Friday, 22 January 2010

The bold and the pitiful

Swami Gulagulaananda said:
"Not that I intend to sound like a wife; But here are the eight principles of life"

Today was a very interesting day. I wanted to beat the morning traffic and reach office before time. So, I set out a little early. And reached the ring road, which has been recently laid - The broad road is fairly straight, and a road on which you can technically zoom past. Note that the word technically has been made bold, for I forgot to mention, that I am talking about a road in Bangalore...

So, I was riding till I reached a major traffic jam. And this is a traffic jam that would have been logically unheard of. But well, where the hell is logic? This is just a pictorial representation of how the traffic jam was.

It was incredibly ridiculous. For multiple reasons. One, the people who are in red, are complete buffoons, for not only have they somehow managed to get their line completely jammed, they have come into the blue area and have jammed up that area as well. Two, after actually messing this up, they have the audacity to yell at the people who are driving in the correct path, asking them to watch where they were going. The cheek!! I was actually curious, and asked one guy how he managed to come so much into the wrong area. He said, "I don't know Sir, everyone seemed to be coming this way, so I also." The best part (sarcasm alert) is that instead of traffic policemen trying to resolve the issue, we had cheeky autodrivers! Haha, I mean, that is like trying to learn the law from criminals, or asking a beggar for a loan. How pathetic it was, for these talented auto-drivers introduced a new direction of traffic - the horizontal, which pretty much ensured that it could not be resolved any time soon. Most of us had shut off the engines. The other two wheelers were actually climbing over my foot, and giving sheepish looks when I gave an angry glare at them.

Then it happened - A bus driver from the blue area, decided to take initiative, and yelling loudly drove ahead. All the smaller vehicles hurriedly scurried away from his path. The scene reminded me of a scene from National Geographic Channel, where a huge tusker is moving madly ahead, charging, while smaller animals like rabbits and foxes run for cover so as to not get trampled under the feet of the charging mammoth. The auto-drivers, skunks, felt offended, for the bus driver paid no heed to their hair-brained schemes to resolve the issue, and loudly started yelling out swear words of the worst kind. We coolly followed the bus and came out of it. It was miserable.

However, it taught us some interesting points.
  1. People do stuff blindly, just because someone else did it, without assessing the righteousness aspect of it.
  2. People don't use righteousness, and simply start off with the "fact" that they are right and others are wrong, and so though they are wrong, continue to argue.
  3. Foolish people who cannot do things right themselves become leaders trying to guide others.
  4. More foolish people actually follow their lead.
  5. Everyone thinks about himself, and wants to go ahead, without following order. Since everyone believes in this, and nobody wants to lose, it leads to a vicious cycle.
  6. Might is right, and the stronger person will eventually arise as the winner.
  7. People who follow the strongest and the winner will eventually get out of the mess.
  8. Since the country is full of such people, you get out of one mess to get stuck in another one pretty soon
Now that we are aware of these problems, we hope that each of us will take steps to fix ourselves, thereby fixing a part of the problem.

Redundant Questions

Baba Gyani Triviani asked
"Do super-villains shout out their plans?"

Apparently a boy, who used to do odd jobs for a living, was being ill-treated by his former boss. So, he quit his job on a radio talk show. The RJ, was moved by his pitiful situation. So, she decided to go on a job hunting campaign for him. What does she do? She asked on air if anyone in Bangalore will do anything for him. Then there were calls from various people who said that they would get him a house to stay, or some work, etc. There was finally one man who told that he needed a Bisleri delivery boy, and would be paid Rs. 3000. She asked if he would be given accommodation, and he said that a room would be given.

Then she asked if he would be ill-treated. This is where I rolled my eyes. Ok, I can understand that his former employer ill-treated him, and perhaps he has some trauma, but you think and tell me - which man would tell on a live radio show that he was going to ill-treat the boy whom he is going to hire? I found this question to be ridiculous and redundant. She asked it a couple of times, and that man said that he would not ill-treat him, and finally, this boy agreed to join him. And then, apparently, the RJ was really happy and excited. The End!

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Right Actions > Actions > Words

Swami Gulagulaananda said:
"I often wonder how lighting candles and pulling weird stunts brings about an awareness... Isn't strong action always better than mere demonstrations"

I often see a lot of people protest against something in really different methods - whether it is the conventional method of standing in large numbers wearing white and holding candles, to really weird and unconventional ways sending pink underwear to some groups. What I find funny or confusing is - What purposes do these actions serve?

