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

Eduaction, Motivation, Philosophy, Self development, Symbolism, Wisdom

Eye Opener


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The key to open your eyes is ‘THINKING’………….~Sajjad Hussain

Since I started writing blogs, I kept surmising, why until now, I never thought about the things happening around me, as I am now thinking.

The answer is quite simple; before, I was living for the sake of living; now, I am living with a purpose in my life. So, if you want to understand the purpose of your life, start THINKING, and you will be shocked to see the symbols around, leading you to the very purpose of your life. Finding the meaning of life is, to give life a meaning, and a meaningful life, is hidden inside knowledge, which is available for free all around us, the only thing required on our part is, to open up our eyes, and see for ourselves.

The other day I was sitting idle in my room, enjoying my vacations at home, after a hectic semester at the university. Usually in our pensive mood, we close our eyes to go into the past, I did the same, to recall my interaction with my students.

Though it was 11 am in the morning and there was a bright sun shining in the sky and there was ample light in the room, but when I closed my eyes, it was complete darkness.

I am wondering to know what is unusual about it. Nothing as such, because it is obvious that when we close our eyes we are bound to see darkness, as retina behind our eyes is not being hit by the cones of photo-receptors getting the light.

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I am bound by the tag line of my blogs, i.e. “Life as EYE see” and as in my signature blog Silent Vibes: Voice of My Mind, I wrote that I will be writing unusual experiences of my life in my blogs.

‘Ignorance’ and ‘Knowledge’ are usually depicted by two colors ‘Black’ and ‘White’ and when it is night, its darkness [black] around us and during day time, it is light [white] all around.

When it is night and there is no light, and my eyes are wide open, even then, it will be difficult for me to see things around me. But when its day time and if I don’t want to see something, I simply have to close my eyes and its all dark.

What I am trying to say is that knowledge and ignorance both are ubiquitous, for keeping ourselves ignorant, we don’t have to strive i.e. even during day time when we are able to see unusual things happening all around us, we seldom care to see to find inside meanings. So it is not the EYES, which need to be open to see the invisible, we have to open our MIND as well, as it has the capability to see the abstract realities of life.

If I don’t want to explore the world around, I simply have to close my eyes and I am done with avoiding the knowledge [light], for finding the meaning of life, I have to learn to seek knowledge by opening my MIND along with the EYES. To say the least, I have to keep my eyes (mental eyes) wide open [be it ignorance (night) or knowledge (day)] to see  knowledge [light].

And ‘Thinking’ is the key, an ‘Eye Opener’ to get you into the wide ocean of knowledge away from ignorance.

Sajjad Hussain

Philosophy, Self development, Symbolism, Wisdom

Counterclockwise


This is the final blog in the series on counterclockwise.

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While watching Oceans 11, I conceptualize this blog which is in continuation of my previous 6 blogs on counterclockwise movement, (namely Ticking Clock, Reverse Thinking, Discuss Throw, Scroll the Wheel, Listen the Silence, and Odd Man Out) and this one is the last in series.

In movies, when the bank robberies are committed, usually the palpitation of our heart beat surpasses the Ticking Clock, and when the bank vault is opened by moving the wheel in anticlockwise direction, we are mesmerized by the glitter of the gold inside the vault and wish, if we can have all the treasure inside the vault.

I also have a bank in my mind, the ‘information bank’ wherein a huge treasure of information is hidden. The beauty of this treasure is that I don’t have to worry about it being robbed, as it is invisible to the naked eyes.

The treasure inside the bank vault is reduced whenever we take it out and use it, whereas the beauty of the treasure inside my mind is that it increases as I use it. The more I use, the more I increase the net worth of the treasure inside.

The similarity between the bank vault (which can only be opened when its wheel is turned in counterclockwise direction and my mind vault is that it can only be opened when it is subjected to Reverse Thinking.

For reverse thinking, I have made use of the quote by anonymous, ‘If you continue to think like you’ve always thought, you’ll continue to get what you’ve always got’. For more on this thought read this blog by Michael Michalko.

If you try to draw a spiral using the center as the starting point, you will have to move the pen/pencil in anticlockwise direction, I call it ‘Inside Out’. But if the same spiral is supposed to be drawn the other way round, i.e. ‘Outside In’, then you will have to move the pen/pencil in clockwise direction.

While teaching in the class, instead of explaining everything upfront, I make a story line or a kind of drama to inculcate in them curiosity to know what would be next, so as to develop their thinking capability and finally culminate to the point where I want them to be, which I call ‘Outside In’.

I ask my students in the exam to write their answers such that, the main point of the question is answered first, and then elaborate further, to express their learning and then come up with their creativity through reverse thinking (counterclockwise) to generate new ideas to let me know their learning for grading purposes.

Since I started thinking the other way round, I have developed  in myself a habit to make analogies to understand the complicated intricacies of life to open up new vistas which has been the source of inspiration for me to come up with this blog site Life as EYE see. And in order to inculcate the same spirit among my students, I ask them to follow the unusual path by going against the normal learning in my lectures, and put that learning using creativity of their mind in simplified form in the exam for me to grade them.

I leave here to let my audience, think and try to find out things around, which when moved in the counterclockwise direction will open up insurmountable wealth of information scattered across the globe, to increase their own potential to ‘think out of the box’ to explore the hidden meanings of life for their own good and for the people around, to make this world a place worth living.

Life is beautiful and the beauty lies in the eyes of beholder.

Sajjad Hussain

Eduaction, Humanity, Leadership, Symbolism, Wisdom

Villain Heroes


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Kids are a wonderful gift of God, but are we taking enough care to look after the ‘gift’ the way we are expected to? The featured pic, if taken on the face value, would make you laugh, I also laughed in the first place, but then I asked myself, is it something to laugh at or ponder as to why the naked kid is hanging with the hand pump, who made him do this in the first place? Who is to be held responsible for the plight of this poor kid?

