Who Am I : An Ultimate Aspect

I, you and we were at the question asking ourselves, “who am I..?” Well there are lot of things which will answer this question with sound and justifiable explanation. Physics will name you the big bang whereas the biology will crown you as an organism made of cell blocks who managed to survive on this race on Earth by the Darwin’s principle. There are many more explanation but there is one ultimate aspect that gets through all of this.

ShreeKrishna says,” look around you.., in every particle of sky and earth, in fragrance of flowers, in colors of rainbow, in noise of chirping birds and thundering clouds, in the cool breeze and showering rain, in the stars and seas. I am everywhere and in everything. Besides, peek inside yourself and you will find me there. Once you find me there, you will see me everywhere and so do to yourself. In each particle of sky and Earth, in fragrance of flo…”

This doesn’t defy the science, instead it engulf all of it in best simple way. We don’t need to know who we are because if we understand the true meaning of existence of every thing around and our own, it will enlighten the mind with answer. There is no We in this world but what actually matters is our actions, deeds, choices we make and karma we forge in whole lifetime.

There is no point in searching who we are. Mortally, there are lot of explanations to support but they won’t define us for real. In short, Geeta states that we don’t need to search our identity because it gets on building up invisibly as we continues to walk down the path of karma. Life and Time doesn’t remember is for who we are but it does based on what we do. Our actions could cast either a legacy or an dark legend. Indeed we have got the steering wheel on the path, which means we gets to decide our definition by the choices and decisions we make along it and thus the answer of our very first question, who am I…

I AM WHAT I DO…!

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A Right Way to Fight

We are a nation which has went through all sort of political apocalyptic conditions throughout the history. Time flew away and so did all the empires ruling over us, but that didn’t happened just out of nothing. It cost us many fights worth of lives against every ruler. British laid down their posterior on our lands for 3 centuries but their time came to an end as well. From there on, our progress towards democratic governance took steps and leaps. The damage done in this paradoxical period was unnerving; social, economical and moreover psychological damage done to this land over the span was deep and it took hard work and great efforts of our masons to build a firm infrastructure of our nation’s building. Despite that, we are still a developing country. In our nation, there are lots of problems and uneven businesses in every field. It causes events of unjust and hence procreates the feeling of being treated unfairly. There are lot of unbalanced flow of services and rights and power. One gets more than what he deserves whereas the worthy stays empty handed. At such times, anger takes the front line command ( & it can be termed obvious if seen through the natural behavioral instincts of animals). We think that this will pull out some solution and we do think so because it had already worked effectively in past, many times. Hitler did it and so the Bhagatsingh. Brut-Force. But is that really justifying..??

I don’t think so. I deny that fighting is only way to get through the problems we are facing. Even if anyone told me to accept and affirm my opinions with ongoing actions by instating a point that it was this rough way which made Hitler a conquerer (well, almost..) and helped India gain freedom from Brit’s; there is one big difference. One major point which makes this way least feasible.

Hitler did it over people whom he termed as outcasts and he did so to be a dictator. Yes, Bhagatsingh and others certainly did attacked police and broke into the offices, but they did it over those people who they thought, and who actually were dictators. In this case of both, one wanted to be a dictator whereas other struggled to eradicate dictator; one did it for his own glory and other chose similar way to bring glory to his people and land.

Here, let Hitler rest in peace as we are not on that side. Let’s get to our freedom fighters who did fighting, tough one. I can agree upon their actions, I do. But it doesn’t have to be agreeable in present time also because there aren’t the same things around now as there were in previous century.

Are we up against any dictator or whether we are looking to be one..? if YES then it’s ok to have this anger and subsequent actions incurring out of that furious rage. But if the answer is no, ( and obviously it’s no because unlike Bhagatsingh we are not fighting for our people; instead we are fighting with our people.) And if NO ( which means we are on same page about this) then we all truly need to introspect. Who we are fighting with… & How we are fighting..?

We are not fighting Moghuls or British anymore. We are an independent and free nation and we, the citizens of this free land are fighting with ourselves. We are fighting with the same people to whom we address as brothers and sisters in our national pledge. I ain’t against fighting for rights, not at all. One must stand for his rights. But here my point being is, how we are fighting. We can not expect to win the race if our hands and legs are fighting and chopping down each other, similarly we can’t expect our country, our nation, our town to grow and progress if we, the constituent elements of it are fighting and quarreling each other. This fight could use more tangible and ethical weapons which will give effective results and these weapon can be forged correctly if we channel our anger in right direction.

