Reviving Sanskrit

Attempts are being made throughout the country to revive Sanskrit. Many more conferences on Sanskrit are being held like this one. Sanskrit is being introduced in institutes of higher education for the mining of all the untranslated texts for scientific knowledge. Books are being written to argue for its revival.

Anyone who has studied or speaks Sanskrit knows the beauty of it, can experience the wonderful effect it has on the body-mind complex. Research also supports this: both left and right side of the brain are activated by speaking Sanskrit as compared to English where only left side is activated. Another research shows increased brain activity in Sanskrit language speakers.

Here is my humble effort to support this cause, I have created a proposal for a Sanskrit language community on Stack Exchange:

http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/98070/sanskrit-language

Do support it!

 

 

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Archaeology and Statistics

The scientific theories propagated about the history of human beings and civilisations are essentially false.

Statistically, around 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with oceans. Rest is either forests, mountains, deserts or inhabited by humans – and, hence cannot be dug.

Say, 1% of this area has been dug by archaeologists, even then we do not have technology to dig deep enough (and, hence go back long enough in time). So, we have very limited sample space as a physical evidence of the past.

Also, if a civilisation relied on oral means of knowledge sharing, there would be no physical evidence to study them. (On a separate note, scientists are discovering now that oral methods of knowledge sharing are far more superior compared to the present written ones).

Hence, all these so-called ‘scientific theories’ propagated (with such authority) about the history of human beings and civilisations are essentially false.

The Future of India

Economic prosperity is necessary but not sufficient for a nation to flourish. No wonder, the West is in disarray with rampant racism, huge income inequality and the threat of the natives turning jihadi. A strong sense of cultural unity is essential if the possibility of a nation thriving is to be entertained. Our neighbours, China and Japan, have been successfully able to maintain that possibility. With the fringe of the so-called ‘anti-national’ elements rising, the idea of nationalism is also on the rise. The youth, today, is more enamoured with nationalism as compared to any other cultural identity. This could go a long way and serve as a glue to bind the nation together. At the same time, efforts should be made to revive the cultural roots, although, that is not likely to succeed as much until economic prosperity is achieved to some extent.

Me and the Bearded Man

I was in the Ashram last year for around 7 months. I talked to Him many times during this interval but he ignored me. I can recollect this happening multiple times. My mind and intellect come up with multiple reasons for this. I assume it is best to be ignored for whatever reasons. What do they say?…He knows what he is doing best!

On the other hand, I stay away from his devotees. If he is ignoring me, why should not his devotees? Many of them already do that after I started having difference of opinions.

Rashmirathi

I have been listening to the third part of Rashmirathi. It is a poem written by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, the gem of Hindi poetry. I have not been able to find a good recitation online. I hope someone does that and uploads it on YouTube.

It beautifully talks about the events that happen after the Pandavas return from their exile.

Here are some excerpts that I find more inspiring than the others:

Dinkar compares how a courageous one deals with a tough situation as compared to a weak person:

सच है, विपत्ति जब आती है,

कायर को ही दहलाती है,

शूरमा नहीं विचलित होते,

क्षण एक नहीं धीरज खोते

Lord Krishna goes to meet Duryodhana with an intent to prevent the war that is looming as he refuses the Pandavas entry to their rightful kingdom. Krishna gets angry and shows his True Form. This part is the most beautiful. You can read a part of this portion here: http://ramprasadbismil.blogspot.in/2010/09/krishna-ki-chetawani.html

When Duryodhana does not budge, Krishna resorts to Karna and requests him to join the Pandavas and prevent the war by making the opposite side weaker. The conversation between the Lord and Karna entails the rest of the poem.

Here is another beautiful excerpt where Karna compares eagles and pigeons:

“प्रासादों के कनकाभ शिखर,

होते कबूतरों के ही घर,

महलों में गरुड़ ना होता है,

कंचन पर कभी न सोता है.

रहता वह कहीं पहाड़ों में,

शैलों की फटी दरारों में.

The full third part is available here: http://goo.gl/ue48Sy

History, Science, Math and Alia Bhatt!

More randomness from the last week..

How old are we?

People are starting to accept that we might have been here for more than two thousand years. I landed up on this news article:
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-32906836
Human bones and teeth dating back to 30 lakh (3 million) years!

If that was not enough, there was another discovery to be had. In Russia, a gear shift dating back to 3 crore (300 million) years has been found! :
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/23/300-million-year-old-tooth-gear_n_2527424.html?ir=India&adsSiteOverride=in

So, how old are we?!

Trends in the grade card

I do not know how but my dad unearthed a digital version of my grade card from the college website. I was looking at it and found an interesting pattern:

Grade Sheet

This happens a lot. When I start a new thing I believe in, there is a lot of enthusiasm. As time progress, obstacles come and interest levels start to decline. With time boredom sets in and enthusiasm levels decline further. There comes a point when interest is at its minimum. By then most of the work is done. Now is the time to get it finished. The awareness that ‘what has been started should be finished properly’ kicks in. I would not say that interest increases greatly but the amount of input starts to increase with a ‘somewhat’ increase in enthusiasm level too. And, finally after a while it is over and done with. That is when bliss entails. 🙂
Does it happen with you too?!

Beta Sweater Pehno

Many Bollywood actors have been creating snippets of videos. Here is a funny one by Alia Bhatt:
http://zeenews.india.com/entertainment/celebrity/watch-alia-bhatt-nails-her-act-in-dubsmash-video_1597091.html

Last Week Tonight – Random Thoughts

Bonjour!

Last week has been very interesting. Here are tidbits and some random thoughts:

On cousins and parents:
My cousin sister has been over. Oh what joy it is to pull you parents’ legs with your cousins! She has also been learning French on her own. I catch tidbits whenever I am not too busy! Commen’ ça va?

Defining Intelligence:
It might be difficult to define intelligence. Opposite of intelligence can be defined as being disconnected from your values systems.

On Connectedness:
Despite the eternal search for connectedness, life consists of highly disconnected patches. Periods of non-awareness that can last for hundreds of years. (The periods between death and re-birth)

On Compromise in marriage:
Research shows that the least you have to compromise in a relationship, the happier it will be. Well, I always knew that!
I saw this video which also talked about how we overestimate our partner’s ability not wanting to see how exactly they are. There is other jabber about mathematics and sex. If you want details, you can check out this TEDx talk:

On innovation:
A thorough knowledge of your field is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for innovation.

Seeking advice:
I notice that many times when I give advice I tend to overstep my bounds of propriety. Any tips on how to praise without overstepping bounds and without losing the fullness of the compliment would be more than welcome.