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Enlightenment is not a Destination. It is the Journey.

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on October 28, 2012

While reading Pat’s wonderful post, I was forced to dig deep into my mind and seek my truth. After deep thinking, the only realization that dawned upon me was that my philosophical, sprititual and religious journey has no final destination. The journey on the awakened path in itself is the eternal bliss and joy that I am seeking. A lot of frustrations on this path have arisen due to my inability to reach the ultimate truth. But maybe, I have misunderstood the nature of the ultimate truth. What I have always imagined to be a destination may in fact be the journey.

I now feel that Enlightenment is not a point, but a line. It is not a scalar quantity that can be defined wholly by its magnitude alone. It is a vector quantity that is a combination of magnitude and direction. And in this case, magnitude is represented by logical reasoning while direction is represented by a conscience driven journey.

And I may not be the only one with this truth. Ask yourself if you too find true bliss, happiness and joy by just being on this never ending journey of spiritual and philosophical conquest. This journey has no final destination and realizing this fact can help us overcome the disappointments that we so often come across.

Enlightenment is not a Destination. It is the Journey. Keep walking.

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Good Day for a Laugh :D

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on October 26, 2012

I’m just pleased that Friday has passed the way it has. No food for thought today. Just plain good old laugh 😆

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Am I Letting Freedom Ring?

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 26, 2012

There are three forms of behavioral existence I experience in my life. One defines the relationship I share with myself, my body, mind and soul. Second is how I (a collection of my body, mind and soul) interact with another human being. And third is how I as part of a group of human beings (country, religion, race etc.) interact with or perceive another group of human beings.

Since “I” is common to all three forms of interaction, I assumed that “I” would remain constant in both its nature and essence. I could not be more wrong! I see disturbing changes in the way “I” behaves in the three different dimensions. I describe this change “disturbing” because it exposes the hypocrisy in me and  presents a huge obstacle in my path to Bliss.

And I do not think I am alone in this predicament. Many of us are unaware of this dormant contradiction that is plaguing our being. It is time to take notice of this malady and remove it as soon as possible from our journey towards spiritual awakening.

The title of this post is inspired by the fact that above thoughts came to my mind while I was listening to this:

“…..Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring — when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children — black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics — will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963

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I experienced a Moment of Bliss today…

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 21, 2012

This evening I had the good fortune of witnessing a Japanese Tea ceremony. The event was held as part of the Auroville Festival that has been on in New Delhi this week.

It was my first glimpse of the tradition and am certain it will not be the last. The 40 minutes that the host performed the ritual movements, elevated me to a dimension where space and time disappeared altogether. What remained was an unexplainable oneness, of mind, body and soul. Repetition of precise movements created an energy waveform that was therapeutic. In minutes, my senses shed all the fatigue that the day’s long drive and heat had given rise to.

I believe that a stone idol, worshiped for centuries by millions of people, develops powers that seem divine. The cumulative energy transferred from devotees to the idol bestows on it divine abilities. Similarly, the movements that I saw the host perform, signified for me the oneness between the creator and the creation. The host seemed in union with every object that he handled. Every ingredient of the ceremony seemed to have become an extension of his, and the tea seemed blessed with divine energies that the host channeled through every movement and every object.

If the sight was so spiritually uplifting, I can only wonder what a blissful effect it must have for the performer of the ritual.  The ceremony was a beautiful representation of the oneness that can be realized between humans and their tasks. If only we could immerse ourselves so completely into what we do, miracles would happen, right here, right now.

Have you experienced a tea ceremony?

 

 

 

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fast.faster.fastest….to nowhere.

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 20, 2012

The thoughts in this post were inspired when I read “Context and Content”.

Objective: To study the apparent “need for speed” observable in human behavior of recent times.

