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Laughter of Sages and Preachers

"One of the big differences between a genuine sage and a preacher is gaiety. When the sage laughs it is a belly laugh; when the preacher laughs, which is all too seldom, it is on the wrong side of the face."
~ Henry Miller
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Humanity has always struggled to understand Creation, and Man's place in it. Creation is so infinitely vast and complex that it is impossible to understand, but it has not stopped man from trying. 

Some wise and enlightened beings had credible answers, and this illuminated many minds and souls. Some of this wisdom was retained in the memories of others and they in turn wrote many texts, which in turn repeatedly produced more memories and texts. Mankind has already drowned in an ocean of memories, texts and analysis.

Teachers that came earlier had themselves experienced much. They considered teaching a calling, and they shared their wisdom freely and widely,  in addition to their usually working at some honest profession to ear…

Roaring Success

You never become a roaring success by just roaring.

Silence of our friends

The idea of India is a beautiful one.  Spiritual, secular, democratic and ensuring freedom to its citizens irrespective of faith, or gender. In spite of numerous setbacks and often poor leadership its society and economy are continuously prospering.  
It is just a matter of time, Shedding a thousand years of misrule and exploitation India is all set to regain her rightful place as a leading economy and society. 
As India blossoms once gain, it seeks to participate in and contribute to global affairs.  India's peaceful nuclear energy program is a  a global role model for responsible use of nuclear technology. To contribute to a safer and better world it is beneficial for the world community that India be a member of the NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group).
India does not necessarily need to be in the NSG from a practical standpoint but more so from a political need to play a more active role in global affairs.
It was but expected that the world's greatest nuclear proliferator China would …

What are SOP or Standard operating procedures?

I wear many turbans, serving as a teacher, consultant and advisor to many organisations most of whom are quite sincere in their efforts to improve performance and profitability. 
Sincerity is key for success, as are the attitudes, skills and knowledge, of people. Yet organisations fail to succeed primarily because of a lack of good and relevant management systems.
Good or bad, every functioning organisation evolves a culture a system and a way of doing things. 
Good systems are well thought out and are relevant. They delight customers, improve morale and helps the bottom line. Customers are usually delighted by high quality of products and services, and prompt deliveries.
Their design is robust and effective, preventing problems and facilitating rapid correction with minimum heartache and headache. 
Bad systems on the other hand lead to bottlenecks and paralysis, caused by too much centralising of work or a large lumbering bureaucracy.  
Centralising occurs when organisations and systems r…

False opinions are like false money

False opinions are like false money, manufactured first of all by evil men and thereafter circulated by honest people who perpetuate the crime without knowing what they are doing.


 ~ Joseph De Maistre




Academic Oligarchy

Reproduced from the blog Revenge of Socrates - Deprogramming the lattice 

Just six corporations control the flow of scientific information, a new study in Canada reveals. Since the 1970’s scientific journals have been controlled by the same few companies. Researchers looked at scientific literature published between 1973 – 2013 and found that companies ACS, Reed Elsevier, Sage, Taylor and Francis, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell controlled nearly every single one… 




Six major publishers control fields of chemistry, psychology and social sciencesThe fields most controlled by this academic oligarchy include those dealing with chemistry, psychology, social sciences and the professional fields. On the flip side, biomedical research, physics, and the arts and humanities are influenced to a much lesser degree by these six corporate publishers, according to the study. What this suggests is that, over time, certain disciplines have become more corrupted than others as they’ve been absorbed into the co…

Should I ask for permission or forgiveness?

Better to ask for forgiveness, rather than ask for permission.


People who have the capabilities and responsibility to get things done are invariably slowed down or even severely handicapped by people who retain all authority and control resources.

Visualise a typical organisational problem.
It is very important for you to get something done urgently. You ask for permission to higher authorities to act. Dithering takes place and either no decision is given to you or you are not allowed to proceed.  You are responsible and you see the situation deteriorating rapidly and you feel compelled to do something. What do you do?

Basically there are three options
1. Do nothing 
2. Hold fort and plead once again for permission
3. Act without permission.

Only option 3 will probably deliver results. The decisive, action oriented person acts. If results are favourable and the objectives met, then one is contented, and successful. The worst that can happen is some sensitive bureaucrat's ego would have be…

You want to be a free thinker?

Are you sure, you want to be a free thinker?


The primary focus of those in power is to conserve the status quo and to enhance their personal wealth and power.

Those who are wealthy and powerful will do all they can to preserve and enhance it. They hate anyone to bring changes, for change can bring about unforeseen consequences.

All changes originate with new thoughts and ideas. Therefore a person with differing ideas, style, and manner represents a danger. Danger has to be met and nipped in the bud.

The beauty and the problem with Gurus, mystics, genuine philosophers, artists, free thinkers, and other creative people is, they cannot help themselves.  They feel compelled to express themselves, their thoughts and do exactly what they believe in.

They are insanely courageous. They cannot be subdued nor can they be corrupted. They can only be destroyed. Unfortunately that is usually their fate. 

Their families and their possessions may be taken away from them, and their bodies destroyed, but th…

Spiral of death - Ants and Humans

Ants can sometimes get caught in a phenomenon called a spiral of death, in which the entire colony can become lost and disoriented and march in circles until they die of exhaustion. Because certain species of ants are essentially blind, they navigate by following pheromone trails left behind by other members of their colony; they use these scent markers to identify food supplies and find their way home. However, should enough of them lose the scent, they will begin to follow the ant immediately in front of them, forming an enormous death spiral in which they will essentially commit suicide.  Source: James Williams - fire ant expert.
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Humans in society behave quite similarly . Sometimes we die physically, but more often than not we die intellectually and the vast majority of us die spiritually. Yet man is resilient and when he reaches the edge of existence will turn around and rise and evolve once again.

