We see What we want to see & feel great about ourselves…. (and love to remember the Almighty only during agony)

Maya ( Illusion)

In the recent discussion in blog articles about ‘Truth’ and meaning of ‘Absolute truth’ and ‘Relative truth, I realized that we forgot to discuss the role of ‘Maya’ ( illusion). Recently I came across an article in op ed of Deccan Chronicle,and thought it’s apt to understand the meaning of Maya  (illusion),in our day to day life’ by sharing the same .

Before we proceed further, you should know that Sudama, is a childhood friend of Hindu Deity Lord Krishna.

One day Sudama wished to have a glimpse of God’s Maya (illusion). He had heard a lot about Maya but never understood what it was as he was always surrendered to God.

One day, he finally asked Lord Krishna, “What is Maya? What is the form of Maya? How does Maya untangle a man?” He directly sought answers of these questions from Lord Krishna and kept requesting him to show a glimpse of Maya.

Lord Krishna replied that when time comes he shall give him the answers and also show him Maya.

Then he said, “Let us go to Yamuna to take bath.”  Both of them came to the banks of Yamuna to take bath. After taking bath, Lord Krishna started dressing in Yellow and in the meantime Sudama went to take a dip in water.

At the time of taking dip, Sudama felt that the river was flooded and he was being washed away in it. With great difficulty, by taking the help of a small Rock he came out of the river.

Perplexed and hungry, Sudama was roaming about and finally reached a village. There, an elephant garlanded him. People informed him that their King had died and it is their country’s rule that after the death of their king, whosoever is garlanded by the elephant would be the next king.

The coronation ceremony of Sudama was done.

After sometime, he got married and had two sons during the twelve years of his married life.

Thereafter, one day his wife passed away. Sudama started weeping in sorrow. People tried to console him.

They informed him that it was Mayapuri’s rule that he too would be sent wherever his wife went. He too would have to enter his wife’s funeral pyre.

Sudama was shell shocked to hear this. Now, he forgot mourning the demise of his wife and started weeping for himself. He said that since he was a foreigner, this rule should not be applicable to him.

When people did not listen to him and were making him sit in the pyre, he requested for permission to worship the river once last time. People allowed him to do that and sent four people to keep an eye on him.

Sudama could see death approaching him and in this fear, chanting Lord Krishna’s name, he took a dip in the river and came out crying. Just then, he saw Lord Krishna Standing and getting dressed in yellow. Lord Krishna asked Sudama as to why was he weeping.

Sudama was already stunned and when he saw Lord Krishna he was astonished too. He asked Krishna “Where did all that vanish? What all is happening? I am not able to understand anything.”

Lord Krishna said, “This is my Maya.” Maya means “forgetfulness”. Illusion, unreal, myth, ignorance, etc. are Maya. One who forgets me, the God, and thinks that the world is the only truth and is always engrossed in it, he is entrapped in Maya. Deeming the unrealistic world as real and considering Paramatma and self as to dual entities is Maya.

Despite living in the materialistic world, Maya could not touch Sudama till he was devoted or surrendered towards God but as soon as he forgot the God, he was trapped in Maya . In the same manner, worldly man forgetting God, gets entangled in Maya and spends the whole life experiencing joys and sorrows.

Despite living in the materialistic world, if we think of God at every moment (which is possible) then along with enjoying the bliss of God, we can live our worldly life too to the fullest.

Source Deccan chronicle – op ed

“In the world of relative truths and opinions, many opinions, viewpoints, possibilities and probabilities can coexist, and each can stand on its own merits in particular contexts and conditions. This is the truth of Truth. Every truth or principle is a possibility in some context, condition or situation. Sometimes you may find it worth fighting for and sometime not. Truth is an undulating wave on the surface of impermanence. You may call it by any name, but we consider it to be Maya, the deluding power of existence which hides in the play of light and shadow to create the illusion of something or the other. You will find it only in the unstable currents of life just as the sun light that reflects upon the waters of an ocean, but you cannot truly grasp its brilliance or immensity until you cross those waters and stand on the shore. ” Jayaram V.

