Eduaction, Philosophy, Self development, Symbolism

Beautiful Mind


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The other day I asked my wife to cook something really mouth watering, as I was fed up with usual stuff every now and then. She cooked a wonderful meal for me yesterday and while I was having my dinner, I came up with this idea, which I am sharing here for my audience to rejoice.

The preamble will not make any sense with the title, I have chosen for this blog, but that’s the beauty of the concept, which I want my audience to understand. Whatever you have in your mind should be something to cherish, if you really want to live a meaningful life. I am also compelled by the title of my blog i.e. Life as EYE see to come up with such absurdities while writing blogs and I love it.

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, a wonderful saying Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, will make you cherish, if you start looking for cues spread all around us, to test the beauty of that wonderful gift called MIND, given to us humans, by none other then Almighty Allah.

The concept is that even after having a sumptuous dinner the other day, I kept surmising that, what if I eat the same usual stuff which I usually eat. What difference would it make, if I eat a meal, mouth watering or otherwise? What makes it mouthwatering, except its taste, which is only felt by the tongue through the taste buds on my tongue, for a while. The moment it passes into the stomach through intestines, it is nothing but the usual meal. It is then churned out by the stomach and the needed ingredients are extracted out, for bodily use to survive and the remaining part is excreted out.

Most of the time, these costly meals only serve the purpose of satisfying the insatiable taste buds of our tongue, whereas actually the need of our body is to have the required quantity of vitamins, proteins and carbohydrates etc, which are equally available in usual meals and even at times are more abundant in usual meals then the junk food, we crave. Yet we keep searching for such outlets which provide a meal worth having for fulfilling our tummy.

The picture down here correctly depicts our state of affair. All of us, most of the time run after quenching the fire burning inside our stomach, yet many of us have to fight with the emotional appeal of our burning heart. Did we ever crave to let that wonderful gift (mind) ever taste the beauty of knowledge spread all around us? The more I started making use of this ‘gift’, the more I am coming to realize that knowledge is ubiquitous and I am not even feeling the tinge of it, as I am grossly engaged in my day to day chores to the extent that I don’t even bother to look around for it.
Picture2Do we ever even bother to look for that wonderful knowledge, which is spread across, like we search for the food, when hungry? Do we try to find such people around, who know, where to look for such knowledge? Did we ever feel the urge to quench the fire raging inside our mind to find our purpose in life?

Now let me compare the analogy of mouth watering meal with the usual meal we often have most of the time. We don’t have to read voluminous books to get the knowledge, like we usually go for sumptuous buffet over the week end [mostly]. Rather we need to look around tiny bits of frivolous cues spread around to appreciate the beauty of knowledge they [cues] carry, through deep observation.

Since we can not digest luxurious meal, if taken on a daily basis, similarly, we cannot absorb tedious jargon contained in books on difficult subjects, as we are not expected to be Einstein, for that matter. That is one of the reasons why, we have ‘mind filters’, which eliminates such information, which is going to be of no use to us in the long run, thus providing enough space to accommodate new information.

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To make our lives easy and relearn new knowledge, we as ordinary souls, are expected to look for the symbols spread around and try finding the hidden messages they carry for us to investigate the meaning of life.

Till such time that we start feeling the taste of knowledge, through thinking, like we make use of those taste buds we have on our tongue, for finding the mouth watering food, we can never appreciate the beauty of that ‘Beautiful Mind’ we have, for finding the purpose of our life.

Sajjad Hussain

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Eduaction, Ethics, Philosophy, Self development, Symbolism, Wisdom

Opting for a Religion


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Disclaimer:          This blog is written for people across the world keeping in view various beliefs and religions existing, and to give the reader a thought based on logic, without any intent of asking my reader to change his/her belief.

This time around, I am replicating my answer to a question posted on Quora, “Which is better Buddhism or Islam”?

There is an Indian movie named PK is worth watching to understand the underlying message of how people react to, when asked about the authenticity of a religion.

If I have a knife (knife here is used as a symbol to make my point) and I am a dacoit, I can take someone’s life, but if I am a medical surgeon, using that scalpel (knife), I can save someone’s life.

