On the quest for truth ... (written as a comment for http://shrutibadhwar.blogspot.com/2008/04/how-true-is-true.html)
Apologies to barge in for a quick philosophical comment, am but a passerby who was searching on oration and stumbled across ur blog - and invariably tempted to comment on such an interesting post!
Well, "how true is true" - simple! truth is as relative (and elusive) as it can get to be! :)
THE TRUTH IS AS TRUE AS THE ETHER FILLING THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE
Not to be relative and be absolute, what's the quantum of measure do we puny humans have? if and when possibly you come with one - it is still subjected to the same question - how true is the absolute in itself?
It is one of those sensitive - endless - subject of debate - whose solution lies in realization and acceptance on the part of the questioner - which might occur at some revealing moment of time and space.
:) A Dogma!
There's no end for the quest for truth! And quests begin with a purpose triggered by an unanswered question - a curious thought - something that piques the rational mind, driving it to dig and analyze, thus triggering it into a cascading, recursive quest on every factor and variable that's stumbled in the process, sprawling like the endless neurons in the brain - each taking a different path to connect to an unknown - each branch unwinding like the layers of an onion .... ultimately ... only to reveal the 'nothing'.
or perhaps ... the higgs boson or the elementary particle - who knows. (am not from a pure science background and just a commoner but with an incessant mind fueled by the quest for knowledge - so, i might be wrong here to quote the above!)
Invariably and quite curiously, the quest leads to the bottom line of what to believe and what not ... and belief comes out of knowledge, satisfaction and realization.
Knowledge can be gained - Satisfaction comes from the Egoistic self and Realization is the one that dawns - at the appropriate time!
Belief, Faith and Hope - which make the pillars of any religion - or for that matter - the factors that keep any person sane!
Science states facts/truth - which are based on proof & evidence - and deep down meets philosophy when the point is hit where a thing can't be explained/explored any further, with the given limits of human mind - and then realization occurs.
When with all the might - a quest - hits at a dead-end the human mind is exposed to the realization of nothing more (until proven wrong!).
So, realizations dawn on most likely at end of quests... taking us to the next plane of thinking and perhaps - understanding!
Look back, with the right introspect, and it'll dawn that life unfolds itself ... as planes of realizations.
At this point, it leads to acceptance, and thus belief ... and to faith ... and hope!
And with only these present, any quest can succeed. Great! now we've reached the point where we started at - a quest for truth! with the realization of how facts and faith are related thru the thread of acceptance.
As a human, the joy de vivre lies in "enjoying the road" - the process rather than accomplishing a thing!
which is what the gita says ...
"karmane vathikarasthe maa balechu kathachana" ...
So, here's an answer given ... ages back ... but maybe which we don't want to accept until we hit the right plane - even to fire the right questions!
keep the faith, belief and hope - and accept the acceptance leading one to realizations, and to the next planes of lets say ... enlightenment! :)
or shall we say, (as the slang goes) :
"That's all there to it folks! Take it or Leave it!"
it's simply as abstract as that!
Let the quest go on.... :)
Garuda Pakshi - an Omen of reassurance
A curious phenomenon which i have been through since we shifted to our new office.
I Usually go up the 4th floor to have a smoke.
Whenever am in a disturbed mind / crunching with a problem, during the smoke,
more often then not, i sight the Garuda Pakshi (a Hindu god, king of eagles and Lord vishnu's vehicle) or
the White Crested Eagle.
It is as if a celestial omen/reassurance that things will be fine and not to worry.
The appearance of Garuda Pakshi, can never be explained given it is not a common bird to sight and
especially, as per the hindu mythology - the sighting is supposed to be a blessing and a very good omen.
My analytical mind is confused by the clear recurring pattern but the simpleton part of me willingly believes IT IS A Reassurance / Blessing / Good Omen.
Learnings and their applications
3rd March 2005
In the middle of my multiprocessing session, (preparing a document, chatting with a nutcase, googling on reiki, thinking about the new job et al), suddenly this thought strikes me ...
We certainly learn quite a lot, everyday, cumulatively increasing the breadths and widths of our knowledge. BUT WHAT PERCENTAGE OF ALL THESE LEARNINGS DO WE APPLY, GIVEN A SITUATION, IN OUR DAY TO DAY LIFE???
I still have a gut feel, that most of my actions are by impulse, if not seasoned with real life experiences and slowed down by analysis.
State of Mind!
Wonder how complex the design of our brain is...!
For a moment, one feels let down, tensed, disturbed and concerned!
And in a few hours, he/she feels something absolutely different - say calm, happy and content - even joyous!
Thinking about it... consciously, nothing around him/her has changed.
The landscape is the same, the people around are the same, yes - but the time has
But there is a change - change somewhere within - the states of the mind!
What induces this change of states?
Are we really masters of our own at all?
wrt science, it just can't be a few chemical secretions in our brains, that bring about this state of mind?
There has to be more - what, why and how are these chemicals that change our states
Does our brain has a mind and life of its own?
or is it just US?
That these changes happening in the brain are too microscopic to be registered
by our brain?
we can see a rat run by, in front of our eyes...
catch a beautiful butterfly, fluttering by its wings - with magnificient colors fly away...
smell the fragrances of a bunch of sweet flowers...
and can reach out to touch 'em soft n gentle, with the tip of our fingers, to feel it...
and listen to the rustles of dried leaves by the tree, and hear to the noises filling the air
all around - a city dwellers' nightmare!
But hey, why is that, we can't feel our own innards?
can't identify the changes, the reactions - of our own body and mind,
EVEN AS WE UNCONCIOUSLY CONTROL 'EM, to be a sane person?
As like any other question, there should lie an answer for this as well...
and i want to find more ...
Greek : Philo
[love, loving, friendly to, fondness for, attraction to, strong tendency toward, affinity for]
Greek : soph(er)
[ wise, wisdom; knowledge]
A Philo-Sopher in its true sense is - 'one who loves
wisdom', contrary to the fact of being a philosopher,
which term derives from the greek 'Sophism' and being a 'Sophist'
- [Sophists were generally intelligent people with the intent of making a living off of speaking and teaching what they knew]
This log, is Inspired, in agreement with and following the great one - Socrates,
who like the Sophists, was more concerned with and his place in society than with
the forces of nature, but he didn't consider himself to be a 'wise and informed'
person. Rather, he called himself a true philo-sopher: 'one who loves wisdom'. He
knew that he knew nothing about life and about and about the world, and this
troubled him ("Only one thing I know, and that is that I know nothing."). A real
philosopher is someone who recognizes that there is a lot to understand, and is troubled by that.
This place, is to capture the happenings and thoughts of myself, sophical in nature!
Socrates : Only one thing I know, and that is that I know nothing
Ancient Tamil Wisdom : Kattrathu Kai mannalavu, Kalladhadhu Ulagalavu