Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The one about the Universe

Uhh, I have theories, that sound so freaking far fetched, that you'd have trouble seeing me as a sane or credible person, however, I can mostly account for a sound basis for why I believe that theory, but it kind of goes beyond all our current ideas of western science, philosophy, history and the world..! I wish my writing ability had not decreased, I've tried to articulate them on the blog, but they always turn out sounding so bad..!

Anyway, let's choose a starting point.
Modern society or the current form of civilization or modern history as they call it, according to the world, is about 6000 years old. i.e. we believe that civilization among humans started to happen at max about 6000 years ago.
Mesopotamia is about 3100 BC, Mohan jodaro is about 2500 BC as is harappa, about 2600 BC.

Humans in the current evolved form as homo sapiens have existed on the planet Earth for about 200,000 years. and when I talk about the sapiens, I'm not even talking about homo neanderthals or some of the more monkey like species of humans. This means that for about 196,000 years of existing as a species, there was no civilization in society.

On the home front, when you read about the harappa and mohenjodaro civilizations, and even well into the mughal era you'll learn about Madarassas, schools that were incredibly famous. Famous enough to attract students from all over the world (much like the US education system), and while I can't place the source, there is a record of a British officer burning down this library, I can't recall which one, his words were "All the information written in these books is worth less than the paper of a single book of british libraries" or something to that effect. The Nalanda library in Bihar was world renowned and was burned by the Turks, and it burned for 3 months. Continuously.

The reason I speak of these things, is to kind of convey to you the sheer immensity of civilization and intellect of our history. Today if you visit the Ajanta and Ellora Caves, they are dated at about 400 BCE, and they already consist of a completely modern society.

These societies, built medicine in the form of Ayurveda, Good health in the form of Yoga, both revolutionary discoveries of science, however, imho, there was a fundamental difference in the way they arrived at their science.

The difference is of the nature of study. While our era is a product of the experimental kind of study; Theirs was more of a conceptualization through observation, comprehension approach.

Now, I know I sound like I'm venturing into mysticism, but I'll make some weak arguments first, which can be brushed aside by not believing in them, and saying I'm talking trash, but I'll also follow them up with stronger arguments which I think validate the possibility of the weak arguments being true.

Yoga to my mind is almost the opposite of where you'd reach if you were trying to make your body stronger. Intuitively, if I wanna increase my body strength, I would work on the muscle I wanna improve, and I would work on it persistently and fast. To improve my digestion or my concentration, I would NOT sit in a place or position breathing deeply and slowly, and moving all parts of my body very slowly, for the most part. I would not call my nostrils, the sun and the moon, and try to control my breathing in order to fix my body. This I believe is one of the sciences that were so to speak discovered, by method of purely mental conceptualization.

And while that might sound strangely far fetched, there has been one person in recent history who has worked purely by this method. Nikola Tesla.

The two intensifying and amplifying apparatuses are not yet in existence but he displayed the most perfect confidence that when they are, they will work as he expects them to do.

"These effects,. he said, "are of the kind that can be calculated with the most positive accuracy. Like many other things I have done they require no previous experiment once they are properly conceived. There are a few details to be finished - my calculation might be perhaps 10 per cent off at present - and then the whole thing will be presented to the world. It has always been my practice to give the world a sort of preview of what I am doing so that a reception is prepared."

"I should also say, and this is perhaps as important as anything else about it, that in this apparatus all limitations as to electric force and the quantity of electricity transmitted have been removed."
Nikola Tesla is quite well known to have built machines purely after mental conceptualizations. It's one of the reasons that some of his inventions are still mysterious to us today because, there were no blue prints. In fact I have read an interview of his where he claims that, "there's a big ball of all knowledge, and all I do is simply connect to it for information". He had towards the latter half of his life, a major obsession with frequencies. One of his experiments consists of a small oscillator he had built, which I believe was small enough to be placed on a table, but it was tuned to a very specific frequency; the resonance frequency of his building; which led to his building shaking and stirring, leading to the cops reaching his place, as he used a sledge-hammer to destroy it.

