4.02.2007

Part3 - Through the eyes of Goddess Kamakshi

The goddess who brings out Lord Shiva's more subdued quiet side is Kamakshi Amman, residing within her kumkum-smeared chamber seems to have the supreme power that brings to light the pleasant nature of the Lord.

Kamakshi Amman, with the moon on her crown, silently resides in her chamber, warm, pleasant and ever loving. She appears to be far away but is closest to the Lord at Kailasa. Another form of Parvati herself, Kamakshi Amman is exuberant, taking on various forms, Kali being one of them. In the silent chamber she stays, the Lord is heard in her heartbeat.

Within the walls of a temple
The silent mother stands
Dressed in all her finery
Glowing from within
She blesses the world

The crescent moon glows
On her crown across her brow
Like twinkling stars they shine
The jewelery on her glow
O mother sweet mother of mine

Within the icy abode
Of mount Kailasa she resides
The consort of the Lord
Forever on his side
Watching the world go by

The darkness of the night they kill
The crescent moon shines forth
The snake dances with a jeweled crown
The only light to behold
A loving game of dice

The ganas dance, nandi looks on
Kamakshi Amman rolls the dice of love
Sweetness from her hands it flows
Music to my ears
A coy smile, a giggle here

She brings his wild self down
She embraces him close
Forever they stay knotted in love
The sun and moon descend
Into the ocean of love below

21 comments:

JC Joshi said...

The word, Kamakshi, communicates a character that is capable of fulfilling unending desire of all animal life forms for all times to come. And such a person obviously refers to the formless immortal Creator who believably is unborn and unending, perfect and thus capable of appearing simultaneously in different temporary forms on earth as its believably best non-living form with the other members of the solar system linked with it as its life-support system. In mundane terms, to us terrestrials it perhaps points towards our Moon that apparently lies above human heads, in the distant sky and yet much closer with its essence believably lying within the head...

JC Joshi said...

Maybe if someone is presently interested in ‘knowing the self’ - with the ancients’ belief of man as a working multi-purpose machine in mind - he/ she could get some hint from the functioning of an automobile in the present, say, which perhaps also reflects the short sightedness of human race on the whole in the Kaliyuga. For, as we all know - although not applicable in all cases as lot more remains yet to be known - a poor eye-sight could perhaps be improved with ‘physical’ means, such as use of lenses/ surgical operations, etc., but for correction of defects in ‘mind’s-eye’ or developing proper analytical power, the ancients appear to have reached the conclusion that ‘spiritual’ means, either alone, or preferably Yoga (meaning addition) of knowledge acquired by the ancients and that acquired in the present is necessary!

Coming back to automobioes, even in the present day east, one would find two-wheeler rickshaws being pulled by bipeds, (even till recent times in the capital of West Bengal, Kolkata, when the ruling ‘Reds’ ultimately appear to have succumbed to the yellow colour of gold, and ‘Nandigram’ consequently got highlighted!)

Rickshaw-pullers utilize only the air they breathe in (or ‘pran vayu’ in the words of Yogis) - while they are in operation - to transport other animals of their own kind! However, as an average individual - who has got used to automobiles run on fossil fuel today - would perhaps similarly know, a car(t) is a more evolved independent system on four wheels. And, as a western character called Isaac Newton - apparently applying common sense in the ‘present’ - expressed it, the cart won’t move unless some external force is applied upon it and in the direction in which one wanted it to go.

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The above-said function, besides many other uses also, including tilling of land, was seen performed by bulls in a bullock-cart in the apparently ‘backward’ but, perhaps ‘wise’, evolved ‘India’ for transporting heavy loads, (instead of elephant used by the lesser evolved when earth was covered with more dense forests), and a horse for commutation of humans in a Tonga/ chariot, which is indicated also in the mythological stories that are carried forth since time immemorial, believably since the time of Shiva in Satyuga using Nandi the bull, and His consort, Durga/ Parvati, the Tiger as their respective vehicles. However, Vishnu believably being ever in His Yoganidra used celestial serpert Ananta as His bed in the middle of the milky ocean, while His consort, Lakshami, used the ‘wise’ owl (perhaps indicating ‘unwise’ that believably form the majority of humans in Kaliyuga, the era of lowest human efficiency as part of a grand design) as Her vehicle!

