Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Myers-Briggs Personality Test

Click on the title link.

The results are very interesting and accurate (for me).

The test is based on Carl Jung's work on personality types. What I understand is that each human mind is "conditioned" though a lot of experiences, ideas, opinions. What Jung has done is to classify these conditioned patterns into 16 types. There are four primary drivers - communication disposition ( Introversion / Extroversion), sensory disposition (Sensory / Intuitive), analytical disposition (Thinking / Feeling), judgemental disposition (Judging / Perceiving). Each driver is predominant in a human, so 16 combinations are possible. ISTJ, ISFJ, INFJ, ISTP and so on.

I am not qualified enough to say if additional drivers are possible, but from a broad perspective, this classification seems sufficient. I feel that learning the personality type of people we commonly relate with (project mates, family members) provides an additional perspective into their behavior and will allow more awareness for people to accept others' behavior when it seems outlandish or just odd.

Now things become very interesting when seen from a Spiritual context. Spirituality is concerned with 'being out of your mind' (literally) :). But most of us are identified with our mind and hence our personality type. As we go deeper on the spiritual path and learn to dis-identify with our BMW (Sadhguru used this term for Body Mind World!!), I feel the "personality" and hence the "personality type" begins to change. That will result in interesting behavior changes as the behavior will reflect situational context. I wonder, how accurate the test would be when some one like Sadhguru or Eckhart Tolle takes the test. I think the test will not even apply!!

For me, I would say that the test was quite accurate.

E=6 Extraversion
I=5 Introversion
S=3 Sensing
N=17 iNtuition
T=4 Thinking
F=15 Feeling
J=3 Judging
P=16 Perceiving
You are an ENFP

At one different time, I got an INFP. Looking at the numbers above, I guess it is on the border of INFP */ ENFP *.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Kinesiology, Dr Hawkins and Calibrations...

Of all the topics "out there", I find the concept of determining "Truth vs Falsehood" through kinesiology most interesting and baffling.

Part of the bafflement is how Dr Hawkins is portrayed, both by himself and by several of his admirers / followers. When you read / listen to his work, you get the feeling he is "enlightened" - btw, this is a logical conclusion, not intuitive.

But then, so many other errors, inconsistencies or just a plan uneasy feeling of "something is not right" creeps in.

I see a lot of truth and application for the concept of his "Map of Consciousness". Each level of truth / calibration has it's own "hum" or "frequency". I can sense this in more than one occasion. For instance, watching "Hearts in Atlantis" and "The Insider", I can feel the former at a higher vibrational frequency - or in other terms it calibrates higher. This is reflected in so many situations, meeting people, objects we interact with, words we use, attitudes we demonstrate and so on. I guess, most of us are / were intuitively aware of this fact, but it took Dr Hawkins to come up with this crystal clear mapping to show where each one exactly fits. I was, and still am, so much caught up in this.

Where things get a little disturbing are with the actual calibrations that DH comes up with and bases so much of his conclusions upon. Some of these appear totally counter intuitive to me. For example, he calibrates JK at under 200 (which is not even integrous if you look at his map). If you have ever read JK, you will know that it is just not true. Ditto with Osho. Also, calibrating people at a certain level is a little discomforting, because people don't behave the same way at all times. We are compassionate some times (500+), logical some times (400-500) or just plain afraid (100 or so). It was very striking to see DH come up with a logic to calibrate Einstein at 499 (the border of logic and love). Yet it was the same Einstein who said, "There are two ways to live your Life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." (a deeply Spiritual way to look at Life). Read the quotes here and it will be clear that he was not some one who was stuck in logic. We can also discuss a few other examples - like Eckhart Tolle. Personally for me, he was / is one of the deepest imparters of truth and possesses amazing clarity and insight into things. He is calibrated at 240 (LOL) while, I personally would calibrate his "The Power of Now" at 600+.

In summary, I feel that DH's work on the calibrations (the concept, the map) is very deep and insightful. I am grateful for this contribution. But he as a person is not free of biases, judgments and errors. His "Power vs Force" is very deep and insightful work, but I would like to treat him like a scientist who comes up with something but he himself is not free of biases and judgments. See this link for one more instance (of course, this is personal and subjective).

