Sunday, April 30, 2017

First and Second Cause of Happiness or Misery

While some humans, for some of their lives, lead peaceful and happy lives, there are also huge numbers who suffer from varying levels of unhappiness. The unhappiness may vary from severe distress and trauma as for those bombed in their homes and forced to flee as in Syria or Yemen presently, to just those suffering form daily stress and grind of life. It has been so with me too in my journey through life dear friend.

It is worth reflecting on the cause of all this and do something to make our lives peaceful and happy for how can there be happiness without peace? Once one discovers root causes of misery and the path to overcome them, one can gain huge amounts peace, happiness and exhilarating joy. While the worldly teach us ways to make money or become more successful, the experience of many is that such paths lead to misery more often than happiness.

In the end two things decide course of our lives. First are our own thoughts and actions that create our world and second are circumstances that world around us seems to impose. We may call these First Cause and Second Cause. While some feel that they may be able to do something about the first cause they also feel the second is out of their control.

Mystics since ancient times have reflected deeply on human life and workings of the universe believe that even the second cause is a result of our past thoughts and deeds, our karma. One may not agree with mystics but then one will agree that there is nothing that can be done about it short of curse our fates or someone else for it making matters worse. Better it is not to bother about it at all and just put up with it if there is nothing that can do about it.

As regards the first cause, our own thoughts and deeds, they are in our control.  All would agree that it is best to work with the first cause in a way that improves lives in the best possible way. In fact, if one does that, one may reach the same path mystics recommend for dealing with both the first and second cause, whether we believe in the words of the mystics or not.

It is our own desires, thoughts, and actions that are the only thing in our control and it is this we must work with to improve our lives. What path should we follow for this? Should we choose this path on our own or seek advice from elsewhere too?

As wisdom increases one realizes how little one knows of life and the world but a fool is secure in his knowledge. Therefore the latter would not need the feel to seek any advice from anyone, secure in the knowledge that he knows the best path forward.

What of others who feel that it would be better to consult before choosing one’s path in life? Here too one may face problems. As an example, consider a person who is suffering from a physical ailment such as chronic pain and decides to consult a medical practitioner for it. The doctor he consults may be moved more by greed and the benefits a big pharma company offers him and therefore instead of recommending a safe pain killer or course of action that offers relief, advises a course of opioid pain killers that makes huge profits for the company. These latter may feel like heaven for a bit but they can addict, compromise health and then kill. Thus one has in effect jumped from the frying pan into the fire. This is not a rare instance because large parts of the world are motivated by greed. Enough wisdom is required not just to seek help but also a little more wisdom than that to reject the wrong sort of help.

Similar is the case for those who feel that the best recourse is to surrender to a religion, spiritual teacher or guru for solace when life is in distress. Here too there are many sharks in disguise motivated by greed. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing out to enslave souls and strip them of whatever goodness remains with them after making them feel like they are in heaven for a bit. How does one safeguard oneself?

The good news for those who trust in God and their own heart is that His help is available directly to all. He shall lead one suffering from pain to the right doctor; give enough wisdom to find one or quite often suggest how to just use things like rest, sunshine, pure air, a bit of exercise and patience to overcome the difficulty.

Similar is the case for spiritual help. If some further education is required in this direction, the Lord has scribbled knowledge on every leaf, flower and tree as well as in one’s heart before sending a soul forth into life. Often we smudge that knowledge with things like lust, anger and greed. When we control the latter, knowledge surfaces.

If necessary, He shall lead one to right words, the right path and it shall most definitely not be in a religion that says that only though them you can find salvation, for that is like a car dealer who says it is only in his car you shall find comfort and it is the best. There are numerous types of cars out there each good for someone or the other.

When it comes to the human condition, there are an infinite number of possible conditions and an infinite number of spiritual paths out there, each to discover for himself, with the help of the Lord. While theologians shall continue to debate and quarrel until kingdom come, mystics of the world have spoken the same language from beginning of time and shall continue to until final dissolution. If you would like to know more about these paths than check out the author’s blog on the topic at

As regards the present blog only some of the items have that knowledge for it has a lot of other stuff from life as the title and URL of the blog suggests.

