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15.10.17
– “Dear B, “think”ing that God&devil are one may lead to insanity.Rather, seek the God, father&son who are one & there is possibility to enjoy Spiritual freedom.” – A
“Hey A!
Hmmm……
Thank you for the expression of concern, anyway.
But conversation, not advice, is the name of the game!” – B
“I understand nobody in the conversation group has any right to prescribe because nobody believes in existence of malady. Just few years ago, we also had long talks, understood sin and committed ourselves to a certain way and boundary. What happened? Why contradicting? In any conversation, don’t we need atleast a position or reference for oneself, if not the same ref for all in conversation.. I don’t know what is your position… Because conversations are not forever, we are limited by time and space, in reality we have to arrive at something(absolute linearly)or disappear from life (cyclic ).. Forgive me for the criticism.. Medical practitioners of various practices(western, homeo, indian etc) can discuss theories of medicine and diseases in a group.. Conversation cannot be the end in itself. Patient needs advice and a particular course because time is not on our side.. I am afraid you slowly becoming self-referenced… I request you to reconsider Trinity and seek once again, the God of the Bible, in simple prayer. Please acknowledge Authority.. Did this all start with a frustrating battle with morality in our formative years?? Did our failure to overcome lust which contradicted our faith in the saviour lead to some form of disillusionment with Christianity? Did we not also believe that God sometimes uses fleshly tendencies to deal with our intellectual/religious pride which is more dangerous ? We had some understanding of ourselves ,did we not, we were not insane because Someone else had the ultimate authority over our destinies….Am i nobody to advice you?…just because i cannot personally engage with you now on a continuous basis or my knowledge is not as wide as yours, which is true… Would you not bow to God and pray the prayerJesus taught us? Is God not our heavenly Father? Can we not address Him thus? Let us not rebuke God but call for help.. Have we become too proud to call upon our creator who wants to save us to the uttermost? The thoughts you have are not totally foreign to my mind..but i judge them simply as evil and reject them as not mine nor God’s as Lord Jesus rejected the words of the Tempter when He was alone in solitude, as you are now, in the desert to be tempted… Please acknowledge Authority and call for help..” – A
“Good morning, A!
We will always have the right to advice each other.
What I meant by “conversation, not advice” is, we need to come toward the other with curiosity & openness FIRST, to try and understand the other as fully as possible, BEFORE responding with our own views. Got it?
I guess you were taken aback by my comment about Satan. That’s understandable! But I did not say it just to offend or provoke. Such scandalous beliefs are hinted at in the Bible itself! You just have to read it with as little presupposition as possible, and you will see so many new & amazing things you had missed before!
In fact, I am glad that you have texted me! 🙂 It shows that you’re still interested in spiritual things and concerned about me.
The version of B you knew has been left behind long back! Just as you desire to convert me, so I too want to persuade you. But, irrespective of the end result, I do believe in the value of conversation as an end in itself. It is just like how we view love or relationship. What is the purpose or goal of that??
Many things you have said about the group and me, are not true.
If you’re interested, we can revive our friendship again by reopening the lines of communication, by phone and even meeting, periodically.
GOD BLESS” – B
– Movies:
1. “Annie Hall”
Woody Allen is a genius, both as a thinker & as an artist!
The pessimistic comedian
Realism
Vs.
Romanticism
A non-optimistic apology for intimate relationships!
The problem of the meaning of life is inextricably interwoven with the question of human nature!
Art need not be a temporary escape from the travails of real life, but a redemption of suffering through a deeper exploration of the human experience……
2. “Lipstick Under my Burkha”
Refreshing to watch a quality Hindi film! On par with any English drama.
I am on a mission to restore leisure, entertainment, sexuality, etc. to their rightful place in human life – essential, not optional!
Love/romance & lust/sex can never be fully separated. This false dichotomy must be recognized as such and discarded ASAP.
“Where there is desire, there is gotta be a flame,
Where there is a flame, someone’s gonna get burnt.
But just because you’re burnt doesn’t mean you’re gonna die.
You gotta get up & try, try, try……!”
All societies are repressive. True or false?
Desire knows no age, gender or CLASS… “FUCK YOU!”
Is freedom a unique human need (as opposed to safety, pleasure & reproduction)? Could it be primary, even above the so-called basic needs?!