And the technique itself is something that I cannot come to a conclusion upon. For now, I just have my intuition to rely upon. There is no way (at least not in my current awareness) that I can vouch for something that comes up with an "objective number irrespective of my current opinions or feelings" on any given topic / subject - more so given the above discrepancies I see.

I would continue to go to DH for his future work, but I guess there ends the fascination I had with the "person".

Math with Verizon cust reps...

Too much mud slinging on the reps, but do read this - it IS funny. Click on the title link and read the blog from the bottom. Also hear the call on the YouTube link. Some one even says, 'This is a clear case for outsourcing...' :)

Friday, December 08, 2006

Cellphones and Cancer?

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=2702500       

 

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Acceptance?

Quite often we speak about acceptance. This particular word is at high-risk of being cliched (in line with God, Life, Karma and other words) where the meaning behind the word is lost and the word becomes just a label.

A few days back, when travelling through Kotturpuram (near Adyar, Chennai), I noticed that many trees had been stumped out (meaning completely cut out but just the trunk of the tree stood out). The drive used to be beautiful with the roads lined with rain trees in a line. I am not very clear about the thought process about this decision, who authorized them and so on, because the road is not being expanded either.

It was raining at Chennai at that time. One startling sight was that many trees had started sprouting again. They had survived the cut and had started growing with the rain's support.
Think of the biggest disgrace you can go through. And accepting that as it is and starting from there - this one aspect touched such a deep chord within me, that I find it difficult to place in words. Of course, it looks like this aspect is provided by Nature to trees and animals because their's is an unconscious sort of acceptance, because they cannot be any other way. However, it is such a humbling experience to witness this, because I cannot but help correlating this with the fuss I and many people make during many occasions for trivial things. Some times, this might be associated with the pain body (courtesy: Eckhart Tolle / The Power of Now / The New Earth), but even otherwise, this is how the ego is is - 'endlessly grumbling on' :).

We humans could learn so much by witnessing Nature - plants and animals.

PS: It is not that I had to witness a tree being cut down to learn acceptance. The same lesson can as easily be seen by witnessing a flower dancing in the wind. What I saw was just an example of how unconscious and insensitive our day-to-day behavior in this world is.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Race among FM Stations...

Suddenly, from 107.1 only, there are already 5/6 FM stations just for Tamil folks.

Without exception, the driving force in airing content is TFM (tamil film music). That being the case, the differentiator would have to be the presentation (surrounding the content) and the quality of broadcast.

In terms of presentation, I think Mirchi (98.3) is a clear winner. They seem to keep coming up with innovative ways to present content. Their flagship RJ seems to be 'Suchi' (Hello Chennai). I've seen that Sun FM (93.5) Jockeys try to mimic the cool nature of the Mirchi RJ's in their presentation, but don't seem to quite pull it off :). Hello FM (106.4) has one RJ who even tries to modulate her voice to sound like Suchi (hope it's not Suchi freelancing!!).

In terms of quality of broadcast, 106.4 rocks. 98.3 is good as well. Don't know what sets the sound apart - the quality of broadcasting equipment?

It would take something radical to come out of the TFM mode, but I suspect nothing else keeps the audience glued to radio other than this. May be some time before that happens.

Sachin / Lara - An endless debate?

With Lara getting to his double ton, there is a fiery debate on our company bulletin board about who is the better player around (other being Sachin of course).

It turns out that a panel of “experts” in cricinfo debated on the same topic (Sanjay Manjrekar, Tony Greig, Ravi Shasthri, John Wright, Ian Chappell) and decided on Lara.

For nearly fifteen years, these two stalwarts have stood on solid ground with their greatness diminishing very little. So many players passed by them, Waugh twins, P A De Silva, Saeed Anwar, Jayasuriya – we can pile a longer list – these two players have stood steady. But if asked to pick the top two players (batsmen) from the modern cricket era, I am sure 98% of the people will pick these two, though the ordering within will change.

