Saturday, March 05, 2005

SILENT KNOWLEDGE

Ancient man knew, in the most direct fashion, what to do and how best to do it. But, because he performed so well, he started to develop a sense of selfness, which gave him the feeling that he could predict and plan the actions he was used to performing. And thus the idea of an individual "self" appeared; an individual self which began to dictate the nature and scope of man's actions. As the feeling of the individual self became stronger, man lost his natural connection to silent knowledge. Modern man, being heir to that development, therefore finds himself so hopelessly removed from the source of everything that all he can do is express his despair in violent and cynical acts of self-destruction. The reason for man's cynicism and despair is the bit of silent knowledge left in him, which does two things: one, it gives man an inkling of his ancient connection to the source of everything; and two, it makes man feel that without this connection, he has no hope of peace, of satisfaction, of attainment.

Our difficulty with this simple progression is that most of us are unwilling to accept that we need so little to get on with. We are geared to expect instruction, teaching, guides, masters. And when we are told that we need no one, we don't believe it. We become nervous, then distrustful, and finally angry and disappointed. If we need help, it is not in methods, but in emphasis. If someone makes us aware that we need to curtail our self-importance, that help is real.
Explanations are never wasted, because they are imprinted in us for immediate or later use or to help prepare our way to reaching silent knowledge.One of the most dramatic things about the human condition is the macabre connection between stupidity and self-reflection. It is stupidity that forces us to discard anything that does not conform with our self-reflective expectations.
Normal perception has an axis. "Here and there" are the perimeters of that axis, and we are partial to the clarity of "here." In normal perception, only "here" is perceived completely, instantaneously, and directly. Its twin referent, "there," lacks immediacy. It is inferred, deduced, expected, even assumed, but it is not apprehended directly with all the senses. When we perceive two places at once, total clarity is lost, but the immediate perception of "there" is gained.
Self-importance is a monster that has three thousand heads. And one can face up to it and destroy it in any of three ways. The first way is to sever each head one at a time; the second is to reach that mysterious state of being called the place of no pity, which destroys self-importance by slowly starving it; and the third is to pay for the instantaneous annihilation of the three-thousand-headed monster with one's symbolic death.
Human awareness is like an immense haunted house. The awareness of everyday life is like being sealed in one room of that immense house for life. We enter the room through a magical opening: birth. And we exit through another such magical opening: death.close the door of self-reflection. Be impeccable and you'll have the energy to reach the place of silent knowledge.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

essay on indian cow

An essay on the Indian cow written by a candidate in the civil services examination

"The cow is a successful animal. Also he is quadrupud, and because he is female, he give milk, but will do so when he is got child. He is same like God, sacred to Hindus and useful to man. But he has got four legs together. Two are forward and two are afterwards.
His whole body can be utilised for use. More so the milk. What can it do? Various ghee, butter, cream, curd, why and the condensed milk and so forth. Also he is useful to cobbler, watermans and mankind generally.
His motion is slow only because he is of asitudinious species. Also his other motion is much useful to trees, plants as well as making flat cakes in hand and drying in the sun. Cow is the only animal that extricates his feeding after eating. Then afterwards she chew with his teeth whom are situated in the inside of the mouth. He is incessantly in the meadows in the grass.
His only attacking and defending organ is the horn, specially so when he is got child. This is done by knowing his head whereby he causes the weapons to be paralleled to the ground of the earth and instantly proceed with great velocity forwards.
He has got tails also, but not like similar animals. It has hairs on the other end of the other side. This is done to frighten away the flies which alight on his cohoa body whereupon he gives hit with it.
The palms of his feet are soft unto the touch. So the grasses head is not crushed. At night time have poses by looking down on the ground and he shouts his eyes like his relatives, the horse does not do so.
This is the cow."

P.S.: We are informed that the candidate passed the exam.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

siberian tigers

at last done away with treating friends for getting admitted to isb,thats why the delay, to quote eddie vedder "now the air that i taste and breathe has taken a turn". went to IIM lko yesterday on an invitee from one of my college seniors who is pursuing fellowship programme in management here, impressed with their library"gyanodaya", fed up with reading accounts and eco stuff , studying alone is the hardest part i guess, with more junta at isb things should be better, one of the rare days when i sat in front of the idiot box, so to speak, luckily turned on the nat geo channel and lo behold what i see , a program on siberian tigers, was glued to tv for the whole length of the program, fascinated so to speak with these bulky creatures, contacted some fellow admits, cant wait to reach there.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

got through isb

hi all souls , created my blog today at last , today i will write about my isb interview experience, total time i guess was around 20 to 25 minutes , initial question were same like why i wanted to become a consultant , why leave a lucrative shipping carrer , well after some brainstorming they surprised me by asking questions like tell us about your family, how i will arrange the fee, what i do in my leisure time -this was asked twice and finally any questions from my side. there were four persons, all extremly nice and cordial, anyway i finally got admission offer so i will say i did well , well best of wishes to all souls applying in the next cycle and any suggestions for interview ,yes, i guess be calm , composed and your natural self , listen well, speak loud and most important TALK with the interviewers as if you were having a discussion with your friends or colleagues.
getting busy to arrange the fees and brushing up my knowledge of some management subjects, 15th april is looming large now