Sunday, February 18, 2018

Man who saw God and got transformed into a new human being.


Om Swami (2014): If Truth Be Told, a monk's memoir. Harper Collins. Pp.253. Rs.499.

ಕನ್ನಡ ಅನುವಾದ: ಬಿ ಸ್ ಜಯಪ್ರಕಾಶ ನಾರಾಯಣ (೨೦೧೬): ಸಾಫ್ಟವೇರ್ ನಿಂದ ಸಾಕ್ಷಾತ್ಕಾರದ ಕಡೆಗೆ, ಸನ್ಯಾಸಿಯೊಬ್ಬನ ಆತ್ಮವೃತ್ತಾಂತ. ವಂಶಿ ಪಬ್ಲಿಕೇಷನ್ಸ್. ಪು. ೨೮೫. ರೂ. ೨೫೦.


Of late I have been seeing here and there , in the magazines, writings of one Om Swami on the topics of spirituality, and our ancient wisdom. I was wholly impressed by his clarity, sincerity and thoroughness. I was wondering who is this Swamy suddenly appearing out of the blue as it were. Last week I had a visitor at home who asked me to suggest him a book that impressed me most. Having replied I asked him the same question. He suggested the above book, an autobiography of a monk. I got the book online and started reading and finished it almost at a stretch in spite of my age and ailments, such is the power of his writing, of his honesty.

 It is a story of a man(Amit Sharma) from Haryana who at his eighteenth year heads to Australia, gets his bachelor degree in Business and an MBA  from Sydney and with his knowledge of computer programming sets up business in software in Australia and later in Canada, UK, US and India , becomes a multimillionaire at the age of 26, and by the age of 30, having provided for his parents and sibling comfort through out their life , gifts all his wealth to a third person, heads to Himalayas to see God that was his goal right from his early childhood. Having studied all the scriptures already, finds gurus in the Himalaya, does vigorous sadhana with rigorous discipline in the caves, often in most  excruciating circumstances. In much less than 10 years God appears in front of him, hugs him and disappears. He was, to use a cliche, never the same man again. The scintillating experience of merging with infinity, of being one with all beings, living and nonliving. It was an indescribable 'experience', impossible to put it in words, as, an Upanishad says, no word and mind can reach it, much less comprehend and even approximate It. Yet, the author was able to script It in few words that is spell binding.

Some quotes from the end pages: " ..... to be enlightened means to live in the light of love, compassion and truthfulness." "Your knowledge of rituals and the scriptures, the time you spend in place of worship, the money you raise for religious causes - such things, I am sorry to tell you, have absolutely no connection with God unless the heart is open to the divine."  "...... objective of religious acts is to purify yourself and cultivate compassion and gratitude." : "We need both spirituality and science." ".. truth is not a one-size-fits all. It's a personal matter, a private affair. Einstein found it in a laboratory. Buddha found it under a tree. Edison found it in a light bulb, ....."  "A sense of fulfillment comes from walking your own path. For some it may be meditation, for others it may be music, dancing, painting, writing or reading. Find what makes you happy and pursue it." " I've given you my truth. Go, discover yours."

He lives in his ashram at the foothills of Himalayas. His blog, omswami.com, where he writes every week, gets more than a million views annually, says the blurb. The latest I saw was more of a dialogue, question and answers, than a discourse.  It was fresh and profound. He is all over the globe, sharing his experience and conducting meditation camps.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Kashinath is no more

