Thursday, December 15, 2005

In Your Eyes...

A beautiful, small story highlighting a child's insight and being present in the present.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Honesty and Integrity...

Read the first section of the bulletin where Neale talks about honesty and integrity. Just reading through it causes embarrasment - both because it's very difficult and it brings a recollection of areas where I've not been this way. Even at this instance reflecting on what it takes to be completely honest and integrous causes pain - because it shows how much the journey needs to progress yet.

PS: I also realize how much I love this man now, as I read through his blog. He's a chatterbox alright :), but a really valuble messenger for all of us.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Only a fledgling...

"Wise leader, forgive me. I am only a fledgling new to flight. "

- Koro (from Whalerider)
A very touching quote - which shows a lot of humility. I think the word humility has become misunderstood to mean forced modesty. True humility is the absence of doership. At least, as in this case, a deep realization to see what others have to offer irrespective of who they are. Really, it's OK to be a fledgling. The journey to be a Jonathan Livingston is an 'in progress task' for most of us. The destination is inevitable, provided we have the courage and humility that it takes for the journey.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

The Pelican Brief

Saw this movie yesterday. I had seen this once long before, but I enjoyed it more this time.

It's a really tight plot, and a grim eerie tension prevails throughout the movie. It's brilliantly directed, and the music accentuates the tension very well.

Both Denzel and Julia have done very well. The ending scenes of the movie somewhat seem to steam down a little.

Still, I guess I can watch this again some time :)

MSG?

A friend of mine sent a new luching spot. The menu listed (*contains MSG). I didn't know what MSG was and so did a little research.

MSG is listed as a toxic substance that can cause overstimulation of brain cells. It's used in food substances as a flavor enhancer. My friend said he used to add kaju to some of his food items to make it taste good - of course cashews are not health-detrimental. I guess MSG is something like that.

This link details why MSG is harmful. Strangely, this link details why MSG is good for your body. One of the arguments in the second link is that "improving taste improves nutrition". Strange!! My guess is that MSG causes a tongue-craving that makes people want more of what they're eating. Even if tast improves nutrition, why can't we improve taste without adding MSG? I used to wonder why a flavor of the potato chips I eat often made me want more of it - I guess MSG is the answer. Of course the website of the second link belongs to the Glutamate Association which is an association of manufacturers and food marketeers. Why would they say anything -ve about MSG - especially when it is such an effective means to cause food-craving?

Even assuming whatever they're saying is true, I guess as responsible entities, they should probably highlight this clearly for everyone. FDA knows about adverse effects from MSG - of course "they were unconfirmed by controlled testing". If a mandate to discontinue MSG is too much, they should at least clearly highlight the problems with it's intake. Fortunately, there's a mandate to list MSG as an ingredient on consumer food packages - though there are tricks followed here too.

As consumers, we probably need to start researching on ingredients used in processed food and skip those that are detrimental to our health. A profit-minded approach to business mars all ethical values in big corporations. I guess we need to wait for a miracle to tip the scale to over 200 in these entities.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Indigo - Movie Review

Unfortunately, a movie with a lot of potential failed to acheive it because of the characterization of the main character.

One reviewer on Amazon mentioned that the Indigo child expressed a lot of arrogance rather than compassion. (S)he was almost spot on. Instead of being the child exuding compassion, understanding and intelligence, she becomes, for the most part, a girl lashing out wisecracks with a lot of scorn for the 'not so evolved'. That is so sad because the movie could have been so much more than what it became.

But still, I would continue to watch such movies since the world needs the intent right now, even if the outcome misses the mark. Some day and time, it's bound to hit it.

If you haven't seen the movie, I really encourage you to see it despite it's shortcomings. As I see it, it's the effort and the intent that counts.

I really admire and respect the courage of Stephen Simon and his team to get this movie out because it involved a lot of financial risks.

CWG - The movie is in production by the same team. I am hoping to see an enlightening account of the story behind CWG.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Humility

Do not try too hard to show your humility. The very effort exposes your pride. True humility lies in the absence of doership.

