता हूँ तुझको,
और खो देता हूँ,
नसीब तेरे भी हैं,
नसीब मेरे भी हैं|


इक जाम मयस्सर प्याले में,
हर शाम मुबारक होती है,
हम आस लगाये रहते हैं,
बस दिल में आहट होती है,
दो बूंद कहीं से मिल जायें,
हर लब पर चाहत होती है,
जाम छलकते प्यालों से भी,
कुछ यूँ तो इबादत होती है|

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Saturday, 30 August 2014


मत ढूंढ मुझे सादगी में;
हूँ मैं भी अब कहीं,
आवारगी में;
बेशर्मी लिये फिरता हूँ, ऐ हवा अब तू ही बता;
खुद होकर दवा,
मर्ज़ लिये फिरता हूँ ||
इतनी आवारगी!! क्यों शहर में,
क्या सो गये सभी, आज दोपहर में,
आवारगी शहर की,
सड़कों पर;
भाग रही बेखबर,
हर घड़ी हर पहर,
जाऊँ, तो कहाँ जाऊँ?
बेचैनी सी दफन सीने में,
लिये फिरता हूँ, ऐ हवा;
अब तू ही बता,
खुद होकर घटा,
प्यास लिये फिरता हूँ||

इतनी नफरत क्यों शहर में?,
क्या गिर चुके लोग खुद ही की नज़र में?,
आग दिल में है,
दिलों को जलाते हैं लोग,
खुद बुझकर, दूजे को जलाते हैं रोज;
क्या जलन है?,
क्यों जलन है?,
इसलिये ही बस जनम है?;
जलन लिये फिरता हूँ, ऐ हवा!,
अब तू ही बता,
खुद होकर चराग;
अंधकार लिये फिरता हूँ||
इतने भ्रष्ट!  क्यों शहर में,
क्या बिक चुके सेवक,
मलाई और शहद में;
वजन से दूजे के,
लोग अपने वजन को बढ़ाने में,
रक्षक ही जुटे हैं,
दावत अपनो की उड़ाने में,
अनजान सबसे,
यूं परेशान सा फिरता हूँ,  हवा!;
अब तू ही बता,
खुद होकर "वेद",
अज्ञान लिये फिरता हूँ||
इतनी दहशत! क्यों शहर में,
क्या घुस गये खौफ,
लोगों की नज़र में,
रख कंधों पर इक दूजे की,
बंदूकें चलाने में;
लोग हैं शहर के मशगूल,
लाशों के ढेर पर घरौंदे बनाने में;
बेखौफ सबसे,
जुदा सा फिरता हूँ, ऐ हवा!
खुद होकर बारूद,
बंदूक लिये फिरता हूँ||
इतना अन्याय! क्यों शहर में?,
क्या शहीद हुआ धर्म,
अधर्म से गदर में,
विश्वास बढ़ाकर, अपना बताकर,
घात लगाकर पास आने में;
लोग शहर के माहिर हैं "वेद",
जानकर भेद, बलि चढ़ाने में ;
आक्रोश लिये फिरता हूँ,
 ऐ हवा ! तू ही बता,
मुर्दों के शहर में, ज़िंदा,
मुर्दा बना फिरता हूँ||

Friday, 29 August 2014

Patience and Perseverance

    "धीरे-धीरे रे मना, धीरे सब कुछ होय,
              माली सींचे सौ घड़ा, ॠतु आए फल होय !"

            Slowly slowly o mind, everything happens at its own pace;
            Gardener waters hundreds of pots but the fruit appears only when its season comes. 
                                                                                        --- Saint Kabirdas 

We all remember our  very early childhood days and our attempts at gardening. We used to sow a fruit seed and eagerly awaited it to ripe. We would see through soil- after an hour, a day or after two days -to find out whether the seed has become a plant or not. We wanted to eat fruits and all the knowledge required was with us(or we thought so)--that is--put the seed inside the wet soil and keep on watering it--plant should appear bearing fruit---how simple indeed. But when the plant did not use to appear from the seed in an hour or two, we would see it again and again, pour more and more water to it and ask our friends, parents or grandparents about it. If you hadn't had such experiences then your children or grandchildren or your neighbor's children might have displayed such behavior. 