Tesla's list of accomplishments is massive. But there's a big list of things which he believed  knew were true, but never managed to complete. While radio was a smaller form of passing information through the air (By tuning, the sender and receiver to the same frequencies), he also believed it was possible to transmit electricity, not just signals, but with all of it's power to drive gadgets to devices without any wires whatsoever (i.e. completely wireless electricity). Other things he believed were possible included, not just passing electricity, but also intelligent information mentally (Telepathy in short). He frequently claims to have been in tune with the cosmos, and actually had the premonition of his mother's death. (He woke up after a dream of hers, and was convinced that she was dead), these are the words from one of his poems:
While listening on my cosmic phone
I caught words from the Olympus blown.
The latest tells of a cosmic gun.
To be pelted is very poor fun.

Those are just some of the lines. He's basically talking about the nuclear Bombs about to be used. The poem later on mentions Einstein by name, and talks about his theories. Tesla was not a part of the nuclear weapons program. He is the pioneer of some of the most advanced technologies we use in the modern world, all the way down to AC current.

Tesla was also fascinated and influenced by Swami Vivekananda. Infact Tesla uses the terms Prana as life force and Akash as some kind of ether in some of his work. I read that, Swami Vivekananda and Tesla had had a conversation where Tesla had mentioned that he could derive the mathematical equation between mass and energy, and Swami Vivekananda had been keen on that, as he believed that such a relation between the two would help to converge Eastern and Western philosophies related to science. Tesla wasn't able to do that back then, however Einstein did it about 10 years later.

All of this Tesla rant is to convey the idea that there is at the very least the possibility that there exists such a thing as mental tuning that yields very very real results, and is as much of a scientific method, as experimentation.

Another set of ideas that seems to be common across many old civilizations is the idea of a yuga cycle. It's there in the Mayan history as well, and it consists of 4 basic phases. The Golden Age (Sattyuga), the Silver Age (Trethayuga), the Bronze Age (Dwaparayuga) and the Iron Age (Kalyuga). The yuga cycle is approximately a 12,000 x 2 year cycle. One half cycle consists of the descension, where the world goes from Golden>Silver>Bronze>Iron, and then from Iron>Bronze>Silver>Golden.

Our "Mythologies" (ironically coming from the word myth rooted in mithya - meaning subjective truth/ illusion) have various events that are set in the above ages. There are many versions of how long each phase lasts, the one I follow was an elaborate theory that disproves every other version, through various references, and says that each phase is about 3000 years long. Krishna's Mahabharat is set to have taken place in the Dwapara (Bronze) yuga. The interesting bit is, that the city of Dwaraka has been discovered submerged under water (as described in the story) near the gulf of Kutch. By my calculations it had to be about 9000 years old. Apparently there's a dispute on the age of the city, where many western scientists peg it at about 6000, but the more scientifically accurate estimates say it had to be a city at least 9000 years old. And since a fully civilized society with tools, clothing and structures was about 9000 years old, it's reasonable to assume that civilization as a process would have begun much further back.

This takes me to one of the numbers I mentioned way back, 196,000 years, before the current situation. I feel almost certain, that there's a number of civilizations of humanity that have existed before our current memory of 6000 years.

Now the topic I started this whole rant for, the religions, and why I believe that all of them are not the same.

Hinduism does not have a founder. Because it was never intended to be an -ism. The name of the religion itself comes from the river Indus, meaning it was a word for the people of a certain region. In fact the very word Dharma which has come to mean religion, is actually also the word for duty.

