Friday, February 29, 2008

Register before log in....

The crying baby gets its mother's milk. When the right breast is emptied, Mother Nature keeps the mother's left breast ready. A spiritually hungry person's prayer immediately gets registered in the Cosmic Mind. The burning aspiration invokes the divine response instantly. But it depends upon the intensity felt at the bottom of the heart.

At a deeper level of spiritual pursuit, seekers across the world have a common experience and that is a strong inner evidence of being taken care of. Nothing happens reduntantly. Faith is the higher instinct of the soul which is activated by and sustained through prayer. It provides the necessary tools to log into the Lord's Heart.

The songs of the birds, the whistling of the breeze, the mowing of the cows...all that is natural are recognized as the hymns of praise of the glories of the Lord by a devotee's heart into which the Lord has chosen to log in.

The Heart to heart dialogue at zero distance between the Lord and the devotee some times manifests as the words of adoration.

The Devotional Literature in the Indian Spiritual Tradition in all the Indian languages do have the common element of the dialogue mode explicitly or implicitly.

Oh! Mother,there can be a spoiled child. But, never a spoiled mother!

(- Sri Shankara, the Master of Advaita)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Equipped to disable or enable?

Peace alone leads to prosperity and progress. Material progress need not always lead to peace. A progress which loses sight of peace is mere advancement and it usually opens up negative directions to proceed towards damnation unwittingly.

It is high time for those who have concern about global peace to search for the hidden icons of peace at all levels of existence.

At the micro individual level these icons can be tickled to display themselves on the dashboard of consciousness through self-discipline. Without gaining mastery over the micro system it is just impossible to get access to the cosmic net work of corresponding icons which enable activation of cosmic forces.'For what?' is to be thought of later.

Interesting is it?

Peace is not built brick by brick. Peace is not something which we arrive at as an end product or a terminal. It is the eternal domain from where we get clicked out by our errors of taste and errors of judgement. When the condusive conditions prevail the domain presents itself. That is all.

Every moment of pleasure, when other pop ups are blocked, gives a gestalt of the peace domain and it does not last long. The pop ups take the mind for a long ride of waste and exhaustion. Rarely and far between we get clicked back to momentary repose in peace. Really we do not know, how?

Are we equipped to disable or enable?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The bell for the Cat.

The inherited culture of a people decides and determines what goes into the calendar and map. To clarify, the calendar ought to reveal what its younger generation should know and the elder generation should recall. The annual festivals, special days,and the like only cover the socio-political aspects of history and identity. What about the cultural elements which also include spiritually significant observations(ceremonies,sacraments and vows)?

An impartial survey of calendars in vogue would be really rewarding endeavour. The chanting of the daily calendar page as per the Vedic tradition is a spiritually healthy practice. It contains certain astronomical references and multidisciplinary information relevant to the individual's place and pursuits in daily life. This practice is called Panchanga Pathanam(chanting of five limbs).

Think globally. Act locally. This modern key to enlightened living is surpassed only by the Vedic Sage's precept, 'cosmocentric thought and geocentric action'. The no error zone of such thought and action is arrived at by the Sages through Upasana(experiential learning)and Prayoga(performance research).

Just as high technology is necessary to make tapping and refining the natural resources possible, a culture specific living methodology is required to comprehend the systems of values and meanings of a given living culture. The inner strength of a culture lies in its ability to empower the individual to resist indifference and to resolve conflicts in the wake of new challenges.

It is at this juncture SRD gathers immense value by initiating concept up gradation of HRD and TQM through proper and adequate Vidhanam(socio-friendly and system-effective practical manual). This is and ought to be the ongoing programme of inter generational culture transfer. Mend the cat to allow the bell!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Being good at finding ways and means to deal with difficult situations is taken to be resourcefulness.In two words,it is practical ability.In a word,cleverness.The fables and folk stories across the world communicate this meaning very effectively.
Without resources resourcefulness cannot be.What are resources? The context determines the content.There are natural resources and human resources.In what way these are different? Human stands out distinctly because it is the only self-conscious resource capable of intervening the processes of the Nature.Human responsibility of self-management is to be given top priority for obvious reasons.
Man can not only make or mar himself but also perpetuate the effects in the surroundings in both positive and negative ways.

