Wednesday, July 25, 2007

fundamentals of hinduism and population growth

I am sure any hindu would give a kick on my backside if i start off by saying "theory of hinduism". well basically there is nothing which u can call as hinduism, its juss sanathana dharma and its very highly pluralistic in nature. But there is one thing common across the customs and beliefs of "sanathana dharma". The only thing that differentiates hinduism from other religions is the belief that there are seven worlds through which the soul moves and the soul never dies. Soul moves through these seven worlds and its final salvation is when it merges with the paramatma. The soul moves from a body of one living thing to another based on the karma it does and punya and paapa that it accumulates. So its basically a kind of negatives and positives get cancelled and ur final balance remains as +ve or -ve based on the sum total. And every karma that the person does does not have equal weightage. Some acts
get more +ve points and so on. Same with the negative acts also.

So the other day i was juss ruminating and trying to put things in todays perspective. Application of theory as i am being taught in my MBA classes. Then something basic struck me. If the soul cannot be created or destroyed and if every human being needs a soul how come our population is exploding this way. Is there a flaw in sanathana dharma??? Thats wat intrigued me and plzz read ahead if it intrigues u too... :)

Well the human population is increasing coz other living things are being reduced. The rate at which species are becoming extinct and the rate at which we are losing the green cover explains everything. The human population is increasing at the expense of other animals and trees/plants. So that total number of souls is constant and its only that the souls are more into taking the form of humans. So this gets us to another doubt. Why should the souls take the form of human coz according to the dharma human form is the highest form that a soul can take and it becomes easier for the soul to merge with the paramatma through the human form. So basically for the soul to take a human form there should be some good that it should have done in the previous animal/plant birth. Well dharma has a reason for that too. One gets lotsa positive points when one dies for the betterment of another living being. These living beings die to help humans lead a better life and thus have given up their life for us humans. Hence they get
lotsa +ve points and thus that soul takes a human form.

Monday, July 2, 2007

blogissist - One who loves one's blogs

well i felt like adding a new word to the english dictionary ...
i guess am sounding very rude and big for my shoes...

well my intention was nothing of that sort...
i was looking around for a word which would solve my need, which unfortunately i didnt find so i created one which would solve it...speak of "necessity being the mother of invention"...
well now lets looks at my need...
i somehow have fallen too much in love with my blog...
i started loving this virtual extension of my real self to a very great extent...
well this sounds much like narcissist which means a person who loves himself a lot...
so does this sound derogatory...

and the similarity juss ends just where it begins...

i started loving my blogs so much because it helps me think a lot... to even put down a couple of lines i have to think a lot... the creative piscean in me wakes up everytime i write and this satisfies... i seriously feel that the best way to improve ones knowledge is to write... i dont mean to say that stop reading ... wat i mean to say is that writing and reading feed each other in a man and both are continuous feedback processes...

Whenever i notice smth different or an anomaly around me i wanna analyse it, find out the causes and post a blog... thats why i like my blog...
am sure even u guys who are reading my blogs out here will appreciate this new word and also understand the need behind it...

Welcome "blogissist" to the english language...

Sunday, July 1, 2007

how to sell ice to an eskimo...

well sounds like a stupid question naa...
this is the quintessential question which Microsoft asks...

had read a lot abt this question thru my friends and also on the internet....
at first it sounds like a stupid question right...
even if we try to think a bit, it sounds more like a marketing question right...
how will u sell smth to someone who has abundance of it around him...
more of wat the marketing guys do... (no pun intended)

sounded illogical to me and i juss forgot abt it for some time...
then we had these rains in mumbai pounding and drowing the city...
was a house arrest for most of us...
was feeling bored so i thought lemme think abt this question a bit...

lets start answering this from the scratch... should involve more of ur brain ....
lets not start by analysing the question but lets start from microsoft...
well microsoft was asking this question to a technical guy....
why would microsoft ask a maketing kinda question to a technical guy who would be working on the latest technologies and solve bugs... they need more of geeks...
read somewhere that microsoft wants ppl who get excited at the mere mention of technology... even at the fag end of the day anything related to technology should stir up his senses and all that stuff.. a thorough geeky kinda guy....
so the only thing we know is that microsoft wants technology guys...
well thats where the answer lies ....

so lets rephrase the question....
its not
"how to sell ice to an eskimo"...
it becomes
"How to sell I.C.E to an eskimo"...

so wats the difference... I.C.E is a technology or more specifically a framework for the next gen of IMs (instant messengers)....
so now the question becomes easy to answer and its very easy to sell I.C.E to an eskimo....

so the greatness of the question does not lie in answering the question.. but in realising as to how to work through the question from the point of reference of technology.... the rest of it is easy...

Microsoft hasnt become MICROSOFT juss like that....
the guys who have made that company think differently and therein lies the greatness of the company... the people factor...

hats off to microsoft guys and specifically to the guy who has framed this question....