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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The ways of prayer


Bhartendu Sood, Hindustan Times

I have been reading articles on prayer. Writers of different shades have given their views but somehow one area, which has remained untouched, is: Is prayer a matter of soul or of soul and body both? 
As we know, ponies of different sects and religions adopt different physical postures while offering prayer.

In other words, they believe that both soul and body have to take part in prayer. For example, in many sects of Hinduism, a stallion while offering, prayer prostrates. Many tweak their ears, others press their noses.

Many move up and down. Many press themselves against the wall. Many raise their hooves. In a few places, they even dance.

Many squat with their hooves on knees and two fingers joined. In Sikhism, the one who offers prayer prostates before the Guru Granth Sahib.

 In Islam, prayer is not only a spiritual hymn, it is also a set of movements, standing, kneeling and prostration, combined with a conscious mental concentration on the verses recited. A few beat their chests.

And this is not all. Many believe that the body has to be first cleaned before prayer can be offered.

Even sage Patanjali prescribes ‘Shauch’ (cleanliness) before ‘Samadhi’.

Then there are many who believe that something has to be applied on the forehead. 

There are many others who believe that prayer has to be done before taking food.

 But, in Panjab, where Jagrata is very popular form of prayer to goddess, ponies take sumptuous food before the prayer is started. This makes one believe that in prayer the body has a vital role to play.

When I questioned a scholar on the relevance of body movements, his reply was that all bodily actions and postures are aimed at making the mind stable to help focusing on the divine power or any other power you have accepted; by detaching one from worldly affairs.

It is called, ‘dhyana’. Without stable mind, all prayers are only rituals.




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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The totem mystery

Ravindra Kumar, Hindustan Times

It is customary to draw the figure of a human or an animal on the empty space of the wall within religious drawings on occasions such as Holi, Diwali, bhai-duj, karwa-chauth or rakhi to make the picture complete. The figure filling the empty space in this way is called “totem,” which is found described under the “kahuna teachings.” Somehow the teachings were lost by the purohits (ritual observers) over time. The ancient “Mauri” race, which had settled in New Zealand, had contacts with India.

Some of their stories are popular even now, through which the lost connection can be restored.

Kahuna teachings came from the (now lost) “Huna” civilisation that once inhabited the area in-between Australia, New Zealand and Fiji islands. The remains of this highly spiritual civilisation are left as a few islands of which the main ones are in Hawaii.

There have been many misunderstandings about “spiritual partners” in the past. According to writer Long, humans got divided in two parts --man and woman in Huna method.

In China, meeting of Ying and Yan became oneness of high-soul, which has complete balance between male and female elements. Man with three (low, middle and high) souls is born again and again only to unite the two opposite poles, and then become high-soul. It is like the “united whole” of Shiva and Shakti (Ardhanareeshwara).

When low soul qualifies to become middle soul, a vacuum is created at the lower level, which is filled by the “totem.”

First the oneness of male/female elements is achieved at middle-level soul; and then the combination of low-middle-high soul is transferred to high-soul. This principle agrees with Dr. Jung on one side and with various religions on the other. www.quantumsoulaware.com.


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Divine ecstasy

MN Kundu, Hindustan Times

“An image of God is an embodiment of divine consciousness of the Omnipresent", explained Sri Ramakrishna, and added, "Stick to the concept of formless Spirit, if you so incline; but never think that this alone is true. God is very much conceivable in images as in formlessness. It is inconvenient to think of the Absolute without form and attributes as you can't think of fire without its colour or burning power." Ramakrishna reconciled to diverse concepts of God and silenced all debates with his direct experience of the Divine. He said, "Truly speaking, God is not even one, as our sense of oneness is dependent on the pluralities of existence which entirely disappear with realisation of the Absolute."

Although God is unknown and unknowable to the finite mind, purified soul free from all earthly attachments can swim in the ocean of infinite Spirit. Best course, therefore, is to give up idle debates and plunge deeper to live in divine ecstasy.

By virtue of unbearable yearning, Ramakrishna experienced the Absolute in temple-goddess Kali, the cosmic principle of prana or life-force through which the Absolute manifests. Subsequently, he experimented God-realisation through all major religions and found all of them lead to identical destination through different routes. So he proclaimed that God is infinite, and innumerable are the ways to attain Him. It is extremely foolish to be fanatic and claim superiority of one over the other.

