January 27, 2007

The ideal is a fiction, a myth; it is not a reality...

I am exactly able to feel and understand the above quote of JK, at the end of my highly socialized month. My friends, who know me from India may think that socializing is not new for Uma, but my dear it’s not the same for me here in Paris, most of the time I end up in emotional frictions, specially interacting with the girls. How different are my ‘girl’ friends from India and Paris. I get extremely friendly vibes from some of my friends here and I feel the same for them, but too much of rational thinking makes me judge them.. Specially judging them with a ‘Eastern’ scale..Oh..My…God! I end up in big emotional turmoil, yesterday I had a moment of enlightenment,No! I was not sitting under Bodhi tree, but just next to Micha and Anton, two of my friends who have contrasting views and opinions towards life and me, but having frankness and intelligence as commonality, coolly helped me to see the reality without adding colors of my ideas, my inabilities , my negativity and specially without influencing me with their Ideas. If you don’t understand what I mean…you can read the below explanation of JK for the above quote. I promise, I will not give such long lectures in my forthcoming blogs, but just to compensate for my month long absence in cyberspace,and thinking that it may be useful for someone like me ...if not…I beg your patience!

=== JKrishnamurti.org ===
The ideal is a fiction, a myth; it is not a reality.
When you observe why the idea becomes important, when you are aware why the pattern has assumed such an extraordinary significance, you can see why it does. Because, first of all, it tends to postpone action: I am violent and I have this marvelous idea of non-violence, which is an ideal, and I can pursue that ideal and not act because I am still trying to be non-violent. Therefore, it is an escape from the fact of violence. If I have no ideal of non-violence, I can deal with the fact.

So the ideal becomes a distraction; the ideal is a fiction, a myth; it is not a reality. The reality is what is, which is violence. And we think that by having an ideal like non-violence, we can push violence out of ourselves—which never takes place, which can never take place. Because when we deal with facts alone, there is an operation, not when we deal with ideas. So that is one of the reasons: an idea or a pattern offers a means of postponing, of escaping from the fact; and the idea becomes important to give continuity to a particular act. I did this yesterday, I will do this today and tomorrow—it gives a continuity or becomes a habit which prevents action. This is merely carrying out a certain formula and therefore it becomes mechanical. Life is not mechanical; it has to be lived, it is action changing every minute.

So ideas offer a means of postponing action. Therefore the more ideas, the more ideals you have, the more inactive you are. Please do see this: when you act from an idea you are not active, because you are living your life in a world of fiction without any reality. So escape, postponement, offering a continuity, which gives you a habit, and functioning from a habit—that is memory and therefore mechanical. So you can see, ideas do not bring passion. I think it is very important to understand this: to act, you must have passion; to do, you must have strong feelings; otherwise, it becomes mechanical. You cannot have strong, intense, immediate feeling and passion if you have ideas

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January 25, 2007

yes!..I am alive..!

Yeah..Yeah.. I am still alive. I didn’t forget my blog and my blog readers, it’s just because this New Year started in a very high socializing sprit. Too many outings, get-togethers, socializing parties...friend’s visits….lots of eating out...shopping.(Well this is winter sale season in Paris).. I feel like a big.. wild..social.. party animal now . I started missing my loneliness… I am slowly getting back to my ground state…my science..my diet..my meditation and my blog...

January 03, 2007

NON 2007?

So, how did you welcome 2007? Wait a minute, here is a group in France who don’t want to welcome 2007; they went on road saying “non 2007”, well! This is the highest of protest in French history I guess. Is this something like Y2K problem, when ‘computer’ people were scared to welcome 2000? I don't kown!!! Last few days, I was reading a lot about ‘global warming’, especially because the organism, which I am working on “the diatoms” are proved to have the capacity to rescue us from the green house gases and hence global warming. You guys may think that I am just trying to make hype for the diatoms, I am working on, but no…Global warming is really a serious issue, specially after most of my friends who have the habit of going to Alps for Christmas vacation to Ski, came back with disappointment. Yesterday Sui’s (the Australian girl in my lab) mother told me that last week they had snow in her town, just middle the summer week with an average temperature of 30 degrees. That’s really scary,ok..now.. lets not go on the road and say non to 2007, atleast lets add “Use more public transport” in our new year’s resolution.Check out Summer Snow in Australia in Sui's Blog! News: French marchers say 'non' to 2007