Legacy?

Before we discuss whether you should work for your legacy, or not, we must define what is legacy, especially, in the context we’re talking about today.

So, let’s begin with “what” is legacy. In simple words, it’s what you leave for your future generations, i.e, what will stay after you die that can be useful to the future generations.

Have you thought about it? Have you thought about what or if at all you want to leave anything for the world after you’re gone? So, there are two sides to this story. On one side, some people insist that we should think about our legacy. And at the other, people argue that one should not worry about legacy. They ask questions like, why do you care for what happens after you’re dead, it doesn’t change anything for you, does it? We must be here now, and not worry about the future, etc.

So here’s my take, Legacy may not matter to you, but it matters to society.

It’s not about how you feel about it, it’s not about what you get after you’re dead. It’s not about you wanting to make people think about you in a certain way, it’s about making people feel and think in a great way after you’re gone. It’s not about YOU. It’s not self-centered or a selfish act. Legacy is a selfless act! Legacy is about serving! Legacy is about serving and gifting people what you can through your skill, experience, and wisdom.

ASK WHAT

That’s why, I want you to ask yourself, what do you want to leave for humanity?

We talked about death in the first blog and then in the blog: A life compass, and we’re talking about death again. If you die now, will the world notice? And if it does, does it have something valuable to hold on to that you’ve left behind apart from the memories? Something that only you could gift to and in this entire humanity. What do you want people to ponder about and work towards after you’re gone?

ASK HOW

Then ask yourself how are you going to leave a particular impression or make people think about any particular aspect of life you wish they work on.

With this question, you’ll not only have to ponder about what you’d like to convey to people but also, you’ll have to ponder about what skill you are good at. How you can, through your work, convey whatever that you want to convey?

ASK WHY

Forget about legacy, if you’re not clear about anything, start by asking yourselves this powerful question – Why are you doing what you’re doing? [We asked this same question in the blog – WHY DO YOU CREATE WHAT YOU CREATE?]

Legacy is the bridge between the stages of PASSION and PURPOSE. Passion is only directed to yourself and purpose is completely directed outwards. Thinking about legacy helps you to think about your purpose.

[Truly and honestly, there isn’t any fixed purpose to anyone’s life. And ‘purpose’ is not just an easy topic to just leave it half said here. So, I’ll definitely be writing deeply about ‘purpose’ in a different blog.]

MEMORY & INSPIRATION FADES

The ultimate legacy is how we live our life, we know that. If we live with great virtues and live a life of fulfillment, that’s the best legacy. But the problem with that is, one, nobody is watching/observing you. And two, if someone observes the great life of fulfillment you lived, memories and hence inspiration fades. So you’ll need to provide people with something that they can refer back to again and again, repeatedly so that they won’t lose track of those great virtues and they don’t have to reinvent great lessons that you had to learn the hard way.

PONDER

So all in all, through this blog I want to encourage you to think about your ‘Legacy’. In other words, the way you’ll continue to serve humanity even after you’re gone!

The ultimate intent is liberation. But we don’t know when that’ll happen, so meanwhile, your intent should be to serve people, as much as possible, in your own way. Find that way, and start serving!

Thank You,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Monthly Wrap! (August)

Monthly Wraps are blogs that are up on the last Sunday of the month which include::

  1. Blogs of the month
  2. Book recommendations 
  3. What did I curate? Resources I’m binging on – of course, I’ll be choosing the major ones. Just a brim of how much I curate!
  4. Reminders & Reflections to ponder – Of various of my reflections of the month, I’ll choose one or a few. And some re-realized reminders!
  5. My writing journey/ my book updates 

Here’s August’s “Monthly Wrap!”

Blogs I wrote this month:

  1. Blog 67: Namasthe!
  2. Blog 68: One thing that distinguishes excellent students
  3. Blog 69: The Biggest Problem to Humanity

Book Recommendations:

This month I could read 3 books:

  1. Effortless by Greg McKeown. Like his last book “Essentialism”, this book is also a great reminder! Once you’ve removed the non-essentials and once you’ve started to focus on only the essentials, there comes the point where you have to think about making that essential task as effortless as possible. That’s where this book comes into the picture. If not directly, in some way or the other, Greg’s book has helped me change the course of my life.
  2. 101 Essays that will change the way you think by Brianna Wiest – Like the title says, it’s multiple essays compiled into one book. So even though all that the author has conveyed is truth in it, it does not feel cohesive and it may even seem conflicting sometimes (even though it is not) and hard to digest if you’re a beginner. But it is definitely a great book.
  3. Think Again by Adam Grant – A great book. The author has clearly shown why we should rethink our belief systems, and how to create such an environment where rethinking is always welcomed. I liked the author’s humility. Even though he has first-hand experience working with NASA, Microsoft, etc, he purposefully delays acknowledging that and then blasts that truth onto our face as though it is not such a big deal.