ನಟ, ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ, ನಿರ್ಮಾಪಕ, ಸಂಗೀತ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಕಾಶೀನಾಥ ನಿಧನ.
ಒಂದು ವಿಶಿಷ್ಟ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಮನೋ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನಿ ಮತ್ತು ಸಿನಿಮಾರಂಗದ ಕಾಶೀನಾಥರ ಬೇಟಿ ನನ್ನ ಮಿತ್ರ ವೈಎನ್ಕೆ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಆಯಿತು. ಅವರ ಒಂದು ಸಿನೆಮ - 'ಅನುಭವ' ಇರಬೇಕು - ಸೆನ್ಸಾರ್ ಬೋರ್ಡ್ ಅಶ್ಲೀಲ ಎಂದು ತಿರಸ್ಕರಿಸಿತ್ತು. ಪರಿಣಿತರ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ ಪಡೆದು ಪುನಃ ಪರಿಶೀಲಿಸಲು ಕೇಳಬೇಕೆಂದು ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಿ ಕಾಶೀನಾಥರು ಒಬ್ಬ Expert ಗಾಗಿ ವೈಎನ್ಕೆ ಕೇಳಿದಾಗ ನನ್ನ ಹೆಸರು ಸೂಚಿಸಿದ್ದರು. ನಮಗೆ ಸಿನೆಮ ತೋರಿಸಿದರು. ನಾನು ಸುಧೀರ್ಘವಾದ ವಿವರಣೆ-ವಿಶ್ಲೇಷಣೆಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ ನನ್ನ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ ಬರೆದು ಇದು ಅಶ್ಲೀಲ ಅಲ್ಲವೇ ಅಲ್ಲ, ಬದಲಾಗಿ ಇದು ಒಂದು ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಅನುಭವದ ನವಿರಾದ ಹಾಗೂ ಹಾಸ್ಯಲೇಪಿತ ನಿರೂಪಣೆ, ನೋಡಲು ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಸೂಕ್ತ ಸಿನೆಮ ಎಂದು ಬರೆದ ನೆನಪು. ಸೆನ್ಸಾರ್ ಮಂಡಳಿ ನನ್ನ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ ಒಪ್ಪಿಕೊಂಡು ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಗೆ ಅನುಮತಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿತು. ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಶೀರ್ಷಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನನಗೆ 'ಕೃತಜ್ಞತೆ' ಯನ್ನ ಅರ್ಪಿಸಿದ್ದರಂತೆ, ನಾನು ಮತ್ತೆ ಟಾಕೀಸ್ಗೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಆ ಸಿನೆಮ ನೋಡಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ.
ಅವರ ಸಹೃದಯತೆ, ನೇರ ನುಡಿ-ನಡೆ, ವಿನಯ ತುಂಬಾ ಇಷ್ಟವಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಅವರ ನಿಧನದ ಸುದ್ದಿ ನನ್ನ ಅವರ ಒಂದು ಒಡನಾಟದ ನೆನಪು ತಂದಿತು ಕಂಬನಿಗಳೊಡನೆ. ಅವರ ಕುಟುಂಬಕ್ಕೆ ನಷ್ಟವನ್ನು ಭರಿಸುವ ಶಕ್ತಿ ದೊರಕಲಿ. ಅವರಿಗೆ ಸದ್ಗತಿ ಸಿಗಲಿ.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Jogi's new book: pritisuvavarannu kondubidi

