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.

 
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