King: Garland maker or charcoal burner?



In a garland, flowers of many colors and forms are strung for the most pleasing effect, whereas in the hands of the charcoal burner all kinds of wood reduced to just charcoal.

This famous statement from the Mahabharata emphasizes the importance of the king’s duty to preserve and protect this diversity. The charcoal burner is reductionist and destroys diversity, whereas the garland maker celebrates it.
In legislative context, this could be achieve by Jury system backed by localized legislation.

Manu (7.41) codifies the contextual importance of dharma: “[A king] who knows the sacred law, must imagine into it the laws of jati (community), of districts, of guilds, and of families, and thus settle the peculiar law of each”. The acceptance of many ways of dharmic living was built into the Indian king’s duties to uphold religious diversity, as explained by Kane:

“It was on account of the general attitude of religious tolerance that the Smritis and digests prescribe that even the usage of heretical sects should be enforced by the king. Yaj.II.192 prescribes that the king should guard against the breach of the distinctive usages and conventions of guilds (of artisans), of traders, of heretical sects, and bands (of soldiers). Narada (samayasyanapakarma 1-3) states that the king should uphold the conventions of heretical sects of traders, guilds and other groups and that whatever traditional usages, activities, mode of attendance and means of maintenance were peculiar to them should be permitted to them by the king without introducing any change. Among the matters of which the king was to take cognizance and included under prakirnaka by Narada (verse 2) was the transgression of usages of heretics, traders, guilds and ganas. Brhaspati provides that in disputes among husbandmen, artisans, wrestlers, money-lenders, guilds, dancers, heretics, thieves, a decision is to be given in accordance with their conventions.”

“Generally speaking, the king had no legislative power; nevertheless there are instances where kings created new rules, usually by recognizing existing customs. He also had residual powers to create positive law, viz. in areas that were not covered by the dharma-sastras.”
– “History of Dharmasastra”. Volume III, second edition, 1973, Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Poona.
Context sensitive dharma vs. Normative compliance based dharma. Not only adjusted to local conditions but to that context presented by running time. The training for excellence is to practice the embodied technologies of decision-making, the right decisions, the wise decisions, when needed by the present dharma, context, one faces. This is the goal, the ethics of the whole program of the Avatara Krisna in the Bhagavad Gita: to train Arjuna, that fallen and disturbed warrior, to make decisions, the best ones, as needed by his present dharma (his present situation), a battle field. And this is the program of human acting, from the Rig Veda down, that Indic texts propose: an ethics of decision making as opposed to an ethics of compliance to rules coming from the outside.

I tried to give few examples here where collective, context sensitive justice was given and recorded in inscription:
1] A village officer demanded taxes from a woman who declared she was not liable. The former seems to have put her through an ordeal. The woman took poison and died. A meeting of the people from the four quarters (All castes), eighteen districts and the various countries (International Jury) was held and it was decided that the man was liable. In order to expiate his sin, he paid ,32 kasu for burning a lamp at the temple (A.D. 1054).
2] A man pushed his wife and she fell down and died in consequence. The 1,500 men of the four quarters assembled and declared the husband guilty. He was required to provide 4 lamps to the temple (12th century A.D).
3] A laborer went out hunting, missed his aim and shot a person. The agriculturists from the seventy-nine (79) districts assembled together and declared the person guilty. He was required to present 64 cows for burning two lamps in the temple.
More here : Link to note: http://goo.gl/k48Wm
Hope we citizens correct the system by amending it for good of larger mass.

How to handle “Will the latter not result in manipulation of results?”

Randomly selected, case specific Jury can help implementing system prescribed by great legacy of dharma-shashtra(s) we have. Again, this is not perfect answer. churning is on to find this answer.

Monsoon, Dharma and हिंसा



For 4 months of monsoon and post-monsoon, dharmic society remain standstill. No active business/farming travails.

One of the reasons is to respect all monsoon-creatures out there in nature. To avoid हिंसा for petty selfish reasons (growing food).

This is only one reason but important why many Hindus used to stop travel in the Chaturmas (the 4 rainy months) when frogs are about on the paths.

No more a cultural society, no more a sensitive society.