16.10.17
– markup
Yard sale
Off-the-grid
– “Carmen Queasy” – Maxim
“Firestarter” – Prodigy
What’s the genre?!
– What I am commanding you today is to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to obey his commandments, his statutes, and his ordinances. Then you will live and become numerous and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you are about to possess.
Deuteronomy 30:16 NET
Love ~ live
Obey ~ blessed
If you love life, and want to be blessed, then understand & obey the laws of reality.
– Practical jokes
prankster
chary
– “Know the glorious,
Keep to the lowly,
And be the Fountain of the World.
To be the Fountain of the World is
To live the abundant life of Virtue,
And to return again to Primal Simplicity.”
— Tao Te Ching, 28
Be complex in knowledge and simple in lifestyle.
Great ideas (theory) + small actions (practice) = good life (experience)!
Be perpetually refreshed by returning to the perennial wisdom of the ancients!
– News:
GST Decision ‘Not Taken By PM Modi Alone,’ Says PM Modi
In Jharkhand, 11-year-old dies of starvation as her family did not have Aadhaar-linked ration card
Catalonia separatism
China, India can help solve Rohingya crisis
IGNOU 2018 admission
Mogadishu bombing: al-Shabaab behind deadly blast
Austria turns sharply to the right in an election shaped by immigration
39 percent of cancer cases in India recorded in Haryana
All you need to know about India’s first Ayurveda Institute (NABH accreditation)
Bengaluru rains: 16 dead in last two months as ill-equipped city suffers wettest season in history
17.10.17
– Real virtuality
– revOlution
Subtle cues
– Studying “abnormal” people is essential to a proper understanding of being human!
E.g. Autism
– Why is entertainment/recreation so important?
Because it is a uniquely human activity/need!
Is it?
– Preparing for this open elective course (that I’m gonna teach) is so good for me……! 😎
– Stop >> reset >> start again >> ……
– Drop the idea of using nutmeg powder as a psychedelic!
– Genesis (in Hebrew):
Adam (Mankind) – the godlike creature => man/husband+woman/wife (human partners) ~ male+female (sex of any animal)
Eve ~ mother of all the humans (except Adam)
A different Hebrew word is used for Adam, man/husband and male.
A different Hebrew word is used for woman/wife, female and Eve/mother.
Adam – parent of Eve?!
GOD (father) + Adam (mother) => Eve!?
Man ~ ruddy ~ red earth/bloody soil!
There are 2 biblical traditions in conflict – one which portrays Adam as male, and one which uses that all-important word to refer to mankind as a whole (both male & female).
Or should this be seen as 2 different sides of the same coin rather than a conflict?
The man represents mankind, since the woman herself was separated out of the original man.
Still, the whole picture looks heavily patriarchal/hierarchical……
– How is the discovery of a new planet in the solar system significant for human welfare?
18.10.17
– outre
Soul survivor
– “More human than human!”
“Too much is never enough!”
“Would it be wrong, would it be right,
If I took my life tonight?”
“Is that all you got?
I’ll take your best shot!”
“I’m not afraid of fading…”
– “தீப ஒளியால் மனதில் உள்ள மாயை எனும் இருள் அகலட்டும்
தித்திக்கும் இனிப்பால் வாழ்க்கை இன்பமயமாகட்டும்
சரவெடிகள் போல் மனதின் சங்கடங்கள் சிதறட்டும்
புத்தாடை போல் புது வாழ்வு அமையட்டும்
தங்களுக்கும் தங்கள் குடும்பத்தினர் அனைவருக்கும் இனிய தீப ஒளி திருநாள் வாழ்த்துக்கள்”
– Elegiac sadness
“The Tumbler of Our Lady”
Le Légendes Épiques
Tristan & Iseult
Naraka Chaturdasi
19.10.17
– Movies:
“Blade Runner 2049”
Visually stunning!
Was there a cut in the film (by the cinema theater)?! How did K suddenly end up with the rebels while Dakard alone is taken to Wallace??
No sentient being, even if not “fully human”, can be seen just as a utility. What about the humans who are “less than fully” human??
As machines become more intelligent, humans are becoming less humane……
The search for “something real”
joi & pornography
Identity + independence + intimacy (freedom)
Vs.
Power + technology + fear (slavery)
Using corporate clout, to subvert ideological brainwashing, via entertainment!
The hero takes neither the side of the dominant power structure nor the underground rebellion, but expresses his own resistance to depersonalization by prioritizing intimate relationships (like romance, friendship & family) – that was a great letdown for me!
Compare with “Arrival”, “inception”, etc. – after exploring grand philosophical/spiritual/moral themes, the final point comes down to something as mundane and domestic, as inter-personal love!
Connect with Westworld (TV series) too.
Those who fight any evil, risk becoming like that very enemy!
Dakard ask K, “But why?! Who am I to you??” – “What could be more human than to die for a worthy cause?”
The one tiny miracle that breaks the world!
Trailer subtitles:
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Every civilization
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Was built off the back
