A beautiful friday morning, 70F in Paoli, Philadelphia. I sipped my cardamom tea sitting on the step gazing at the lawn in front of my home, relaxing and enjoying the breeze. Stepped into my routine with deccan herald and ndtv filling me up with the updates around the world. Some mishaps, some big fat greek weddings, some political buzz and Voila !! there i see the picture of stephen hawking and in big bold letters "God didn't create Universe". My first response was "Not again". I read the article, was quite thought provoking. Here i am reading about Lokayata/Carvaka and some recent studies into the Indian materialistic thought system. It might take few years for me to pen down even a simple opinion on something so vast , but shall certainly provide my view on this book edited by Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya. The book gives an overview (quoting some source materials) on Carvaka, a redoubtable intellectual and doctrinal sect outside the vedic fold, which despite the intense persecution from orthodoxy, stood its ground unfailingly and left a powerful impression on the corpus of Indian literature from Vedas to Upanishads to later. To conquer your opposition, you need to know everything about it. Ignorance doesn't seem like a bliss today. Chao !!
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I end up writing half my posts posing questions to my reader or to my self. Am here to ask if anyone does anything to flee away from things, just to keep yourself away from thoughts. I do. I cook, for hours sometimes just to keep myself occupied, most of the times escaping from unnecessary thoughts. The observation here is that i don't get tired when i do that. Cooking is a physical activity which certainly requires some labor, skill and may be a little bit of conjecture which as per basic laws of common sense should result in exhaustion. May be its the duration of the activity that comes into picture and my count was 8 hours non-stop. This got me to think if people get involved in activities to evade from thoughts and would they choose healthier means to cater to their needs. I am interested to know. All this while i was under the impression that people get involved in tasks which enthrall them or satisfy some financial needs. Here comes a new category which might not bring the best out of you yet helps you have some stability. Let me know if you do anything like this or just pass onto a better read.