What we have left today in India barely manages to be Hinduism, because apart from being non-violent and not focused on conversion, here's how liberally they saw the whole idea of sex:

Not only was the Kama Sutra, a guide to pleasurable sex written in our land, but the symbol for the shiva lingam, consists of 2 parts; Shiva and Parvathi, where the top is Shiva's phallus, and the Bottom is Parvathi's yonic (interestingly that's also a sanskrit word), and the symbol by itself describes the act of creation of the universe, after all, all life in the world is created by that. Moreover, the stories have been inclusive of all LGBT or fluid genders (Mahabharat greatly), and the Gita does not even talk about sex.

While I have written about what Hinduism is in contrast to the other religions here, there is a very basic difference between this and the Abrahmic religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism).

Going through the holy books of those religions, I found, that there was a great emphasis on the spread of the religion, i.e. it was very important for other men to believe what they believed, and if they didn't God was automatically anti them, either destroying their lives, villages, family Himself, or beckoning all real Christians/Muslims to do so. Violence as a way to spread belief was not only acceptable but promoted. There are verses where God annihilates anything that mildly offensive to him. There is also a direct need to kill anytime two men lay together.

This is starkly different from Hinduism, where in the Gita, the intensity of the negative is much much less. There are fools that deserve bad, but their bad is limited to being stuck in the loop of birth and death more than anything else.

Secondly, the Abrahmic religions are more of a to-do and not to-do list, whereas the Gita is more intent on trying to convey an understanding of how things work, not with long speeches of if you do this, I, God will do that; the Gita tries to give higher importance not on the deeds alone, but also on the mindset or intent of the deeds, idealizing detachment and the greater good far more. Something that isn't really there in the other holy books.

That said, I did find a parallel between the Quran, the Bible, and maybe the Mahabharat where there is more violence, including Krishna doing some unnecessary amount of it, but here's the kicker, Krishna the God pays for his sins at the end of the book, by receiving a curse from the mortal, the Kauravas' Mother, and THAT signifies, that even God isn't above his own laws, which is a completely opposite ideology to the other religions, where God is above any kind of doubt.

Of course, I view Buddhism and Jainism, to be more of branches of Hinduism, just as Christianity, Judaism and Islam are tightly wound together. (Jesus, and Moses are prophets of Islam as well) There's a fundamental difference between the Eastern and Western religions.

The fact that I'm born Hindu completely takes away from my credibility of pointing out these differences, but I met some ex-Christians and ex-Muslims online who basically voiced the same sentiment, and had higher respect for Buddhism and the likes.

But yea, that's why I believe, all religions are the same is, but a diplomatic statement, at best, and a complete lie at worse.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Nature of Truth

2+2=4 is a fact. A universal fact. an absolute fact one would say. But informationally (if I may make my own words) speaking, it is limited.

Let me be a bit clearer.
Someone, somewhere, someday wrote an equation, 2x + 3y = 5; they tried multiple values of x and y, and found that it looked like a line.
Someone else, tried out another equation, 3x + 8y = 24, and they realized this equation also looked like a line when it was plotted.

Someone then tried this with a few more numbers and realized, that a line looks like this
ax + by = c where a,b,c are constants, and x,y are real numbers.

This new equation with variables, was informationally superior to 2+2=4. It related a set of numbers instead of just a couple of specific numbers, and it defined properties of theirs.
However, it added variables, or uncertain numbers to the equation, and for it to be true, it defined domains for those variables. Thus, one could argue, trading off certainty or even even absolute-ness for information or context. Many a fools will argue that the equation is not true, because they'll use the values of the variables that lie outside the defined domain.

They may argue, this equation is not good enough, because it doesn't work for complex numbers. You could tell them how this equation is not meant to, but in an irrational argument it would be in vain.

Now imagine, the ultimate equation, an equation, using which you could create any figure or define any shape.
I think a few things that are going to be true about that equation are :
1) It will have a LOT of variables. (I mean it has to explain everything)
2) It will seem to be very vague.
3) To return a single point, it will need the values of a large number of variables;
corollary : in the absence of which it can only return equations. Smaller equations probably, but equations nevertheless.

