Essay on Entertainment

This is something which we cannot afford to miss. But what is really entertainment? It’s a means of getting engaged in something fruitful. It can become an addiction, beware. Earlier people used to watch a natural waterfall or a mountain to get entertained. That was before the era of TV’s. Now we get entertained by artificial waterfalls and mountains. Although the effect is not the same, the feeling is, albeit a bit lower in strength.

Sitting on a computer we can get entertained by music or a video or simply browsing websites. We go out and watch movies and talk shows to get entertained. Entertainment is central to our being today. But there are so many nefarious things that goes under the guise of entertainment that it has become difficult to draw a line between the good and the bad. For instance there is so much of violence in TV’s and games, that our kids are getting addicted to.

Entertainment should be clean. Pure fun. It should make us happy without agitating our nerves. If we watch a movie that leaves us with some of the petty emotions that we have, it’s not done it’s job. Entertainment must make us happy. It should leave an indelible mark on our being and transform our thinking from one plane to a higher plane. It should also help us explore more avenues of such good entertainment. Hence be careful of what you watch or hear.

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One of the best forms of entertainment is that which educates us. For example, in our quest to study further we may take up a course. View this also as an entertainment option. A real life tour of people living in difficult times can also awaken our charitable senses to do some things for others. Kids being taken out on picnics, say a tour of a museum or the aquatic world is also a good form of educative entertainment. We must encourage entertainment in such a way that it should educate.

Entertainment of sports is also quite appreciable. But things which have cruelty in it should not be called as entertainment. I firmly deny the aspects of such forms of entertainment which trigger our lower base instincts. Entertainment is a form of love and that’s the way it should remain. A means to make other people happy and prosperous. In whatever form , we have to acknowledge that it’s a powerful medium of conveying the joy of others and that should be the paramount goal.

Essay on Technology

Technology brings us closer to God. How is that you may ask me? Imagine life without telephones and Tv’s . Telephones connect us to each other. If we have an expression of joy we can send it across using a telephone. Even grief. Doesn’t mean that grief sharing is not conducive to happiness. They who grieve more realize more of the depths of happiness. TV’s help us keep occupied. I’m not debating on the content right now. But it’s better than idleness you will agree?

Today the computer is helping us socialize and also make some of our difficult jobs easier. Robots in factories achieve work with so much precision, that we can’t seem to do by ourselves. But technology for technology’s sake is not good. It has to help us in a way that was not there before. Technology at its core is a strange mixture of electricity and magnetism that works in a predictable way. Herein lies the difference between us and these machines. The catch word is ‘predictable.’

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Some people worry that a world ahead in technology causes problems. To which my answer is : There is a pro and con in each and everything. If technology brings us happiness, choose only that part of it. We are free to ignore the bad part. In life choice is essential. We can choose the long road or the short one. That is why God gave us wisdom. Technology sometimes cuts short the time required to realize God. There are hypnotisms, NLP’s (Neuro Linguistic Programming) etc achievable by use of technology today.

And it helps people to reach a higher level of being which means getting closer to God. I use a word processor to write, and it’s so helpful. I enjoy writing, and in turn it takes me closer towards God, I believe. Thus each person using the flairs of technology should be able to find God faster and thus realize the benefit of being a human being, The ability to realize God. And technology helps us in doing that. There are many applications of technology whose scope is beyond the discussion now.

Software and Hardware which are like the mind and the brain are being put to use in varied applications. Today at the touch of a button, you are able to read a newspaper and at another click you can share that with the whole world. The world is getting smaller, they say. And it’s true. The 0’s and 1’s are nothing but an extension of God’s dream for us, so that we can appreciate him better and maybe build a world where everyone will be happy. That to me seems to be the plan.

Essay on Education

In today’s world, education is of paramount importance. Education ideally should be a birthright, but there are many who languish in not getting educated and hence not finding proper jobs. Education is like light which dispels away darkness. Hence everybody should get an opportunity to waive their darkness away. Education taught in schools and colleges is not enough. We need to get more of life education, to be able to afford a living and to be happy.

