Monday, May 3, 2021

Hope everyone is well.


I most likely won't be posting this year. Hope all of you are safe. Leaving you with a wish that you discover inner peace and stability in life. And are able to live with purpose and meaning. And express kindness, but maintain a steady integrity.

Bye for now!

- Tina


 


Monday, April 26, 2021

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death - W. B. Yeats - (1865-1939)

 I know that I shall meet my fate

Somewhere among the clouds above;

Those that I fight I do not hate

Those that I guard I do not love;

My country is Kiltartan Cross,

My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,

No likely end could bring them loss

Or leave them happier than before.

Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,

Nor public man, nor cheering crowds,

A lonely impulse of delight

Drove to this tumult in the clouds;

I balanced all, brought all to mind,

The years to come seemed waste of breath,

A waste of breath the years behind

In balance with this life, this death.

Friday, February 12, 2021

State Religion

Since everyone is concerned about secularism in India, I thought I'd put here a list of countries that have official state religion and therefore have absolutely NO RIGHT to speak on the matter of secularism, let alone secularism in India.

Secular Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union

Christianity - State Religion

  1. Costa Rica
  2. Liechtenstein
  3. Malta
  4. Monaco
  5. Vatican City
  6. Greece
  7. Cyprus
  8. Finland
  9. Georgia
  10. England
  11. Tuvalu
  12. Denmark
  13. Iceland
  14. Armenia
  15. Samoa 
  16. Zambia
And in the following countries, the government has 'special relations' with certain churches/in a limited region/recognize a limited number of religions -
  1. Andorra
  2. Argentina
  3. East Timor
  4. El Salvador
  5. Guatemala
  6. Italy
  7. Panama
  8. Paraguay
  9. Peru
  10. Poland
  11. Spain
  12. Sweden - Home of activist Gerta Throughberg
  13. Dominican Republic
  14. France (limited region)
  15. Haiti
  16. Hungary
  17. Portugal
  18. Germany
Islam - 

Flag of Afghanistan is an Islamic mosque

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Bangladesh
  3. Algeria
  4. Bahrain
  5. Brunei
  6. Comoros
  7. Djibouti
  8. Egypt
  9. Iran
  10. Iraq
  11. Indonesia
  12. Jordan
  13. Kuwait
  14. Libya
  15. Maldives
  16. Malaysia
  17. Mauritania
  18. Morocco
  19. Oman
  20. Pakistan
  21. Palestine
  22. Qatar
  23. Saudi Arabia
  24. Sahrawi Republic
  25. Somalia
  26. Tunisia
  27. Turkey
  28. Turkmenistan
  29. UAE
  30. Yemen
  31. Uzbekistan
  32. Tajikistan
Judaism

Israeli flag contains Jewish symbol Star of David

  1. Israel
Buddhism
  1. Bhutan
  2. Cambodia
  3. Sri Lanka
Special status to Buddhism in -
  1. Mongolia
  2. Kalmykia
  3. Laos
  4. Myanmar
  5. Thailand
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These countries have tied their religion to their national identity. 

So forgive me, but I cannot help but laugh when members of some countries in this list preach to India.

PS. I have not mentioned 'atheist' communist states where irreligion is a religion and everyone is persecuted for having morals.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Dreams

 By - Langston Hughes


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Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

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About Langston Hughes



James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. One of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry, Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

When Gemma Collins - British Reality Star - Became a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

I thought I'd post something light-hearted for a change. 

Here is a fun 10-minute video that shows us how YouTube Prankers - Josh Pieters and Archie Manners, fooled the Nobel Peace Prize Committee into accepting their nominee, reality star Gemma Collins.

Video - 'We Nominated a Reality Star for the Nobel Peace Prize'

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Zuckerberg?

 


Mark Zuckerberg, is that you?

On a different note..

Just a thought, have you ever wondered why some of the world's richest and most power capitalists are supporting 'liberal' and 'socialist' and 'somewhat communist' movements all over the world? And then pretending to hate China and Russia for their communism? I feel like this quote and the Noam Chomsky quote I posted earlier put together, might be the answer. Who knows!?!

Maybe the biggest capitalists aspire to become like Putin or Jiping. After all, the modern communist state is capitalism at its peak, where all the wealth is concentrated in the hand of only one, the State. 

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Nietzsche



Nietzsche is a German philosopher, born in 1844. He has really thought through certain existential questions in his lifetime, and is a very influential figure in the modern Western school of thought.


Friday, October 16, 2020

A Dream Within A Dream - Edgar Allan Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand —
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep — while I weep!
O God! Can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

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Have you ever had those moments when you feel like everything around you is unreal? Real and 
unreal! Like it is all one big dream? Or a shadow of a world that is in sharper focus?


I like to think of it like this - The picture on the right represents a world with greater dimensions than ours, one which we can't fully conceive, and the pictures on the left (ie. the projections) represent our world!

Some of us yearn to see the bigger picture!

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream!

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Eagle - Alfred Lord Tennyson


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He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring'd with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.
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I love how Tennyson can paint a picture so close to reality, but still having a dream-like quality.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Success is counted sweetest - Emily Dickinson

Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.
Not one of all the purple Host
Who took the Flag today
Can tell the definition
So clear of victory
As he defeated – dying –
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear

Monday, August 31, 2020

The 4 Goals of Human Life


Sanatana Dharmis (Hindus) set 4 goals in their life.

Kama - Attainment of pleasure

Artha - Attainment of wealth

Dharma - Selfless service to others

Moksha - Final Fulfillment and merger with Brahman (the Universal Soul)

Our souls are to fulfill all these goals over many births.


So for example, if you die with an unfulfilled desire for wealth, then you will be born again to fulfill that desire.

Rebirth is not viewed positively by Hindus, since it would mean having to go through all the struggles of human life over and over again for the attainment of these goals. 

But asceticism (eg. like a nun) is not viewed positively either, because denying your desires forcefully is not going to make them go away. 

Instead, many ordinary Hindus work hard to achieve these 4 goals, and destroy their desire for them by achieving them. (When you work hard to achieve something, you grow and realize that it didn't mean as much as you thought it did initially, so your desire for it diminishes). 


But fulfillment of a desire will not automatically put you on the next level. 

A combination of many factors come into play - 

- Karma - Your past actions (in this life and in past lives) and your current actions

- Dharma - Righteousness

- Jnana - Knowledge

- Bhakti - Love for Vishnu/Shiva/God/Universal Soul Brahman

- Yoga - Dispassionate action

and more will play a role in your journey towards final fulfillment and Ananda (eternal infinite bliss). Only those who seek final fulfillment will attain it.


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Sorry for the phrasing and grammar of the article. (It is rather abrupt!)

I will not be posting for a while, as I shall be busy. Thanks for reading regularly!

I hope this article was insightful (if you are a Hindu, then of course this is nothing new to you!).