Thursday, 23 April 2015

Political Mishaps- Where Are We Headed

The past few days have been very entertaining for anyone who follows politics, except for the last one. The sad suicide of a farmer who wanted to gain the attention of his leader is the greatest political mishap that i have ever encountered. It might be wrong to say that the farmer was a part of some great political conspiracy. I do not know whether he was or not. However, what is unfortunate is the remark made by AAP leader Ashutosh. This man has been devoid of all sensitivity and it appears that his party certainly follows his footsteps. Have you ever got to know what is happening inside the party? Of course, it is always out on the news. However, the real intentions of the AAP party were never known to us. Now, we get to see that there is a party that can go for a rally for farmers but not do anything when a farmer is committing suicide right in front of their eyes. What an amazing sarkar Delhi has. Have they committed a grave mistake again? Who knows....

Coming back to what I started the post with. Rahul Gandhi is back. Looks like he got his mojo from Bangkok and the Vipassana meditation that engaged in. Great!  I have always felt that there is a massive void when it comes to leaders in India. Though Rahul Gandhi was never quite present when he was needed, I have always believed that he is a sincere and honest man and is genuinely wishing to do something. I dont how he will get the results that he wants but yes, I would definitely not mind is Rahul Gandhi polishes himself a little more and then runs for the Prime Minister. It would be a great sight to witness nonetheless. Currently, after he is done with an amazing session at the Lok Sabha, I hope that he does something really concrete for the farmers. A rally, a padyatra or even an anshan would be great. It would make me and thousands of farmers around the country believe that he believes in their cause and is wishing to stand with them through thick and thin. You, Mr. Gandhi, if you prove to be this man, you will never lose the vote and confidence of people in India. There is still a long way to go.

Finally, we have to talk about the party in power- BJP. There is something wrong in the way BJP has come to power. Of course, I am not crying foul on the way that elections have been conducted. People had faith in Modi and this is why they voted BJP to power. However, what BJP MPs say and do is quite natural for them. When people belonging to the great Sadhu heritage become hungry for power (and more for attention), they say things that do not suit the saffron of their robes. Is this not what BJP has always been doing? As far as I can see, the RSS and every other Hindu organisation that was associated with BJP will certainly feel disenchanted with this government. The people have already started doing so. 

I saw a small GIF on Twitter where Modi tried to shake hands with the German Chancellor and she ignored him completely. I felt really sad at this. Even though I am not a staunch Modi supporter, i felt bad because he is the PM of our nation and he should be respected when he is outside the country. However, then Modi visited Canada and called our nation 'Scam India'. It felt like a double blow to the Indian who is already waiting for her 'visiting Prime Minister'. If you don't respect the nation that you belong to, no one else is going to respect you. Tit for tat, just not in that order. Meanwhile, the farmer is dead. His body has reached Dausa and the body of Indian journalism is still rotting in the rain of commercialism. God bless us!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Entering The God Debate

My faith in God has largely been unshakable, at least for the most part of my life. In the years 2013 and 2014, I was questioning the existence of God. Does he exist? If yes, then where? Regardless to say that I was classifying myself as an atheist. At the same moment, I was trying to find a God and really believe in him and only him. What a dilemma! I was not who I was proclaiming to be and not even something that I expected to become. Before 2013, I would call myself religious but more spiritual and somewhere before 2008, I was a religious person who was slowly migrating towards a more spiritual journey.

As I look back at the events and the pace at which my emotions and feelings towards God have changed, I notice one central theme. I found that no matter who God was, I always knew what he was not. He was not an idol, he was not a picture and he did not demand anything. Yes, he did not even demand respect. He did not wish for shrines and temples to be built in his name and he also did not expect people to worship him. Great... then why was he even there? What did he want? Does he still want the same?

A little while ago, I thought that I should better be agnostic and not bother myself with the God debate. However, God is such an important and inseparable part of life that it becomes fairly difficult to avoid him. When I was more religious, I was completely baffled by the enormous display of grandiose that happens in the name of God. When I was more spiritual, I thought that religion and spirituality, though different, are quite inseparable in the beginning. When I turned towards an atheist state of mind, I thought that God doesn't exist. Simple as that. I thought that God is imaginary. However, at the very same moment, I was also thinking how an imaginary entity could be so powerful that he becomes the ultimate saviour of thousands of people. Now, I have more agnostic thoughts and I still believe that there is something that we do not know about but I am not quite ready to know about it, not yet.

