Where did the Brilliant Indian Minds Go?

There was an interesting question during the last Intro Session for Unlimited Power. One of the participants who attended was surprised when Kirtanya listed out the methodology of the course. She mentioned NLP, Transactional Analysis, Silva Mind control and Life-Skills as ways to tap into the Unlimited Power each one of us has within us. He was stunned to see that none of the Indian sciences were listed and was curious to know if we (Indians) did not discover anything at all in the mind power arena.

The truth is, in the ancient days there was no parallel to the Indian Sciences when it came to addressing the human mind and life. Just think about it, we had everything, a nice climate, riches, wealth, forests, rivers; we were just too bountiful. On the other hand the western hemisphere at the same time was caught up in a turmoil of wars, harsh climates; their energy was so much focused on surviving the extreme weather. The Indians having no challenges to conquer in the external world turned their entire attention inward. The mind and consciousness and human life became very interesting research subjects for them.

And so there was an outpouring of greatest of works on the science of mind itself. The yoga sutras of Patanjali, The Vedas, Vedanta, Brahma sutras, Upanishads, Yogavasishta, every one of these is a miracle even to read through. In fact, it is said that the Mahabharatha is an ultimate thesis on the various human personalities and it contains 72000 characters each representing a personality type. So India had no dearth for wisdom. Some of its treasures still stay on.

However, the same cannot be said of the modern day India. Over a century now we have been harping on the past glories. With the advent of the British rule and subsequent poverty we have become increasingly preoccupied in solving the external challenges and are oblivious to the internal ones. The roles are in a sense reversing between the west and the east. With its high levels of sophistication, pleasure in the external world, and breaking families they are increasingly searching inward for answers and so research into the human mind has picked up momentum. With technological edge they are precisely able to study the human brain itself and so are paving way for some of the greatest discoveries in human history itself.

It is actually a pity that when technology is at its peak, the brilliant Indian minds are preoccupied with selfish miseries. In the modern era we seldom shine in our ancestor’s strong forte, our inborn talent – the mind. Of course there are the modern Gurus who teach on the mind but more often than not they are mouthed words than a direct personal discovery or an experience and always tainted with a religious bias. The need of the hour is brilliant young Indian minds dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of the human mind-brain organ. The aptitude for this is in our very genes. The result of such dedication will be mind boggling discoveries that will help the human species itself cross the last frontier – the mind.

Waiting for that day!

Toon: When Sensex plunged …

Keat, my friend, is quite spiritual. An ardent meditator with experience for almost 14 years. She keeps telling me about mystical experiences. I believe in mindfulness and awareness. Sometimes my comments invalidate these experiences. Recently when sensex (Indian stock market index) plunged and some of my money was caught in it, she made use of the opportunity to portray me this way.

The man in orange is me(Ganesh). The girl in the toon is keat. And with us is Parthi (man in blue). We form a trio.

Sensex Plunges

Ganesh and God – Keat’s Toons

A friend of mine keeps posting these cartoons about me. Her cartoons tickled me no end coz, she had this uncanny knack of catching my serious moments as well as the not so serious ones into comical strips that brought a fond smile or a hearty laugh. I felt like sharing them with my reader friends. Hope you enjoy them too as much as I did. I will keep posting these toons as and when they come.

I am a die-hard non-vegetarian, especially fond of chicken. While my friend is a strict vegetarian. Amazed at my ability to eat chicken, she put this toon.

Ganesh and God