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The animal driven vehicles, which utilize only that which is available on/ or above the surface of earth, including air, clean river waters, and trees etc, perhaps as offerings from Shiva to 'His Own images', at least apparently didn’t create environmental pollution to the extent apparent in the present as a result of ‘present day’ industrialization with use of what is found in the bowels of our earth also, i.e., metals, petroleum, underground water of ‘Patal Ganga’, and so on. And, that too with a view to benefiting the minority humans only and not the entire animal world as perhaps was the intention of Creation by Ma Kamakshi/ Kamakhya, as is being realized perhaps too late by the helpless environmentalists today, for we appear to have reached a stage of ‘no return’ - thus indicating the mischievous nature of the Creator and the use of the word ‘destiny’! Perhaps it is like the proverbial killing of the goose that once laid golden eggs! And, maybe, just as an hour-glass needs reversal when all sand originally inside the top chamber (sahasrara) has got transferred and got collected in the lower half (mooladhar), earth would perhaps similarly undergo reversal in the poles, a phenomenon that seems to have been occurring at regular intervals in the past also!
Only time can tell when!

JC Joshi said...

One would notice two news items related to ‘Shiva’s Tandava Nritya’ in the words of the ancient Hindus - called earthquake - in the media today, with reference to the major part of Indian Sub Continent in the middle that also experienced it to a a varying extent.

One might be aware that for some time mysterious planet Saturn is close to earth-moon, and 2nd April happened to be one of the full-moon nights: The first item is related with occurrence of Tsunami waves in the coastal region of the Solomon Islands in the Southern hemisphere not far from Bull's Head shaped Australia where bullhorns were used to warn the surfers. The occurrence might perhaps generally be seen by an average man as independent of the second earthquake that followed it on the 3rd April, with its epicentre in the Hindukush region of Afghanistan in the Northern Hemisphere and which shook the common disturbed head of India-Pakistan too, that is Kashmir, when Saarc meeting, in which Afghanistan also made its maiden entry, was about to begin in New Delhi, that was Indraprastha once upon a time!

JC Joshi said...

Kavitha, another reaction to a newspaper article on illusion and fooling!

"Bachi Karkaria’s Dirty Classrooms (April 4) perhaps was a presentation as seen by a ‘present day ‘foreigner’, that is, a ‘non Hindu’ by thought. Otherwise the author wouldn’t have referred Kandharia Mahadeva Temple at Khajuraho that casually and perhaps would have known the significance of Creator’s ‘Maya’, meaning illusion!

A true Hindu by thought perhaps would have been filled with reverence just at the name of SHIVA, the lone unborn and unending Formless Creator’s perfect reflection represented by Shivalingas of different sizes at Hindu Temples and in the form of lava spewing volcanoes on ‘mithya jagat’ that is illusory earth that render different regions of earth fertile again and again, in order to sustain Her family of a variety of animal forms continuing since time immemorial - with a view to reaching its believable best representative in human form at different times, viz. Krishna in Dwaperyuga, Rama in Tretayuga, and ultimately Shiva in Satyuga!

Perhaps sex education in the apparently ‘mysterious Nature’ starts from the day the child holds an ink spewing pen - as a model of shivalinga! Or, a fighter holds a sword in his hand to make blood flow from enemy’s neck (symbolically represented by the familiar image of Ma Kali), or a computer operator holds the ‘mouse’ (that is related with the vehicle of Ganesha the all rounder, husband of Riddhi and Siddhi). And so on.

An ardent devotee of Shiva might even see shivalingas in hands of TV journalists when they approach someone to elicit one’s view on some ‘burning’ issue (which might also remind one of Kamdeva burnt by ‘Shiva’s Third Eye’ representing hole in the ozone layer in Earth’s atmosphere, or Bhasmasur getting burnt because of foolishness, i.e., lack of all round knowledge)!"

JC Joshi said...

To visualize Shiva in the womb or ‘Garbgha Griha’, as ‘Kandaria Mahadeva’, I might add here that ‘Kandara’ in Hindi means ‘a cave’. And, in the mythological stories, Shiva as Bholanath is depicted as always willing to fulfil any and all desires of His devotees, the function that is also attributed to His consort Kamakshi/ Kamakhya.

In one out of many stories related with mischievous nature of the Creator, Bhasmasur is depicted as a ‘demon’, that is, a selfish person who received, as a boon from Shiva, the power to burn anybody on whose head he were ro keep his palm!

The demon thereafter thought he could become the most powerful person on earth if he were to kill Shiva Himself! He therefore proceeded to put his palm over Shiva’s head.

