March 2006


raining money.png Wake up. Have breakfast. Take a bath.
Change.
Go to work…aargh. Come home from work.
Have dinner.
Get into pyjamas. Read a book. Count the sheep.

A boodle for geriatric days and grub for now–
Is there another way to run the race?

Nap. Have brunch. Swat the fleas.
Go to the park. Sing for your supper.
Go home.
Which cardboard house is it now…?
Take off your shoes.
Study your navel. Count the stars.

The rat race is for the rats–
but there must be another way to run the race.

(Life may be turbulent, but hey!
tomorrow is another day).

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dharma-wheel.gif “Two years!” cried Isabel. “What did you do for all that time?”

“The holy man taught me many things,” replied Larry. “I thought about life. I learnt to be calm and to empty my mind of all unhappiness. I was glad to be with this man.”

Gray looked rather uncomfortable. He did not understand Larry. Isabel, too, was surprised by his answer.

“You gave this man two years of your life. What did he give you?”

“Peace,” said Larry with a smile… “[These holy men] believe that life has no beginning and no end. When we die, our life passes into another body. We live another life, but we do not remember what happened to us before.”

… “But now you are in France. What made you leave India? Did the holy man die?”

“No, but something happened to me… These holy men tell us that some people can become completely happy. This happiness is like a light or a fire that fills their whole mind. When that happens, these people do not return to life when they die. They [become] drops of water that [are] part of the sea for ever.”

“Did this happen to you?” I asked him. Larry looked up at me and he laughed quietly.

… When I think about Larry, I remember a saying from the East: The path of true happiness is difficult to follow. It is as difficult as walking on the edge of a razor.

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“The Razor’s Edge” by W. Somerset Maugham, 1944

abu_ghraib.jpg Have you seen insurgents in the area? was a question an American soldier posed to an Iraqi as he went from door to door with machine gun in hand. Today we hear that Bush issued a new national security strategy reaffirming his doctrine of preemptive war against terrorists and hostile states with chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. Today, Bush has launched the biggest airborne operation in Iraq since the beginning of the invasion.

The murders of innocent men, women and children in order to kill one suspected enemy is an outrageous strategy of mad men on target practice. This killing spree by the United States is insane. Who will stop them?

odaiba.jpg   [The new religion] sees evidence in the moral history of the human race that a loving God rules the universe. Trust in this supreme rule is genuine consolation and support under many human trials and sufferings.

Nevertheless, although brave and patient endurance of evils is always admirable, and generally happier than timid or impatient conduct under suffering or wrong, it must be admitted that endurance or constancy is not consolation, and that there are many physical and mental disabilities and injuries for which there is no consolation in a literal sense.

Human skill may mitigate or palliate some of them, human sympathy and kindness may make them more bearable, but neither religion nor philosophy offers any complete consolation for them, or ever has.

The Religion of the Future by Charles W. Eliot
(Harvard University President; lecture delivered at the Harvard Summer School of Theology, July 22, 1909)

chickenlittle.gif Controversial issues do raise hackles, and themes on this site do just that. I do not profess to know everything, but do consider other ideas that you may not agree with and why.

One such theme here is the existence or non-existence of an Omniscient Being. If He does exist, what a hash He has made of Humanity. Many think that the world is what it is because of "free will." But shouldn't God have known the dire consequences of giving Man the ability to decide what he does?

Beliefs have evolved during thousands of years, and you might ask: Who am I to change the world with other ideas?

Another theme here is on the imperialistic arrogance of one world superpower. Absolute power corrupts, and coveting the natural resources of other countries under the label of national interests is a blatant abuse of power.

But then again, you could ask: Who am I to change the world on a blog?

Remember the chicken who went around the streets of New York with a placard saying that the sky was falling? In the final analysis, the world is indifferent and apathetic.

So if you couldn't care less about non-mainstream thinking, nor warnings about the future, you would have participated in the destruction of the world by Western corporate governments by your ambivalence, and the misunderstanding of civilisations wrought by your ignorance.