At 37, getting a double ton in such an authoritative fashion is astonishing. Says a lot about this man’s greatness.
At 33, with about four years to go I assume, a statistical record that makes you gasp in disbelief. Says a lot about this man’s greatness.

Why would one choose between the two, when collectively there is so much treasure to be savored?

Eventually, the conclusion of a Lara / Sachin debate is subjectively decided and I don’t think any single person can win this.

However, if you were to choose, whose side will you be in? I vote for Lara for the only reason that I think he handles on field pressure better than Sachin. The other (subjective) preference is that I feel there is a touch of arrogance about his on-field disposition that makes it very magnetic to watch. That single 153* against Australia will be a torch bearer to this capacity of his. Sachin still has a long career before him and has the talent to add more feathers to his cap. May be by the end of his career, he would have done enough to shut Lara idolizers up.

I would hate to choose between the two, but if you insist, my vote goes to Lara.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Lara Rocks!!!

Wow, his resilience is amazing. Already @ 196, hope he goes for a very big one. With Tendulkar, he would be remembered as a modern day cricket stalwart for a long time to come.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Ban on non-Iodised Salt?

Click on the title link...

I wasn't aware of the ban either.

Basically, I too feel it doesn't make sense to impose a blanket ban on something especially when the ban is on something as basic as salt. A more sensible approach may be to clearly mark two kinds of salt packages indicating whether Iodine is included or not. I have seen this in the US. Salt containers without Iodine have the text 'This salt does not provide Iodine, a necessary ingredient'. It leaves the consumer to choose.

Our Government seems fond of making these kind of mass decisions without accounting for deeper repercussions - example, a blanket censor of blogs a few days back.

Monday, November 06, 2006

vattAram - வட்டாரம்

Since I watched the movie with very little expectations, was really surprised at the rock solid script. Personally for me, this movie marks the transition of Saran into the mainstream directors' list along with MR, Bala, Gowtham etc so I can look forward to his next movie.

The story really has only one thread - our hero rising to Don status in a gang starting from scratch. What really keeps you glued to the seat is the screenplay and some surprising twists in the plot. Saran is quite nonchalant in dishing out some heavy blows in the script without any build up - the murder of 'Ayira' for example.

As usual, since he has raised the bar by so much, I have to complain about needless usage of songs and using the herione (very pretty - I hear she's Lakme's brand ambassador) as a puppet. Her only job is running behind the hero in the hope of winning his heart.

The amount of research done on guns is commendable. Saran could have resisted the attempt to show off his research [:)]. Also commendable is Saran's decision to stick with Bharadwaj throughout most of his career. The chemistry seems to work out well. Some songs are quite evocative. BGM is not spectacular, but does the job.

It's pretty hard to beleive a drug dealer being shown as an idiot (falls for a simple trap of being told that the gun isnt loaded and shoots himself in jest).

Radha suggested that the title 'ariyAsanam' was better. It makes better sense when considering the story plot.

Overall, this movie is very close to being top-notch. I have to watch this again to get more of the nuances, I am sure I missed a lot. Dialogues for example. I am glad we decided to watch this movie over Vallavan and Varalaru.

To talk in Sun TV terms 'vattaram - ariyAsanam' :)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Isha Greenhands Meeting - 18th Oct 2006

Very few images evoke so much intensity in me as does seeing Sadhguru in the Namaste posture.

 

It turns out that Isha and the involved people had planted over 800,000 saplings over three days. It is also mind boggling to think about the amount of work that would have happened prior to the actual planting dates.

 

The meeting was a genuine celebration of some truly stupendous achievement. It would be a real crown for the effort if other states follow suit, and if Tamil Nadu intensifies the effort in the upcoming months.

 

I also got to meet another amazing personality, Nammazhvar. He has a very humble and gentle presence about him. I had to keep myself from crying on a few occasions, especially when he touched Sadhguru’s feet. Nammazhvar went on a journey by foot (called ‘pasumaikkarangaL pAdha yAththirai’) to spread awareness about the importance of trees to people. It is very rare to see people with genuine commitment to do something for both humanity and the environment.