How many of us gets stirred by unjust and rather than breaking windshields, picks up book to get into that administrative service which lets unfair thing happen to people. How many of us hate corruption and still gives 100 rupees illegally to traffic police without any hint of regret but instead, having joy of saving 500 rupees of legally fined charge. I’ve done the same, twice till now which obviously puts me in no position of giving such ‘big’ talk (but again I thought that talking is better than shut mouth and closed eyes). We have anger to burn down buses and put the tyres on fire but we don’t have same fury within to set ourselves on the other track to achieve the same goal. We blame politicians and their corrupt profiles and also comment on what they should do and don’t. We know better that what is good for people and what not and we can give our words and knowledge real meaning if we choose to act upon them. We can stop that inflaming blame-game and get down in the ground (participating in politics) to do what we want in an ethical and solid way.

If we are fighting in this new updated approach rather than hurting and spicing up the wounds, every corner will shine brighter than it does now and our nation will see new heights.

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[ I didn’t write it as if I am stating universal fact. No…, it’s only my opinion (& yes, it is justifiable..! that’s why I dare put them in words) I would like to know other aspects and opinions too ]

Who Am I : Aspect 1

So the question was, WHO AM I..? And one of the aspect which struck my mind like lightening was the physics, broadly the science and so the thoughts went whirling down in the depths of it.

Billions and billions years ago, when there was nothing except of….nothing itself, a sudden and extremely powerful burst of energy erupted from a tiniest particle and then within the fraction of second, the universe as we see it today emerged through it, the big bang. from that moment the time started to tick and space started to expand with the clouds of only hydrogen all over filled randomly in it. Gradually, these gaseous cloud particles gathered due to gravitational attraction to form dense bodies which over millions of years later turned into hot burning star. With continuous gravitational pull inside their core and the ongoing nuclear reaction, a stage came where they exploded releasing very high energy and the new element into the space. Again these gases reformed into star and then exploded creating another different element. Helium, Carbon, Nitrogen etc. all the elements that we see in periodic table today were created through these dying, exploding stars. The universe spent its billions of years just in this firecracker show of forming elements. Subsequently, the galaxies and solar systems formed including our dear earth. 4 billion years ago the birth of earth took place followed by the first life, then second and then on and on. An era came when we, the humans evolved and started to roam the earth. With consistent struggle, humans managed to survive and today here we are, most advanced and intelligent species on earth.

If we looked at ourselves we will find out that our body is made of elements such as calcium, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, phosphorous etc. Now roll back to billions of years, starbursts; the phenomenon which formulated all these elements of which we are composed. We are the descendants of the stars, the stars which exploded to turn into us. If seen in little more depth, we will come to know that from where do these stars came from. Something unknown triggered the big bang, this big bang created stars and hence all the elements. Further down on this road these elements have formed us.

So who am I..?

A Star, The Universe or The Big Bang.

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Aspect 2 follows…

( Please comment your own thoughts, feel free..! Thank you.)

Who Am I : A Question

In this our world filled with infinite amazements, we humans are the greatest amongst all of them. We were born, we grew and we lived, we still are doing. Our very existence has reigned over millions of years. Back from the monkeys to stone age and thereafter. We endured through all this span and evolved to the stage what we are today. We have built a world of our own, a society with all sort of layers in which we live. Our work, our job, our profession and our background defines our identity in the society. This is how we introduce ourselves to the world & this is what we are known to the world. But is that it? Are we really just a doctor, a student, a wife, a man or is there anything else related to us; something that could specifically define who we are.

And then there it comes, a question asked to ourselves. This one question can create pretty big chaos in our minds if processed seriously within the close cells of our brain. The question asks us who we are, it makes me ask myself who am I..? and when I tried to reach out for the answer I was left with nothing but a clumsy storm of confusing thoughts in the head. This question has been debated all over from old ages to modern days, from religious to scientific aspect and from here to there. Obviously every question is supposed to have answers and this will have too. But before getting to that point there will certainly be some opinions of our mind, our own ones. And hence I had some boiling in my head with the heat of this ‘who am I’ question and many steamy opinions came out of it. Here I will spill out the various thoughts I had, one by one. They might not be correct (obviously!) but they indeed project my perspective about it.

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INNER CIRCLE

If we are to talk about a person’s life or the impact that he or she has over others lives, then a concept of circle is best to explain it.

Every person has a effect of his existence on others. That we will term as a circle. It’s same as the halo around the moon in night sky. This circle’s radius depends on the person and how he/she is to others, his/her attitude and feelings. The radius grows larger as our weight or impact in society increases. Mahatma Gandhi has this circle with vast radius that it enclosed all country within. A normal person has this radius covering his family, friends, relatives etc. But this is a outer circle that the world can see. It includes all the good and bad, desired and undesired, direct & indirect things of our lives. It simply denotes how much people are there in our life, considering any possible way of their relevance.