- Ramesh Balsekar
Got to know about another Master. How true the above statement is - and how hard it is!! Total absence of doership is what I consider the enlightened state. May be for the most of us, a state of awareness of the presence of the doer and gently sidestepping him or her would be an act of humility. Surrendering every spike of self-centeredness as it arises would be humility.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

World Youth Satellite?

Not sure how this will work, but the idea is very interesting. It's nice to see Kalam on the fore of this one.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Thursday, December 01, 2005

IT and Stress


http://www.telegraphindia.com/1050904/asp/look/story_5174626.asp

Got this URL from a friend.

I think this article is true, but it also reflects on people and their nature. I think the IT factor is only a catalyst that accelerates what would have happened eventually. Granted that the late twenties is an early time for blood pressue :)

I guess we can use this article as a reminder to take more time for ourselves.

Though I can't vouch for the blood pressure, I am convinced that the number of dipoters on my eyes are because of continuous staring at the computer screen.

Intuition...


"The flash which reveals several things simultaneously" - Osho
"The soul gets immersed into the current of here-now and comes back with a goldmine of information" - The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho (not verbatim)

It's a truly godly experience. Please listen to it when you receive one.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

BP - Alternative energy


http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/003795.html

Brings about a hopeful and rejuvenating message.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Five day weekend...

Five day Thanksgiving weekend is about to get over.
Thanks ;)

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Hypersensitive Ego!!


I was reading thru this article by Jaggi today...

I realized I had a hypersensitive ego :)

A lot of pin pricks to go I guess!!!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

A sad day... :(

A very sad day for me today...

I'll update details some other day, if possible. I've been troubled before, and the Infinite has always brought me out of it. I know it will be the case this time as well. But I never even conceived that I would be placed in such a context...

Sorry for shrouding my post with so much mystery, but it feels inappropriate to discuss this now when so many details are hazy.

Just to let you know what this is about - TiS / TIO.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The Divine Force...


Medicines have limitations. The Divine Force doesn't have any.

- Sri Yukteshwar Giri

I found this quote to be very powerful...

Iraq and the Price Tag?


Happened to read Dallas Morning News headlines which stated "Is Iraq worth the price tag?" - the 'price tag' being the number of American Deaths and the cost that had been pumped into this war to date.

But the question in itself seemed to reflect a very arrogant mind-set. Basically, if the returns from the Iraq assault had paid more, would the actions have been justified then? At a global level, our attitude seems to reduce everything to utilitarian terms - 'those things' that serve 'us folks'. Those things being other humans, forests, rivers, the land - you name it.

How long must this assault go on, before we stop and say 'Oops'? I feel this collective oops is going to be a very painful one.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Good Morning!!


Sweet is the morning,
Gentle breeze blowing -
The clouds brewing rain,
My heart leaping with joy.

Good Morning :)

Favorite Quote - 30th Oct 2005


The average person looks at a situation and asks "What's in it for me?". The spiritual person looks at a situation and asks "What needs to be done."

- Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Guess no explanation is needed :)

Friday, October 28, 2005

Favorite Quote - 27th Oct 2005


Time is a created thing. To say "I don't have time" is like saying '"I don't want to"

- Lao Tzu

We knew this all the time didn't we? Some times something very simple and obvious touches us most deeply when we are receptive to it; when some barrier within us has relaxed itself for a brief moment. Also, I have noticed that some very simple statement often contains the most profound truth within it. There are several time management courses that are available that teach us prioritization, planning and so on. Lao Tzu simply brushes everything aside and states, "If you really want to do something, you will manage to do it irrespective of all difficulties". Lao Tzu !!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Flame Within...

This is a mesmerizing composition by Yanni. It gives a feeling of just being happy wherever I am whatever I am doing...

You can listen to the sample here

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Intelligence...?


http://www.thehindu.com/edu/2005/10/03/stories/2005100300440600.htm

This is a very good article...