 

Sadhguru’s discourse was very intense. He normally tones Himself down during public meetings but not so in this case. Rest of the speeches barring Nammazhvar’s were hot air (save Vairamuthu’s kavithai in the end). I think involving the CM and the Governer were part of Sadhguru’s insight to mobilize media attention.

 

Saturday, September 23, 2006

vEttaiyAdu viLaiyAdu - வேட்டையாடு விளையாடு

It's pretty difficult to write a balanced review for movie that evokes mixed responses.

Gautham - Harris Jeyaraj - Kamalhaasan is a winning combination. Gautam - HJ especially, they've managed to do a hat-trick (in Tamil). And what a performer Kamal is - barring the opening song, which Gautam acknowledged as having shot just for Kamal, the entire story unfolds solely for the script, and not for Kamal. Kamal has given himself totally to the script and gives a subdued performance (or that's the perception if you go into the theatre expecting some Kamal fare!!). That being the case, mustn't the script be strong enough to carry the movie for 2.5 hours+? Is it? Yep - hands down.

The story shoots off from Chennai, Madurai, New York, back to India. I guess Gautam can direct a Hollywood movie next - he shows enough technical proficiency to handle all the nuances required to script a rock-solid movie. One must also commend the way he has used American actors as part of the movie. The normal tendency is for the script to be made in a way that foreigners shower accolades on the Indian Hero all along. Gautam avoids all these temptations and sticks to his guns. I however feel that instead of showing all the gory details of a sadistic murder-rape-torture combo in progress, the weight of the event could have been shown merely through after effects (the english movie Seven does this pretty successfully). Gautam does tone it down, but it made me twitch in the seat uncomfortably. I was counting on Gautam's insight to shoot the movie this way, but it was a little sad to see him fall into this trap :(. Another related aspect that I don't understand - the movie has been rated U/A (meaning, children and allowed to watch the movie under adult supervision). I wonder how? This movie has everything - murder, torture, rape, violence, expletives (muted though). MPAA would have rated this movie 'R' at minmum. Anything more intense, this movie would have barged into the NC-17 territory. I will put this argument to rest now :)

There is no compromise on the dialogues as well - nothing tailored for the non-english speaking segments - I am sure the nature of the story (action packed thriller) keeps the audience glued. The amount of english (even by the non-American folks) would other wise have surely put off audience not knowing the language. In many places, Gautam uses the strategy of blasting through scenes to pack a lot of story in a very short time. This works very well, especially in the opening segment of the movie. So during time of intermission, it appears as if a lot of time has passed in the movie but is not actually so. A firm mark of a gripping thriller. However, I feel that this strategy during the climax is a put off. The audience (me definitely!!) would have liked a more prolonged climax to make the ending more satisfying. I think Gautam escaped by virtue of the surprise element he introduces in the end!!

Harris Jeyaraj appears loud in some instances, especially when the BGM takes off to a very high volume from a silent frame. Don't know if it is the theatre setting. But HJ is brilliant in setting the energy level in several scenes - ones unfolding in NY especially. Not much role for Jo - but it was refreshing to see a different story set, showing Jo as a divorced mother (Kamal did this in Mumbai Express, still so). I didn't like the villians, mainly because of the way they have been portrayed - can this be attributed as the movie's success? This feeling is pretty contrary to the way I felt about Kevin Spacey in Seven even though he was responsible for several brutal murders. I guess the screenplay makes the difference. My wish for Gautam is for him to move to a different genre (away from dada + encounter themes) and direct his talent there. After all, his first movie was a romantic comedy!!

Over all, what will you do with a bloody violent movie served in a top-notch technical package? I just don't know what to say :)

Dhyanyatra 2006

Sometimes some one else makes your life easy for you :)

Click on the title link.

No college friends with me though. Meet you again on 16th Oct!!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Hardship and Gratitude...

I was reading through this QA snippet between a questioner and Sadhguru.

Questioner:How do I use every opportunity, even every hardship that comes my way, as a stepping-stone for my growth, Sadhguru?

