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Collection of random thoughts and audio clips put together!
Thoughts in this two-minute clip are from two books: (1) Dialogue by David Bohm and (2) The Prayer of the Frog by A De Mello. Our perception of reality is something we need to challenge and revisit. We are used to see what we expect to see and our intelligence is always at work to find the comforting confirmations. The more we are open to contrasts, more vivid and wide our perception of reality becomes, and its better not to forget, its just a perception - whether it is painful or pleasing! We invariably come across the ideas of honesty, learning, love and peace when we venture out to seek - dropping our inveterate idea of self importance.
The music piece is part of the song Kaala Bandar (Black Monkey) from the hindi movie - Delhi 6. Much under-appreciated for its lyrics and composition, the song talks about uncovering and recognizing the true self underneath the layers of our personality that we so proudly and painstakingly put up and carry on with. The song has a backdrop of series of events that caught the attention of media and people in New Delhi for a while about mysterious Kaala bandar.
When civilizations are at the peak of progress, when people have nothing to worry for their foreseeable future, they may wander into the territories of unexplored mental space. Alan Lightman, a well-respected theoretical physicist, reaches back to the hymns of Ved (Rigved - supposedly the oldest among four) in his recent book entitled ‘Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine’ while wondering about the root cause of existence - of not human beings on earth (that would be too self-centered) - but of anything and everything!
The chorus played in the background is roughly the same hymns that Alan in his book has cited. It was composed by a very unique composer Shri Vanraj Bhatia for the very much acclaimed series on Indian television - Bharat Ek Khoj (Discovery of India) by Shri Shyam Benegal. The starting track consists of hymns that represent a curious mind wondering about the reasons of creation and whether or not is there any creator. The end track has some wonderful thoughts and answers to some of the ever puzzling questions.
The poem ‘Youth’ is perhaps the most popular one from Samuel Ullman. The inspiring words resonate so well with any life-enthusiast and optimist that one would want to have it engraved in the heart and mind of everyone! Well, that at least would be the feeling of General Douglas MacArthur, who had this poem framed in his office when he became Supreme Allied Commander in Tokyo, Japan (more on the page of Samuel Ullman on Wikipedia).
The background score from the Hindi movie ‘Rang De Basanti’ goes so well with the message and energy of this poem. The title credits of the movie has this piece of music composed by A. R. Rahman. The youth in the movie reaches a state of mind when they are beyond the confines of courage and fear - they found something so compelling and inspiring to do that the doing itself is the only way for them to live through.
This collection of three statements about the role of Reason and Passion is from the book 'The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran. The poet and philosopher very beautifully shows how reason and passion both are so different and yet complement each other so well for a balanced outlook in life. The reason would suck the lifeblood of enthusiasm and optimism without passion whereas passion alone would render the life scattered and aimless.
The music piece is the beginning of a song ‘Aarambh’ from the hindi film ‘Gullal’. The song is written, sung and composed by the acclaimed theatre artist Shri Piyush Mishra. The song has a peculiar tone of appreciating the courage and prompting the brave to win over the wicked.