Not all addictions are chemical. But surely, it is all about mental. Any pattern of behavior that leads to a pleasure, will be repeated by human minds. Positive reinforcement. This is technical addiction. Opium and TV act same as addictive agent.
When you watch TV or any passive entertainment medium, brain activity switches from the left brain to the right hemisphere. In fact, as per research, right brain is twice as active as the left. I call this a neurological anomaly.
The crossover of thoughts from left to right brain, releases endorphins, a neurochemical occurring naturally in the brain and having analgesic properties. i.e. Capable of relieving pain.
So every time you watch Television, or kids watch it, or play video game or surf internet videos, flood of endorphins releases from the neural gates. Endorphins are same chemical that drug addicts consume for artificial pleasure.
All activities that releases endorphins are habit-forming i.e. prone for addiction.
This the reason why Opium addict and TV addict or Smoking addict or alcohol cannot break the habit easily.
So if you really want to develop addiction, daru, cigar or TV are not good habits. They accelerates your right brain chaos and left methodical brain becomes useless. This leads to vicious cycle of lethargy, procrastination, withdrawal symptoms.
Find out activity that uses both right and left brain. There should be balance of chemical communication between two parts of the brain. TV fails this criteria. Cinema too. Video games too. Epic failures.
So what to do?
Play. Go, play with children. Sports. Go play with friends. Any outdoor sport that demands rules following, methods to execute, timely decision, input processing and gut feeling (Both left and right brain usage), 30 minutes a day, is worth. Try it. My fav is kho-kho. Perfect game where one can use both left and right brain together.
And make sure while you are running, cycling, swimming or doing any physical activity in silo, you do not succumb to pleasure. Addiction of anything is not worth. Even if it is physical exercise. 🙂 I know they are better than watching TV which shutdowns all other areas of the brain but still…addiction is addiction 🙂 misuse of brain 😉(Y)
Who says परकाया प्रवेश is superstition? Though it is very hard to achieve type real siddhi, its superficial form does exist everywhere.
Doesn’t media control your life? From within by governing your choices about life? Don’t you watch more passive entertainment than active recreation? Don’t unnecessary notification galore on phone/pc/tablet/tv distract yourself?
Slap those who says परकाया प्रवेश is superstition. Wake up. Break the fence. Come out of dumb driven cattle.
Present day Bollywood (since inception actually) is not mere entertainment. In name of entertainment, hidden brainwashing is going on for long. Silent social engineering to alter native beliefs, create cognitive dissonance in viewers, generate chaos in their mind, luring them for काम,क्रोध,वासना,लोभ and all personal and societal vices.
They also penetrate stereotypes. For example, Pandit is always shown cunning and cruel. Father in church is always great person. Imam or fakir will be sage like character. But Temple is a place to flirt and Brahman is a person for ridicule.
Effects of this social engineering is quite visible now. For youth, these fake actors and their virtual roles are role model.
With such a huge potential to control mass, many anti-India forces use it profusely.
In short, it is dangerous mind war.
In this war, finest manipulators (I don’t use word actor for them) like Amir Khan or Amitabh Bacchan are their strongest pawns (Like movie Gladiator).
Manipulators don’t deserve respect.
And this is the reason I urge my family, friends and virtual friends to stay away from Bollywood.
(There are other reasons too. Like Bollywood is a biggest platform to convert black money into white.)
There is age-old argument by meat consumers. Plants also have life.
Yes, true. They too are living beings. So, it is important to treat them like living beings.
Pluck not the growing flower or a fruit at the beginning of growth. And never destroy or uproot them ever like you kill animals.
Pluck the dead ones or almost on death-bed. And before plucking, get a permission from Vanaspti devata.
A truly devout Hindu would never ever heedlessly injure the slightest object that had life. Slaughter is a distant reality. A tree is as much a manifestation of the divine wisdom as the man himself is. Devas engaged equally in the creation process of a flower, fruits and other parts of the trees.
When we through thoughtlessness or ignorance or arrogance of being superior organism, injures these divine works, incurs anger and the ill-will of elemental workers (Devas).
Therefore, a Hindu (=Dharmik) in plucking a flower or cutting a twig, prays to the supreme and asks the permission of the industrious devata(s) who have manifested divine wisdom in different forms. He does not only recognize divine labour and appreciate their work but also asks for goodwill and blessings.