Realizing fear to His Own life, Shiva ran and shaving off the locks and beard He remained hidden inside a cave. [The incident perhaps indicates the plain fact, though mischievously, that the infant in its mother’s womb doesn’t have locks on its head, and these appear on the person at the right age!]

It was Vishnu in Mohini’s form, that is, as the beautiful Moon (whose essence lies in the head of demons too!) who apparently, in the meanwhile, attracted Bhasmasur’s attention.

The story then depicts him dancing with Mohini, and while trying to copy Her movements he puts his palm on his own head! And thus with the power vested upon him he was turned into ashes, or due to lack of overall knowledge virtually committed suicide!

The story in fact generally indicates how materialistic man, with a view to achieving supremacy on earth ultimately finds, during one life-time, that there always remains lot more to be known to man!

JC Joshi said...

I would like to add that I only now find the reflection of application - as lesson of the story of Bhasmasur - from the advice we as children used to receive from our parents whenever someone was noticed seated with the palm on the forehead!

The human body was believed by the Yogis to function as an instrument for storage of energy distributed at different levels within the body and because of the apparent hierarchy some people were believed to be more elevated than others, for they were believed to have most of their energy concentrated at one point in the head (either naturally with age or after Yogic exercises) and thereafter flowing down like a fountain. This return energy was therefore believed to be available for transfer to another individual at a relatively lower level, which gets manifested in some form of illness/ relatively poor level of concentration and therefore poorer performance. This phenomenon could perhaps also be seen in the ritually adopted practice of younger people touching the feet of the elders who in return bless them by keeping their palm on the heads!

JC Joshi said...

At the start of the millennium, the present day famous ‘scientist’, Stephen Hawking - when he was in India and asked whether he believed in God or not - reportedly expressed a desire to enter the mind of God!

Call it as our misfortune in the ‘present’ that we are unable to read the mind of another person like the ‘elevated souls’ or ‘Siddhas’ in the ‘past’ believably could, and that too without resort to any instruments or external aid as we are apparently become slaves to today!

However, on the other hand even today one might find Mother Nature/ Kamakshi/ Bholenath Shiva to be mysteriously, like a ‘muni’ silently, revealing Its/ Her/ His secrets to different individuals at different times, which are based on apparent untiring efforts (‘Bhagirath Prayatna’) of certain individuals, in a chain-like fashion over long periods of time perhaps, and also maybe as a result of some apparent ‘accident’ in a large number of cases, or like a bolt from the blue, in the present era.

Perhaps inspired by the ancient thought carried forth through time immemorial in the east, certain experiments are reportedly being conducted in the ‘present’, in the ‘mischievous west’, utilizing volunteers placed inside MRI machines for their brain scans, and computers programmed to guess their thoughts in advance before they actually performed the assigned task. In the present they reportedly achieved appreciable success related with some simple task of addition or subtraction. Thus the experiments still are in a very rudimentary stage and at this rate perhaps liberation from 'slavery of time' is nowhere in sight!

JC Joshi said...

The present, Kaliyuga, is perhaps the era of Ma Kali the believable original Creator in energy form. It is believably the period of low human efficiency, according to ancient Hindus, ranging between 25%-0% of its potential in Satyuga that is the era of perfection. And, therefore, there is apparent need of higher, and still progressively higher efficiency machines (‘Kal’, in Hindi, pronounced as in cull) with the backward march of time (‘kal’ in Hindi, pronounced as in carnival, and means both, yesterday as well as tomorrow!), to supplement it to apparently reach higher objectives in different fields that were believably reached earlier in the other Yugas, apparently in the long lost past, as the present day target also. This phenomenon is seen in the form of man-made high efficiency more and more evolved robots, besides other machines, in the present, reflecting thus the possible nearness of time that believably marked the beginning of material advancement in the past - perhaps originally with a crude ‘iron man’ as model of the Creator/ universe in the early days of imperfection!

kavitha said...

Hi Joshi Uncle,

A very interesting story of Bhasmasura. The wish the Asura had to gain complete power over the universe drove Shiva Himself into a cave. The dance with Mohini led him to touch his own head with his palm.

Is that probably why we are advised not to do it?

I hope Anilji has read this last part. He was looking forward to it.

Regds
Kavitha

JC Joshi said...