The latest one to get my cogs turning, is the new campaign that started going haywire on Facebook, where a large number of girls and women started posting random colours on their profiles as status messages with other people coming and liking it, and posting occasional comments. This was getting really confusing for many many guys, and some girls as well. So, finally, the cat was out of the bag. [You can read about it here]

So, if you actually read from that link, you will be able to know what I am talking about. It was about a large number of women who started posting the colour of their bras... The reason? To bring about an awareness of Breast Cancer. I really don't understand how this actually works though. I mean, it is very good that people caught up with the hype and spread it around really quickly, but seriously, there are several much better ways of doing this. I do agree that this was not the original idea of the campaign, etc. but I seem to find the same weird sets of demonstrations going around everywhere.

So, the next time, just think - If I have to spread awareness about Polio, am I supposed to post the colour of my socks? Is this going to really help eradicate the deadly disease from the face of this world? Or is it better to do it the way things are happening right now in India. I really admire this campaign to eliminate polio that is going on right now. Very very effective.

What Swami is trying to say in this entry, is that whenever we get a problem, it is human and natural for a person to feel sad, and thus they may want to show their emotions by lighting candles etc. But what is more important, is to determine how to fix the problem, and get the machinery running. We should have continuous action - I do understand that many times the solutions seem to be not viable due to many circumstances that are beyond our control - Hoever, taking steps such as these don't help anyone... A more efficient way to spread awareness is by posting actually worthwhile material which REALLY brings about awareness... Like asking them to go for check ups periodically, and doing serious reading about it, posting symptoms, or talking to patients and understanding the seriousness of the issue. I honestly disagree with posting colours of undergarments... (or even sending a large number of same coloured ones to a group of people for that matter :P)

Friday, 8 January 2010

Intelligent or moronic? You decide...

Baba Gyani Triviani laughed:
"Morons are fun, but intelligent morons are funnier"

So, today I was coming back home by bus, and was happily dozing off... Shortly, I got up to see a huge traffic jam very close to Silk Board (which is a very busy place - nothing irregular about it) and I was looking out of the window and saw this scene.

A man who was riding his bike, stopped at the footpath, and wanted to take his bike over it. He could have actually gone around the circle - but hey, riding one hundred metres more is a moral sin! So, instead, he decides to work smart, and not work hard. So, he parks his bike, lifts a huge almost rectangular rock, and places it along the pavement. Then he tries to move his bike on the rock from the side - and tries and tries... all in vain. Meanwhile, a vulture of a scooterist who was patiently standing in the side swoops in, and rides on the rock from a different angle. And voila! He successfully rides over the rock, and bamm!! his front wheel has gone across, but the scooter's bottom is lying flat against the rock!

I was grinning to myself, thinking what an idiot he was... Then he got off, and used his might to push the scooter against the rock and he managed to get it on the footpath, and vrooom he went... Now, I was amused and also a little impressed - But hey, show's not yet over. The motorcyclist realised that the scooterist had shown to him "the path towards victory". So, he takes the bike back, and starts riding in the same angle as that of the scooterist. His first wheel goes across the rock, and bamm!! his bike's body is scraping against the rock! Oh, now how could that happen - If only he knew!

The scene was hilarious. However, the motorcyclist knew the solution - All he needs to do is get off, and push it, just like the scooterist did. I think he forgot metal bikes are way heavier than plastic scooters :D Then I could see a man getting red and panting... Then a good samaritan decided to help out the moron... I was chuckling to myself by now, when the signal turned green. Oh boy, do we have a lot of intelligentia or what? It would have taken him five seconds to go around the circle, and took five minutes for this circus :-)

Pathetically Apathetic

Swami Nikhilaananda said:
"I am stumped - Don't know whether to call these people 'pathetic' or 'apathetic' "

I just happend to watch this really horrifying video clip on a news channel where a policeman covered in blood is writhing in pain, dying, with his hacked leg on his side, trying to sit up and falling back again while a convoy of a minister, with the "honourable" minister himself stand and watch - Not a single one of them helped!!!