The point is that children have a restless mind. They want everything immediately. When we grow up we understand a few things and develop certain degree of patience--but is it enough? That is the question we should always be asking ourselves. Mind has been compared to an incessantly chattering monkey who is drunk and more than that a scorpion has stung it. It is not in the very nature of mind to let you concentrate on a task for very long. In order to achieve success in any field of endeavor you have to strive against this chattering monkey. This calls for understanding the importance of virtue of patience and perseverance.

Winston Churchill said "Men occasionally stumble over the truth but then most of them pick themselves up and walk away."—Winston Churchill"

This suggests that most of us have insights, visions and we keep on getting inspiration in our lives but then we don't have courage and patience to see through it till the end. In the couplet above, Saint Kabir says to mind that it should slow down, it shouldn't run helter-skelter because everything takes time. Kabir is especially talking about spiritual practices because most of his teachings are about getting spiritual enlightenment. He gives us an example of a gardener; who waters a plant for hundreds of hours but the fruit arrives only when the season has come for it. Similarly progress in spiritual practices is dependent on painstaking efforts done meticulously day-after-day-after-day for many years and someone who  is not willing to deal with the monkey mind  is not likely to persist long enough to see the real progress.

It is important to judge all pros and cons before choosing a field of practice or a technique of meditation. You should take everything into the account--take opinion of experts. But once you have started to practice and you know that it's the right choice--you must see through it till the very end. It takes patience and persistence but it is the only way out.

If you cultivate the  virtue of patience and perseverance--you not only improve your chances of success but also improve the quality of relationships and atmosphere around you. Impatience accompanies anger, resentment and bitterness--persons who lack patience cannot tolerate even the slightest bits of shortcomings on part of their relatives or  co-workers; they keep on projecting negativity into the environment they are in.

If you have patience and perseverance you are very likely to succeed in your chosen field of endeavor. You would also become a source of positive energy for others and you might even become a role model for others. You can never over emphasize the importance of patience and perseverance.     

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Thursday, 28 August 2014


चलो एक काम करते हैं;

जिंदगी नीलाम करते हैं ;

देखो कौन क्या बोली लगायेगा;

देखने तो मिलेगा कि;

कौन कौन आयेगा;

कुछ बैरी भी सौदागर बन जायेंगे;

कुछ अपने फिर भेष बदल आयेंगे;

जिंदगी के खरीददार यूं बहुत से आयेंगे;

पर जिंदगी की हो परख जिन्हें;

क्या वे जौहरी भी आयेंगे?;

चलो इस बोली को रद्‌द करते हैं;

जिंदगी अनमोल है ;

फिर कुछ जद्दोजहद करते हैं।


Lets do this-
bidding of 'life';
let us see, who quotes what;
we shall see-
many people gather;
a few foes would turn into merchants;
some well wishers would come in guise;
there would be many buyers;
but those who value 'life'-
would they also come?
lets cancel the bidding;
life is precious;
strive again!

X Men Days of Future Past is enjoyable but lacks a plot

Let me admit at first that I have neither read comics series nor enjoyed many X-men movies previously. Now having admitted that--I did enjoy this movie to the full. This movie reminded me of Inception --not only just the action taking place in many(two) locations/realms--but also the music which was quite similar to Inception. 

I have always enjoyed magic tricks and supernatural powers displayed by mutant heroes but I like Xavier and Magneto in particular. Their powers seem majestic. In effect, Xavier is most powerful conjurer but it's Magneto who steals the show every time! What I have always failed to understand is--why Logan is treated as the lead--anyone who is a fan/expert of X-men reading this note--kindly enlighten me! Logan doesn't have great powers when compared to his fellow members of his cabal--yet--he seems to be the hero in every movie--that is why Hugh Jackman who happens to be relatively big star of the cast  performs as Logan.

Spoilers Alert                                  Spoilers Alert                          Spoilers Alert The time-travel-twist is hackneyed rehash which reached to its zenith long ago in movies like Back to the future and The Butterfly Effect; hence has no appeal at all. I wondered why the event of killing the scientist is made as a turning point--when it seems so illogical a proportion--it's evident that the scientist had already found the blood samples of Raven and he was hell-bent on getting more of her DNA samples no matter whether she killed him or not--so the emphasis must have been kept on saving her or changing attitude of scientist rather than on preventing the singular event portrayed as the turning point in the plot. 

