Feeding Pigeons

Every morning I perform this ritual of feeding pigeons, the diet constitutes entirely of “pearl millet” or “Bajra” (for those who are conversant in Hindi). Over a period of days this ritual has taught me many things about pigeons and I’d like to share some of these ancient teachings.

Firstly pigeons are very theatrical in their dealings with humans. They observe every minuscule movement and act accordingly. I started with trying to feed the pigeons by my own hands, so that they fly over to me and I have the pleasure of their company. However after several minutes of arduous waiting I gave up. Instead what I noticed that while I was waiting the pigeons were slowly coming towards the food (which happened to be in my hands at the time), however any slight movement from my side was enough for them to remain hungry than risking capture (probably they are all too well aware of the fate of their eager friends, messenger pigeons).

All this while they were constantly bobbing their upper body up and down as if signaling me to put down the food. I took it upon me to follow their suite and do the same and started bowing down to them; I assumed this was the ritual of “initiation” where they are checking if I am on their side or not. This too did not work out as my father who was sitting beside me did not partake in this ceremony (I didn’t inform him about the initiation act, my saneness might be at stake here).

So, tired of waiting for my father to perform this act I decided to throw the millets to them instead, and their first response was to fly in the opposite direction; which was followed by even faster reaction of flying back to the food. At this point they started pecking at the seeds I had thrown and they also seemed all too relieved by this action of mine. I then started throwing seed in their direction and slowly they stopped their initial reaction of flying off, instead they stood their waiting for the rain of pearl millets (a pigeon heaven, I suppose).

Now my daily ritual has transformed entirely; it only constitutes of throwing the seeds in order to disperse them. I learned if I try to feed the pigeons by hand, I’ll be able to feed one or at most two at a given time; but if I disperse the seeds then more pigeons have the ability to eat at once. I learned that there are two ways of using resources, either they can be used for betterment of a single bold person, who is willing to face death to reap the highest resources; or it can be used for the betterment of everyone, but the latter does not teach bravery, neither does it mock the lack of it. The latter is act of true love which is given to everyone equally and then it is upon the individuals how much they move around to gather it, how much they need it. Sometimes this leads to inner duels among the pigeons but humans have the ability to rise above this dispute. They can share, for they have it all.

Heaven or Hell

You Die; You reach the Gates; there are two guardsmen. One always lies, the other always tells the truth. One says “Beyond this gate there lies the fiery reserves of Hell”, the other says “Pass through, for this is your kingdom, the kingdom of Heaven”. What do you do?

Giving up

Charles Upholster is a new comer in the designing business, and being true to his name he is into designing upholstery. As a newcomer he finds it very difficult to generate the intricate designs which his masters at the “Grand School of Upholstery Design” do with relative ease. He is in dire need of help, however being innocuous as he is, he is unable to approach his amiable masters for help.

There are times when he can see the grand design in front of his eyes (not the work of a master) and itches with eagerness to put his vision on cloth, however as a newcomer he is not aware of the various tools and techniques available to his veteran masters and neither can his paraphernalia of upholstery design be called complete.

However all that Charles possesses is his innate talent to see the grand vision, to see how things should be; he wishes to be the instructor right away but knows that he wouldn’t even have the terminology to describe his design to the “to be” pupils. He has the courage to dream, to see the visions and the indispensable guidance of his masters too, but all of this fails due to lack of one (dis)ability of Charles.

Charles lacks the courage of giving up, if only he can cast aside his pride, his fear of reprimand, his fear of being ridiculed, Charles can become the very headmaster of the “Grand School of Upholstery”. Thankfully Charles was enough for me to learn this lesson and giving up has never been easier because of Sir Charles the great Upholster.

Image courtesy: Benjamin D. Esham / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 us, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3392015

Courage from WithIn

If broken syllable wise courage can come the following two syllables Kar + Rage. If we take these pieces and translate them using my mother tongue i.e. Hindi, then the word can be read as “Do Rage” i.e. get angry. However this translation is a very ambiguous one and gives a misguided view on the nature of things. It is not difficult to see the folly in this misinterpretation.