Google images-Source-Apnisanskriti.com

 

Truth is Single or Many ?

truth single or many

Is truth single or multiple ?

No two individuals see the challenges and situations in the sameway.

Hence there is no one truth. But many truths.

“In a rapidly ascending balloon, were two men.One watched the earth getting farther and farther away.

One watched the stars getting nearer and nearer and nearer.”

George Nathan

Truth single or many

Buzzing Bee ( And why you shouldn’t destroy Bee population )

 

Buzzing bee,carpenter bee,honey

The Bee that does not produce Honey’

buzzing bee,bee house,carpenter bee,bamboo bee

Bee hole Tunnel opening end

 

The Bee in the above photograph is a ‘Carpenter Bee’

Whenever we hear the term ‘Bee’ invariably we also think of Honey.

Are you aware that there are species of Bees which do not produce Honey or Bee wax.

A few examples, Carpenter Bees, horn faced Bees, Mason bees.They are all solitary bees.

Interesting facts about the ‘Carpenter Bee’

They got their name from their ability to drill a hole in the wood.
Can ‘tunnel’ upto 10 feet long.

The ‘hole’ they drill in the wood is all the time perfectly of the same size ( ½ inch diameter )and they can shame the professional human carpenter!

They are famous for their constant ‘Buzzing’
They are excellent pollinators , so do not kill them unnecessarily.

Long time back the Great Scientist predicted….

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”

Albert Einstein

 

Please go through this interesting article on why we

should not kill bees, be pollinators or honey

producing .A Thought provoking article indeed !!

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-world-without…

God vs Us

A man walked to the top of a hill to talk to God

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Can you outsmart the smarttest ?

The man asked, “God,

what’s a million years to you?” and God said, “A minute.”

Then the man asked, “Well, what’s a million dollars to you?” and

God said, “A penny.”

Then the man asked, “God…..can I have a penny?” and God said,

“Sure…..in a minute.”

Is man born WILY ??

What are your thoughts ?

Bangles

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Bangles,Indian women,OrnamentAlthough Bangles are worn for style all over the world,the

ornament hold special significance in Hinduism.

It is almost similar to the ‘Wedding Ring” in the Western

Culture.

For Hindu Women Bangles are of Sentimental value,symbol of good

luck.

A Hindu Woman is deemed incomplete without this,so much so even

the poorest of the poor wear some form of Bangles.

Thus Bangle Industry is making a kill with Designer Wear etc.

If bangle breaks it is considered as bad omen.

Hindu Festival is incomplete without women wearing the bangles.

The only time married women remove bangle is either at labor or

when she is widowed.

 

IS Narasimhar1906 pixabay

Don’t feel bad….

Dead clock,life

Every bad situation will have something positive.

Even a dead clock shows correct time ,twice a day.

Unknown

During the difficult time in life, develop the habit of  having immense  faith that situations will improve and soon your  life will be on the right track.

To be frank ,this is what happens if you have a little patience and sooner the dark clouds get cleared and you get a perfect vision to see things and get ideas how best to come out of the situation in a positive way.

Don’t ask me how much time it will take,remember,these are testing times and have faith and patience.

Ultimately you are the winner !

SOME CONFUSION

Some say the above unknow quote is nothing but Height of OPTIMISM or even go to the extent of telling us it’s Height of IDIOSY.

IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE THIS QUOTE, ARE YOU NOT BOTH A FOOL & OPTIMISTIC,since rest of the time the clock shows nothing but wrong time misleading you.

Still Confused ??

Let us patiently wait for the members of the community to extend their expertise.

Naked truth

Naked truth,Greek proverb,A thousand men can not undress a naked man

A thousand men can’t undress a naked man.

~Greek proverb

Inspiration by efisoul63 via

the-naked-truth/

Since I am a layman,apologies for my ignorance. I am not sure what

exactly the proverb trying to convey .I request learned members to

enlighten me .

Don’t you agree that proverbs give us that extra knowledge and wonderful wisdom ??

