The power of the karta

We have all heard the story of how a rotten apple when placed in a basket of healthy apples, has the power and ability to ‘spoil’ the entire bunch. Biologically speaking, this occurs because the rotting apple gives off ethylene, which speeds up the ripening of the other apples. We do not know if this happens in the case of humans: it would be interesting to find out. 

What we do know however, is how an effete, ineffective and corrupt leader can cause his team and organisation to “rot” and malfunction over a period of time. This is evident if you analyse the saga of global business giants which fell by the wayside simply due to the failings of the top management – more particularly, the top manager.

Energy tips for students

I spoke on Radio Mirchi – an FM radio channel in Mumbai – yesterday giving energy tips for students appearing for their 12th grade examinations. Though I had prepared 7 tips, not all could be included due to paucity of time. However, I thought I could put them here and hope it will help any student reading this.
Energy is everything. It drives the universe and it drives us. Every action that we do and every ritual we perform – across religions - is aimed at harnessing and directing this energy.
This subject is very very huge, but briefly put, we derive energy from five sources – from the earth, air we breathe, the water we drink, the fire or temperature that is generated inside our body, and fifthly, the space we demand for ourselves. You will feel drained or lack of energy if any or a combination of these elements is lacking in your system.
If you want to keep your body and mind healthy, you need to make sure that energy is flowing inside you smoothly. That means you need to ‘manage’ your energy. What blocks this flow of energy are factors like fear, insecurity, expectations, trauma, etc.
Now, during exams, this is precisely what happens with students. The exam stress causes their body’s energy patterns to change due to the factors I mentioned – fear, anxiety, expectation, etc. This causes what is called energy blockages, ie energy does not flow smoothly in their body. As a result, they can feel drained, listless, less confident, fearful, etc. And this has a rebound effect – since they feel low and down, their bodies generate less energy and this causes them to feel more drained.
Here are some tips that a student could follow. All these are aimed at getting the energy to flow again, and once that is done, then to increase their energy levels.

Morphogenic fields at work in Egypt

Have you been observing the convulsing energy patterns across the Arab world? Are you amazed and shocked at the same time, that an uprising that started in Tunisia travelled across the region to start similar uprisings in other areas? Have you wondered how this kind of phenomenon happens?
What you are witnessing is a phenomenon called ‘morphogenic fields’ where information is passed on from mind-to-mind without any physical contact. An example of this phenomenon at work is when somebody is humming a song in his mind and you ‘pick up’ the same tune almost inadvertently without that person telling you anything about it. Or when entire communities – linguistic, religious, behavioural – function and think the same way without anyone having to necessarily teach them to do so. Like terrorists, for example. That’s morphogenetics at work.

Left or Right?

Ravi and Rakesh were friends. But they were complete opposites. Ravi liked the detail in everything: he was excellent in organising, planning and taking care of the nitty-gritty. He was analytical and processed information in a sequential way. He was good at math and spellings as well. Rakesh, on the other hand, was more holistic. He saw the whole and not the parts. He loved the arts, dreamt a lot, was intuitive, emotional, creative, visual, musical, lateral, unorganised and spontaneous. 

What made them different was the way their brains were wired. Ravi’s left-brain was dominant and Rakesh’s right.

Crisis at 25

A few days back, my 25 year-old colleague came over to talk. She was feeling low, not because her work was not enjoyable, but because she was faced with a more serious question: she felt aimless in life. She wanted to know whether she is headed in any direction at all, and what will she get at the end of her rainbow. 

She is not alone in her predicament. There are many in the Gen X, Y or whatever category who are overwhelmed by the “uselessness” as they term it, of their job, career, situation and life. They do not know what to do, where to go, whom to ask for help. They are not sure if anybody can help at all in the first place. They may have hundreds of friends on Facebook, but they are not sure which of them is really a friend. They are not sure whom they should trust. They are not sure if the relationships they enjoy will last at all. 

This is a dizzy state to be in – the quarter life crisis as it is being termed - and is probably a result of the intensely competitive world we live in, where childhood ends at 7 years and late 20s is considered “old”. It’s a strange world we live in, isn’t it?