Plot has weaknesses but I enjoyed action and thrill. I have not enjoyed this much action in any movie after Avengers. Though I feel that X-man fans have hyper-rated the movie and they are very likely to normalize later on as more and more people watch this movie. there are two types of movies--a few like those made by Lynch and Nolan are treated as cult classics at first but later on gain a wider audience and their rating improves in times whereas there are others which are hyper-rated but later on as more and more people watch them--they fail to cast their magic because of inherent weaknesses and hence their ratings diminish in time. 

In any case you can watch the movie to enjoy the action and majeek!

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Gravity is a gripping thriller

Gravity is a different type of thriller movie which is very enjoyable and gripping. Your bond with the leads who are trying to survive in a zero gravity situation where it's so  difficult to navigate builds up very soon and then it stays until end credits don't start  to roll and may be stays even after that. This movie makes you feel weightlessness(lack of gravity) as well as how dangerous it might become for space explorers at times. It fills you with a sense of wonder and you think that shooting must have been very difficult to do even in a simulated environment for this film.

Even after all the scientific progress we have made in the last century we are not even like a crawling baby when it comes to space. It's too difficult for space explorers and researchers out there. We have seen that we are way behind of achieving from what was imagined in earlier decades of last century about space exploration. We have seen that most popular space exploration cinema like 2001: A Space Odyssey((Actually Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke did.) etc. projected an image of our reaching to furthest corners of our solar system by this time but we have not done very much after Moon. I am not an expert and I think most of us are not when it comes to space but one thing which is quite obvious is--lack of advancement in the space by our civilization(as compared to what was imagined/expected by our forefathers) is frustrating at times.

There is a whole lot of mystery out there waiting to be unraveled and vast space waiting to be explored! This is a great movie to watch.

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Meditation basics and best practices

If you meditate, you might already be following what I am about to recommend, even if you don't you might like to inculcate some of these to assist you in your practice.

It's good to choose a meditation technique after enough contemplation and experience. It would really be great if you can contact a saint or a person who is really illuminated--difficult as it is, it might not be possible for everyone of us to find an enlightened master, in which case--you should go for a second best option, i. e. learn a meditation technique from a person who has been practicing it for long enough--say for example--for a decade or more. If you are not able to locate a person who can teach you to meditate in a live meeting(as opposed to a virtual or online meeting) then go for the third best option--which is to study standard books teaching meditation techniques. Please don't learn it online from articles like this one(how ironic indeed!) but if a great book is available online then it's an entirely different matter.

Having learnt a meditation technique --stick to it for a while--say for a period of 15 days at least or longer. You must not feel that you are bound to a type of meditation technique in any case. In the end they all lead to the same highway, it's just that some of them are more effective than others. For example--when you chant any mantra for meditating--it might work for you--but because of the intrinsic charge it carries the gurumantra i. e. a mantra given by a spiritual Guru who is enlightened to an initiate might work tens-to-thousands of times much more effectively. Learn as many meditation techniques as required before you reach to the special one which really works for you--i. e. which gives you the success you are looking for with least effort.

While working with a meditation technique--we are all familiar with basics like--choosing a good time to practice---if you sleep in night and work during the day(which most of us do)--preferable hours for meditation might be early morning hours because of the two main reasons--i.e. one--you're energetic after a good night sleep and second--atmosphere around you might be calm(if it's not calm--try to make it as calm as possible by finding a place which is free from disturbances of all types.). If you are a nocturnal creature then it's more effective to meditate in night when everyone else is asleep or near twilight time. It's important to note that morning hours between 4 to 6 AM and evening hours 6 to 8 PM are more conducive to meditation in general because they open the sushumna pathway for psychic energy--in scientific terms--balance between left and right hemispheres of brain is naturally at its best during those hours; hence they are more useful for meditation.

Choose a good posture which makes you comfortable and stick to it. Sticking to one time, one posture and one technique in particular for enough long is important for advancing in meditation. If you are not very busy then it would be great if you allot a lot of time to meditation since very beginning. Why it's so? It's so because if your mind finds out the advantages of meditation(which are 'plenty' indeed) manifesting quickly--then it's more likely that you would stick to it--in spite of all the ups and downs coming in your life--otherwise you're more likely to give your practices up in the very first few days!