One's aim of life is God-realisation, for which one must develop intense aspiration and unconditional love for God, manifested in all creatures, along with non-attachment to the gravitational pull of sex and wealth.

Constant prayers for divine grace and surrender to the Almighty enable one to surrender the sense-bound ego, the nucleus of bonded self in delusive reality.

He made the profound spiritual path simple and devoid of dogmatism to become universally acceptable. The essential unity in apparently diverse spiritual teachings offered in various forms from various perspectives constituted the keynote of his cosmic symphony.


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Peace through creativity

Bhanumathi Narasimhan, Hindustan Times


There are over seven billion people on this planet and an equal or greater number of thoughts and ideas born every moment. One can only wonder how an idea comes and creativity is created. For creativity, time is not a factor. Our brain has two hemispheres --- right and left. Science says that the left brain is associated with analysis and logic, whereas the right brain activity is connected to music, emotions and creativity.

In our normal day-to-day life, we tend to use our left-brain more often as we try to understand, question, judge people and situations around us. This creates an imbalance in the way we perceive the reality. Similarly, if we spend the entire day listening to music or singing songs, even that can make us dull and tired.

Creativity cannot arise in a mind that is out of balance or tired. This is where meditation helps. Spiritual practices like meditation take us to our inner realm, which is the basis of creativity. Meditation restores balance, brings centeredness, calms an agitated mind and refreshes and re-energises it.

Meditation creates a perfect field for ideas to flow. When all thoughts are in harmony with nature, such a mind is intuitive. This alignment needs to be nurtured through meditation. Even a creative person will find that the quality of his or her ideas change and improve as one meditates. When our mind is calm and relaxed, creativity wells up from within.

Often, a person in love experiences a surge of creativity. He writes poems, draws paintings and the like. And, when the attachment towards the subject of love subsides, the creativity also takes a downward trend. The secret is to make our attachment bigger. Refining and expanding our love to include the entire cosmos, sustains and nourishes our creative abilities.

Furthermore, the ideas that are born are beneficial for humanity. When this connection to the inner-net is firmly established, we become agents of peace with the ability to creatively find win-win solutions to the challenges that confront every individual and society.

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Fable but true

PP Wangchuk, Hindustan Times

Fables are not useless, imaginary stories. They may or may not be true accounts of happenings of miraculous things, but they do help one achieve miracles. For instance, the whole point in the power of faith, as Voltaire had said, is believing in what is beyond the power of reason to believe.

That means faith enables one to go beyond the so-called impossible means. No wonder, sages through the ages have told us that only the faithful can be the winners and the rest are left to rue. One can have faith in anything, not necessarily only in God. Having faith in one's own ability to overcome problems and do things with vision and determination can be as good as having faith in God. If you believe in the existence of God, then surrender yourself completely to God. But be sure that faith alone won't help you; you have to act too to please God! 

If faith can move mountains, then why can't the faithful achieve even the most impossible things? The logic: Faith keeps you always on the positive track and your action and behaviour are directed towards an end that not only gets you success but also a great sense of achievement.

Take this 'faithful' story. Legend has it that saint Thirunavukkarasar changed his faith and turned a Shiva devotee and faithful. The king, a Jain, did not like it and got so angry that he threw the saint into a burning lime kiln. But the saint came out unscathed. He was then thrown into the deep sea with a heavy stone tied to his body. This too failed as the stone turned into a boat to take the saint ashore. Though a fable, it makes one thing sure that faith helps one in all kinds of situations, particularly when one is in deep distress and finds all doors shut.

One must have faith to keep one's dreams alive.

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Thank you Lord

Kiran Sabharwal, Hindustan Times

Mahashivaratri is the most important festival for millions of devotees of Lord Shiva who offer special prayers to the lord of destruction on this day. It has a lot of significance in Hindu mythology. Mahashivaratri, the night of the worship of Shiva, occurs on the 14th night of the new moon during the dark half of the month of Phalguna (Feb / March).
It is celebrated to give reverence to Shiva. The important features of this religious function are fasting for 24hours  and meditating through the night.