Sadhguru:How to use everything and everybody for your growth? First of all, you grow in gratitude, not in benevolence.....

The complete answer is here.

The thing that is difficult for me to grasp is, how can one be grateful when he/she is going through whatever hardship is happenning to him/her? Post all the changes, one can look back at whatever happened and see how it has helped them grow - that can be a trigger point for gratitude.

What blows me away in the above statement is the implementation aspect of what Sadhguru is talking about. I have read about a Master who used to thank God every night before sleep for the wonderful day He had been given. One day, He and His disciples where pelted by stones by a hostile mob and they had to go hungry all day. But the disciples were shocked to see the Master offer the same prayer to God that night as well. My question is, what is the Master's inner state that allows Him to be this way (genuinely grateful for what He is going through)?

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Child adopton policies and processes...

Ramya has written a great post on the child adoption policies and processes (and bottlenecks) in TN. (Click on the title link...)

Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Green Mile

A movie that offers so much for reflection.

Time and again, the history of humanity is filled with people who have inflicted hurt and death over other people, often for no good or trivial reasons. The incidents become more painful when the victims are innocent people. The pain becomes most acute when the victim blesses the aggressor with compassion (John Coffee).

The story is set in Louisiana during the 1935’s, when death sentences were carried out using an electric chair. The movie is uncompromising when it comes to displaying the details of the execution. Watching these scenes unfold raises several questions. Do we need to enforce the death sentence as capital punishment? Would “justice” be done with this act? Even so, is the method of execution considerate of the mental suffering undergone by the person being executed? In the US, the sentence is now carried out using poison instead of electric chairs. But yet, it is very humiliating to watch the execution carried out by staging it in front of an audience as a way of meting out “justice”.

Tom Hanks has a way of adding dignity to any character he plays - be it the portrayal of innocent Forrest (“Forrest Gump”), a HIV infected homosexual (“Philadelphia”) or a conscientious prison guard (this movie). All characters are neatly crafted in this powerhouse of a movie. The movie never deters from its focus, and neither does it compromise on the details, however painful or uncomfortable the situation (the execution of Eduard Delacroix for example).

One question that rings out very resoundingly at the end of the movie is – “Why are people so ugly towards each other?”

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Triplet for the weekend... :)

Ice Age

A very cute movie with realistic special effects. Since Ice Age 2 was out, I wanted to see this before IA2. Ray Romano's voice as Manfred was very nice - could recognize him instantly. At this point, I think the animation industry has evolved to the point where almost anything that can be conceived with vivid imagination can be brought to life the same way it was envisioned. IA is stunning in that aspect - the expressions on the characters' faces, textures (the flowing river for example), voices that suit the characters and so on. Another instance was when Manfred looks at the human lady with compassion, you can actually see it in his eyes - amazing case in point for how evolved the animation aspect is. It was a little difficult to conceive Sabre's as blood/revenge thirsty creatures, but I guess it is ok when we see them talking impeccable English :). You will also get to see why dodo's became extinct in this movie - in the real world, I suspect we humans had a hand (head?) to play in it. I do not know the name of the creature that was actually responsible for triggerring the IA (storywise), but poor thing, it never got to eat the nut even after 20000 years. It is also worth mentioning the thought of the movie makers to highlight human selfishness as a cause of animal destruction.

The Chronicles of Narnia

A fabulous movie to say the least. Another movie with spectacular special effects. As the credits roll on after the movie ends, the number of technicians who were part of creating the movie boggles the mind. Two aspects that really stand out after the movie end are Aslan's character (how majestic must a lion be? and how much wisdom must a sage exude? how would it be if both aspects where combined in one being?) and the background score for the movie (it really sizzles during the war scene). I really don't follow what the cupboard stands for - probably we can equate it to the human mind to say everything is in there - use it to create what you want. But for all purposes, you can set your logic aside and watch this movie. An enjoyable adventure into a fantasy-land.

