The significance of my new Tattoo (The Importance of being a Mortal)

So before the new year starts I got my third Tattoo… ‘മർത്ത്യൻ’ which is a malayalam word and reads ‘Marthyan’. The literal meaning of ‘Marthyan’ is ‘Mortal’ and the antonym being ‘Amarthyan’ or ‘Immortal’. ‘Marthyan’ is also used in malayalam language to suggest ‘Human being’ Why മർത്ത്യൻ? First ‘മർത്ത്യൻ’ is my pen name when I write in malayalam,…

Is there something called ‘the Meaning to Life’?

One of the interesting reasonz people give for the existence of religion is that it gives ‘meaning to life’ for many… I would agree that for many something outside religion can appear totally meaningless… and that is because they have not really tried to look outside religion… the possibility of life without religion, without God…

Godmen, Godwomen and other Sidekicks to God

It is sad to note how much people get fooled by those who claim to change things around by moving a few stones or drawing a few columns and by claiming to read the movement of stars and planets that they say constitute your destiny. Yes I am talking of the con artists who come…

Jiddu, Gurdjeiff, Awareness, Waking Sleep and some thoughts

Once Jiddu Krishnamurti was traveling in a car and Pupul jayakar and another eminent personality (whose name fails my brain now) were sitting in the back seat discussing the true meaning of awareness and conscious…and the discussion got heated with both of them opening up their knowledge boxes in response to the other. Both of…

Between Love and Hate there is a thin line of indifference

Though I would love to believe it is thin, I think it is more like a vast space where each and every one of us falls in at various instances in life. There are things, situations and people we love and there are those that we love to hate, but in between there are also…

You are free to desire; but also choose from what you desire.

Desires; who does not have any, and it is what fuels people in their life. The desire to own something, the desire to have someone in your life, the desire to be famous, they come in all colors and flavors to direct our life. We reach a point when we are defined by our desires….

It is your responsibility to make a difference!

It is so beautiful to see that so much can be done in life if you look at it as a complete creation of oneself. If you were to plant something, you get the joy of doing so, the relaxation and happiness of continuing to nurture it and as it grows you can be sure…

Goodness is the only investment that never fails

We don’t have to always be told what is good or bad, as we grow up we have a broad understanding of this. The importance is to be reminded of it quite often. Man has the habit of creating a new definition of goodness to suit his needs and this reminder is a potential check…

Shed the weights that makes your mind heavy

I have written before about “doing nothing” and though it sounds simple, I have also figured that it is so tough to do nothing. And by doing nothing I mean both physical and mental. Our minds and thoughts are in constant motion even when we are still. No, meditation is still not my cup of…

You should start seeing yourself from inside and not outside

I have been having this column for over two months and what started as a daily thought section has gone astray and wandered into areas that I am not sure about. Somewhere I landed on an idea that the self is not one but two, the external and the internal self, both complementing, contradicting and…