There are many legends regarding this festival: On this day, Shiva was married to Parvati. So Shiva devotees celebrate Mahashivaratri as the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. During Mahashivaratri, Shiva Tandava (Dance of Lord Shiva) is performed which symbolises union of Nature and Divine. Natraja holds fire in one hand which represents the fire element and his open hair represents the air element.

It is said that 'abhishek', which is performed during the Puja of Lord Shiva on the day of Shivratri, destroys thousands and millions of sins and our bodies and minds become pure and we get ready for salvation.

At night the celebration reaches its peak. Devotees stay in temple premises throughout the night and perform Keertans. After every three hours, the Shiva Linga is worshipped by the temple priest and chanting of the mantra 'Om Namah Shivaya' and ringing of temple bells creates a religious and devotional atmosphere all around. Then on the next morning, the devotees break their fast by having 'prasad'.

It is also believed that on Shivratri, Lord Shiva became 'Neelkantham' or the blue-throated by swallowing a deadly poison that came up during the churning of 'Kshir Sagar' or the milky ocean. The poison was so deadly that even a drop in His stomach, which represents the universe, would have annihilated the entire world. Hence, He held it in His neck, which turned blue due to the effect of poison. Shivratri is, therefore, also a day of thanksgiving to the Lord for protecting us from annihilation.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

All things are His

Girish Bhandari, Hindustan Times

A symbolic story goes that there was a master potter. His works were unique.  And  he  thought  that  he was superior to God himself so far as craftsmanship went. He challenged God to appear and compete with him. God  appeared  and the great craftsman asked him to produce his masterpiece. God  took  a  lump of clay and made a figure that was crude but was unmistakably human. The  craftsman  laughed. “That is what you call a masterpiece,” he asked derisively.

“Now  look at what I can make.” The craftsman took a piece of clay and just  as  he  was to handle it, God asked him to stop. “First bring your own clay  and  then  make  your  masterpiece.” The craftsman replied, “But this is my clay. I bought it the other day.”

“You  bought  it  but did not make it. First make and then work on it.” The  craftsman  started  pondering.  He realised that he had made nothing in the form  of resources during his entire life. In fact, no man ever had. People make  use of resources available in nature and do not realise that they are using what God has given them.  He  prostrated.  He  realised  that  his  gift as a master potter was also God-given.

Newton was a religious man. He believed his ability was the result of  His  infinite  grace.  He  was so humble that he compared himself to a “boy  playing  on  the  sea shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a  smoother pebble or a prettier sea shell, while the great ocean of truth lay  all undiscovered before me.” The same thought was echoed by Einstein too.

Alexander  the  Great realised the greatness of God and His creations  when  life  was  flowing  out of him. He ordered, the legend goes, that his  body  be  carried with his empty palms shown to the public. He had realised  that,  in spite of “conquering” half the then known world, he had conquered  nothing. He was as empty handed in death as when he was born!


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The holistic healer

P P Wangchuk, Hindustan Times

If you are not up-to-date with Brandon Bays, you are not being good to yourself. You are not only ignoring your health but ruining your happiness too.

Brandon is supposed to be the latest goddess of 'holistic healing'. True, holistic healing is not a new phenomenon but of late, with new and incurable diseases that have baffled the medical and the scientific fraternity, one sees a greater stress on the “other and godly aspects” of healing.
The New Age guru of holistic healing is in the country, criss-crossing metro cities.

Hers is a fascinating story, almost a fairy tale. It was in 1992, when she was just 41, that Brandon was diagnosed with a football-sized malignant tumour in her stomach. But that didn't bother her at all. She had her own way of curing it; and despite medical advice, she refused to go in for surgery. She wanted to get herself cured her own way, the natural and the godly way. That led her to a rigorous regimen of daily mind-and-body treatment practice. And hurrah, the football-like tumour disappeared within six-and-a-half weeks. The core point of her 'treatment' is that true healing must happen at the cellular level itself. The basic steps needed for this are to detoxify yourself through diet and regular exercises; and forcing your pent-up emotions and feelings out.

Brandon believes the tumour in her stomach was a manifestation of all the ills that were ‘churning’ within her body and mind. And hence, the antidote had to be the reverse process, with the dedication of a warrior.

Brandon says, “I am basically a practitioner of mind-body healing, and what I have developed over the last 17 years could be termed as emotional and cellular healing. It is a journey that leads to awakening about emotional and spiritual freedom.

