Archive for December, 2008

Time, Change and Process

December 16, 2008

Having discussed the “Thing, Word and Idea” triad of static aspect of Iswara and the relativity between them in an earlier post, this is my attempt to bring another triad of Time, Change and Process related to the Dynamic aspect of the God.

Change:
Change is relative to a thing. It could be two ways, A thing is said to have a change with respective to a property provided at time T1 it has one value and at time T2 a different value. E.g. A red thing becoming a blue thing.
A thing is said to have change with respective to its make-up provided at the time T1 it has parts P1 and P2 and at time T2 it has either lost P1 or P2 or acquired another Part P3. So, the consisting parts have changed the make-up of the thing.

Process:
Process is the “act of becoming” for a conscious thing. It has a start and end. The process will start with the will to change (in state of a property or the make-up) and complete when it accomplishes that desired change in the thing.

Time:
The change in the apparently unconscious things (insentient beings) is caused by the will of God. They are the processes like day and night, bright half and dark half of the month, seasons, YEAR – they are used as TIME to mark the other changes. As a shorter scale a blink of the eye, a respiration, a beat of the heart etc., are also belong to the universal processes.

The time is the synchronizing element for events. This is a cyclic process of unitary change – called vibration, spandana or Asvasa. This is the background screen on which all the events (changes) are projected on to.

How to understand this Dynamism:
Any “thing” which is subjected to “change” due to a “process” over “time” can’t be permanent.

a. An aggregate thing which has parts is subjected to change due to further aggregation or dis-aggregation of parts.
b. If a property (GUNA or QUALITY) which is auspicious (good etc.,) which is subjected to change can turn out to be the completely opposite quality over time.

The Result:
This knowledge is called VIVEKA – discrimination. This VIVEKA causes VAIRAAGYA – detachment from the changing things. The detachment leads to removal of delusion (nir-moha). This will further lead to one pointed concentration. With this one pointed concentration(nischala-chitta) one attains the final release from Actions (jeevan-mukti) due to the right identification with the unchanging eternal thing (Brahma).

I am THAT unchanging absolute reality which is the source of TIME & SPACE.

saakshi cheta kevalo nirguNasca. – Svetasvatara Upanishad (VI-11)

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DBA 2.0

December 10, 2008

It is just over an year after the word “DBA 2.0” was coined in the 2007 open world. Just thought of writing my opinion.

DBAs are people, they use Processes & Tools. Upgrading the tools, processes and the application of the upgraded tools and processes to manage the next generation data center is truly the DBA 2.0.

In my opinion the DBA 1.0 has to continuously upgrade on the point versions and finally end up at the major upgrade DBA 2.0. A sudden upgrade to DBA 2.0 is just next to impossible.

An upgrade doesn’t necessarily mean obsolescing good old processes or tools – it is only improving on the strong basics and fundamentals. So, a DBA 2.0 is still able to fall back on to the well known tool SQL*Plus and manage the database.

So, How many “DBA 2.0” are available on Market today?

నిర్వాణ షట్కము

December 4, 2008

మనో బుద్ధ్యహంకార చిత్తాలు నేను కాదు
శ్రవణ జిహ్వలుగాని చక్షు ఘ్రాణాలుగాని నేను కాదు
ఆకాశం వాయువు అగ్ని జలం పృధివి ఇవేవీ నేను కాదు
నేను శాశ్వతానందాన్ని చైత్యాన్ని శివుణ్ణి శివుణ్ణి

ప్రాణ శక్తిని నేను కాదు పంచవాయువులు నేను కాదు
శరీరపు సప్త ధాతువులు నేను కాదు దాని పంచకోశాలు
పాణిపాదాలు రసనం తదితర కర్మెంద్రియాలు ఏవీ నేను కాదు
నేను శివుణ్ణి శివుణ్ణి

లోభ మోహాలు నాకు లేవు రాగ ద్వేషాలు నాకు లేవు
గర్వం అహంకారం ధర్మం విషయం వాంఛ మోక్షం
ఏవీ నాకు లేవు శాశ్యతమైన చిదానంద స్వరూపుణ్ణి
నేను శివుణ్ణి నేను శివుణ్ణి

