Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Samadhi

Samadhi or orgasmic experience is an oceanic experience in mysticism. The drop merges in the ocean. Whatever exists as a description about that state is just a hint. There can't be any expression about a experience-less state. There exists no experience in Samadhi. There's no experiencer either. There's no duality or unity. Such words don't apply to that state.


Whatever is felt about Samadhi is either something experienced immediately before or after the Samadhi. Feeling childlike or recalling forgotten memories or forgetting yourself temporarily are some of the patterns experienced along with the extreme bliss before or after the Samadhi. 

It's strange to see that Samadhi or no-mind can be described as a no state by mind. You recall the state immediately before and after the Samadhi and then calculate that something like Samadhi happened. There's not much difference in going into deep sleep and going into Samadhi. There are no thoughts, feelings and memories in both of these states. Only difference is that you can enter consciously into the Samadhi. Becoming unconscious is also similar to Samadhi. Technically there's not much difference in the Samadhi's mystic experience and epileptic seizure but a mystic is very wise when compared to an ordinary epileptic patient and this is the only difference. 

Samadhi is interpreted as forgetfulness of egoic separate identity. Drugs, alcohol and other addictions also accomplish this partially. But it must be remembered that forgetting ego and its burden temporarily isn't really a goal but rather a side-effect of mystic Samadhi.

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Conversation Dogs

His uncle loves absurdist cinema. He's a lover of surreal. He's a great auteur, a great raconteur and he creates things on the go. He's in a school which is also the place where his maternal grandmother lives. Now since he's bored he wants to leave. He finds that twilight outside is gloomy and dark. There are many dogs around and he's scared of dogs--he finds that his uncle comes to his rescue. 

He came to protect the kid on a scooter. But now kid is scared to death because uncle is driving way too fast. The kid says thank you to uncle and starts walking on his own. Now as kid walks among dogs he's trying to remember his real name. He soon finds that all the dogs disappear and he starts flying in the air. He keeps flying at a mild pace and reaches to a shop where his uncle is standing with Adit, Nupur and Rinku--all his old acquaintances. He feels like introducing his uncle to his old friends but they already know each other.

They're having a conversation. One of them says: "Attention is a requirement of self--it's part of self-love. Attention mongers are there because all people love their self. See even a man suffering from a very grave disease doesn't really want to die. This proves the love of Self. Though actually this love is for their true self; since they're identified with the body-mind--they think that they're body-mind; therefore they want people to give attention to their personalities--to their work--to their creations. Now, dependending on their tendencies they either try holding attention based on good deeds or bad deeds. Only those who have had enough of attention don't need it anymore." The kid is looking intently at the speaker--he wants to ask--what does he mean by those "who have had enough of attention?" Does he mean celebrities or sages? Neurobiology suggests that even when people outside think that celebrities are really fed-up with all the attention--actually they're not. This image is created by the media which makes you believe that they're really fed-up with it all. 

He was planning on asking this question when he observed that suddenly his uncle appears exactly like his friend Adit. He finds that it's getting late and he leaves for his place. Lying on the bed he keeps thinking about the conversation. 

He wakes up and goes to school. There he moves from class to class pretending that he's actually an inspector, whereas his intention was to meet good students. It's drizzling outside, weather is good and he drives his bike out after doing some test runs in the garden of the school. He feels some peculiar resistance going out of school as if something is holding him back. He keeps driving towards his home and tests the brakes of his new bike--he finds a brawl in a corner two kids are fighting. He overlooks them and keeps driving until he hears his name. He recognizes that it's his friend Ank. He stops and puts bike on the side stand. He walks towards those kids and in a quiet voice asks about the matter. He finds that his friend Ank had taken some money as a loan from the kid and has not returned it on time. This was the cause of quarrel. He returns money on behalf of his friend and they walk together towards his bike.  

He goes to sleep and finds himself in a maze. It's one of the most difficult mazes. If he moves even an inch he would fall from a great height. After an uphill struggle he reaches to the stairs which lead to the floor outside the maze but he finds a wolf standing on stairs--a menacing figure. As he moves back he again finds himself in the maze-trapped again. He feels that he is soon going to die. How did he reach to a place like this? As he was contemplating about this he starts recalling that he was in a seminar which was a kind of an advertising for a university. He was sitting there for a long time waiting for seminar to begin with his friend. He wanted to go to the bathroom but the attendant prohibited him from doing so suggesting that the seminar shall begin very soon. They were given a red drink. Hmm...was this concoction responsible for making him numb enough to get trapped in this maze? He asked himself. He kept recalling that his lean shrewd friend was doing many tricks. 


This friend had tricked many people. Don't you ever get bored beguiling people? He asked his friend. The shrewd friend responded not. He then asked the shrewd friend his whereabouts. He said that he was staying with some other friends at a far away place. 