Data:

Vimshottari Dasa system of Vedic Astrology considers a normal human life to be 120 years long. For benefit of this post, and considering the huge change that lifestyles have witnessed over the last 3 millenniums, we shall reduce that figure to a more modest 75 years. So in numbers,

Average Human Life = 75 years = 900 months = 27000 days = 432,000 awake hours

Observations:

1) I have been using Lean Tools to optimize my movements in my house. And I don’t like it! Its become an obsession. Every movement of mine is coordinated to do the maximum amount of work in least time. Its become so bad that when I place a cup of water in the microwave, I can’t just stand there for a minute while it gets heated. I have to occupy myself with some other task, like filling the water bottle, to make the most of that 1 minute. I can’t even sit on my desk waiting for my laptop to boot!

2) A lot of my friends have been asking me the processor speed of my mobile phone. I don’t get it! I remember when the most important parameter in judging a mobile phone used to be its strength and not its speed. If my phone survived a 20 feet drop, it was a good phone!

3) I am getting increasingly impatient at traffic lights. I honk at the car in front of me even when the light is red!

4) At my wedding, I asked my priest to conclude the rituals within 45 minutes. Under normal circumstances, it would have taken close to 3 hours.

5) I am embarrassed when my mobile phone does not stream an online video within 10 secs of clicking “play”.

Explanation:

We have become wholly entrapped in a web of illusion, a world where our minds have been tuned to think that “Time is Money”. We have been manipulated into choosing the fastest journey, without knowing what our destination is. We are made to believe that the speed is important, not where we are headed or what stops on the way we have missed out. It is like sitting in train going at the speed of light. You cannot see anything outside the window of the train, the train has no stops and your destination is the point you started from. You pay for the thought of traveling at the speed of light and nothing else. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is God Still Relevant?

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 10, 2012

In an earlier post I argued the complementary nature of Karma and Astrology. “Our past life actions determine the quality of life that we lead in our present lives”, says Karma. And the tool it uses to implement this principle is Astrology. Schedule the time and location of a person’s birth in a manner, that the natal planetary positions influencing the life of the person result in an existence that conforms with the past life deeds of the person, good or bad.

By this very reasoning, God’s significance in the whole scheme of things becomes pretty untenable. Assuming God existed, His role would be limited to judging the actions of a person’s past life. I am certain that this judgement is not subjected to an arbitrary scale, but follows a well defined scale of good and bad. And I trust God to be virtuous enough to not cheat the system by favoring a  person who has visited the Church every single day. Since God’s role is limited to being a judge that honestly follows a well defined set of laws, we can rule out that He has any powers Himself. Think of it this way, worshiping a Supreme Court judge does not change either the probability of you being punished nor does it change the severity of the punishment. Both parameters are governed by the Constitution and an honest Judge is subservient to the written word.

So that has pretty much ruled out the need to worship God. And since most religions are based on the very act of worshiping God, they are rendered redundant. Or are they?

We need religion. Period! Governments need religions to control their subjects. Yes, we are subjects of our governments no matter how much freedom and democracy our leaders sermonize. They fall back on religion to justify their policies, they fall back on religion to divide people and play vote-bank politics, they need religion to colonize countries, and they rely on religion to suppress people’s intelligence and prevent a revolution.

And we the subjects need religion too. It is our only hope when things seem down, it is the refuge we turn to after committing sinful acts. It is the sanctum that lets us be bad and evil, because we always know that there is forgiveness to be attained by worship. It is the source of calm that arises from the belief that we have bribed an incorruptible God.

I leave rest of the reasoning to you. I saw my astrological chart this morning, and something in it tells me that I better go worship my God now 🙂 .

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This Is What True Joy And Happiness Look Like

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 3, 2012

I spent last one month assisting my wife at Udavi Gentillesse School in south India. Below are few of the images I captured of the students. These images exhibit the pure joy and happiness we adults so desperately seek. No more words from me. For a change I’ll let the images speak for themselves.

Enjoy and rediscover Bliss!

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P.S: Compressing the images has compromised their quality.