Yet we call it the ultimate equation, because it defines everything.
Thus we gained information, but basically lost all the comfortable certainty.

For a person comfortable with the certainty of lines or numbers, this might be a tad bit more than they are willing to handle.

That's religion vs the truth for you.

Most religions are just a few factual expressions. 2+3 =5, 7/2 is 3.5. There are a few equations thrown in; if x+y = 4 and x +2y = 10, then x=-2 and y=6.

But more often than not, they miss being specific enough to define the limit/domain of their x's and y's. Leading people to do a lot of flawed maths.

That's the nature of the absolute truth about life. It's not a universal fact. It's a complex equation; consisting of a billion variables, full of abstract concepts, that can only take shape when you put in all the variables.

And worst of all, it doesn't stick in the mind like 2+2=4 does.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Another one already?

So here's the thing.

I've lost it. The writing-ability.
And while earlier for the longest time I orchestrated the content of the blog for an audience, partly because I didn't wanna reveal all of me in these posts, cuz a whole bunch of people who knew me read this (almost exclusively :P ), I feel like I've reached a point where I really couldn't give a tiny rat's ass about creating impressions anymore.

So this is my space. I can't do humour the way I used to, in that brilliant way, so I'll just be boring and self-centered, cuz well, hey, I don't think I'm writing for an audience. Not anymore anyhow.

The US, is probably a nice country, but you know like they say, no place like home.

The technical ability work is heavy duty so I was wondering if anyone out there has any mentally stimulating art?

I am super sick of big bang theory, cuz it has nothing interesting to offer, can anyone suggest light and deep interesting stuff with a story that's funny but wise at the same time?

The irony of making an audience question in a post claiming to not be audience oriented.

Also, is that too much to ask?

Also you guys gotta check out Sadhguru btw.

Oh and this blog called wait but why

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hinduism and India

Continued from here

Here's a list of activities, that I think find a place in the hearts of the protectors of our culture.
  • BLASPHEMY — attacking or otherwise showing disrespect toward God and His character, in word or deed. Includes charging God, who alone is eternal, infallible, omnipotent and omniscient, and does what is right (especially in the light of eternity), with being immoral.
  • HOMOSEXUAL RELATIONS — sexual activity between persons of the same gender; seeking to join same genders in marriage
  • EFFEMINANCY — men unnaturally taking on female characteristics and behavior, contrary to the distinctive nature of opposite genders God created, and thus their complimentarity.
  • ADULTERY — violation of the marriage bed; extramarital sexual relations in heart or actions (includes lusting by pornography).
  • SEXUAL UNCLEANNESS — all unnatural, impure or otherwise illicit or unmarried sexual activity, in heart or deed.
  • FALSE PRETENSE IN MARRIAGE Marriage under the pretense of being a virgin.
Can you guess what the above mentioned points are?

Everyone of these points, propagated by the Shiv Sainiks and Rama Sainiks under the idea of protecting our culture and integrity, and moral policing, are actually *drumroll* extracted from a list of 40 Sins of Christianity.

So the Shaivites and the Vaishnavaites are actually propagating tenets of Christianity? Now who could have guessed that?

Then again, what can you expect after 200 years of being ruled by one of the most tenaciously converting and conquering religions. Swami Vivekananda, in many a speeches spoke out to the Christian missionaries, that instead of saving the souls of the Indians, by converting them, maybe they ought to focus on their starving bodies and try to save those instead.

So here we are, many centuries later, and while the Christianity of the world has moved on, evolved to a much higher class of human beings, and accordingly altered their religion, by accepting LGBTs amongst many other things, here we are protecting the remnants of a half baked thought process that decided there was only one way of living right, while ignoring our own culture, which accepts infinite thoughts, sexualities, ways of life, Gods, all as being it's own.

