This topic had to come from my good friend who intends partnering me in an ashram some time in the future. While he will be the Guru, I will be the gate collection manager.
There are only two commitments that come to my mind that people commit to without verification. One is of course God and the other is the after life. To the best of my knowledge, no one has ever seen God nor has come back to share experiences of hell or heaven. But these two are the commitments that are universal and have caused more problems for mankind than any other ever.
This topic was suggested by The Old Fossil Conrad for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where currently six of us write on the same topic every Friday. I hope that you enjoyed my contribution to that effort. The five other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Ashok, gaelikaa, Maxi, and Shackman and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, or not at all this week, do give some allowance for that too!
Yesterday’s Business Standard had a very interesting article by a favourite writer of mine. T C A Srinivasa Raghavan writes incisively on many topics and this was one that got me thinking about my own collection of partly read books.
After reading the article in full and before I read all the morning’s papers, I went to take stock of the number of books that I have in hand that have only been partly read and I was shocked! There are six of them and more importantly there are twelve totally unread ones waiting for me to find some time.
I still manage to get in about two to three hours of reading everyday but facebook, blogging, visiting blogs, email and solving crossword puzzles take up quite a bit of my time besides my new hobby of seeing movies in theaters and also on DVDs at home.
Like TCA SR suggests, I should really get rid of many of the books that I have already read, and perhaps some that I have read partly but have no intentions of reading ever. But I am simply unable to get myself to get rid of them, despite knowing that I must if I have to find space for new purchases that will most certainly take place sooner than later.
I kept telling myself that the kindle will solve the problems of space for books but the reading experience of a hard copy book is divine whereas reading in the kindle is sort of soulless!
I have therefore decided, and I hope to implement the decision fully, not to buy any more books, hard copy or kindle, till I get rid of some and also finish reading the backlog.
Do you have such a problem too?
I read a synopsis of the story and since Cameron Diaz was featuring in it Ramesh and I decided to see it yesterday afternoon.
It is what my friend Chuck calls a popcorn movie. Not quite porn, not quite funny and not quite anything at all but entertaining in an inane way. Attempts at using comedy as a cover to overcome a weak story line fails and comes out as vulgar.
The excessive use of the four letter word is jarring and perhaps it is because I am from a generation from the distant past. Its use among adults is bad enough but the hero using it with a child to drive home a point is obnoxious. Again, I am just too old fashioned I guess.
The auditorium was unusually quarter full. I suspect that the largely male audience, though a few ladies were also present would appear to have come thinking that it was a pornographic movie and the disappointment was palpable.
I would rate it with a [rating=3] and therefore avoidable if you have something else to see.
I take my readers back to my post on The Post where I had shared my receiving a post card and then watching the short film on the Indian Postal service.
I had followed up that post with another one Two New Friends about the two friends who had produced the short film.
Today I have just received information via Facebook that elates me no end.
Congratulations Shiva and Jagan. I am very happy to have made your acquaintances. My blessings and best wishes that you achieve more milestones in your creative pursuits.
This topic was suggested by Ashok for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where currently six of us write on the same topic every Friday. I hope that you enjoyed my contribution to that effort. The five other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Ashok, gaelikaa, Maxi, and Shackman and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, like I do this time, or not at all this week, do give some allowance for that too!
Blogger Mother had a post on Blog Action Day in her blog and we exchanged comment and response as follows there.
I: I wish that I had known!
Mother: I wish you had known, too. Do it now!
And that gives me the inspiration to write this post. As my regular readers know, I am finding it difficult to write every day on my blog and this gives me an opportunity to write.
Action inevitably leads to reaction which in turn becomes an action that creates a reaction. In the spiritual path that I am on, the whole purpose of the disciplines that one is expected to follow is to become action oriented and to give up being reaction oriented.
The way one goes about it is to stop performing any action with the outcome in mind. Outcomes of any action can be, 1. Exactly as expected; 2. Less than what was expected; 3. More than what was expected, or 4. Completely different to what was expected. The Yogi knows this fully and accepts whatever comes as a result of his action as the result of the laws of karma and prevents generating further action / reaction cycles.
This is best described in the Bhagwad Gita as:
KARAMANYAVADHIKARASTHE MAA PHALESHU KADACHANA
MAA KARMA PHALA HETUR BHURMA TE SANAGOSTVAKARMANI
You have the right to work only
but never to its fruits.
Let not the fruits of action be your motive.
Nor let your attachment be to inaction.
Ch II V 47
The most powerful part of that advice from Krishna to Arjun is in the last sentence where he is clearly told not to take recourse to inaction to escape the cycle of action and reaction.
Those who are interested can of course go deeper into this by just googling for Bhagwad Gita Ch.II Verse 47.