Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Have we Turned Cultureless or Cultured

Indians do have lost their ancient culture. That is beyond doubt.
But the question is, was that loss a loss at all?

There are two options.
A) Yes, our ancient culture was better
B) No, the new culture is better
Of course, answering this question requires thoughts and experiments on large scale.

But, let us try to agree on at least one thing:
Our ancient culture was practical (at that time when an average Indian never went outside the circle of radius 50 km and center their home).
But for us to be compatible with the latest innovations in any field (even in spirituality), we must be able to change. Yes, it is survival of the fittest, and if we are not ready to change, we will have to keep our mouth shut, and that's it.
So, nowadays the question has changed - do you want to be recognized, or do you want the older culture.
And the choice is a tough one to make, especially if you consider both of them as essential. (Can we select multiple options)
So, my answer is C) None of the above (
Do your best in trying to have the sweet essence of any culture inculcated in the personality that belongs to you.
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And a nice practical tip: Reflect the culture of those around you

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

I Shall Suffer From Fever, But I Won't Take Medicines

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I was bedridden last Saturday and Sunday, and parts of the preceding Friday, of fever. The fever that comes along with the rains. This year, we forgot to clean our surroundings. I mean, everyone in Kannur forgot to do so. And what more, our family decided to shift to the urban Kannur this month. And so, when it started raining, I was conveniently located for the mosquitoes to have a bite. They were here, they were there and they were everywhere. We managed to keep them out of our bedrooms using Mortein. But Mortein actually works only when we have closed every door and window so that no mosquito can enter from outside. And there was this colony of mosquitoes in the bathroom. They come through the closet, like ghosts in Hollywood movies. So, there was no stopping them from looming around us, posing a deadly threat of numerous diseases including malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever and filariasis. Still, we managed to escape their deadly stingers.
But it so happened that on Friday evening, when I was returning from my new school (Chinmaya Vidyalaya Kannur) I was very tired and the next thing I remember properly is that I was sleeping in bed.

Now, it was a confirmed case of viral fever. But I didn't take any medicine. I knew that there was no efficient anti-viral drug with my father. And so I knew that whatever he gives me would be of no use. But, evenif he had a medicine, my father would not tell me to take any medicine. Becuase after almost 20 years of treating patients, he knows that it is better for the body to take no medicine at all rather than take all sorts of anti-biotics that suppress the symptoms of the disease and give momentary relief, destroying the body's capacity to fight and win over foreign bodies while doing so. And I believe him completely. There can be no medicine stronger than the white blood cells in our body. Just trust your body, give it rest and give it a chance to show what it can do, I'm sure, no disease will ever haunt you for more than a week.

What I learned from having suffered fevers, alone, for the last 10 years of my life is that, the best way out of a fever, is to suffer it completely.
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Friday, June 19, 2009

Oh God! You are so Powerful, Please Spare me

This, so nicely explains my way of dealing with God that I can't put off quoting it here.

Marcus Aurelius: "Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. I am not afraid."
If at all there is a God, we need not be afraid or even be bothered about him, because after all, if we are doing good, then no God can complain that we must be punished, just because we did not find it logical to prey or worship God.

Now, another idea that has been looming around the corner for as long as afraid-to-be-atheists existed is
"I don't believe in God as a person, but I believe there is some force that is controlling everything, the way earth rotates around the sun, the way we do things, etc"
Now, this is an insane idea. Science can explain almost everything that is running around now. And it will find explanations for tougher questions too. But, every science reaches some point where there is no answer, and the scientist says "It so happens". This is where almost all theists give place to God. The point at which science stops answering, theist answers God. And when science expands further so as to reach the next level, the theist takes God to the next level. God was not that, God is greater.
This game between the scientist and the theist is going to go on for ever: The universe has enough mysteries to make sure that no science will ever crack it all, and the theistic imagination is 1000 folds quicker than every science.

And so, again, we reach a point where talking about God is meaningless, and completely useless.
Let God exist or not, who cares? And why care?

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