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2007 April 27 [Friday]

spineful living

The following is by Carla Schroder who is conducting an online course at LinuxChix.

1. The right to feel good about yourself
2. The right to act in ways that promote your dignity and self-respect as long as others' rights are not violated in the process
3. The right to be treated with respect
4. The right to say "No!" and not feel guilty
5. The right to experience and to express your feelings
6. The right to slow down and think
7. The right to change your mind
8. The right to ask for what you want
9. The right to do less than you are humanly capable of doing
10. The right to ask for information
11. The right to make mistakes

She calls it "Basic Human Rights" but if logically and philosophically (minus the religious, socio-political connotations) analysed, it is what we call "karma" !

In a different context it reminds me of all those discussions, intense (yet polite) debates I used to frequently indulge in with the heads of some Buddhist and Hindu circles. Surprisingly each of them said that I was the only person with whom they enjoyed tarkam (logical arguments), exchanged ideas, viewpoints and information they were reluctant to pass it on to the average lay person who in all probability did not want to listen either -- I was asked to write for their magazine(s) but declined, for various reasons, chiefly because as Nini put it  succintly "Most people use red herrings to argue for the sake of arguing -- This is when _logic and understanding_ flies out the window and all the energy is concentrated on verbally brow-beating the opposite person into agreeing with us only".

it would be impossible to be completely truthful about getting the message across without sugar-coating or pandering to people's preconceived biases and illogical notions of Religion -- which as we know (or are taught/learn/practice) in todays socio-political scenario is vastly different from what it was meant to be in my personal opinion. But hey, are are individuals interested or ready to accept the truth? Ahh.. not when you can use it as a _control_ tool. 

2006 April 27 [Thursday]


i had stopped practising a few months ago much to A's chagrin, but this week i started music practice again and needless to say it was simply great :-) || why did i ever stop ?? while i understand the importance of regular practice sometimes its difficult to simply produce a piece on demand and its certainly not similar to listening to recorded music at the press of a button || far from it .... unless i feel the music inside the output is not satisfactory and even if people cant tell the difference or spot errors, i can feel it and that is irritating || its a cyclic situation really, but i hope to keep this going ||

like NN said atleast it stops the chattering monkey mind so thats a huge plus || even then mere words cannot describe the melody and rhythmic patterns of a raaga which are based on the time of the day but very few people even know that and all efforts to find this information has been met with no success whatsoever || i wish teachers would take more interest in the finer details rather than just imparting a song and being done with it || analysing and teaching the finer details for each raaga needs a lot of time, dedication and patience but if they dont care today, the next level will have scarcer information than what is available today ||

2005 November 18 [Friday]

a presidential chat

Recently some children chatted via rediff.com with the Hon. President sri. APJ Abdul Kalam, who told them his first priority for the nation is "lifting the 260 million people from below the poverty line".... here are some quote's :

* "under-developed minds normally create differences.... developed minds create visions and differences disappear"
* "a good student arrives when his learning process takes care of two aspects : one is knowledge acquisition, another acquisition of a good value system"

A brilliant scientist holding a politicians job and yet he dares to be different from others of his ilk ... may his tribe grow :-) 

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