How would it be if we can see music? Or taste colors? Or touch emotions?
Our senses generally functions separately. The fragrance/voice of your loved one can lighten and brighten you up. We can see a flower bloom and perceive the ripeness of a fruit by its color, hear the sound of danger. Every sense has its own characteristics and functions independently, but there are few for whom these bodily senses are merged.
Franz Liszt, a Hungarian pianist, composer and conductor, was well renowned in Europe during the early nineteenth century for his virtuosic skill as a pianist. He was considered to be the most technically advanced pianist by his contemporaries.
When Liszt first began as Kapellmeister (Conductor) in Weimar (1842), it astonished the orchestra that he said,
“O please, gentlemen, a little bluer, if you please! This tone type requires it!”
“That is a deep violet, please, depend on it! Not so rose!”
First the orchestra believed Liszt was just joking but later they got accustomed to the fact that the great musician saw colours where to others there were only tones.
Arthur Rimbaud, a famous and mysterious French poet in his sonnet “Vowels” assigned color to each vowel:
A black, E white, I red, U green, O blue: vowels,
I shall tell, one day, of your mysterious origins!
Mysterious, because he started writing poems at a very young age, while still in primary school, and stopped completely before he turned 21. He was mostly creative in his teens (17-20).
“His genius, its flowering, explosion and sudden extinction, still astonishes” (quote in wiki)
They are just a couple of examples of great masters in whom the bodily senses tend to overlap .There are many others who walk among us with similar capabilities.
A study from the University of California, San Diego, suggests infants perceive the world differently than adults. For them, the senses are joined.
The authors of the study, Katie Wagner and Karen R. Dobkins, observe that early childhood development is characterized by “a period of exuberant neural connectivity” that may facilitate “arbitrary sensory experiences in infants that are unlike anything experienced by typical adults.” These experiences are similar to the condition found in some adults that is known as Synesthesia, a neurological condition in which two or more bodily senses are merged.
Famous neuroscientist,Dr. V.S. Ramachandran , in his book,The Tell Tale Brain, writes that these so-called synesthetes live in a wonderland between reality and fantasy. They taste colors, see sounds, hear shapes, and touch emotions in myriad combinations. He also goes a step further and argues that we are all Synesthetes .The use of metaphors like ‘feeling green’ ‘Hot Babe’, ‘Flat Soda’, and our ability to understand and deliver pun and seeing art as analogy for work of nature is the basis of all creative thought. This leaves us wondering if great masters and artists and poets are all in a way synesthetic?
Pablo Picasso once said,
“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child”
Picasso understood the richness that lies in synesthetic perception which is nothing like the ordinary. It takes something very special to be that, something that would make you a master not because you have perfected an art, but because you have learnt to be one with reality. You have learnt be like a child, like a synesthetic .
Yesterday’s fiction is today’s reality.Many wildest fictious gadgets of the past have later become reality .Books and films are filled with such examples,
- Jules Verne came up with the idea of a fax machine in 20000 leagues under the sea*
- Arthur C. Clarke talked and wrote extensively about Geostationary satellites,
- and Edward Bellamy’s novel featured telephone and credit cards far before its time.
- In 2002, Phillip K. Dick’s short story was produced into the Hollywood movie called Minority Report. In the film, a computer allows the user to virtually drag and drop objects in a holographic screen which is now a reality.
The most recent of all, researchers at the University of Southampton have announced that they are able to store and retrieve huge amounts of five dimensional data on quartz crystals.
They have nicked it “Superman memory crystal” – after the “memory crystals” used as storing devices in the Superman films.They claim that using ultra-fast lasers, we can now encode a piece of quartz with 5D information in the form of nano-structured dots separated by only one millionth of a meter.If their claims are true, then,
the storage allows unprecedented parameters including 360 TB/disc data capacity, thermal stability up to 1000°C and practically unlimited lifetime.
The fact that humans have now stumbled upon something that would survive the human race is as thrilling as the fact that our ancestors might have done the same thing in the distant past.