Or if you prefer to read about in a book that you can read and reflect on with ease and which you can keep with you for referring back as and when you feel like, then you may find the contents of that blog in a little book – Mystic Pathways to Love, Peace and Happiness. It can be found at the following link as well as elsewhere if you search for it on google

Monday, April 10, 2017

When Truth is More Evil than Lies

While all recognize that being truthful is evolved human behavior leading to progress and lies are bad behavior that produce misery after perhaps some temporary gain, there appear to be exceptions to this rule, at least at first glance. This happens when information is presented selectively albeit truthfully to create an incorrect impression. It is a technique often used by many in some of the major world media to promote an opinion desired by their masters. In this manner the media cannot be held to account for fake reporting and not reporting something can be attributed merely to carelessness.

Consider the following fictional account of a democratic election to take place for a President of a fictional country and the two main contenders in the fray are A and B.

Mr. A is a crooked, evil and corrupt person but has one good habit. Even the worst of humans may have a good habit or two for he is only human and not yet Satan. Mr. A has a soft corner for old persons and on weekends he visits many bringing food and any other help that they may need. The rest of the week however he is back to his evil deeds that includes murder of opponents, even rape of children as well as collecting huge bribes to increase his mansions and wealth.

Mr. B on the other hand is a good and compassionate man really out to help ordinary citizens and having all the qualifications and wisdom necessary for the job. He has a bad habit too for even the best of humans may have a bad habit or two for he is not yet god. After a beer or two with buddies he has been known to use very foul language in private at times and some of it has been recorded.

Now consider some prominent media which boasts of being truthful (not morally equivalent whatever that means) decides to support candidate A because he has promised to help big boss with his business once elected.

Now begins the presentation of truthful but selective information. The media remains silent on the evil deeds of Mr. A but repeatedly shows him helping old persons in need. On the other hand it hides all the goodness of Mr. B by not reporting on it but repeatedly plays his foul language tape and organizes endless panel discussion to stress the point.

The end result is that an impression is created in mind of viewers that Mr. A is the worthy choice and unless the public sees through this naked dance of evil through the use of truth that is neither neutral nor morally equivalent, Mr. A shall win. He shall go on to help someone in his business that includes the Military industrial complex. War shall be launched in Biraq, Byria, Bemen, Bibya, Budan, Bibghanistan and Baza to help sale of arms. Millions of children shall be maimed, starved, killed and rendered refugees while a few soldiers shall be killed as collateral damage. The media shall announce proudly that it insists on being absolutely truthful.

Refugees: "Papa please don't cry, I am still with you."

On the other hand to help the Pharma business of another buddy, cheap medicines imports shall be banned, new drugs not approved so that a thousand dollars can be charged for an essential medicine available for a few cents elsewhere. The President shall say we cannot regulate med prices but let the free market decide. A sweet old lady, just like our mother in old age, shall sell her home to buy her medicines, put few clothes and a family album in a shopping cart and sit on a Manhattan street holding her med in one hand a hat in another until the city declares it is illegal for homeless to sit on streets or to feed them because she is an eye sore for big boss when he visits Broadway for shopping.

The conclusion is that it is not words that decide what is truth or lies but the impression and meaning that is conveyed. Information that is presented selectively albeit truthfully, is far more evil than lies and it is therefore far more important to be moral rather than insist on truth to create false impressions.

Reflecting on the matter further, the reporters do only what they are supposed to in order to keep their jobs, the boss tells them to do what he does in order to keep his business going and the law maker helps him out because he needs his funding for elections. Nevertheless, in this cycle of compulsions, society as a whole, the majority, suffers, many in grave ways as described in this note. Only an adherence to morality by all and a refusal for immoral acts can break this cycle.