Long post on Ram and the bhakti movement.
Since Ram has been a big topic in Indian circles over the last month, it seems only fitting to talk about the two contrasting views 15th-century bhakti movement poet Kabir has about him:
एक राम दशरथ का बेटा , एक राम घट घट में बैठा !
एक राम का सकल पसारा , एक राम है सबसे न्यारा !
My translation/ interpretation:
The first Ram -- entry-level Ram is the son of King Dashrath -- the mythological figure in which we get lost in discussing, never transcending, but rising above it; we get the second 'Ram' -- the one who is present in every being, who we fail to see, rising above that; we get the third 'Ram' -- the one who makes up the being and the non-being, embodies the chaos of the universe; and the fourth? The fourth is the rarest of them all, this is the Ram we must seek.
which is followed by the bhajan:
सकल हंस में राम विराजे
(Ram embodies every being)
राम बिना कोई धाम नहीं
(There's no destination but Ram)
सब भरमंड में ज्योत का वासा
(This light resides in the whole universe)
राम को सुमिरो दूजा नहीं
(Meditate on Ram, there is no other)
(The whole bhajan is here http://ajabshahar.com/songs/details/159/Sakal-Hans-Mein-Raam-Viraaje&title=Sakal-Hans-Mein-Raam-Viraaje)
My two favorite renditions of this bhajan are from Prahlad Singh Tipaniya:
and his student, Shabnam Virmani
At the same time, Kabir himself offers a contrast to this vision of Ram, the divine in all of us,
भला हुआ मोरी माला टूटी,
(I am glad my prayer bead necklace broke)
मैं तो राम भजन से छूटी
(I got relieved from praying to Ram)
मोरे सिर से टली बला… ।।
(Avoided a big disaster)
माला जपु न कर जपूं
(I will not pray with the prayer beads nor with my palms)
और मुख से कहूँ न राम
(nor will I utter Ram's name in prayer)
राम हमारा हमें जपे रे कबीरा
(Kabir says, Ram should pray to me)
हम पायों विश्राम
(and I will get some rest)
This is one of my favorites. I have derived many meanings from this, which apply to many situations.
Kabir cafe has a great version of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_Z7VG0c41M
Finally, if you understood Ram, you wouldn't do any of this stuff you are doing in his name.
शिंगरू मेलं हेलपाट्यानं, असं नाही चालायचं…
"Forgiveness is giving up all hope for a better past"
Today I learned there are more than 40 English names for the mountain lion, a Guinness world record. Yet I couldn't quickly find a list of all of them, so I dug them up:
Names for Mountain Lions:
Rocky Mountain Lion
Tyger of America
THE COUGAR OR MOUNTAIN LION BY CLAUDE T. BARNES, F. Z. S. https://hdl.handle.net/2027/coo.31924002895989?urlappend=%3Bseq=17%3Bownerid=27021597768386814-21
Why has Google search gotten so bad?
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Technical Writing Resources (for Shubham!) (some links may be US specific):
Of course The Chicago Manual of Style https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chicago_Manual_of_Style
Style Guide by the Economist https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/the-economist/style-guide/9781610399869/
Nature: English communication for Scientists https://www.nature.com/scitable/ebooks/english-communication-for-scientists-14053993/contents/
Write the paper first https://www.cs.jhu.edu/~jason/advice/write-the-paper-first.html
Style: Toward Clarity and Grace https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/246853.Style
Even a Geek Can Speak: Low-Tech Presentation Skills for High-Tech People https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/7960467-even-a-geek-can-speak
Influence: Science and Practice https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Influence:_Science_and_Practice
Writing for Computer Science https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/117973.Writing_for_Computer_Science
Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/32336647-air-light-time-space
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8600.Eats_Shoots_Leaves
Why do all these goddamn chickens keep coming home to roost. Shoo filthy birds.
Have a nice tan and it is only Feb
Right proper windy
Amazed at the ability of human mind to invent issues to worry about when none exist
Gotta celebrate the small joys in life, light getting electricity back in your room after weeks
Thermoses still freak me out. How is it still scalding!! It has been 5 hours!!!
Will never get tired of the setting sun rays hitting the tops of redwoods
If there is one advice I can give for anyone doing a PhD is that minimize your dependency on things out of your control, like experimental hardware
Thinking about how “I got you babe” could mean either ‘I’ve got your back’ or ‘You’ve got my back’
Coffee shops will be like, “we cater to a wide and diverse audience” and then stay open 6am-12pm.
💭 [any kind of housing which houses a lot of often vulnerable non-land-owning people (student housing, homeless shelters, trailer parks, halfway houses, farmworker housing, elder care facilities) is not eligible for the four rapid tests]
Have been in a weird headspace lately, unsubscribed from a bunch of podcasts, twitter folks etc. have been exclusively listening to audio books.
The vibes are absolutely okay today
I want all the joy of posting without any of the despair of replies, engagement, retweets, or likes
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