But,

There is a circle which defines how much people we are actually having in our life. It’s the circle containing those people that we choose, prefer or love to have around. It’s not like the outer circle in which the same is done by time or the circumstances. Everyone have this inner circle which cannot be seen easily. In short it is the power house which backs up us with the strength to stand firm. “He/she is there for me!” Even if we slipped down from the track or went on the wrong way, there is a trust in our mind reinforced by this circle which assures that they will be there for us, to support, to stop, to bring us back.

One who have this inner circle strong, they are the most fortunate. The people in inner circle knows a real you, they accept just as we are and not that only, they strive to mend our mistakes and bad habits while keeping the core untouched. They are not just supportive to us, no. They are going to pick you up even when you are dirty and stained, no matter how low we have fallen they come for us, love us despite the past of misdeeds and lend a hand to come out of that pitfall. The inner circle holds onto us in better or worse.

Now drawing this inner circle is not an overnight recipe nor as similar to the outer circle. In outer circle we can use money, charisma, attitude or even dynastic legacy to add up to it’s radius but for inner circle these won’t work.

Whatever we truly are since the childhood and the way we have kept ourselves tied to people around is the point of worth in constructing the inner circle. It’s not about winning people’s mind. Money can’t show it’s magic at this inner side. It’s about entrusting our faith and soul in their heart. It’s like, “what you gives, it comes back to you.” In other words, if we have a strong inner circle, it means we are also a part of somebody’s inner circle; life reciprocates..!

The stars of the inner space could be anyone. Someone has his/her best friend from childhood, sometimes it’s mother or the sibling, it could be uncle or teacher. They are those to whom we choose to have along and at the same time they approve to hold our hand. It’s more like duplex communication. These people in the inner circle never lie to each other nor they keep secrets. No masks and pretending acts. They don’t need to make calls or meet regularly to have grasp on their bond. They harbour faith in each other, they know that no matter how far away they are from each other there will always be that invisible strings between them.
This inner circle never lingers with suspicion on our actions because they know us like an open book. They never need to say cheering words for us because we know they have got our back all the time. This trust is the frame of the inner circle.

The person who limits the radius of inner circle to zero has to keep his deep griefs and secrets within himself/herself as there is no one with him inside to whom he/she can confide them. A day comes when the secrets and griefs and sorrows pile up so high that it’s burden starts to collapse on the person itself giving him/her the depression and anger. They gets lost in those dark tunnels of mind thereby becoming more and more lonely.

Isn’t it better to have a lamp when the darkness fall, a hand to hold when ground tremble and a soul when our own tether. Explore or build the inner circle of own and we will never find ourselves lonely, not even in afterlife.

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(Translated, reformed and reposted from anonymous post)