Love is blind, so is hate

Love blinds, so does hate. Love blinds us to faults Hatred blinds us to virtues
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"People often reach conclusions before they gets to them" - Gurvinder SIngh
In spite of all claims to the contrary we humans are basically irrational, emotional creatures. 
We always make decisions on the basis of emotions and then look for 'facts' to justify our choice.
Barring scientific and technical endeavours, try and recall all the important choices we have made. Nearly all transactions we have ever conducted, be they acquisitions or even relationships, were first made on the basis of emotion and then justified with logic, facts and figures. 
Emotions originate from our social conditioning and embedded deep into that instinctive part of our brain which facilitates our survival. Fight or flight, feeding and mating all choices are made in the instinct area.
These instincts drive us to believe that people who follow a certain religion, nationality,  communi…

Communication is perception

Never before in history has there been so many tools, equipment , techniques and channels available for communication. Yet, surprisingly, communication between people remains a huge problem. 

Could it be that we are focussing more on technique, style, technology rather than people?


What constitutes communication?
A communication has three components, the sender, the message and the receiver.  Unfortunately most teachers of management and communications focus primarily on the message and the sender. What to send and how to send it?  Be aggressive, seductive etc etc. they teach. There appears to be little focus on the receiver.
Effective communication depends primarily on the recipient. If the recipient is unable or unwilling to listen then the message is lost if not rendered ineffective, just like the case of the tree crashing in the forest.
Every philosophical school of thought asks this question, "If a tree crashes down in the forest, and there is no one to hear it, will there be a so…

Obedience can be the problem

History has repeatedly shown, that in all societies, the real wealth and power lies with the top 1% to 2% of the population called the ruling elite. 
No matter what form of government is in power, the ruling elite always calls the shots for they wish to conserve their privileges and power. That is why these people are called "conservatives"
The ruling elite never like to get their hands dirty, or actually be bothered with details. So they have set up institutions whose power they control indirectly. Each institution has a different role to play , but the net objective is the same, protect the powerful and wealthy to preserve and enhance their power and privileges. 
Institutions may differ in style but they all possess one common theme, obedience. They demand obedience, but rarely do people ask obedience to whom, to what and why?
The technique employed is indoctrination, keep the message simple, repeat and reinforce it often.

The home is the place where the indoctrinated elders li…

"I predict happiness for all .... "

“I predict future happiness for all humanity, if they can prevent their governments from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”- Thomas Jefferson
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* The quote has been modified by me to provide for a universal rather than just an American perspective. Thomas Jefferson, was principal author of the American Declaration of Independence and its third President.
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The annual budget of the government of India will be announced shortly. No doubt there will be many big programs announced, supposedly to help take care of the people. 
The political machinery may have changed but the administrative machinery is the same.  
I hope and pray the government continues its trend of focuses on facilitating rather than controlling the entrepreneurial spirit of people. Smaller government spending means lower taxes and greater opportunities for well being of the people by the people. 

Freedom and Security

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." 
 - Benjamin Franklin

"I predict happiness for humanity .... "

“I predict future happiness for humanity, if they can prevent their governments from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”


 - Thomas Jefferson
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* The quote has been modified by me to provide for a universal rather than just an American perspective.
Thomas Jefferson was principal author of the American Declaration of Independence and its third President.

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The annual budget of the government of India will be announced shortly. No doubt there will be many big programs announced, supposedly to help take care of the people. 

The political machinery may have changed but the administrative machinery is the same.  

I hope and pray the government continues its trend of focuses on facilitating rather than controlling the entrepreneurial spirit of people. Smaller government spending means lower taxes and greater opportunities for well being of t…

JNU and saving democracy

JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University), is one of the most prominent universities of India. It has been in the news for a long time due to everything except academics.

JNU claims it is a leading university.  For the enormous resources lavished on setting up and maintaining JNU it has precious little positive outcomes to show for it.

JNU has however distinguished itself by becoming a breeding centre for anti India political thought and action. JNU is just an extreme example of what has become of our premier educational institutes.

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How did JNU acquire this dubious distinction?
In every general election, the communist political parties invariably won parliamentary seats that were not huge in number, but significant enough for the communists to make or break coalition governments. In essence the tail wagged the dog. 
However unlike most political parties the communists play for the long term. Misplaced as it may be, the communists are ideologically driven and not driven by s…

Conquered. Again?

The nation which makes the best use of the sword will always subjugate the nation which has more gold and less courage.


 - Voltaire


India was known as the 'golden bird', 'land of milk and honey' and thousand other glorious names, because it was so prosperous. Prosperity bestows comfort. Excess comfort brings laziness which unfortunately erodes courage. This attracts predators. Predators bring destruction. This has been the story of India. ______________________________ India was the most advanced civilisation of its time for thousands of years, yet it was unable to repel Muslim and Christian invaders and their subsequent occupation for a thousand years. Why? The invaders possessed the following traits that assured certain victory to them. A cunning and ruthless disposition. They entered into agreements and signed treaties which they almost always dishonoured Political sanction was granted by the rulers of the invaders and invasions and forced conversions were mandated by the …