What do you do when you are confused?
1. Do you seek other’s opinions on the matter? Do you call a friend or a well-wisher for advice or counseling?
2. Do you start researching (say through google) more about things you are confused about?
3. Do you put aside the confusion and do something that is less stressful (such as watching TV, reading a light magazine, taking a nap, cleaning up the shelf)? Or perhaps, you will just choose randomly to settle the matter so you can get to other things you want to do.
Or perhaps, you do something quite different to get away from the fact that you are confused.
But whatever you do, you may have noticed that the confusion does not go away. It surfaces after some time.
There is perhaps a merit is 'sitting with the confusion'. The above approaches take you 'away from the confusion'. What if you sat with the confusion, looking at it, not judging it, but observing its texture, its themes, its pulsations, its urging?
Have you ever done that? What have you discovered?
0 Comments My Tribute to Mummm9/7/2012
आमा (a poem by Krishna P).
झिकेर मुटुको टुक्रा आँखाभित्र अटाउँछिन्
भोकभोकै बसी आफू छाती चुस्न खटाउँछिन् ।
... जिन्दगी बन्छ आमाले खाएको गाँसगाँसमा
सिर्जनामूल हुन् आमा स्रष्टाको इतिहासमा ।
कोखबाट निकालेर यो धर्ती टेक्न लाउँछिन्
तातेताते भनी मीठो तोते बोली सिकाउँछिन् ।
राखेर काखमा नानी कहिले गीत गाउँछिन्
बालो सुतोस् भनी आमा हातले थुम्थुम्याउँछिन् ।
नानी उठ्छ भनी राति अल्पअल्प निदाउँने
नानी रुन्छ भनी चाँडै अन्तबाट बिदा हुने ।
नानीकै साथमा खेल्छिन् काखकाखै नचाउँछिन्
आमाले नै विधाताको सृष्टिलाई बचाउँछिन् ।
‘को खा को खा’ भनी खाना नानीलाई खुवाउँछिन्
बगाई दूधको धारा शिशुलाई नुहाउँछिन् ।
मातृवात्सल्य रित्तिन्न जस्तै दुःख भए पनि
बचरा गुँड छोडेर टाढाटाढा गए पनि ।
आमाको रूप बिग्रन्छ सन्तान जन्मिएपछि
सन्तान पर भै जान्छन् डोलीमा अन्मिएपछि ।
तैपनि हुन्छ यो सारा आमाका निम्ति गौरव
आमा निःस्वार्थ देवी हुन् कसरी नभनूँ अब !
जिन्दगानी रहेसम्म आँखाले देख्न पाउलान्
आफ्नो शक्ति भए मान्छे सेवामा जुट्न आउलान् ।
धर्तीमै छ सबै चीज खोजे मिल्छ घरीघरी
तर जन्म दिने आमा पाइँदैन कसै गरी ।
0 Comments Science - a progress?6/19/2012
Do you think science always leads to progress?
Thanks to science, we have bridges and towers, IT communication and global transportation, medicines and contraceptives, pesticides and high yield seeds. Science has made up better off in many ways. This much is clear.
What I would like to explore is - has it made us worse off in some important ways?
There are many areas that are not quite helped by scientific approach. By scientific approach, we think of control experiments, deductive causation and repetitive outcomes. For example, scientific approach lends little help when we are navigating life's events and relationships. Here, we do not use science, so we are not worse off because of science. This 'non scientific' domain lies out of science, neither helped nor hurt by science.
But if we take something more scientific like ' weather' where we have benefited by science, what have we lost in by submitting to science?
With science in weather, we moved away from mystery of life that was reflected in weather. We moved away from being sensitive to weather, its messages and omens. We no longer looked to interpreting god's moods through ocean’s tides or the thunder's roar. In olden centuries when eclipses sent shivers down people's backbones, each day was like meeting a stranger, and the weather was his new face. Now, like machines, we move through efficient grooves of umbrellas and air-conditioners. We walk about as if we are in control! Our illusion of control over the weather is easily dashed by tsunamis, floods and hurricanes. Yet, we go back swiftly into forgetful illusion of control.
Historical men groped in the dark.
Science gave us light.
(And too eager to see with certainty, we surrendered
all the tools that served us to navigate life's uncertainties.
We traded sensitivity, and awe.
We shelved imagination, and humility.
In tight spaces of modern security, we saw no longer
the shared responsibility to life)
Science gave us light
And that, we traded our sight.
Historical men groped in the dark.
Modern men grope blind.
For those facing life’s uncertainties and insecurities, science provides a poor crutch, and no compass!