When you're very confident about your meditation technique type and you devote enough time to it--you might notice a certain plateau at times--that is--experiences which are indicators of progress in meditation might not occur regularly--in such cases--always remember that these are just cycles and they are very likely to pass much sooner than you expect. Like any other endeavors in life-meditation does need patience and perseverance with method. In general, if you devote enough time to meditation, you would get new experiences and learn new knacks to assist you in your meditations on your own, at least once every fortnight. It is a good practice to keep track record of your practice--keep a journal devoted to mediation and record all the details everyday--it would help you make a swift progress. 

There is a paradox of meditation  --meditation improves your concentration(along with many other abilities) but in order to progress in meditation you need concentration. This is a tricky situation---if I already have a good concentration why would I meditate? Or if I don't have good concentration how can I make a good progress in meditation. The solution to this situation is--first off--meditation is not just about improving your concentration but about accessing whole mind and so on and secondly--in order to assist yourself with meditation you might use some other supporters or tranquilizers --which prepare you well for mediation--which in turn will assist you in keeping up with a good lifestyle---it's indeed a loop--For example--you might listen to good natural music before starting your meditation or you might silently chant a mantra before meditation. Please don't consume coffee or tea or other intoxicants--it's not going to help you in the long run! When you make good progress in meditation it will help you find more and more ways to assist with your meditation and contribute in improving your overall life situation.

Let me be blunt in suggesting that worst use of meditation techniques is to earn money by teaching them. Second worse use is to use them only as tranquilizers--where you meditate just before sleeping--that too for a very short period of time--it won't help much and I don't recommend such practices. Meditation as means and an end in itself is best practice. Meditating to assist yourself in your studies or work might be considered a good practice but best use of meditation is to improve your awareness of self. Meditation leads to illumination, bliss and God. 

A short note on meditation journal can be read here.

 I wish you very best of luck with your meditation technique(s)!

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Eternal Recurrence, Reincarnation and Deja-Vus

Very long ago when I used to be a child, one fine sunny morning my grand -uncle was talking to me. He said to me " You and I have lived many times before but we just don't know." The idea which crossed my mind was that like amor fati of Nietzsche--that everything which has happened to me, or, is happening to me or will happen to me--is fixed and has really occurred in the history of universe(I was not familiar with parallel universes by then!) infinite number of times. 

I did not realize that my great uncle was repeating the reincarnation theory in the fashion of Krishna, who said to Arjuna--the warrior " Don't think that you me and others present here were not there earlier or will not be there again; we have taken many births, I remember all of them but you don't." Later on I became familiar with Bhagvad Gita--the song of Krishna and with the reincarnation theory and law of Karma etc. but the thought of eternal recurrence stayed with me. 

When I grew up and started having many Deja-vu experiences--I thought that they were because of some dreams which reveal about future places and people and it's just that I cannot remember them well enough--but later on I started to feel that it's because of the practice of meditation that I sometimes got tuned-up with source of totality of existence--due to that tuning up--some of the key persons or places in this life(which is of-course a 'pattern'  ) strike me as if I have known them before and that is with great striking intensity.

I don't fully buy the idea of Nietzsche's eternal recurrence because at one point or another a soul which is trapped in this material universe in body consciousness-will get liberated and wil never return from the source of infinite joy and peace. But there is a possibility that there would be a life-story  exactly similar to that of mine--because same set of life-events keep on repeating in infinite number of universes. It's not that there would be a soul having all incarnations same as there were mine--but there would be many souls who would have exactly same lives as I had in some of the incarnations---what it means can be understood by an example---If I was born in 1888 and lived for 100 years and then got liberated from the cycles of birth and death---there might be someone who would eventually get liberated in the same fashion---i. e. he would be born in 1888 and live for 100 years and then get liberated in another cycle of this universe or in a parallel universe. But what is important to note is--it's not necessary that the incarnations which I had previous to the one I had in 1888--in which I was preparing for final incarnation; would match with the other person who had a similar final incarnation.

Therefore what I mean is--there is eternal recurrence of event-sets in cosmos but not for the same person. 