He keeps recalling that this shrewd friend was present in another assembly, watching him closely. There were many people. A blind boy was urinating at odd place. When someone complained about this--someone else said that boy asks about the place to pee but since nobody tells him of a proper place to pee he pees at the place he finds suitable for peeing. If people find it discomfiting they should better point him to a more appropriate place for urinating. 

This was a parade. He's hearing some guns-shooting. A tall man who is wearing a red shirt is intently looking at his hand. Actually he's looking at his coral ring. He starts speaking to the tall man but soon the tall man forbids him from speaking. In an angry tone he says that he's still waiting for him to pay for that ring. Ah! Is he the Astrologer? Who is he actually? The tall man starts walking and asks him to follow. The tall man enters into a tall building. The boy watches him from the window. As the tall man is opening his account on his computer the boy wonders what neighbors might think of him since he's a peeping tom right now. He asks the Astrologer to let him inside his place. He opens the door and boy enters the place but he finds that the tall man has disappeared. He instead finds a cunning man who says that he was waiting for him. He offers the boy his future predictions for a low price. The boy senses his cunningness and leaves...he finds that he has to jump through a ridge in order to cross through this building.

He finds himself in a mosque and rice is being distributed there for common people. He thinks that he's hungry and might as well use some food but he finds the place a bit dirty. He drinks a lot of water from the tap besides the mosque. 

He finds this is a small town and only a few trains come and go in a day. He visits the school where 113 kids study. He finds that an IQ test was in progress. A girl has highest IQ. 

He reaches out to the pond in the school's garden. There are many lotuses blooming beautifully. A Bengali guy comes and hugs him. He wonders if he knows him or owes him something. He wonders if his tears are genuine. A logical guy passes nearby talking over his phone about phonies.  

Conglomeration--1

I mean that's what monks are doing--they're afraid of close relations because they've suffered from pangs of expectations--so they avoid them--it's not as if they altogether run out of society. No, that's not the case. The social meme or gene whatever you would, still present in them needs them to socialize as much as in any other human being does. But they change the form of socializing--they randomly meet some persons and talk with them about God, about meditation and after-life and then walk away. When they're with those persons who were very likely having similar frequency as theirs--they were friendly with them but when they leave they forget them altogether.

This is how monks move from place to place, from one pilgrimage to other. Therefore they have no friends and they have no enemies either. They don't really want much out of relations, out of anyone...that's why they have neither enemies nor friends. But their social meme wants them to socialize as much as anyone else's. 

Similarly some people act on social platforms--on online forums--they've seen alpha and omega of relations--they've tasted its sweet and bitter juices. Now they interact randomly with people--using generic greetings--even when they're sincere in their appreciation or comments about each other's work of art they're never expecting much in return. It's just acting on meme of socializing. So people come a bit close but most of them come to realize that monks are not for close relations--they're random and they're sincere but aloof---this creates kind of unique relations--monks very briefly touch many many lives but soon disappear out of scenes. These kind of distorted relations are because of the fear of tasting bitter juices which they had tasted in the past and yet being unable to totally renounce all socializing is because a certain gene forces them to socialize.


He travels to the girl's place. Girl introduces him to her mom. She gives him a mirror. After a brief chit-chat he becomes wary of her neighbors who have suspecting glances. He thinks of parting. He wanted to spend some more time but his doubts don't let him do so. The girl looks into the water in the bucket to fathom the future. She's wearing white. He's wearing black. He has water splashes on his face; perhaps it was drizzling on the way.

As he walks down the aisle he looks into a mirror on porch. He finds that his beard has become grey. His anatomy is giving unto the time. He reaches his home and is insecure about the phone which is with his cousin. He might get a message from the girl anytime. Then he gets his phone from his cousin who was listening some songs. He tries to delete this message but somehow can't. The message is too exalting. He finds himself brooding over the future.

The monk realizes that destination was never the destination, it was wrongly assumed to be so. It was always a journey. It's always going to be a journey into the infinity, into the timeless. But the journey is more of joy than of effort now. Gone are the days of effort--now only joy pervades. He's often flying to the places. Sometimes some angels come and take him to some gardens to let him taste the forbidden fruits of knowledge and at others he flies on his own. 

He's standing in front of a betel-leaves shop with a school friend. They both eat a paan but these don't taste as good as they used to do earlier in Relonade. Both of them were working in Relonade. They had ordered these betel-masal-leaves to be sweet but they're not sweet. He arranges his bag and keeps the fairy-tales in his bag. Some other friends join them over there and he thinks of financial burdens as he's not earning much. He's a wonderful host. He has always been so. His friend offers to help but he declines and entertains all of the friends on his own.