Kavitha, the practice of Acupressure/ Reiki etc. today indicates how a ‘master’ could help another person to restore the balance between the believable seven essences, that go into the formation of the human body. Either all of those (reflected through chronic diseases) or some of those (different combinations reflected in different forms of illnesses) gone erratic with time, or due to wrong use, such as even wrong postures of the instrument that our body believably is. For example, touching of feet of elders with hands by young while the elders placed their palm on their heads indicates some sort of attempt to connect two different systems in order to allow transfer of energy from the higher to lower potential instrument – like transfer of some liquid from one vessel into another.

Even self administration of acupressure by any knowledgeable individual on his, or her, own person utilizing one’s thumb, middle finger on any part of the body at the predetermined acupuncture points, or even the whole palm on tender regions, such as the belly, is recommended by the exponents of the art. This practice, adopted since long, also gets reflected in plain/ oil massage (‘tel malish’) given by masseurs/ hair dressers based on knowledge passed on to them from one generation to another since time immemorial.

JC Joshi said...

Yogananda, in his book Autobiography of a Yogi, indicates how a guru tapped with a forefinger on a disciple’s forehead to give him X-ray eyes, such that he was able to see through a thick masonry wall of the ashram the activity of the busy College Street in Calcutta (Kolkata)! A similar story is related with Ramakrishna Paramhansa and his favourite disciple Vivekananada, who after seeing bright light - when similarly touched by the Guru - came to believe in the existence of God!

In another incident, reported in the same book, a Guru reportedly demonstrated to some westerners in an Indian hotel how even they could experience similar X-ray vision when he pressed some point located in their throat for about 10 minutes. And the Yogis consider throat as the house of planet Venus, and as per Hindu mythological sories Rakshashas believably had magical powers!

And, of course, appearance of dreams in sleep, that appear almost real, is yet another mysterious phenomenon! And, in the ultimate analysis, the physical universe itself was considered illusory by ‘wise’ Hindus!

JC Joshi said...

Despite the concept of existence of one and only Nirakar or Formless God and all other apparent physical forms in the universe as illusory, that gets reflected in the projection of images recorded in the past on reels of films/ CD or DVD on ‘silver screen’/ computer monitor screen by humans, there must be some purpose, which is perhaps known only to the Creator, for even the ‘wise’ ancients appear to have ultimately surrendered, although Brahma believably lied that he had reached the top. Thus, the story indicates the truth that the physical universe, as apparently viewed by innumerable ‘images of God’, is illusory.

The above is communicated in the Hindu mythological story that is related with search of the beginning and the end of the Formless Creator by both Vishnu and Brahma respectively. The ancients represented the Creator, Nadbindu, symbolically by ‘Om’, and in physical form by Shivalinga, through mount Kailash in the Himalayas as the abode of both Shiva & Parvati. The logic behind the adoption of symbol ‘Om’ could perhaps be visualized by imagining letter ‘O’ to represent the relatively infinite globe of our planet earth. And, having at its top the letter ‘M’ to represent two mountain ranges that formed the River Ganga valley!

Vishnu would have surrendered immediately, as it wouldn’t have been possible for him to reach the centre of Earth from the base of Mount Kailash, whereas, it would have been possible for Brahma (model of Sun) to lie to the terrestrials that he had reached the top, that is, infinity, which is used by us as a relative term only and not as the absolute as it is indicated by the ever expanding universe!

JC Joshi said...

Another reaction to an article in 'my' newspaper on an issue that reflects the present day status of administrative set up through the game of cricket, a true reflection of our galaxy.

"Boria Majumdar in Myth Called Team India is right when he said “It had to come.”

“One who knows not/ And knows not that he knows not/ Is a fool…”

Even a child perhaps knows what goes up must come down some day. A Hindu by thought, who is aware of the fact that the ancients were wiser, because of their being closer to ‘Nature’ and perhaps having relatively much more time on their hands to do in-depth studies about all aspects of it, thus knows in essence that it is only a matter of time or the business of Mahakal Shiva, the Formless controller of Apparent Time, called Nadbindu the omnipotent and omnipresent unlimited force, through the creation of the apparent Solar system, called Mahashiva as the essence of the universe, or Earth, (as a single unit that also includes His other four ‘bhootas’, ‘fire’ or energy, ‘air’, ‘water’, and atmosphere represented by ‘sky’), or simply called the Bholenath Shiva, Gangadhara (obviously referring to Indian Sub Continent), Chandrashekhara (having moon on His head to help Him remain cool under all circumstances!), and so on, thousand names of the one and only Creator in physical form!

