The Vow of Superconscious Living

by Swami Kriyananda 

             
I vow from this day forth,

To be true to my higher,

Superconscious Self.

To be a channel of light,

Of blessing and love to all

        

      
To live in joy, not sorrow;

In truth, not error;

In victory, not failure

         

   
To blame no one in adversity

but myself,

And then, instead of blame,

To accept responsibility,

With God’s help,

For changing myself.

        
Aum Guru!

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2015 in review (a summary of my blogging activity)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,200 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Thani Oruvan — Movie Review

I just came back home from the theatre a few minutes ago after watching this movie for the second time, and I have to say that I am really surprised that director Mohan Raja has done such a fantastic job. The movie doesn’t have one single scene that could be called unnecessary save for a single song sequence. The movie has just a single song in it and I don’t remember the last time when I saw such a Tamil movie. I am really surprised by the fact that Mohan Raja has gone strictly by following the rules of screenplay writing. He has shown us only what we needed to see and it is such a tightly knit screenplay. The highlight of the movie is the character of Siddharth Abhimanyu, played so well by Arvind Swamy. Siddharth is a monster who would stop at nothing to achieve his goals and he is understandably the crowd favourite. I would have loved to see some special build-up scenes for him, you know, like him walking in slow-motion with a cool background score? There were so many opportunities for the director to do that, but Mohan Raja chose not to. As I said, this is a zero-fat movie — there are strictly no unnecessary scenes. I loved the background score throughout the movie — “HipHop” Thamizha has done a great job.  The movie packs some powerful dialogues and the main character of the movie, Mithran, has been played to perfection by Jeyam Ravi. Nayanthara’s character was cute and it fits perfectly into the story line. There are no unnecessary anything in this movie.

Things that I loved about the movie:

  • Tightly woven screenplay
  • Siddharth Abhimanyu
  • I loved how both the protagonist and the antagonist fall into an obsession over each other and towards the end they even like each other! That was a nice touch.
  • Background score

Kudos to the team for making such an enjoyable movie! I hope to see more such films and more of Arvind Swamy in Siddharth Abhimanyu like characters.

thani oruvan

The Monk and the Warrior

By the middle of next month, I will turn 28. The number scares me a bit and the thought that I am becoming older and older is alarming. I have so many desires and sometimes my desires drive me crazy. I joined Ananda Sangha in November, 2013. The next one year was spiritual and I kept my desires and other nagging thoughts at bay. But 2015 has been not very spiritual so far. I don’t meditate as much as I did during 2014 and I have encouraged myself to work harder towards my goals. But my goals seem to go further away from me and I face more obstacles as I work more. Sometimes I just want to throw away everything and embrace monk-hood. But I have so many desires. I came close to that during February 2014, but I was told to think about it and as time passed I gave up the idea. I don’t think I can be a monk in this lifetime. I am fighter. That’s what I am — a fighter. I always have been, and I always will be. This year, particularly the last few months, the fighting spirit in me has grown stronger. I do not know what to do. It is as though there is something that is waiting for me and once I understand what that is I will fight for it (or towards it). I do not know what is in store for me in life. Sometimes I think I should just listen to my friends and family and marry a girl and settle down in life. But I don’t think I am marriage-material. At least not right now. I do have the desire to fall in love with a woman, marry her and raise kids just like everybody else. But, the fighter in me is gearing up for something and he says no. The problem is, he has been gearing up for a fight for a very long time and he doesn’t know what he is looking forward to. It’s been this way for many years. I am confused and my mind is restless these past few days.

There is a monk in me, but the warrior is more active and he keeps getting stronger.