He finally feels he's parting from his school friend. He says to him with a heavy voice and tears in his eyes--" I would visit you someday and we would stay together." His friend says that he had already suggested him to do so. 

Prior to this scene, he was in a strange home with his friend. He requests to his friend to extend his leaves so that they could be together for a longer period of time. His friend complies. They speak about their childhood adventures for a while and they feel nostalgic. They talk about state of affairs in society feeling that everyone wants to get rich quickly either by fair or by questionable means. As he starts leaving for betel-leaves shop he is unable to find his footwears. He meets a strange forgotten lady on the door who is cunning and clever. 



Monday, 29 June 2015

Expectations

There aren't too many lessons to be learnt. The problem is-we've a very fragile memory--a very short term memory. Something good happens--by chance--in company of some friends or family--you want it to happen. You like it because it's in your nature to chase happiness and shun pain. Then you subconsciously program yourself to get the same events, same feelings of happiness again, in similar circumstances, among similar people, things. This might happen or might not happen. When it happens again you become happier but when it doesn't happen you feel tragic and lost.



The problem is that even when you've learned your lesson to not have expectations or high expectations, you still have some expectations and then if something positive happens again your mind kind of erases the program which made you have low expectations. Again bar of your expectations is set higher. This in turn again brings frustration and you again waste time in complaining and this valuable time and energy which is being wasted in complaining and crying could have been channelized to deeper oceans.



The problem is always forgetfulness of sorrow. The memory works in this way. It can't always keep wounds green--otherwise survival of mechanism could become difficult. The key to peace is to be aware of greedy mind which keeps raising bars of expectations despite having known frustration and tragic loss previously. Being aware makes you avoid all the whining and complaining. Happiness and unhappiness don't depend just on people and things around you but on innumerable factors. Any event whether you interpret it as a happy event or sad event happens because infinite number of factors in the universe make it possible. The same things, same people, similar seasons and yet you find no solace in what you thought to be the same event. This chasing after the pleasure is main cause of unhappiness. If you could ever remain aware of your greedy mind you would never run after happiness. Peace is beyond happiness and unhappiness and door to it is remembrance. 


The energy which is wasted in complaining, arguing and whining can give you peace if preserved. 

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Schizopolis (1996)

Steven Soderbergh's Schizopolis is most absurd satirical  comedy film I've ever seen. I absolutely loved watching this film so rest of this piece is going to be an appreciation rather than an unbiased observation about this film. I love absurd cinema. This film is one of my most favorite films--it's in the league of Inland Empire and True Romance of Lynch and Scott (Tarantino). I love David Lynch's films. This film was made well before best David Lynch films came out so it's very original in its own place. Eraserhead of Lynch might be considered an even more absurd film though in a different genre.




This film has an impeccable sense of humor which is very likely to remain insuperable no matter how many more films I watch. The dialogues are work of genius and so is the editing. Dialogues are so witty that they not just bite you in the face but also leave you speechless. Many TV shows and films made after this one must have borrowed much from it.



Steven Soderbergh's performance is wonderful, but not as wonderful as his direction or his writing. He's undoubtedly one of the greatest auteurs of all times. Other performers are also good in this film. This film has poignant and symbolic sequences about so many things which matter in life but all with a wink. This film has craziest credits in that it has no beginning or end credits at all. It has no soundtrack and yet it lacks no music. In a way films like these are the reason why I like watching films.

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Bhastrika Pranayama

Bhastrika Pranayama is a type of voluntary hyperventilation. Hyperventilation is a situation in which carbon dioxide levels in body fall significantly below normal. Hyperventilation is a problematic situation when it's involuntary but voluntary hyperventilation is useful in many practices like swimming.



Bhastrika literally means bellows--a device used for emitting a stream of air into fire by blacksmiths. In Bhastrika Pranayama you use lungs like bellows to hyperventilate your body. This Pranayama is good for beginning all other yogic exercises. It goes without saying that similar to other exercises it must be done on empty stomach or after about 5 hours of eating. But avoid doing it when you feel too hungry. It's better if you warm your body up by walking or by using any other warm-up routines. You can practice it sitting in a comfortable posture or standing upright. I find it easier when standing with my feets apart about the distance between the shoulders. You should keep your fists closed. You should try to take deep breaths in and out--as deep as possible and as fast as possible. Fill air deeply into your chest in diaphragm during inhalation and then exhale a bit forcefully completely emptying your stomach. This would use all your chest and stomach areas involved in breathing together. This is Bhastrika Pranayama and it makes you feel altered states of consciousness without using any drugs. If you overdo it you might start feeling dizzy therefore don't throw caution to the wind. Doing 12 repetitions per minute would make you capable of doing about 60 cycles in 5 minutes--you should not do it more than that without practicing it gradually over the time. It's better to learn it directly from your Yoga teacher or from a friend who has an experience with this practice.