ಶೋಧಕ ಜೋಗಿ.
ಜೋಗಿ ಅವರ "ಪ್ರೀತಿಸುವವರನ್ನು ಕೊಂದುಬಿಡಿ- ನಾನು ನೀನು ಸಾಯದೆ ಸ್ವರ್ಗವಿಲ್ಲ!"
ಪುಸ್ತಕಕ್ಕೆ ಎಂತಹ ಕರ್ಕಶ, ಕಾನೂನು ಭಾಹಿರ ಹೆಸರು! ಏನೋ ಭಯಂಕರ ಭೀಭತ್ಸ ಕಾದಿದೆ ಎಂತಲೇ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಬಿಚ್ಚಿದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲವೇ ಅಲ್ಲ. ಬದುಕಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಅಂದುಕೊಂಡ ಮಧುರ ಭಾವ, ಪ್ರೀತಿ-ಪ್ರೇಮ ಪ್ರಪಂಚ ರಹಸ್ಯದ ಶೋಧನೆ, ಅವುಗಳ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ ಸವಾಲುಗಳು ಪುಟ ಪುಟದಲ್ಲೂ ತೆರೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತವೆ. ಆಳವಾಗಿ ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಕೆದಕುತ್ತವೆ, ಆವರಿಸುತ್ತವೆ. ಪ್ರೀತಿಯ ಕಲ್ಪನೆ-ವಾಸ್ತವ; ಮನೆತನ, ಸಂಪ್ರದಾಯ-ಪ್ರೀತಿ, ಪ್ರೇಮ ಗಳ ವೈರುಧ್ಯವಿರುವಾಗ ಅವುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದನ್ನು ನಮ್ಮಲ್ಲೇ ಕೊಂದುಕೊಳ್ಳದಿರುವಾಗ ಬದುಕು ದುಸ್ತರವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಒಂದೊಂದು ಕತೆಯೂ ಪ್ರೀತಿಯ ಹಲವು ಮಜಲುಗಳನ್ನು ಬಿಚ್ಚಿಡುತ್ತಾ ಪ್ರಶ್ನಾರ್ಥಕವಾಗಿ ಮುಗಿಯುತ್ತದೆ. ಕಾಮು ವಿನ ಕತೆಯೊಂದನ್ನು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾ ಹೇಗೆ ಮಗನ ಮೇಲಿನ ಪ್ರೀತಿಯೇ ಮಗನನ್ನು ಕೋಂದೇ ಹಾಕಿಬಿಡುತ್ತೆ, ಅದು ಈಡಿಪಸ್ ನಂತೆ ಅಜ್ಞಾತವಾಗಿದ್ದರೂ ಬದುಕಿನ ವಾಸ್ತವ ವನ್ನು ಸಾರಿ ಹೇಳುತ್ತದೆ, ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಮಾರ್ಮಿಕವಾಗಿ ತೋರಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಜೋಗಿ.
ಪ್ರೀತಿ ಮಾತು ಬಂದಾಗ ಎಷ್ಟೋ ದಶಕಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ ಓದಿದ ಬೇಂದ್ರೆ ಯವರ ಕವಿತೆಯೊಂದು ನನ್ನ ನೆನಪಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಈಗ ಹೀಗಿದೆ:
ಪ್ರೀತಿಯೆಂಬೆ
ಕಪ್ಪೂರದ ಬೊಂಬೆ
ಸುಂದರವಾದುದು ಜ್ಯೋತಿಯನ್ನು, ಸುವಾಸನೆಯನ್ನು ಬೀರುತ್ತಾ ತನ್ನನ್ನೇ ಕರಗಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಅವಸಾನವಾಗಿಬಿಡುತ್ತದೆ ಕರ್ಪೂರದ ಬೊಂಬೆ. ಕ್ಷಣಿಕ. ಪ್ರೀತಿಯೂ ಹಾಗೆ!
ಪ್ರೀತಿಯ ಬದುಕನ್ನು ತೀವ್ರವಾಗಿ ಜಾಲಾಡಿ ಒಂದು ಗಾಢವಾದ ಎಚ್ಚರವನ್ನು ತುಂಬಾ ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಜೋಗಿ ಈ ಕೃತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ. ಭಲೇ ಜೋಗಿ

Friday, November 17, 2017

Doctors Strike in Karnataka

Karnataka Doctors on Strike.

Needle of Suspicion won't cure anything!

Doctors in Private Establishment have stuck their work over the Karnataka Private Medical Establishment Act( strictly speaking it is neither the Act or the Bill as it is yet to be introduced in the legislature) which the Government would like to bring to regulate private doctors in "inhuman" ways on the charge that those doctors exploit patients to earn  huge money for themselves. Patients are left in a lurch as they are hesitant to go to Government Hospital because of poor facility or corruption there and the other course of seeking Private Centers are closed due to strike.

The Private doctors argue that there are already stringent bodies to regulate and monitor them such as IMA, Consumer Courts and Civil and Criminal Courts and there is no need to have yet another Body. Government argues that exploitation is continuing in spite of those Bodies and hence the new regulation to put stringent measures to curb the malpractices. But, what is the guarantee that even the Bodies created by KPME Act also won't be equally, if not more, corrupt as the other existing Bodies? It would be one more center to harass private establishments.

There are good and bad in both Private and Government medical establishments, may  be the bad is increasing in both the sector of late. The medicine you offer(KPME) to cure that can not be worse than a disease.  Some of the Private Medical Facility in Karnataka have made good name in the national and even International level, patients from different part of the world come to Bangalore and other centers in Karnataka and return with high praises for the cost and facility here, please do not destroy that. Punish the guilty soon and harsh in both the sector but encourage the good ones equally soon and wholeheartedly in both the sector.

 The way the Government is handling the crisis is giving raise to all sort of suspicion, the latest one going round is that Rs 500 crore was asked for Election Fund and when the Private Managements did not accede the KPME is brought in, the Management even went to the Command at the Center and there too they were told to settle at the local level! The delay may further confirm the the rumor round. I hope and wish that the rumor is unfounded and somebody among the doctors who are involved should come out boldly either way (Yes or No) to the rumor for the sake of social health.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Jogi's new book on Bengaluru

ಉಳಿದ ವಿವರಗಳು ಲಭ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲ, ಕಥನ ಪರಿಪೂರ್ಣ. 