What I curated:

Movies:

  1. Agatha Christie’s Crooked House
  2. Red Notice
  3. Escape Room: The Tournament of Champions
  4. Army Of Thieves [Good]
  5. Army of the Dead [Not good]
  6. Karthikeya

Series:

  1. Man vs Bee [Netflix]
  2. Manifest [Netflix]
  3. Instant Dream Home [Netflix]
  4. Future Of [Netflix]
  5. She-Hulk [Hotstar]
  1. Trailers:

Cars on the road

Few (must watch) YouTube videos:

  1. The 4 things it takes to be an expert
  2. Building a next-level camera

Apps used this month:

  1. Starryai – This app has AI which makes images representing the words you input to it. Just a fun app to see what an AI makes out of words.
  2. Refind – Though uninstalled this app on my phone, I’m still using its service on my desktop as a bookmark on chrome. Refind gives you 5 (or more as you choose) articles every day that you might find useful. The best part is, that the links to those articles are sent to your inbox, and you can wish to see the articles whose titles might be of interest to you.
  3. Vero – It’s Instagram without an algorithm. This might be useful if you want to stay away from the toxicity of the Instagram search feed. This app showcases only the posts of the people you follow. This might be a great platform for creators who are already famous, but that aspect is definitely a downside for someone looking for traction.
  4. Xtiles – A visual-based note-taking app. It’s more than just note-taking actually. It’s more useful for brainstorming. However, it still requires some work in terms of what the other note-taking apps already have. I think the super-note-taking and brainstorming app is that which merges all the great features of various note-taking apps. However, that’s too ideal and might never happen.

Reminders & reflections to ponder:

  • Not always, but sometimes, Dharma resides in our happiness
  • When even waiting long for your teacher does not guarantee that you’ll learn completely, I wonder what effect will await those students that make the teacher wait for him/her.
  • Making someone feel bad about themselves to try to make them do something or teach something is not a good way to do so. And this especially holds true if the person who’s trying to teach is himself/herself not a great personality.
  • If you intend to, you’ll see. If you’re not seeing, you don’t intend to.
  • Not knowing cannot be an excuse. If you do not know, know!
  • Just like you’ve heard, You may be born poor, but you must not die poor, you must realize and remember that You are born ignorant, but you must not die ignorant.
  • Being ignorant is also a Karma. It catches up with you.
  • If you’re passionate about something that’s harmful in any way, then it is not passion, it is addiction.

My Book Update:

  • I realized the delay in writing my second book is due to two reasons mainly. One, because writing a second book is hard because the first was your best. And the first book was your best because you took all the time until then in your life to write it. And the second reason is, to be honest, I’m actually working on multiple writing projects. I’m writing a short guidebook, and personal writing prompts, along with the second book.

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

The Biggest Problem for Humanity

When we were in our childhood, we were taught by our parents, to TAKE the GOOD and LEAVE the BAD. Of course, that’s just an oversimplification of the culture our parents gifted us.

But now, people have completely forgotten that lesson, or to be accurate, they don’t give themselves the chance to decide what’s good and bad. Instead, they choose to follow the crowd. They choose to not think. They choose not to question their existing beliefs.

The biggest problem for humanity is ignorance! And the starting point of ignorance is, not thinking. Not thinking enough.

GATE vs GOAL

Most people do not think enough. Students decide to pursue engineering, medical, or whatever. But they do not think of what they’ll be doing or what they intend to do after they’ve got their degree. Because only if they think will they realize that a degree is just a GATE and not a GOAL. They decide to become a teacher, but they do not think about what they’ll be teaching for years together, they won’t think about whether what they’re teaching is practical, relevant, and meaningful to the students. They won’t think of whether they truly have the eligibility to teach. In other words, people won’t think about “Walk the Talk, Preach what you DO”.

WALK the TALK

That’s why we have Physics professors who are not working on physics anymore, Computer science professors who do not program/code anymore. That’s why we have history teachers who consider Epics such as Ramayana as Mythology, Mathematics professors who cannot think of making the subject relevant and interesting to the students, and of course, they aren’t working on anything new either.

I’ve already mentioned this in my blog: Burn your certificates, but I’ll say it again. In simple words, most teachers/professors are not working on their subjects after their PhDs. Physicists stop being physicists, mathematicians stop being mathematicians, and so on.

CHOOSE the GOOD

Forget about what they do, they don’t even think about any of their acts. That’s why some citizens of Bharath say “Hi” when greeted by Namasthe. That’s why people choose fame and money over true creativity and self-expression, in other words, they choose to be ‘Hacks’ rather than an Artist. That’s why people choose newspapers over books filled with great wisdom. People forget to choose GOOD.

Be HAPPY & INNOVATE

We might think, listening to Sadhguru, that if someone is not thinking he must be happy. It is true that people are in great trouble by overthinking or in other words not knowing how to think. When I say people are not thinking, the thinking I’m referring to is not just deep but it’s ‘lateral’. It’s only with great levels of practice of that right blend of deep and lateral thinking, can we start learning from every situation, everyone, and everything around us. It is productive thinking. It is thinking that provides a solution to problems, not creates one. And that same kind of thinking is what makes any kind of innovation possible.

GROW!

And when I say “THINK”, Reflection, self-interrogation, wondering, pondering, visualizing, whatever you may call it, I mean all of it.