Advantages of Bhastrika are most obvious. You would feel that blood circulation has improved. Flexibility of stomach muscles is increased which allows you to easily practice other stretching exercises. You would feel more energetic throughout the day. Your memory and attention span would improve. You would also feel more connected to yourself-to your inner being. You would feel harmonious with your surroundings and mental noise will lessen. Apnea and other breathing disorders would soon get removed and you would enjoy a more relaxing sleep. Cough, cold, sinus and other ailments would be cured over the time with this wonderful practice. The more alert you are during the routine, better your experience would be. Try to stay conscious of your breathing. In the long run Bhastrika not only helps cure all the diseases but also helps untie all three knots in the path of Kundalini. It breaks Bramha, Vishnu and Rudra knots and helps you get self-realization. 

A word of caution: If you've a heart condition or hypertension please don't practice Bhastrika Pranayama. In any case, it's always better to practice it only after consulting your physician and as said above please don't overdo it. Avoid getting sprain in your chest or stomach muscles by being as conscious of breathing as possible.

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Lantana (2001)

Somebody has said that a flower doesn't become less beautiful just because it's hidden underground. Lantana is a beautiful flower indeed and a complex shrub which has pungent smell. Perhaps this is the message of this film--showing that love is hidden in the ugliness of relations and they're complicated with their positives and negatives. This film is an original story with a peculiar angle on relations. It focuses on a few families/people who are related to each other in some way forming a chain or say a circle of relations. 




The film has a wonderful soundtrack. Some beautiful spanish songs and natural melody of insects chirping is very pleasant in particular. This film has a mysterious twist which is just a subplot instead of being the main attraction in the film. Usually I watch mysteries but this film has a gripping drama on relations which engages you from beginning till end and almost never gets slow or boring in pace. The cinematography is superb on the whole--but some shots are strokes of unadulterated genius--I loved them. I felt that all actors were very refined and sensible. The direction and editing are beautiful. This is a very beautiful film and I recommend it to all readers.

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Friday, 26 June 2015

Kafka (1991)

Steven Soderbergh's masterpiece is rich with stunning visuals and euphonious audios. Jeremy Irons is great as Kafka. He's a wonderful actor with a charming personality and suave manners. Despite being a film from 90s it has been kept black and white which gives the atmosphere a melancholic tone. It reminds you of many surrealistic conspiracy films but by many accounts Brazil (1985) seems to be the strongest influence. 




There's certain amount of comedy but it's mostly a conspiracy thriller. It gives you feeling as if you're reading a novel--a very vivid novel. The Kafkaesque universe is nightmarish as he himself says in one of the scenes--"I write nightmares..." The dialogue in this film is very well written. The cinematography is almost perfect but it seems that there's a lack of proper development of characters other than the lead Kafka. The film is loosely based on "The Castle," a Franz Kafka novel in which a character K. tries to access a mysterious society which runs the village in a strange way for unknown reasons. As Kafka requests his friend in the film to burn his work after his demise, Kafka did request his friend to burn all his manuscripts before dying in real life but his friend didn't do that and his work got published. Kafka died before completing The Castle. Similar to the lead in the film who starts coughing blood in the end he acquired tuberclosis which caused his death. I feel this strange surreal mystery is one of my favorite films.

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Revenge and Vigilantes



It's kind of synchronicity that in the last two days I've seen movies which touch the issue of revenge. The first was The East (2013)--which has an anarchist group trying to send messages across the world to deter wrongdoers. They give pharmaceutical companies a taste of their own medicines with lethal side effects; and their other jams are also along similar lines. 




The other film Red Road(2006) is a sensitive film touching the subject of personal revenge. I am sorry to spoil it if you've not already seen it--but the lead character forgives the perpetrator in the end--even when she had contrived a great deal to exact her revenge. The happy ending is a usual occurrence but kind of unexpected for this film.



Personally, I feel I don't remember having done anything in my life to exact revenge. I have done things in my power to point to people around me at times-that something seems "wrong" or "out of place,"(And yes, even this 'pointing' might hurt sometimes or might be considered as "patronizing"--but it has never been a calculated revenge.) --when I felt that it didn't feel right--but it hasn't been a revenge. Maybe I've been fortunate till now that I didn't feel the need--I thank existence for that. I don't think I can speak for society or people in general--but at this point I don't see need of revenge in my life.


The problem with Karma, reincarnation and other metaphysical and esoteric things is--they're dependent much on your intuition and gut feeling than on pure logic and reason.