You cannot pluck a flower without shaking a star(in the sky)! Everything is interconnected.Life is interconnectivity indeed.Man has gone a long way to 'WWW' the world without.But what about the world within? Let us find out the 'WWWW' possibilities. In other words,the inner connectivity of man,world and God.This brings another W and that is WISDOM.Spiritual Resources Devolopment is all about the applications of this 'WWWWW',world wide web wisdom within!This is not typing made easy manual.

The KEY to this web lies in a language which is embedded in the vertical structure of the subtle body of every human being.This language has four levels of manifestation as clearly hinted in the most refined cultural record of humanity, the VEDAS.
It takes reaching the centre of thought and touching the heart of this cultural record to gather invaluable know-how to tap the life energy resources which can assure a matching grant from the Higher Nature to make life on earth heavenly.

Let us add two more 'W's to the link, the will to work to find the way.Will you?

Sunday, February 24, 2008

More about 360degree.

360 can be a page number referred to.It can be the number of an Article of the Constitution of a nation.It can be a technical code used in a given branch of study.In short,the context determines its value,meaning,place and content.
Has the number 360 any spiritual significance? Is number just a referential frame?
Let us begin with a circle.It has 360 degrees.Multiplied by 60 it contains 21600 units which is a very significant number in the classical texts of Yoga Discipline.
The Vedic time unit ghati equals 24 minutes.60 ghatis come to 24 hours.
1 ghati is further divided into 60 palas.
1pala contains 60 vipalas.
Hence,60X60X60=21600.A healthy human being breathes 21600 times a day.
Breath is Life.100 years of life span of a human being numerically expressed is 21600X360X100.So what?
36000 major psychic chanels conduct subtle energies to the left side of the body and 36000 major psychic chanels, to the right side.Thus 72000 chanels function day and night to keep life going.Now we come to comprehend the reason behind 72 major melodies in Indian classical music.The Vedic calculus is very intricate and sophesticated.By regular practice on can intuit the interplay of 360 and 108 in daily life at the individual micro level and at the cosmic macro level.
To coordinate the rhythm of time and space and to remain in harmony with the powers of the Higher Nature,the Vedic Sages pray as follows.
I prostrate Thee from above,from below, from the sides, from all angles, from within and from without,and yet,I cannot do all these simultaneously.I have my limitations,whereas You are limitless.My eyes follow directions,but You are all EYES everywhere!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Being more human

Towards the Higher Nature and Greater Truth

Living itself is a series of Sacraments. Life manifests through ceremonies like the ripping of a seed beneath the soil, cracking of the egg shell, the throbbing wings of the butterfly on the petals holding umbrella to pollination….the list endlessly goes on. Nothing takes place redundantly. But the civilized man has learnt to stand out and become an outsider to the sacraments of living initiated by Mother Nature. Centre for SRD (CSRD) initiates the unlearning so that it becomes possible to be an insider who participates in the sacramental ceremonies of living.

Man alone drinks even when not feeling thirsty, eat even when not feeling hungry. Man alone goes dating and mating for the sake of pleasure while denying the functions of cosmic laws which govern eating and mating. To eat is human, digesting is Divine. Release of forces and generation of energy follow these activities. If they are partially blocked or denied the inevitable consequences follow. One has to live in fear and exhaustion. Then how the forces are to be redirected for another purpose than for which the activities are meant? How the energy can be reinvested for achieving the goals of the Higher Nature?

The experiential learning programme of CSRD has gained a definite direction towards achieving those goals. But what are the goals?

A close observation of the behaviour of the animal kingdom would reveal the specific species behaviour pattern has inviolable certainty. What about human behaviour? Man alone is the most uncertain animal whose behaviour is not consistent. Hence, it is unpredictable. Perhaps, man alone has the freedom of choice to resist the primitive animal impulses and deliberately follow a refined pattern of behaviour dictated by the enlightened conscience. ‘I am a human being ‘ is not the complete truth. ‘ I am a human being and not merely an animal’ is the greater truth. Higher the aspirations, greater is the goal.