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General combinations for writers in a horoscope

In general we should observe following factors for a career in writing in a horoscope:

a. Mercury--its strength in radix, navamsa and divisional charts. Associations to it by aspects and conjunctions in radix and navamsa charts.

b. The third house--its strength, the occupants and aspects to the house. The dignity of lord of third house in the radix and divisional charts especially in navamsa and dasamansa. The associations by conjunction and aspects for the lord of the third house.  
c. The fifth house--its strength. The dignity of lord of the house in the radix and divisional charts especially in navamsa and dasamansa. The associations by conjunction and aspects for the lord.

d. Karkamsa Lagna---Please see articles  A and B for combinations in the Karkamsa lagna for writers. 

e. Third house from Mercury--The occupants and aspects to the house. The dignity of lord of the house in the radix and divisional charts especially in navamsa and dasamansa. The associations by conjunction and aspects for the lord.

f. Moon conjunct Neptune: 

The influence of Neptune over Moon(mind) makes one capable of inhabiting skin of other people. The ability to feel how others feel makes one capable of creating many powerful fictional characters. This ability also helps one empathize with others.

Mercury is most important planet for careers in writing because when it is strong it confers the ability to articulate, narrate, create stories. If Mercury is dignified in radix and navamsa charts--i.e. it's either exalted or in its own rashi--it becomes a good combination for writing. Conjunctions and associations with other planets which are dignified also give writing ability to the native. Exaltation of Mercury in navamasa and dasamasa makes one an able writer. The association of Mercury with the lord of Dasamsa is also a good combination.

If Arudha Lagna falls in the third house or has Mercury in it or its lord is Mercury--it suggests a native capable of writing easily--though chart must be thoroughly checked for actual realization of such potential.

  The third house in horoscope is important for writers because it's a house of hands-on learning, packaging and communicating. Stelliums or many planets in this house support writing. Aspect from Mercury or association of its lord with Mercury also support writing career. If the lord of the third house is well dignified in radix and navamasa charts--it's a good combination for a career in writing. Association of  dignified Rahu with the third house or its lord is also a good combination for writing.

The fifth house is house for creative expression and celebrity. If the fifth house has Mercury in it or a lot of planets in it--it's a good combination for writing. The lord of the fifth house well dignified in radix and navamsa houses and/or associated with Mercury also suggest a good career in writing. Rahu in the fifth house suggests an ability to express and gain attention by writing. 

The third from Mercury should also be observed. If it has a natural or temporal benefic then it's a good combination for a writer. The lord of the third from Mercury associated with it is a good combination for an author. If the lord of the third is well dignified in radix and navamsa charts-- it's a good combination for a writer.

For autobiographical writers--association of other houses/Mercury must be with the lord of the first house. Mercury in the first house or the lord of the first house in with Mercury or the lord of the first house situated in the third from Mercury suggest autobiographical authors.

For philosophical-religious writers--The ninth house and its lord must be associated with Mercury or situated in the third or fifth houses.

For mystical writers--The eighth and/or twelfth houses must have and their lords must be associated with Mercury or Rahu or the third lord. The lord of the third house in eighth or twelfth is a good combination for mystery writers. Similarly the the Mercury placed in eighth or twelfth house make for a good writer.

Strong Mercury associated with the tenth house or its lord suggests great public visibility and hence recognition for writings.

I have not covered many of the combinations but what has been covered must be good for starting your analysis. For better references and examples you might like to visit Barbara's page.
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Ram of Kabir (कबीर के राम)

          एक राम दशरथ का बेटा, एक राम घट घट में लेटा !         
                    एक राम का सकल पसारा, एक राम सबहूँ ते न्यारा !                                                                                                                                                             ---कबीर

     There is a Ram who is son of king Dashrath, a Ram inside everyone of us.
               A Ram who has created this all and there is one who is beyond all these!


Great saints of middle age in India like Kabirdas, Nanak, Raidas and Dariya saheb have used words like Ram, Govind and Hari in their teachings, sayings and songs. They did not really mean to suggest about avataras of bramh by using these names but rather they were pointing to the God beyond name and form or pointing to the word of God which is the positive force in the universe.

Take the couplet quoted above for example--in this beautiful succinct couplet saint Kabir has told about four entities all known as Ram . The first Ram is the most famous avatara who is the son of king Dashratha--who slayed demon king Ravana--he was an avatara of Bramh. The second one is 'mind' which is inside all of us, which is actually an agent of Kaal(Satan). The Satan exercises his power upon all of us through our minds. The third  Ram  is Kaal or Demiurge or Satan  himself who has created this entire material world. He is the negative power in the universe. He is in-charge here. He is the ruler and God for most of us. He is being worshiped and adored by most of us. The last one is word or logos which is God himself--beyond all other mentioned earlier. The word is not only our liberator but also our true essence. It's the Ram addressed by Nanak and Kabir most of the times in their teachings and songs, whereas most of us confound it with the avatar Ram      

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Gnosticism, Saint Mat and Satan

Who is the creator of this world?

