06 February 2007

Aphorisms

Books
Living life is more important than reading books.
R L Stevenson: Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.

Philosophy
When real life hits you, philosophy goes out of the window. The question is no longer "What is the Truth?" The question is now "How should I live?" (Or "What should I do with my life?" or "What kind of life should I live?") Ethics becomes more important than metaphysics.
And we answer this question by living. Our life is our answer to this question. Gandhiji: My life is my message.

Truth (also Meaning/Purpose of Life)
The Truth is Here and Now. Whatever shit is happening to you right here, right now - that is your life. There is no Truth other than this, or beyond this.
The time to be happy is right now. If you are happy now, then you are happy. Otherwise you are not happy. That's it.

Life
Life is a journey, not a destination.
The journey is more important than the destination.
Kierkegaard: Life is not a problem to be solved; it is a mystery to be lived.
Kierkegaard: Life must be lived forwards; but it can only be understood backwards.

Life (contd)
'Shantaram': Live life fully.
The purpose of life is to live. To experience life fully. Good and bad, happiness and sorrow, victory and defeat, pleasure and pain, love and loneliness. If you know only happiness, then your knowledge is only 50%. Be a complete man.

Ethics
Be good. Do what you think is right, always.
Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
The ends do not justify the means. Evil can sometimes come out of good, but good can never come out of evil.
Gandhiji: Be the change you want to see.
Be humble.

Reader's Digest
1. Choose a job you love. (You must be passionate about your work. You must believe in what you do.)
2. Take risks. (When you look back on your life, you will not regret the things you did; you will regret the things you did not do. To risk nothing is to lose everything.)
2b. Make mistakes, and learn from them. Don't make the same mistake twice. Show me a man who has never made a mistake, and I will show you a man who has never tried anything.

3 comments:

wwwmrchen said...
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Anonymous said...

Bond, this is a good reminder on things.

In today's world, the biggest influence in people's life is idiots at work, real estate prices, the sale where you can save millions (by spending billions) and the lady driver in front who is playing mind games.

The simple chase of nirvana within the framework of urban / fiscal emancipation is probably a non starter, even for the stout hearted.

Spending time in the less inhabited places of the world may be the only way.

- Kaddi

Psomax said...

Well, that is life. Anybody can find peace in a cave or in a forest. The challenge is to find peace in the midst of all this shit.

Yogasthaha kuru karmaani sangam tyaktva Dhananjaya, siddhyasiddhyoho samo bhutva samatvam yoga uchyate.(2.48)

The Gita is meant for a warrior in a battlefield, not for a monk who has renounced the world :-)