Anger, as is commonly believed, is equivalent to poison for your body. If one is willing to die then a daily dose of anger will be enough to do that (unless better means are required). However if one wishes to live fully then anger is not the way of doing it. Anger too has its place in our hearts but it multiplies in its proportions when it is directed at someone else. So its best to keep the anger directed at yourself, so that the damage done is kept to a minimum (in an overall sense).

Then How does anger relate to courage? If you’ve paid enough attention the answer should be obvious by now, otherwise the following example shall suffice. Consider that you are a male and in dire need of a female to copulate with; note that this is no easy feat and requires a lot of attention in itself. However we are not going to discuss all the steps in this blog as most of them are already known by a very large audience. Instead we are going to focus on the first step also known as “Initiation”.

This initiation requires courage, it requires all the will power on part of the male to communicate his innermost desires to the female counterpart; and if done directly in a straightforward fashion, it leads to a disastrous end to that desire. However if the male is unable to come up with a good enough “pick up” line, within the given frame of time, then he looses his opportunity and the female is already gone.

This in turn leads to rage for the male we are talking about, rage, at his own inability to perform what was needed, for his own sake. This rage is harmful if it is kept within for too long, without taking any action about it. However if one is able to remember this rage, then this rage leads to “Courage” when the next opportunity comes dancing in front of the male (the words male and female used for far here can also be used interchangeably)

Thus we see courage comes from mistakes made in the past, more specifically, mistakes remembered from the past. Now it should be fairly obvious to see, that courage to do anything (the example given is just one of the multitude possibilities) comes from within, from mistakes made, and for remedies undertaken.

via Daily Prompt: Courage

Lessons from an Ant

If one wishes to understand the hierarchical nature of things, the best place to look at is ants. I am no Entomologist who constantly deals with the dealings of insects, but you can consider me as someone who has gathered bits from here and there. This post is about the three basic classifications of ants and their respective analogies.

The Queen ant comes first, as she is the one responsible for populating the entire ant colony. She is considered as the most important aspect by the ants too and for the same reason it is kept in the deepest and most spacious part of the ant colony. However it is important to remember that no work is done by the queen ant, her only job is to lay eggs.

Following the queen ant, cometh the drones. As the name suggests, their only purpose is to mate with the queen ant so as to populate the colony with more ants (so that the colony keeps growing, till it can grow no more). The lifespan of drones is much lesser than that of the queen ant and that is why their number is more in the Colony.

Last but in no way the least, cometh the worker ants. It is important to note that majority of these are also females and are involved in the work of developing the colony, by actions such as scouting for food, leaving trails for the same, and bringing the food from distant places to the colony. So that the colony may prosper.

However what appeals to me the most about the ants is their tenacity for working continuously. It is a fact that ants work for 24 hours a day which can only be called a Super Human feat. I imagine that this is possible because the concept of sleep has not been taught to ants. They partake in activities in shifts, i.e. when one of the ant tires out another one takes its place and so the ant colony continues to function all along the day (and night).

Filling an empty cup

A very difficult task indeed, just like filling an empty cup. The problem however is not the filling of the cup, but finding an empty one. Once an empty cup is found, the process of filling it is equally difficult as well, it is so because it is only by the choice of the drinker can we decide what the liquid should consist of. If the liquid is something which will cause harm to the individual an additional step is required in the filling of the cup, and if that step is skipped then another problem ensues. However solutions exist for that person as well, and thus a person filling the cup needs to be an expert at doing so.

The Japanese are experts when it comes to the tea ceremony, it is a mode of worship itself and not just the act of drinking tea. I have never partaken in the ceremony but have heard enough of it that it requires to be mentioned on this blank canvas. The choice of words may seem a bit difficult to comprehend for myself and especially for the unwary reader who just stumbled upon this page just like me.

Deleting words from the blank canvas is as difficult as putting them there, even more so if a variety of different colours have been used. This process however can be done with relative ease if the right tools are available. These tools are again the knowledge are of painters like Van Gogh who could depict a lot by just the use of ever chair.

I hope this shall suffice for now for words seem limiting and poems seem too poetic, and Van Gogh was an expert.