Or you think proverbs are nothing but impossibilities or sometimes even absurdities,outdated sometimes contradictory … in context of modern word’s thinking prowess ?

I was not getting a proper and quick answer for the above proverb from the internet search and finally I was successful and  I felt one answer applies perfectly.

It means that honesty has no shame and nothing to hide

Princessblaise39(Yahoo answers)

 

Your thoughts on Proverbs ?

Curiosities in proverbs

Shadow Man or Shady man ??

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Shadow man ? OR silhouetted man ? Or shade of a

man ?

The other day when I was enjoying my beverage in the

restaurant, , I noticed an image on the wall and lost

no opportunity to have a shot.

As a beginner I used to get confused about the

various terms being used. What I understand my

limited knowledge as follows.

Shadow: Used to describe specific object or people blocking the Sunlight.

Shade: Used to describe the general areas blocked by Sunlight. Ex- Shade from tree, Shade from building etc.

Size of Both shadow & shade depends on the intensity and direction of the Sunlight.

Silhouette: It is the specific shape/outline of an object /person cast by light source.

I presume the above image is that of a silhouette of

the man.

Correct me if I am wrong.May be some

professional photographers there can help me.

There is not enough time in life to worry about there being enough time in life ‘Atticus’

Ironies of life

Source-Rockyingit

Ironies of life

Be happy with your life inspite of ‘Life’s ironies’

Thanks to our Energetic and wonderful person and

fellow blogger  Efi,

I realised what exactly it means to be facing the ironies

of our beloved ‘LIFE’ and yet we continue to lead the

life as if nothing is happening ! That is the resilence of

Human beings!

Please do visit her wonderful blog which is nothing but Knowledge Bank at Efi

Have a nice week!!!!!

The Irony In Life – Poem by Bironga Chadwick

The paradox of our time in history is
that:
We have taller buildings, but
shorter tempers;
Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more, but have less;
We buy more, but enjoy it less.
We have bigger
houses and smaller families;
More conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees but less sense;
More knowledge, but less judgement.
More experts, yet more problems;
More medicine, but more ailments.

We drink too much,
Smoke too much,
Spend too recklessly,
Laugh too little,
Drive too fast,
Get angry too quickly,
Stay up too late,
Wake up too tired,
Read too little,
Watch television too
much,
And pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but
reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom and hate too often.
We have learnt how to make a living,
but not a life.
We have added years to life, not life to years.
We have been all
the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.
We have conquered outer space, but not
inner space.
We have done larger
things, but not better things.
We have cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.
We have split the atom, but not
our prejudice.
We write more, but
learn less.
We plan more, but
accomplish less.
We have learnt to
rush, but not to wait.
We build more
computers to hold more information,
To produce more copies than ever,
But we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and
slow digestion;
Big men, and small
character;
Steep profits, and shallow relationships.

These are days of two incomes, but more divorce;
Fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips,
Disposable diapers,
Throwaway morality,
One night stands,
Overweight bodies,
And pills that do everything
From cheer, to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when
there is much in the show window,
And nothing in the stockroom.
A time when technology can bring this letter to you,
And a time when you
can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember,
Spend some time with
your loved ones,
Because they are
not going to be around forever.

Remember to say a kind word to
someone who looks up to you in awe,
Because that little person soon will
grow up and leave your side.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment
For someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love,
Give time to speak,
And give time to share the precious
thoughts in your mind.

And always remember that life is not measured by the number of breathes we take,
But by the moments that take our breath away.

 

Life is nothing but full of ironies…..

Throwback Thursday

Man with Python-Photo taken in Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia

Snake’s poison is life to the snake. It is in relation to the man that it means death

Rumi

That’s the irony of life ( I always get confused between Irony & Paradox,Not sure when to use, English pundits can help me )
other examples

1.worry is the interest you pay on a debt you may not own. ‘Keith Caserta’

2.It takes sadness to know what happiness is

3. Noice to appreciate silence

4.Absence to value presence.