ಜೋಗಿ ಅವರ ಕಥಾ ಸಂಕಲನ : ಉಳಿದ ವಿವರಗಳು ಲಭ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲ, ಅಂಕಿತ ಪುಸ್ತಕ , ೨೦೧೭. 

ಈ ಕೃತಿ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಬದುಕಿನ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಜೋಗಿಯವರು ಬರೆದ ಮೂರನೆಯ ಪುಸ್ತಕ , ಇನ್ನಷ್ಟು ಬರುತ್ತದೆ ಅಂತ ಅವರೆ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಹಲವು ವರ್ಗಗಳ-ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ನಿಮ್ನ, ಮಧ್ಯಮ ವರ್ಗದ - ಹುಟ್ಟು, ಇರವು ಮತ್ತು ಸಾವುಗಳ ಹಂದರ ಇಲ್ಲಿದೆ. ಕಥನ ಶೈಲಿ, ಓಘ, ಜೋಡಣೆ ಮನಮುಟ್ಟುತ್ತದೆ. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಜೋಗಿಗೆ ತುಂಬ ಅವಸರ. ಅವರು ತರುವ ಒಬ್ಬೊಬ್ಬರ ಮೇಲೂ ಒಂದು ಕಾದಂಬರಿಯನ್ನೇ ಬರೆಯಬಹುದಿತ್ತು, ಆದರೆ ಸೊಗಸಾಗಿ ಮೂರೂ ನಾಲ್ಕು ಸಾಲಿನಲ್ಲೇ ಮುಗಿಸಿ ಬಿಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಏಕೆಂದರೆ ಬದುಕಿನ ಎಲ್ಲ ವೈರುಧ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ವೈವಿಧ್ಯತೆ ಬಿಚ್ಚಿಡುತ್ತಾ ಹೋಗಬೇಕು ಅವರಿಗೆ, ಯಾವುದೇ ಒಂದಕ್ಕೆ ಅಂಟಿಕೊಂಡು ನಿಲ್ಲುವ, ವ್ಯಯಿಸುವ ವ್ಯವಧಾನವಿಲ್ಲ. ಬಿಚ್ಚಿಡುತ್ತಾ ಆ ವೈವಿಧ್ಯ-ವೈರುಧ್ಯ ಗಳಲ್ಲಿನ ಸಮಾನ ಅಂಶ ಗೋಚರಿಸಿ, ಅರೆ!, ಎಲ್ಲರ ಬದುಕು ಇದೇ, ಇಷ್ಟೇ  ಎಂಬ ಒಂದು ಸಂತ ಭಾವದ  ಸುಳಿವು ಹಾದು ಹೋಗುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಶಯವಿಲ್ಲ. ಇಲ್ಲಿಯ ಜನರ ಮದುವೆ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿಗಳು ಪ್ರೀತಿ, ಪ್ರೇಮ, ಆತ್ಮೋದ್ಧಾರ ಗಳಿಗಲ್ಲ, ಅವು ಬದುಕಿನ ನೆರವಿಗೆ. ಕ್ಷಣ ಕ್ಷಣಕ್ಕೆ ಕಳಚುವ ಬಂಧನ, ಆದರೂ  ಕ್ಷಣ ಕ್ಷಣಕ್ಕೆ ಬದುಕು ಕಟ್ಟಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಅನಿವಾರ್ಯತೆ ಮನಕಲಕುವ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರೂಪಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಜೋಗಿ.  

