Sunday, June 27, 2010

IX- The Sands of Time

I was shocked!..... My cousin had asked me whether Michael Jackson was really as good as people make him out to be?..... How can somebody ask such a strange question?  Well..understandably.... he could as he was born in the year 1990. By the time he could understand music, the MJ generation had already passed.

I didn't know where or how to start describing MJ to him. He kept looking at me waiting for an answer. I told him that MJ was part of me and almost everybody else during our teens. All my friends grew up listening to him.

From the Music Video- ' Thriller"
To further convince him, I described to him  how great his power was over the teenagers.. women used to faint at the site of him, his songs would play over and over on MTV. He was the most famous and the most dissected music personality by the media. He used to command such power over the population, that even before he uttered a word on stage, his fans would scream and scream and scream. After all the fans would be done screaming, he used to start his performances. He popularised break dance and his music videos were like mini movies. His songs, Billie Jean, Bad, Dangerous, man in the mirror, thriller made records which are still unbroken. He was rightfully called the king of Pop. There is gonna be no one like him.

From the music video- ' Remember the Time'.
He tried to appear convinced, but I knew he was faking it. I was sad, not because I did not convince him but because he would never know the magic of Michael Jackson. The unbelievable and magical  MJ era was getting covered forever by the sands of Time......

That night I logged on Youtube and  watched Michael Jackson's music video- 'who is it', one of my favorites. Something strange happened.

From the music video-' Jam' with
Michael Jordon
While watching the video, I felt myself  teleported back to my teens. The euphoric feeling returned at listening to his songs. The feeling is not easy to describe.. but it was as if I was re-living my past. Its the same feeling when one gets when for example visiting one's old school, old house, old friends etc.. its much more deep  than merely remembering some old facts.

Do we mentally teleport back in time or is  it just some memories rearing its head again? The answer is not an easy one if you consider the fact that according to latest science, Time and reality is very likely a mental illusion akin to a dream.  At the very basic level of reality, Time ceases to exist. Moreover, neurologists have been unable to find  where the actual memories are stored in the brain. The brain merely seems to act like a bridge between the  mind and the body.

While contemplating on the the memory mystery  of the was by chance I had gone to see the movie, 'Prince of Persia, the sands of Time'. The movie had a very witty ending wherein the prince ultimately uses the 'dagger of time' to rewind the reality and experience a different future. Hmm.. i thought about it.... maybe by remembering some event in the past, what we are actually doing is pressing the pause button of this dream reality  and mentally connecting with the  reality where there is no such thing as time. Some saints call this the merger of the individual mind with the universal or the divine mind.

This is not so absurd as it sounds if you consider that some people have such an amazing photographic memory, that it boggles the mind. You tell them any sentence of a book they might have read in their childhood and they can tell you on which page it is!! ...( see links below ). Current medical science fails to explain such phenomena. Moreover, scientists have recently been astonished to find that a simple plant utilises quantum entanglement ( a state where everything is connected and  there is no such thing as 'time' ) to distribute energy generated from sunlight throughout its body. Hmm.. if a simple plant can do such a trick , why not  us?  To me, it seems logical when you consider that if nature gave us the illusion of time, then  surely the easiest way to remember  is to remove the illusion of time rather than create a computer mechanism for storing and retrieving memories.  It just sounds a whole lot simpler.

Rest In Peace- Michael Jackson
The more developed realized saints ofcourse can more fully merge their mind with the universal mind, and can  see  into the future as well. There were many people like Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce and ofcourse my father's guru ( see previous chapters in this blog ) ,  who could  see far ahead in the future.

A question can be asked... what use is this knowledge of Time to me..Well.. for one..... I know Michael Jackson is not dead for me. He lives on in my mind......


Does Memory reside in the Brain. - An interesting article.
The Mystery of Time. 
A NewYork Times Article on the Mystery of Time.
Kim Peek - Man with Amazing photographic memory. ( video )
Wikipedia on Kim Peek
Plants utilize quantum entanglement.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

VIII- Incredible India.


Harrison ford stars as
Indiana Jones..the famous archeologist brought to life by  Steven Spielberg in many movies never ceases to amaze me. Unearthing ancient  civilizations, artifacts and lost historical treasures really makes for interesting adventures. As a kid, I always wanted to relive the adventures of Indiana Jones. I always  thought it would be so cool to discover an ancient civilization much more advanced than what we thought of them.  Lo.. and behold...  I never realized that I would end up re-discovering my own country, Bharat ( India ).  I had learned of India from our history textbooks which was kind of depressing to say the least. What I realize now  is  that I was merely looking at the black spot of the British occupation of our country and our struggle for freedom. The history of our race is much more glorious than I ever imagined. I would describe my country's history as follows..

Once upon a time, there was a land known as Bharat. God wanted to give this land all the features so that its inhabitants could experience life fully and in all its glory.  God gave it the highest mountain ranges, which served not only as a place of solitude so as to reach him, but also posed a challenge to the indomitable  human spirit. It was also strategically located so as to prevent its inhabitants from the cold wave of the north while assuring a steady supply of mineral water to its inhabitants in the form of various rivers throughout the year. Not to bore its inhabitants, god further added variety in the form of deserts of rajasthan, cold desert of Ladakh, tropical forests with unlimited variety of plants and animals and  one of the longest and beautiful coastlines. It further gave its inhabitants the highest percentage of arable land ( 51% )  from which to grow food and feed the population and its visitors.