Truly Secular nature of knowledge



Knowledge or Siddhi or techniques are not bound to any culture, good or bad. Whoever learns and use it, gets fruits. That is the beauty of Sanatana principles. They have no bias of good or bad.

पञ्चतन्त्र says:

शस्त्रैर्हतास्तु रिपवो न हता भवन्ति प्रज्ञाहताश्च नितरां सुहृता भवन्ति ।
Enemies killed by weapons, never die. Total annihilation (सर्वनाश) is possible when their प्रज्ञा/Wisdom is हत/killed .

That is what modern power centers are doing by propaganda machines like Television soaps, PK like movies, money-oriented education and glorification of fake heroes from Cricket, football and movies.

We are at war. Any doubt? Well, if you still have doubt, wait for सर्वनाश then and watch your kids cursing you for stupid surrender to proxy wars played in mind-space.

Chump vs Champion of Change



When you want to change your life for better future of self, family, society, nation and globe, where do you start from?

Oh, govt is bad…bad bad bad real bad. Topple it. Will this help? ( you have answer. We have new govt and it is acting same like previous govt. so far)
Oh, my employer is engaged in illegal activities. Bad bad bad…protest and get fired. Will this help?

If you alone do this, you are the chump personified. No way near to any change agent. Chump, yes, a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of. Little lunatic and obsessive too. If it was so easy, Mahabharat would have not happened. Krishna was powerful enough to topple everyone. He did not act like a chump. He knew the value of change at mass level as a long term solution.

Any top down radical change activity cannot be performed by an individual. It is foolish act. You need critical mass (The minimum amount (of something) required to start or maintain a venture/activity) to perform such group revolution. Problem is: Most of your friends, relatives and colleagues are not yet ready for such top down changes.

Wise solution?

Take bottom up approach. Act upon things that you can change in your individual domain. Your habits, your addictions, your individual duties towards society. Demonstrate change in best manner in your individual capacity. Let your friends, families, colleagues realize critical nature of change societal sustenance demand. Once critical mass is ready, topple from top and be ready to replace them by worthy. Till then, strive to bring change in your life.

It is your self-denial that stops you embracing ageless local culture back in life routine and get benefits of health society. Self denial mode is a biggest road block created by modern education. Unfortunately for so called educated, anything out of text book is humbug and fake. For them, real experience and experiments don’t matter but staged lab results like fake clinical trials.

Break your comfort zone of self-denial and dare to live life as per local culture.

And why do I urge you to do so? Because I am helpless alone. I am part of same society. Unless critical mass of society alters life style, I am bound by living on miseries of our collective foolishness.

Why Prachodayat?



प्रचोदयात् – प्रेरयेत् – May he inspire!

In Hindu scheme of life, one of the most profound Idea that I love most is: initiation of young and novice, at his/her onset of matured age of 5-7-9-11 (based on जन्म वर्ण or innate constitution) to Maa Gayatri.

You or me don’t initiate the kid! It is Maa Gayatri, who continuously shapes आधिभौतिक देह from age 0 days to age 5-7-9-11. And when the subject is ready, she initiates the novice into a systematic life. Disciplined life. One more opportunity opens up for self-realization, highest knowledge.

प्रचोदयात् the final word of the Gayatri Mantra, rounds off the whole mantra, and completes the request we make to Maa. If there is any inspiration needed for life, may he inspire!!

प्रचोदयात् is about drawing inspiration from the center, from the source. Draw inspiration and be the inspiration.

यो देवः सवितास्माकं धियो धर्मादिगोचरः|
प्रेरयेत् तस्य यद् भर्गः तं वरेण्यमुषास्महे||

‘जो सविता देव हमारी बुद्धि को धर्म में प्रेरित करता है उसके श्रेष्ठ भर्ग (तेज) की हम उपासना करते हैं।

We meditate on the excellent light of the deva called SavitA who directs our intellect towards the ways of dharma.

Raag Malhaar?Are you crazy? Humbug! Stupid!



Old note written decade ago.

Raag Malhaar?Are you crazy? Humbug! Stupid!
“Hey! Look at this poster.Moment it is sensed that season’s Rain is delayed,we will see festivity on classical singer’s face.You know this classical music fraternity exaggerates and lives in delusion.” I said while looking at Shiv Kumar Sharma’s malhar concert poster in music college.