of a disposable workforce
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But I can only make so many.
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Shhh…
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Happy Birthday.
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There is an order
to things.
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That’s what we do here.
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We keep order.
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The world is built on a wall that separates
… kind
10
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Tell either side there’s no Wall
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You bought a war.
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You’re a cop.
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I had your job once.
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I was good at it.
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I know.
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What do you want?
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I wanna ask you some questions.
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The key to the future
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is finally unearthed.
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Bring it to me.
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They know you’re here.
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I always told you
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You’re special.
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Your story isn’t over yet.
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There’s still a page left.
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– S. Chandrasekhar’s 107th Birthday
– 10 Countries Most Afflicted By Modern Slavery
– Why It’s So Dangerous To Be Christian In The Middle East
– Gravitational waves
“Love Jihad”
– Why do Kurds want a separate country?
– Iraq Explained — ISIS, Syria and War
– Conflict in Israel and Palestine: Crash Course World History 223
– (Self-)cultivation is your life-work.
(World-)transformation is pure Gift!
– Breathe the sky!
Inspiration (spirituality) + expiration (death) = respiration (life)
– I guess I disagree with St. Paul – “all things are beneficial (in their right place)!”
20.10.17
– media trainer
stolid
dicast
21.10.17
– What’s the difference between Rock & Alternative?
– Ass delights!
gonzo
taciturn
– “Certain Women” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). Sex, smoking and sadness. Running time: 1 hour 47 minutes.”
– “To S.A.
I loved you, so I drew these tides of men into my hands
and wrote my will across the sky in stars
To earn you Freedom, the seven-pillared worthy house,
that your eyes might be shining for me
When we came.
Death seemed my servant on the road, till we were near
and saw you waiting:
When you smiled, and in sorrowful envy he outran me
and took you apart:
Into his quietness.
Love, the way-weary, groped to your body, our brief wage
ours for the moment
Before earth’s soft hand explored your shape, and the blind
worms grew fat upon
Your substance.
Men prayed me that I set our work, the inviolate house,
as a memory of you.
But for fit monument I shattered it, unfinished: and now
The little things creep out to patch themselves hovels
in the marred shadow
Of your gift.”
– T. E. Lawrence (From “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”)
23.10.17
– au fait
malarkey
30.10.17
– Movies:
  1. “களத்ததூர் க்ராமம்”
Too melodramatic for my liking, and the fight sequences look more like dances!
The sound/voice was also of poor quality.
I expected Ilayaraja to do better! Maybe he has crossed his prime……
The hospital “ICU” motif is the metanarrative!
Government indifference/inefficiency + police scavenging/brutality –> death/murder of the poor
Truth – is it what “really happened” or what (almost) everyone believes happened?
The Naxal way – an option or a predicament?
The leader is the one who takes initiative in the midst of despair and fear, gets killed for it, and thereby changes the scenario!
In this world, justice will always be a rarity. Accept it!
  1. “Ingrid Goes West”
Actually, this is not a (typical) comedy film… it is a tragedy!
It might have been better if it was only 1 hour long, like a TV series pilot episode.
Social media
Vs.
Real relationships
The necessity of sharing, to make life worthwhile, and the importance of solitude, to rescue us from codependency.
The lack of a sense of personal purpose and overall meaning predisposes us to inner emptiness & herd mentality.
The celebrity cult – compare with mainstream religion! Get disillusioned, ASAP. Period.
– in media res
M.O – modus operandi
fauxhemian
knockoff
thrift-store
Squad goals
Consumer response to health crisis
in the throes
weasel
Primary sources
Anton LaVey
New Religious Movements
– Government intervention
Vs.
User-driven technological innovation
Advertisements

