Archive for March, 2010

Value of values

March 31, 2010

Often I wonder, what is the purpose of living? Do we live just because we are live? Is that a life well lived? Happiness is a measure but is that the only measure? Is there a larger purpose, and does that matter? How far one should by the ideals. That is, do we have values and ideals for living or do we live for them?

Latter is considered to be of higher quality and, therefore, more respected while former is considered practical, and often practiced. Question gets more pronounced when it clashes with interests of routine life, when ideals conflict within self and with the world around.

I am taking help of an epic character in Indian mythology. I am taking help of mythology only to illustrate a point but analogies can be found in our very life quite often. Taking help of mythological characters helps us to avoid stepping on personal space of people of our times.

Who can be better choice that Sri Rama in Ramayana? Sri Rama was known as Maryada Purushotama. He was a representative of an ideal king, an ideal friend, an ideal husband, … of course, going by the values of ancient times yet he had to disown his wife for no fault of hers, disown his brother who stood by him through thick and thin, … Was it right or wrong? One may never get a final answer

Ideals are guiding lights, they light our way and guide us. How it does depends on every individual. It forms foundation of your character. Values are not something you carry on your sleeves but rather very intimate and internal. Values demonstrated in social and personal relations are only visible manifestations of this character. Values decide what you would and what you would not. It is a choice less combination of what you are; not something you decide to have or not. It is not a question of having values but rather a question of knowing your own value system. It is part of self realization, and it helps to live in harmony with yourself, your family, friends and the world at large

Social conditioning

March 23, 2010

I like this lecture from Osho on social conditioning. Conditioning drives one mad, takes us away from happiness within; very easy yet very difficult device to escape from.

At the root is social conditioning and fickle state of human mind. I believe this is what we call Maya, entirely a creation of human mind, effectively preventing us from enjoyment, replacing observation with perception

Solution, by no means, is to run away into Himalayas. Happiness is not in Himalayas. Happiness is not in isolation. Happiness is not in the external world.

Happiness is not inaction. Happiness is not absence of desire. Happiness of state being at peace with yourself and the world at large irrespective of whatever transpires. After all, you have not much of control on what happens, and, that does not really matter barring perceptive influences

Limits of freedom

March 14, 2010

There are times in life when individual’s freedom gets in conflict with social norms. Should individual freedom be given importance over social interest? It is essentially a case of dynamic balancing.

Society is like matter and individuals are like particles of matter oscillating about their mean position. On higher energy levels, these impact neighboring particles moving them as well onto new energy levels. Consistent and continued oscillation at higher energy levels either leads to individual breaking away from the society or, if oscillation is powerful enough to influence other particles of matter around it, it leads to change of state in the society as well

Change, and resistance to change is only natural, be it change for good or bad. After all, goodness is a very relative term. It can be assessed only in the context of localized context but larger perspective. Both individual’s and social perspectives as well must be assessed to be fair. Decision should be taken by collective consciousness of society with clear and explicit consideration of individuals. However, a specific individual cannot be accorded any special treatment whatever be his/her position, qualification etc as it goes against the notion of social justice