5.One preaches but never practices

6.Modern gadgets bring relatives and friends who are far away,closer but makes you further away from people sitting next you.

7.More humans,less humanity.

8.Poilce station gets robbed.

9.People fight for peace.

10.Intelligent people are full of doubts and stupid people are full of confidence,

Source-Quora

You can add some and enrich me further

Cross on the Tree

Cross on the tree,Jesus christ,cross,christianity

cross on the tree

The ‘Cross’ represents the universal symbol of the Christian Faith and I was lucky to see a’Cross’ from the mother nature.

When I was passing through one of the hill stations, I noticed this particular tree far away from the human population , having a ‘Cross Symbol ‘ on the top .

I just can not imagine how is this possible because the tree has a very thin trunk, and possibility of human being climbing and cutting the tops to get this shape is impossible,

Not only this…the tree can not be approached since it has almost 45 degrees dangerous slope ( I mean tilt ) from the base of the mountain floor and any body making attempt to climb , is sure to fall into the gorge along with the tree.

Am I witness to a miracle…..I am not sure.

Mother Nature’s way of signalling the importance of the letter ‘Y”

Letter Y significance

The letter “Y”, in antiquity, has often represented a

“bivium” (a fork in the road); a point in life where we

have to make a vital decision. According to Pythagoras,

it represents the paths of virtue and vice.

You may want to read the section “Symbolism” in the

Wikipedia article on “Upsilon”

Y is symbolic of You, Yourself, Year, Yesterday, Yours,

Yes, Yealing, Youthful, Yahweh, Yonder, Yacht, Yoga,

yellow, yearning.

The letter Y is also symbolic of

looking within, Inner contemplation, Meditation and

inner wisdom.

Quornesha S Lemon’

Better Odds Await The Risk Taker

SUCCESS INSPIRERS' WORLD

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Life just keeps presenting us with tough choices. Should I accept this new job? Should I ask her out? Should I tell him how I feel? Should I start my own business? Should we launch this month? Should I travel alone? Should I post this video? Should we get married? Should we have kids?

Every choice we make, either big or small, easy or difficult, daily or rarely, has potential benefits and risks attached to it. Often, we know what it is we want to do, but we still don’t do it. Why is that?

Settle For The Current Situation

According to Margie Warrell, author of the book ‘Brave’ and international speaker, we humans are naturally afraid of putting our vulnerability on the line. The current situation, even if we don’t enjoy it, can appear like an easier, tolerable and saver option. With the development of brain imaging…

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Who is the most Awesome person?

Thank you for Listening……..

Thank you for Guidance……..

Thank you for Inspiration…..

Thank for Encouragement….

For being there……………………

And most importantly

….for being a Mentor to me

Source ICMA & pixabay

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation, philosophy, thoughts

Dear Monday

Thanks for having the word “mon” in you. That is French for “mine”,in

case you weren’t aware Monday,,but it makes me think of you more as

“My day”,and frankly that sounds like a much more promising start to

the week.

IS Jensb Quote Pinterest

Pareidolia

Any Idea what Pareidolia means ?

I did not know till I googled and found out the meaning ,when I started searching for how and why the Human beings are capable of weird imaginations of things that we see and ….I stumbled upon this terminology.

According to rationalwiki

Pareidolia is the phenomenon of recognizing patterns, shapes, and familiar objects in a vague and sometimes random stimulus.

It’s the result of your brain trying to “make sense” of input that really has no sense to find in it.

This is seen often in inkblot tests, where random splatters of ink suggest different images to different people (look, it’s a conspiracy: they’re all deliberately made to look like vaginas!) but also in cases of people seeing visions, ghosts, and other likenesses in what are actually just random patterns that happen to look like those things.

It’s part of the recurring discussion of representation in art ( The Treachery of Images) and is a fundamental component to understanding the philosophy behind modern art
It’s a psychological phenomenon that causes some people to see or hear a vague or random image or sound.

Seeing animals in clouds,or a face or rabbit in the moon are examples of Pareidolia.