In last few days I've conceived a few ideas which suggest that reincarnation is a myth. For a personality reincarnation doesn't exist and it can be proven by pure reason--but otherwise reincarnation exists only for those who believe it does. For me it exists no more. It's like one day I conceived that death exists no more for me--a profound realization---similarly reincarnation doesn't exist for me anymore.

I feel if you're an intuitive type you've clearly observed Karma working in your life. For example--people who arrogantly drive faster than limits soon meet fatal accidents. When you yourself or anyone around you stretches their body, mind or power beyond a certain limit they soon meet fatal ends. I have personally observed this in my life--I've myself suffered and seen others suffering in such ways which might be called Karmic--but my observations might be too few in number and maybe I am just "deluded."

In many cases it might be that Karma doesn't seem to work and people doing wrong live happily. But do they? Or they just seem happy? Since there are no measurements possible in this regard only speculations are discussed. Existence is too vast and our minds are too limited.

Since I feel that reincarnation doesn't exist( which I used to believe in for the greater part of my life.)--which most of the Christians and Muslims never believed in--in the first place. laughing--Karma becomes even more difficult a concept.

Now coming back to Vigilante action--A sage said that you should be beyond the need of help to truly help others. His definition of help is also different than our definition. He suggests that if you solve a problem of a person he finds another and another and so on. Further, by taking example of a moss he suggests that if you're outside the moss only then you can really make someone get outside the moss. Most of the so called gurus and vigilantes are themselves in darkness---they've not really transcended the ego-therefore they can't really help others transcend the ego.


An enlightened person--if such a person really exists or ever existed--has transcended the ego and he doesn't need to do anything at all--but he could be a true vigilante because he would not fall into karmic booby traps. If something wrong comes under his observation it becomes right. Merely his presence removes the darkness. But these are all kind of speculations.

Yes Vigilantes are bound to be fallible. We've seen in fiction that Spiderman and Superman and other superheroes have moments of tests of conscience.

But you need to be exceptionally powerful in one way or the other to play a Vigilante. More than that you should be beyond corruption. We've seen enough in the history--Hitler was also trying to purify the society--he was a superhero in his own eyes--so concentration of power is almost impossible to exist without corruption. The theory of enlightened man is one suggesting a superhero who is beyond being corrupted. But it's just a theory.


Another idea is related to the totality of improvement. I personally feel aligned to ideas of some sages of the past in this regard. Some people who are compassionate feel that darkness of the world should go away altogether and anyone who is a sage or enlightened person should be able to do so. But the Truth is that there's not going to be permanent harmony ever. Some periods of harmony follow periods of chaos and so on--it has been so and it's going to be so always. So many Jesuses, Krishnas and Buddhas have come and gone away--but the age old problems of humanity still remain--you see glimmer of hope for a while and then again disappointment and then again hope and it keeps going like this. Knowing that fully leaves you an option that you find your own peace. This is true for those who are detached and spiritual but those who are very much attached to family and friends are indeed compelled to play their role in whichever way possible. All movements are by people who feel that they can execute  "permanent" changes in society but there are no permanent changes only temporary shift of power.

So should you sit idle and search the Self? Should you exact revenge in your power? I don't know--everyone does what he or she must do. I feel destiny is a super-force and you're bound to do what you're destined for. I don't feel that there's any free-will whatsoever. So those who are inclined to take revenge might take revenge and those who're not might never take it. 


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Thursday, 25 June 2015

The Quiet American (2002)

Contains Spoilers!

This is one of the best love triangle films I've ever seen. The music by Craig Armstrong is really outstanding--it's perhaps one of the best soundtracks I've ever heard. The movie is an adaptation of Graham Greene's novel and this remake of 1958 film is beautiful in many aspects. The screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Robert Schenkkan is very good. The plot is quite complex but very well handled for such a short length movie.



I am not much for politics but mystery was indeed more political than romantic in nature. The romance is mostly a symbolic representation of political strain between American and European forces in the Vietnam war.  In any case it's a wonderful mystery thriller. Michael Caine's performance is impressive and Brendan Fraser does complete justice with his difficult mysterious character. The film touches you at many levels and it's the success of wonderful storytelling.  

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Red Road ( 2006)




Red Road is a sensitive thriller which touches a very grave issue. The atmosphere is indeed voyeuristic- similar to Hitchcock's Rear Window. The pace with which the story unfolds is perfect and it has some passionate romance too. The lead performances are very realistic and climax is very moving yet believable. This is your typical ending which makes you feel happy, still because of the whole premise of the film it doesn't annoy you because it seems unusually humane for this story. A gripping thriller indeed. 

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road

This is one of the best adventure films ever made. It has a very positive feeling about it. Bob Gale's story and direction is top notch. The writer of exceptionally beautiful Back to the Future trilogy makes a very optimistic adventure fiction film. Movie is wonderfully paced. It has great comedy and hilarious dialogues. It maintains mystery and thrill until the very end of the story. 





