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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

search for meaningless meanings

I have noticed on many instances he [Devdutt Patnaik] resorts to frenzied analysis a la MBA thesis papers coupled with a hurry to present his conclusion or perception without getting into certain texts and grasping the complete picture and the comprehensive vitality, purport, essence and the concept[s] that was/were originally meant to be conveyed in that particular period, context and socio-cultural religious milieu.

I wish to suggest to such people , there are many with good intentions but distorted approach , applying Cartesian analysis for everything the following quotes: “Get out of your own way… stop the paralysis by analysis… decide what you want, create a simple plan, and get moving!” - Steve Maraboli. and “Across planes of consciousness, we have to live with the paradox that opposite things can be simultaneously true.” ― Ram Dass.

This applies to many musicologists too. One cannot make a dissection and analysis of a raga without savoring its aesthetic appeal because in carnatic music the ragas are not merely made of the notes which can be written and rendered. The element the embellishes raga is predominantly the bhava and gammakas, one can never make or understand a busibela [Sambar rice] with detailed analysis of its ingredients.

For such people I suggest patience till the proper answers pop up. " I beg you… to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke and an excellent couplet in Tamil I got from a friend few days back "இல்லாத வார்த்தையின் அர்த்தம் தேடி மௌன அகராதியில் கண்டு உணர்ந்தேன் .."

This I loved because it conveys in addition to the fact that there are many things beyond the logical and rational explanations, scientific measurements etc that there are also many times we search meaninglessly for meanings that we expect or we want to justify through our limited perception and petty interpretations which could be appealing intellectually but they are not the reality. At the same time it is also a fact that gigantic structures of Shiva are erected purely as tourist attraction and for commercial purpose, they tend stress more on tourist tamasha rather than convey the sanctity of a temple.

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