Is this a perfect world?

Who is responsible for your sufferings?

Such questions always come into the mind of spiritual seekers, philosophers and thinkers. There have been many world views in philosophy and religions. Some of the world views gained cult status and remained that way and some others became religions. Gnosticism is such a world view and Saint Mat is another such world view. They are very similar in the essence as far as philosophy goes but what they actually differ about is something about which we shall talk later on.

First things first: Who is the creator of this world? 

Gnosticism says it's Demiurge or Satan. Lets understand this that it's a half truth because the very word Demiurge means 'half creator'. What is the other half? Other half is something which emanated from God--substance of this universe--i. e. matter as well as spirit. What it means is ---matter as well as spirit are eternal but the Demiurge shapes them to serve his own ends and to create this world. 

Let me state that Saint Mat also suggests same things. Another question comes into the mind: 

Why Demiurge created this world and who he is actually? 

The answer given by Gnosticism is: Demiurge is an emanation from the Godhead. He was ignorant of the ultimate creator and he thought that he was alpha and omega of creation therefore he created this world for his enjoyment and amusement. 

Here Gnostic world view differs from the Saint Mat in the sense that according to the later Kaal(Satan/Devil) was a son of God who rebelled against God and did penance to get powers from God and then created the world.

In any case, after creating the world Demiurge became a ruler of the world. If we consider him as the negative power, there is a positive power as well, which according to Gnosticism is beyond the understanding and knowledge of Demiurge. 

Now let us consider this: Is this world a perfect world or an imperfect world?

Almost all religious world views tell us that this world is an imperfect world. They differ in explaining 'how' but it's obvious if you observe all the sufferings around you. Earthquakes, tsunamis, accidents and this whole jungle of everyone eating up everyone else for survival. Even herbivorous animals have to eat plants in other to survive. This suggests that it is an evil world indeed.

A perfect world suggests a perfect creator.

An evil world suggests an evil or imperfect creator.  

There could be many more arguments to implicate this but lets stop here to progress further in the discussion. The evil creator or Demiurge doesn't want anyone to get out of this world to the perfect creator.

A deeper question for both Gnosticism and Saint Mat world views is : Why in the first place should the ultimate creator or God let this Demiurge come into existence or for Saint Mat---why should God let one of his own son turn into a rebel?

The ultimate creator is God but he did not actually create per se. Everything which was, which is and which will be exists in him as a whole. The world seems evil because it's a part of the whole, similarly Demiurge is an emanation from creator.

Even if you consider this argument above it doesn't answer the question--why should there be suffering? 

There seems to be an answer--this is a plaything for God. It's indeed a source of amusement for Devil but in the grand scheme of things it's a play of God. Unless the God wants that there should be a world like this there would never be a Demiurge in the first place. 

It's also worthy of being taken into the account that this world might be a very very tiny fragment of the whole and hence there isn't as much of suffering as we imagine there is--but then--why should there be this suffering or play at all?

Karma doesn't explain anything---neither does original sin. Karma must be taken into the account to explain your present suffering as well as the way out of it but it cannot answer the ultimate question---how did it all begin--how did Karma come into the picture in the first place? The answer that Demiurge created the law of Karma is alright as far as this world is concerned but why Demiurge had to become an alienated ruler(Gnosticism) or a rebellious son(Saint Mat) is not answered clearly. 

Who is ultimately playing is God and not the Demiurge.

Who is actually playing?


With whom?

With himself---because there is nothing else but him. Whatever was, whatever is, whatever will be cannot exist unless it's God. If you consider the full equation--Demiurge, matter, spirit and all the intermingling is one and in one---God.

There are some people out there who suggest that Satan has created religions and traditions so that he is considered God. It's true according to the Saint Mat and Gnosticism that most of the people worship Satan as God. They are not aware of the true God.

The argument goes like this---Satan wants everyone to kneel down before him. He wants everyone to serve him, appreciate him and adore him. He wants everyone to believe that he is the perfect creator. The true God is like our father or mother or friend who would never like us to kneel before him or pray to him all the time. He might like us hugging him or talking to him but would never want us to suffer on account of forgetting him. 

