Kilroy was here

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 24, 2012 by Ande

Today it is a year since I wrote my first blog and I feel I have pretty much said everything I have thought, felt, observed or experienced J.

The path ahead is uncertain, but will leave you with a this thought till next time:

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.

– Buddha

Be aware not beware

Posted in Quotes with tags , , on June 24, 2012 by Ande

An old Cherokee is telling his granddaughter about a fight that is going on inside himself. He said it is between two wolves. One is evil: Anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.  The other is good: Joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The granddaughter thought about it for a minute and then asked her grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one I feed.”

 – Anonymous, old Cherokee fable

I always try to trace back to the origin of every thought, even the simplest one of them. That takes me to one of the wolves mentioned here and I can decide if I should feed it. Now, since I don’t necessarily care about the classification that one is evil and the other is good, all I want to do is be aware not beware of which wolf I am feeding J

Let it go

Posted in Quotes with tags , , on June 16, 2012 by Ande

Let us start by looking at some of the things David Henry Thoreau has said over his time:

I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.

What you get by achieving your goals is as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

Do you go to bed in your 3-piece suite or the evening gown? No, you undress before you slip under the covers.

What describes us – money or designation, friends or family, religion or spirituality? Then why don’t we strip all these before looking at ourselves?

So as we undress before going to bed, I say strip yourself of all the societal attributes and you might get to know who you really are 😉

Let, let it go

 I took a bite of freedom (it taste so sweet)

 Now that I know (my body’s being released)

 I can’t go back to who I was before

 I’m walking through this open door

– Brit & Alex

Question what you can

Posted in Walden with tags , , on June 3, 2012 by Ande

To expand on my previous blog “You are not what you think”, it is becoming increasingly difficult to pay attention to people’s actions, but rather try to figure out what was their intent. Albeit not a easy thing to do, but I feel that actions is more like thinking and intend is like feeling, and there could be a big disconnect between the two depending on the state of mind.

Who is the real person in this case? The duality exists without a doubt in everyone at some stage in life and sure there will be exceptions to it. There are people who have stayed or managed to get in touch with their feelings and don’t let the intelligence interfere. Now, does this have to be a deliberate action for all or can somebody be there naturally?

I am not very sure though about the degree of relevance, but there is this ongoing debate in my head about perception and reality, and I think that perception is more akin to the rational thinking and reality to our true feelings. Though a student of philosophy will never accept that reality can be known, but one can come close to knowledge, and still never really know it completely and absolutely J.

Everyone lives in a world that they have created out of their perceptions, but very few even venture out on the path of discovering reality, as most seem happy with the view that has been projected to them by the society and don’t want to question it.

What does reality give you? Is your approach to life going to change if you know what is real? Would it move you out of the comfort zone? A more perplexing one for me: What if a person who believes the facade and one who knows the reality end up living identical lives? So I say question what you can and go with the flow for the rest 😉 

Mirror mirror on the wall,

Posted in Quotes with tags , , on May 27, 2012 by Ande

who is the most reflective of them all?

 The mirror replied without much hesitation “ME”

“Tapas (in Hindu philosophy) is commonly translated as penance, mortification, even austerity by early European translations. But the more correct translation is heat generated when one reflects on life. Reflection, introspection, contemplations, deliberation are uniquely human traits.

Man was the naked prey who lived in fear of the predator. Then, man discovered the ability to domesticate fire and create weapons. He became the supreme predator, master of the world around him. With this shift in power came guilt and shame and wonderment, which spurred reflection. “

– Roberto Calasso

The more you reflect the more at peace you will be, so the question you should be asking is “Who is the most at peace of them all?”. You may not always be at peace with yourself, but you can make peace with reflection  😉

You are not what you think

Posted in Walden with tags , , , on May 19, 2012 by Ande

I have been wondering about the human nature for some time now and I am not sure if I can reach a conclusion, so I thought I will post it out there and maybe get some opinions from people who have a little more clarity on it.

Here is how I see it as of now: First off the answer was a clear “unpredictable”, specially when you think of the people you know, say friends or family. When you try to remember your observations than you will see that everyone has a basic nature. Though there are deviations, and what would cause those, the only thing I can think of is “situations”.

When you put people in unfamiliar situations their response or reaction can no longer remain predictable. Now unfamiliar situations can be a new sequence of events or different behavior of other humans. We form opinions about people through our interactions, which for the most part are based on our conversations.

Conversations are what the person is thinking (intelligence), but we rarely know what the person is feeling (emotions). Does it mean that people are not telling truth? Not necessary, they might be telling you what they are really thinking, but the problem is that even they are not in touch with their own feelings. Now why is that important? Because I think we could predict human behavior a little better if we know them emotionally rather than intelligently.

I think in the current human society there is a big disconnect between thinking and feelings. For various reasons we end up masking our true feelings with rational thinking and in the process suppress them to the extent that we are no longer in touch with them. I feel for the most part it is an unconscious development.

IMHO knowing other people is secondary, even if you want to know yourself then get in touch with your own feelings. Please feel for yourself, because “You are what you feel” 😉

Is it okay to be OK?

Posted in Walden with tags , , on February 27, 2012 by Ande

We live in a world of opposites, everything is measured in a binary fashion, either 0 or 1. You are either good or you are bad, you either like someone or you dislike them, you either love someone or hate them. Even in religious philosophies you are asked to take the harder path instead of the easy one. Why this kolaveri di?

In most these cases is it possible to fall somewhere in between? Can there be no middle path? Can you not be good or bad, or not like or dislike someone and speak half-truth which is not the complete truth but not lies either? 

For me that state exists, and the best way to capture it is “OK” J. You don’t like someone and neither dislike them but you think they are okay. Someone may not be a good person, neither are they bad, they is just okay.

The world and everybody in it is not perfect, so the fact remains that everything is technically be OK at best. Then why do we strive for these labels? After all who is tagging us with the one or the other? Well, it is just people like us, who to keep their life simple would rather paint you in one corner and move on to better things in life, and let you worry about sorting thru the classification they have done ;-).

Can we free ourselves from this trivial pursuit? I like the way Osho has suggested:

Freedom from something is not freedom. The freedom to do anything you want to do is also not the freedom. My vision of true freedom is to be your self.

Horn OK Please