Ralph Waldo Emerson

A couple of weeks back, I had a strange dream. It lasted for only a few seconds and this is what I dreamt of:

“It’s Emerson, correct?” Someone asks me.
“Yes, it is Emerson. Ralph Waldo Emerson,” I reply excitedly.

And then I heard some noise and I woke up from my sleep. It was a bizarre dream. It was bizarre because I didn’t know much about Emerson prior to this, except for the fact that he was a poet. I raked my brain immediately looking for clues as to what must have triggered this dream. I remembered reading one of his poems back in school,  and I read one of his quotes somewhere on the web a few years back. That was all. His name popped up into my head out of nowhere.

Later that day I spent about an hour reading about him, his works, and his beliefs. He is a very interesting guy. I recently visited a book fair, and as my eyes roved over hundreds upon hundreds of books there were times when I thought about coming across one of his books. But I didn’t.

Now, Mr.Emerson, what is this game you’re playing with me? You’ve been in my thoughts a lot lately.

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2014 — a review

  2014 turned out to be a fantastic, fantastic year! I made tons and tons of new friends, got promoted (but not by making friends), traveled a lot, and I did justice to my 2014 new year resolution to some extent. I thank God and my Guru for such a great year: Thank you! I pushed myself and read as much as possible and I learnt a lot. But it’s not enough, I have to learn and do more.

Key highlights of my life from last year:

  • I joined Ananda Sangha (a global movement based on the teachings of the great yogi Paramahansa Yogananda) on November 23 of 2013, but the greater part of my association was in 2014 and I got to know so many great people during the last one year.
  • I helped my team get the first prize in a bay decoration contest. I know that it’s a small thing, but I felt very happy because I played a major role (by presenting the whole decoration to the judges) in getting the prize.
  • I became a disciple of the great yogi, my Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, on February 23rd.
  • I got promoted sometime during May.
  • I visited the Ananda community at Pune in September and had a lovely time there.
  • I went to the Himalyas in November and meditated at Mahavatar Babaji’s cave!

These are all the positive things. On the down side, I wandered a bit towards something which I thought was a God-given opportunity and wasted a lot of time. I still don’t understand why this happened as it was just a blank phase with no positive or negative outcome and I got nothing out of it — not even a moral. The other bad thing was that I lost a good friend after a quarrel that never should have happened.

My 2015 New year resolution:

I often criticize myself for not possessing good intuition, and so I do a lot of analytical thinking to take my decisions. This bothers me a lot. But I’ve been thinking (of course, what else can I do), and I came to the conclusion that my intuitive powers are not completely null and it does work. It’s just that that there is so much going on in my mind that I am not hearing it. Or even when I do hear it, I just don’t know it’s my intuition. Considering that the latter is true, I’ve decided to pursue Linux (GNU/Linux) more than ever before. I will push myself harder and harder and do as much as I can to learn the innards of Linux this year — the magical operating system that I love so much.

So my 2015 New year resolution is just the same one as last year and the year before and the year before — to learn more. But this time my first priority will be Linux, and I’ll also concentrate on other things when time permits. In the past, whenever I felt that I should pursue Linux, I would often try to reason with that thought, asking myself ‘Why?’ ‘Of what use is that going to be?’ ‘What are you going to do after becoming an expert in Linux?’ I absolutely had no idea (I still don’t) and so I didn’t commit myself completely. But still, my love for Linux is still there. Maybe this is my intuition asking me to pursue Linux and so I will. Of course, I should meditate a lot, that goes without saying.

2015, here I come! 🙂