It emphasises the need to protect the experience of childhood from adult stresses and pace of life, form rhythms in the daily routine, limit the adult information they have access to which may worry them, slow down to their pace of life, expand their physical space by uncluttering their room/corner, increase their sense of time by allowing them to do nothing, and increase the sense of relationship with the people around them who they can rely on.
As I listened to the experiences of those who took DMT, I heard echoes of this mythological state. It isn’t a creative story. It is the truth of a different world which we know so little about.
The battle between emotion and control is an old one. It is fought by each of us in our lives as well as philosophers at a more conceptual level. In more recent times philosophical expression has extended to fictional realms like books, series and movies. I have a particular fascination with this topic because I … [Read more…]
Sometimes I feel restless and feel the need to fill up my life with impossible busy-ness. Oldenburg is a very slow city. Edinburgh´s pace was just right… No people here. No great events.. Feels blank and empty sometimes unless the mind is adequately preoccupied.
I felt drawn to Hindu mythology and symbolism like never before. I also understood that most Hindus don’t know of these wonderfully stimulating ideas because it is never taught or they are satisfied with the ritualism of it. In fact, degrees in philosophy even in India focus on Western philosophy. I also found that there are very few Hindus who study their own religion from an outside, academic perspective.
By N.S.Jagannathan Ka: Roberto Calasso. Translated from original Italian by Tim Parks. Vintage Paperback 1999 Pages 448. Price $ 3. . Amidst the deafening din of post-Colonial chatter on the dark designs of Orientalists “colonising the source texts”, of the colonised, I am all the time nagged by a niggling doubt: how literate are these critics … [Read more…]
It was the summer holidays in 2008. I was at home in India and the Mango tree of my neighbours house had grown so much that it´s leaves were right outside my window. I was reading Ka, written by Roberto Calasso, as part of a project I had taken up. And I dreamed through it. … [Read more…]
…And the relationship between you and me, and you and whoever else is what constitutes society. It is the product of our relationships. ..Creative revolution can take place only in individual relationship……If society is static, any action or reform without the inner revolution will also become a habit, and a pattern….’However wisely legislation may be promulgated, society is always in the process of decay because revolution must take place within, not merely outwardly.’…
What do we want in life? Many people would say ‘to be happy’. K asks whether we know the difference between happiness and gratification. He says: We look for peace in meetings, teachers, religions and books; keep searching externally, or we think we have found one which satisfies us and stay enclosed within it. We … [Read more…]
Different approaches are necessary for different types of books; Novels and most popular science books are meant to be read cover to cover. Dictionaries, encyclopedias and other factual texts are meant to be looked up for specific information. Philosophy is meant to be read a little at a time and chewed over a longer period … [Read more…]