Friday, October 29, 2010

Perceptions cannot be real but can create reality!

While a friend and I were shooting the breeze, she asked me, “why not what I (as a person) perceive could be real?” To nail down my viewpoint, i.e. perceptions cannot create reality, I came up with a story. Two people see a bird sitting on a tree which is quite far away. The surefooted first person says: “Look at there, a parrot!” The second person reasons: “Oh! That is an eagle!” but here the known reality is that it is neither a parrot nor an eagle, but a crow.

Later one day, I read an article in a magazine where it articulates “Perception can create reality!” I was a little confused and started digging more about this concept and came to a sheer conclusion that Perceptions cannot be real but can create reality.


In that story, we all knew that it is a crow. But what if, we do not know that it is a crow. That’s where one’s perception becomes one’s reality. The person, who sees the bird as parrot, always sees it as a parrot, unless he knew the truth or tries to conceive what the second person sees it as. So does the second person. And this is how the major part of our life has been entwined, by making our own perceptions into reality.

So to sum up…

As you think, so you become.
As you visualize, so will it happens.
As your mind, so is your destiny.

As you perceive, so is your reality!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Vegetarian - a way of life!

What is good and bad or right and wrong differs from person to person. I believe that what many of us accept as good is what majority of people around us follow and bad is what the minority suggest. Over a period of time when the minority becomes majority, bad turns out good and vice versa. And this cycle revolves as human lifestyle evolves. So there is no room for any argument here. Rather, I would respect other’s belief and keep moving on with my own. But, as someone puts it, the question is NOT, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?” I can’t.

It’s been 8 years now and I was in India at that time. A good friend of mine apprized me of the advantages of being a vegetarian. One day, I saw hundreds of chicken tied and dumped in an open truck on their way to butcher and had witnessed how they are killed. I came across few slaughter house websites where I had watched the cows, pigs, lambs and chickens screaming for life and cursing us for doom. I confronted karma even though I heard some of them pray, “Oh! God, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing.” It was like, I had cared much about what I wear outside and treated my inner body as trash bin and had filled it up with dead meat. It was like, I had reasoned my soul that I cannot take any responsibility for what someone do on my behalf. It was like, I had thought that, closing my eyes makes the world dark and had been closing my eyes for years. As always, my conscience overruled all Gods and I quit.

Being a vegetarian is bliss and makes me less prone to any of those richest diseases. Being less harmful to the environment, I feel more natural. Beans, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, carrot, legumes, mushroom, potato, red/green pepper, spinach, soy, tomato, avocado, berries and apples replaced all iniquitous meat. I survived.

Vegetarian/Vegan Blogs I follow - I would give five stars for Vaishali's recipes - Geetha Achal has many wonderful healthy, tasty vegetarian recipes

Quotes from famous Vegetarians
To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana ~ Buddha

To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. ~ Albert Einstein

It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions. ~ Mark Twain

Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends. ~ George Bernard Shaw