Nachiketa and Asho Jarathrust

 On my journey to life, I realized that one can not have answers of all the questions. There are many such unanswered questions from my childhood, student life and so on. Now, I learnt to wait with the question and let it get churned. The question remains there, the desire for answer is also there, and I can see myself trying to 'search out' the answers. And at a point of time 'the eureka' happens. It is like, we get different meaning of the same poetic line as we grow.

I cannot trace out my childhood memory about 'Nachiketa'. (There are many unanswered questions from my childhood and student life are in queue.) But, as a teacher, when I have to 'teach' a unit on 'Nachiketa' in History; few questions raised in my mind : Why in this story a very young boy is shown to face the Death God? Why Nachiketa wants to know about the secret of fire?  The knowledge about fire must be of good importance, otherwise why this simile? 
Well, I used to see religious stories as a record of evolution process. It clearly shows life at that time. (Like, cow was scared and considered as a good property because at that time, life was agricultural oriented.) So, in this regard, I did not have any explanations about my questions about Nachiketa.

Last month, I read a very small book by Navjivan Trust, 'Asho Zarathrust ' and come to know why fire is god-like ans scared for Parsees (Zoroastrians). Before Zoro (not that fiction one.), people of Iran followed many gods. Zoro asked people to consider 'Fire' as a scared tool to reach the almighty. Well, why the fire?  Because, someone has 'invented' it. Before that, fire was a scary thing, uncontrolled. But this 'invented' fire is very useful,controlled,and one can carry it with oneself (two stones at that time.). What a logical vision transformed as religious one !
 Well, you got it ! Why Nachiketa wanted to know about fire. But, of course, as this story belong to the Hindu culture, there are many deep philosophical aspects which I do not intend to write here.
So is about the facing the death god. Hear is a child, who 'sees' the death. He is brilliant and aware and so fearless. He goes through the physical process of death at very young age and discovers what happens physically and psychologically when a human faces death. This is the answer I have on my own understanding, and with time it may change. I have not read 'Kathopnishd' where the dialog between Nachiketa and Yamraj(Death God) is given. But, I enjoy these answers.


The Reader

'Its a difficult movie.', one of my friend has commented. Yes, it is. Apart from nude scenes in the first half, it becomes difficult to the viewer to justify own feelings. The movie is like a poetry.  The viewer, as a civilian and social being, can not justify a number of 'why' questions hitting the mind. One gets deeply touched by the meaning and so can not explain it. The director compels the viewers to be on the side of the German who guarded the gas chamber. Kate Winslate is brilliant. The suffering for life weights lower than the suffering for dignified life.


sarkar ka nazara

*what is Reality?
Asks one Morpheus looking straight into my eyes,
from one end of one Matrix
And in the Sophie's World,
Matrices swims in the air,
like the Incepted dreams.
Nausea hovers in the air with the 'death of the creater..'
Ishmael feeds me with 3000 years.
I cry ,'Goethe, I am hand to mouth,yet.'
Schrödinger searches for his catty reality in a dark room.
And an Indian sits to feel the walking ant into his heart artery.
I dance on this :
'sarkar ka nazara hai, (its a vision of the omnipresent)
tamasha nahi hai.'       (its not a stupid play.)


'see' the see !

some r social, some professional;
most r god fearing.
few behave friendly, very few lovingly;
most live with fear,
some live smartly.

some reflects me,
I too, reflect many.

'I' can't love them all,
neither 'I' hate any.

I accept them all,
I, accept me.


brain ache

*'should' is such a filter that blinds our eyes to see what 'is' good out there and 'why' the output of 'should minus is' is the way it is.