In few of my previous posts I have discussed about the possibility of a highly evolved and a far more sophisticated and technologically advanced civilizations existing in our antiquity. Our history is filled with artifacts and religious metaphors that point towards the possibility of the same.The Sumerians talk about extraterrestrial beings whom they call Annunaki (star gods).Vedic texts are filled with divine beings called DEVAS who come in flying vehicles called vimanas.There are biblical references which suggests alien visitations and the list is endless.
Now,this wonderful discovery that enables us to store huge amount of data that can be retrieved even after millions of years, makes us think about the possibility our ancestors doing same hoping we would retrieve it someday.
It is indeed rational to question the possibility of such an advances race existing in antiquity. Modern archaeological findings supporting this idea are aplenty .
Michael Cremo in his book,Forbidden Archaeology: The Hidden History of Human Race published in 1993, discusses extensively about how archaeologists and geologists have unearthed skeletal remains and fossilized human imprints that predates the Jurassic age debunking Darwin’s theory of evolution.He also discusses on how they have been unscrupulously silenced by mainstream scientist as it negates the entire tenet of their belief and research framework.
Our ancient history is filled with architectural and technological marvels that are impossible to achieve even with the so called superior technological advancement of the 21st century.To quote a few :
Klaus Dona, an Austrian who devoted his life in collecting artifacts that throws light on unsolved mysteries of human past, has a baffling collection of artifacts including a pyramid with the an eye like the one that appears on a one dollar(US) bill.
There are several documentaries on these artifacts that suggest that human life existed far beyond the time frame our mainstream scientists believe.
You can watch this video to get a better idea about these artifacts.
It definitely appears as if our ancestors were far more technologically advanced and knew lot more about the secrets that nature holds than modern humans.
Am just spit balling here, what if… what if our ancestors knew that quartz crystal can store huge amount of info and had embedded answers to what puzzles modern humans in them and for long we have just seen them as plain quartz or artifacts.Its time that we examine crystals very closely next time we come across one while excavating.It might have been our ancestors flash drive ;) and you never know what information it holds :D
Ram ~ Knight 4ever
Am going to keep this really short!
I might be politically illiterate but my moderate understanding of human behavior can infer a huge resistance to change and abysmal amount impatience and misunderstanding among Indians with respect to present political scenario . Rather than seeing AAP as a party that poses a threat to ripe parties from left to right, national to state, we need to see it as a catalyst that has the potential to give the present political system a slingshot to effectiveness.
It has showed the Indian netas that a small upsurge from a common man can place a meek amateur starkly juxtaposed with a veteran. This act does not mark the birth of a foolproof party that would make India a paradise but it slaps a wakeup call to existing age old parties and makes them realize that they need to start doing rather than just promising, for in India, people vote against a party than for one.
Frankly, I neither see an ideal CM in AK nor great substance to be a trendsetting PM candidate. I am happy to see him as a catalyst. After all, a catalyst just increases the rate of reaction without itself undergoing any permanent change.
Ram ~ Knight 4ever
Today, I enter into my eighth year of blogging. Six years back, when I decided to shut down my first blog, for it housed nothing but poems of a loon engulfed by negativity, I told myself that once in every 3 years I would revisit all the contents of my blog and travel inwards to understand how have I evolved emotionally and intellectually (If at all..).Post inference, I would delete posts that have no semblance to the present me after saving a copy of it in my digital scarp vault. Of course there are posts that are exceptions, like the ones that are fact files. The simple reason behind doing this activity is that, I want my blog to reflect the present me at all times. The past is strictly for me to rummage :)
Why all this gyaan now?
