Plato – His Life and Quotes

Do you know these are some of thinkers who had a one single tool to crack mysterious things of universe and tactics of nature, It’s Curiosity and questioning Philosophy behind things which occur in our daily life. Now we are living in modern and civilized environment here everything is predetermined and invented so far. But Plato’s age was an just beginning of human evolution. An modern cult is much different than their lifestyle.

One of the greatest philosophers to have ever lived on Earth was Plato. Even Plato’s mother, Perictione, is believed to be a descendant of an aristocrat named Solon. According to historians, Solon was a Greek statesman from 6th century BCE.

Greek philosopher and thinker Plato founded the Academy and is the author of philosophical works. Very less is gained about his life. Our today’s history evaluations tell Plato’s birth was around 428 B.C.E., but more modern scholars, outlining later events in his life, believe he was born between 424 and 423 B.C.E.

His works have heavily influenced the western culture. All his writings engrossed on a wide range of subjects counting philosophy of language, epistemology, cosmology, theology, deliberations on aesthetics, beauty, justice, equality and yes, political philosophy. Whatever information we have today about this great philosopher comes from historians who somehow achieved to come up with a detailed building of his live from his works. The problem was that of the lack of primary and dependable sources to provide an account of Plato’s life. We do not claim any authenticity about whatever we write here about Plato.

Plato’s impact on philosophy and the nature of humans has had a lasting influence far beyond his motherland of Greece. His work covered a broad spectrum of interests and ideas: mathematics, science and nature, morals and political theory. Socrates (yet another great philosopher) was his teacher and he was in turn, teacher of another great philosopher named Aristotle.

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I personally like this quotes of plato…

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” ― Plato

Only the dead have seen the end of war.
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
The measure of a man is what he does with power.
Your silence gives consent.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

 

Meditations from the Tantras [A book review ]

I start this post with blessings from my Guru Mathaji , Tantra is an ancient works deals with many systems which helped us to evolve at faster rate. Tantra need not be a a philosophy of Vedanta, It can be A scientific hymns,poems literature.

In that sense, Here i review about a book which is eye opener “Meditations from the tantras” . In this book we will learn about consciousness to higher levels of meditation. which gives important techniques of meditation with practical guide to achieve this techniques as perfect as possible.It is reference to Yoga,Pranayamas, Bandhas, Mudras and Kriya. This book is easy to read and understand, author captured all the aspects of meditation.

Meditations from the Tantras is a comprehensive work for beginners searching for a hand book.The things which are must for practitioner is given in this book. also the preparation that is necessary, this book provides an essential foundation to yoga for all advanced meditational techniques.

  • 367 pages
  • Soft cover
  • ISBN 81-85787-11-5
  • Language: English and Hindi

In this book guru had been divided the work into three major chapters,which i found very easy to understand each category.

1.The theory of meditation: In this category what is mediation ? science,spirit and meditation,meditation,health related things are beautifully given.the main article of yoga’s Psychic physiology and reprogram your mind topics are very impressive to read.

2.Preparation for meditation: instructions for all practical aspects are given in detail with some introductory knowledge 

3.Practices for meditation: many aspects of meditation,japa ajapa, mantra siddhi yoga,inner visualization are explained. 

Swami Satyananda Saraswati – Yoga teacher and guru. He was a student of Sivananda Saraswati, the founder of the Divine Life Society, and founded the Bihar School of Yoga in 1964.

Please do read this book.

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Lord’s Grace Ashram – About My Mathaji Part – 1 [ with Photograph’s ]

Most Probably its my joyful and sacred days which i spent at Lord’s grace ashram. where i have spent all my childhood and enjoying the love from my Mathaji.

My Mathaji used to stay in the lord’s grace ashram. Mathaji was kind of perfect mother,guardian, Teacher to students. I can’t forget any single moment i spent at Ashram.

One of my Conversation with Mathaji :

Me: Why People Commit mistakes in-spite of their awareness of Future bad consequences?

Mathaji : Its Because they know about their mistakes but they think less about Consequences which occurs after they make mistakes. or sometimes they never care for its future results. People spending lots of money for entertainment or fun is not waste until for limit, An Poor worker wasting single coin makes him trouble. I really feel why they do it? they drink and drive , people smoke,drink. these are very common things which people consider Let go… No problem with this. The moment of single second of happiness is greater than long lasting health and happiness.

Me: But Mathaji why some people are capable of controlling their natural distractions on Smoking, Drink How do they do it?

Mathaji: Its a biggest Achievement Akshay ! During our childhood we had few homes near us, very few learnt peoples with very high Life values. the poverty was much more significant than the distractions, still we could find some hanging out with distractions. but country like India , [ Mathaji was from Mumbai ] has all typical things which we can mention problem from Poverty to rich-men’s selfishness. The only justification is mental illness or pure selfishness.during the course of time we had things like awareness of personal health… we knew smoking a Tobacco was harmful and due to more of poor home they never  get used to it.

Mathaji suggested me some of Sivananda swami’s Quotes . but mathaji said in their own words… I don’t remember exact words, but i found this in internet.

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.

Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.