But that's not all we are stuck in. We are also stuck in our differences, our castes. Differences that are pretty much purely fictional, and inconsequential. Our identity is not that of a soul, but of a Kayashtha, Agarwal, Patel, Gujjar, Jaat, Maheshwari. A while back I read a book on my caste. The book spoke about how we weren't just Kshatriyas(the warrior caste) but Brahmins (the scientist/researcher caste), and to validate there were references from the Shastras, by line. A great feat no doubt, but what stood out in the book more than anything else, was the fact, that the caste came from the a word that meant, something to the tune of accountant or engineer. i.e. it literally said, "Hey our ancestor was an accountant", and today we think it's some kind of a holy lineage that needs to be kept separate!

How did we get here you ask? How did we, who had managed to live peacefully and with unity with the muslims, how did we end up with so many differences? Ever heard the policy of divide and rule?

It was a political technique used by the British to rule us better, by keeping us fighting amongst ourselves.  68 years of independence later, we are still fighting.
There's a quote, if you wanna know exactly how divided we are by caste, all you have to do is look at a matrimonial column.

And I think it's time for us to let go of these social stigmas. To grow past them, to evolve into better beings, to realise our roots, and not harbour any delusions about them.

It's time to let the sainiks know that their place is at the border if they have the guts, not in moral policing for the defenceless.

It's time to stop calling THEM hindus.


Hinduism and India

The oldest religion in the world. In the youngest nation in the world.

Seems like a bad fit? Shouldn't be. Not if you actually know the religion.

The agents of moral policing on Wednesday took out a procession against Valentine's Daycelebration and openly threatened restaurants and mall owners against organizing any event on Friday. The administration turned a blind eye to the brazen show of muscle power.
The procession, 'Bhartiya Sanskriti Parichaya Yatra' led by Shiv Sena divisional unit chief Gulshan Kapoor, was taken out from Sarnath till Godowlia.

This is an excerpt from the news a while back.

Last night, this image of a circular allegedly issued for the female students of Sri Sairam Engineering College in Chennai started doing the rounds online.

This is a circular issued in Sairam Engineering College, doing the rounds on the news.
Anyone with even a little bit of exposure to current India knows that sex is a taboo and interaction with the opposite gender in the public is a no-no. This coming from one of the world's most populous countries, and the land of the Kama Sutra.

So really where are we?
What/Where do we come from?
How did we reach here?
And WHY did we reach here?

More importantly, how did our culture, which seems to be rooted in the clothedness of a woman, the lack of any kind of acknowledgement of the existence of sex and male domination, how did this come to produce a 1250 verses, 36 chapters book on how to do sex really awesomely well, popularly known as the kama-sutra?

I like to start with the Mangalore incident. For the unaware, a bunch of folks belonging to the Ram Sena religious activists groups, decided that dancing in pubs was the kind of western culture which had to be met with violence to the women. Being devout Hindus, a religion whose tenets according to Wikipedia include, refraining from injuring living beings (ahimsa), patience, forbearance, self-restraint, compassion, among others, they decided to go and beat up the women, and break things in the pub.

In response to this was started something called the Pink Chaddi Campaign.
Women from all over the country (including many of my great friends) got together to parcel pink underwear to the head of the Sri Ram Sena. Who in retaliation commented, that he would be sending traditional Sarees for every underwear he got. (Of course he wasn't able to)

But here's where the delusion begins, and here's also where the clues about the delusions are screaming notice me, but are entirely missed.
The Saree by itself if one observes is one of the most sexual dresses out there. It's got cleavage, navel, backless blouses, completely bare midriff, and while one can say the sexy blouses are a new invention, in truth, the initial Sarees did not have ANY blouses. They consisted of the lower garment popularly known as dhoti or petticoat, and just a strip of clothing known as the sthanpatta. While in Rajasthan, the blouses initially covered only the front part of the body, leaving the back completely bare, in Southern India, it was common to cover only the lower half of the body.

So the fool talking about sending Sarees back as a sign of women's modesty, doesn't understand he's basically saying, ooh I'm gonna send women the sexiest formal dress out there for them to cover up their modesty.