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Education is often mistaken with literacy. The ability to read or write is simply the first step towards a constant and continuing education in the school of life. Education should not be rote learning, as is portrayed by lots of schools. We need to educate people to be happy, because only a happy person can make others happy. True education is education about getting closer to God, to realize his gifts and make us of them properly.

Everyone of us seems to be gifted with some skills. But still we have frustrated lawyers wanting to become doctors or accountants wanting to become engineers. Do not confuse a living with life skill. Your life skill may be different from your education. Go after it. Because we should do only what we love to do. If at all we are taught something in the schools and colleges, the uppermost should be realization of our natural skills. That will go a long way in building the happy individual.

Education should not dwell on the obscene or crime or as such. We have to teach our kids the positive aspects of life and dwell on their strengths. Still we find that newspapers and magazines carry more of negative content. As our kids get exposed to this, they think that life is such. Education should have a moral code attached to it. At the right ages we should expose our kids to the right content. A value based education is the need of the hour.

It’s strange that we learn things like calculus and mechanics for being an engineer, but nobody teaches them how to find God. God based education amicable to all religions or plain simple spirituality should be taught in these institutions. Because the greatest education for a person is to have felt the love of God and lived his way upon some moral commandments. Unfortunately we do not teach all this in our schools and colleges. The highest knowledge is the knowledge of God and there is no greater education.

Essay on Greed

The only type of greed that is good is the one that takes you one more step closer towards God. Greed for love, for happiness etc. The Almighty has given all of us bountiful resources of the nature to be enjoyed by all of us. But some of us hoard these treasures and some willingly give it away. Don’t be mean. Everyone wants three square meals a day, a place to sleep, clean up, excrete and good healthcare and schools. I don’t know why this is impossible.clip_image001

It is, if you look at the present world. Some people have looted the world more than necessary and keeping the loot to themselves. After drinking your fill, you should let the rivers be used by others who are thirsty. This is the right approach. Why do we need to stock the water. Because stored water can be full of disease causing germs, unlike a river that flows. But still we want the whole river for ourselves. Who has given us a birthright on this?

There is nothing above God’s laws. Although he has given people free will, he meant this to be put into ‘just’ force. And most of all ‘Greed for money’. I’m not saying that this is bad. But money works when it’s put to use for the right purpose. Make a million (if that’s what your financial goal is) and be happy. Do not covet for more. The more the greed, the more the unhappiness. Put the money that you have to proper use and that would last a lifetime of gratitude to you from some innocent bystanders.

Be greedy for love. Love of god. There is nothing more nobler than this. And if you look at life from a holistic perspective, you will soon realize that this is all there is to it. Nothing more, nothing less. If you find a room full of darkness, light a lamp if you have a candle, don’t just leave the place without doing your part. And after all, where are you going to take away all your belongings. On the death bed, you cannot take a single feather out of this.

Greed is good in the right proportions. People who say that all types of greed is bad are wrong. Greed takes us forward causing us to act. Hence some of them are good. Like I said earlier, greed of love, position (which entails us to do things) and greed for happiness are good. Anything that takes us towards God is good. So have greed but focus it in the right direction. Have your fill, but remember there are others waiting in the queue just besides you. Be a little more generous.

Essay on World

The world is also called ‘mykhana’ (Hindi) in some songs, which means a place where people go to drink. And what do they drink in this bar? Their daily dose of experience, which can be positive or negative. Let this not affect you. Life is bigger than the day to day experience of this world. Of course, this is also part of life, but nevertheless, we should not call it as our entire life, as there is more to life than meets the eye. A ship with a strong sail does not topple with the wind.

