Saturday, August 15, 2015

Happy Independence Day?

Hello Friends
Happy Independence day! While celebrating and rejoicing the day, let us spend some time to understand what is real freedom? I have chosen three quotes that suggests that we are not really free and further I have added some more quotes that suggests as to how we can achieve real freedom. 

“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” 
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” 
― Ralph Ellison

What is Ego? Ego in short is "I". Life is a journey from I to WE -BABA
Here are some quotations relating to ego.
Ego is one divided by the 'Knowledge'. 'More the knowledge lesser the 'EGO' and ' lesser the knowledge more the 'EGO' _ Albert Einstein
Paramahansa Yogananda defined Self-realization as "the knowing — in body, mind, and soul - that we are one with the omnipresence of God;
The 'I' (awareness) casts off the illusions of 'I' (ego) and yet remains as the 'I' (awareness) - such is the paradox of Self-realization. Ramana
The ability to distinguish between the I(awareness) and the I(Ego) is 'Self-Realization'.
“A big ego isn’t problematic until it executes priorities at the cost of itself and others.”.
Ego says,"once everything falls into its place, I will will find peace. Spirit says, "Find peace and everything will fall into its place"

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. 
Colin Powell
"Ego is the immediate dictate of human consciousness.” – Max Planck 

An ego leads itself into the depths of disconnection whilst knowing itself as fundamentally faux.”

Our relationship with our ego is the most difficult  one to deal with. Ego is neither good or bad.It can be an ally or an enemy. An assessment or conclusion that we draw  over a situation in its pure form is a judgment. Judging is fine. Whether our judging or conclusion is realistic and healthy or the opposite depends upon our conscience. 
If one remain conscious, one will likely be able to say with a clear conscience that you know the difference. 
For example, calling a duck a duck is fair and accurate. We did an analysis and judged it as a duck. Simple. But if our conclusion condemns it because it’s a duck, then we’ve brought in an unhealthy ego aspect to our judgement.

How to have a big ego without having a big ego problem?

Those of you who have the experience of drawing the water from the well in a pot know pretty much that an half filled pot is difficult to carry as it  would make noise and spill more than the fully filled one. Imagine you have a jar and fill it with a little sand. Now when you shake it, the sand particles have enough space to move around. Next if you completely fill the jar, the sand particles are restricted because of space. It is the same case with the water molecules inside the pot. The only free motion is at the neck of the pot where a little water will spill over. But not as much as when the pot is half full.
Knowledge is like a ocean  inexhaustible unfathomable. Such being the case, individually ones knowledge is like a drop of water in the mighty ocean.
 "A little learning is a dangerous thing;/Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring." The spring is believed to be a fountain of knowledge that inspires whoever drinks from it 
 A small amount of knowledge can mislead people into thinking that they are more expert than they really are. The "I" component in all of us thinks and feels 'I am Me'. It fails to recognize the limitations due to its inability to think outside of itself. With all this in the background, let us understand  DVG's interpretation of  ' Water in a pot'. 

Water in a mud pot full, bloats and boasts of self!
Sings merrily  forgetting mighty ocean;
When immersed casually in roaring ocean!
Dissolves and merges in silence!-mankutimma–901
We are a small but significant piece of the jigsaw puzzle of the landscape that is in front of us. Similar to the water in the pot, we have the tendency to bloat and boasts of self. We need to learn to be humble and be able to identify ourselves with the nature and feel proud to be a part of a big picture .  Those who know Kannada should read and recite the Kaggas. Understanding Kagga has been made very easy for Kannadigas(ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು) by Tirumalai Ravi  (Kagga Rasadhare) ,Vijayendara Rao (Sai baba quotes and kaga in Viji's calender) and Goutham DVG Kagga. 
I remain grateful to all the resources relating to DVG Kagga and other excerpts  on the  internet.
Verse # 901

Mankutimmana Kagga
ನಾನೆನುತ್ತ=ನಾನು+ಎನುತ್ತ, ನೂನದಿಂದೆಲ್ಲವೆನುವಬ್ಧಿಯೊಳಗದನಿರಿಸೆ=ನೂನದಿಂದ+ಎಲ್ಲ+ಎನುವ+ಅಬ್ಧಿಯೊಳಗೆ+ಅದನು+ಇರಿಸೆ, ಮಣ್ಕರಗಿ=ಮಣ್ಣು+ಕರಗಿ