It is not the knife, which is curing or killing someone, it is the ‘user’ who is making use of that knife to his or her own advantage by virtue of his or her knowledge or ignorance.

Applying that same analogy to religions, not a single religion existing in the world, ever said killing people is justified. I respect all the religions and expect every one of us to do the same, yet it is a far cry in wilderness of ‘Manimals’ (sorry to use the word ‘manimals’, because when man starts behaving like an animal, what else can s/he be called).

In mathematics, when we want to draw graphs in two dimension, we draw X and Y axis. On X-axis, we have independent variables and on Y-axis we have dependent variables. X-axis is drawn horizontally, whereas the Y-axis rises vertically up.

There are two types of dreams, the dreams, which we see in the night, and day dreams. The dreams in the night are beyond our control, so we can put them on X-axis. The dreams which we see during day time are very much in our control i.e. they are dependent, so we can put them on Y-axis. In other words, we can say that the dreams which we see during day time are not dreams; they are our plans which we want to implement in our lives for success. When anything is done using proper planning, the chances of success rise.

When I look at my own body, I see quite a few things which are dependent and others are independent. My heart and lungs are independent of my acts, whereas my eyes and hands are very much dependent on me.

If I manage to use those body parts, which are dependent on my actions, effectively, I am bound to rise.

Our age is dependent on time and as such we can put it on X-axis and our mental capability, which is very much dependent on us, can be placed on Y-axis. So, as we keep making use of our abstract mind to explore the world around, we can see what is otherwise invisible to our naked eyes.

I would not emphasize upon anyone to follow X or Y or Z religion. You as a human are born with a free will and that free will basically is going to be judged on the ‘Day of Judgment’ deciding your fate to be in ‘Hell’ or ‘Heaven’.

If I am a historian and I have a leaning for religion X, I will write every good thing about my religion and in a subtle manner would portray religion Y as negative and reverse would be the case if I am the follower of religion Y.

Whosoever is born after say 500 years after me (as a historian) and tries to find the truth about various religions, and /she comes across my book (written as a historian), s/he would get confused as due to my personal bias and hidden agenda, s/he would not get to the truth. Before getting the truth, s/he would be required to go through various scriptures and instead of getting the right guidance, chances are that s/he would be more confused and distracted and as such s/he would opt to become atheist.

I do come across these kinds of discussions every now and then (as I teach Ethics) and I suggest my students not to follow blindly any one. Try to find the logical reason behind every talk given by preachers of various ‘School of Thoughts’ and verify their talk in view of what is written in various scriptures. If you head for the truth with an open heart and an open mind, I assure you that your own ‘MIND’ will guide you to the ‘right path’.

Now again a question arises, who is going to decide that whatever I am or for that matter anyone is following, is the ‘right path’? The answer is, it is way too difficult for us as humans to precisely find it, as we would somehow or the other always require to rely on the books written by various historians and the history itself, which is but written with a bias and with the hidden agenda of the writer. So, no one can guarantee that whatever you are reading is nothing but the truth. Ending up in more confusion is, but very much natural, as we humans are most of the time, biased in our wheeling dealing.

The confusion so created after going through history or reading the books, written centuries ago, is something to be cherished, because it shows that you are ‘thinking’ and this thought process at some point in time, will guide you in the right direction.

I may be wrong but this is how I think, and it is more than enough for me to find solace in my heart that at least I am not a blind follower and I am making use of that beautiful gift of ‘HIS’ called the ‘Mind’.

Sajjad Hussain

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Operations Manual


Whenever I buy electronic gadgets, I find something really amazing, that with every such purchase, included in the pack is an operations manual, which I have never used prior to operating that gadget, as most of the time, I have a fair idea as to how to operate it.

I think the operations manual is included in the pack for every one to make use of it and get a thorough understanding of the gadget operation. If we manage to operate the gadget according to the manual, we may increase the life of the gadget.

In almost all the religions of the world, we see that, they all have their divine scriptures in the form of guidelines for living life. Which in a way, we can say is the the Operations Manual for Humans. But we, as Humans, seldom make use of those scriptures to mold our lives, according to the guidelines written in them.