As examples of the above-cited phenomenon, as creation of the Panchabhootas, perhaps everyone has heard of a hot water ‘natural’ geyser, (where ‘water’ rises up and, after touching the ‘sky’, returns back on ‘earth’), or one might have even seen its similar man-made model called water-fountain. Also, one might have heard about volcanoes (where red-hot molten magma or lava in the heart of earth rises up the underground shaft to get spilled over the rim of the volcano, and appear on earth’s rendered-poor-top-soil, because of constant use, to enrich it from time to time); or even a man-made Diwali cracker, or ‘baji’ in Bengali called ‘Anar’, called thus because of its natural model in the form of the red coloured fruit called pomegranate in English!

Now, with the above Truth and background knowledge of the battle of Mahabharata, Guru Dronacharya’s (powerful Ultra-violet rays’) reflection could perhaps be seen in Guru Greg Chappel. And, Tendulkar, Ganguli, Dravid, Sehwag and perhaps Kumble (the quiet Kandaria Mahadeva-like who hid inside a cave because of fear of Bhasmasur, or perhaps Harbhajan Singh as His typical model, complete with jata-joot!) could be seen as reflections of the five powerful demigods or ‘Panch Pandavas’. However, Pandavas in Dwaperyuga were perhaps fortunate to have Krishna (meaning black) the mischievous Nandlal, the creative force, to support them. However, at the end of Kaliyuga only Ma Kali, (also meaning black), or the original formless creator, Vishnu, that is, literally ‘poisonous atom’, feared as a destructive force awaits to welcome Team(s) India!"

JC Joshi said...

Another reaction to an article in 'my' newspaper on an issue that reflects the present day status of administrative set up through the game of cricket, a true reflection of our galaxy.

"Boria Majumdar in Myth Called Team India is right when he said “It had to come.”

“One who knows not/ And knows not that he knows not/ Is a fool…”

Even a child perhaps knows what goes up must come down some day. A Hindu by thought, who is aware of the fact that the ancients were wiser, because of their being closer to ‘Nature’ and perhaps having relatively much more time on their hands to do in-depth studies about all aspects of it, thus knows in essence that it is only a matter of time or the business of Mahakal Shiva, the Formless controller of Apparent Time, called Nadbindu the omnipotent and omnipresent unlimited force, through the creation of the apparent Solar system, called Mahashiva as the essence of the universe, or Earth, (as a single unit that also includes His other four ‘bhootas’, ‘fire’ or energy, ‘air’, ‘water’, and atmosphere represented by ‘sky’), or simply called the Bholenath Shiva, Gangadhara (obviously referring to Indian Sub Continent), Chandrashekhara (having moon on His head to help Him remain cool under all circumstances!), and so on, thousand names of the one and only Creator in physical form!

As examples of the above-cited phenomenon, as creation of the Panchabhootas, perhaps everyone has heard of a hot water ‘natural’ geyser, (where ‘water’ rises up and, after touching the ‘sky’, returns back on ‘earth’), or one might have even seen its similar man-made model called water-fountain. Also, one might have heard about volcanoes (where red-hot molten magma or lava in the heart of earth rises up the underground shaft to get spilled over the rim of the volcano, and appear on earth’s rendered-poor-top-soil, because of constant use, to enrich it from time to time); or even a man-made Diwali cracker, or ‘baji’ in Bengali called ‘Anar’, called thus because of its natural model in the form of the red coloured fruit called pomegranate in English!

Now, with the above Truth and background knowledge of the battle of Mahabharata, Guru Dronacharya’s (powerful Ultra-violet rays’) reflection could perhaps be seen in Guru Greg Chappel. And, Tendulkar, Ganguli, Dravid, Sehwag and perhaps Kumble (the quiet Kandaria Mahadeva-like who hid inside a cave because of fear of Bhasmasur, or perhaps Harbhajan Singh as His typical model, complete with jata-joot!) could be seen as reflections of the five powerful demigods or ‘Panch Pandavas’. However, Pandavas in Dwaperyuga were perhaps fortunate to have Krishna (meaning black) the mischievous Nandlal, the creative force, to support them. However, at the end of Kaliyuga only Ma Kali, (also meaning black), or the original formless creator, Vishnu, that is, literally ‘poisonous atom’, feared as a destructive force awaits to welcome Team(s) India!"

JC Joshi said...