आयुर्बलं यशो वर्चः प्रजा: पशुन् वसूनि च।
बह्म प्रज्ञां च मेधां च त्वं नो देहि वनस्पते॥
“O’ Forest Lord! Give us long life, strength, fame, with Brahma, lustre, progeny, cattle and riches too. Give us O’ lord supreme! Wisdom, divine and intelligence!”
Every morning begins by chanting this during teeth cleaning using twig.
Habits changed with time. Twig was replaced by dead toothpaste and plastic brush. Chanting forgotten. With time progression, due to disconnect from mother nature, we became insensitive at core.
Result? Rampant killings, of both humans and animals. Least we consider plants and trees here. There is no scope for prayer and respect in animal slaughter or cutting trees. Yes, uprooting jungles is same as animal slaughter for me. Living animal and live tree – both are wealth generators. When dead, they are curse to repay for many births.
There is a solution. Bring back old habits back in routine. Teach your kids to recite above mantra before plucking anything from plants and trees. Use twigs for teeth cleaning. Recite this mantra.
Informing ourselves to Death
After all, anyone who has studied the history of technology knows that technological change is always a Faustian bargain: Technology give and technology take away, and not always in equal measure. A new technology sometimes creates more than it destroys. Sometimes, it destroys more than it creates. But it is never one-sided.
The invention of the printing press is an excellent example.
Printing fostered the modern idea of individuality but it destroyed the medieval sense of community and social integration. Printing created prose but made poetry into an exotic and elitist form of expression. Printing made modern science possible but transformed religious sensibility into an exercise in superstition. Printing assisted in the growth of the nation-state but, in so doing, made patriotism into a sordid if not a murderous emotion.
In the case of computer technology, there can be no disputing that the computer has increased the power of large-scale organizations like military establishments or airline companies or banks or tax collecting agencies. And it is equally clear that the computer is now indispensable to high-level researchers in physics and other natural sciences. But to what extent has computer technology been an advantage to the masses of people? To steel workers, vegetable store owners, teachers, automobile mechanics, musicians, bakers, brick layers, dentists and most of the rest into whose lives the computer now intrudes? These people have had their private matters made more accessible to powerful institutions. They are more easily tracked and controlled; they are subjected to more examinations, and are increasingly mystified by the decisions made about them. They are more often reduced to mere numerical objects. They are being buried by junk mail. They are easy targets for advertising agencies and political organizations. The schools teach their children to operate computerized systems instead of teaching things that are more valuable to children. In a word, almost nothing happens to the losers that they need, which is why they are losers.
It is to be expected that the winners — for example, most of the speakers at this conference — will encourage the losers to be enthusiastic about computer technology. That is the way of winners, and so they sometimes tell the losers that with personal computers the average person can balance a checkbook more neatly, keep better track of recipes, and make more logical shopping lists. They also tell them that they can vote at home, shop at home, get all the information they wish at home, and thus make community life unnecessary. They tell them that their lives will be conducted more efficiently, discreetly neglecting to say from whose point of view or what might be the costs of such efficiency.
Should the losers grow skeptical, the winners dazzle them with the wondrous feats of computers, many of which have only marginal relevance to the quality of the losers’ lives but which are nonetheless impressive. Eventually, the losers succumb, in part because they believe that the specialized knowledge of the masters of a computer technology is a form of wisdom. The masters, of course, come to believe this as well. The result is that certain questions do not arise, such as, to whom will the computer give greater power and freedom, and whose power and freedom will be reduced?
Now, I have perhaps made all of this sound like a wellplanned conspiracy, as if the winners know all too well what is being won and what lost. But this is not quite how it happens, for the winners do not always know what they are doing, and where it will all lead. The Benedictine monks who invented the mechanical clock in the 12th and 13th centuries believed that such a clock would provide a precise regularity to the seven periods of devotion they were required to observe during the course of the day. As a matter of fact, it did. But what the monks did not realize is that the clock is not merely a means of keeping track of the hours but also of synchronizing and controlling the actions of men. And so, by the middle of the 14th century, the clock had moved outside the walls of the monastery, and brought a new and precise regularity to the life of the workman and the merchant. The mechanical clock made possible the idea of regular production, regular working hours, and a standardized product. Without the clock, capitalism would have been quite impossible. And so, here is a great paradox: the clock was invented by men who wanted to devote themselves more rigorously to God; and it ended as the technology of greatest use to men who wished to devote themselves to the accumulation of money. Technology always has unforeseen consequences, and it is not always clear, at the beginning, who or what will win, and who or what will lose.