LINES

6.10.17

– The Las Vegas Shooting and the Search for Meaning

https://www.newyorker.com/news/benjamin-wallace-wells/the-las-vegas-shooting-and-the-search-for-meaning

“All our life is like a day of celebration for us; we are convinced, in fact, that God is always everywhere. We work while singing; we sail while reciting hymns; we accomplish all other occupations of life while praying.”

— Clement of Alexandria

Life ~ rejoicing ~ working ~ praising ~ loving ~ praying

We are saved by faith (in Grace).

To believe (in GOD) is to live (fully)! Does the vice versa also hold good? To value Life and enjoy it, irrespective of the contingencies……

– Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For by the standard you judge you will be judged, and the measure you use will be the measure you receive.” – Mat. 7:1-2

Use the same standard, to judge others, as you use to judge yourself. Then GOD will be pleased with you and reward you.

– collegium

parole

SEBI

– News:

Nobel peace prize: ICAN award sends nuclear message

For transparency’s sake, Supreme Court starts uploading its Collegium’s decisions

Delhi: 2 kids die of suffocation after a family member accidentally locks them in car

– Bombard

http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/2017/10/06/

7.10.17

– joi

– “Black Gospel” by Davie

– http://www.wikihow.com/Smoke-a-Cigarette

http://www.wikihow.com/Enjoy-a-Cigarette

Did you get high??

8.10.17

– “Everybody” by Logic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_fQMaLciww

– “Real life” by Aaron Sprinkle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk7x7QmnxaQ

https://genius.com/Aaron-sprinkle-real-life-lyrics

– “Pray” by Sam Smith

https://genius.com/Sam-smith-pray-lyrics

– “Whiskey & Wine” by Planning for Burial 

– TV series:

“The Sinner” Season 1

Did you notice the Rorshach patterns in the title graphics?!

Not just another crime/detective series.

The spiritual & the psychological, the moral & the cultural, clash together… And the result is aesthetic!

It’s better left as a limited series.

Sinner/cursed, patient/victim or human/agent??

Observe her individuation happening, right before your eyes! No tragedy, no (opportunity for) maturity!?

I think I am more like Phoebe!

9.10.17

– Does hedonism empower or cripple?

It could strengthen your lust for life and thereby enable you to suffer (endure/fight) better!

It could also weaken you by enslaving you to the pleasure of immediate gratification……

Since most people are occupied with work, and only occasionally make time for entertainment, maybe I should do the inverse!

– About TED

https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization

– TED (learning & sharing) + Socratic method (thinking pattern) + Sublimewe (communication style) + SFG (meeting format) + mindful meditation (getting deeply in touch with oneself)

Ideas-world-selves (interaction)

+

Critical – connective/collaborative – creative (thinking)

+

Express – empathic listening – reflect/interject (repeat/deepen)

+

Theory-experience-practice (overlapping)

+

Body-mind-spirit (integration)

Curiosity –> passion for understanding/growth –> inquiry & dialogue

Authenticity, vulnerability & empathy

Observe –> reflect –> respond

Information –> knowledge –> wisdom

Faith, hope & love ~ meaning, vocation & intimacy

Rhythm, pleasure & achievement

How do we find the good life?

Why is education important?

What does it mean to be human?

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

“How is it with your soul?”

Journaling & story-telling

Problem-sharing & consulting

Focus on relaxing & enjoying

Attendance + participation + presentation (3 grades – fail, pass, distinction)

In-class assignments & assessment

Max. 12-15 students. Can be done for minimal (half?) charge, so that no student is left out because of financial reasons.

Syllabus will be vague initially and will evolve as the course progresses. Topics/subjects will be determined by what emerges out of the dynamic interaction between the participants.

The course can be called “Open Learning in Small Groups”

(An innovative movement in education – activities that either enhance learning opportunities within formal education systems or broaden learning opportunities beyond formal education systems – teaching methods, interactive learning, optimal training, etc. – ecologies of learning communities – central focus is needs of the learner as perceived by the learner.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_learning)

Offer (free) mentoring – vocational guidance, Rule of Life, learning plan, candid conversation, spiritual companionship, etc.

– Initial Public Offer

Energy trading

– Supreme Court bans firecrackers in Delhi! 

10.10.17

– The Nansen Passport

Proof of concept

Pet project

Pilot experiment

The semantics of natural language

Formal/structural knowledge 

– I think that the timing of the opportunity to teach an open elective course in Christ University, and my reconnection with the Socratic Method is providential.

