The Traditional Bharateeya Lens of #Purushartha is very powerful. Its a lens that comes out of our ‘purpose’ of life and from ‘real experiences’.

It is not merely ideological. It elevates into Ontology and Epistemology.

Hence, powerful.

At the outset, this looks natural - so what is so great about it?

- That it looks natural is one part of its greatness.

- The other part is - Tradition explored the balance between these 4 elements in enormous detail, complexity & nuance.

Mahabharata stands testimony to it.

In #Kantara

The State appreciates Artha & Kama only.
- Highly places its own Artha
- Not aware of its own Kama
- Places Artha-Kama of the Society as subservient to its own
- Does not recognize Moksha (Daiva)
- Appreciates Dharma only as Law & Order

Purushartha imbalance.

The Landlord, on the other hand
- Is solely concerned of his own Artha Kama
- Is unconcerned about the Society’s AK
- Has delinked himself from Moksha (Daiva - Ancestral Tradition)
- Seeks to manipulate even the L&O part of Dharma of the State

A Tragedy that Modernity brings.

The Community on the other hand
- Has let Modernity corrupt its Artha-Kama
- But has not lost its connection with the Sacred (Daiva)
- Hence, they retain a sense of Dharma without the strength to invoke it

Finally, a sacrifice was necessary for the society to invoke it.

We can extend this to various elements of the Society and we will see that every important aspect of our Classical Tradition playing its role.

We develop a new but an ancient vocabulary to explain life around us.

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Nov 2
Was in #Ayodhya for 3 days last week. Will gradually collect myself for a detailed writeup.

Some quick material updates that will make people like me happy.

I begin by loudly proclaiming -

“Maharaj #YogiAdityanath -ji ki Jai”

1. The Road from Lucknow to Ayodhya is very good. Lakshman-ji indeed takes us to Sriram smoothly, in around 2.5 hours, without stress and strain.

Our driver scared us “Bearish ki vajah-se Rasta bahut bigaDh-gayaa hai”.

Exaggeration it was. Felt happy. Such high expectations.

2. Forget the road from Lucknow to Ayodhya, even the roads from Prayag and Kashi to Ayodhya are in good shape. Got a good peek into them.

The road from Lucknow was a smaller one which has expanded into a proper 2+2 lane road of good quality during Yogi-ji/Modi-ji.

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Nov 1
ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಕನ್ನಡ ರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವದ ಹಾರ್ದಿಕ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು.

ಭಾರತವರ್ಷದ ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಂದು ಪ್ರದೇಶವೂ ವಿಶಿಷ್ಟವೇ ಸರಿ. ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಯಾವ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅನನ್ಯವಾಗಿದೆ?

ಒಂದಿಷ್ಟು ಮುಖ್ಯಾಂಶಗಳು.

#KarnatakaRajyotsava #KannadaRajyotsava
1. ಬಲವಾದ ಪ್ರಾದೇಶಿಕ ಅಸ್ಮಿತೆಯನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿದ್ದರೂ, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಎಂದಿಗೂ ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕತಾವಾದಿ, ಸಂಕುಚಿತ ಚಳುವಳಿಗೆ ಅವಕಾಶ ನೀಡಿಲ್ಲ.

ನಮ್ಮಲ್ಲಿ ಅಂಥವರು ಇಲ್ಲವೆಂದೇನಿಲ್ಲ. ಆದರೆ ಅವರು ಮುಂಚೂಣಿಗೆ ಬಾರದಿರುವಂತೆ ನೋಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದೇವೆ.

2. ಬಹಳ ಹಿಂದಿನಿಂದಲೂ, ಶತಮಾನಗಳಷ್ಟು, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕಕ್ಕೆ ಜನರು ವಲಸೆ ಬರುವ ಇತಿಹಾಸವಿದೆ.

ಆದರೆ ಮತ್ತೊಬ್ಬರ ಅಸ್ಮಿತೆಯನ್ನು ಅಳಿಸದೆ ಅವರನ್ನು ತನ್ನ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಯೋಜಿಸುವ ಮಾರ್ಗ - ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಕಂಡುಕೊಂಡಿದೆ.

ಅದರಲ್ಲೂ ಕನಿಷ್ಠ ಮಟ್ಟದ ಸಂಘರ್ಷದೊಂದಿಗೆ.

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Nov 1
Wishing all people of Karnataka a very happy #KannadaRajyothsava

ಕನ್ನಡ ರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವದ ಹಾರ್ದಿಕ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು

Every region of Bharatavarsha is unique. What makes Karnataka unique in its own way?

1. In spite of having a very strong regional identity, Karnataka has never given room for a separatist, chauvinist, parochial movement.

Not that we dont have our share of such people. But we have successfully managed to keep them in the margins.

2. Karnataka is easily the most migrated-into state for a very long time. It has a history that goes back centuries in time.

But it has figured out a way of assimilating everybody into its culture, without obliterating others identities.

All this with minimum conflict.

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Oct 15
#MovieReviews #KantaraHindi #KANTARA #divineblockbuster #ಕಾಂತಾರ #कांतारा

My reflections on the #KantaraMovie

This is not a Review. This is just a summarised enumeration of some of the finest things in the movie & its importance.

Anything said is an understatement.

1. As somebody else said on Twitter, our dEvatAs are back. We have regained the dEvatAs/the Sacred with a critical space in the Cinema.

Make no mistake, we have had Devotee-characters in our cinema. But we now have dEvatAs as an integral part of the plot, narration & essence.

2. We have regained independence from ‘Realism’ as the primary form of telling a story.

Nagin/Magadheera, Fantasy movies stories were shy attempts.

Kantara is an unabashed foregrounding of the Indian form. The Myth merges with the Real to create a universal form.

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Oct 7
Good one. This needs further expansion.

We were one people much before the word Hindu became a descriptor. The Puranas & Mahabharata present this unimpeachable reality. Vishnupurana (VP) does this most beautifully & succinctly.

Let us see what VP says about Us as a People.
Vishnupurana is a major Purana consisting of 7000 verses. Modern Historians date it between 400BC to 900AD. Even if you average it out, it is pre-Gupta.

It has 6 Amshas (large Parts). The first 3 Chapters of 2nd Amsha - are illuminating. Our Concern here is the 3rd Ch.

The very first Shloka is illuminating.

uttaraM yatsamudrasya himAdrEshchaiva dakShiNam ||
varShaM tadbhArataM nAma baratee yatra saMtatiH || 1 ||

उत्तरम यत्समुद्रस्य हिमाद्रेश्चैव दक्षिणम ||
वर्षं तद्भारतं नाम भारती यत्र संततिः || 1 ||

Hits many 6-ers in one Shloka.

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Oct 2
On the eve of #GandhiJayanti , I am settling into my own assessment of his contribution and importance.

This thread is a reflection of my own assessment based on what I have read about Gandhi - through his own writings and others.

Will begin with Positives & then Negatives.

1. His understanding of the Indian past. Among the few who had no inferiority about the Tradition.
- Actively defended the Kula-Jati-Varna aspect of the Society
- Held the Indian Kings in great esteem.
- Understand the functional mechanics of the society, spoke its language

2. His understanding of Modernity and its evil dimension.

Hind Swaraj is the most scathing criticism of Modernity ever. May not contain complex abstract nouns, models, theories, hypothesis.

But represents fundamental issues of Modernity in a way all can understand.

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