books

Finally decided to start talking about the books I read and the ideas I pick up from them. This particular post of course will keep changing as I remember / read more.

The Silmarillion – John Ronald Reueul Tolkien (The Music of the Ainur, Valar, numenorian rise and fall) – Yeah LOTR was pretty good too 😛

Illusions, Seagull, Curious Lives, BA4E – Richard Bach

The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran Read more »

illusions

Ah, that old classic, friend of my youth, still so wonderful to read (yes I read it just last month – the paperback version)

Here you can get a pdf thats for educational purposes only. As the link says, if you like this book, buy a paper copy and give it to someone who does not have a computer.

Without further ado, my rendition of letting go – from the beginning of the book. Words can be had here
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Maya and Deconstruction

This is the beginning of the last chapter of the 7 Secrets of Shiva by Devdutt Pattanaik and it is called Nataraja‘s secret: destruction is deconstruction.

Brahma creates. Shiva destroys. Brahma is not worshipped. Shiva is worshipped. This is because Brahma creates Kama, Yama and Tripura, desire, death and the three worlds. Shiva is Kamantaka, Yamantaka and Tripurantaka, destroyer of desire, death and the three worlds.

Humans desire life, fear death, and construct three worlds because humans fear death more than any other living creature on Earth. Our fear is greater because we can imagine. We imagine what happens after death, we imagine a world without death, we imagine a world without us and wonder what is the point of life. Unable to make sense of things, we try to control life – we get attached to things, we resist change, and we create property. Human civilization is thus rooted in fear. Its a delusion. Brahmanda or culture is Maya. Read more »

YieldMore.org: Join Us

In our as yet unborn organization is a place for people trying to improve their Quality of Life either by seeking solutions (Users) or being Auto Correcting (Players) and Giving Souls (Pillars). Read more »

Yield.org Mandate

YIELD is an anagram for Every Day Is Your Last.

Yield.org’s byline is:
If you treated every day as your last,
– what would you know, learn and do
– who would you think about or work with

Disclaimer: The whole concept is strictly bounded by a copy-left licence. No body will EVER be able to use these ideas in a money making venture. We will run on donations like MediaWiki (Wikipedia) and strictly have no ads except internal ones.

As an Organization, we are committed to bringing you the right information to help you declutter your life and find a wholistic approach to living. To help do this, our site will be divided into areas (some backed by projects) that will serve the purposes listed below. Each Idea (item in an area) will be called an Artefact. Read more »

power supreme

From page 130 of Aurobindo’s Isha Upanishad (as per this), and the end of Powers Within compiled by AS Dalal.

Look up, O Child of the ancient Yoga, and be no longer a trembler and a doubter; fear not, doubt not, grieve not; for in your apparent body is One who can create and destroy worlds with a breath.

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Roark – Creators vs Second Handers

Howard Roark’s Courtroom Speech – from The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

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“Thousands of years ago, the first man discovered how to make fire. He was probably burned at the stake he had taught his brothers to light. He was considered an evildoer who had dealt with a demon mankind dreaded. But thereafter men had fire to keep them warm, to cook their food, to light their caves. He had left them a gift they had not conceived and he had lifted darkness off the earth. Centuries later, the first man invented the wheel. He was probably torn on the rack he had taught his brothers to build. He was considered a transgressor who ventured into forbidden territory. But thereafter, men could travel past any horizon. He had left them a gift they had not conceived and he had opened the roads of the world. Read more »

cathars

Having read The Perfect Ones, I’ve come to have a certain liking for The Cathars

The Cathars were a religious group who appeared in Europe in the eleventh century, their origins something of a mystery. Catholic theologians debated with themselves for centuries whether Cathars were Christian heretics or whether they were not Christians at all. Read more »

children

“For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven” – Jesus Christ.
It is said that He actually meant “child-like” which Is why I LOVED Carlin when he said “Im 61 but I’m also 16 when I want to be, and sometimes I’m 2. You can always be any age you have been.” The trick is in remembering and wanting to. And knowing that you can go to the future too.

“Our children are like arrows and we bows must stretch and strain and be taut that we may shoot them far, far forward” (paraphrased), “Seek not to make them like you, rather strive to be a bit more like them.” – The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.

Small aside on Time:
We photograph / record because we wish to remember the past. We plan because we want control of the future. We take time to come to terms with events / notions because we’re not comfortable with ourselves, what weve done what weve been etc. Remeber the past is history, the future is a mystery and the present is simply that – a gift. So live in the moment. Read more »

shyamalan

Keep following your highest sense of right (Curious Lives by Richard Bach).
You can only teach us best what you most need to learn for yourself (paraphrased).

Some of us love where you go. Remember the trip is still worthwhile even if its only for you.
Don’t worry about bad reviews. We respect your sincerity and it will catch on soon enough! Read more »