 Let that be the case--that doesn't answer the two cents question---why do we suffer at all? Is it by accident? We do not know for sure. That is a mystery. God is a mystery.

What is sure according to Gnosticism and Saint Mat is--there is a way out of suffering---there is a way out of this game. The God sends his light bearing sons to redeem us. We have to listen to his word(Saint Mat) and to do reason-gnosis . We have to give up the desires and grow in detachment with this world because it's not our true home. In order to get free from this eternal chain of birth and death and suffering, we have to give up the desires except the desire to be free--to be one with our true father.  

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I enjoyed watching oblivion. The sets were great and story had an element of mystery in it. Good music track supports the movie. I think this movie reminded me of Matrix and other plethora of movies where clones have same set of memories. It also reminded me of Galactus because Sally sucks the planetary energies like Galactus does with the difference that Galactus is a living organism but Sally isn't.

Apart from other things movie is all about human element's triumph over machine element. What I found as flaw in story is absolutely retarded alien object. In so many other movies(except in Arthur C Clark/Kubrick's Odyssey) you find that aliens are dumb and don't have any intelligence or sense of humour. I think it's done in these stories to make us believe that we are the only intelligent life forms--the chosen ones and all other alien life forms are destructive and want to kill us. It is considered as cornerstone of scientific fiction I suppose--because if the subtle and  very intelligent life forms are brought into picture they seem divine and then this doesn't remain science fiction but rather becomes mysticism which is to be abhorred by a science fiction set up playing by the book! How tragic indeed! 

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Mars in the eleventh house of horoscope

Mars represents vital life force energy in a horoscope. This energy, when under the influence of malefics, becomes a negative energy, suggesting negative karma from past lives and when under the benefics it suggests positive energy owing to the good karma from past lives. Mars is a natural malefic planet, it's considered hot in the temperament. Mars must be very strong in radix and divisional charts of athletes, soldiers, fighters and those given to very active physical social lives. 

It is also important to notice that energy to rise above bodily consciousness i. e. yogic energy is also conferred by a strong Mars in horoscope. In order to delineate Mars' role in one's chart one should pay attention to its sign, bhava, aspects from it and incoming drishtis, and its dignity in divisional charts. 

Like any other natural malefic, Mars when placed  in labha bhava i. e. eleventh house gives good results in general. If Mars is powerful many elder siblings might be noticed but if it's very powerful then there might not be any elder sibling at all. Mars in the eleventh house(natural karaka Saturn) doesn't feel very comfortable but puts its dynamic energies into social groups and communities. The native might be a great organizer. Mars in the eleventh house makes a native put his energies in social activities to earn market-place profits. 

Mars in the eleventh house casts its aspects to second(dhana), fifth(putra) and sixth(ari) bhavas. Exalted Mars in the eleventh house(for Pisces lagna) gives excellent results for earning wealth, children and creativity and for fighting debt and diseases. In any sign except in debilitation Mars gives good results related to fighting a battle against debts, illnesses and enemies. Depending also upon the other aspects/occupants related to sixth house the native generally remains a victor over the vanquished.

The aspect to the sixth house also energizes professional and personal argumentation. In general it's a good placement for those who have to argue in order to earn. The aspect to the fifth house(Sun is the natural karaka which is a friend of Mars)  makes native intelligent, creative and given to the argument with children. The aspect to the second house also energizes speech and hence speech might be very direct and angry. Since Mars also aspects sixth--in the absence of benefic associations to the second and sixth i. e. if there are neither benefic occupants nor benefic aspects for these houses; the native might be a foul mouthed ever-angry quarrelsome individual carrying negative karma from past lives. 

The Mars in the eleventh house makes one a competitive and driven individual given to vigorous physical activity. Mars makes one crave for achievements and energizes profit earning social activities for such natives. Mars along with Rahu in this house become great money makers whereas Sun along with Mars energizes competition and drive for success. Mars with no aspect and in the constellation of a friend or in its own nakshtra gives acute positive results--i. e. capabilities to fight debt, enemies and illnesses get pronounced.

It's worthy of being noticed that since second house also represents languages--Mars' aspect to it energies linguistic capabilities. If natural karaka Jupiter is also associated by occupation or aspect then such a native might be capable linguist mastering many languages with ease. 

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