The contents are something which an Osho would say - but I noticed the author's name only at the end. I've heard his tamil discourses on television before - he's an admirer of Osho.

My views on intelligence are similar. Intelligence is the capacity to 'see' - both that is physically visible, and that which is not so obvious. This means that the capacity to intelligence can be refined to no end - and become so sharp in the end, that the human mind cannot contain it any longer. At this level, we can say we're 'enlightened' - and the path of Yoga that deals with Intelligence is called Gnana Yoga. This also means that intelligence can only function through present-moment awareness, since there is no space within the mind where intelligence can flow through. This also implies that intelligence is a natural and spontaneous phenomenon for all human beings, since no human is born without the capacity to be aware. In line with uniqueness of every individual, intelligence expresses itself uniquely through every person. Actually, it's more diverse than what humans demonstrate - it expresses itself through every single life form.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

The Creator's Mind


Music takes us very close to divinity...

I was listening to பொல்லா வினையேன் (pollA vinaiyEn) from திருவாசகம்(thiruvAsakam) on my way to work today. Setting my heart on fire, I was thinking about this amazing composition. Then I wondered about the power of music, which can take us mere mortals to some other plane - so what if only for brief moments. Then I wondered about the medium which facilitates the descent of something so ethreal into something almost tangible. What sort of a mind can conceive something so amazing? I guess this applies to all art forms - be it painting, dancing or sculpting. Shiva in his thAndavA is the biggest creator we know. I assume most of us are moved by music most than other art forms - exceptions acknowledged, of course. Music seems to be inseparably interwoven to something deep into ourself, which resonates when it meets it's match in an outer manifestation.

Great ones they are who are one step close to the Creator, dispensing Divinity in art form. Of course, the greatest ones don't take credit for what they bring into this world and turn even that back to the Creator.

I feel so helpless trying to search for a 'Thank You' :)

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Ghajini - கஜினி

Saw this movie a couple of days back...

(possible spoilers)

First of all - the core idea has been inspired from Memento. In one of his interviews, the director A.R Murugadoss (முருகதாஸ்) mentioned that the plot was original... I wonder how!! I wish that Cristopher Nolan / Jonathan Nolan had been acknowledged...

If you take that portion away and view this from a tamil movie industry perspective alone, this movie is certainly different in it's feel and flavor. ARM has also Indianized the Memento plot...

And the greatest strength of the movie? Surya - சூர்யா!!! What a journey it has been for him, from very humble beginnings to now, almost at the brink of stardom. He displays tremendous versatility, be it portraying the successful businessman, or the confused patient with short term memory loss. Not to mention riveting charisma :)

Surya plays a left-handed guy in this movie. Not that it is anything significant, but just adds an intersting tidbit to the movie. ARM has taken care to see that Surya uses his left hand most of the time - but it has been missed at a couple of places, especially during fight sequences.

Asin - அசின் is very cute and beautiful. Her character has been beautifully crafted and is very enjoyable. Surya and Asin make a very good pair, and the scenes where they are together are very memorable. I wish I could make a sub-movie of this footage alone for watching again :)

Nayanthara - நயன் தாரா is a little disappointing. She looked pretty in Chandiramukhi - சந்திரமுகி, but has gained a lot of weight now. இன்னும் கொஞ்சம் உடம்ப நல்லா பாத்துக்கலாம் நயன்...

Songs - again they don't fit the script very well - with the exception of one song. Most songs hamper the movie flow. I wish they were used better....
BGM was again nothing very special. Reminds அந்நியன் (Anniyan) in many places. May be the pressure of prolificity is showing up on Harris Jeyaraj.

Overall, I probably won't watch this again - except for the sequences where Surya and Asin are together. But this movie should possibly catapult Surya to the status of the most demanded hero in the Tamil movie industry. His repertoire now exceeds most other heroes in his age group - charismatic looks, well built body, slick English, dialogue delivery, improving dancing skills, and yes - acting - அசத்துங்க சூர்யா சார்.