CSRD seeks the traditional approaches and disciplines which facilitate fulfillment of the goals of the Higher Nature in 360 degree.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Let us live a hundred years

"Let us live in joy a hundred years",the Vedic Sages re-affirm as they heard from their ancestors.A hundred years mean many things to them.To begin with, one year consists of 360 days of the Vedic Calendar.A hundred years, in other words,are 36000 days and nights.A healthy human body is designed by Mother Nature in such a way to witness and withstand as many as 1000 Full Moons and more!
The biorythemic cycles of the human body are set in harmony with the cosmic phenomina which include solar and lunar astro-episodes,movements and events besides the other planetary interactions with Mother Earth.The Energy Grids which feed and sustain a living being ,as revealed to the Sages,are encoded in the plants,creepers,trees and grains which are identified by the Centre for SRD(CSRD) as EG5,EG7,EG9 and so on.
Living means living interrelated to the the things and beings around in an unimaginably intricate manner.A human being is born with the complete programme of interconnectivity to everything on the Earth and above which makes existence and survival possible and pleasurable.The human bio-affinity towards herbs,animals,birds, and so on can be identified and activated through proper and adequate means which form one of the areas of SRD performance research.
Let us live a hundred years in "thousand bonds of delight".So be it.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Taste and Tongue

Slogan for the day on the classroom wall of an undergraduate college goes like this:"We want English,but not the English taste".

It is an instance of irrepressible native taste in an inevitable foreign tongue. The above demand and the denial by implication voice an identity which is at once accomodative and assertive . It is the vibrant voice of a culture which has the inner strength to sustain itself and maintain its gravity inspite of the impact of dark centuries of suffocation.

What is at the core of this identity? It has to have a different density. In the twenty first century, inspite of sweaping globalization there is a culture which has the innate streangth to throw up such a thought.

The intense feeling of immense profundity of "I" which arises in the realization of the spiritual density of cosmic existence is at the core of this culture. I would name it idensity. It is an identity with a different density.

The movement of "I" from identity to idensity is the process of expansion of consciousness. It encompasses 360 degree of resourcefulness, i.e., SRD.

What is 'spiritual'?

Looking and seeing are not the same.Hearing and listening are not the same.Touching and feeling are not the same.Smelling and sensing are not the same.Eating and tasting are not the same.One is physical, the other is spiritual.The ability to comprehend the difference between the two is there in every human being.
What is intangible need not be mere mathematical abstraction.Take for example,LOVE.
What is it? Some say that love is blind.Then how come love at first sight?Some say 'fallen in love'!Is it not true that "the marriage of true minds" is made in Heaven?Is it not true that love is the rising ground of true man and true woman?
Grammatically speaking,love is a noun,a verb,an adjective,an adverb,and something more...

The above depiction reveals the direction of SRD and the process too.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Total Quality Management Oath

Total Quality Management (TQM) Oath

Oh Lord! I understand that Quality
is no more an idea and that It is a Quantum.
I pray for the mature awareness of its importance
in my personal life, of its significance
in the dynamic conduct of this institution.

I assure my active participation
in the total quality management of this institution
of which I am an integral, live component.

Oh Lord! I resolve to abstain from any activity
which demands sacrifice of quality
and compromise of discipline.

Oh Lord! I understand the value of quality
and the quality of this value.
May all live up to this Oath.

Composed by: Dr. S. Ramakrishnan M.A., Ph.D., Ph.D.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Oath,Pleadge and Vow.

Oath, Pledge and Vow

Oath is a ‘solemn undertaking to do something’. It is administered in a ceremony held for a specified purpose. The relevant text of oath is read aloud by an elderly person who is senior in experience and position, which is repeated by the person who swears in to the chosen field of profession and /or service. A minister or a doctor is an example. Oath taking is an important ceremony which validates a given vow to pursue the course of chosen action in the society. The Oath empowers the novice/ apprentice to sign in with responsibility and also avail the privileges.

