Category Archives: Philosophy

Leader…

How will you define a leader?

In the light of things that happened today, especially during the mansoon matches @KJC (deatils will come soon) I feel like defining a leader as:

A person who has a vision for the people who are under his care and who is able to transform this vision into a mission through various activities. 

May be better framed in negation, leader is a person who is not willing to act to make happy the majority/minority of the members of the group though knowing their demands are wrong and not worth of fighting for. 

Pray that may our political, social and religious leaders may understand this great truth…

Punch: Justification can’t transform evil into good…

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Book Review: Fruitful and Responsible Love

​Wojtyla, Karol. Fruitful and Responsible Love. St Paul’s Publications. ISBN 085439 159  2

Summary of the Book: Address given by Karol Woltyla, then Cardinal Archbishop of Cracow at the international Congress on family problems held at Milan in June 1978 to mark the tenth anniversary of Humanae Vitae.

My Views: The book approaches the key theme of the encyclical Humanae Vitae ‘fruitful and responsible love’ from a very pastoral point of view. I must say the book encourages the couples to take responsibility for themselves and their actions basing on the Love for each other. Love being the guiding principle one is led to do the right thing resecting each other. 

Though never stress on contraceptive means as something the wrong, the importance given to the explanation of Love makes one understand the right way of shaping ones life. 

Its quite am easy reading book. 

Book Review: പ്രലോഭനങ്ങളേ വിട

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പുന്നത്തറ, ബെന്നി. പ്രലോഭനങ്ങളേ വിട. ISBN.  978-93-81796-97-9

Book Summary: വിശ്വാസ ജീവിതത്തിലെ പ്രലോഭനങ്ങളേ തിരിച്ചറിയാനും വരുതൽ നേടുവാനും സഹായിക്കുന്ന തികച്ചും വ്യത്യസ്തമായ ഒരു ഗ്രന്ഥം. ശാലോമിന്റെ ചരിത്രവുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട നിരവധി സംഭവങ്ങളുടെ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തിൽ വിശ്വാസ ജിവിതത്തെ ഉണർത്തുന്ന ദൈവപരിപലനയുടെ കഥകൾ.

ഇന്ത്യയിലെ ആദ്യത്തെ  ക്രിസ്തീയ ചാനലായ ശാലോം ടി.വി. മലബാറിലെ ഒരു കുഗ്രാമത്തിൽനിന്നും  സാധാരണക്കാരായ മനുഷ്യരുടെ വിശ്വാസത്തിലൂടെ രൂപം കൊണ്ട കഥ.

ശാലോം ടൈംസ്, സൺഡേ ശാലോം പത്രം എന്നിവയുടെ ആരംഭ ചരിത്രം.

ക്രൈസ്തവ മാധ്യമ ശുശ്രൂ ഷാരംഗത്ത് നൂതനപാതകൾ വെട്ടിത്തുറന്ന ബെന്നി  പുന്നത്തറയുടെ ആത്മകഥയും ശാലോo  ശുശ്രൂഷയുടെ ചരിത്രവും.

My Views: It is with quite a reservation that I took the book to read because of its title. However, it was a wonderful and growing experience I should say after the reading, especially in my spiritual life.

The book reveals the trust Mr. Benny had in the inspirations of the Christ. Even when the life seemed difficult, how an ordinary man trusted in the Lord.

The book also spells out the importance of a Spiritual Director who can guide you through. One can also notice that all good inspiration need not come from God always, so we need to always discern the will of God.

From me, its a must read….

Book Review:  കാറ്റിനോടൊപ്പം

മിച്ചൽ, മാർഗരറ്റ്. കാറ്റിനോടൊപ്പം. ഡി സി ബുക്സ്. ISBN. 978- 81-264-5 116-6

Book’s Summary: അമേരിക്കൻ ആഭ്യന്തര യുദ്ധത്തിന്റെ  പശ്ചാത്തലത്തിൽ എഴുതപ്പെട്ട സൃഷ്ടി. ഇതൊരു ചരിത്ര നേ വലല്ല, മറിച്ച് സ്കാർലറ്റ്    ഒ ഹാര എന്ന പെൺകുട്ടിയുടെ വൈകാരിക ജീവിത കഥയാണ്.

My Views: Margaret Mitchell in the famous book ‘Gone with the Wind’ explores the struggles that Scarlett had to go through to keep her family alive during the American Civil War. The higher value of life is stresses all through the story. The author has succeeded in keeping the value of life rather than anything in situations such as war internal struggles in the country. Books communicates to the readers about life and  its daily struggles.

RESPONSIBLE RELATIONSHIP: A WAY FORWARD IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Human beings live in society and have a defined moral life. Unlike other animals, we are able to reflect on and make judgments about our own and others actions so as to make moral choices. The choices that we make define ourselves. What choices do we make in a Cyber space, where you are invisible to the other. What are the set of moral and principles that we can follow in situations such as these. However the blind application of the old set values to a new medium (cyber space) becomes the biggest challenge that we face in our age as parents and teachers.