ನೂನ = ತತ್ವ( ನಾಣ್ಯ), ಅಬ್ಧಿ=ಕಡಲು, ಸಮುದ್ರ

ನೀರು ತುಂಬಿದ ಒಂದು ಚಿಕ್ಕ ಮಣ್ಣಿನ ಕೊಡ, ತನಗಿಂತ ಕೋಟ್ಯಾಂತರಪಟ್ಟು ಹಿರಿಯದಾದ, ಕಡಲನ್ನು ಮರೆತು, ‘ನಾನು’ ಎಂಬ ಭಾವದಿಂದ, ನಾನೇ ಎಲ್ಲವೂ, ಎನ್ನ ಬಿಟ್ಟರೆ ಬೇರಾವುದೂ ಇಲ್ಲವೆಂಬಂತಹ ಭಾವವನ್ನು ಬೀಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಆ ಕೊಡವನ್ನು ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗಿ ಸಮುದ್ರದ ನೀರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಳುಗಿಸಿದರೆ ಆಗ ಆ ಕೊಡದ ನೀರು ಕಡಲ ನೀರಲ್ಲಿ ಸೇರಿ, ಆ ಕೊಡದ ಮಣ್ಣು ಕರಗಿ ಮೌನವಾಗಿ ‘ನಾನು’ ಎಂಬ ಭಾವವಿಲ್ಲದಂತಾಗುತ್ತದೆ ಎನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ ಮಾನ್ಯ ಗುಂಡಪ್ಪನವರು ಈ ಮುಕ್ತಕದಲ್ಲಿ.

ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕೊಡವೆನ್ನುವುದು ಒಂದು ರೂಪಕವಷ್ಟೇ. ಅದನ್ನು ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಹಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಲಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು ಮತ್ತು ಅದರೊಳಗಿನ ನೀರನ್ನು ನಮಗಿರುವ ಜ್ಞಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಲಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು. ಹಾಗೆ ಜಗತ್ತಿನ ಅಗಾಧ ಜ್ಞಾನ ಸಾಗರದಲ್ಲಿ ನಮಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತಿರುವುದು ಕೇವಲ ಒಂದು ಬಿಂದುವಿನ ಒಂದು ಲಕ್ಷಪಾಲಿನಷ್ಟೂ ಅಲ್ಲ. ಆದರೆ, ನಾವು ಆ ಕೊಡದಂತೆ, ನಮಗಿರುವ ಅಲ್ಪಜ್ಞಾನವೇ ‘ ಮಹಾಜ್ಞಾನ’ ವೆನ್ನುವಂತೆ ಬೀಗುತ್ತಾ ಅಹಂಕಾರ ತೋರುತ್ತಾ ಅನ್ಯರನ್ನು ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾ, ಪರರನ್ನು ಕುಹಕವಾಡುತ್ತಾ, ಇರುತ್ತೇವೆ. ನಮ್ಮಂತಹವರನ್ನು ನೋಡಿಯೇ ‘ ಅಲ್ಪಜ್ಞಾನಿ ಮಹಾಗರ್ವಿ’ ಎನ್ನುವ ಮಾತನ್ನು ಹೇಳಿರಬೇಕು. ಈ ಜಗತ್ತಿನ ಜ್ಞಾನಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಈ ಜಗತ್ತನ್ನು ಸೃಜಿಸಿದ ಆ ಪರತತ್ವದ ಕುರಿತಾದ ಜ್ಞಾನ, ನಮಗೆ ಇದ್ಯಾವುದರ ಅರಿವಿಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೂ ನಾವು ಮಹಾಜ್ಞಾನಿಗಳ ರೀತಿ ಬೀಗುವುದನ್ನು ನೋಡಿದರೆ, ನಗು ಬರುತ್ತದೆ.

With best wishes
Yours Sincerely
SuriShiva KUMar