I might add, by way of another historical example, that Johann Gutenberg was by all accounts a devoted Christian who would have been horrified to hear Martin Luther, the accursed heretic, declare that printing is “God’s highest act of grace, whereby the business of the Gospel is driven forward.” Gutenberg thought his invention would advance the cause of the Holy Roman See, whereas in fact, it turned out to bring a revolution which destroyed the monopoly of the Church.
We may well ask ourselves, then, is there something that the masters of computer technology think they are doing for us which they and we may have reason to regret? I believe there is, and it is suggested by the title of my talk, “Informing Ourselves to Death.” In the time remaining, I will try to explain what is dangerous about the computer, and why. And I trust you will be open enough to consider what I have to say. Now, I think I can begin to get at this by telling you of a small experiment I have been conducting, on and off, for the past several years. There are some people who describe the experiment as an exercise in deceit and exploitation but I will rely on your sense of humor to pull me through.
The wise men in my friend list know the context of this post. Take care.
Reference and reading: http://web.archive.org/web/20030115214209/http://www.mat.upm.es/~jcm/postman-informing.html
For those who live under the shadow of Veda, don’t really need entertainment. But we have our own Kalaj (Time-bound) limitations. But, does that mean we accept anything and everything in name of entertainment?
I personally consider present day entertainment as dangerous weapon, destroying various shades of Indian society. One new friend asked: Why animosity against entertainers? Anyhow no one take them seriously in life.
Entertainment for mass is not new for our society. Annual Ram-leela for example or all dance forms from various regions.
Central theme of mass-entertainment (As per Natya shashtra) was always to rejuvenate tired minds (due to total commitment to grihasthi) and re-instill principles of dharmic living by audio-visual demonstration. The life-degenerating or life-decaying forces were never glorified. Sickness of mind was shown won and triumphed. Relative goodness win. Sattva and Rajas glorification.(Based on target audience)
Modern entertainment glorifies psychos, sick and decaying factors related human existence. Tamas Glorification.
न तज्ज्ञानं न तच्छिल्पं न सा विद्या न सा कला ।
नासौ योगो न तत्कर्मंनाट्येऽस्मिन् यन्न दृश्यते ।।
कोई ज्ञान, कोई शिल्प, कोई विद्या, कोई कला, कोई योग, कोई कर्म ऐसा नहीं है, जो नाट्य में दिखाई न देता हो।
No Wisdom, No Craftsmanship, No Knowledge of Subject, No Arts, No Yoga, No Work which is not seen in Dance(Natya). – Natya Shastra, 1-116
Our folklores, poems and stories were never written for the sake of providing entertainment. Take any scholastic work beyond Ramayana and Mahabharata, you will find reference to niti shashtra, Ayurved and other terrains of life.
Totally opposite to this purpose, current form of Bollywood is so destructive in nature that it consumes all senses at full throttle and yet there is no benefit produced. Time wasting and life destructive activity. This is the fundamental reason why external sensuality focused Bollywood is useless to society and I will keep opposing it.
What were the circumstances which led to creation of the fifth Veda or Natya Vidhya? And for whom it was created?
When you put yourself as audience with self-analysis mode, you realize certain impact of plays/drama. One of the primary thing we all realize it that any drama brings self-identification with the focus on drama situation. Purpose of drama was to make audience realize through experience 4 purpose of life 1) Dharma 2) Artha 3) Kama 4) Moksha (Modern entertainment does not fulfill this criteria so it is not entertainment but peversion to me)
But why when the 4 Veda(s) already teaches the same?
As per the Natya Shashtra, during treta yuga, gods (Deva) headed by Indra requested Brahma to create play thing which can automatically silently drive humans towards the path of dharma. This was needed because, under the influence of Treta Yuga, majority were with Rajas predominant nature. Since Rajas dominates, life is lived for selfish desires and emotions. They lead to pain and pleasure mixture. Play-thing is for them as a diversion to make them realize dharma. Such diversion was necessary for humanity. For humanity, deviating from right path under the influence of Rajas, it was necessary. This could not be achieved by the instructions of Veda (As majority’s senses are not fit for Vedic recitation).
In short, purpose of dramaturgy was to keep humanity aligned with sva-dharma.
Now, do your own fact check. Is Bollywood or any modern form of entertainment medium doing it? No. Hence, it is junk and we really shouldn’t waste precious life behind it.
Reference: The Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series Comparative Aesthetics Vol.1 by Pandey, Kanti Chandra, 1950 (Chapter 1, Page 6)