Performances are brilliant. I love Gary Oldman and Chris Cooper in their roles--all other actors have done their bit pretty well too. I feel Alice in the wonderland is the most dazzling fiction I've ever read and visualized, therefore whenever I get to read or watch something really beautiful and bizarre it gives me feelings that I am again going through a similar wonderland--this movie does it exceptionally well for me. I loved watching this movie and highly recommend it if you've not already seen it.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Fletch(1985)

This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. The lead character is a witty, jolly, easy-going bundle of energy. This film is very enjoyable. I've not seen such brilliant comedy since The Long Goodbye. 


The lead is a reporter but acts more like a private eye. Chevy Chase has played Fletch wonderfully. This is the first Chevy Chase film I've seen but I plan on seeing more. The film is a mystery and a comedy as well--but I think it leans more towards the comical execution which is brilliant. The mystery seems to be quite predictable and unimportant compared to the comedy in this movie. I highly recommend this film to the readers. 
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Monday, 15 June 2015

Being John Malkovich(1999)

Spoilers Alert!

This is one of the most original films ever made. Charlie Kaufman is indeed a great writer. I happened to watch his Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind first, therefore the scene which shows subconscious of John Malkovich in this film made me feel that it was so similar to the subconscious shown in ESOTSM. This film is very pregnant with symbolism. Now I feel that I should watch other Kaufman films too.


This film is a brilliant dark comedy. Most of us fantasize about being someone else in our lives. We wonder how it feels to be inside someone else's head--this is the premise on which this exceptional fantasy film is based. This film also reminds me of the brilliant horror mystery Skeleton Key--because of the similarity of the characters who wanted to live forever using body vessels of others. This film too is slightly disturbing--but it's a dark comedy at best; whereas Skeleton Key was a haunting masterpiece horror.



As I started watching the film--I felt as if I was reading Alice in the wonderland again. The most fascinating scene for me was--when John Malkovich enters into his own head. There is a certain similarity to the horror films where you see possession and exorcism--and it's present too often in this film even compared to those horror films--so it becomes kind of disturbing. Gurdjieff--the Russian mystic used to say that people aren't same even for half an hour. This seems to be true if you observe closely. Meditation is all about being in your skin. Some yogic texts say that there are billions of souls in any space equivalent to a needle's point--at every point of space there are zillions of souls which want to use body vehicles. This is obviously an occult theory--but very plausible. There are positive as well as negative souls and depending upon the type of vessel you provide--which means state of your body mind--you attract either positive or negative energies.

Neuroscience says that these are disorders where people don't remember themselves--some of the acts they do are forgotten completely. Actually the question is never raised when people do good acts--either out of habit or without. The question comes into the picture only when acts are perceived as morally bad. It's only in those cases that there are people who are declared psychotic or having some serious disorder as somnambulism which made them commit a certain crime. The matter of fact according to Gurdjieff is that even good deeds might be done by you without being yourself--under possession--similar to bad deeds. If you don't have a choice to get rid of the obsession with good or bad--you really don't have a soul as Gurdjieff used to say to shock his pupils. If you could be manipulated into doing something good--you can certainly be manipulated into doing something horrible as well.The resistance or weight of carrying a soul develops only with being self-aware--by remembering yourself. 


Being John Malkovich really gives a great food for thought and discussion. I feel this is one of my favorite films now.  

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Saturday, 13 June 2015

The Cure(1997)

Spoilers Inside!!

This is a wonderful Japanese film. The name of the film is mysterious, because you can't truly figure out the reason behind it  even after watching the film. This picture is a pessimistic but wonderful mystery  which captivates you. There is a series of murders committed by different people under similar circumstances. Each one of them remembers nothing about the crime. Every victim is marked 'X' by every murderer. 


Detectives find out that these murders were committed under hypnotic trance. They come across a suspect who seems to have amnesia. Does he really have amnesia? Is he the one making people commit murders out of his own volition or he too, like others- has been a victim of some other dark-missionaries? These are the questions which are not answered properly and hence the mystery remains--much remains for audience to think about. It's found upon investigation that the suspect was a Psychology student who researched into Mesmer. He is shown as an impeccable hypnotist and a shrewd pretender. But why is he taking so many pains to go at length and appear before police instead of remaining hidden? Is he a megalomaniac? All of these questions keep titillating your mind. Even by the standards of 1997 the police work shown in the film is sloppy--i felt that they might have been more careful and might have used services of an expert hypnotist--but it's doubtful that there would have been one surpassing the villain. A very intriguing film indeed. 