The article titled ‘RESPONSIBLE RELATIONSHIP: A WAY FORWARD IN THE DIGITAL AGE’ is a proposed way forward in such situations. The article bases itself on the ethical philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas and his concept of relationship and the other.

Click to read the fulll article: RESPONSIBLE RELATIONSHIP: A WAY FORWARD IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Attitudes – That need to change

It is Winston Churchill who aptly and wisely said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” The recent happenings in India in relation to the release of “India’s Daughter,” a documentary film directed by Leslee Udwin and that discusses the story of the horrific Delhi gang rape of December 2012, shows light into the attitude of Indian men towards women. Leslee Udwin, the director in an interview to The Guardian revealed that the brutal attitudes of men towards women in India truly shocked her. Anyone who had a look at the documentary will agree with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who commented over some of the comments as ‘really unspeakable’. I feel, being deeply moved by the documentary, it is high time to stop the blame game and to move towards detailed action plans.

The attitude of Indian Men

It is not true that all men are bad, but the few who bear the label are good enough to do maximum harm. Let us take a look at few comments from the documentary that speaks for itself. Continue reading Attitudes – That need to change

Guidelines for A Millennium of Technology

The third millennium is going to be . The process of change set in motion by the modern technology is so rapid that the criteria to evaluate its far-reaching consequences are becoming ever complex. Trying to define Technology, in the contemporary world, interestingly, there is only one thing that most people agree about concerning technology: that it is important. Continue reading Guidelines for A Millennium of Technology

Change of Perspectives 

Often, attending classes and seminars used to be collection of materials for my ministry or future classes. Last days even when I was reading a book, I was thinking  the same (I can use these reflections later when I have a chance).

It so struck me today that these helps are for me to work upon myself, rather than to pass it on to somebody just by words alone. If I can assimilate these qualities in my life through personal reflection and continued efforts, my life will proclaim them (the qualities) louder than the words that I would be able to use.

Every change begins with the change of hearts, not by the mere words uttered.

 ECOLOGICAL IMBALANCES: A CRISIS OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM

1.1 INTRODUCTION

The humanity is called to face the most arduous and worst challenge after its origin as homosapiens. It is high time that we acknowledge some ecological truth, that we are turning our home, the only life sustaining system known to us, into a wasteland. It is very well notified by the scientific community that the present day crises are human made. The currant environmental stresses have lot to do with the human dealings. The one time cordial man- environmental relationship has marred due to increased human greed, prominence of materialism, individualism and egoism which led to the ruthless use and misuse of nature, irresponsible attitude of technology etc. In fact he anthropocentrism has led the man to the miss conception of the universe as his right to exploit. Continue reading  ECOLOGICAL IMBALANCES: A CRISIS OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM

I am Malala

Book Review: Yousafzai, Malala with Christina Lamb. I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban.

Yousafzai, Malala with Christina Lamb. I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban. ISBN 0316322407.

Source: From a Friend

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The book I am Malala, describes the life and undertakings of Malala, the girl who was shot by the Taliban. Though an ordinary girl deep love for knowledge and for her nation has led her to take courageous stands for the educations of herself and numerous girls along with her from the Talibanised Swat. The book comes forth as an autobiography, though it is clear that she has been helped to write it. Continue reading I am Malala

Greatness of Love Marriage!!!

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Love one another as I have loved you, the greatest commandment of the lord to his followers. Love is a decision to nature, to take care.

Once a boy asked the teacher

“Sir what is the difference between ‘like’ and ‘love’?

Socrates thought for a while and said

“When you ‘like’ a flower, you just pluck it. But when you ‘love’ a flower, you water it daily Continue reading Greatness of Love Marriage!!!

A Beautiful Payer

“I do not attempt, O Lord, to penetrate Thy profundity, for I deem my intellect in no way sufficient there unto, but I desire to understand in some degree Thy truth, which my heart believes and loves. For I do not seek to understand, in order that I may believe; but I believe, that I may understand. For I believe this too, that unless I believed, I should not understand.”

It is really a wonderful prayer of St. Anselm. I feel, I really need to make it my own. The faith is much greater than the realm of understanding though I do not grasp it.

The Message of Awareness

Book Review: The Awareness: A de Mello Spirituality Conference in His Own Words

De Mello, Anthony. Awareness: A de Mello Spirituality Conference in His Own Words. London: Harper Collins Publishers, 1990. ISBN: 0 00 627519-2

Source: Library

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It was quite delicious time that I spent with The Awareness: A de Mello Spirituality Conference in His Own Words in self-reflection and mediation. The book presents the reflections of Fr. Anthony De Mello SJ in his own live words sustaining the spontaneity of the author. In editing J Francis Stroud SJ has done an excellent job not to lose the real sense of Anthony.

