Me growing up with Information Tech.

Nowadays this is something very tough to imagine ; living a live with no networking devices at all. But this wasn’t the case some 15 and 20 years ago (atleast here in India). Very few people had mobile phones (and those too had no or poor internet connectivity) as only rich and city people could afford that. I’m only 23 and I can say that I have witnessed a revolution! The growth I have seen in connectivity (through IT) is  incredible!

I remember when I was some 5 or 6 and went to my grandma’s place (naanighar), a village in Uttar Pradesh , India with my mother  while my dad was away at home. It was a long vacation. There I remember getting a letter personally written for me by my dad. GOD ! The Excitment! the letter had everything, how I had a gift (a pet fish) awaiting back at home, how the weather z cooler there and what not! I was dying to go back and see the fish but it was not possible to even imagine seeing things located far away. That was perhaps the only personal letter I ever got since  thing soon begun changing. The kids today won’t understand the joy I would have gone through after getting a hand written letter specially for me. il_fullxfull.352641171_2dcg

I also remember Me and my mommy going  STD booths (located some kilometers away from the naani’s (granny’s) place just for making a call back home since there was no telephone at naani’s place. Back home we used to have our own telephone connection and it was a huge thing. neighbours would often come requesting a call. And now? everybody has a personal phone with ultra advance features.

Ohh! I remember when I visited my uncle’s place , he came to me and showed me a picture of mine on his mobile and I made  faces with amazment! GOD! how did my Image even get there on that phone! and then he told me that he clicked me live through his phone! Whhhat! A camera on a phone! I was left wondering for the whole day. The image quality if you compare to the phones we have nowadays was a joke but having even that 1.2 megapixel image of mine on my uncle’s cell was a magic back then! And what that phone costed was huge for that time! A junk phone (for today’s standard) with 1.2 megapixel camera costed him around 35000 rupees back in 2000s! Yeah and still it was magic. Literally a magic!

My uncle kept coming up with new phones with all the new features. I remember how I felt everytime; (when) I got to hear a ringtone and then a bollywood song for the first time via a mobile. Since our joint family was richer than the standard family back then , we had everything at our home, two or three Big colourful Tvs, Big sound system and Big cassette players , our own DVD system and everything that was in the market at that time. Neighbours and my school friends often used to come at my house and see these things with lure and amazment. How Proud I used to feel! But the mobile phones soon started taking away the charm :/ still a very few people could afford a mobile. we still had new advance phones with special features  (which my friends back than couldn’t afford) to show off. Well this showing off didn’t ran for a long time as mobiles started getting cheaper and better and now everybody started having atleast one mobile phones at there home. And this IT technology only got better with time……

Here in India we have now more than a billion mobile phones in the country. more than half of these phones have android features and have good 3G connection. Thanks to JIO’s free offers that these 3Gs have revolutionized to 4Gs. Today I might not feel as privileged (being among the very fews to have phones) but am happy to see India’s IT growing at this pace. Every body z connected and facilitated now and you don’t know how great it feels as a countrymen!                                                                                                                        And a  #FunFact : It was not a long ago when I used to have a rupee 6000 micromax phone with medicore features when my friends at college had phones I could only dream of! :p

(Its not only me but the) millions of us Indians are amazed by the changes we have gone through in IT connectivity! Today we can use our phones for almost everything, be it for entertainment or for paying bills or for banking or to get connected to someone sitting far and far away!  Its really huge and no revolution has been like this till today! Now when IT has developed so much nothing seems impossible to imagine!

Literally Nothing!

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Yet I would say that making a free and fast video call doesn’t give the same happiness as that of the letter I got in the Young age. Neither the joy of  seeing a youtube video z comparable to the happiness I used to get while dancing with my cousins on songs being played through our home cassette player. Seeing Lion King on that fat TV would always be better than anything on TV now.  And am NOT JOKING!

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Think this for once..

Sometimes I’m really very curious. Different things keep popping up in my mind and troubles me like hell! what happens after the life ends? Are you actually dead then, or your soul is alive in some other interface??? what if there is no God! and if there is a God, he is none but some alien who is more powerful and controlling humans! When I saw “The Matrix”, I was completely overwhelmed! It gave such an interesting idea which you never know might be true!

If you are a human, rational questions related to your existence keeps coming your way and you kill that question with one argument and then suddenly come up with some other argument killing your last point! Its a very exciting game to play!

Many times I feel that Someone from a superior dimension is playing a super cool (and advanced for obvious reason!) game which is a sort of the game we play on earth like Age OF Empires. We are nothing but the characters of that game and acting just like the farmers of AOE acts! But what if the game is interrupted and he stops playing the game! scary! no?

There is one more theory which comes from the Hindu mythology which says that there is a Super Being which is sleeping and whatever is happening now is nothing but his dream. We are the characters playing in his dream! Don’t tell me what happens if some day he wakes up!

Or may be the Universe is inside the brain of some person, because if you ll see the structure of a brain from inside, it resembles too much like an universe!

There are many more interesting, exciting, scary and super cool theories but as you know they are just some theories which have not been proved and can never be. I don’t think that human would any day advance to a level where it would have all the answers (Being realistic not pessimistic!)

Understanding Shiva

Part I – Shiva Philosophy :

Whenever a common man imagines Shiva, he think of a man (who have a blue throat) with his weapon Trishul (Trident) who must be living at a place called Kailash. Often we forget that the modern image of trinity (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) has already been very polluted and all we do is generalise our God (spcially SHIVA!), we have become so used to these calendar images that no one actually is aware of the full science behind them.

