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Karma..or fate?

My 100th post… ūüôā Did I actually spew out 99 blog posts? A milestone in¬†my writing¬†journey. Perhaps an appropriate time to¬†write about something that has been in my deepest thoughts.

Karma or fate? Which do you believe shapes your life? Your actions or some unknown factor that we have labeled destiny or fate.

When most of us work so hard towards definite goals and making our lives a little better, why do only¬†a few of us¬†get rewarded while some keep suffering setbacks? Some seem to have Midas’s touch and some keep on trudging through the drudgery of life without going anywhere.

Do we by our own actions, decisions, thoughts, will-power shape the path we walk on or is the path pre-determined for us, making us choose the actions and make decisions that we eventually do?

I have read in some self-help books, that if we think positive, visualize positive events, we can bring it about in reality. That is the power of thought. Is meditation a means to harness this power? Like a dam built to control a wildly flowing river. Positivity definitely helps. If nothing else, it gives us some courage to take bold decisions. And they say fortune favors the brave. So for example,  if I keep visualizing a positive event, say winning a lottery, or maybe getting a job in AB Inc, will I actually make it happen? Or do I not have the discipline to garner all my thoughts together and focus on my wishes?

We may assume then¬†people who are psychics or Mensa members, are people who have successfully harnessed their mind power? The new BBC drama “Sherlock” shows Sherlock and his equally if not more intelligent brother Mycroft, delve into their ‘mind palace’. They refer it as a filing system. Whatever you read, hear, see or learn is stored in some logical, systematic way and can be accessed whenever needed by simply digging deep inside your head. This should perhaps be called memory palace, but Sherlock is able to use his memory and knowledge stored therein, to make logical connections, read patterns and give jaw-dropping deductions.

Is this the very palace, one can also tap into to turn life around? We Indians have always believed that our minds are extremely capable and has the power to make us reach the zenith of human existence, Nirvana, by simply focusing our thoughts. So we should be able to determine our future ourselves and become the architect of our lives.

Or is it in my destiny to not win a lottery or not getting a job pre-determined before my birth? Astrology is widely believed as a science. In India and abroad, astrology is considered a precise science and involves complex calculations. The stars and the planetary positions at the time of birth determines our future. Indians also temper it with past actions and the actions of our fore-fathers. So if my great-grandfather was a good man, and I have been pretty much a good person, I should have a life of roses. Win that lottery and have that job!

Our ancestors have said that we are but puppets and God is the puppet master! In that case, all we do is just run like a train along pre-determined routes.¬†¬†Are we nothing but goldfishes in God’s aquarium? He determines our happinesses, sorrows, success and failures. Then how do we know how much effort to put in our chosen path? Based on past events in our life, maybe we should just do a trend-analysis to determine which way the wind is blowing and go along with it.

It is a discussion I have often had with my mentor, guide, friend and soul mate, Samiksha Desai-Sheth. She gave me a very beautiful answer to this:

“Destiny is the broad framework within which we do our Karma!”

Interesting! Further thoughts on sleepless nights are needed on this. Meanwhile please let me know your own insights.

 

I am Cumberbatched!!!

Yeah I know, you don’t¬†think that’s¬†a word…”Cumberbatched”. It’s a¬†name! Benedict Cumberbatch¬†and he has taken the British television by storm. So UK has been “cumberbatched”. ūüôā
 
He plays the latest Sherlock Holmes, (very difficult shoes to fill) in the 21st century. Earlier, Basil Rathbone (whom I am not a fan of) and Jeremy Brett (who for me IS THE MAN) have taken on the challenge!
 
Jeremy Brett played Sherlock Holmes to such perfection that even after repeatedly watching his episodes, I can honestly say I have never liked another man with that name!
 
Thanks to PBS Masterpiece Mystery series, I can watch all my beloved British mystery drama. They are so much better than the American tech obsessed teams. And please don’t any of you start on the Indian series CID.
 
So I start watching the new Sherlock Holmes with some small resentment and a critical heart. LO! Benedict has a fantastic voice, great screen presence and is dressed sharp. He has managed to win the new generation Sherlock fans and I am sure a lot of the older generation too.
 
So far only 3 episodes have aired: A study in pink, The blind banker, The great Game.
 
Good stories but mostly carried through by Benedict. His sidekick, the very ordinary Dr Watson (Martin Freeman) looks credulous as the slightly idiotic, action man.
 
The action is very fast and energetic. Rightly so. The producers have remained faithful to the original character. Rightly so! The stories are a bit of a let down. Not the best scripts. Nor does it make sense that Sherlock can guess about Watson’s drunkard brother by an inscription and scratches on the mobile. I have scratches on each of my electronic possessions!
 
To match Jeremy’s energy, Benedict tries to deliver his dialogues very fast. His problem: unclear diction! That my dear, was Jeremy’s strongest point! His precision honed diction. You can clearly understand what he says irrespective of a fast pace or a low tone. Benedict has his work cut out there.
 
Overall Me likes!!! Watch it if you can..

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