The world can be a very dangerous place, as we may meet some people who may have a treacherous nature. These people drag us down from our lofty aspirations. Stay away from such people. Be only with them who realize your true potential and egg you on. And I mean it from the heart, not just a plastic smile. There are people who would sincerely wish the best for you and don’t think that they have to be relatives or friends. The gesture may also come from a wayward beggar.

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Basically to deal with the world, you have to read people. Those who are on your side and those who are not. Now everybody is on his own side, but not at the expense of others. Live life morally strong, so that you do not do some of the ghastly things that some people seem to do. Do not just look for happiness for yourself, give some back to people who are in need. The world has its own ways of rewarding and punishing people. But remember none of these laws are above divine laws.

You come across people who fear God, then you come across people who act as if they are the only beneficiaries of God. Different people, but see through people’s intentions. Join hands with people you know who won’t create obstacles in your path and be in sincere friendship with them. You will find that such alliances are uplifting. Sometimes you don’t have much of a choice. For example there is a bully in your group. Do not heed him/her.

There is also a set of individuals who are set out to make this world a better place. In case your goals appeal, you can join them. Or in your own way, make a contribution (not necessarily money) to those goals which God would approve of. That should be the yardstick. What we do in the world comes back to us as our karma. Bad actions bring bad results and good actions bring good results. And remember the most important thing. The action is yours but the reward is entirely in the hands of God.

Essay on God

The greatest of all. He/She is everywhere. Inside each and every atom that sustains the universe. In those large expanse of silence. In those paddy fields and that river that keeps humming throughout and those cliffs of the giant mountain looking menacing and those snowfalls of the winter months and in the depths of the unexplored mighty oceans and that great big blue sky and beneath the earth’s surface and in one word – ubiquitous.

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We came from God and we return back to God. Lord Krishna in the Bhagvad Gita says that only 1% of his opulence sustains the universe. We do not know the remaining 99%. Prophet Mohammad in the Koran says that the Almighty is closer to us than the vein that runs through our neck. And indeed it is true. He/She is the knower of all things and can be described in just one single word. Love. Yes that’s what He/She is. Known by different names, He/She is one and all, that has ever been or that will ever be.

God is the highest experience that we should all desire. Love is His/Her gift to us. And so is everything that can be perceived by us. He/She is a super natural power that cares for us to the nth degree and is the most gracious and loving being. No matter whatever we may have gone through or done, He/She still loves us. Despite anything. There is nothing that is hidden from his view. His/Her presence is everywhere and he keeps giving us all that we want. (His/Her love is unconditional)

As far as we are concerned, we should be returning His/Her love back in ample ways that are possible. Like for instance by helping others, by being more caring for the environment etc. We say our daily prayers yet then next moment we become so immersed in ourselves that we forget Him/Her and do things as we wish, when all of His/Her time He/She has been just thinking about us. Helping us, nurturing us and feeding us whenever we were hungry.

The least that we can do for Him/Her is that we do not hurt others and try to help them Console them when they cry, feed them when they are hungry – but most of all first change ourselves to be upright, honest human beings. And go after one thing in life – God Realization. Because that is the only purpose of life. To feel Him/Her in all his might and pay respects to Him/Her. Is there anything else in life worthier than this? Yes. To live a life of love. His/Her way.

Essay on Love

The only reason why we are here – (1) To feel love. (2) To enjoy love. (3) To spread love.

Love is the uppermost emotion of our soul. You know how wonderful it feels to be loved and being lovable. God has created us for this only – and nothing but this only. All other emotions feel petty besides this one. So go out and search for love. Chances are you will get it. And once you do, remember to share it with everyone. Otherwise its strength goes waste. Love is pure magic. It’s that ‘Aha’ moment, when we feel like we are lifted to the sky.

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Love comes in various forms. Brotherly love, motherly love, spouse love, love from children, love from your pet and so on. You may experience many of them in different ways. How can you be so sure if its love? Well your heart is calibrated for that. So do not worry. You will feel it, when it is love. There is no mistaking. Love expands and makes us feel lighter. Also love brings a lot of happiness to us. Feel it, enjoy it and spread it. Your life will be fuller.