Because it has been 3 years since the last review and it is time to lean back and travel inward again. But, this time I have decided to try something new simply because 2013 has been a great year for me, both personally and in blogging. Becoming a part of bloggers communities such as Chennai Bloggers Club, Indiblogger, Blogadda and Writeup Cafe offered me wider audience and in 2013 alone my blog visits were more than the collective count of 2010-2012 and had visits from 67 countries across the globe (At least that’s what the WordPress Annual report says). As a blogger with wider audience than ever before (personally), I feel morally obliged to include you all in my journey that reflects the past 3 years of blogging. So, I request you all to let me know your constructive criticism and feedback on my blog.
Also do let me know the change you want to see in my blogging and what you would love to read from me. I believe this would help me evolve into a better blogger.
You can either leave your feedback in the comments section or you can mail your feedback to email@example.com
Ram~ Knight 4ever
With no one to observe, will sky still be blue?
With no one to impose,will everything you believe still hold true?
Be wary of what is being said and the light that is being shed,
For in colours you were bred and by nature they tend to spread.
A room is cold for it is no longer warm.
Your mind disputes for it’s no longer calm.
Lo, in the absence of one, its counter is felt,
Only when a flower stoppeth bloom, it starts to wilt.
Your reality is tweaked by what you believe,
Be it the color you see or the warmth that you feel.
Be it the people that you see and the problems that you grieve,
Enjoy life , it is just a brief stint
The grass cant be green if your glasses have a dark tint
By Ram~ Knight4ever
We come across many wise beings who claim that they are in search of the Ultimate Truth. They are either a part of an organized sect that claims that they help people attain enlightenment through their unique and spiritual way of living or they have a following that believes they would eventually stumble upon THE TRUTH by following the ways of the enlightened(as they believe).
I call them organized because:
- They have a structure, a framework for what they practice.
- They have an agenda.
- They prescribe a systematic path to enlightenment.
On closer observation, many major religions of our millennium have been crafted in similar fashion. Religion like any other science is pretty much organized, which qualifies them as institutes that help people live on prescribed terms that have been proven successful. In my humble opinion this might offer a healthy way of living but can never guarantee enlightenment.
Enlightenment/Truth is a pathless land.
Every time a person sets himself free from these boundaries and bonding and starts to drift away from the religious tenet that he belongs, he gets closer to truth, but unfortunately when truth eventually dawns, he already has a following trying to fossilize his wisdom and make it a new religion. This is what happened when Jesus drifted from Judaism, when Buddha and Mahavira drifted from Hinduism, when Prophet Mohammad drifted from what the Banū Hāshim tribe followed.
Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path.
A belief is purely an individual affair; one cannot and must not organize it. If you do so, it becomes crystallized; lifeless; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others. This is what everyone throughout the world is attempting to do. Truth is chiselled and narrowed under the pretext of making the weak man strong, when in reality they are not weak, just momentarily discontented.
Have you ever heard the small story about the devil and his friend who after a tiring day went for a stroll, when they saw a man few paces away stoop down and pick up something from the ground, look at it, and put it away in his pocket. The friend said to the devil, “What did that man pick up?” “He picked up a piece of the truth,” said the devil. “That is a very bad business for you, then,” said his friend. “Oh, not at all,” the devil smiled and winked “I am going to help him organize it.”
When things are organized, it conditions you and you are layered with multiple perceptions. This very system filters out vast majority of information that is available to us. Owing to this we only experience a tiny speckle of what exactly is happening around us.
Psychologists call this phenomenon “INATTENTIONAL BLINDNESS,” and it’s just one of many ways in which our beliefs, preconceived notions and expectations shape the way we perceive the world and cause us to overlook the obvious.
Imagine you’re watching a basketball game. Your favourite team is wearing white and the other team is in black. In the midst of the action, someone in a dark gorilla suit calmly walks to the centre of the court, waves to the crowd, and then walks off the court. Do you think you would notice this peculiar event? Most people might say yes. Most people would be wrong. Watch This:-
Our brains attention system allows us to actively select what we look at, especially when your mind is focussed on doing something prescribed but it also make us miss something really big. This is also termed as CHANGE BLINDNESS.