How can anything like this happen? Leave alone being a minister, he was a human first, and the least that he could do is help out a fellow human being! Apparently the policeman was attacked by Naxals, another menace in the country. These are the very same politicians whose lives are protected by these men in khaki, and when they need help, they are not helped even. The only word that can be used to describe such people is "inhuman" - Someone who is not human. As long as we have apathetic people in the country, who ironically "lead" us, we will never be able to come out of poverty and misery, leave alone becoming a world super power! Disgusting, I must say. Oh, in case you are wondering what happened to the policeman, he died :-(

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Swami Gulagulaananda now has a web site

Swami Gulagulaananda said:
"With a combination of existing stories and new, I would like to take your help to share our wisdom with the world"

We now have a web site with stories and other interesting things to help you pass some time. Just give us a visit

Fruits of Yagna

Swami Gulagulaananda said:
"Fruits of any work - labour or rites, will reach only those who offer without hatred or jealousy"

Here is a small story to explain the concept.
Once upon a time, there was an old man named Narayana. Narayana had four sons - Bharatha, Lakshmeesha, Rudra and Gauthama. Each of these sons were married with children and lived in separate houses, but were close to their old father's house. One day, the old man lay in his deathbed, with all his sons and their wives and children around him. The old man spake thus - "My sons, I have always wanted to perform the sacred Yagna that does good to our entire family tree. But I never had the money. I don't have any time left. Soon I will pass to the other world. But please promise me that you will do this Yagna". The sons promised the old man, who soon departed on his journey to the other world.

Now the sons were in a dilemma, for the Yagna that their father wanted to perform was one that cost a lot of money. Who would put in the money became a question in each of their minds, but none spoke about it. Nobody took any steps towards the Yagna. Finally, the youngest son Gauthama decided to take it upon himself. And thus he began preparations for the great Yagna - from inviting several guests, to arranging for the sacred twigs, finding out auspicious days and getting the sages... He took care of it all. One evening, Gauthama's wife Deepa was talking to her sister who asked her who would sit at the sacred fire, for, according to the scriptures, the eldest person of the family had to sit, and that would mean that the eldest brother Bharatha had to be there. However, since it was Gauthama who had organised and paid, it would be morally right for him to sit at the Yagna. The truth was that the majority of the fruits of the great Yagna goes to the person who sits at the helm of the affair, and next is followed by members of his immediate family which includes siblings, etc. The rest of the fruits get divided by everyone who attends the Yagna, and thus it is said to be auspicious to attend Yagnas.

Listening to this, Deepa immediately retorted saying that her husband alone had to sit, for nobody else had taken initiative, nor put in any money towards the entire affair. Why then, would they sit at the helm? They have no rights to sit there. After doing all the work and shelling out all the money, why should they get the fruits of our hard labour? Saying thus, she went fuming to her house, angry that her sister even had such a thought. And then arrived the auspicious day. Over a hundred people arrived at the site, where all the sacrificial rites were performed. The Yagna went on smoothly.

After a month, good things started happening to everyone in the family. Bharatha's daughter's marriage was fixed with a person from a very good family who was also very rich and good looking. Lakshmeesha's business started doing really well. Rudra's farm had a bumper crop. Deepa's sister's husband found a pot of gold while ploughing. And so on... Soon, Deepa found that most of the people who had attended the Yagna had good things happening to them, while nothing good seemed to be happening to her family. She got depressed and went to the wise Swami Gulagulaananda who was meditating at the top of the hill Dronagiri.

After listening to her question, the sage gave a soft smile and said - "My dear child. The Yagna by itself does great things, true. But in life, one good thing alone doesn't bring you good again. Everything is bound by Karma - Your actions and deeds. When you performed the Yagna, it is true that your husband deserved to sit at the helm. But in your mind, you had the thought that the fruits should come to you and you alone, and not to the others. You should remember that the Yagna was meant for the benefit of the family, and so the fruits HAD to go to all. One must think about oneself, but not at the expense of others. When you think thus, good doesn't happen to you. That is why we always chant - 'sarve janaaha suKhinoh Bhavantu' which means that all people should be happy. If you think bad of others, karma will ensure that you get the bad that you deserve. And fruits of your Karma get shared with him as well. And his with yours. Thus, be happy nothing bad happened to you. I do know that it sounds unfair."

Saying thus, he continued - "Karma is that which keeps the entire universe in balance. Even God comes below Karma. God is to ensure that Karma is maintained and may tweak it a bit here and there, for Karma is that which is independent of all systems and is self sustaining. Even the Gods come under Karma. Don't worry, my child. If you are good to others, Karma and Sri Krishna will ensure that you get what you deserve." Saying this, he again went back to meditation, while Deepa humbly bowed respectfully to the all knowing saint, gaining a very important pearl of wisdom.

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