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Spiritual Interpretation of Eclipse

Recently a total lunar eclipse took place on 27th July 2018. It was not seen in most parts of India because of monsoon/rainy season. However that was a trigger for many myths and superstitions which, now-a-days, get spread far more rigorously over Social Media platforms like WhatsApp. And this is true not only in India, but world over.

Here are some of the popular superstitions across the globe:

  1.  A popular superstition in India is to avoid eating during Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahan. Cooking, eating and drinking are avoided during lunar eclipses in India as people are superstitious about food “going bad” during eclipses.
  2. In the United States, a superstition that existed since long was that an eclipse is a “sign of an apocalypse”. Some scholars say that it stems from the Bible. According to Joel 2:31: “The Sun will turn to darkness, and the Moon to blood before the great and dreadful day of the Lord comes.”
  3. In Tibet, people believe that good and bad deeds are multiplied ten-fold during a lunar eclipse.
  4. A popular South African myth is that Sun and Moon fight during a lunar eclipse. People must pray so that these celestial bodies resolve their conflict.
  5. In many parts of the world, pregnant women are advised to stay indoors. People believe that the “dark moon” will “curse” the unborn child. Women are also advised not to use knives and sharp objects during an eclipse as it may lead to birthmarks.

Scientists and Rationalists (including myself) always tend to laugh at these superstitions and say that Eclipse has no such negative impact. Well, I am not going to get into merit of that. But I want to share a short video I received from a friend which talks about Spiritual interpretation of Eclipse – based on Hinduism / Sanatan Dharma (सनातन धर्म).

I liked Mythology. I have followed a lot of Indian Mythology since childhood and enjoy reading the wonderful stories, their different variants/interpretation in different regions of India or different languages. I also want to read about Greek Mythology (suggest some basic book/material) and other mythologies.

Devdutt Patnaik and others are trying to find new interpretations of the mythology, at times giving new meaning to the stories. Sometimes they go overboard and come up with far-fetched interpretations. But on some rare occasions they come up with some classic explanation or interpretation.

The reason for this blog is a video I received from a friend. The person talks about Spiritual interpretation of Eclipse – what Rahu and Ketu stand for and how they symbolize fight of Good against Evil. Hope you like this video too…

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Danger of A Single Story

This is too good, and very relevant in today’s world of relentless propaganda through Social Media…and increasing tendency of typecasting people and being judgmental about everything.

Shashi Tharoor Interview

Dr. Shashi Tharoor could be a controversial person in many sense – he is an accused in his late wife’s suspicious death. He is a politician of a party (Congress) that is currently out of fashion and favor. He is a butt of joke on Twitter because of his extremely complex and esoteric use of English language and words.

He is also not the best scholar or communicator or writer in India. But I have always felt that he is passionate about India’s pride, positioning India in good light, and asserting the glorious past.

Do watch this interview of Dr. Tharoor in Singapore…

Mansoor Khan on “Third Curve”

If you were born in India in late 70’s or early 80’s and if you were a movie buff, you would remember two cult films – Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) and Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander (1992). Both films were directed by Aamir Khan’s cousin and veteran film maker Nasir Hussain’s son – Mansoor Khan.

Mansoor Khan is not a usual film-maker even though he belongs to the illustrious film family – His father Nasir Husain produced so many superhit films; and his cousin Aamir Khan went on to rule film industry for 25 years!

Though Mansoor Khan directed 4 films – in addition to QSQT and JJWS, he directed Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995) and Josh (2000) and co-produced Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008) – he vanished from the film industry after 2000 and settled in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu focusing on farming.

He is an IITan and also studied at Cornell and MIT before entering film industry. Mansor Khan wrote a book ‘The Third Curve’ in Oct 2013 which talks about world economy. He talks about unsustainable cities and false understanding of money by society in his book.

Here is an excellent talk by Mansoor Khan on “Third Curve”

Zakir Hussain at Google Talks

Excellent interview…!

Wharton People Analytics Conference 2017: Keynote Conversation with Malcom Gladwell and Adam Grant

Here is an excellent speech by Malcolm Gladwell on one very interesting concept!
Wharton People Analytics Conference 2017: Keynote Conversation with Malcom Gladwell and Adam Grant

Charlie Munger

I am not sure if you follow Charlie Munger – partner of Warren Buffett and Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. If you don’t start following right now! He is one of those living legends who continues to shine even at the age of 93!

Here are a few Youtube videos of Charlie. Will post more soon…

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World History in 60 minutes by Balaji Viswanathan [World’s Top Quora Writer]

You may like this…

 

World History in 60 minutes by Balaji Viswanathan [World’s Top Quora Writer]

 

Part 1:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5YD4hYJv2c&spfreload=10

 

Part 2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIFBexd1tRM

 

 

 

Kamal Haasan Interview at Google

 

Excellent interview of Kamal Haasan at Google. He is really a thinking person; not just a star…clearly visible from his perspective on different topics.

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