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Gangsta Rap had a Soul too: Of Rappers and Philosophy

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on August 22, 2012

“…Death ain’t nothing but a heartbeat away, I’m living life, do or die, what can I say
I’m 23 now, but will I live to see 24, The way things are going I don’t know…”

Coolio, Gangsta’s Paradise

The song won a Grammy, but this line from Gangsta’s Paradise is as deep as it can get. “Death ain’t nothing but a heartbeat away..”, if every person accepts this truth and lives by it, Kingdom of Heaven will manifest itself right here and right now. Enjoy every moment because it could be your last. Make every second count, before time runs out.

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“…Life is a b***h and then you die, still trying to get a piece of the apple pie…”

Coolio, Fantastic Voyage

Another great metaphorical illustration of the futility of blindly fulfilling one’s greed. The apple pie represents bliss which resides within us. However, our lives are spent seeking it without, an eternally doomed endeavor.

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“…Bury me smilin’, with G’s in my pocket
have a party at my funeral, let every rapper rock it…”

Tupac, Life Goes On

Am I the only one who wants to go away smiling? Live a life so fulfilled that your journey to the other side is celebrated and not mourned.

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“My only fear of death is coming back, reincarnated”

– Tupac, Only fear of Death

Reminds me of my post Why I don’t want to believe in Rebirth

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“There are no words that can express how I feel, You never kept a secret, always stayed real
And I appreciate, how you raised me, And all the extra love that you gave me
I wish I could take the pain away, If you can make it through the night there’s a brighter day
Everything will be alright if ya hold on, It’s a struggle everyday, gotta roll on
And there’s no way I can pay you back,But my plan is to show you that I understand You are
appreciated.

Tupac, Dear Mama

I haven’t come across a more touching verse to express gratitude to one’s mom. There is absolutely no way you can pay your parents back for all that they have done for you. The only thing that you can and must do is tell them you are grateful for it. It means the world to them.

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Making My Life Public: Of Astrology,Gods and Karma.

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on August 10, 2012

If you believe in astrology then you would agree that sharing one’s astrological chart is equivalent to sharing one’s entire life. So why am I going ahead with it? Because instead of spending hours seeking answers, I hope that someday an enlightened astrologer will stumble upon this post and be kind enough to foretell my future.

Belief in Astrology serves as a good subject to study contradictions. On the one hand we pray to Gods and are convinced of their abilities to change our fortunes. Conversely, we look to stars and planets to read a predestined fate. Well, if fate is predestined by the position of planets and stars at the time of our birth, then how do Gods have the power to change that fate!

However, Astrology and Karma are two schools of thought that compliment each other fairly well. Karma holds one accountable for his actions by creating a future or next life based on their righteousness. This forms the basis of a predestined fate designed around a person’s karmas. So depending upon the nature of your past life karmas, Gods decide the date,time and place of your rebirth in a way that your next life fortunes (based on planetary positions at time of your birth) conform with the predestined fate accorded to you.

Belief in Karma and Astrology strips Gods of their powers to change your state of being. Which side are you on?

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Of Happiness Ch.3: Varying Degrees of “Absence of Happiness”

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on August 5, 2012

The condition “Absence of Happiness” consists of 5 levels listed below in ascending order of their fulfillment of instinct driven desire.

  1. Indifference
  2. Pleasure
  3. Joy
  4. Bliss
  5. Supreme Transcendence (ST)

Since ST is the highest form of the “Absence of Happiness” condition, it must be the result of an act or thought that fulfills a desire that comes closest to satisfying the instincts determined by the need to survive and multiply. One such act is that of coitus or sexual union where the brief moment of orgasm reflects this state.

Some define Nirvana as an escape from the cycle of birth and death, some as a detachment from mind and soul. It might be a good idea to seek Nirvana within life itself and in the acceptance of natural instincts and desires of human beings.  Maybe Nirvana manifests itself as ST.