ಹಾಸ್ಯ ಲೇಪನದ ವಿಷಾದ ಪುಸ್ತಕದ ಉದ್ದಕ್ಕೂ ಸಿಗುತ್ತದೆ, ಮುದಗೊಳಿಸುತ್ತದೆ: ಮಾತು ಮಾತಿಗೆ ಗಾದೆ ಹೇಳುವ ಶಿವಲಿಂಗಯ್ಯ, ಅದರಲ್ಲೂ ಪಂಡಿತರಿಗೆ ಬೇರೆ, ಪಾಮರರಿಗೆ ಬೇರೆ ಗಾದೆಗಳು. ಮದುವೆಯ ಅರತಕ್ಷತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಗಜಲ್ ಗಾಯಕರು ಏರುದನಿಯಲ್ಲಿ 'ಚುಪಕೆ ಚುಪಕೆ ರಾತ್ ದಿನ್ .. ಆಂಸೂ ಬಹಾನ ಯಾದ್ ಹೈ' ಅಂತ ಹಾಡುವುದು. ಅಲ್ಲಲ್ಲಿ ಅದ್ಭುತ ಪ್ರತಿಮೆಗಳು: "ತುಳಸೀಕಟ್ಟೆಯಲ್ಲಿದ್ದ ತುಳಸೀಗಿಡ ನೀರು ಕಾಣದೇ ಸೊರಗಿ ಸೊರಗಿ, ಕೊನೆಗಾಲದ ಹರಿಭಕ್ತನಂತೆ ಮುರುಟಿಹೋಗಿತ್ತು".  "ಆ ಬೆಳಕಿನ ಪಂಜರದೊಳಗೆ ನಾಲ್ಕಾರು ನೊಣಗಳು ಜ್ಞಾನೋದಯವಾದಂತೆ ಹಾರಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದವು."

ನಗರ ಬದುಕಿನ ಭವಣೆ ಯನ್ನು ಆಳವಾಗಿ ಸ್ಪರ್ಶಿಸುವಂತೆ ಚಿತ್ರಿಸಿ ನಮಗೊಂದು ಉತ್ತಮ ಓದು ಕೊಟ್ಟ ಜೋಗಿಗೆ ವಂದನೆಗಳು, ಅಭಿನಂದನೆಗಳು. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Of Crime, Government and Investigation

Of Crime, Government and Investigation.

People of eminence are shot dead. Investigation into crime is ordered by the Government through its agencies (like CID, SIT). Investigation goes on and on, years after years and yet no report sees the light of the day. Is our Police so inefficient, their training is of so very poor quality or passed them and got into their positions thereon through bribes(cf. KPSC and VYAPAM scams)? Or, even if there are efficient ones they are either sidetracked or coerced to act in a particular way including delaying the process? Of course, there are cases where police have acted swiftly and brought the culprit to book in weeks, however rare such cases may be. Yet, it is only half the story. The other half belong , in both the cases of their success and failure, it appears, to the agencies' boss, the Government. Revelation or not of the findings or even proceeding with the investigation depend on its advantage to the Party in governance.

When the so called leftist wing is in charge of the government, if the investigation's initial findings reveal the hand of other than rightist elements, its finding is not allowed to conclude or investigation itself is not proceeded with till the election is over so that it can take advantage of the people's suspicion and keep on blaming the rightist element for the killing and use it to its advantage during election canvas. However, if the initial finding reveal rightist element in the murder, investigation is proceeded with God's speed and the culprit is booked soon. Similarly, if the so called rightist wing is in Power, investigation hints at leftist element in the killing, investigation is proceeded speedily and all action is taken to its end; however, if investigation hints at rightist element in the crime, the investigation is either buried or delayed till the election to take advantage to blame the opponent.

Search for truth, 'intellectuals' including media bemoaning, people's aspiration hardly matters for politicians on these matters at these times as they know that it has no bearings, like the corruption, on people's voting during election.

Only, people's faith in the time honoured institutions get weakened paving way for anarchy and even mutinies by such action of politicians in Power.








Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Awakening Darkness!

Awakening Darkness !


A political naiveté, (naive inspite of heavy political surroundings for long years), who is also a Vice President of a National Party, made a statement other day in his Party Forum in Tamil Nadu that he is studying Upanishads to take on RSS and BJP and the Upanishads talk of equality which the RSS/BJP abhor. You cannot bank on Upanishads to counter as Upanishads are apolitical. Upanishads main concern is on Ultimate/Supreme Reality and Its relation to Life and World, and individual transformation; there is hardly any political thoughts and practices mentioned directly. The equality they talk of is of a totally different kind than found in the contemporary discourses, in the former it refers to the equality in the attainment of divinity and divine grace whereas in the latter it amounts to silting-up-some-and-hammer-down-some type, in practice, although different in its preaching.

He can find political thoughts and practices in umpteen number of other works such as, to name only the few, Ramayana(ayodhya kanda in particular), Mahabharata(Bhisma Parva), Vidura(viduraniti) Kautilya(Artha shastra), Manu(dharmashastra) and so on. He could do well to go through them, adapt them to suit present condition and work on the welfare of people and society as well on his own transformation using those thoughts and practices rather than take on somebody with it. Himself and his Party will again have a bright future if he does so.