Continuing on the logic of visualizing the ‘lie of Brahma’ and thus apparent devaluation of regard for Brahma generally in the eyes of the ‘Hindus’ for all times to come, one could perhaps take up the example of a temple on the summit of a mount that was selected by some ‘wise’ people in the past, to represent symbolically only, the believable unborn and unending Creator in the form of an idol of some deity who believably alone had achieved ‘perfection’. For, subsequently at some stage the rare personalities at any time, that is, the ‘Siddhas’, apparently had reached the 'Absolute Truth' of the perfect and the mysterious Nadbindu or supreme soul who resides within each human form too, as a soul. Thus the advice to seek the ‘inner self’ irrespective of one’s location and time,

In the above example, at any time, one would notice some people who are walking down, after perhaps having with difficulty a glimpse of the idol because of the rush of faithfuls, tourists, pick-pockets, and so on, perhaps unaware of the Absolute Truth and yet everyone perhaps satisfied with one’s visit in one’s own way…

Also, there would be seen some others too who are still on their way up and are yet to have ‘darshan’ or glimpse of the idol. Now, if one of those were to enquire from someone returning to the base whether he/ she had seen God, like Brahma, his/ her reply would perhaps be in the affirmative!

It also reminds me that when one of my relatives - during our visit to the Siddhi Vinayaka Temple in Mumbai - realizing that I was left behind virtually lost in the crowd enquired from me whether I had had ‘Ganesha’s darshan’, I found myself spontaneously, perhaps eccentrically, replying to him to the effect that it was immaterial how many times I had had His ‘darshan’, I would consider myself lucky only if in that big crowd He could manage to have my ‘darshan’!

Anonymous said...

Talking of Ma Kamakshi the fulfiller of human desires, the ‘wise’ ancients realized with experience and generalization of their findings - for reaching at the essence of human life - that desire for material was like a fire that grew bigger and bigger when desire for one object after another was fulfilled. For, desire for other material objects then kept popping up one after another inside human head. And, those couldn’t end life-long because of existence of innumerable objects in one category itself, out of apparent innumerable categories, in ‘Nature’, or the world understood by the ‘wise’ as ‘a market where lies only are sold’…

Perhaps it was as a conclusion to such observations that they became conscious of the likely existence of some unseen Person, and like stress laid by the ‘wise’ for man to know his purpose, perhaps similarly to reach His likely purpose in His vast ‘Creation’. It was perhaps realized beyond an average “outward viewing” man in view of the natural forces, as per His design, at any time other than the end of Satyuga, the era of Creator Himself reaching ‘perfection’ - in the words of the apparently ‘wise’ Hindus. This is perhaps also communicated by them through the story related to finding Shivalinga’s bottom and top, that is, the origin of the Creator and His likely end. And Brahma, believably being one of the physical aspects of the Creator Himself and thus knowing the Absolute Truth, as also the Truth of His essence within all human forms at the solar plexus that is responsible for energy to reach the top, or the head also, that is, ‘sahasrara’, to energise the essence of Moon housed there, was in fact apparently telling the 'truth' of the physical world as the model of the infinite universe, or ‘an image of God’!

Thus, the above-said perhaps indicats the mischievous nature of the Formless Creator – Vishnu, and also Shiva (Neelkantha or planet Venus, in ‘His throat’, in physical form of solar system/ earth alone, within its environment) the holder of poison that is ‘visha’, as His mirror image (opposite of the ‘anu’ or atom of ‘Visha’ that is poison, which literally describes Vishnu the Nadbindu)!

- JC

JC said...

As all perhaps know, Africa is the believable present day root of the 'intelligent' Homo Sapiens. And, as we have seen earlier also, 'Bangladesh', as part of ancient 'India', the original 'Mooladhar' of Shiva who reclines in NW-SE direction with head or 'Sahasrara' at Mount Kailash. With this background and the recent good performance of Team Bangladesh in WC, I give below another reaction...

"Reference Greg Chappel resigns as Indian cricket team coach, view and counter view (April 7).

Although aware of the fact that no administrative system adopted by humans has yet proved to be fool-proof - as it is fashionable in the ‘present’, following the guidelines in respect of a ‘Democratic Society’ - it is perhaps beyond the average readers whose interest TOI caters to, to accept or even believe, because we have ‘specialists’ only today, that the game of Cricket could reflect the functioning of our ‘Milky Way Galaxy’ that according to Astronomers has a super-gravity ‘Black Hole’ in its centre, and innumerable Heavenly Bodies that are obliged to encircle it to naturally appear in the form of a disc, thick in the middle and thin at the periphery. It is also known to ‘present day scientists’ that in a centrifuge cream moves outward towards the periphery when milk is churned, and that microcosm and macrocosm function similarly!