Worldview, like any set of cultural beliefs inculcated from childhood, acts like the blinders they put on skittish horses to keep them calm. Between the blinders we see with exceptional clarity, but seeing beyond the blinders is not only exceedingly difficult but after a while it’s easy to forget that your vision is restricted. This is what a religion can do to you if you are someone looking for the ultimate truth. Your beliefs and preconceived notions will never let you see what is around as it really is.
By this post, am not saying that religion or being a part any organization that advocates a specific way of living is bad. It just strikes me that with the constraints that they offer, it’s not possible to find the ULTIMATE TRUTH.
Ram~ Knight 4ever
The Seventh and final color of VIBGYOR : RED
RED governs the BASE chakra situated at the base of the spine.
It denotes Vitality, Courage and Self awareness
It is the aura of survival and stability on earth. The color red provides the power from the earth and spatially distributes this energy at all levels. It connects us to our physical body. Everything that is to be commenced needs the life vitality of red.
There is something that always baffles me. Its nothing but the knowledge that our ancestors possessed , which is far more advanced than anything modern science knows. I can quote Several examples.
Adi Shankaracharya ( Founder of Adwaita ) is the Father of Particle Physics, says Prof. V Suryanarayana Rao, Chairman of Foundation of Vedic Sciences. Shankara’s diagram in SOUNDARYA LAHIRI of the PADMA (lotus) has been discovered as the source of God Particle by scientists with the recent accelerator experiment when the thousand-petalled lotus manifested while they brought proton in collision with another proton of the same particle. The Sri Chakra with its pinnacle, Mahameru, the tip of the iceberg, is the representation of the entire process of creation, sustenance to destruction with the triangles being the forces of Shiva (pure consciousness/spirit) and Shakti (energized consciousness/matter).
There is ONE PARABRAHMAN (eternal, indescribable, attributeless) which is reflected as the world of MAYA (moving, filled with attributes). A cosmic creative vibration (called sphota or explosion) arises between Shiva and Shakti called Nada. This Nada then gets consolidated into Shabda Brahman (differentiated sound energy), the universal cosmic resonance, symbolized by Om. From this arises cosmic intelligence that is responsible for the creation. Doesn’t it sound familiar? Yes we are looking at BIG BANG THEORY propounded in the 20th century being explained by a sage of ancient India who lived around 8th century CE.
I often come across several Sanskrit Shlokas that sound more scientific than religious
In Mahalakshmi Ashtakam, a part of Rig Vedic Hymn that dates roughly between 1700- 1100 BC
There is this verse:
Sthoola Sookshma Maharowdhre Mahasakthi Mahodhare ,Maha Pape Hare Devi Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe.
Generally people assume this to be sung in praise of Goddess Lakshmi, the giver of wealth. But, on a closer observation this shloka can be read this way :
Subatomic particles ( Sthoola Sookshma) with a great spin (Maharowdhre) with a Great energy ( Mahashakti ) in the middle ( Mahodhare. A combination word of Maha+ udharaha . Maha denotes great and udharaha means stomach)
Doesn’t it remind you of Neil Bhor’s atom model propounded in the year 1915?
It can be inferred that the Vedas of Hinduism had description of an atom back in 1700 BC.
In several parts of southern India, there are a sect of Sages called as SiThars(Siddhas)
There is something that the Siddhas believed and preached.
“Andathil ullathey pindathil ullathu”
Which means “our body is a replica of the cosmos.”
Before I explain this previous quote, let me briefly describe who a Siddha is:
Siddha refers to a Siddha Guru who can initiate disciples into Yoga. A Siddham in Tamil means “one who is accomplished” and refers to perfected masters who, have transcended the ahamkara(ego),have subdued their minds to be subservient to their awareness, This is usually accomplished only by persistent meditation.
