Let us THINK : By Dr.King
Summary: This is a regular weekly podcast on topics relating to Yoga, Meditation,Spirituality and many stimulating thoughts.
[Quick links] [Pause] Do you remember how you used to memorize a nursery rhyme in your younger days? If the rhyme is a bit too long, you probably split it into fragments, went back and forth uttering the words in these fragments, probably even repeating some of the words, and so on. You kept repeating this process for a while. That seemed to help you in remembering the rhyme.
[Quick links] [Pause] We were discussing various reasons why Vedic Indians never wrote down the massive texts namely the Vedas. They chose to orally transmit them from generation to generation. No matter why they did that, it was a herculean effort considering the size of these texts. Added to this, there were stringent restrictions on exact ways of pronouncing the Mantras, the elaborate liturgy and so on. They appear to have managed to preserve all these things almost unchanged over thousands of years without resorting to writing them down. How did they manage to do that?
[Quick links] [Pause] In the previous episode we discussed whether the ancient Indians who propagated the Vedas were illiterates. This doubt arises since Vedas were never written down and were passed down from generation to generation in a purely oral tradition. What could be the reason?
[Quick links] [Pause] Just imagine that some day, not in the distant future, our entire earth gets completely destroyed either due to some natural calamity or some man-made disaster, wiping out the entire humanity. And some alien lands on this earth either by accident or as part of his exploratory expedition. What would he find here? He will definitely find lot of RCC structures, well laid roads, remnants of our electronic and other mechanistic gadgets. But he would find no evidence of our vast knowledge which were recorded and stored in our computers. All those hard drives and CDs would have been burnt to ashes. We are also not in the habit of erecting stone inscriptions the way our forefathers did. Our books and other such storage devices are highly perishable. What do you think the alien would conclude?
[Quick links] [Pause] Many people are curious to know what happens when one meditates for a prolonged duration on a regular basis. Will we experience God? Will there be an extreme ecstatic experience? Does one attain special psychic powers? These are some of the questions people often ask.
[Quick links] [Pause] Some parents have weird fancies! Here we have a poor man Ajeegartha who had a son named Shuna ShEpa – a name that literally means “tail of a dog”! Did this boy have a dog like tail? We don’t know. But his father found it right to give such a funny name to this boy.
[Quick links] [Pause] The words ‘white’ and ‘black’ have become taboo words these days. They are reminders of atrocity committed to some races merely based on skin color. I am not talking about those dark ages. I am discussing about Vedas and their possible composers.
[Quick links] [Pause] These days, we hear of sex drugs, aphrodisiacs and even sex transplants. But have you ever heard of anyone exchanging his youth with someone younger than him? That is what the ancient Indian King Yayaati is supposed to have done. It is an interesting story that appears in the great Indian Epic Mahabharata. Let us do a momentary detour into this story.
[Quick links] [Pause] Ruins of Indus valley civilization We were discussing about the authorship of the ancient Vedas of India. One of the theories that were proposed was that of some barbaric nomads called Aryans who invaded India around 3500 years ago. It was they who composed the Vedas.
[Quick links] [Pause] We were talking about the Vedas which are considered to be the repositories of knowledge. If there is some repository of knowledge, the obvious inference is that it was composed by someone or by a group of people. But the adherents of the Vedas claim that the Vedas are apaurushEya – which means that they were not composed by anyone.
[Quick links] [Pause] One of interesting observations of ancient Indian Grammarians was that all the words in any language have a verb as their root. That means any word, no matter it is a noun or adjective or otherwise, has a verb from which it originated. There is no language, if there is no action.
[Quick links] [Pause] I know, it may sound like a cruel joke to talk about any such thing when thousands of innocent lives are going due to the current Corona pandemic. No, I am not out to sell any such magic remedy. I am afraid, there is none. I am only reminded of how human beings resort to anything whatsoever, when faced with calamities that seem to threaten their lives and there is no solution in sight.
[Quick links] [Pause] When you probably are looking forward to the approaching World Yoga day, I have my own small contribution to Yoga.
[Quick links] [Pause] One comes across an interesting story in the Buddhist Tipitakas. Once Buddha was passing through a dense forest all alone. It was getting dark. People advised Buddha not to take such a risk since that forest was known to be inhabited by a cruel robber who almost killed any passersby. He even chopped off the fingers of his victims and wore a garland of them! People called him Angulimala – one who wears a garland of fingers. Buddha was fearless and he ignored their advice and kept walking into the forest.
[Quick links] [Pause] One person who came across some statements made by a well-known Hindu supporter raised this question. Apparently, this Hindu supporter who has written tens of books on threats to Hinduism from ‘outsiders’ has objections to non-Hindu Yoga Gurus coming up with their own versions of Yoga. According to this scholar, these non-Hindu Yoga Gurus distort Yoga by replacing some of the essential aspects of Yoga to suite their own religious affinities. One of them is the chanting of the sound OM during Yoga practice.