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Life Math!

23 Mar

Math is fun only for a select few, historically. Even for the great BhArathi, the MahAkavi, it was “கணக்கு, பிணக்கு, ஆமணக்கு,” something that was not just a struggle but even bitter. So, it isn’t that hard to imagine how Math is for lesser mortals. If it’s that complex a subject in the academic syllabus, then how complicated it should be in Life? Is it any wonder the species that never tires of boasting about it’s extra 6th sense, keeps on failing to score even the bare minimum pass score in “Life Math!”

1+1 is never equal to 1.
That’s why lovers who marry, even after several years of being in love, are shocked to find they are still 2 distinct individuals and can’t merge into 1 being, as they’ve imagined. Nor can business or any kind of partners. When neither is willing to let go of one’s distinct sense of identity, the individual will remain as 1 and 1+1 will always be 2.

1/2 + 1/2 = 1

Lord ShivA, aka the One (he’s Mahadeva, i.e. God of Gods, after all) knew this (obviously) and was prudent to merge his spouse (kind of hard to say who is the better half among the PurushA & Prakriti) into himself and become ArdhanhAreeswarA (part ShivA & part Shakthi), when it comes to walking the talk, i.e. offering an experiential learning opportunity on how the Life Math is done (he happens to be DakshiNAmUrthy, the Adi Guru, as well), but the Homo Sapiens aren’t capable learners, apparently.

But even if we take a few lifetimes to elevate ourselves to contemplate & comprehend the Adiyogi’s teachings, t

here are a couple of ways the life math can be made to work

, in this lifetime itself.

1×1 = 1.

But for this math to work in life, both the 1s have to collaborate & work together to create the force multiplier effect. Unfortunately, the individual 1s mostly stop with the force and keep multiplying it.

This works well, at least for a while, in business partnerships, since partners usually bring different skill sets and capabilities to the table. Remember the 2 Steves who created the fruit company (ahem, that would be Apple).

1/1 is also =1.

But for this equation to happen in life, either of the two 1s should be willing to go down, i.e. let go of their individual identity or ego. Every husband & wife knows – by experience, obviously – that’s just a fantasy or fantastic dream.

This is how a Guru-sishyA relationship works though. Neither does a real Guru (Realised Master) show of his Allness, ever, disseminating all that s/he knows to any sincere seeker, nor does the disciple mind getting chiselled pertinently, until s/he loses any sense of individual identity left.

1+0 is always equal to one.
The 1 is the individual, with many an identity, including but not limited to, name, education, status, title, religion, region, etc. S/he imagines being unique & distinct. That’s the mind trap, but it’s a very attractive & deceptive trap, in which the individual is willing to remain, for lifetimes.

Tonnes of Karma keeps piling up and the repetitive birth-death cycle goes on and on…

The 0 is the divine that’s within the individual, not a digit without any value, but one that’s absolute. That’s exactly why the 0 added after any numeral increases its value manifold.

That 0 waits patiently for the 1 to first realise it & then merge with it or dissolve into it. When that happens, when the realisation dawns upon the individual self, when the creation realises the magnificent presence of the creator glowing silently within the creation, every single being in existence – not just the individual, then the 1 becomes the 0. That’s also when, 1 and 0, which were 2 before, transform into 1, i.e. The One!

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AUM PUrNam-adah PUrNam-idam PUrNAt-PUrNam-udachyate
PUrNasya PUrNam-AdhAya PUrNam-Eva-avashissyate
AUM ShAntih ShAntih ShAntih

PUrNam-idam PUrNAt-PUrNam-udachyate
PUrNasya PUrNam-AdhAya PUrNam-Eva-avashissyate
AUM ShAntih ShAntih ShAntih

PUrNasya PUrNam-AdhAya PUrNam-Eva-avashissyate
AUM ShAntih ShAntih ShAntih

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AUM That (divine / creator / real Self) is complete / whole; This (individual / creation / non-real self) self is complete / whole; Everything (in existence) manifests from that which is complete / whole (all of creation are manifest forms of the unmanifest divine or NhirguNa Parabrahmam).
(even) When (this – individual) whole is taken from (that – divine) whole, that which remains is (still) whole (omnipresent divine that is infinite & all pervading in nature).
AUM peace.. peace.. peace..