According to an ancient Tamil poem from the book Choodamani Nigandu, a Siddha has 8 devine qualities :
“கடையிலா ஞானத்தோடு காட்சி வீரியமே இன்ப
மிடையுறு நாமமின்மை விதித்த கோத்திரங்களின்மை
அடைவிலா ஆயுஇன்மை அந்தராயங்கள் இன்மை
உடையவன் யாவன் மற்று இவ்வுலகினுக்கு இறைவனாமே”
Which roughly translates to:
“The soul that has infinite knowledge ( கடையிலா ஞானம்), infinite vision or wisdom (கடையிலா காட்சி), infinite power (கடையிலா வீரியம்), infinite bliss (கடையிலா இன்பம்), without name ( நாமமின்மை), without association to any caste ( கோத்திரமின்மை), infinite life span (ஆயுள் இன்மை) and indestructible (அழியா இயல்பு) is a Siddha”
Here, we have these sect of beings who are at the peak of universal awareness by attaining complete awareness of SELF, who belongs to no religion or caste telling us that the universe and everything it contains is made up of the same thing and is a replica of each other.
Isn’t is what latest advancement in Quantum Physics tells us ? If we dig deeper into the Siddha concept, we can find references of Schrodinger’s paradox and several discussions that relates to Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics.
It’s to these very same doctrines, the concept of CHAKRAS and Kundalini belongs.
In fact a SIDDHA attains completeness through triggering all the 7 chakras inside for which he has to start from the Base chakra that relates to the entire body in order to open the vortex that would allow him to connect to the omnipresent Paramathma ( read GOD for understanding)
That is the Aura that suggests completeness, It denotes a connect between the physical body and higher realms of cosmic consciousness.
Red is the ultimate truth that seals the living.
That brings us to the end of the VIBGYOR series. Wait, it’s not over yet…..
The epilogue is yet to come…..
Ram~ Knight 4ever
The sixth color of VIBGYOR : Orange
The color orange relates to SACRAL chakra situated in the lower abdomen and belongs to the reproductive organs and governs emotions .The color of vitality, vigor, good health and excitement. Lots of energy and stamina.
Well, since this chakra and aura relates to reproductive organs, I was wondering in lines of what we covered in the earlier post about the ancient aliens’ theory which propounds that our gods might very well be Aliens who visited earth thousands of years ago from a very advanced extraterrestrial civilization. I once mentioned this possibility of extraterrestrials visiting earth in the series that am penning and I quote,
“The Universe as we know now is approximately 14 billion years old, which means the universe predates your solar system at least by 10 billion years and the mere mathematical probability for a Sun like star among the 1024 stars in 1011 Galaxies is huge and even if we consider a 1% probability of an earth-like planet to have formed around this Sun like star at least a billion year before earth, how much technologically advanced and genetically evolved they would be? Is it irrational to believe that they might have visited earth a million years back? Who knows, present day humans can very well be an outcome of genetic experiments they conducted here. How else can you explain the bypass in the evolution of humans? In that can be proved true, wouldn’t it make humans the first aliens on earth?”
This is no mere speculation .Our Mythologies are filled with such births that happened without sexual intercourse. The most amazing factor in these births are that most of them involve GOD or Sons and Daughters of god or in many cases prophets and most influential people born on this planet.
To quote a few examples
The BIG ONES to start with
Christians believe that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born to a virgin. No explanation needed for the very word VIRGIN is good enough to make you wide eyed.
Lord RAM ( Not me) the seventh avatar of the God Vishnu in Hinduism was born after his other drank a divine potion
According to Bhagavata Purana, Lord Krishna, another avatar of VISHNU, was born without a sexual union by divine “mental transmission” from the mind of Vasudeva into the womb of Devaki.( Mind matters ;) )
In the epic MAHABARATHA, The mother of Pandavas, Kunti got impregnated by the Sun god SURYA when she was a virgin as a boon. Afraid of her social image getting tarnished, she puts her new born son KARNA in a basket and sets him afloat in a river (Sounds like Indian version of the story of Moses of Egypt?)
In Greek mythology:
The legend of Perseus, whose mother conceived him by Jupiter in the form of a golden shower, finds mention at many mythical stories.
