Having a look at the pic above you might think that I am going to teach you something about cooking, or maybe I am watching Masala TV (a TV channel dedicated to cooking) a lot to give you some handy tips on nutrition value of shown spices.
I have never cooked anything, ever in my life and I would be, but a bad chef, if I ever try. Yet I am fond of good food, so quite often I watch Masala TV Channel, not to learn about cooking, but to see mouth-watering dishes decorated on a platter to be served.
When we go out for dining, we are presented with the menu card filled with a lot many mouth-watering dishes to satiate our taste buds. I kept wondering, at one point in time, we can only eat one or two meals at max then what is the point in having a long list of dishes with unusual name tags to choose from. Keep this point in mind and it will be explained later in the blog.
During my secondary class, biology was one of the subjects I was taught, in which the teacher gave us the detailed description of our digestive system. To give you an idea how our digestive system works here is an excerpt which (Health and Wellness) explains how our bodies turn the food, we eat, into energy:
“All parts of the body (muscles, brain, heart, and liver) need the energy to work. This energy comes from the food we eat.
Our bodies digest the food we eat by mixing it with fluids (acids and enzymes) in the stomach. When the stomach digests food, the carbohydrate (sugars and starches) in the food breaks down into another type of sugar, called glucose.
The stomach and small intestines absorb the glucose and then release it into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, glucose can be used immediately for energy or stored in our bodies, to be used later”.
If you look at the spices shown above, I don’t see any of the spices having a sugary flavor, yet everything we eat after going through the digestive system turns into glucose (a form of sugar), which provides energy to our body to work.
Did you notice something how mother nature has made your digestive system?
Our body accepts all kinds of piquant spices tasting so good to increase our appetite that we cannot avoid craving for it. It has the capability of digesting a diverse range of eatables, yet everything is ultimately turned into sugar (energy) in the end. Can we learn something out of this analogy?
There is a lesson hidden behind it for us that we come across situations and people in our lives, good at times but agonizingly bitter to the soul mostly (like the long list of appetizing food made from bitter spices, if taken separately), yet we have to learn to live with them and get a boost (like sugar does to our body) to lead our life worth living by making them part of our life and try extracting (learning) good things from them to make our life enjoyable (like the balanced combination of various spices adds flavor to our food) by our sugary behavior, come what may.
Acid is considered to be dangerous having a bitter taste and in order to subside its negatively harsh effects, it has to be alkalized adding water into it.
I wondered when I gave it a second thought, that how close it is to our interaction with other people in our daily lives.
Quite a few people are so sarcastic in their wheeling-dealing with other people that at times, it appears, as if they are having a taste of acid in their sarcasm. If those people (who are sarcastic) have a bit of a know-how that how their sarcasm have a negative impact on the person who is being subjected to their wrath, will never even think of subjecting people to their sarcasm.
Now that knowledge which comes to us through education will act as water added to the acid (sarcasm) to make it alkaline, that mellowness (by virtue of the knowledge we have) in us can be a source of life for someone who is disgruntled with his life for any reason, be it a sarcasm or economic or social malaise.
Be knowledge hungry and alkalized your sarcasm by it and avoid making lives of other people miserable. Be polite, you never know how badly one is hurt by your unrealistic and unnecessary sarcasm when you can bring joy and happiness to their life by your knowledge.
I wish to apologize to my audience for the delay in my post as I wanted to write on this topic for long but the concept I had before was not getting the kind of appeal to my heart and the concept was not even getting close to the title of my blog.
Writing for the sake of writing has never been my intent to waste my time and the time of my audience.
You might have heard from a layman that an electric socket has two wires; one is neutral and the other is a live wire. Until recently I never thought why is it like that, but when I came to know about it, I was like wow, what a concept.
Whosoever coined this word, ‘live wire’ might not have thought about it the way I am going to explain now (pardon me if I am exaggerating myself).
When a person is alive, he has his body heat which keeps him alive. Why did I say so, because when a person dies, his body gets cold and stiff with the passage of time, I am wondering why a dead body has to be kept in a mortuary to keep it cool when it, itself is cold as its body heat is gone as soon as he died.
The obvious reason is, if it (the dead body) is left in the open, it starts stinking, so in order to preserve it till such time that it is buried, it has to be placed inside the mortuary.
When current passes from anything (a conductor) it gets hot. If we now make an analogy of a live wire with a live body, we will be able to understand why on earth that person (who coined the word live wire) came up with the word live wire.
So in order for one to be alive, one needs to have current (i.e. passion) to prove oneself that he is alive and willing to face the odds of life head-on.