 

There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.
Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving, the object will follow you by itself.
Life is a pilgrimage. The wise man does not rest by the roadside inns. He marches direct to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, his ultimate destination.
There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.
Complete peace equally reigns between two mental waves.
Always do good to others. Be selfless. Mentally remove everything and be free. This is divine life. This is the direct way to Moksha or salvation.
Go beyond science, into the region of metaphysics. Real religion is beyond argument. It can only be lived both inwardly and outwardly.
The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph. Self-realization demands very great struggle.

 

Our Lord’s Grace ashram is located in Whitefield, In the city of Bangalore. Here i’m sharing some of the pictures i captured in Lord’s grace ashram.

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Lord’s Grace Ashram
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Lord Shri RAMA
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Lord Jesus Christ
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Sivananda Saraswati
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Samadhi of Santananda sarswathi

My view on – “SONG OF DIVINE LOVE” 

When I close my eyes and think about the peaceful place in the universe. I get My Lord’s Grace Ashram in front of my eyes. This is because our beloved Mathaji who was living there , with Divine fragrance all around beautiful place. But when I’m writing this post , she was no more !

Where one used to learn Art and craft , one can learn Yoga,meditation , life values to live the life at fullest.

I think it was afternoon,  when I asked my mathaji to give some books from her room to read. books were not arranged in bookshelf.  They were kept in an wooden almirah. It was then , my eyes paid attention on the book. That was “Song of Divine Love “. I asked mathaji , Mathaji Can I take this books with me ? She replied happily , “Sure !” I was always Enthralled with physics theories , but when it comes to the spirituality my virtual guru  shivananda books are my favourite. I then took that book to home. Usually I read books while travelling ( as My college is far from my home ) . When I can manage time after Music riyaz/voice culture , guitar practice I take some of these books to read. Of course my graduate books are studied accordingly.

A special Words on Books – Why Students not Read Reference / Books….!

” A person is a book worm who reads his books written for syllabus only,  given by university or a School.. “

A person who only reads books written for any of academics is a bookworm, But we have to read books with a higher perspectives and multidimensional topic.                If suppose if it’s for ” Composite Materials , then I think book by JN Reddy -Famous  Scientist worked in NASA and Authored many books. He himself published many papers. if someone reading these type of books for his Degree to understand the syllabus of curriculum will be a very good choice. but a limitation of time , amount of time required for to assimilate the depth of knowledge given from some authored may require time to study. and sometimes these books for a student who want nothing more than marks will not get benefited by These books. a education system being the conflict for this problem.

    Might be bit confusing why involved the academics here , that is because due to so many things we need not leave, our interest on these things, at least an attempt is appreciated.  Because the Class of reading books becoming diminish day by day. The students from School and universities are reading for the sake of marks and just completion of degree. An finest books from Top dignity is left for a reason , they take much time to complete and understand. This reminded me books about sivananda are also some them. Which is mostly read by few… but I feel we need a friend for life , who helps in experiencing the life of others. More precisely. It’s Book. So one such book is ” Song of Divine Love ” by Santananda Saraswati. It’s a small book which describes about vedanta, Divinity,  Lord Shiva And lastly The mother nature. Reading the ” Tune of Love behind this “song”  .  When Swami SANTANANDA SARASWATI says

Echo of song – dedicated : During the eve of her long Journey, she was followed by a,loving divinity when she glanced ,wondering, “Is she the same ?” To find out all,about her “game”, oh that was a loving look of recognition! . Through our eyes , a mutual smile beamed,just with an “AUM” our Link resumed!  

In this book the price of the book is printed as ” Divine love ” which is another soothing and inspiring thing which those monks and saints added. Lots more to say about this small book , but an introduction is given in this post.

A saintly mother had once related to me that there was a particular place in their compound which would always look uneven, popping out,however much they tried to make it look smooth and a pain.

Their efforts having failed repeatedly,  they had to dig up the place, deep , taking out the dirty, filthy mud, pebbles and all and lo; to find what ? Deep , deep , below , they found, to their joy and surprise,a beautiful objects of worship,  God in an image, discovered!  They installed this beautiful one in a temple! .

So also, the ” uneven ” , the ” rough “, the “ugly”, the “lower self “, the “out of tune” notation, the filth and dirt are covering up the beautiful divine, that is inclined to come to come up after expelling all that is “filthy “, “dirty ” , ” ugly “, “mudlike “, consisting of anger , vanity , egoism, passion, infatuation, desire etc .

Need to Know about Swami shivananda :

The secret of creation – ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಯ ರಹಸ್ಯ

This is one my favorite topic and also a challenging one. we have read a news describing gravitational wave second time, that’s a triumph of science… But my discussion is not on creation of Life on earth, It’s my question on creation of matter, element, air, gaseous molecules, atom everything. The galaxies are not moving through space, they are moving in space in an infinite path.

Because space is moving till the way it can move, Where its destination? it’s a great confusion. Universe has no center, everything moves away from other things. We are touching the edge of universe, more or less in a decade. but more important is our popular culture believing in the science and its modest things.

we now stand in the row of successful prediction, most of the scientific discoveries had been done in 19th and 20th century. most probably in a exponential rate in present generation. From the beginning of 1980s with a computational power, man has been increasing his intellectual thinking capabilities in a vast way. But still the myths, stories behind secret of creator are found. that is an ever-ending story I remember Kalam who says this about universe.

Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

I have written an poem in kannada, ( A Beautiful and oldest language among world heritage)

 

ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಯ ರಹಸ್ಯವೇಕೆ ಇಷ್ಟು ನಿಗೂಢ  ತತ್ವಜ್ಞಾನಕ್ಕೂ ತರ್ಕ ಬದ್ಧವಿಲ್ಲ…
ಮಾನವನ ಗಣಿತ ಜ್ಞಾನವೇನು ಕಡಿಮೆಯಿಲ್ಲ !
ಆದರೂ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಯ ರಹಸ್ಯವೇಕೆ ನಿಗೂಢ

The secret of creation and its path of evolution
mystery of creation is so mysterious
Philosophy is not a logic ...
human mathematical knowledge is no minimal!
However the mystery of creation is mysterious

ಮಹಾಸ್ಪೋಟ ಕಾರಣವೇ ಸರಿಯಾಗಿ ತಿಳಿಯದು
ಮಹಾಸ್ಫೋಟಕ್ಕೆ ಬೇಕಿದ್ದ ಶಕ್ತಿಯ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿ ಹೇಗೆ ?
ಅಬ್ಬಾ ! ಈ ಬ್ರಮಾಂಡವೇ ಒಂದು ಅನಾಮದೇಯ
ಎಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಬಂತೆಂಬುದು ಯಾರು ತಿಳಿಯರು

The cause of the Mahaspota (Big-bang) is not properly understood
How is the creation of energy needed for the Great Flood?
Oh! This brand is an anonymity
Who does not know where come from

ಭೌತವಿಜ್ಞಾನಿಗಳಾ ಮೆದುಳನ್ನು ಕೆಡಿಸಿದೆ
ಆ ಸತ್ಯದ ಕುರುವು  ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಮಾ ಕಿರಣಗಳೇ ?
ಅವ-ಕಂಪು ? ಕಾಸ್ಮಿಕ್ ಕಿರಣಗಳೇ ?
ಹೌದು ಕಾಸ್ಮಿಕ್ ಕಿರಣಗಳು

Physicists have broken the brain
Are the plasma rays of that truth?
Cosmic rays?
Yes, cosmic rays

ಐನ್ಸ್ಟೈನ್ ಮುಗಿಸದ ಆ ಕೆಲಸ
ಇನ್ನು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗಿಲ್ಲ….
ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾದೀತೆ… ಏಕೆ ಇಲ್ಲ ?
ಬೇಕು ಬೇರೆಯ ದ್ರಿಷ್ಟಿಕೋನವಷ್ಟೇ

Einstein did not finish that job
No longer possible ....
is it possible in India ... why not?
A new point of view is need to be adapted.

ಜ್ಞಾನದಾಹ ಕೇವಲ ಹಣಸಂಪಾದನೆಗೆ
ಹೊಳಪಡದೆ , ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಪರಿಸರ , ಭೂಮಿ , ಬ್ರಮಾಂಡವನ್ನು ಹುಡುಕಿದರೆ
ಯಶಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವ ಮಹತ್ವ ಬೇಡ

– Akshay kumar,Bangalore

If Knowledge is just for money , no use.. If you find a little environment, land, earth ,No importance in success

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Creation of Life – May be a leaves for example , how beautifully done. Pic Credit : Me, Akshay kumar

© Akshay Kumar

 

Are you curious ? – [On serene Nature]

Everything around us is nature, which is surrounded by very beautiful environment.Nature is everything that is around us like water, air, land, trees, mountain, River, Sun, moon, sky, sea, forest,Even the Heavenly bodies charisma of light, unknown visitors like comet,Shooting stars.

We can see it every moment but why we not fascinated by it. we will discuss this surely. but not now. Nature is important and integral part of everyone’s life. Beautiful nature is as same as God’s true love. Sunrise in the morning with the new freshness to feed the human, when the tweeting of backyard birds,Hummingbird Rhythmic songs,to tell more scientifically as this blog is meant be.  Dawn chorus of birds occurs when birds sing at the start of a new day. In temperate countries this is most noticeable in spring sound of natural habitat which began the new day.

Sounds of Wind, and apart some distance their a river flows in carrying the FISH,WATER BODIES,SAND,TINY STONES, with zoooo… zoo.. zar.. zar sound ( which might be of soothing to human mind). above will sure forms a sunrise into magnificent act. Many famous poets, writer, painter, and artists  most favorite theme is nature and its curiosity of creation of Music, a BEAUTIFUL painting. POETIC WORDS evolution. 

by this man will certainly say ” We have the most beautiful residence on this universe, which is full of colorful and interesting scene, Extreme green and thick canopy of deep jungle is extremely beautiful and attractive. 

God / creator ( UNIVERSAL REFERENCE ) made everything look so beauty so that our eyes can never be exhausted, and never bored which is called as CURIOSITY