Here I am posting 5 photos of clouds and let me know Which

animal/creature/soul you are imagining in this cloud formation.You

may differ the way I imagined.Feel free to tell what you imagined.

I am giving names based on my imagination.
Example 1.

Pareidolia,imaginations,clouds,animals

Can I say Bear & its Cub ?

Example 2.

Pareidolia,imaginations,clouds,animal faces,faces

What about this one ?

Pareidolia,imaginations,clouds,animal faces,faces

Pegasus

Example 3.

Pareidolia,imaginations,clouds,animal faces,faces

And this one ?

Pareidolia,imaginations,clouds,animal faces,faces

Pomeranian dog advising its puppy

Example 4.

Pareidolia,imaginations,clouds,animal faces,faces

What do you imagine in this ?

Pareidolia,imaginations,clouds,animal faces,faces

I imagine a Dragon,swallowing the Sun

Example 5.

Pareidolia,imaginations,clouds,animal faces,faces

Now you can easily guess…

Pareidolia,imaginations,clouds,animal faces,faces

Devil from the Hell threatening earthlings

What is your story ? What is your weird imagination of these 5 examples . Please share your thoughts.

https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Pareidolia

http://earthsky.org/human-world/seeing-things-that-arent-there

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Visiting new blogs, catching Up with long time familiarbloggers!

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Writing on the ‘note’

writing on the currency notes,currency notes,Indian rupee

When there is Love,there is Life.

One minute read

“Don’t be afraid to express love to those who you love. Because

sometimes loving is not enough. We have to express it.”

Anurag Prakash Ray.

What a ‘Silent’ way to express ones love !
As seen in the above photographs, the persons have expressed their love in a silent way by writing on the currency notes.

Looks like they wanted entire country to know the intensity of their love since the currency gets circulated throughout the country.

It is a distasteful & Disgusting practice being practiced over the generations.

Not many are aware that it is punishable under the law ( Reserve Bank of India guidelines)

The scribbles on the notes range from  names or phone numbers to love letters to ‘praise the lord’ to  drawings.

Some  these drawings are  offensive and mostly  one comes across ‘Love expressions’

It looks like this practice is seen only in  Indian Subcontinent countries.I don’t know how this dirty  habit evolved…….

How you classify this behavior?
You call this Childish/strange/fanatic/disgusting/lovely/uncultured/dirty…. etc. etc.

Please feel free to express your opinion,thoughts…

The Masculine Philosophy

“Life is 90% thorny and 10% rosy.Make best use of the Rosy part to 100% happiness”. Dr.Sridhar

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Happy ‘International Day of Old Persons’

Happy international day of old persons

The International Day of Older Persons is observed on October 1 each year, since 1991

Just 2 minutes read

I am not sure at what age person can be described as a  Old Person ! Every  country has its own criteria I hope.Who decides ?

How does it feel like to be old ?

I always felt I’m not old rather  becoming younger as I am aging.

Can I decide and declare to my family that that I can never be old ? and nobody dare call me old ! Or

Can I decide and declare that I am old ?

Is definition of old age is by the number of years or by appearance ?

Young people may appear old and old people may appear young by looks.Some confusion being added up.

Also the funny part is how each age group think of the number when asked about the definition of old age in years,

Those below 20 say old age starts at 60

Those around 50  say old age starts at 70-80

Those around 70  say old age starts at 90 +

Simply calling a person ‘old idiot’ ……are we succumbing to ‘racism ?

Who is right and who is wrong ?

Younger generation feel,they are looked down by the older generation and if you ask older generation,they say it’s just the opposite.

Why majority of the people are secretive about their age ? Does it look bad in the society if you reveal your age ?

Nothing makes you look older than attempting to look young ‘Karl Lagerfeld’

The telegraph May 2014

If you ask me,my answer is….Aging is a natural process and it’s a mixture of some gains and also some losses.Let’s age gracefully and accept the fact and no need to compete with the so called younger generation,who in turn become older generation over the time.

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. Mark Twain

“Happy International day to  All the so called old persons in the World”

Any thoughts ? Suggestions ? Please share your views.Thank you