Phenomenon

People who are used to seeing John Travolta as an action hero would probably be surprised at his performance in this movie. This movie is deeply spritual in the sense, it explores the possibilities of the human potential (this aspect would probably strike a chord very firmly with people who wonder how far the human brain can be pushed). Another telling aspect is in keeping John's (JT) character humble and caring even after he becomes a genius. The typical American genius is very egoistic (as we can see in several other movies - Core, Armageddon, Independance Day etc) - John comes as a refreshing and positive change in this movie. John (the director this time!!) should also be credited for not getting carried away too much by the premise of the movie - he portrays what he wants to very strongly without flying away too high. As a result, the movie flies high on several aspects. Another example would be the portrayal of human death and how we must take it with an open mind. All in all, this movie would be one where I can go back to if I need to be inspired at some point.

Monday, July 17, 2006

JK on Sadism...

"There is such a thing as sadism. Do you know what that word means? An author called the Marquis de Sade once wrote a book about a man who enjoyed hurting people and seeing them suffer. From that comes the word sadism, which means deriving pleasure from the suffering of others. For certain people there is a peculiar satisfaction in seeing others suffer. Watch yourself and see if you have this feeling. It may not be obvious, but if it is there you will find that it expresses itself in the impulse to laugh when somebody falls. You want those who are high to be pulled down; you criticize, gossip thoughtlessly about others, all of which is an expression of insensitivity, a form of wanting to hurt people. One may injure another deliberately, with vengeance, or one may do it unconsciously with a word, with a gesture with a look; but in either case the urge is to hurt somebody, and there are very few who radically set aside this perverted form of pleasure."

:-( - I wonder how many people can stand outside this circle as a witness to this process. But I certainly owe JK a grateful 'Thank you' for the reminder...

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Don't sweat the small stuff...

I happened to read this quote (taken out of context) by Keira Knightley (about her, we can have a separate discussion... :)) - "It's stupid shit. I don't freak out about anything that actually warrants a freak-out. That I can deal with. It's the little stuff I can't deal with."

I guess this comment applies to me too... I find that I am able to handle big things ok (being mugged!!!, break-ups!! and so on), but some small stuff really annoy me (being interrupted when I am talking, being asked to repeat something once more and so on...).

Does this apply to you? And any idea about the psychology of such behaviour?

Friday, July 14, 2006

Kahlil Gibran on Work

Picture from Kamat


Then a ploughman said, "Speak to us of Work."
And he answered, saying:
You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.
For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life's procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.
When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.
Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?
Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune.
But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,
And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,
And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life's inmost secret.
But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written.
You have been told also life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary.
And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,
And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,
And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,
And all work is empty save when there is love;
And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.
And what is it to work with love?
It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.
It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.
It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.
It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,
And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching.
Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep, "he who works in marble, and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone, is a nobler than he who ploughs the soil.
And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man, is more than he who makes the sandals for our feet."
But I say, not in sleep but in the over-wakefulness of noontide, that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks than to the least of all the blades of grass;
And he alone is great who turns the voice of the wind into a song made sweeter by his own loving.
Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger.
And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine.
And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man's ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.



My notes:
Absolutely spellbinding. I know not if "Work", or the quality of work rather, can be more eloquently described. And if one works this way, can we call it work as we know it in the traditional sense? It becomes a celebration, or a dance or even prayer. For me, working this way has been very few and far in between, but on the occasional moments it has happened, the experience has been beautiful. Contrary to draining me from energy that has seemingly been expended on the work, I have only experienced an increased surge that drives me more towards the same experience. Why then, do we not bring this quality of work into our day to day lives? We have habituated ourselves to a lazy and lukewarm pattern of living. It only takes the initial plunge before the work takes us over completely such that we are virtually possessed by it. If the entire mass of humanity were to develop this state of being, we would be living on a different planet altogether.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Crest of the wave...

I have a feeling that I am on the threshold of some major changes that are to come up in my Life. Yet, I also feel something inside me that is unchanging and can go through all change gracefully. Hoping that the latter prevails :)

The Secrets of an Inspirational Life...

