It's amazing how worked up one can get after reading a comment online. A little while ago I read one, that has set my blood on fire so as to say. Come to think of it, it's a gross understatement. It was regarding an article on a blog accusing Lewis Caroll (Real name Charles Dodgson, author of Alice in wonderland of being a pedophile. Fair enough, it's a personal blog, people can write whatever they want to, also it's a valid argument because certain habits and works of his have come under scrutiny. He was a bit.... queer so as to say. But that's not what this is about.
What struck me(read pissed the fuck out of me)was -
a) The writer had never read Dodgson's(Carol's) Alice in wonderland.
b)One of the comments was " Eww. This guy is sick, I'm glad he's dead"
Now as funny as that may sound to you. It does not to me. For those of you interested in the whole debate(which isn't much, for a person remotely having an inclination towards different forms of art, history and and open mind towards the world....in short isn't a complete dumbfuck) , drop in a comment and I'll see.
The larger issue that bothers me (that this incident reignited) is that of ignorance. I have routinely and continue to be bee horrified by incidences of ignorance. There was a time when I thought people were well......dumb fucks. But going by that logic most of us would. I don't mean to sound cocky, arrogant, or elitist but damnit we sure have the wrong information at the wrong time. And what's worse is most of us may base our opinion for a period of time that follows only on those few seconds. I hate it when people are closed to hearing the other side of the story.
This world lacks people with open minds, who instead of asking the right questions, look for the wrong answers and base their beliefs in a the breath of an instant.
For instance, astrology. Big grey area. Personally, I have a deep interest in anything that goes back to the ancient times. Now for those of you unaware, the basic principle of astrology is the effect of foreign heavenly bodies, their positions having an impact on your daily lives.
I get pissed at -
a)People who have blind faith in astrology, resort to all kinds of weird things like forcing the delivery of a baby to suit a particular astrological sign/date, yes it happens, don't be so shocked.
b) People who say it's hogwash.
Everything in this universe is made up of particulate matter. Everything is made up of tiny particles. Each particle vibrates at a certain frequency.The size of these particles are measured in angstrom units. One angstrom unit equals something around 0.1 NANOMETERS. One nanometer is the BILLIONTH of a meter.
You don't need physics to know gravity, the solar system nada nada.
Here's a question - What causes tides?
Tides are caused by the gravitational force of the moon and sun alongwith the rotation of the earth.(for those of you who think it's a myth,well....it's not. Read more.)
Here's the deal. The Gravitational force doesn't act on the water bodies as a whole.Hold your breath- It acts on every single particle.
Another question- What is responsible for your present emotional state?
Neurons.Nerves.Hormones. Human emotion is essentially chemistry.Every chemical compound in our human body is a bond of electrons. Your mood affects your state of mind, which affects the decisions you make, the reactions you get, the way you react to others. Your heart beats because it receives a tiny jolt of electricity produced in your own body.
There's a chinese saying " You create your own problems".
We chant OM. We might be practising Nichiren Buddhism and chant Namayoho Renge kyo. All religions believe in mass gathering and prayer, be it chating, mantras, or prayer. Sound is produced through vibration. Sound is essentially the oscillation of pressure of a medium at a particlar frequency. Air which is the medium we humans use often, Air is nothing but different gases. Gases have a chemical structure , a compound further broken down you'll find your electrons.
So it's possible to draw a conclusion? Yes. And No.
Humans have something that water does not. Free will !!!! Real astrology, and real astrologers(not the ones who charge you per hour, or predict when you're going to have kids or get married or land a job or when a pigeon decides to take a shit on your head, or the ones that write columns in the papers) enforces free will. A concept that is the foundation of free masonry. Now real astrology is a tool to enhance free will. It is the concept that is rampant in hinduism and buddhism- freedom of the soul. Enlightenment is the state where one has overcome all emotion as is free from all earthly chains.
Real astrology is the science that planets and stars etc have on the material world and ways to overcome it. Real astrology doesn't force. It intends. It leans. It increases the possibility. Because the forces are very subtle.
There was time when I would try my best to make people see the entire bigger picture and then decide. Much like a painting on the wall.
"There's a fine difference in seeing something 3 inches away and three feet away.Especially if it's on a wall" - Yours truly.
I'm glad that there are people way high up, with research that goes way beyond your average PhD who are now open to the possibilities and connections between spirituality, science and religion and music. There have been many throughout history(who I will write about) who tried to shed light but were hanged, ostracized, poisoned and beheaded. It's very exciting.
Majority of the dumb fucks I meet everyday : Not possible.....can't be...No.
People like me : Why not? Nothing to lose in trying to find out.
There's a story that I once read in a hindi textbook in school. Here's the short modern modified version.
It's the day of a solar eclipse in ancient india. People are busy preparing items to give to charity because of the belief and supersition that A monster called Rahu would swallow the sun. The only way to please him would be to do service. At Nalanda university :-
Random student Dude : Sir, why do you promote such superstition.It's wrong. People deserve to know the truth. And when will the eclipse happen?
Aryabhatta : It should happen in about half an hour and three minutes. The people are not ready yet to comprehend these things. They look forward to the day of charity. If they have their innocent beliefs tarnished, they will lose control of their thought and the negative side of them shall take hold.Society as we know it will change. This eclipse has consequences for the moods of people. They are prone to fear and hatred. Let a small lie keep their minds away from those things.
Random Student dude : But their beliefs are wrong. They shall carry on like this and fall into dark times.
Aryabhatta :If something good is happening . Why stop it? Besides, it is for us whos destiny it is to learn , and investigate to carry on further and know the truth. Reveal it to people when the time comes. Right now let mothers tell stories to children and watch them fall asleep, and believe it was the story that worked the magic, not the body clock. You are young. You will learn with time and learn to see the bigger picture. For now, for the people, let ignorance be bliss.
Aryabhatta was an astrologer, an astronomer, a mathematician. He wrote all his findings in poetry. Slokas. He was also a patron of art and studied music extensively.