Oath is a mode of intergenerational culture transfer. The text of Oath is traditionally inherited, be it of secular context or of spiritual content. It is perpetuated by the authentic members of the elder generation either by convention or by statutory injunction. Hence it is the collective responsibility of the torch bearers in every field of professional walk of life to emphatically assert oath taking as a mandatory ceremony. As the custom prevails, an oath is sworn in the holy name of God, upon any holy scripture preferred by faith. It makes one feel responsible, accept the morally binding undertaking, and this in effect awakens one’s conscience.

An oath registers a vow along with it. While vow is silent resolve, oath is verbally expressed resolve. Abidance to its requirements makes one an avowed person. Depending upon the intention, an avowed person can be criminal or a teetotaler. The oath acts as the key to self assertion through uncompromising observance of the vow. Therefore, every human being ought to know the significance of Oath and its place in one’s private and public life. Without an oath any personal resolution does not get registered in the mind with desired impact. No impact, no impression; no impression, no stamp of identity. To be unidentified thus denies uniqueness which is the hallmark of every human being. Each individual has to choose what ought to be one’s Oath for various occasions, based on one’s vision and mission in life, rooted in tradition and faith.

An Oath obviously begins always with ‘I’, whereas a pledge can begin with ‘I’ or ‘We’. Oath is more ceremonial and official than pledge. The former requires a platform and the latter can be taken on the ground. Oath is an undertaking to do something. Pledge is an agreement upon understanding. One demands doing mode and the other, being mode. Both are vows indeed.

Oath and pledge help man to be more and more human, an avowed human. They can provide the panacea for the modern disease of moral indifference. They can open the eyes and ears of the soul to gain the vision of life and listen to the mission of EXISTENCE. Let us resolve to live in 'thousand bonds of delight' and do it. So be it, so be it, so be it.

Dr.S.Ramakrishnan. M.A., Ph.D. (Eng.Lit.), Ph.D. (Sanskrit.)
Director, CSRD. (Spiritual Resources Development)
SRD : A new priority area for national progress. Man-making and nation- building form two sides of the same coin, Abhyudaya-Nishreya and Yoga-kshema i.e., over all well being, welfare and progress. While HRD and TQM take care of nation- building, man- making ought to be given its due place. Resource enhancement for product and performance, no doubt, meets the demands of the corporate requirements. But what about making of man as a culturally refined being? What values and meanings constitute the being of man?
SRD – Spiritual Resources Development is an all inclusive concept hitherto not noticed or identified as the answer to the cultural crisis encountered by modern man. Without resolving the present cultural conflicts which are the consequences of globalization it is just impossible to achieve over all well being, welfare, and real progress. Being human is the global responsibility of every human being.
The values and meanings which constitute the being of man as unfolded in the perennial scriptural native wisdom of Bharat, India do provide the much needed material for research and development for man- making. The earliest Vedic lore contains in cryptic form highly technical practices called Vidyas meant for Upasana, experiential learning and Prayoga, performance research. Later these disciplines branched out as Tantra Shastra as available today in the mainstream of Sanatana Vaidika Dharma.
Tantra Vidya is the holistic and integrated discipline based on Tantra Shastra which facilitates expansion of consciousness and protection of the individual who pursues the discipline. It also provides the means to tap and harness the life energy resources to enhance personal effectiveness in all walks of life while pursuing the four Purusharthas, the culturally accepted goals in daily life. However it is a Herculean task to restructure and create a relevant and effective route map to meet the individual needs of modern man who has almost got de-linked from the spiritual resources within and without due to negligence and ignorance.
More than four decades of personal performance research has resulted in mapping out the route to reach the roots of spiritual resources of the inner being. Each individual has to register for performance research individually to get an entry into the cosmic reservoir of life energy resources by fulfilling the requirements of Upasana as laid down in the tradition one belongs to. To facilitate this process a detailed search sheet would be provided by our centre to those who seek guidance for SRD.
Dr. S. Ramakrishnan M.A., Ph.D. (Eng.), Ph.D.(Sans.)
Director, CSRD, Daya, 19-16/3 (Behind NITK P.G. Hostel)
Srinivasnagar P.O.
Mangalore. 575025. Mobile.9900100230