In view of the above, it is perhaps even beyond the present day believably most intelligent person who is perhaps believed to be a ‘scientist’ residing in the ‘west’, and is therefore unaware of Hindu Mythology despite the world-wide popularity of the Gita and the Mahabharata, to imagine that the ‘cowboy’ named ‘Krishna’, meaning ‘Black’ in Sanskrit, and his ‘sudershan chakra’ could have indicated, ‘natkhat Nandlal’ who grew up to be called ‘Yogiraj Krishna’, and as “Purushottam” that is the best among humans in Dwaperyuga, as a typical model of our Galaxy, (out of innumerable other galaxies that garbage-like fill the otherwise ‘dark’ infinite void of the universe), which in turn was perhaps realized as the best model of ‘Nadbindu’/ Ma Kali (located in the heart of Shiva the Yogeshwar that is our earth the blue gem of a planet) the Formless Creator itself!

JC Joshi

PS. Even those 'Great Indian scientists' who are perhaps aware of the Hindu mythology, and also are favourites of the TOI, are allergic to the ancient concept of all round development of an individual, i.e., attainment of "siddhi" in the words of the 'wise' Yogis. Or, taking the similar advice to Adam in the Bible, not to eat the "forbidden fruit", apple, perhaps meaning 'preservation of the sphere of knowledge', and yet taking it literally as the fruit eaten by Adam, to explain as the cause of human suffering even today!"

JC Joshi said...

After ‘surrender in Krishna’, one might find one’s attitude towards life changed, and one might realize that it is difficult for others to appreciate the apparent ‘eccentrity’ in him/ her, maybe because of relativity, i.e., the fact that any point within a circle, except its centre, is eccentric. And also that the circle symbolically could represent the infinite universe/ earth, which although compared to the universe relatively is a point, has its innumerable animal forms on its circumference and not its centre, and for Yugas after Yugas! Two sides of a coin normally considered by an average man, ‘head’ and ‘tail’ only, to me finds its symbolic representation in comma [,] and average man - having a small head and a bigger tail-less lower body - represented by letter [i] and while doing ‘sheershan’, i.e., when standing on one’s head, by [!]!

With the above as background, I give below another reaction to articles in ‘my’ newspaper.

Sari Saga: Where did i go wrong? By Shashi Tharoor. (Reference STOI 8/4).

When we generally talk, for the sake of ‘time-pass’ only, we see only two sides of a coin, the ‘head’ and the ‘tail’ and overlook the third side, the blank one - like the lower body in animals that holds the majority of vital organs - that matters the most, for it renders thickness to the coin!

Shashi Tharoor (Shashi in Hindi means moon that believably is responsible for eccentric thoughts!) forgot to mention the ‘third sex’, the eunuchs, who could perhaps be seen even today in large numbers sporting Saris!

Back Talk – Chappel is right by CP Surendran

He says, “Perhaps predominantly a Hindu India should blame our pagan traditions for this compulsory image worship.”

Maybe he isn’t aware that ‘wise’ ancient Hindus had realized God to be within all humans, (and that even ancient Christians believed man to be an ‘image of God’.) And, that they were conscious of the apparent unending physical world/ universe to be illusory, serving Formless Creator’s purpose that isn’t made directly known by Him to man, for man served as multi-purpose instruments only, to reflect the grand variety that makes up our ‘Nature’. The phenomenon has a parallel reflection in the present day man utilizing a digital computer (as part of the drama of course) despite being provided with a priceless analogous computer within one’s head due to ‘lack of overall knowledge’!

The intelligent Hindus by thought, who surrendered in Yogiraj Krishna, therefore, looked for the “purushottam” or the best among humans during an era, and realized Sun’s model, Rama, as the best in Tretayuga (and better than similar character, Arjuna, of Dwaperyuga, when Krishna as reflection of the centre of our galaxy was considered the best during that era). Of course, in the ultimate analysis Shiva, as model of our earth was realized as the best in Satyuga (better than Yudhister in Dwaperyuga and Lakshamana in Tretayuga) and also the best of all times – the ‘perfect’ - though taken for granted as ‘non-living’ 4.6 billion-year-old earth! The ‘wise’ said, “Hari ananta/ Hari Katha ananta”, meaning that (Formless) God is unending and thus His stories (History) are unending! And they advised one to ‘read between the lines’ to reach at the essence or ‘satva’ that is ‘satya’ or ‘truth’ as in the statement, “Satyam Shivam Sunderam.”