“Why do you think so?”

“Take popular example. They say, it rains when someone sings technically perfect Raag Malhaar.”

“What is wrong in it?”

“Have you ever seen rain pouring out when someone sung Raag Malhaar? I put it on my iPod several times during summer but it never rains.lol.”

“My dear friend,you heard it right, it does bring rain.It showers rain of rare human emotions inside you when you sing/listen it with devotion(Give more emphasis to this word ‘Devotion’ It can fall into endanger feelings of ardent love.In hindi you call it ‘भक्ति’. Most of your generation laugh loud at Bhakti and Bhakt but never mind, you too will understand science behind it soon.Stay tuned with nature(prakruti)). Don’t expect rain outside if you cannot feel rain inside. If our sensitivity is not developed enough to pour out rain inside, we must not expect rain outside.And must avoid marking every puzzle as ‘humbug’. Remember? You,now being ardent follower of Yoga,declared ‘Yoga’ humbug 10 years back?”


“If you fail to understand social/life puzzle mentioned in your scriptures,do try to solve it with the help of current science. If you fail to solve it, do experience it at least. भक्ति is one such science calling for research papers as well as ardent भक्त.

यदन्तरं तद् बाह्यं यद् बाह्यं तदन्तरम् |
Let what is inward turn outside, let what is outward be within.

Let uprightness be the nature & see the magic.Learn to live hypocrisy free life and see the magic. Be who you are all the time and Nature will surely pour rain for you. My challenge to you. If you will perform selfless sadhna,you will be able to help yourself for inner rain of emotions and Raag Malhaar will serve you best.Details about sadhna and bhakti, some other day. We are late for our appointment with dean.”

“Ok.Thank you once again.”

It rains inside first. Rain outside is easy then.

Superiority of Hindu Laws: Manu,Yagnvalkya,Jaimini,Gautam


भारतीय इतिहास – 101 : Superiority of Hindu Laws
Laws of Manu,Yagnvalkya,Jaimini,Gautam etc


When you talk about establishing Hindu Laws in Bharat, secular jaundiced eyes with half-baked knowledge of ancient laws, will stare at you with contempt.

Here is what learned professor of Law, practicing British Laws under British administration, has to say about Hindu Laws and why we must thrive to study our laws in 1941, make them relevant as per current times and get them implemented in our Nation:

“The Hindu system of jurisprudence is awell-developed science. It is as old as humanity itself. It is the store-house of ancient wisdom. inherited from hoary sages, saints, philosophers and thinkers whose ideals were the loftiest, whose ideas were derived from imperishable Vedas and who can literally be described as the torch-bearers of learning and knowledge to the rest of the world, as it then existed. It is thorough, complete and self-contained. The systems of law that followed Hindu Jurisprudence have not, even to the present-day reached the borders of its eternal height; presumption of any one of them having surpassed it in excellence or completeness is simply ludicrous. In point of comprehensiveness, the Hindu Law in its various branches occupies a fairly high place among the systems of ancient jurisprudence.

In the first place, its conception of legal liability is very perspicuous, and in spite of its retention of the eighteen divisions of topics of litigation, as described by Manu, its growth has not been stinted, the various aspects of juridical relations developing equally within its orbit as in other systems of law.

Secomily, the administration of justice is clearly actuated by a high sense of duty and a very lofty ideal of the law-givers regarding the functions which they had to discharge; they were moved by the higher ideal of DHARMA which in one of its phases looks up to revelation, and in another, looks forward to the permanent welfare of the entire sentient world.

Thirdly, keen logicality, subtlety of discrimination, analytical skill and mathematical accuracy in defining legal conceptions are its special traits, the refined rules of ratiocination of Gautama and the principles of interpretation of Jairnini are too well-known to need any mention.

Lastly, the reason-ableness of the rules has been kept in view all along the line so that they may not be detrimental to the interests of the community at large. ”

– 1941, Kashi Prasad Saksena, M.Sc. LLB, Advocate and professor of Law at DAV college, Kanpur, Author of ‘Muslim Laws and lawyers’

His realization has more credit than sick-seculars since he had studied and practices all types of laws.