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If somehow, we manage to make use of the divine scriptures, in those holy books, I think we can make our lives longer as the gadget’s life is increased through proper use of the gadget according the operations manual for that gadget. By “increasing the life”, I don’t mean physical life, I mean we can make our lives immortal because we will be living according to HIS will and HE will make our name immortal in the history, due to our good deeds for the humanity.

My this blog is not for or against any particular religion, I am talking in a very generalized terms for all of the religions. As almost all the religions talk of humanity, and human values, which we as humans have to learn to respect.

Sajjad Hussain

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Philosophy – Subjective or Objective


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When people see around them, they see everything as ‘data’. Those who have gone through some education, they get ‘information’, out of that ‘data’. When that ‘data’ is analyzed, making use of the mind, is converted into ‘knowledge’.

Men with ‘knowledge’ are in a position to ponder deep into the hidden meanings to form a ‘philosophy’. They have a clear understanding of the hidden meanings behind that ‘philosophy’, but they are unable to quantify it, using a mathematical model.

Till such time it remains un-quantified, it remains philosophy, but when proved mathematically, it becomes a ‘theory’. When that ‘theory’ is materialized, through experimentation, becomes scientific law.

Since we can not fill our tummy with mere words, and usually people are not as observing as they should be, so their focus mostly is confined only to fulfill their basic needs, i.e. to eat and shit, so ‘philosophy’ for them is more subjective in nature then objective.

But men with knowledge, try to find the wisdom in things around them, to find the hidden meanings, come up with philosophy, to end up in innovation and creativity, to benefit the human kind.

Since their objective is to work for the betterment of humanity, so philosophy for them is more an objective than merely a subject.

Philosophers are visionaries, as they are able to see the future, which others can’t, as the future can only be perceived through abstract mind, and people are mostly unable to see intangibles through naked eyes.

Sajjad Hussain

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Of Philosophy, Religion, Literature, and Arts


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Humility + Man = HUMAN

So man with humility makes a human and study of humans is humanities.

The curiosity to know something came to the minds of humans through ‘WHY’ and this ‘Why’ became the basis of PHILOSOPHY. When humans started understanding the philosophy, they came up with various ideologies, which formed the basis of RELIGION.

The very first thing a new born learns is the word M*, (M=mother, mom, ma, etc. my understanding is that in most of the languages of the world sound of M is used for mother) and then, when he grows older speaks the language of his mother, that’s why it is called mother tongue and it forms the basis for LITERATURE, in that particular language. When this literature gets out of words and takes the form of expressions through various other mediums, forms the basis for ARTS.

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* A friend (Sulaiman Dawood) of mine told me that the only sound that a baby can make includes /m/ and /b/, so it speaks everything beginning from either ‘m’ or ‘b’ because technically that’s the only frequency the vocal chords can stretch to in the beginning.

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ART vs SCIENCE


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YES, I have been through this thought recently and after having gone through quite a few personal experiences, I have come to realize the fact that art is the driving force behind all the sciences.

To understand anything abstract you need to have some kind of analogy to absorb the abstract reality. Because mostly people see things through eyes, whereas in order to see an abstract reality, you need to have an imaginative mind which can visualize the abstract.

Let me give you an analogy, if you happen to have seen a frog ready to take a leap, it stretches its hind legs and gives its body a thrust through the hind legs. Similarly if you see the movement of a jellyfish, its spreads its tentacles and through their thrust moves forward.

Same is the case with all the knowledge faculties, especially sciences. First of all one goes through certain experience, then he uses his imaginative power to develop a philosophy to understand that experience and convert it into knowledge. That philosophy is the outcome of his imagination and imagination is the basis of art. That’s the reason why in sciences 2+2 is always 4, whereas in art 2+2 could be +50 or -20.

Art is the hind leg of the frog or tentacles of the jellyfish respectively, but when frog or the jellyfish jumps or moves into the direction of its movement, it is in that single direction. It is similar to science or mathematics, i.e. 2+2 is always 4.

So in order to reach to a scientific conclusion, you need to develop a philosophy in the art form and then take a giant leap into the sciences. That could be the reason why, Einstein said “Imagination is more Powerful then Knowledge”.

Sajjad Hussain