Just finished listening to this CD program by Wayne Dyer. It's a great companion to his book about the same topic (yet to finish reading this though...). An inspiring way to be inspired :)

I suggest you read / listen to these as they provide a truly fresh prespective on our day-to-day existence.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

What is love?

What is love?

I think it is the feeling / realization that at some level, you and the other person / thing are one and the same.

All masters say that when there is Love, there is no fear. Fear is the absence of love. Should be good advice to remember when there is fear.

BTW, This question comes from a weekly email subscription that sends a question to ponder upon (click on the title link). I've found the questions to be very deep and penetrating.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

JK on Violence...

What takes place when you give complete attention to the thing that we call violence?—violence being not only what separates human beings, through belief, conditioning, and so on, but also what comes into being when we are seeking personal security, or the security of individuality through a pattern of society. Can you look at that violence with complete attention? And when you look at that violence with complete attention, what takes place? When you give complete attention to anything—your learning of history or mathematics, looking at your wife or your husband—what takes place? I do not know if you have gone into it—probably most of us have never given complete attention to anything—but when you do, what takes place? Sirs, what is attention? Surely when you are giving complete attention there is care, and you cannot care if you have no affection, no love. And when you give attention in which there is love, is there violence? You are following? Formally I have condemned violence, I have escaped from it, I have justified it, I have said it is natural. All these things are inattention. But when I give attention to what I have called violence—and in that attention there is care, affection, love—where is there space for violence?


JK is absolutely amazing. His incisive insight resolves everything through observation and awareness. Here, his perspective on violence again resolves the problem through awareness. If JK's entire life-teaching can be resolved to one word, it would be "awareness". However, in a violent state of mind, I wonder how easy it would be to be aware. When the blood boils for destruction, can a person sit and meditate? If he or she manages the feat, no doubt it would be a transformative experience. I guess, that is why Spiritual Sadhana is recommended for people who find it difficult to stay aware - or for that matter, for everyone, since it works at the energy level.

As a side note, it might help to stay away from bulk of our current movies... They really don't give much scope for the attention JK is calling for, do they? :)

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

A New Earth...

I am currently “reading”  “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle (meaning, listening to the audio book J )

One amazing section is where he talks about the pain body. I doubt if anyone has articulated this concept so clearly and deeply.

This book expands on his ‘The Power of Now’ – which was amazing in its own way.

Do read this book – if possible I suggest the audio version.

 

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Poseidon

The movie is grand, spectacular - and a lot of hard work went into this.

But something is missing in this movie... It never tugged emotions like Titanic did.
Hopefully, it doesn't become a massive effort that doesn't repay itself.

Monday, April 24, 2006

One man show...

Attended this last night (click on title link). Was a great show, not sure how many turned up, but looked like more than 10,000 people.

Several mags will probably write in detail about this show, so I will just update those links here at a later time.

Update - 5th May 2006:

http://tamil.cinesouth.com/specials/specials/ilayarajaspl.shtml
http://vicky.in/dhandora/?p=126
http://rajasaranam.blogspot.com/2006/04/blog-post.html

சண்டக்கோழி - saNdakkOzhi

Nothing much to write about this movie. Underlying theme is a rehash of Run, but in rural background.

Highlights are songs of YSR, Rajkiran's role (commands a lot of respect), and Meera Jasmine :). Also to mention thalaivAsal Vijay's make up. It took some time to recognize him.

The villian is irritating (character name Kasi).

Overall, watch it if you are THAT bored and have nothing else to do.

Happy birthday Sachin...

Hope to see you back soon, and in form!!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Anniyan - errata

Referring to my review of Anniyan - this movie actually has a separate theme track, though there are no vocals. You can see this on MIL's website. An actual theme song however would have been good.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Amazing match

I can't beleive the scorecard for this match. The record is going to stay for a long time before it is broken, if at all.

I wish this series comes out on DVD.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Paulie

Saw this movie yesterday. A very cute movie - probably worth watching more than once. There is no specific message that this movie gives, but there is a little bit of everything at several places in the movie - it is funny at instances, touching at some places and has something to say about how we live at some places. In any way, it is a very entertaining movie.
 
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