Be Joyful 😌& Spread the Cheer 🌻

~Swamy | @PrakashSwamy

Light Up Your Life!

16 Jan

SwamyPongalWe are a ‘Happy Holidays’ nation! While western nations (isn’t it amazing that there are no Northern or Southern nations – other than the Poles!) have only one ‘Happy Holidays’ a year (close to the end of any year), we’ve one – at least – holiday every month, from the beginning of a year till the end. We started with a very western ‘New Year’ on the very first day of the year (and of course will celebrate one more in April) and then moved on to the many days long (it actually varies from state to state) harvest festival, that’s known by different names such as Pongal (in my home state Tamilnadu), Makara Sankaranti, Kanumu, Lohri and Bihu (in many states other than mine).

Deepavali1Deepavali, of course tops the list in terms of popularity and pan-nation celebration, similar to Christmas worldwide. While on Deepavali, we light up lamps and firecrackers, on Pongal we light up the stove to cook delicious Chakkaraip Pongal (a traditional sweet dish made with rice and jiggery). And that’s where dear readers, this post (ah, finally) starts!

Matchstick8“Light up” is a mightily powerful yet most misinterpreted term. It’s typically associated with smokers lighting up cancer sticks. But has a far more deep meaning than that pointless compulsive activity done by both the educated and not so, until they can’t do anything else anymore!

“Light up” requires a source to create the light or fire in the first place. In ancient times, the source used to be a pair of stones. Then came the matchstick, which is still in vogue – probably one of the few longest surviving creatures (or creation) after cockroaches.

Global_Warming_EffectsThe humble matchstick is an exceptionally interesting creation that can also be a creator. But before we start deciphering the mystery of the matchstick, let’s spare a moment to think about the millions of trees that have been chopped to make matchsticks over the years, which will reveal one of the prime reasons for global warming. In order to light up inside our places, we ended up heating up the atmosphere outside, pretty badly!

Matchstick2The matchstick’s tiny size belies the power it holds. Like the tiny 167mm size brain with unimaginable power hidden inside a rather long (and in many cases fat as well) 1829mm body.

Matchstick7It has a head that doesn’t think but can burn instantly when struck. Just like the hot ones on human necks.

Its frail body will perish in an instant, but can do something beyond belief while it does. Very much like the human body that can perish in many ways in no time, but can accomplish incredible feats despite its crippling limits.

havanIts lifespan is shorter than a firefly, but within that brief lifetime the matchstick can bring many things to Life. Like that refreshing morning hot cuppa; A lip smacking meal; Boiled water to soothe sore throats or bathe cold bodies; Campfire to warm up cold hands and hearts; Fireplace of a blacksmith to melt, mold and form objects from metals; Wick of an oil lamp that adds a serene glow to the divine; Tip of Camphor, Sambrani or Agarbathi that spreads the fragrance in swirls of smoke; Flame of a Homam (Havan or Yagna) for purification and offerings to the divine; A pyre completing a being’s Dance of Life

Matchstick11It gives up its Life in a bright glow to create something. Like a mother in any being that gets closer to death every time it gives birth to a new Life and glows while doing it.

It lies quietly in a large group packed inside a tiny box and bides its time with infinite patience. Matchstick10Eerily resembling billions of beings crammed on this planet waiting for deliverance, with the only difference being lack of any patience in us!

It has the potential to burn an entire forest or even a city down to cinders, yet remains dormant until someone decides to use it. Like a valuable book that lies dormant in a bookshelf, until some knowledge seeker picks it up to learn.

Matchstick6In more ways than one, the matchstick is like a shrink-wrapped sun! An explosive mix of immense power and innate humility, it is a selfless being that performs its defined duty without any qualms for anyone who needs it. Incredibly valuable for those who know how to use it safely but can be devastatingly destructive when in the wrong hands.

LingaBhairaviHow the matchstick is used defines its purpose. Not when, why, where or by who. How this wonderful Life is used defines our purpose. If you learn to be like a matchstick, there’s a bright possibility that you can truly Light Up Your Life!

Love + Gratitude@PrakashSwamy
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