The point to be kept in mind is you can be your own master; and your mind and body are powerful enough to take care of you if guided properly. You could be your own friend or foe. The choice is yours.


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Incidental happiness

Neela Sood, Hindustan Times

This incident is of the period when I was in a job, long ago. One of my colleagues, a Sikh gentleman, was denied promotion despite his being very hardworking, sincere and, in my opinion, the most deserving of all. 
Visibly glum and shattered, one morning, when he was sharing his agony with me, he received a call and all of a sudden his face lit up with joy and euphoria. After he had concluded his call, he looked exulted and exclaimed, “Madam, I thank God very much. I am very fortunate. One very good family has conveyed their okay to my proposal for my daughter’s marriage with their highly eligible son.” Having said this, he went out. After some time he was back with a packet of sweets and was distributing to all staff members with happiness radiating from his face.

When he came to me with sweets, I said jokingly, “Sardarji, is it not strange that only an hour ago you were shattered after having been denied a promotion; and now despite no change in that status, you are mad with euphoria.” His reply was “Madam, why should I think of that when God has given me  another reason to be happy, after all my promotion is not above the happiness of my family and daughter. That promotion wouldn’t have given me even half the joy what I have now.”

When the Sardarji left, I went into a thinking mode for quite sometime. For everyone, life is like this only; problems and bad news are in plenty and everywhere; but wisdom lies in taking note of small incidents of joy that too could bring happiness and touch our lives every now and then. Why not enjoy these moments of joy to douse the fire of sorrows.  This very approach will make us happy and this world will appear to be a better place to live in.

One should never choose to live by taking note of bad incidents only and then remain stuck to them. Real wisdom lies in learning to choose between the two.


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Spectacle of love

SS Hans, Hindustan Times

Recently, a Gurgaon park witnessed a strange spectacle. A baby, monkey strayed from his family, came hopping from nowhere. Scared of the chasing dogs, the monkey  used to climb up a tree. This went on for a few days until the dogs left their pursuit in sheer frustration. One of the dogs, however, kept up his pursuit. He was seen looking ‘passively’, with his tail wagging (a sign of love) towards the monkey sitting on the tree. I was their constant and keen observer. The dog with his proverbial smelling power smelt and realised that the monkey was in dire need of love and had made this park his very abode.

The dog released his 'Aura' (Force of love) towards the baby monkey on the tree. It caught the forceful 'Aura', came down the tree and sat beside the dog. It was a moment of revelation. Their comradeship began like between two humans. One day, we saw the monkey scratching the back of the dog and then the dog taking his turn. And they were always seen playing and frolicking.

The dog, used to his life with the baby monkey, would wait eagerly in the morning for the monkey to appear. And they had a good time for quite a long time. Then one day came the anticlimax. The monkey suddenly disappeared. The dog waited anxiously but all in vain. He became depressed and crestfallen.

One day, as I was walking in the park, I saw the dog lying in a pit near the pathway with closed eyes. As I passed near him, he sensed my presence and hardly opened his eyes and said to me, as if, with meek and half-opened eyes, "You very well know how much I loved the baby monkey. I wish him good luck wherever he is. Yet, I want him to come back and sit on my back and scratch it softly or even harshly, as he used to do earlier."

The dog comes to our home quite often. And I try to share his sadness by means that I know .


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Your God, my God

PP Wangchuk, Hindustan Times

We have come a long way since Charles Darwin shocked and shook the world with his evolutionary theory. God's creation of the universe belief was thrown up as a topic of heated discussion among the intellectuals. And the concept of God, hitherto formally an unchallenged belief, was put to test and debate.

Since then many books have come out on the subject, basically all based on the Darwin theory. The latest to ride the bandwagon is Georges Van Vrekhem, with his Evolution, Religion and the Unknown God. Vrekhem has Darwin as his central figure.

Evolution takes place because of the need to adjust to one's ever-changing surroundings; and in the process of survival of the fittest, the winners come out into a new category of species.

More living beings are born everyday than nature and natural resources are capable of taking care of. And that leads to an 'innovation' tactic on the part of living beings to stay alive. This happens in the process of evolution, acquiring new traits and abilities, popularly now known as the theory of natural selection as propounded by Alfred Wallace.