If you are in the pursuit of love, and it brings hurt, note that love is giving you one more chance to find it and embellish it in all ways possible. Keep searching and you will find it. But sometimes you may have to persevere. So hang in there and you will get there one day. Promise. If you are charged with love, all your actions manifest in bringing love to others. Work from this angle, because it will bring you success. Guaranteed.

Let the hurt from the past go. Remember Beatles’s song ‘Let it Be. ‘ Be a new individual. Trust more. Help more. Enjoy more. You may sometimes feel love from inanimate objects also. Like say a blue ocean or a rocky mountain. Well, this is just part and parcel of the game. These kind of wonders are a bonus. Capture them in the deep recesses of your memory and savour them as much as you can. You are a special human being and you deserve nothing less than love.

Love in the greatest form can be felt when you give it. That act of kindness or that act of courage is something that people will remember forever. Be a sensitive human being. Know that others are also going through some situations like you are. Extend a gentle hand to them. Try to pacify a little crying kid, or give a rose to a loved one. All these acts and others which simply bring a light of love into people’s lives are what matters. Rest is conversation.

Essay on Life

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As you whiz past time, remember to stop and smell the roses. Life is a journey and there is no destination. You may have set goals. But those are temporary in nature. Once you reach them you have another set, which you set out to achieve. And life goes on like that, from one possible destination to another. Some of you may be living without goals. That’s also fine, as long as you are happy. Enjoy the journey. Many a times you will come across situations which are difficult. Do not avoid them. Face them with full courage. God will give you enough strength to do so. Remember the saying in the Bible ‘And it came to pass.’ There is no situation put in front of you, by destiny, which you cannot tackle. You have been given enough strength and perseverance to face them. So like I said, however heart-breaking it might be, you have got to live this life and face your worst fear. Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Another thing about life – It’s a short one. So be graceful; treat people with respect and spread joy to others. Be their Santa Claus. Do not let undermining emotions get in your way. Even if they do, shake them off as fast as possible. Always be in an optimistic positive mood, despite anything. Cheer up, treat yourself to a cookie or a drink whenever you feel that you have done something right. Do not waste life in petty emotions. Stand up and claim your life. That’s the only one you have got. Remember you attract what you are, and not what you want. So raise your vibrations.

Even if you miss an opportunity, do not worry. God keeps sending them often. But don’t miss them all. Latch on to a couple of them. Steer your ship by your inner compass. Let no one else do that for you. Remember it’s your life after all. Even if you make a mistake, you will be happy because you and only you, are responsible for it. Do not put off things, because if it has snowed today, chances are it may, tomorrow also. So do not wait for the sun to shine or an auspicious time. There is no such thing.

The greatest life is that which takes us towards God. Although, subconsciously we are connected, we have to witness His/Her marvels in the light of our conscious being. That life which takes us towards God, step by step, is a life worth living. God always will love you, no matter what. So be confident of that, however bad you screw up. And in the end, treat failure as a lesson. You have to take it that way. Learn the lesson and then toss away the past. Begin a new future. Live life in the present. Fully. Don’t forget to smile – because you are special.

It’s about the data, not the program

Computing is simply about 2 things :

  • Data

  • Program

Which came first ? Of course, the data. What do we mean by data ? Well, data is something that is pure, untouched, virgin, pristine or simply not processed. For example milk that we get from a cow is data. When this milk is converted into yogurt or clarified butter or cheese, then it becomes information, which is another word for processed data.

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Data in its raw state is like mother nature. As long as we see things objectively, we are witnessing the true side of things. We really don’t need a program to see nature, as it is. This viewing without any affliction’s is called Chitta (a part of our mind). Not many of us see with the Chitta of our mind.