This current blog is written based on my beliefs. My international audience having a different belief then mine are in no way required to accept or reject the contents of this blog. All my readers are at their free will to read or skip this blog. Comments; positive or otherwise would be accepted, wholeheartedly.
Even if it is not written in any holy scripture (of any religion), we all know that whosoever is born, has to die one day, no exceptions, at least to date.
While eating any meal, we are tempted by its taste to finish the meal. The moment we are done eating that tasty meal, it is the meal and the taste which is finished and not the one who is eating it.
The verse above says that ‘Every soul shall have a taste of death’, so it will be the death of ‘the death’ and not the death of the soul contained inside the body.
So the question that arises here is: Where did the soul go if it didn’t die?
I was wondering to find the answer and I happened to have a chance to listen to a sermon by one of my favorite speakers on theology and here is his explanation (written in my own words) for the reading pleasure of my readers.
If you google images of the soul, google will fetch you pictures showing a body in white fumes. I, as a human, am not pure so I depict my body as a bit darker than my soul and to make an analogy to make you understand my thought process.
When a baby is conceived in the mother’s womb it takes some time to complete the body, once the body is completed then only the soul gets in. If you look at your hands you will find that your palm is comparatively whiter than the other side of the hand.
I like to give you another analogy out of this pic to make you understand the underlying concept. The palm is whiter, so I consider it as my soul, which is pure and the other side is my body, which is bit darker than my soul.
My soul is encapsulated in my body as if my palm is closed and the moment I die, it is that my palm is opened and the soul inside gets released.
The verse above says that till such time my soul is inside my body, I am worth a million but the moment I die, I (my body) become worthless and it has to be buried or cremated, as per the faith of the soul.
Since a child is born, he goes through various stages of life, i.e. toddler, childhood, adolescence, teenage, adulthood, professional, parenthood, etc. During this entire time period he goes through various learning experiences by virtue of education and professional experience and gains knowledge.
This entire process takes substantial amount time of an individual to understand the intricacies of life. At a very later stage in his life he comes to realize the real facts of life but unfortunately that is the time when his own time is about to be over and he is ready to die. At that point in time, he starts thinking, if he had enough time to pass on the learnt legacy to the future generation. Every single moment appears to him, as if he is running short of time, and he appears to be bit in a hurry.
I am kind of flabbergasted to visualize these hidden concepts about our life and think why don’t we realize the purpose of our life, which is nothing but to find meaningfulness in it, which once realized, I am sure our concept of the life would be changed drastically.
It simply means that we are now getting ready for some other destination hidden from our eyes. Do we ever ponder, why is it so happening, why our life is so short that the moment we come to realize the true essence of life, it is time to get ready for the eternal abode.
With the changing times, the ways to teach and learn have changed drastically, thanks to the internet and ubiquitous sites offering free courses. Since anything available for free does not have an appeal to entice, so to inculcate among students, an urge to learn (since they are not paying for the course and also when it is available to them at fingertips, so they seldom care to get deep inside into understanding the concept, and they are more into playing with their high-tech gadgets, which are available to them easily due to low costs) is way too difficult for the teacher to teach and the student to learn and comprehend.
In primitive times, we had candles to light in the dark. When someone wanted to light a candle, they had to bring that candle close to the one that was already lit. Teachers do the same thing, they burn themselves to light (literally) the ways for their students, trying to understand the concept as they have perceived it to be.
But those were primitive times, bulbs have replaced candles now. Unfortunately, a lit bulb cannot light another bulb just by bringing the unlit bulb in close proximity to the lit one. It (the unlit bulb) needs to have the current passing through it to get light.
Being a teacher, I am from the past, my students are born after me, we are meeting together in the present, and I have to lead them into future, for which, I have two options, either to push them or pull them.
People usually don’t like to be pushed, they like to be pulled. But how can I pull them into the future, which is physically not existing at the moment? So I need to develop my mental faculty to a level where I can pull (inspire) them to lead into the future.
This pulling is the inspiration for students to get ignited from within. To light the bulb within (the mind), they need current, which is flowing through them but it needs a spark which is very much ingrained in them (by nature) to ignite the bulb (mind) kept on top of the head.
In order for students to learn, the classroom strategies have to be changed drastically. The smart kids are now way ahead of their teachers (who have a primitive mindset) using high-tech gadgets and are way too smart to outwit their teachers. The teaching philosophy now should be to ignite the spark inside the kids and rote learning is sooner than later going to be obsolete.
Now if a student fails to get hold of the knowledge available to him at his finger tips, it is he, who is to be blamed for the failure and not the teacher. As he (the student) has failed to capitalize on the spark within.
Look at the beauty of the concept, in order to light the room, the bulb is placed on the roof usually in the center. Similarly, the mind in our body is placed on top of our heads in the center.