Cultural uproot (कुल-देश धर्म नाश) leads to decrease in mental and physical health


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What you are performing now, is not your best potential. Man’s best potential is observed where suitable culture and rituals are observed.

For our unlimited quest of urbanization, we uproot humans in mass. And hence, we compromise with their potential.

Tribals are forced to leave land and migrate to cities so that city can get cheap labor. After tribal, now it is farmers’ turn. For elites of the world, this is best way to do population control. Uproot the mass and they will, like uprooted plant, die gradually, naturally.

“Once separated from their lands, tribal peoples begin to lose the traditions, skills and knowledge that together weave the tapestry of identity; thus follows a profound decrease in mental and physical health.”


On the ‘wild’, human imagination and tribal peoples

How the western concept of the wild and conservation policies have affected tribal peoples

Today there are an estimated 120,000 protected areas worldwide, covering nearly 15% of the world’s land surface. Conservation is undoubtedly vital when the biological diversity of the planet is so threatened. But the sorry backdrop to these statistics — the story that is overlooked in the desire to preserve the ‘wild’ — is one of intense human suffering. For in the creation of reserves, millions of people — most of them tribal — have been evicted from their homes.

In India, hundreds of thousands of people have already been displaced from parks in the name of conservation, while in Africa mass evictions from protected areas have taken place, including the Batwa ‘pygmies’, who were forcibly moved from Uganda’s Bwindi Forest in order to protect the mountain gorillas and the Waliangulu people of Kenya, who once lived in the Tsavo Park area. ‘This variant of land theft is rapidly emerging as one of the biggest problems confronting indigenous peoples today,’ says Stephen Corry of Survival International.

For tribal peoples, it matters little whether the theft of their homelands has been for conservation or commercial reasons. Dispossessing indigenous owners for conservation may appear more benign, but for tribal peoples the consequences are similarly catastrophic. Once separated from their lands, tribal peoples begin to lose the traditions, skills and knowledge that together weave the tapestry of identity; thus follows a profound decrease in mental and physical health.

Lands are equally ‘divorced’ from the indigenous owners. 80% of the world’s biologically rich areas are the territories of tribal communities who, for millennia, have found ingenious ways of catering for their needs and maintaining the ecological balance of their surroundings. Such sustainable principles are evident in the health of the Amazon: much of the rainforest that lies outside tribal reserves has been denuded, whereas within indigenous areas it largely remains intact. Similarly, the only remaining rainforest on the Andaman Islands is found within the Jarawa peoples’ reserve. It is often precisely because ‘wild’ places have been looked after by their indigenous guardians that they have been chosen by conservationists as reserves.



Wood Usage : Wise vs Moronic




Wood used to be collected in ancient India. Iron tools were used only for those trees which had completed life and are dead. Iron tools were banned for cutting any living healthy trees. (There are still few communities in Rajasthan who follow this ritual)

Though we are intelligent enough to invent mechanical wood cutters, we did not. Such a destructive technology was always avoided.

Only collected wood was used for fire rituals and daily routine use.

Sign of moron society:

We boast for our technological prowess. We buy a cutter and mindlessly cut all trees. In addition, consumers of this wood are never connected with the jungle. They are mindless consumer parasites.

This is because we no more consider nature sacred. We feel that humans are superior and must rule the earth by consuming her resources like a parasite. We no more include prayers in school! (Yes! This was shocker when my friend shared it yesterday! There are some pseudo-secular schools who don’t have prayers in school routine!) Once you disconnect kids from nature, they will never have respect for nature. No respect, no duties. Morons!

Most Critical Duty : Being Selfless and Passing the Baton at Right time



Pass on the action item to appropriate executor. That is how, you can live several lives paralleled.

For example, you have an idea about Education. But you are not in position to propagate it in society due to some limitations. Find out pious educationalist in your vicinity, befriend him and work hard to convince him about your ideas. If ideas are genuine and your new friend’s heart too is genuine then he or she will act as change agent and bring envisioned change in society. Simple, humane and faster!

Why do you need your signature(credits) on all accomplishments? Learn to connect social dots. Drop your Ego and bring stargazed wonders into reality via pious change agents.


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