PS1: Though unintended, the biggest joke in the movie was when the policeman deduces a telephone number to be a cellphone number (ten digits!!). ARM sir, இவ்வளவு கஷ்டப்பட்டு ஒரு Script எழுதிட்டு இந்த மாதிரி விஷயத்துல எல்லாம் கோட்டை விட்டா எப்படி...

PS2: It almost has become a very normal thing for our movie industry to portray raw and brutal violence very non-chalantly. The scene were Asin is murdered is unbeleivably brutal - it is clear that ARM wanted to shock the viewers, but I wish it were toned down. As a side note, it reflects the way we live on a day-to-day basis, taking so much voilence in thought and action for granted. I wish movies take a turn for the better in this aspect :( (ditto for the climax fight - it is exaggerated, so it doesn't cause a jolt as it did in the former case). This is one reason I don't want to watch this movie again - it doesn't feel like entertainment.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Autobiography of a Yogi

I just finished reading this book.

It's available for reading online at http://www.crystalclarity.com/yogananda/

It is a very difficult task to describe this book in a few easy sentences. Paramahansa Yogananda's life winds through some incredible experiences and hard-to-beleive stories [I beleive them :)].

PY was very gifted to meet some incredible people - notably Mahavatar Babaji and Sri Yuktewar. Since he was writing the book, he fails to say he was quite amazing himself :)

Since this book is available online, I am not summarizing anything here - but you might want to consider reading this if you are interested in any of the following:

- If you have a question on whether the Divine will respond to prayers or questions
- How to live a meaningful Life
- Are coincidences (read divine interventions) and synchronicities real?
- Are there any limits to Life? What exactly is possible in this span of our life?
- What is the purpose of Life?

Since the text version was so beautiful, I ordered the audio version of this book (narrated by Ben Kingsley). This book would probably be something I would come back to more than once.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Alchemist Eckhart...


I've read about many amazing people (and seen a few). What makes Eckhart stand apart is that he is still alive. I am currently "reading" his book "The Power of Now". I am not even half way through, and as yet, the transformative power of this book is discernable. Just listening to him speak transforms my inner state in a matter of minutes. He also has a very innocent laugh - you can easily mistake Him to be a child if his voice was not so hoarse.

Eckhart's website is http://www.eckharttolle.com

One more teacher to shape my Life :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Totally Messed Up :)


Ha ha - I am totally messed up, but it's a very nice feeling. It's like being pulled in a thousand different directions, not knowing which way to go, but you have a sense that this will be a seed for something bigger.

I want to cry ( :) / :( )

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Reflection and Inspiration - 16th Aug 2005


To progress faster in spiritual service, we must forget ourselves; be the lowliest person and do the dirtiest, the most unwanted work.

- The Supreme Master Ching Hai

Ching Hai is not teaching Life negation. She is asking us to serve Life. Her statement follows the principle of 'What you do unto others, you do to yourself'. Serving others, if done without any conscious or unconscious expectation of recognition or any other self-benefit, is the fastest way to spiritual growth. The Ego is near-zero with selfless service. But why this insistence on being the 'lowliest person' and doing the 'dirtiest, the most unwanted work'? Doing such work pricks the ego a lot. If we can do such work selflessly, we create a great opportunity for ourselves in the Spiritual path. But care must be taken to not allow the ego to enter the back door - 'see how selfless I am, I am doing work which no one else volunteered to do'. Which is why, Masters insist that such tasks also be done in secret. Such people are very rare - people who are truly selfless in serving others can change the world.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Favorite Quote - 6th Aug 2005

There is no way to peace, peace is the way
- AJ Muste
A quote that carries a lot of power behind it. Deepak Chopra wrote a book called Peace is the way with this quote as a base. I haven't read it yet, but I assume it came out of a lot of frustration at the current state of the world.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Reflection and Inspiration - 2nd Aug 2005

If parents really love children they will help them to be courageous — even courageous against themselves. They will help them to be courageous against teachers, against society, against anybody who is going to destroy their individuality.