The name Shiva itself means  ‘Nothing’. Shiva is the one who is nothing, he comes from nowhere and goes nowhere, may be the vacuum is Shiva. Shiva has a deep science in to it (or him). Shiva is dark and mysterious and he is very fancy! He is the superhero of all the GODs out there, he is the supreme being and yet out of anybody’s reach. No one in this universe can meet Shiva. You cannot meet it (or him)  but can attain it! Shiva is a state of being. Me, you and everyone out the there is a short of Shiva (millionth part of a point percentage). Every second we are moving forward and becoming a more of the Shiva being. The day you gets to 100 percent, you attain Shiva and becomes him!

The philosophy behind Shiva is very vast, complex and diverse. Everybody has their own idea of Shiva and thus can never be really confined. What does matter is your perception of looking into it. Shiva is “The destroyer” and is complementary to the Brahma “The Creator”. It doesn’t mean that you have to get scared of him. The one who comes must has to go and that is why Shiva destroys to welcome new.

Shiva has always been recognized as the “Adiyogi” i.e, The 1st yogi. He/It is the from of meditation, always still and nothing. Shiva never really took a birth, when you was not there (he always was), when you ll be gone (he always ll be) because he is Shiva!

 Part II – Material Shiva :

Shiva is the coolest GOD, you will ever get to know! He travels, smokes weed, has all the powers, attached to nothing and yet loves everybody. He is someone with an innocence as child, Out of all the Hindu Gods, it is easiest to make Shiva happy! If you ll go a thousand years back , you ll be looking at the temples all denoted to Shiva, It was very recent that we started having the temples of other Gods, (the purpose is not the compare but to state the history).

Part III – Shiva and Shakti :

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SHIVA symbolises consciousness, the masculine principle.
SHAKTI symbolises the feminine principle, the activating power and energy.

Whenever a power becomes active, and wherever energy exists, Shakti is working. Other terms for these primal principles are PURUSHA and PRAKRITI; Purusha is consciousness and Prakriti is nature.

Shiva and Shakti are manifestations of the all-in-one divine consciousness – different sides of the same coin. In many pictures these two primal powers are each depicted as being one half of the same image; one side female and one side male. The left side is the Divine Mother, Pārvatī, the “feminine” energy, and the right side represents Shiva, the “masculine” consciousness.

Only when Shiva and Shakti combine can action, movement and creation arise. Until energy is impregnated with consciousness it is ignorant, disordered, aimless and “blind”. Energy alone can produce nothing; consciousness bestows upon it content, form and direction. Conversely, consciousness without energy is dormant power, sleeping energy, and on its own is unable to be the cause of anything. Just as Prakriti without Purusha is unable to act, and vice versa, Purusha without Prakriti is also incapable of creating anything.

  • Shakti is the motherly love of God that surrounds us with warmth, caring and protection.
  • Shiva is the paternal love of God that gives us consciousness, clarity and knowledge.

(The whole part of Shiva and Shakti has been taken fom the Source: https://www.chakras.net/yoga-principles/22-shiva-and-shakti)

Part IV – Shiva Quotes :

“Fire is His head, the sun and moon His eyes, space His ears, the Vedas His speech, the wind His breath, the universe His heart. From His feet the Earth has originated. Verily, He is the inner self of all beings.”   ― Anonymous, The Upanishads

“When Shiva beats his DAMRU- Evil Shakes !! while the Wise Awakes!”

“Only when you go beyond Mind, will you be able to respect the energy that inhabits us; until then you will either exploit others with your energy or will deplete your energy, leading a purposeless life!”  ― Ramana Pemmaraju

This is the gist of all worship: to be pure and to do good to others. He who sees Shiva in the poor, in the weak, and in the diseased, really worships Shiva. And if he sees Shiva only in the image, his worship is but preliminary. He who has served and helped one poor man seeing Shiva in him, without thinking of his caste or creed or race or anything, with him Shiva is more pleased than with the man who sees Him only in temples  -Swami Vivekananda

Part V – The ultimate Mantra :

ॐ नमः शिवाय (Om namah Shivayya) 

What is your idea of Shiva? leave your comments!

Neighbours in space!!

Don’t know if its exciting or scary for you but this is really cool. National Aeronautics and Space Administration on 22nd feb, wednesday had a major announcement to make and it came out as a real cool news! NASA along with its partner all around the worlds has found a solar system with 7 earth alike planets revolving around a small star (Trappist1) just 39 light years away! As per Michael Gillon, the lead author of the ‘Nature Paper’ announcing the discovery, “it would be the first time that so many planets with as similar feature as earth has been found in a single solar system”. Not only this, three among these seven planets are at the star habitable zone, that means that its most  likely that these planets would have the existence of water on their surface. One of them has a mass indicating a water rich composition. the distance at which these planets orbits the star can be compared with the Jupitar and its moons.  Also, these planets lies at the zone where their temprature is estimated to be in between zero to hundred degree C.

These worlds have sizes and temperatures similar to those of Venus and Earth and are the best targets found so far for the search for life outside the Solar System. They are the first planets ever discovered around such a tiny and dim star.

Right now, the astronomers are beginning to study the planets’ atmospheres with the telescopes they have. And from these observations, they feel fairly confident that the worlds are rocky. “For detailed characterization, we will need James Webb,” Triaud said.

“With this discovery we’ve made a giant, accelerated leap forward in our search for habitable worlds and life on other worlds potentially,” Sara Seager, a leading exoplanet expert at MIT, said during the announcement. This one star system, she said, gives astronomers many chances to look for life, and refine their understanding of exoplanets in small-star systems.

Today Google’s doodle  recognized the event too.

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WE always has assumed about the life over other planets but this time its indeed a huge discovery.

As NASA associate administrator Thomas Zurbuchen said, “Finding another Earth-like planet isn’t a matter of if but when.” 

whats your take on this exciting discovery? please leave a comment 🙂