Instead, most of us view nature subjectively through our values, beliefs, ideas, opinions etc. Hence what we see may appear colored, whereas it’s not. This is what happens when we use a program. It converts the meaning of pure data into a higher abstraction called information. This further becomes knowledge (actionable information) and Intelligence (patterns). Finally this intelligence is converted into wisdom through our experience. Wisdom is nothing but the discrimination between good and bad. If the wisdom that we acquire by processing data is good, well then the purpose of the data is served. However, if we stop at knowledge or intelligence, then the interpretation of that data is left to the observer. Every single one of us has a subjective universe, existing in our mind. We spin dreams and stories upon stories to protect what we think is right. If you look at nature, it doesn’t have any contradictions. We do. Because we see things through our lens.

Now what does this have to do with computing ? Well our brain is the algorithm that acts on data collected by our five senses (limited) and interprets it to arrive at some conclusion. A program is simply a set of instructions which operates on data. (or should I say a version of the data). In order for the program to do a good job, it must have the right data. If there are 10,000 data points in a problem, all of them should be available to the program. Sampling or extrapolating won’t be as useful as ‘N’ or all data points. Now you see why MDM (Master Data Management) is so crucial.

GIGO – Garbage In Garbage Out.

With the advent of Big Data, the data from various sources are being crunched to give a unified view of the situation. However, note that too many data sources may worsen the output. Only use as many datasets, as is required.The days when the data used to go where the program is located is becoming extinct. Now the program goes to data. (Hadoop)

The algorithm is getting complex. But even the smartest AI algorithm that we have today pales in comparison to what a single human cell does in a second (3 trillion operations)

Miles to go  before we sleep … (Robert Frost)

The moon is shining in the sky, whether we look up or not.

In a similar way, unbiased or unadulterated data is out there ,for our contemplation, We don’t need a program to realize that (Stillness of the mind).

To end this, I quote the Bible ‘Be Still, And know that I’m God’

Hurry leads to worry

Most of us are in hurry. If we have an appointment, we are anxious to reach the destination on time. If we are held in traffic, we start getting uncomfortable, so much so that it irritates us. (sometimes we honk) If the computer takes the time to load a web page, we hate waiting. If there is a queue outside the bank, we hate to wait. We do not have the patience to watch long videos on Youtube. To cross the road which has a lot of traffic, we do not have the patience to wait till the traffic has subsided, so that we may cross safely. Why are we in such a hurry? The answer is – we do not have the patience to wait. Given a short path and a long path to the destination, we choose the short one, without realizing that sometimes the long path is worth the while. I have read a quote somewhere, which goes like this :
When I was walking, I saw two roads in front of me, a short one and a long one. I chose the long one, and I’m glad that I did.

Shortcuts are not helpful always. Sometimes the long road may be the right one for you. Do not get obsessed with shortcuts. You may have saved some seconds, but there may be a price to pay. And this will manifest in the form of stress, which may lead to other diseases.

Learn to wait. It’s an art. Try to sit still for 10 minutes. How many of you can do that? Have you heard the saying ‘Be still and know that I’m God’! Quieten your mind, which is causing the hurry.

In offices, you have deadlines. This creates anxiety. We are constantly working under pressure to meet a deadline. Do not stuff your schedule with more than what you can handle. Queen Band (Freddie Mercury) has a beautiful song called ‘Under Pressure’. That’s the bane of mankind. All of us are in a hurry. Which leads to confusion and anxiety.
Learn to be still for say 5-10 minutes in a day. This means watching your thoughts, till they subside.This is the simpler form of meditation.
As you increase the amount of time that you spend in silence, you will naturally be at peace always. This world is a very crazy place. But we cannot live in exclusion and have our promises to pay.

The only way you can manage to be at peace anytime, anyplace, anywhere is not getting touched by the events that happen every day. Like a lotus leaf that lives in mud, but does not become dirty by its influence.

Stay calm.
There is absolutely no hurry.

 

P.S. : I am also a victim of worry.

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