And the answer

(This post is the probable answer to the question raised in the previous post.)
There seems to be no limit to the outside comforts. Therefore, there has to be something within us which can be the purpose of our lives. Hindus call this state of inner self as “Moksha”. In more scientific terms, “Moksha” or salvation is the state of consciousness of the mind, or state of awareness of the mind. It is just the opposite of unconsciousness. It may be called as super consciousness. How can one achieve super consciousness? Perhaps, by trying to live in the present moment. By trying to be more and more aware about everything one does. For example, when we eat, we also think about our problems with our bosses/spouses/children etc. That means we are not fully aware about the eating activity. When we eat, we must be fully involved in eating. When we think, we must be fully involved in thinking. Should one sacrifice everything in pursuit of super consciousness? No, the idea is to be fully involved in anything one does. This means that there should be full involvement in playing sports, reading, cooking, eating, watching movie, listening to music or having fun. The practice of awareness starts from our day to day activities.

Ask yourself a question!

Well, what is the purpose of life? Right from our childhood, we have been fulfilling our desires. All we wanted as babies was mothers’ milk. Then we started asking for chocolates, then bicycles, then motorcycles & then cars etc. Apart from our material needs, our social needs also started growing. We wanted to come first in our classes, then we wanted to join premier schools for our education, then good jobs, good employers, fast track careers and on and on. It seems that the needs are never fulfilling and there seems to be no end to them. Let’s ask a few questions to ourselves. Is there any limit of achieving? Is having a Mercedes enough? Why not a helicopter? Why not a 16 seater craft? Are we ever going to be satisfied? However, the life has got certain period. Therefore, the period of fulfillment of needs is limited by the span of life. If we think about the net output of our lives, is there anything that we have really gained? Do we carry anything with us at the end of our lives? Then what is the objective of living?

Kishore Kumar – The Difference

Though Rafi could be a better singer, Kishore is more enjoyable to me. The reason for this has to be other than the basic singing ability. I can see the combination of 3 reasons for this:

  1. The quality of voice with appropriate harmonics. The word quality has been used in the perspective of physics which means various frequency components present in a wave.
  2. The emotional/trans content in the voice. Kishore had the unique quality of becoming part of the song while singing it. The audience could feel this subconsciously. One friend of mine called this feature ‘throw’. It is the ‘throw’ or ‘impact’ apart from his voice quality that makes Kishore Kumar unique among all.
  3. One of the main reasons for the music to be enjoyable is the composition. It has been seen many times that if the composition is great, it does not matter that much who sings the song. Success of remixes proves this point.

Political Parties as Companies

These days, changing membership of political parties has become akin to job hopping in companies. If job hopping is all right after all, is there anything wrong in changing political parties? Well, I think there is a huge difference between working in a company and working as a member of political party. When a person works in a company, his/her job is to execute the duties assigned to him/her. The person is rewarded suitably if he/she works well or not so well. There is basic expectation from the employee about ethics like not disclosing the secrets of the company etc. However, there is no ideology involved. It is a question of working towards the objectives of the company and not towards an ideology.

On the other hand, a political party is based on ideology. If a person believes in communist ideology, how can he/she join BJP and vice versa? However, if this is happening then it means that it is not a question of ideology but of objective. Since, parties do accept such transfers, it indicates that the political system is acting like corporate system at least in this respect.

(The article is based on a general thought and has no correlation with any real-life political situation.)

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