It is quite possible that there is a God. However, I think that he is nowhere close to what we believe him to be. He may not be messiah, he may not adorn his body in silken robes and gems and he may also not worry about us. Think about it. Do we worry about a tiny ant that lives somewhere close to our house. Of course, there are many of them but they are so tiny that they are completely irrelevant to the human unless he is being harmed. In a universe which is as huge as we know it, we are just a tiny dot in space. Will God ever bother to look at us? Are we really his favourite creatures? Does he really keep a check on what we all are doing and where life takes us? Does he care if we die? Considering the fact that the world is becoming an increasingly difficult place to live in and humans are turning worse than savages, will God really turn his back towards us and think about creating a new world?

I do not know the answers to these questions. I might never come to know during my lifetime. Our generations would live on this planet, destroy it and die and God would not have even blinked his eyes. This is not pessimistic at all. Some people might feel offended with this post but i believe that everyone has the right to his own God and this also means that we have the right to question God, whether about us or about him. Maybe, God is her and not him. Maybe he does not even have a gender. Maybe, his form is not human. It could be an animal, an insect or a bird. It could even be the black white dwarf stars in the sky, it could be the sun, the rains, the forests.... it could be anything and we will never know unless we start asking questions about it. Of course, there is no one who can answer our questions but we may at least move on and find a better understanding of God. We may not think of him as a messiah but as a friend, as a guide. We may believe that he also comes with virtues and flaws.

I have deep faith in God, yes. No matter what I thought about his existence, he was always a central theme in my life. The only issues was that I could not really associate my idea of God with the typical mascots or interpretations that were available to me. I could not justify that my God hates those who do not believe in him and loves those who perform rituals and give him offerings because they are scared of him. Well, there were many many thoughts that made me question the existence of God and I firmly believe that you should read them, question those thoughts and then find your own interpretations without creating a fuss about it. Trust me, if I was God, I would have wanted the same. 

Monday, 8 December 2014

"अरे यार वो मेरे पीछे पड़ी थी..."

"ठीक ही थी यार वो. टाइमपास अच्छा हो रहा था मेरा... शुरू में मुझे लगा की चलो थोड़ी बातचीत कर लेते हैं. पर बाद में तो वो चेप ही हो गई.... जब देखो फ़ोन,... मेसेज..... बस. दिमाग ख़राब करके रख दिया उसने मेरा. ........ अरे हाँ तभी तो नया नंबर लिया है यार. उसको पता चल गया न तो इस नंबर पे भी जीना हराम करके रख देगी मेरा...

बैठे बिठाये मुसीबत मोल ले ली मैंने... बस ज़रा सा हवा दे दो मैडम को ऐसे उडती है आसमान में जैसे इंग्लैंड की रानी बन गयी हो.... पिछले महीने मैं लेके गया उसको मूवी देखने... फिर डिनर पे गए... फिर उसको उसके घर छोड़ने भी गया......

अरे बाकि का सुनके क्या करेगा... तू तो अपने भाई का स्टाइल जानता है.... हा हा हा हा..... अबे हाँ यार.... रात को मेसेज आने लगे.... रुक रुक पढके सुनाता हूं.... अरे कहाँ गया..... हाँ सुन... today was the best day of my life. I really really really love you.... हा हा हा हा......

ओफ्फो.... कसम से यार... उसके बाद तो ऐसे पीछे पड़ गई जैसे मुझे उसके बाप का उधार चुकाना हो... ओह माय गॉड... ऐसी लड़कियां वैसे मुझे अच्छी लगती है... बस एक डेट पे ले जाओ उसके बाद बात करो या न करो तुम्हारी मर्ज़ी... जब भी टाइम मिले बात कर लो... वैसे तो मेसेज और फ़ोन पे बहुत चेप हो जाती है लेकिन जब भी प्यार से बात करो न...... अबे हाँ भाई.... हा हा हा..... ऐसी बेवक़ूफ़ लड़कियां मिलती रहे तो तेरा भाई अगले साल सलमान खान को पीछे छोड़ देगा.... हा हा हा....