Related Posts:

Of Happiness Ch.2: Desires and Wants

Of Happiness Ch.1: Decoding The Condition

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Of Happiness Ch.2: Desires and Wants

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on August 4, 2012

Desire is an urge to possess, act, or think determined by instinct which in itself is slave to the need to survive and multiply. Want is the expectation to see an event unfold in a way that would fulfill a desire or an ego.

Fulfillment of a desire leads to a condition I have earlier called “Absence of Happiness” while that of a want gives root to “Happiness”. Both these conditions have scales and are not unique points. The degree of “Absence of Happiness” depends upon the importance of the instinct that determines the desire that has been fulfilled. Similarly, the degree of “Happiness” depends upon the degree of desire or ego fulfillment that results from the realization of the want.

Illustration:

Scene: The Big Bang Theory Season 2 Ep. 16

Sheldon: You’re sitting on my spot……..zero zero zero zero…..

….Penny: Fine. Happy?

Sheldon: I’m not unhappy.

By getting out of Sheldon’s spot, Penny has satisfied his want that she ‘gets off his spot’. The realization of this want results in the fulfillment of not his ego, but of his desire that stems from his instinct of possession and identity. Since the end result is the fulfillment of a Desire, Sheldon feels a state of “Absence of Happiness” and not the condition of “Happiness”. Hence the statement “I’m not unhappy”. The degree of “Absence of Happiness” that Sheldon experiences is mild because his possession of his spot does not in reality serve to a large degree the need for survival and multiplication.

Read Chapter 1

Read Chapter 3

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Of Happiness Ch.1: Decoding The Condition

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on August 2, 2012

D1. I will not define the substance of Happiness, truth be told: I cannot. I have spent enough energy on it and failed miserably. What I can state though is only its nature of being; Happiness is a condition. And since every condition must have an origin, I will attempt to explore the origin/s of Happiness.

D2. I treat Happiness as a standalone condition that has no bearing on other universal phenomenons like Nirvana, Enlightenment etc. My subject here is Happiness itself and not its correlation with other conditions.

D3. From D2 it follows that the negative of Happiness is not “Sadness” or “Unhappiness” but it is “Absence of Happiness”.

D4. Negative does not mean Opposite. Negative denotes the lack of a condition. While opposite denotes presence of a condition that produces effects with opposing characteristics. Hence, “Absence of Happiness” is NOT the Opposite of “Happiness”; It is the Negative of “Happiness”.

P.1. One of the origins of Happiness that I experience is ” Fulfillment of One’s Own Want”. To comprehend this and exploit it to the fullest, lets look at the other other side of the coin. It is equivalent to studying darkness to better appreciate light. So in our case, lets look at “Absence of Happiness”  for a moment.

If the above stated origin holds true then it follows that,

  • Fulfillment of something that is NOT a want = Absence of Happiness
  • Fulfillment of something that is SOMEONE ELSE’S want = Absence of Happiness
  • No Fulfillment of one’s own want = Absence of Happiness

The condition of “Absence of Happiness” can easily be confused with “Happiness” in real life experiences . Many people wonder why they do not feel Bliss even though they have several experiences of Happiness. Assuming that “Bliss” is strongly correlated with “Happiness”, the answer may lie in the fact that what they believe to be experiences of “Happiness” are really experiences of “Absence of Happiness”. In many cases it becomes difficult to differentiate between a condition and its negative.  The 3 criteria mentioned in P1. can help people differentiate the condition of “Happiness” and “Absence of Happiness” better.

Read Chapter 2

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Exploratory Despair Is Better Than Bliss Borne Out Of Ignorance

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on July 31, 2012

Voltaire fought intolerance and fanaticism, an...

Very few people are gifted with an inquisitive mind, a disposition to question the origin of every matter or thought. And if such an individual is bestowed with an add-on feature called Intelligence,then life can be quite a catastrophe. Such lucky unfortunates maybe called the Philosophers of the World.