PLAY OF CHAOS

Hundreds of years ago, a futurist and philosopher called Nostradamus had predicted, “Humans are having a primal instincts of survival and dominance which make them one amongst the animals who can harm others to continue the tyranny.” Humans did all as the words had described or better say, words described the exact nature of humans. Since the begining of socialised living of humans thousand years ago, this tradition of being a ruler has been rolled down to present day without any change to it. In older days, tribes fought tribes, nations fought nations in the name of kings. Although there was a good reason of freedom and rights, another aspect of it always wore a glimpse of power to rule. Not all the people were bad but some of them who came forward by gaining control of remaining others definitely mirrored the evil within their minds. Such powerful rulers who craved for more power crushed the weak ones under their merciless dominance. Throughout the history, these wars for being superior amongst other have been distinguished part of human race. From Alexander to Auranzeb, from Huns to Hitler and America to Russia. For every one of them, the power meant everything.
The words of that old wise man were reciprocated and recalled loudly after the world wars. The British empire over India, Cruelty unleashed by Nazis upon Jews had underlined the crave of dominance that could go to any height and depth to maintain their unresolvable thirst of high seat. After the 50’s although the war by tanks and vessels seemed to calm down in most of the world, the new era of the fighting for the power has risen. Cold war amongst two nation broke out, war between once united country for the acquiring the land sparked many wars but later the improvising sanity and globalization helped to stiffle these open fights. But as said before about the unresolvable thirst, it was growing and boiling to spread it’s anarchy over the world once again. Secured borders put constraints on it but it was just for a while. When people thought that there is going to be peace afterwards, just then the worm of this dominance lying inside the humans came out of its temporary dormant state and headed to squirm within the boundaries, within the country. The only thing which diversified the united country, (alright let me be specific) our country India was religion and thus these infectious minds chose it to create chaos within it. Such handful of maniacs came out of holes and started to spit about about religions. They modified history and altered the philosophy just to boost up their campaign to decentralize the creed. The people who were under the influence began to heat up the air for another religion. The hatred grew larger and just by the law of action to reaction, the religious fight club formed the sections far sooner. People who once stood side by side for country to exhibit the power of unity now began to fight with each other so as to behold the earned empire. Religion became the shield to cover up the agendas of their leaders. That lunacy coming out of influential minds polluted the minds of peoples who believed and followed them. The sight became hazy and then it began. Brother began slaughtering brother, once who stood side by side to be powerful and free began to stiffle the breaths of each other. Just like the bamboo plants, you chop down it once and soon it sprouts out of the roots again. Similarly the infection of minds began to spread all over. The mindset about rivalry has proliferated so much that it swept and pushed the goodness in a side corner. If one pot of boiling soup went cool, these lunatics fired it up by adding a new spice and new fuel because it was the way for their dream dish to cook perfectly.
The same had happened since the ages and has just happened few days ago, originated in Koregaon Bhima. The spark of war between two groups was fired up by someone from this type of dominators. They picked a sensitive string which joined two religious group in harmony and then simply snatched it until it broke. That’s it, sooner the fight between those groups began and spread all over the country. No one knew exactly what happened, why happened but they still fought with each other. Why..? Just to keep the chest puffed with the hollow pride that has been incinerated in their minds. No one was right and no one was innocent out of them. They are guilty of fighting up against the own peoples without knowing why they are doing all that. Shivaji Maharaj had built the foundation of modern Maharashtra. He struggled his life so that all people could live together in peace and harmony. He never ever put limits to society under the name of cast and creed. And now here we are, letting his Maharashtra fall apart in the religious rivalries and fights. The people who invoke us to fight for religion are actually having no concerns with religion. They just use it as a drug to booze our mind and we get high on that.
This has to stop. The fight of India and Pakistan, Hindu and Muslim, so called upper class and lower class. There is no way we are going to be great if we are crawling and fighting in such degraded level. We have to come out of the grip of those so called leaders who push us in the field to fight for no reason except their crave for power, politics and influence. No religion has ever said to fight and slaughter for keeping itself at apex position. Religion were made to make humans live a life with morals and values, instead we are going nowhere in that direction.

This has stop or sooner we will put each other to an end while the devil will enjoy watching this play of chaos go as per his plan.

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THE CLOUDED SUN

If we consider ourself as a plant then the family acts as our roots which keeps us merged in the soil of society, equally importantly, there is the sun which helps to grow the plant by providing the ray of knowledge to live a life with moral and values. This sun is nothing but teachers in our life. They nourish our mind with the things that not even our instincts can teach. They make us understand the great things without disturbing the cords of the brain.

There was a day, almost 2000 thousand years ago when the great universities such as Nalanda and Takshashila has reigned over the world through the kind of brilliance it radiated. The teachers there were the power house of those enlightening hubs where the students from almost half of the world came to seek the knowledge and learn. Education was considered as sacred at that time and hence the institutions were always funded above the margin. Teachers at these universities were the only higher controlling power, they get to decide which things to teach, how to teach, whom to teach. They also knew the changes or updates required in education over time. They did it and made that Indian era as most brightened in history of world.
Later as the time passed as it always do, the things begin to change but they weren’t in favour of good aftereffects. The passing time came up with the commercialisation and it did not spared the education system either. The power from the hands of teacher was withdrawn and handed over to the ‘head’ of institutes, clearly the business and politics which has been kept separate for ages from education has intruded in it. The tycoons realized the potential of business in education & they erected institutions and colleges, one after another. The trend proliferated so rapidly that it almost buried down the actual concept of education along with the importance of teachers. They earned money in the name of educational service and left teachers poorly compensated. The caring government also devised a system to control and design the format of education to be taught across university, state and even country. They formed a syllabus 10 years ago which is still being used & won’t change for decades either. These two factors when intermingled with each other, it literally blew up the soul of education. The illiterate ones gained the seat to dominate the brilliant minds. The old brains sitting in lush offices far away started to devise a unified syllabus for different kind of students. In this process, the potential of students and power of teachers were neglected and hence, the ship of education began to sink down in the abyss of intellectual anarchy. The sun was clogged behind the dark clouds and the tiny plant withered for the light but it didn’t came, it”s still happening. This market is ruining the quality of education, future of students and abilities of teachers.

If we wish to see our plant grow, the sun needs to rise back to it’s glory so that the genuine knowledge can be imparted without any restrictions. Teachers create professionals and thus the future. To avoid the sad demise of wisdom, this crucial play must be stopped or the future of next generation will halt in nowhere.