Synchronicity!

– I should read, think & write MORE!

Should I listen and talk more too?

– denegation

http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/2017/10/09/

11.10.17

– How do you indulge in such a way that it does not decrease (but increases!) your capacity for discipline?

And how can you discipline in such a way that does not decrease (but increases!) your capacity for indulgence?

– Movies:

“Vikram Vedha” (Tamil)

வேதா ~ வேதாளம்!

Distinguish:

Immorality

&

Amorality

Vikramaditya and Vetal story (Indian mythology – check out Amar Chitra Katha!)

http://devdutt.com/articles/applied-mythology/leadership/vikramaditya-and-vetal.html

Theme song lyrics

http://www.tamilpaa.com/3416-karuppu-vellai-tamil-songs-lyrics

The action scenes are quite laughable, but still watchable.

– What is (my) brand equity?

– Luscious apparatus

https://vimeo.com/35104381

– Behind the camera

Graveyard shift

– Wunder carpool

– Risks of light & intermittent smoking

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2865193/#!po=22.7941

http://amp.timeinc.net/time/4590517/smoking-death-lung-cancer/?source=dam

– Healthy alcohol use

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/alcohol/art-20044551?pg=1

– Is pornography addictive? http://www.apa.org/monitor/2014/04/pornography.aspx

Porn: What’s really going on?

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/8515402

– 2 cigarettes – once a week

2 hours of porn – once a week

400 ml beer or 40 ml vodka/gin – 2 times a week

Drugs – once a week

2 freak out days per week – one with the bad stuff and one without. 

12.10.17

– It’s always wiser to buy a used, quality product than a new, inferior one.

“In many people, it is already an impertinence to say ‘I’.”

– THEODOR ADORNO

http://www.bquot.es/s/2304

Refer:

https://books.google.co.in/books?id=s0AYAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA183&lpg=PA183&dq=%22In+many+people+it+is+already+an+impertinence+to+say+%27I%27.%22+Adorno&source=bl&ots=Vn4sa9Ev3n&sig=0KYYEnkx7jVgYubVCp-PeiDkp5s&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj_8PWs4-rWAhXLsY8KHVXUBc0Q6AEIEDAC#v=onepage&q=%22In%20many%20people%20it%20is%20already%20an%20impertinence%20to%20say%20’I’.%22%20Adorno&f=false

The lamentation (& condemnation) of the diminution of individual consciousness in (post)modern subjectivity, and its consequent primary docility (passive obedience to social relations)!

13.10.17

– auk

– interdigitate

http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/2017/10/12/

– creativeness

Virtual gyroscope

14.10.17

– Fluid ounces

Privacy policy 

Performative stance

Blind revolution mad

Tears (falling) on stone

Theories of everything 

– Distinguish:

Abstraction 

&

Axiomatization 

Axiomatization ~ decisionism

– Is self-deification avoidable?!

What makes you ask such a question??

– Explanations as (incomplete) material parts of the Real, rather than transcendental (complete) representations of it.

Anthropocentrism –> anthropomorphism 

Self-attribution

The epistemological implications of a scientific philosophy!

Experience as immanent experiment 

“Thought is a thing”

Postulate ~ posture ~ gesture ~ vision

Rigorous conclusion, arising out of utterly persistent & fearless application 

The necessary evil of consistency 

The strangeness of Gnostic thought

Logical destiny

Always open to corruption 

Contrary to proverbial opinion 

Ordinary, pluralistic, mutable, performative thought

– All (progressive?) evolution is a collection of (random?) mutations!

– HOW did Laruelle land upon his radical insights & unique axioms?!

– Distinguish:

Ordinary/everyday 

&

Easy/simple

– There are 2 women in his life.

With one, the similarities are many & superficial, and the differences few & basic.

With the other, the differences are many & superficial, and the similarities few & basic.

The first is the spouse.

The second is the soulmate.

But the sad fact is that he cannot live without the former, nor can he live with the latter.

Maybe the soulmate (dream) is just the imaginary/idealized spouse (real). Once the union is actualized, the dream evaporates!

– You’re a spiritual genius, just like me,

And you’re a social retard, just like me…

That’s why, we both will always be

Admired, and lonely! 🙂

– T20 cricket match washed out

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/21012650/hyderabad-washout-hurts-cricket-value