Monday, 13 July 2015

Look Both Ways ( 2005 )

" Never ever worry, you feel that things really hard...the fellah tell him Never ever worry, you feel that you suffering bad...yes, he told him Never ever worry, what I’m saying is true Presently you could see, somebody suffering more than you. "

The end credits for this beautiful film roll with this song(lyrics above)--it's a very beautiful and positive film about a sensitive subject matter: Facing grief, facing death, facing alienation in life. There are four-five people who get connected to each other after a train wreck in this story. The story portrays how they deal with it--the story gets much better after interval and it becomes absolutely stunningly positive as it reaches towards the climax. The depth of performances keeps you hooked throughout. The animations used for comic portrayal of anticipation of death or disaster feels very real--it's very intelligent and adds flavors to the film.


It might be hard to understand how somebody might be suffering more than us. Is it possible that someone is more worried than me? What about the most worried person on earth? Well, I used to wonder about such life-affirming quotes but I feel I understand now. The reality of life on earth is not static as I used to feel in my younger days. It's a constant flux--so this moment you might be the most worried person--suffering from the greatest agony possible but as soon as you reflect on this positive quote that there might be someone more worried--suffering more than you--but carrying themselves away with faith in life--you might be right because it's a state of flux. Only thing which is constant is the change.


This is true about many things like expertise in a subject or about beauty or even about wealth you've. You can't stay the way you're for very long. Remembering the change keeps you humble and sane. Hats-off to Sarah Watt and other artists in this film. This is a beautiful film which I highly recommend to everyone.  

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Is ego purely psychological?

Question: Does ego have a physical counterpart or it's just psychological in nature?

Answer: Take an example: If you're hungry and go to sleep you would dream about food. You might have experienced it. Similarly when you're sensual you dream about fulfilling your sensual fantasies or when your body needs to urinate you dream about urinals or people urinating. So--here can you see that the dream--which is in general a projection of subconscious has clearly got a physical counterpart--isn't it so? It's the immediate connection but similarly there's a physical counterpart to every emotion. There's a physical counterpart to every memory too--this is simple to understand since you know about technology---hard disks have information burnt onto a physical material--similarly neurons have memories hard-coded on material which is also physical. But memories as such aren't binding---they don't become Karma. If you can use memories without having 'emotional' discrimination against them--without colouring them that it's 'good' or 'bad'--they don't bind you---don't attach you---this is how enlightened person functions--using mind as a tool--like you use laptop---without colouring them with personal emotions. It doesn't mean however that there's no empathy--without empathy the so called enlightened person would be a robot--but he's more than that---emotions get replaced by compassion---which is affectionate and intelligent awareness of suffering of others. So--problem is emotional memories--they're Karmic and they've physical counterparts--they together come up to build our egoistic personalities. 

Meditation and breathing techniques aren't really different!






Question: Are breathing practices  different from Meditation/Sadhana?

Answer: Yes and No. In my earlier days I would have been able to pin-point to a particular practice which led to the awakening--but actually now I feel differently. Everything is cause of everything else as such and in my life too everything I did--be it reading or playing or crying or exercises or breathing or meditation--it all led to the awakening. Different people categorize things differently. We've already discussed what meditation consists of--but there's no hard and fast definition--but from the viewpoint of energy you can understand what it does--it provides the necessary amount of energy required to awaken. See--we all sometimes feel that there are moments of complete serenity, complete satisfaction, complete acceptance--life feels full--you don't need anything any more--these moments might be very fleeting--very temporary--but they're there--sometimes the surrender--the acceptance of what is--happens when you accept the defeat and cry your heart out. But the forces of Avidya( Maya) pull you down into the slumber immediately. It's so because you need immense energy to wake up--this energy is provided by the Kundalini which is actually a great dynamo in an inert state-Kundalini can also be called Atmavidya. I never wanted to awaken Kundalini--because I always had the impression in my mind that the Kundalini path is the path of Tantra and it's misleading--but it happened automatically to me and when I was ripe ( or perhaps not) it was a full-blown awakening. Breathing exercises generate energy and if you're attentive it can also be a type of meditation--meditation is all about saving energy and increasing awareness. Sadhana is literally "to control"--to control body and mind--to harness the instrument for using it to increase awareness. 

An Observation in Naad Yoga



 In Naad-Yoga practises it's recommended to close your ears with cotton or earplugs or with the fingers of your hands. It facilitates listening subtle cosmic vibrations. When vibrations are quite high in the body of a Yogi--he can feel them. It can be clearly understood that when you attentively keep listening subtle cosmic vibrations--your frequency of vibration also rises because of the brain-waves entrainment. The frequency of the cosmic vibrations is very high compared to your usual vibrancy and as they entrain your body it also starts vibrating at a higher rate. Now there might be a confusion about low and high frequencies but those who have read about brain-wave entrainment using binaural beats know that ultra high frequencies and ultra low frequencies do the same type of entrainment--they're kind of intermodulated.  Which means that the ultra high frequencies carry the ultra low frequencies and ultra low frequencies carry ultra-high frequencies hidden inside them. The resultant effect produced by them is similar.



There's an observation which intrigued me. When paying attention to vibrations it's quite obvious why your frequency of vibration should rise. It's because entrainment is happening. But what about the case when you don't pay attention to the vibrations? The frequency of vibrations should not keep rising--it should fall down very soon as you don't pay attention. Isn't it logical?


But it doesn't work that way in real-time. If your frequency is high enough you would observe that if you keep your ears closed and don't pay any attention to vibrations--then too frequency of your body would keep increasing--which means your vibrancy would keep increasing. 

What might be the cause of this? I asked myself.

At first it seemed that it's because ears somehow drop the vibrations out. I really visualized vibrations falling out of my ears. But later on, I realized that it seems kind of awkward--so then I intuited that actually when you open your ears--external sounds start entering inside your body and start mixing with internal vibrations--they entrain down the internal vibrations and hence frequency of vibrations decreases. But if you don't open your ears there's a certain momentum inside which remains inside and conservation of energy helps increase this momentum further.


So at higher frequencies--it doesn't matter if a Yogi is very attentive of vibrations--just closing his ears would elevate frequencies a great deal. There might be an objection in someone's mind about the increase in the frequency of vibration--because it's apparent that reverse entrainment doesn't happen when ears are closed but what about the loss of energy because of the inattention--the energy which is lost in thoughts? This might be answered clearly only when a practical is done--but in theory--at high frequencies--the rate of loss of energy is much lesser because thoughts don't have a great grip--or alternatively you might propose that some part of you is still listening to the word even when you're not attentive.  

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