వేదయజ్ఞాలు సుఖదుఃఖాలు ధర్మాధర్మాలు మంత్రతీర్దాలు
నాకు తెలియవు నేను భోక్తనుగాని భోజనాన్ని గాని భోజ్యాన్ని
గాని కాను నేను శాశ్యతమైనచిదానంద స్వరూపుణ్ణి
నేను శివుణ్ణి నేను శివుణ్ణి

చావు భీతి నాకు లేదు జాతి విచక్షణ లేదు తల్లీతండ్రీ లేరు
జన్మయే లేదు బంధుమిత్రులు నాకు లేరు గురువు శిషుడు లేరు
శాశ్యతమైనచిదానంద స్వరూపుణ్ణి నేను
నేను శివుణ్ణి నేను శివుణ్ణి

నాకు రూపం లేదు కల్పన లేదు సర్వవ్యాపిని సర్వగతుణ్ణి
అయినా ఇంద్రియాలకతీతుణ్ణి మోక్షాన్ని కాదు
జ్ఞేయాన్ని కాను నేను శాశ్యతమైనచిదానంద స్వరూపుణ్ణి
నేను శివుణ్ణి నేను శివుణ్ణి

— జగద్గురు శ్రీ శంకర భగవద్పాద విరచితం నిర్వాణ షట్కము
(శ్రీ శంకర ఉవాచ అనే రామకృష్ణ మఠం ప్రచురణ నుంచి)

Owner and Knower of the Field

December 2, 2008

There is really an important difference between the “Knower” and the “Owner” of the Field (kshetra).

What is the Field?
It is the World/Universe [what appears in a larger sense] and Body/Mind/Intellect [what sees]; both the Seen and Seer are part of the Field.

Owner?
The Seer “thinks” that it is the OWNER of “some of the Seen” and it wants to expand the OWNERSHIP to the rest of the Seen. This is the nature of the OWNER.

Let us see the two important properties of this OWNER:
1. This OWNER thinks that he is conscious. Thinks that he has his OWN awareness.
It is like one of the cells of the body thinking that it is independent, it gets oxygen and food on its own effort, it has to work to sustain and build itself and it is distinct from its environment. Each cell of the body is part of a subsystem, all the systems put together it is the BODY. The consciousness is ONE across the body which supplies awareness to all the cells. Similarly, all the consciousness/awareness seen all over the universe is ONE. So, thinking that each individual body has its own awareness/consciousness is a fallacy.

2. This owner draws an imaginary boundary, assumes OWNERSHIP within the boundary and Identify itself with this boundary.

But this OWNER is just the THINKER (mind); Who thinks that he owns some of the Field. It is clear that “this OWNER” is not different from the Field itself. The Field includes this Body/Mind/Intellect. Hence this idea of OWNERSHIP is a fantasy.
{This OWNER is EGO – the Illusory Thing}

Knower – kshetrajna
Knower is the one who knows the true nature of the Whole Field. The Field as a “thing-in-itself” as a whole devoid of words and ideas. {Please refer to the Thing, Word and Idea post} The object of the Knower is the Intellect, through which the rest of the Field is seen. To Know a thing in itself one has to completely pervade that thing. So this Knower pervades the whole of the Field and completely distinct from it at the same time ONE with it.
{This Knower is SELF – REAL THING}

Conclusion:
A OWNER can never be a Knower and vice-versa. A OWNER is assumed in the KNOWER. OWNER is missing the first “K” and confused over the letters “O” & “W”.
The goal is to be the Knower, by filling up the correct understanding and removing the confusion.

I am the Knower of this Field, I OWN nothing – absolutely nothing.

Note: The above is an attempt to put the Words of Lord in my own Language…
Any reader interested can get hold of the original holy book Srimad Bhagavad Gita. Chapter -XIII explains the nature of Kshetra and the Kshetrajna.

Om Tat Sat.