Aphrodite the goddess of love was born out of cut genitals of Uranus and rises with foam.
In Chinese mythology:
According to certain Chinese tales of the Edo period, Momotarō came to Earth inside a giant peach, which was found floating down a river by an old, childless woman who was washing clothes there. The woman and her husband discovered the child when they tried to open the peach to eat it. The child explained that he had been sent by Heaven to be their son (mother of weirdness: A talking baby in a peach with user manual and “How –to-use” instruction :-o )
There is also this mysterious girl called Kaguya-hime, who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant (Test Tube Baby?)
There is also this AZTEC mythological tale of Huitzilopochtli. His mother Coatlicue known for her devout nature and virtuous qualities, was at Mt. Coatepec one day, sweeping and tending to her penance, when she discovered a bundle of feathers on the ground. She decided to save them and placed them in her bosom( Why there? What was she trying? Still remains a mystery). Without her realizing, the feathers impregnated her. (Yeah you read it right!! Feathers :-o )
Can these be evidence of bio-genetic experiments that happened thousands of years back? Maybe they couldn’t explain these strange occurrences like how modern science would explain and hence the spiritual metaphors?
The list and arguments are endless, so let me stop it here.
Back to Orange,
When you sense this Aura, it signifies success and relates to self respect and expanded interests and activities.
Orange is the best emotional stimulant. It connects us to our senses and helps to remove inhibitions and makes us independent and social. In short it fuels the appetite for LIFE!
6 Done, 1 more + Epilogue to go….
Ram ~Knight 4ever
The fourth color in VIBGYOR : Yellow
YELLOW COLOR relates to the Solar plexus chakra. It is the color of awakening, inspiration, intelligence
It relates to transforming energy into matter, matter into energy, ideas into reality, finding purpose, self esteem, self identity, relationship with people
Talking about Energy and Matter, In my previous posts I have discussed a lot about the science of how your thoughts are a big source of “energy” that shapes your reality and holds the vital key to success and irrespective of the fact that it has multiple yardsticks which differ from person to person, end of the day what “matters” is SUCCESS.
For the benefit of those who haven’t read this not new yet less known approach to the equation of success, you can read them:
I started writing this VIBGYOR series to explore the realm of Auras and Chakras by pinning unique set of information that serves as metaphors that direct us to the origin of the feeling attached to a particular Aura color and its Chakra. Lets explore more…
When asked to draw a sun, what color crayon would a kid choose?
YELLOW, right? The kid believes that the sun is yellow because that is what the kid sees and the kid’s version of reality is shaped by that belief. As the kid grows, science text books educate the kid that the light from the sun is actually white and has 7 components of various wavelengths (VIBGYOR) and the atmosphere of the Earth scatters sunlight, removing the shorter wavelength light, i.e. Violet and Blue and this scattering is the reason for the sky appearing Blue and once you reduce those colors from the spectrum of light coming from the Sun, it appears more yellow as it has comparatively longer wavelength. During dawn and dusk the sun’s light has to travel a relatively longer distance and hence even yellow doesn’t reach and hence the colors with wavelength longer than yellow, i.e. ORANGE and RED is visible, which explains the sun appearing in red and orange shades during sunset and sunrise But if you could fly up and see the Sun from space, the color of the Sun would be pure white.
Even as an adult who knows that the sun is not yellow, we do paint sun in colors that we see it. This is because art is an expression and any expression that negates normal observation doesn’t register unless you intend to.
The root of every intention lies in a thought process that runs in parallel to our day to day observation and inferences. An erroneous or incomplete observation can lead to a wrong inference or half baked ( Data insufficient ), inedible inference. We all know what happens to the results of experiments with wrong inferences? (Remember the Titrations we did in chemistry lab?)
Never infer/judge unless you have all the right inputs for the chances of you being wrong is very high and always remember your reality completely shaped by your beliefs and “Think very highly of yourself as the world looks at you at your own estimate”
Ram ~ Knight 4ever