JC Joshi said...

In the ultimate analysis, the ‘wise’ Hindus reflected the apparent truth of Creator to be formless Nadbindu and therefore related with zero time and space. And thus, obviously, Shiva as His true model in human form to have had zero thoughts at all ‘apparent times’ – perhaps like our ‘non-living’, inert and immortal earth that sustains all temporary forms of life on it, perhaps till eternity! However, as it becomes apparent to an average person, who believably enters the ‘kal-chakra’ or the ‘time-cycle’ on earth the 'garbha griha', it gets more and more difficult to achieve the desired zero thought state as the apparent time passes.

The above-said was understood by the ‘wise’ ancients as part of a grand design and they, therefore, realized need for exercise/ meditation by humans. For, humans alone, being images of the Creator, were believably provided the faculty to share the hardship the Creator experienced in achieving perfection from ‘nought’ in the long lost past. And hence ‘tapasya’ or heating in open under the scorching sun - with perspiration as the natural process to remove the grime that choke the pores of the natural garment that is human skin, which consequently block cosmic energy to enter the inner body - was one typical example that also found reflection thereof in human life in the process involved in cleaning of one’s garments manually, which is difficult for the present day man who is used to washing machines to visualize it, and therefore load sheddings etc, perhaps as part of the grand design!

In the present days it is only the ‘experts’ who are perhaps made aware of the intricacies of providing power/ water supply for various uses by the teeming millions of life forms on earth. And, with the passage of time, due to any out of innumerable factors, it mightn’t be possible for the concerned humans to sustain the supply indefinitely. They, therefore, now suggest ‘people’s participation’, that is, the consumer to acquire “siddhi”, which the ancient Hindus did long ago and the ‘modern man’ apparently rejected the ‘primitive’thought!

The wise ancients however realized even this phenomenon as ‘natural’ and related with ‘apparent time’ under the control of Mahakal Shiva!

JC Joshi said...

Perhaps not exactly like the Hindu belief of (Formless) Lord Vishnu in Yoganidra (that is in a state of super consciousness) believably watching actions being performed by the entire physical universe, reclining on the bed formed of celestial serpent Ananta in the middle of the Milky Sea, who also holds earth on one of its hoods, there is a saying in English, “He also serves who only stands and stares”.

The saying perhaps also applies to some extent to the Cricket Umpires, for their job is to stand and watch actions being performed by players in a green field marked by an oval shaped boundary that lies within a disc shaped galaxy-like stadium! And, their names normally appear for sometime only during the telecast/ commentary on the radio, and forgotten after the match, while all kinds of statistics are kept in record (like historical records of different rulers) in respect of the batters, bowlers, fielders etc., almost since the time the game came to be recognized as an international event with the expansion of British colonies on the globe, such that it was popularly said at one time that ‘sun never sets in the British Empire’! And the ‘suryavanshi’ kings, i.e., the rulers in Tretayuga who functioned like the sun, apparently increased their sphere of influence by acquiring more and more land on the globe by sheer force (Krishna, of course, in the Gita claims sun and moon to be illuminated by Him and, therefore, His indirect rule, as also communicated through Bharat indirectly ruling over Ayodhya during Rama’s exile with his brother Rama's slippers on the throne of Ayodhya)!

JC Joshi said...

With the advent of the facility of telecast of cricket matches for the benefit and entertainment of viewers located all around the globe, and not restricted to only those spectators who are physically present inside the stadium as it used to happen in the past (like other Heavenly Bodies that happen to be present in the sky right over the location where the match is being played), there is now a ‘Third Umpire’ (Mahesha-like) also introduced into the game of cricket as the arbitrator. Interestingly, his job is to come into picture only if the two umpires (models of Brahma & Vishnu?) on the ground aren’t in a position to decide certain controvertial cases on the basis of their audio-visual judgement whether a batter was caught/ run out as is being claimed by the fielding side. He is provided access to replays, frame by frame, through different camera(s) located at such position(s) that might have clearly recorded the particular event. Therefore, in certain cases if even the available replays fail to decide the case without any trace of doubt, (and it is possible that no camera had recorded it, maybe because of time still remaining required to reach perfection, by ‘Nadbindu’ as reflected through humans in the present!), he has the discretion to decide either way, however, as per accepted practice in the present he can give benefit of doubt to the batter – and his decision anyway is final! “To err is human and to forgive/ Divine!”