The book can be summarized as ‘the message of awareness’ where one seeing the light realizes what we are to ourselves and to others. The author leads one to look into the self to see the  person as he is, form a psychological point of view, accepting what we are (really), one is guided and helped to reach the real “I”. The egoistic ‘me’ becomes the real challenge to the process of self-awareness. It also helps one to discover that the problems in the world are not outside of the self rather it is the self. The unresolved psychological wounds become unanswerable behaviors in past. It exhorts us to be healed healer.

However, exaggerating independence of the self can lead to a negative reaction. At times the author even go to the extent to say that all what I am depends on me (not on the person with whom I live, and the situations), my happiness and joy are just my creation. May be true in the ideal situations but facing the realities of life the situations seems to be different. It is also true to say awareness is the most difficult goal that one has to achieve in his life.

But a wonderful reading and self-transforming book.

Rabindranath Tagore’s View on Human Being

rabindranath-tagore2[1]Today Br. Walma Fredi SDB presented about the view of human beings according to Tagore. Though the extract is taken form a book, the presentation was quite good. Here are some of the leading thoughts.

             Rabindranath accepted that there is an intimate relationship between human being and nature. Tagore shows the supreme relationship between nature, human being and divine. Philosophically nature for Tagore is the truest form of manifestation of supreme creator. It is through nature that Brahman reveals themselves more vividly than through man. The ultimate goal of human being lies in the yearning for the freedom. Tagore say’s ‘humanity is the necessary factor in the perfection of the divine truth.’ God is love, this love stands for the ultimate human relationship, and its natural relationship is toward unity and oneness with that of the Brahman.

            When human beings live a simple and just life the soul may approach the simple union with that of Brahman, which is his goal. The ultimate state is peace, bliss and absence of duality. The ultimate purpose of life which is a hidden purpose and which is ever continuing in outward forms, its goal is the knowledge of knowing the life of life in the vary soul of life.

Tagore’s Concept of Human Being

            Freedom of human being is expressed in his/her personality. In human, the conscious which he/she shares with animal has developed itself into personality. What Tagore meant by personality is a self conscious principle of transcendental unity, within man/woman which comprehends all the details of the facts that the individuality in his knowledge and feeling wish and will and work. He believed that the ultimate reality could not be divorced from the personality; the absolute is the supreme personality in intimate, personal and independent relation with human being. He saw personality as the cultural facts of the divine human world relationship.

            Tagore believed that the world offers an opportunity to the human being to develop his/her personality. All problems of life are human problem and are open the solution. Personality of man/woman is infinite in nature, because human personality is the realization of the creative ideas of the infinite in the infinite form. Hence, though human personality is finite and oppose to infinite personality it is representative of super person who has expressed himself/herself through any particular centre. Tagore stress that the humans must come out of their shell of his or her individuality to a larger self of humanity.

            Human being is an individual. This individual gives him specialty among all creatures and no force can destroy this individuality of him and no other being except God can enter onto this world which he calls mine. What gives man this specialty in the field of individuality is the field of freedom.  Tagore say’s man as a person has his individuality which is the field where his spirit has its freedom to express itself and to grow.

            Human beings are not only individual. Man feels that he is not complete in him but when only he is in relationship with the perfect man or universal man in him, he is complete. The universality of man has taken two arms. At one place man realize his unity with all human beings by his feelings of unity with the feeling of humanity and at other place he feels himself to be a part of the whole universe by the feeling of unity. But when broadens himself as a wave of big ocean, there is no sorrow, no death for him. Thus the flow of individuality which is united with the flow of humanity becomes the part of the flow of universe.

Relation between Society and World

            Man and woman live in the society and the society exist for them, man’s ideal is to serve the society and work for the best development of human social circumstances, influence the character and personality of man and woman. Man and woman can best be developing in the atmosphere of freedom, and society is the responsible for his/her freedom and that that it should not lead into disorder.

            Tagore visualizes the society through the process of history. When he advanced his historical analysis of society, he said that the history of knowledge of history is necessary for understanding the currents of the society. He further strewed that the teaching of history should foster the spirit of international sympathies, respect and good will. Tagore say’s ‘man’s history to the unknown in the quart of the realization of his immortal is soul.’

            According to Tagore Indian history is that of a social life and attainments of spiritual ideals. Different from that of others. Its remarkable features are not violated by the power of aggression.

            Man’s needs are endless. Human being has a vast field of action in the society where he has to seek and suffer to reach his goal. He makes daily laws and rules in social and political fields and inventing new things in the scientific fields. In this field he has fought his mightiest battle, gained continually new life, made death glorious and far from evading troubles, as willingly and continually taken up the burden of flesh troubles.

Tagore says the aim of his philosophy to realize the possibility of divinity in incomplete man. To bring the heaven down to earth is the ideal of social philosophy he also says that the social philosophy aims at the progress of life in all its aspects.