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Coherence(2013)

It's undoubtedly one of the best films I've ever watched. This film has many beautiful things about it--the script being the first and the foremost. It is similar to other classics like Memento, Primer, Triangle, Timecrimes, Predestination and Inland Empire-in that it fills you with a sense of wonder. The climax is open to interpretation like most the films suggested above--but unlike Primer(and perhaps Memento), which in my opinion is slightly more difficult to grasp upon first viewing--this film gives you a wonderfully satisfying Aha experience.  


The only shortcoming of this film might be a bit shaky camera work which could be easily tolerated and forgotten soon enough if the ongoing events with characters hook you in. This film provides good food for thought and discussion. I highly recommend it to all the readers. 

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Sound of My Voice(2011)

Contains Spoilers!!

I liked this film. Reading about the interpretations was even more fun. This film is perhaps second after Triangle(2009) where I spent a great deal of time reading various interpretations. Some strong suggestions on IMDb message boards are along the lines that movie is about cult psychology. I concur with this possibility. Some others suggest that it's actually a time-travel story--which might also be possible--though I prefer former.


I also read that makers of this film intended to create a trilogy of films--this clears why it might not appeal to many as a self-sufficient film in itself. I think it's as good a mystery film as it gets. Open to interpretation, fast, intriguing, well-done work of art. I would love to see other films of the series too if they ever appear. 

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The Illuminati: Illuminated Ganas of Shiva

The Illuminati: Illuminated Ganas of Shiva 



Divine Lotus



On top of divine lotus; Bramha woke up with his four heads and thought: "I forgot when I woke up from the great sleep; I am clueless about ananda--it seems, as if I have every act of mine in this singularity; all possibilities in this trinity of past, present and future; I so engrossed myself with Bramha-tattva that I attained stay in God's Goloka, which is, pure bliss--the unity--the ananda; but now I am again Bramha; from Bramha to Bramha I had this full cycle but if I am the ultimate element; why this ego: Yes, I am subject to the causation in this form of mine and that is why I consider myself the doer and have traces of my past Karmas in my subconscious. 




Illuminated Ones


Illuminati are those who have their third eye open; their Kundalini is fully bloomed but below Sahastrara of Vishnu who's anantha naga the Sankarshana incarnates as Shiva; he is vibrating at an infinite rate; since his Gati is infinite he is also called 'Anantha.' But he has excess of Tamoguna; darkness; he creates anger and ego and this makes his illuminated ones stay at the level of the third eye Chakra. The one of the prophets of messianic religions was called Tungabhadra and he came directly from the Living White Sphere of Creation. He was born with his third eye open and illuminated ones were aware of his birth and wanted him to follow them but he was a rebel and he was egoless and yet he used to appear like illuminated ones. His crown Chakra was open, in fact, he was Crown of Living White Sphere: Where was crown in Living White Sphere? God only knows but then he might be Bramha the divine manifestation of Vishnu who is also the cosmic egg. Illuminati; all directed by Shiva are illuminated ones. They have their all seeing eye open. This answers how a great conspiracy could be managed at a global level. Every continent has a Shiva-gana and they are full of power of ego, which can induce 'anger', 'himsa' and rage in anyone at any time. Their mention by any ordinary person is quickly muted and then killed as 'phantasmagoria of hullabaloo.'




They are appointed for destroying this creation if a need arises. They are supposed to establish a new world order by making people realize 'unity' which is a vibrant state of consciousness. They don't want people to increase evil on earth by dividing and murdering each other by naive Science in this age of Kali.


They have used 'unity' in some of the places of world, to demonstrate indirectly that miracles do happen if people try 'unity' and open their third eye by various Kala-Bhairava technologies; but then they made it a great failure because anything based on ego has to die because ego is a power which destroys.


Shiva, the ego-tamoguna dominant Deva, the incarnation of lord Vishnu; is indeed behind Illuminated ones. Vishnu wants to establish importance of Bhakti and why it's so important. He encourages diversity and unity in diversity. People who are different are one because they remember true God and though they worship him by a thousand names, they do not really differentiate, they compassionately associate and expand their consciousness in the God's holy name.




Shiva is beyond destruction, he just destroys; he makes people egoistic to show them that ego is cause of their fall and they must remain careful. His people show that forced unity fails because it's artificial and against God's principle of Sato, Rajo and Tamoguna.


Shiva's power of ego haunts heads of nations when the need arises and it makes them intolerant, devoid of wisdom or Nyaya and they attack each other in a chain of events and then people realize the mistake of 'doership.'






Lucifer-Adharma-Evil




They kill each other because of the forced unity and considering that they are all knowing eye of wisdom.


In fact, ego-driven, tamoguni, inert power of Maya makes them believe that they're all knowing; they know nothing but destruction; like Veerbhadra who destroyed DaKsha's Yajna.