और उसकी वो फ्रेंड.... पता नहीं क्या समझती है अपने आप को... मुझसे लड़ने लग गई... कहती है की तूने मेरी फ्रेंड के साथ धोखा किया... तूने उसे कभी कुछ साफ़ साफ़ नहीं बताया.... हद हो गई... अब मैं उसको सामने से जाके कहूँ की मैडम मैं तो आपके साथ टाइमपास कर रहा था... हा हा हा... हाँ भाई हड़का दिया मैंने... बोल दिया की इतना ही प्यार है अपनी फ्रेंड से तो उसको मुझसे दूर ले जाये.... पता नहीं ये लड़कियां आपस में क्या क्या खिचड़ी पकाती रहती हैं....

अबे हाँ यार.... पीछे पड़ी थी मेरे... मैंने तो कान पकड़ लिए... आज के बाद अगर किसी लड़की ने मुझमे ज़रा सा भी इन्टरेस्ट दिखाया तो मैं तो पहले ही उससे राखी बंधवा लूँगा... कौन मुसीबत मोल ले... एक तो मैंने उसको इतना घुमाया फिराया... उससे बात तक की जब मेरा अपनी गर्लफ्रेंड से झगडा हुआ... ऊपर से इतना attitude....

चल छोड़ न उसे... पागल है.... तू बता... जिम जा भी रहा है या सिर्फ फालतू के पैसे भरे हैं???......"

Sunday, 7 December 2014

How Our Energies Interact, Really?

In the last post, I was talking about the fact that we are not just people. Not just organisms with flesh, blood and bones. We are also the manifestations of energy. This is the energy that is stores in us all and often interacts with other people around. What I firmly believe is that we are all made of up of the same basic energy units but their proportion often makes us different from each other. I would like to refer to the concept of 'Panch Bhoota' (Indian/Hindi/Sanskrit) here. These five elements are supposed to be the very essence of human life. When you are born, you start life with a very unique combination of these 5 elements and when you die, these elements dissipate into thin air, only to be reborn again. 
The 5 elements are:
1. Prithvi or Earth
2. Agni or Fire
3. Jal or Water
4. Aakash or Sky/Ether
5. Vayu or Air
If I focus on this simple concept, I find that these 5 elements can easily be translated into atoms. Are we not all atoms? Are we not energies? Yes, certainly. This information is, in one way, enough to suffice that we are indeed interacting with nature and people in ways that we never imagined. 
Can you guess why some people are instantly attractive while others become repulsive even when you do not know anything about them? Maybe, just maybe, we sense their energies and their aura. We are able to decode the message that their energy field is sending to us. This message is to subtle that words are unable to define them. However, as beings which are able to experience energies, we shall certainly be able to decode them even if we don't know it consciously. Now, this may mean that we are spiritual creatures as well. We experience a lot of things that we are not aware of and as far as I can guess, this is one of the reasons why we feel very uncomfortable in some places and with some people. It is quite possible that that the energy field or the aura of a person or a place starts sending us signals that are decoded into 'alarming' or 'relaxing' by our very own energy senses. 
It is not just human bodies that possess these energy fields. The things that we eat, the things that we use and the Earth that we inhabit are all a part of this huge energy ball. In fact, I have started to view the Earth as a very small energy field of the universe. There could be many more like us and there could be even more that are completely different from us. The head and tail of the matter is that we are matter and when we die, we are just changing forms. We are carrying many experiences with us in the next state. These could be great, horrifying or simple meaningless to us. It is also possible that a huge number of these experiences are also lost in transit. By the time we enter the new state of matter and probably lose some energy and gain the energy of a few other particles, we are totally refreshed but still retain something from a past state. Think of this as a chemical reaction. The Earth is our test tube, or a beaker if that works better for you. We are all in this apparatus, consistently changing forms, losing our valence electrons in the form of time or maybe emotions and gaining some more electrons in the form of chemical bonds which we call emotions. 
All this is such a beautiful system of being. Can you imagine why we change after a relationship, especially when it is over? Can you think why we need to be with people. Can you think why being in a room with empty walls and no humans, pets or furniture can be so maddening? It is because we need to interact with other energies. If we do not, we are not successful as humans. Interactivity or energy is very basic and must definitely be achieved if we wish to survive. We leave an impression of our energy on all people we meet and all things that we have used and own. Similarly, these things and people leave a lasting impression on us as well. 
Why don't you find some time to reflect on these thoughts today? It is a beautiful winter morning and I believe that today is going to be fairly tiresome for me, mentally... intellectually.