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June 24, 2023 - 2:41PM

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.

May 27, 2023 - 1:44AM

शिंगरू मेलं हेलपाट्यानं, असं नाही चालायचं…

March 13, 2023 - 1:24AM

"Forgiveness is giving up all hope for a better past"

February 25, 2023 - 11:39PM


September 27, 2022 - 3:14PM

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:

  1. American Lion

  2. American Panther

  3. Bender

  4. Black Puma

  5. Brazilian Cat

  6. Brown Tiger

  7. Catamount

  8. Cat-o-mountain

  9. Cougar

  10. Cougare

  11. California Lion

  12. Deer Cat

  13. Deer-killer

  14. Deer Tiger

  15. Florida Panther

  16. Great Panther

  17. Ghost Cat

  18. Indian Devil

  19. King Cat

  20. Lion

  21. Lyon

  22. Mexican Lion

  23. Mountain Cat

  24. Mountain Demon

  25. Mountain Devil

  26. Mountain Tiger

  27. Mountain Screamer

  28. Painted Cat

  29. Painter

  30. Pampas Cat

  31. Panther

  32. Panthere

  33. Poltroon Tiger

  34. Puma

  35. Purple Panther

  36. Purple Feather

  37. Red Lion

  38. Red Panther

  39. Red Tiger

  40. Rocky Mountain Lion

  41. Silver Lion

  42. Sneak Cat

  43. Swamp Screamer

  44. Tiger

  45. Tyger

  46. Tyger of America

  47. Varmint

  48. Wild Cat


  1. https://www.theanimalfiles.com/mammals/carnivores/mountain_lion.html

  2. 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

August 03, 2022 - 12:24PM

Why has Google search gotten so bad?

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April 19, 2022 - 4:57PM

Technical Writing Resources (for Shubham!) (some links may be US specific):

February 18, 2022 - 11:46PM

Why do all these goddamn chickens keep coming home to roost. Shoo filthy birds.

February 08, 2022 - 4:45PM

Have a nice tan and it is only Feb

February 07, 2022 - 9:57PM


February 02, 2022 - 10:04AM

Right proper windy

January 30, 2022 - 10:38AM

Amazed at the ability of human mind to invent issues to worry about when none exist

January 26, 2022 - 4:32PM

Gotta celebrate the small joys in life, light getting electricity back in your room after weeks

January 26, 2022 - 12:02PM

Thermoses still freak me out. How is it still scalding!! It has been 5 hours!!!

January 24, 2022 - 5:24PM

Will never get tired of the setting sun rays hitting the tops of redwoods

January 24, 2022 - 2:37PM


January 24, 2022 - 12:06PM

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

January 23, 2022 - 6:46PM

Thinking about how “I got you babe” could mean either ‘I’ve got your back’ or ‘You’ve got my back’

January 23, 2022 - 12:24PM

Coffee shops will be like, “we cater to a wide and diverse audience” and then stay open 6am-12pm.

January 23, 2022 - 12:20PM

💭 [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]

January 23, 2022 - 12:19PM

Have been in a weird headspace lately, unsubscribed from a bunch of podcasts, twitter folks etc. have been exclusively listening to audio books.

January 23, 2022 - 12:16PM

The vibes are absolutely okay today

January 23, 2022 - 12:03PM

I now have thoughts.page set up on thoughts.sincerely.dev!

January 18, 2022 - 4:08PM

I want all the joy of posting without any of the despair of replies, engagement, retweets, or likes

January 18, 2022 - 3:56PM

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