The inhabitants of this country, with all the natural comforts given above, evolved very  quickly. They  soon developed the most scientifically perfect language known as 'sanskrit'.  They further developed Vimana ( now known as Aeroplanes ) and had already known the power of 'anu'. ( now known as 'atom' in English ). They had soon realised that the material world is an illusion and therefore developed the Science of Meditation and Yoga. Through the development of this science, they began to increasingly control this dream reality  and many were ultimately able to conquer time and space. Teleportation was  achieved. Machines were no longer needed. They became so absorbed in the science of the mind, that the physical sciences were almost forgotten.

 Through their developed powers, they were able to perceive the coming dark ages ( kali yuga ). It was a feared age as man would progressively utilise less and less of his mind and would not be able to comprehend anything beyond the five senses. As such, to protect the knowledge already gained, and also to prevent their misuse, they encoded the knowledge in cryptic sanskrit shlokas. The human mind can remember rhythms naturally and without any effort ( a song is easy to remember ). As such, the shlokas were made rhythmic so that there was less chance of its distortion when passed down orally from one generation to the next. They called it the vedas.

Just before the onset of the dark age called 'kali yuga', the country fought a great internal battle now known as the 'Mahabharata' in which most of the intelligent people were killed. The winners, pandavas alongwith realized saints, dejected with the effects on men in the kali yuga retired to the Himalayan mountains ( The shrines\caves of pandavas are existing  near Badrinath ).  Many saints did not take samadhi and instead kept a watch on the  world's  activities waiting for an opportune time to reveal the knowledge again. However from time to time, in order to guide and instill hope in people through the dark ages, saintly teachers like the Buddha took birth in this Holy Land to guide the generations in china, Tibet and other Asian Countries.

 Even Christ, though born in Jerusalem, came to India  during the age 12-30 and learned the science of Yoga and meditation. He realised that he was a part of god and as such called himself the 'son' of god. He tried to teach his people the same principles, but the dark ages had taken hold of the mind of men. They could not grasp his teachings and instead of felicitating him, crucified him. He is thought to have survived the crucification and rejuvenated himself through the techniques of yoga. He thereafter left his homeland and settled in Kashmir, India. ( see links below )

It would however be foolish to confine the greatness of  this holy land only for its spiritual endeavours. Even in this dark kali yuga age, the Indians were masters of the masters.  In the field of mathematics, the Indians invented the numbering system ( though credit is given to Arabs but the Arabs themselves learnt it from Hindus ) and also the concept of zero ( 'shunya'  in sanskrit ) . Trigonometry was also invented by it. Infact, even  the European Languages including many words in English are a derivative of the ancient sanskrit language of India.

In the field of Medicine, long before anybody knew about energy, we were describing body in terms of energy ( kundalini shakti ) rather than in terms of cells.  This seems logical if you keep the scientific fact that all is different forms of one energy.   The Ayurveda is basically based on treating the causes and imbalances in energy rather than medical Science which is basically based on treating the symptoms. Medical Science considers the power of mind and its effects on the body, called the placebo effect as a mystery whereas the Indians  knew long back that the mind makes the body ( as in a dream ) and body does not make the mind.

Nalanda University. The worlds first University

In the field of Astronomy, there are references in Rig Veda ( some say the vedas are atleast 10000 years old ) about the spherical shape of earth, period of rotation and that the earth revolves around the sun. The ancient Hindus also knew that the sun also revolves around another sun, which scientists only now are suspecting the same. Infact, the Indians taught the world in the world's first residential university called  the Nalanda University where students from china and other Asian countries used to come for studies.

Iron pillar in Delhi.

In the field of metallurgy, there was no comparision of India. The Indians made a giant 6 ton iron pillar 1500 years ago near Kutub-Minar in Delhi which has till date not rusted at all.  It is only recently that the secrets of this ancient Indian technology has been unravelled as to anti-rust properties.

Indians, through their smartness and resourcefulness  was the richest country and was called ' The Golden Bird'.  India was already into International Trade in the year 1400s and was the Biggest Trading country in the world. Infact, this was the reason that an entire oceon was named after a country.

Christopher Columbus was so amazed by India and its riches, that he decided to voyage to India on his ship to bring back spices, silks, gold etc . He accidently stumbled on USA in the year 1492  and thinking that he landed in India, named the natives as Indians. That is how the natives of USA today are called red Indians.

India lost her way after the invasion of the East India Company in the 1600s and as a result,  her greatness slept for the next 300 years. To be fair to Indians, in a front to front battle, even Alexander had to accept defeat at the hands of India. However, the Britishers were cunning and they entered India as friends and businessmen. Once trust was established, it was easy for the British to conquer India. However, the  enslavement of 300 years is but a small blackspot on the otherwise shining record of  India. No doubt, this was an extremely  traumatic experience on the psyche of Indians but much has already been written about it than what it deserves.

Many  realized masters ( including my father's guru ) have stated that the 21st century will belong to India. The signs of this happening are already showing. Many will criticise about the lack of infrastructure, poverty, corruption etc. They fail to understand that India is in a transforming stage and its 1 billion people are trying to calibrate the country's systems through a democratic setup.  It is slow but extremely durable.

The first chapter in the Modern History of the world   may have belonged to western civilizations but it will surely have an Indian Ending...:)

References and evidences.
The Sanskrit Language
Christopher Columbus discovered America.
The lost Years of Jesus Christ. He went to India.
BBC Documentary of Jesus in India. 
The History of Nalanda University ( video )
The Iron Pillar in Delhi. 1500 years old and not rusted as yet!
The History of numbers ( video )
Research Group for the dual of our sun.
India can be the world's food basket.