- Osho
Note:
இதையேதானே பாரதியும் சொன்னான்...
"பாதகஞ் செய்பவரைக் கண்டால் - நாம்
பயங்கொள்ள லாகாது பாப்பா!
மோதி மிதித்துவிடு பாப்பா! - அவர்
முகத்தில் உமிழ்ந்துவிடு பாப்பா!"
இருவரும் குழந்தைகளுக்கே போதிப்பது வியப்பாக உள்ளது...

Monday, August 01, 2005

Favorite Quote - 31st July 2005

With such a small life, with such a small energy source, it is simply stupid to waste it in sadness, in anger, in hatred, in jealousy. Use it in love, use it in some creative act, use it in friendship, use it in meditation: Do something with it which takes you higher. And the higher you go, the more energy sources become available to you. At the highest point of consciousness, you are almost a god.

- Osho
Reading and hearing quotes like these fills my heart with inspiration. The climate inside my head changes almost instantly. What can I say? "Thank you Master!!" sounds so cliche and insufficient... yet I will still say it.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Minneapolis Ho...

Was / am (now) at Minneapolis this weekend. Came here for a company training.

Looks to be a good place - very spacious, with a lot of open green land. This state is called the land of 10,000 lakes. While driving around, I saw atleast 6-7 lakes - makes sense :)

After the training, visited Harvey lake park. It's a VERY BIG park. If you've been to Chennai - this park is as big as IIT campus. So couldn't cover much. And it's in the middle of the city!!
See http://deepakktpics.blogspot.com/2005/07/some-clicks-from-minneapolis.html

Looked for an Indian restaraunt to have dinner - and found a hotel called Grand India restaraunt... It's good to be able to have Indian food wherever you travel :)

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Favorite Quote - 27th July 2005

But the real love is not an escape from loneliness, the real love is an overflowing aloneness. One is so happy in being alone that one would like to share — happiness always wants to share. It is too much, it cannot be contained; like the flower cannot contain its fragrance, it has to be released.
- Osho
Note: I don't know what to say... It makes me want to cry.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Anniyan - அந்நியன்

Written: 25th July 2005

(you might not want to read if you haven't seen the movie - potential spoilers)

I saw this movie some time back (about three weeks back). After Boys, which I enjoyed, I was looking forward to this movie, partly because of the hype that was created, and partly because of my confidence with Shankar's screenplay. I also liked the quote "He who comes from hell is not afraid of hot ashes" :)

To summarize in one sentence - "Can watch once, but cannot avoid a tinge of disappointment as the movie ends."


Pros:

  1. To top all, I really like Shankar's thought of reforming the society. The grasp that the small things that go neglected are the reason our country is in the state it is is very commendable. There is no question that this movie will bring this aspect to our awareness, and that in itself is a good thing to come out of this movie. That footage which Anniyan plays on video just before the climax really pricked.
  2. Vikram's acting - is a very big strength for this movie. Especially the very last scene where he oscillates between ambi and anniyan is awesome - despite the scene being very exaggerated.
  3. The magnitude of the movie, and the lavishness of the screenplay.
  4. Harris Jeyaraj's background score
  5. The heroine :) - she is a good choice. She really looks like an iyer ஆத்து பொண்ணு in traditional attire, and sexy in modern clothes.
  6. Vivek's comedy - though he tries to be dominating in some scenes.