If Dharma takes over Adharma(Lucifer) because of the Bhakti and diversity but unity; then there is no need of annihilation and hence Shiva calls back all illuminated ones back and they dissolve in him; otherwise, they destroy each other by being hurt by pompous words. They all interact by means not known to modern Science. Lucifer is always looking for an opportunity to use messengers of Shiva.


Adharma(Lucifer) was created by Bramha and it's happiest in the age of Kali; Kali herself is Adharma incarnate; but then in every age 'Adharma' was present up to some extent or another.




Adharma dances over pile of corpses in a cafeteria where all animals are eatables. He is very happy today because he has 'proof' and this leads to Science and Science leads to nuclear power and it leads to Rage which heats the entire earth up.


The Himalayas melt and cover entire earth up with glacial waters. The water is devoid of qualities and on a leaf which is like green Betel leaf, lord Shri Narayan is lying in a baby form with the nail of his feet in his mouth; he has a dark blue color and he is free of all duties and he is playful.


Shiva calls all the illuminated ones by using his divine sound using his dance Tandava with his Damroo; he orders them to spread hypocrisy to test if Dharma is alive anywhere in the world, in hiding.


[...Will complete it later...]




I have tried to picktaken(sic) up from conspiracy theories, Starjade, Bhagavata Purana and other sources. If I forgot to mention, please forgive me, it's a work of fiction.

Jokers of Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan

I just finished watching Tim Burton's dark comedy-mystery film Batman(1989). A very stylish film-very enjoyable. I loved everything about this film especially Jack-the Joker--who is the highlight of this film. Jack Nicholson's performance in this film is his best ever. It's very melancholic, psychotic and hilariously horrendous at times. This film has a lot of great things about it. The direction and the pace of the storytelling is perfect, the music in the background is very enjoyable and appealing, the performances are fantastic--but most importantly the Gotham City sets are very dark and surrealistic. 



Though it's true that one shouldn't unnecessarily compare the Batman films made in two different eras--as so much changes in terms of technology and styles--even audiences change--i feel some comparison is inevitable if you've watched Nolan's film as well. I watched Nolan's film The Dark Knight prior to  this film. Most of the people who watched Tim Burton's film in their prime might swear that it was the better film--on the other hand most of the people who love Nolan and his work would swear to death that The Dark Knight is the better film--i don't want to do that. I clearly see that both of these have some extreme finesse in certain areas. Nolan's film for example has more thrilling experience--two three events simultaneously going on--you're not able to predict what would happen gives you a rush of adrenaline. Nolan's Joker is also the greatest villain I've ever seen. The script as well as Heath Ledger have made him  a unique psychotic genius. Technology is far more advanced in Nolan's days--so action is bound to be more fascinating--but Tim Burton's action doesn't really seem outdated either as i had anticipated before watching the film. 



Tim Burton's Gotham is more surrealistic than that of Nolan's. Nolan's Gotham is just like any other city of today filled with criminals and gangsters. You feel that somehow Tim Burton's city has a magnetic pull about it. Nolan's film seems to give enough weight to other characters--like Gordon and Dent--whereas they do almost nothing and have zero charisma in Burton's film. Burton's film is heavily centered around Jack and Batman. In Burton's film despite astounding scenes which fill you with awe with Joker's unique persona played by one of the greatest actors of all time--you clearly see that Joker loses in the end---whereas in case of Nolan--film is mostly about Joker--you feel that his film is slightly pessimistic---the Joker is a clear winner and leaves Batman in the rags disappearing mysteriously. Nolan's Joker as well as his film are more haunting and mysterious. You don't know about Joker's whereabouts at all. Burton's Joker was an underdog for a while and then undergoes a metamorphosis becoming even more threatening and psychotic. But Nolan's Joker is way more menacing--a unique genius--all of whose tricks fill you with a threatening sense of awe and wonder. You remember the scene where he sets huge chunk of money on fire--which makes you wonder why he went on to execute the elaborate robbery--this scene clearly stands out for me when I compare it to Burton's Joker throwing a huge amount of cash to public. Burton's Joker is enjoying doing this with a sense of being royal in his sedan--before he starts killing people around him--but Nolan's Joker quickly puts all the money to fire--making his persona unfathomable. 

I clearly feel that Jack Nicholson's performance is greatest negative performance--but the character himself is weaker compared to Nolan's Joker. Heath Ledger has done justice with the role--still the script in itself made Joker way more enigmatic and menacing compared to Burton's Joker. The scene where Joker is dressed as a nurse and comes out of the hospital blowing it off to dust--is the most powerful negative scene I've ever seen in any film. 

I highly recommend both of these films to all readers. 

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