While some of these wise men pursue there voyages in the realm of research and sciences, a lot more have to live with it while they make a living off the “regular”, more worldly sources of income. For this latter group, the gift of a cerebral window is nothing less than a curse. And soon enough they start wishing that they were not God’s Chosen Ones,but, the Ignorant Ones!

So for all those who feel that way, here is an extract from Voltaire’s story

The Good Brahmin

“I wish,” said the Brahmin to me one day, “I had never been born!”

“Why so?” said I.

“Because,” replied he, “I have been studying these forty years, and I find it has been so much time lost. While I teach others I know nothing myself. The sense of my condition is so humiliating, it makes all things so distasteful to me, that life has become a burden. I have been born, and I exist in time, without knowing what time is. I am placed, as our wise men say, in the confines between two eternities, and yet I have no idea of eternity. I am composed of matter, I think, but have never been able to satisfy myself what it is that produces thought. I even am ignorant whether my understanding is a simple faculty I possess, like that of walking and digesting, or if I think with my head in the same manner as I take hold of a thing with my hands…. I talk a great deal, and when I have done speaking remain confounded and ashamed of what I have said.”……
…..The same day I had a conversation with the old woman, his neighbor. I asked her if she had ever been unhappy for not understanding how her soul was made? She did not even comprehend my question. She had not, for the briefest moment in her life, had a thought about these subjects with which the good Brahmin had so tormented himself. She believed from the bottom of her heart in the metamorphoses of her god Vishnu, and, provided she could get some of the sacred water of the Ganges in which to make her ablutions, she thought herself the happiest of women.

Struck with the happiness of this poor creature, I returned to my philosopher, whom I thus addressed:

“Are you not ashamed to be thus miserable when, not fifty yards from you, there is an old automaton who thinks of nothing and lives contented?”

“You are right,” he replied. “I have said to myself a thousand times that I should be happy if I were but as ignorant as my old neighbor, and yet it is a happiness I do not desire.”

MORAL OF THE STORY:

As quoted in “The Story of Philosophy” by Will Durant: “Even if Philosophy should end in total doubt…it is man’s greatest adventure, and his noblest.”

 

 

 

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The Key To Happiness…The Most Inspiring Poem Ever!

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on July 27, 2012

English: Rudyard Kipling

English: Rudyard Kipling (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This great work has always lifted my spirits whenever I’ve been down. My blog would be incomplete without a post dedicated to this beautiful poem. In one short work Rudyard Kipling summarizes the answers to questions that have dogged our philosophical and spiritual pursuits for centuries. And all this in plain simple language that we all can relate to. Read every line of this epiphany multiple times and realize the joy that it instils in you. “IF” by Rudyard Kipling:

 

 

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

 

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Move Over Friday…Thank God Its Wednesday!

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on July 26, 2012

Smaller but more regular milestones not only make the journey better but also increase the chances of reaching the destination blissfully. Why then do we wait 5 long days to hit the weekend(in most countries it is Six)? And here comes the concept of Midweek Mitzvah: the ritual of celebrating Wednesday, that poor little day which goes completely unnoticed.

Recently I suggested to my friends to dedicate Wednesday evenings to activities that were different from the daily routine. To do things on a Wednesday that we would otherwise put on our weekend list. This could be partying, get togethers, a round of poker, eat outs, books; anything that brings joy to your life. Four weeks into implementing the plan and the results are impressive.

The continuous bickering that I used to hear from my friends about how pathetic their jobs are has reduced to a rare murmur. Their faces seem more fresh whenever we meet because of the thought that either the weekend or the midweek is just around the corner. Everyone seems to have more time and energy on the weekends because the long list of weekend tasks has been shared with Wednesday. And last but not the least, our dear friend Wednesday does not go unnoticed anymore 🙂

So try the Midweek concept with your group and let me know if you see improvements in people’s attitudes.

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