The founder of the Rama Sena group, was the right hand man of Bal Thackeray, the leader of the Shiv Sena. And they iterate much of the same ideologies of meddling in other people's business and forcing them to follow their own sense of the way to live.

Let's talk about Shiva, the main deity of the Shiva Sainiks.
Shiva, the God of destruction is basically a man, who wears dreadlocks and snakes in his hair, and body, smokes weed (chillum : Weed, Bhaang : Cannabis), is the destroyer of the world, has a powerful angry dance (called the Tandava), and is basically the chillest badass God out there. His natural state, in spite of all his might is that of detached meditation, he has an all seeing eye, and is only shown to be excessively angry, doing the tandava when his wife was killed (then again who wouldn't be).

So in short, Shiva = Super intelligent, smart Saint + Hippie.
You know what else was an area of focus amongst Hippies apart from weed? Sex.

This brings us to the Shiva Lingam.

It is said, that the top half of the Shiva Lingam is said to represent Shiva, while the bottom flat portion is Gauri (another name for Parvathi, his wife). Anyone who knows even a little bit of hindi, would also know that ling in hindi means, gender. Lingam by itself refers to an ellipsoid shape.
What the shiv ling represents is the creation of all life in the universe.
Here's a question, WHAT is the source of ANY conscious life in the world? SEX.
Now take another look at the Shivaling, imagining the top part to be Shiva, and the Bottom part to be Parvathi. Do you see it?
The creation of the universe is captured in one grand little symbol of the act of sex between the elemental male and female energy of the universe, and we put a tilak on it and worship it.

So much for the shiv sainiks trying to cover it all up.

So we already have as a people, a seemingly high acceptance to the idea of sex, I mean why represent the creation of the universe as a sex analogy really, when you could have simply made the woman appear from the rib of the man, and make her eat a forbidden apple to create an angry world. Or the scientifically closer description in the Quran, which starts from mud or blood clot like a fetus. Moreover, this analogy ascertains, that creation requires in equal magnitude the man and the woman.

Well well, we'll explore that further but lets do a small recap. So we're cool with sex, we get it that we need both the genders to create life, we are also okay with a little bit of weed. What more do we need to be a liberal, humane, cool hippie culture?
Oh I know, how about a little LGBT rights?

Hinduism forever has believed that the soul has no gender. The gender is of the flesh, the body, and a human is not defined by the body but by the soul. Krishna, one of the most iconic Gods in hinduism, is shown to be very open with his sexuality. Many of his depictions show him standing in the feminen pose with a pronounced hip and a nose ring characteristic of women in those times. Many a times he has taken the form of a beautiful woman, Mohini, to satisfy as well as entice men.

Shikhandi, a key character in the battle of Mahabharat, was born a woman, and converts her gender to a man. The fluidity of genders is only too visible within all of hinduism with the presence of women who love women, men who love men, women who become men to love women, men who become women to love men, and basically every iteration that's out there.

Besides, sex IS an act of love, it results in the creation of life, and if anything ever was decreed by the Gods, this had to be it. There's literally no scope for it to be a bad thing by itself.

Hinduism's idea of God is not anthropological, it's that of a cosmos, of an infinity. It's the idea of a conceptualization of life. You see, in the most important of it's texts, the Bhagwad Gita, the almighty himself claims, that he is just like everyone else, except that he's realized that everything is him.

And to validate his humanness, even though he's a God, he and his entire family is cursed by a human to demolition.

But I digress. My point is not about how great this religion is. Its about how stupid our current society is.

so how do we, who hail from a culture of acceptance, sex, openness non-judgement, diversity, even a little bit of harmless intoxication and a non person God end up as a bigoted people preaching shame for sex lust, or intoxication teaching everyone the right way to live as a submissive and bashful existence of sycophantic prayer to an almighty?

PART 2



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