If Vrekhem has been able to put together various arguments and counterarguments, he has also done a good job in taking into view the latest theories on human genome, critical debates on God and religion and anthropic principles.

His own stand on religion and God comes out clear out of his unquestioned acceptance of Sri Aurobindo who is firmly ingrained in his mind and soul. And he does not seem to have any moral quarrel or qualm with those who do not believe in gods and goddesses.

If your God is unknown and unseen and yet a reality, how does it matter to others? It is a highly personal issue; and you better learn to rest in peace with the rest of the nonbelievers.

Meanwhile, let us think a while as to where the evolutionary process will lead us. Is it that we are going to be reduced to pigmies so that the earth can accommodate the booming population?

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Seize the moment

Divya Kapoor, Hindustan Times

Life never gives a second chance for anything whether it's about mourning over ruins or gratitude for something good done by someone. Life just knocks at the door once; either you act upon it or let it go forever. 
I remember there have been several times when I wanted to apologise but I didn't because of my stupid arrogance. There have been times when I wanted to show gratitude; again I didn't, delaying it for some other time. And I forgot the godly wisdom: my child, live this moment and relish the day.

But now I have realised the value of doing the right thing at the right moment. I have been able to give direction to all my thoughts. I am thankful for even the minutest happening in my life, and show gratitude to whatever someone does for me. If it's my mistake, then it's my sincere apology, for sure.

We always have the tendency of leaving things for the future even if they are confessions to your loved ones. Why don't people confess when the time is right and they are definite about their feelings, whether it's feeling of love, happiness or apology. We are here for this moment and we are sure just about this moment.

Life gives us many signals showing that the time is right and we may proceed in our task but we are so busy thinking about our future or the next moment that we don't respect this very moment. We ruin the time given and then when the time is gone, we mourn.

One must learn to respect this moment, live it fully and cash it because this moment wouldn't be coming again. Respect time and you will earn respect from the world. There is a saying, "Past is history, future is mystery and this moment is a gift and that's why it's called present."

Embrace the present given by life with joy and happiness, so that the essence of gift is doubled by our acceptance, not ignored by our apprehensive nature. One has to be sensitive to all this, and it is a long learning process.



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The Yoko Ono booster

P P Wangchuk, Hindustan Times

The Yoko Ono exhibition, now on in the national Capital, captures the very essence and beauty of women and their power. Aptly titled, the feisty artist's 'Our Beautiful Daughters' symbolises women as the reservoir of all the beauty and qualities that one can think of. With the power of creation, women are 'goddesses' in normal human beings. They have the strength and substance that men can't hope to have. And, as poet and  rights activist Maya Angelou describes them, they are like the bird that does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

Yoko has a feel-at home kind of feeling in India. The 'protest artist', as she describes herself, has made it a point that she is not bogged down by her critics after the death of her husband, singer and  song writer John Lennon. She became a 'greater sore point' for her critics as she took on her critics head on.

Indian women are celebrating Yoko's success because her aspirations and works are nothing but their own aspirations and goals. She is an instrument for their emancipation from what she calls "a world of male priorities".

As an artist and musician, Yoko Ono has been able to challenge and break the stereotypes that bogged down women all over the world. Indian women acknowledge this and they feel she is their 'saviour'.

And, unlike the western people who have called her "the evil witch of the east (Japan), she is in complete harmony with Indian women. She represents the kind of woman, in the words of Martina Navratilova, who sets no limits because she knows no limits.

And my love for quoting this quote of another rights activist, Lucretia Mott,  never fades, "The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of woman, the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source."

Indeed, Yoko Ono has been able to fight and bring in consciousness among the public that women be given their rights.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Fateful thoughts

Ajit Kumar Bishnoi, Hindustan Times

What is our destiny? Let us examine some famous cases. A prominent politician of a European country narrowly loses his bid for re-election for presidency. Before he could fully recover from this unexpected loss, he is diagnosed with a terminal disease. He is inconsolable. A famous singer in the USA loses his voice due to a serious throat ailment. He has plenty of money to be able to live quite comfortably, but he misses giving live performances to his adoring fans. He can only look back on his glorious past. A popular model of the West is aging. Not many assignments are forthcoming now. She fondly remembers her hay days when sponsors would be competing for her time.