Over my life time, I have never seen a movie, wherein a villain is portrayed as hero, except for few exceptions, where hero is a villain (but in those movies also he is actually doing good things (utilitarian ethics), so a hero is one who does the right thing always) as he is shown doing good things or rising against the rulers for the rights of the poor people around him.

The chequered history of Pakistan is either marred by the autocratic dictatorial regime or semi dictatorial civilian governments over the last 60 plus years during which time, both the dictators and civilians have proclaimed that they are fighting for the rights of the down trodden, but unfortunately the reality is contrary to their claim.

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A primary school in Sadiqabad, Punjab, Pakistan

(Temperature in summers soars up to 50 degrees, and the place is usually without electricity during these times and basic facilities are not existing since ages)

This is what they (Villain Heroes) have done so far, and continue to do, to the future generation of Pakistan over the years, yet they continue to be labelled as leaders in their own right.

The economic situation of the country has gone from bad to worse, security of the state, as well as, its citizens is at its lowest ebb, and Pakistan is internationally declared a failed state as its economy is in dire straits, and high security state due to terrorist activities being the norm, and the Western countries have to issue travel advisory to their citizens, travelling to Pakistan .

The rampant corruption in the corridors of power has shattered the confidence of foreign investors, which has ultimately led the ruling elite to stretch the begging bowl to the World Bank and IMF to avoid default on balance of payment position and to be called banana republic.

The very fabric of the society at large has been deteriorated to such an extent that the divide between haves and havenots is increasing at an alarming rate, thus creating chaos and unrest in the society.

Even the basic health and education is not extended to the lower and lower middle class and civic amenities are slowly being reduced to rubble, masses are kept ignorant of their legitimate rights through illiteracy, which is making the so called ruling elite a messiah for all their (peoples) shortcomings and that is one of the reasons why, we see a huge crowd gathering at the reception of some ‘mega project’ inauguration and the ‘Villains’ of the society (the ruling elite) rise to the podium as ‘Heroes’.

Keeping in view the dismal political situation of Pakistan, especially in the wake of 9/11, I came up with this quote of mine:

“In sham democracies, Villains are Heroes”  

Sajjad Hussain

Eduaction, Humanity, Philosophy, Religion, Symbolism, Wisdom

Ailment


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I have been through traumatic situation all through my adolescent years, whose remnants still haunt me even after 30 years of pain and suffering. I tried to find the reason and I did get it. Though I had to pay a huge price for this ailment, but one thing I have come to realize is that every thing happens for a reason, and after having gone through this trauma, I got a chance to ponder and found the meaning of life.

Over these years I have seen people suffering from various ailments for one reason or the other. If we keep thinking about their (sufferings) causes, we will come to realize the fact that there is always a reason behind all the sufferings and hence scientists start working to find the cure and ultimately they get it through research to assuage the sufferings of the ailing humanity.

Are we justified in thinking that the cure was existing before it was explored, if yes then why in the first place we were unable to find it, why did we need to go through the pain and suffering before it could be found.

HE created the ‘suffering & pain’ and HE created the ‘cure’, but didn’t tell us “HOW”, CQUN1zcWwAAZUiF

because HE wanted us to explore it ourselves, so that we can understand HIM (fully, having absolute power) through critical thinking and scientific reasoning and not because some self proclaimed custodian of religion has asked us to know HIM and obey HIM.

Sajjad Hussain

Eduaction, Ethics, Humanity, Leadership, Motivation, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Self development, Symbolism, Wisdom

Coercion


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As a teacher, I tell my students that I am here to tell you the ‘Why, What, When, Where, and for Who/Whom (5 Ws) about the subject(s), I am teaching. As far as How (1 H) is concerned, I leave it unto you to decide, how to do, what you have been taught.

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Then I came across the following quote by Peter Hitchens.

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I live in a society, where free thinking is considered a taboo, and pupil and the masses, are forced to think the way, their ‘masters’ ask them to think. (For more on it, read my blog: Think Before You Are Thought).

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It is said that all the living beings are born free, but that’s not true, as we all are born out of our own will. Does that mean, that we have the right to live our lives, the way we want to live?

On a broader canvas, yes, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Whether, we like it or not, we are some how or the other, forced to live, as our ‘elders’ want us to live. We develop certain biases, for or against, people around us.

These biases compel us all, to be coercive in our approach, towards the ‘born free’. Even the strong proponents of free will and free thinking people, at times, are coercive to the core, to impose their will on those, who are under their influence, by virtue of their age, gender, culture, social norms, class, race, color, creed, and status etc.

The fight for survival, in this coercive society, ripe with the forces unleashed on the free thinking people, will continue till the D-day. Chances are, that the people on both sides of the divide will keep fighting among themselves and within their own selves, as at times, they also have a tendency of being coercive as described above.

I on my part, keep thinking, if I am approaching my students with that same liberty of free thinking or coercion. This approach has developed in me (to some extent), a sense of tolerance towards my wards.

But to induce this same approach (a daunting task) in my students to inculcate tolerance among them, would it not be considered ‘coercion’?

Sajjad Hussain

 

 

 

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THIN-KING for THINKING


Human Brain is a physical entity capable of seeing things through eyes and Human Mind is an abstract reality capable of visualizing the invisible through thought process. I like to name this gift of God, a THIN KING residing in our heads.

Keeping in view  the potential of this KING, I have come up with a quote, which I am sharing here for your reflecting pleasure.

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Train your Brain

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to convert it into MIND

~ Sajjad Hussain