Cons:

Unfortunately, they outnumber the pros

  1. Logic flaws: It is hard to beleive that 'Nandy' cannot recognize ambi from remo from anniyan, until the point she is about to be murdered. Of all people, I cannot beleive Shankar allowed this flaw. Though the effort is visible, I think a LOT more work was required for the script. The nuances that detailed his earlier movies are missing here.
  2. Shankar draws heavily from his earlier movies - Indian and Gentleman especially.
  3. The murders seem to be heavily inspired from the english movie 'Seven' - though they have been Indianized. They are also very brutal - considering the 'offenses' made by the victims.
  4. The Karate fight was atrocious - supposed to be one of the highlights.
  5. The detective work was uninspiring - eventhough it drew from Indian.
  6. Eventhough the movie tries to convince us with logic - I cannot agree to the solution of killing people for these small errors. The movie tries to tell us how these small errors add up to total anarchy, but I think the solution is to make small changes in each of our behaviors so that they add up to total transformation. Killing people who take bribes at least makes logical sense (though I do not agree to that as well, personally), but this is really pushing it.
  7. Anniyans antics are way overexaggerated at some places (that fight in the gutter for instance)
  8. Remo was an addendum which could have been avoided. It does show case Vikram's acting skills though.
  9. Songs: they are dazzling and lavish, and good - but none of them were really required in the movie. So much money was pumped into these songs - they could have been used in the movie. Being a good craftsman he is, Shankar needs to take a cue from people like Bala and Maniratnam on how to use songs in movies without interrupting script flow. For example, a theme song for this movie would have really added punch to the movie.
  10. The 'forumla' Shankar used to cookup the movie can be clearly seen as we watch the movie.

I probably would have enjoyed this more if it came from a different director. I guess my expectations from Shankar screwed up some of the enjoyment. For me, the scariest part is that I have stopped looking forward to the next movie from him. I'll still watch it, but I don't think it will have the same excitement which I felt for Anniyan. If the next movie focuses on killing people who do mistakes, I think it's done-deal!!

I guess it's Bala and MR for me then :)

Sunday, July 10, 2005

TIO / TbI / TiS

9th July 2005

I am listening to thiruvAsakam by ilaiyarAja (இளையராஜாவின் திருவாசகம்) currently. From the reports, this effort appears to be a very big commercial success.

My happiest news will be when the following happen:

  • The project breaks even - when Sankar Kumar and Fr. Jegath are able to repay all their loans with no hassles
  • When this project becomes an example and an inspiration for future efforts like this

International recognition for this album including this album being played at concerts around the world will be an added bonus :)

As far as the album goes - I am not writing a review, since I cannot. I'll just give my salutations ('Namaste's) to:

நமசிவாய வாழ்க, நாதன் தாள் வாழ்க,

இமைப்பொழுதும், என்நெஞ்சில் நீங்காதான்தாள் வாழ்க!

These are the verses that made me cry - in pain, joy and something beyond.

Hail hail! I sing hail hail!

Hail hail! Grateful hail hail!

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Reflection and Inspiration - 18th May 2005

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step"
- Lao Tzu
Lao Tzu is one of my favorite masters, though I know very little about him. I know most of what I know about him from Osho, who loves Lao Tzu.
This quote from Lao Tzu is a reminder to live in the present moment. Even if you plan to reach the stars, your journey starts from where you are right now. This moment is the only space where you can actually do something.
This quote is very unappealing to the ambitious mind. The mind would like to cover ten thousand miles in one stride. Lao Tzu asks us to take one step. However grand your vision, go step by step, with patience and the destination is there - just a step away!
Ever since I read this quote, on a board for advertising, this got stuck in my head. So simple, yet so profound - just like any Truth.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Favorite Quote - 30th Mar 2005

All the buddhas of all the ages have been telling you a very simple fact: Be — don´t try to become. Within these two words, be and becoming, your whole life is contained. Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.

- Osho

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Reflection and Inspiration - 12th Mar 2005

Keep your spine erect. The rest of your body must be loose.

- Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
This was Jaggi's way of telling to live in a way that is both serious and playful at the same time. Serious enough to stay on the path without getting lost in the way, and playful so that the journey does not become a burden. Swaying to either extreme will become detrimental to progress, and the key is to maintain the balance. If I must sway some way, I would prefer to sway towards the playful end. Maintaining this balance requires awareness, since it is more convenient to drop it all and just be associated with one aspect. This balance is a highwire act, and is more like an art. Jaggi gives a live demonstration all the time.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Reflection and Inspiration - 2nd Mar 2005

With sex, you are only trying to make something else a part of you. By now, you have enough experience to know it will never work. With eating, you are successful in making something outside of you a part of you. Eating one morsel of food in full consciousness can cause you to explode into oneness. As your consciousness grows higher, a single breath is enough to move you into oneness. So when you eat, eat respectfully with as much involvement as you can.

- Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
This was a revelation to me. I had never thought of eating in this way. With sex, even without experience, I know it doesn't work - definitely not permanently :). With eating, I have thought of it as - "something else that is living is dying to make you live", and that is enough to make me feel respectful. But many times, I have lost this awareness and eat as a way of filling my body. Many times, I also eat watching TV. After hearing Jaggi speak, I made two decisions - to eat only when I am hungry, and to eat with as much consciousness as the moment allows.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Reflection and Inspiration - 1st Feb 2005

When the student is ready, the teacher always appears.
- Unknown
This has been my experience. Ever since I've been observing this, I've always had teachers who told me what I needed at that time for my life.
This is an incredible account of factors that empower us and disempower us. Caroline has the gift of connecting seeming unrelated things and putting them together in a fashion that gives us the sense of listening to a fable.

Monday, January 31, 2005

Current Favorite Movies

My current favorite movies


  • American Made - short movie about an Indian family in America, struggling with a conflict in values. Available from Spiritual Cinema Circle
  • Ocean's Twelve - Steven Soderbergh
  • vishwa tulasi - Sumathy Ram
  • Se7en - David Fincher - The chilling story of a psychopath (or an extremely intelligent but unforgiving, unflinching man) who kills people who are each guilty of the seven sins - gluttony, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and wrath. Two detectives try to hunt down this man - will they be successful? The script of this movie is very tight, with details worked down to very fine levels.


Friday, January 28, 2005

Favorite Quote

Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best!
- Henry Van Dyke

Current Favorite Books

My current favorites in books

  • Fire in the heart by Deepak Chopra
  • Original Wisdom - Stories of an ancient way of knowing by Robert Wolff
  • Sacred Contracts - by Caroline Myss

Current Favorite Music

My current favorites in music

  • vizhiyum vizhiyum from Chaturangam - Vidyasagar - ?? - Harini and Madhu Balakrishnan
  • Gladiator - Battle Theme - Hanz Zimmer
  • tharisA kedakkura from Neranja Manasu - Karthikraja - Snehan - Karthikraja (really beautiful song - only sour point being KR's tamil pronounciation)
  • enna petha Athannu from Karagattakkari - Ilaiyaraja - Ilaiyaraja - Ilaiyaraja (triplet :) )
  • gummiyadi from Chellamae - Harris Jeyaraj - ?? - Sandhya
  • nenjam ellAm from Aayudha ezhuthu - Rahman - Vairamuthu - Adnan Sami, Sujatha
  • He's back from Spiderman 2 - Danny Elfman
  • machan pEru madhura from madhura - Vidyasagar - ?? - Shankar Mahadevan
  • arjunaru villu - Vidyasagar - Kapilan - Sukhwinder Singh, Manikka Vinayagam (really great tune. Lyrics are little violent, but are very good in many places. I wish that someone other than SS had sung this song - his tone borders mockery at some places)
  • Stinking cigar closing titles - Srikanth - Udhaya Kuzhandhaivelu - Alisha (wow!! This is an amazing song and sounds very professional. This is from a short movie directed by Arun and composed by Srikanth. You must check this out)
  • sandai kozhi from Sullan - Vidyasagar - Na Muthukumar -Shankar Mahadevan. I think it is a standard now that all dappanguthu songs must be sung by SM. The use of an urumi like instrument when the chorus sings "aye sulla vaa sulla" really gets the adrenaline pumping!! Lyrics are OK overall, but during the pallavi, they give a real 'pettai song' feeling. Vidyasagar really stands out with his composition of these numbers.

 
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