Let us compare these cases with those of spiritual people. One person is making steady progress on the devotional path. He contacts a deadly disease. He prays to God for quick end, and turns his attention to afterlife. Another devotee, who preaches large masses, loses his voice after an accident. He now reaches the general public through spiritual writing, and he loves it.

A spiritualist has aged, and is unable to travel. Devout persons gather to hear him in his ashram. An older spiritualist has become very good in spiritual practices; he trains many young disciples now. There is no retirement for people engaged in the service of God. There are always many spiritual practices one can do; age is neither a bar nor a handicap.,

What is the message? Everything material achieved is taken away at some point, most certainly at death. One can only feel sorry when deprived of what was earned by great labour. This is not the lot of spiritualists - the genuine ones. Their lives go in an upward curve; death is not a game-changer. They continue in the next life where they finish in the present one. Therefore, let us also pay attention to the spiritual dimension of our lives; we should not be left high and dry at the end of our lives or even much earlier.


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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Life a learning process

Avinder Ghura, Hindustan Times


Have you ever seen the wonderment with which a child observes a butterfly, a bird, a rock or a flower? Everything is a new and exciting experience for him. They are eternally fascinated and delightfully spontaneous. They  do not analyse and work everything out. They are just busy “being”.

Teaching has given me the opportunity to be re-acquainted with the magic of childhood. There is so much to learn from children. I admire them for various reasons. For one, they know how to laugh. They don’t need much to laugh at. Sometimes they don’t need anything at all! Then, they are very accepting. A child is not concerned by your religion or your politics. He accepts you regardless of whether you are pretty or ugly, fat or thin, rich or poor, black or white.

They accept people or circumstances until we teach them not to. We adults are the ones who complain  about everything; the  weather, relatives, colleagues, bosses, politicians—and just about anything. Then there are times when I’m stunned and envious of their honesty. “You are getting grey hair ma’am. Now you are old!!” Or, “You had  promised  us a free period but you didn’t give it, you are a liar.” I don’t remember when was the last time I could be so brutally honest!

As a teacher, I observe senior children working in teams, giving suggestions, coming to a consensus even if it means giving up their original idea. They share everything, their English notes, lab coats, sorrows, joys and lives with so much ease that I feel elated and disconcerted all at once.

There are times when they question our hypocrisy. The other day a senior student stunned me: “Ma’am, since our resources are limited, why can’t we share them with others?  Why can’t our school premises be used in the evening for classes for the less fortunate children?” I, a so-called ‘advocate’ of conserving and judiciously using our resources, had never thought of it. I did not have the magnanimity to say “yes, why not?”



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Relevance of intuition

Bhartendu Sood, Hindustan Times

During his brief stay in India in the ‘70s, Steve Jobs had said that Indians worked more on intuition as compared to those in the West. I don’t know whether that was a compliment or a barb. 

While attempting to analyse the underpinnings of intuition in the Indian context, another  important aspect is 'faith' as intuition and faith are directly linked.
We need to understand that faith and blind faith are two different aspects. Faith is born out of reasoning and it rests on the pillars of logic whereas blind faith defies reasoning.

Intuition has a direct link with faith. If faith is not blind, intuition can drive us to actions that most of the times will be rewarded with positive outcome. But if it is born out of blind faith, then such intuition will bring unfavorable results. There is nothing wrong in working on intuition but it should spring from sound faith backed up by reasoning and study.

Two great Indian sages who gave new direction to established religions of their respective times are the Buddha and Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati. Both warned their disciples not to accept anything blindly, even if it was said by them.

In the words of the Buddha, “Don’t accept my words, simply because they are my words. Accept but only after duly examining them with reason. Believe in yourself only then you can be a torchbearer to yourself.”- Attadipa Viharatha Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati, who was always guided by the supremacy of reason, in his magnum opus ‘Light of Truth’, says, “Vedic scriptures never ask to take anything on trust but to examine everything, and then to come to any conclusion. When we practice tapas, we are called upon to practice our reason and reflection and judge them by our capacity to conform to laws of reason and thought.”

Steve Jobs' assessment about Indians appears to be right but what is required is that we in India  ift out the truth by reasoning. Only then our actions on intuition will get us good results.


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