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Friday, September 25, 2009

The Goal

What does it mean to have a goal ?

I believe have a goal means being indifferent to 'local optimums' and always acting in the light of the goal the 'global optimum'

The goal distinguishes/us or gives us the sense of identity in the sense that we can assimilate the past & present to be some one in the future.

I don't mean to sound anthropocentric, but in a sense that....ummmm well I'll just copy paste something read and you'll understand the sense :

its an excerpt from the late Dr. Sagan's talk :

"We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.

The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity -- in all this vastness -- there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

So with that in mind attempting to write down life I wish I had, from the perspective of my death bed.

Professional Life : Nothing special in this section, don't want to do anything specific, just want to work considering the attributes required for any type of work. So analysing the types of works and their attributes becomes essential now. Soooo time to rip things off the net muhahahaha!

Karma Yog teaches us that we should perform all actions without considering ourselves to be the doers of those actions. Verse 3:27 of the Bhagavad Gita reveals:

All actions are performed by the Gunas of Prakriti [attributes of nature]; he who is deluded by the ego thinks, ‘I am the doer.’ Chapter 3:27

In Samkhya philosophy, a guṇa is one of three "tendencies": tamas, sattva, and rajas. These categories have become a common means of categorizing behavior and natural phenomena in Hindu philosophy.

* Sattva (originally "being, existence, entity") has been translated to mean balance, order, or purity. Indologist Georg Feuerstein translates sattva as "lucidity". This typically implies that aspects of creation with more of sattva have uplifting and life supporting qualities.[10]

* Rajas (originally "atmosphere, air, firmament") is also translated to mean preservation or dynamism.[11][12] (Rajas is etymologically unrelated to the word raja.)

* Tamas (originally "darkness", "obscurity") has been translated to mean "too inactive" or "inertia", negative, lethargic, dull, or slow.[13] Usually it is associated with darkness, delusion, or ignorance.[14] A tamas quality also can refer to anything destructive or entropic. In his Translation and Commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi explains "The nature of tamo guna is to check or retard, though it should not be thought that if the movement is upward tamo guna is absent".[15]

I guess my work experience till now has been "interesting" to say the least, mostly because I felt like I was working towards futility so I guess I need strong goals before I take up any new work endeavors. Also not to forget the feeling of a loss of humanity, I mean 9-5(9) work like a robot, the loss of many childish dreams, hopes, social life, man ....i've missed out on much. So with the goal I guess thinks should be good in the future looking from the past( as long as the goal is adhered to )

Other life (personal ) : I guess it's wrong to create duality(or mulipulity) in life cuz life is just a single entity & the more dual you get the more unhappy life is. But still for the sake of the blog lets assume and continue. So what I would like before I die is :

Enough bank balance for just the minimum.
Don't want any personal possessions except maybe a house on a cool quite hill top,with adjacent farm land and a bunch a pets (sounds pretty romanticized...but aah who cares?)

And now comes the juicy part what I want to be : What I really want to be is a good person( simple isn't it?) . But seriously by good I mean a person who has imbibed and continues to imbibe qualities like love, satisfaction, peace, sanctity inside him. That's the bottom line. That's the Goal in my life. Also to avoid getting kicked around by such I goal I would like to be able to use the "tendencies" without getting attached to them so essentially advaita.......idealistic.....dream..... why not?

Thanks to wiki for references.Will cite all the stuff in good time.
Image from "Evangelion wallpaper by ~Asperoth"

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