Thursday, May 24, 2012


..."Accept everything. When you reject something, you reject a part of yourself. Pick it up, reshape it and give it the meaning that echoes the music of your life. There is nothing else you need to know about God and Godliness."......(AND A VARIATION ON THAT ..OR IS IT JUST A CONTINUATION ?? ))


".When you find you are in no mood to accept, and that you are in fact in a mood strongly to reject, go ahead and do that, and accept that attitude too; its part of your acceptance of the self which rejects. Be happy, if that -- rejecting -- makes you feel good; but don't bother if you are unhappy over that too.. you might as well enjoy being unhappy, or whatever you want to be; if its unhappy that you want to be, its unhappy that you should be. If that indulgence in unhappiness gets you some nice feeling,like feeling special etc., its wonderful. And -- what's glorious -- its not such a grave sin to want to be unhappy. ( The problem may be that you don't know you want to be unhappy and thats the only reason why you are unhappy; you might think the whole universe wants u miserable while you want to smile. Wrong ...more often than not.) Go ahead and enjoy your unhappiness. Lots of others are doing it. Quite often, feeling miserable or sad is a way of announcing a moral superiority. Our unhappiness is quite often a judgement passed on our surroundings or on the people we meet in life. That judgement needn't be right. And don't let this little bother about being right or wrong interfere with your indulgence or your moral self-righteousness. We spend most of our lives being viciously self-righteous. Read all the comments on Facebook, especially those relating to issues moral, social or political. You will be amused or surprised or peeved ( depending on how you want to feel) over just how many people find people bad. People are so full of contempt for people and people think they love people but people don't understand or love them. Its gets to a point that people forget who are the people whom the people are talking about really . It can be hilarious except that it usually marks you out as utterly idiotic even while you sit out there smugly believing that 'people' does not include you. Sometimes its so funny to know how many people would hate to be called people. That will rob them of a precious target to hate. Generally, people can afford a belief that people are bad !

Return to Facebook's number one and sublime USP: the fact of its being full of experts on fields of which these experts are no part. Its amusing how passing a judgement against people who are in a profession which they have never dared to enter is not only a national pastime; its a global 'feel good' factor.i Nothing makes us feel good as much as talking bad does. Nothing seems to make us feel pious and clean as much as rolling in the muck against others does. You needn't be peeved at it though you might be. Its only a harmless little fun, generally at the cost of others and generally meant to announce a moral superiority of one's own or of some icon or idea we have chosen to identify with -- and using that icon and idea as nothing more than a stick to beat those whose faces and voices we find unpleasant. Being good is no fun if you can't prove someone --preferably everyone --else around you bad and evil. Being good wouldn't be half the fun it is if there were not enough bad people around !!. If you indulge , you are fine. If you find that this world is full of only two kinds of people -people you can hate and people you can ignore--- if you find also that this world is full either fools or knaves ( or both), barring a handful you whom you have selected as symbols of all the virtues which you believe that you possess and you want others to possess ; if you find that pious and noble people are heavily outnumbered in this world and that you are at the head of this minority ; if you find that no one can succeed where you have not succeeded except through brutal force, money or deceit or some such talent; if you find that you are no higher in life than you are, and that the only reasons for this are that you were not born in a rich and powerful family or that you are not mean and hypocritical enough; and if you find that your beliefs like these are no insult to countless honest and successful people in this world; in short, if you find that you are fully justified in all the bitterness and other negative stuff you harbour against those whom you have declared to be either your opponents or enemies or at leas "unlike" you, then you can go home, pour yourself a drink and enjoy the evening. All your beliefs and responses about and towards life and 'people' stated above conclusively prove one thing: you are normal and you don't need to be taken to a psychiatrist. Have you ever noticed that more often than not, dogs bark at no one in particular and for no reason in particular. They are merely expressing an annoyance at their neglect by their master or by a passer-by. Dogs are so innocent. They do all the wrong things for all the right reasons. But they do all the right things for all the right reasons. That's where we differ from them. But at the heart of hearts, its the same instinct. If we could accept a pack howling their way to divine emancipation and bliss, we can also accept all the little idiosyncrasies I mentioned above . There is no need to be contemptuously dismissive of these idiosyncrasies. These in fact are a set of cradle conduct norms, and beautifully simple and enjoyable for that reason. The only problem with these is just so much bitterness we get into on account of these. If we could somehow howl without reason but forget as soon as the barking was over; if we could also be simple and stupid yet loving and happy -- somewhat like Whitman's animals ... and, above all, if we could also just listen to others without a premeditated holy resolve to invent how and where we want to differ with what we hear.. if we could just look at a tapestry of small truths of life, some of which are ridiculous and some others meaningless and still some others that may not agree with our notions of a perfect, ideal world.. If we could somehow walk through life, smiling generally and hurt only a real thorn runs into tender flesh -- and in all cases, refusing to complain against the thorn even while coolly and efficiently exercising our right to take the thorn out -- if we could stroll through life without much fanfare and pompy-oompy proclamations of self-righteousness and without an " I -will-die-or-kill- to-have-the-world-answer-to-my-needs-for-holy-perfection" attitude -- then, perhaps, we may not make this planet an abode for a scientifically perfect and advanced generation which might turn out to be the emperor of cosmos, but we might leave the world a little less unhappy than we found it. During my university days, we had a chapter titled "On Doing Nothing", a small, sumptuous but simple comment on the virtues of a delightfully lazy attitude to life. It ended with something like this: "All the trouble in this world is caused by people who believe that they must always be up and doing, and worse, by people who actually are up and doing. Without them, there would be no holocaust, no atom bomb, gas chambers and no wars and no repression and slavery. There may also be no aeroplanes, no ships, no cell phones, computers, ACs, fluorescent tubes, automatic watches, internet, virtual TV . But there could be more leasure and more happiness and more peace." ( Not the exact word; Sanjeev Ahluwalia who used to be student would perhaps help by recalling and reproducing the exact quote); But relax, he needn't be up and doing either. I would rather have him relax and enjoy than scurry for lap top to google)... And Let the typos and other errors also remain where they are !!!).... Fall in love. In love -- not with this or that, but just in love. Fall in love thus; but beware philosophizing even on love. Nothing renders love hollow and cluttered more than spinning philosophies does. Talk about love, by all means; and talk without direction, without purpose, without reason, without a need to prove this or that about love. Love stands self-proven. But you can enjoy talking about it because it feels nice. Just talk as you love talking. Once done with talking, get back to the real thing: love. What is true of love is even more true of truth. ( And God !! What talking and talking and talking and talking is going on here !!! :) :) :) But am I talking or singing -- without the notes??? :)

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