Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Courtesy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SoulmateOne story about soulmates, presented by Aristophanes in Plato's Symposium, is that humans originally consisted of four arms, four legs, and a single head made of two faces, but Zeus feared their power and split them all in half, condemning them to spend their lives searching for the other half to complete them:
[Primeval man] could walk upright as men now do, backwards or forwards as he pleased, and he could also roll over and over at a great pace, turning on his four hands and four feet, eight in all, like tumblers going over and over with their legs in the air; this was when he wanted to run fast …Terrible was their might and strength, and the thoughts of their hearts were great, and they made an attack upon the gods ... Doubt reigned in the celestial councils. Should they kill them and annihilate the race with thunderbolts, as they had done the giants, then there would be an end of the sacrifices and worship which men offered to them; but, on the other hand, the gods could not suffer their insolence to be unrestrained. At last, after a good deal of reflection, Zeus discovered a way. He said: 'I have a plan which will humble their pride and improve their manners; men shall continue to exist, but I will cut them in two and then they will be diminished in strength and increased in numbers; this will have the advantage of making them more profitable to us. They shall walk upright on two legs, and if they continue insolent and will not be quiet, I will split them again and they shall hop about on a single leg.'
—Aristophanes, Plato’s Symposium, [1]

According to Theosophy, whose claims were modified by Edgar Cayce, God created androgynous souls, equally male and female. Later theories postulate that the souls split into separate genders, perhaps because they incurred karma while playing around on the Earth, or "separation from God". Over a number of reincarnations, each half seeks the other. When all karmic debt is purged, the two will fuse back together and return to the ultimate.[2][3]

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Laughter the Best Medicine

Was having this conversation with dad...about families, tensions within them et. al. And we discussed how right from the one yr old baby in the house to the adults each was driven by their fears and aspirations. Fears and aspirations that can lead to conflict.

So what makes for a happy family? Or how would you even know whether your family was happy or not?

It's probably the amount of laughter or light hearted conversations you can hear in your family, that i feel is the only decent measure. And if that's the measure then you'll find that arguments over right and wrong don't work out well. Cause in real life seldom will you find people wrong, arguments happen over two different perspectives of right. And only once we learn to take ourselves lightly, issues lightly, rights and wrongs lightly...will mirth feel welcome in our homes

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Feminism - Is it about the Woman ?

Dumb question innit? But then if it is so why am I asking it...

Feminism as per what I've come to make of it, is understood by people as for and by the women.

Ofcourse if that is true, it reiterates my other hypothesis; people don't think a lot.

Feminism has got nothing to do with women, it has got everything to do with Society. Yes society, the group of people living interdependent on each other for their survival as well as prosperity.

And the last four words of the above sentence hold the key to why it is so. An imbalance in the society will lead to its decay. Unfortunately no system manages to hold perfect balance. In our human context in most of the sub societies the imbalance crept in the form of women being trounced upon. And hence feminism sprouted to restore that balance. So if you hear someone say its about 'bra-burning' or 'proving to them men' or 'being equal', its just that they haven't thought enough. Feminism is not a fight of woman against man, it is a fight women fight hand in hand with men because its a fight for a better society.