And we can see that, to even have awareness of our knowledge, we need to think. That means, practicing virtues like humility and even curiosity requires us to THINK. And without those wonder couples (Humility & Curiosity), there’s no awareness. And that, in other words, means, no growth. As I explain the concept of awareness timeline in my book, to become aware is to grow.

THINK AGAIN!

I had to mention this title, as I recently read the book that addresses the concept of reminding ourselves to re-think our existing beliefs, assumptions, daily actions, and routines. “THINK!” is just Part one. How deep and how wide you think is the other. And you can choose how far you go in trying to master the art of thinking. And once you learn to think, how often you RETHINK is also a critical aspect to be remembered.

I would like to end this blog by reminding you again that the biggest problem for humanity is ignorance. And the starting point of ignorance is the choice every individual makes on a daily basis, to not think and not think enough. Hence I urge you to:

  1. Think!
  2. Think enough ( Both Deep & Lateral ) and
  3. Think Again ( Examine, destroy and rebuild your assumptions & beliefs )

Thank You,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

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One thing that distinguishes Excellent Students!

Ok, before I tell you what is that one thing, I’d like to say this. This doesn’t apply to schools and colleges. Or to be more accurate – Even though the principles apply to mass education scenarios like schools and colleges, it doesn’t matter there. Because, One, the subject and topics discussed and taught there are not too deep, all are merely a scratch on the surface. And two, because even the relationship between the student and a teacher is merely held by the timeline of their education in that particular institution.

However, this axiom I’m about to share with you, which I’ve come to realize through years of observation both in my students and my classmates learning music along with me, is one that can be seen in the long term, i.e, life-long learning subjects and endless journeys. It can be seen at its best in pursuits of art, dance, music, sports, or even personal mastery.

The aspect, or in other words, the virtue I’m talking about here, is Devotion.

Yes, I’ve observed and have come to realize and believe that Devotion is that one thing that sets apart excellent students from the average and the others.

To be more precise, it’s the level of devotion towards the craft and towards the master that sets apart the excellent students!

Since a long time, I started observing how each student perceives music. Some see music as a skill, one as a post-retirement chill habit, and one sees it as another feature she/he can add to her marriage proposal. But the pattern I saw was that the best student of all was the one who had the most devotion towards music and the master. The more devoted they were, the more music they were able to grasp. And similarly, the opposite is also true. The worst student is one who does not have devotion towards music and towards the master. 

I realized that the lack of devotion is the reason why not many people are able to learn music.

And I have to highlight the dual aspects of that statement:

  1. Devotion toward the Craft
  2. Devotion towards the Master

Both of the aspects are crucial and are interdependent, and yet sometimes, people may believe that they can progress without any one of them.

  1. Devotion toward the Craft

This one’s the easy one. Almost everyone knows and believes that passion & dedication are required to progress in any craft. And yet there are so many cases of students dropping out of what once was their ‘passion’. It’s simply because, it was after all, not their passion, it was merely an interest, a curiosity, or not even that, it might have been a compulsion, by parents, friends, or any societal arrangement you can think of. However, resilience is not possible without passion. By the way, passion is not just a very high level of interest, it is almost love. And when one has passion, they don’t stop at passion, they’re automatically drawn to dedicate towards that pursuit or craft. In other words, they become devoted.

2. Devotion towards the Master

This one’s not that easily understood, instead, it’s the one aspect that’s easily overlooked. This is the reason why students try to manipulate the learning process in ways that need not be. It might be because they think they know better than their teacher, or not. In most cases it is not, It might simply be because the students aren’t aware of their level of ignorance. It may be because he/she hasn’t observed and absorbed the magic his/her master can produce. If they try to analyze and understand the magic, they’ll realize how many years of dedication to the craft the master has put into, to bring such magic into the world. Then, they’ll see the reason to see him devotionally. And hence there’ll be devotion.  

And, as I mentioned, these two are interdependent. If a student is devoted to the craft, he’ll definitely come to be devoted to the master. Or if he hates the master, he’ll soon start to hate the subject/craft.

Of course, there is the other side of the coin too. I’m not saying you must believe and devote yourself to someone blindly. The Blind Believer.

This graph can be used to position a student

It has been a known fact for ages, this disorder of seeing someone with miraculous abilities and seeing them too ‘highly’ that they forget to look into that person, look into his journey, look into his virtues, all the efforts and the pain he had to go through to become the person he is now.

And when someone is not seen like ourselves, we tend to disregard their qualities. If we see Rama as a god before we see him as a human and his virtues & actions as humane, we’ll not try to live like Rama. We’ll leave his case to be an outlier. We label it as divine, superpower, god, etc, but we don’t truly devote ourselves to that power. Do we?

We can devote ourselves to something that we understand is “Great”. And through that understanding, we believe, we love, and then, there is devotion. [ Simple question, would you devote yourselves to Rama if you did not know Ramayana?]

When something is done through devotion, it is the action done at its best! So when I say devote, that means, be all in. It means ‘Give your full’.

I’m sorry the topic got deviated a little, but I must say, devotion is such a topic. So I had to mention all that I have.

It might be your art teacher, dance teacher, or music or you may even have a mentor for life (which most great masters are), have devotion to him. And when I say devotion, as I’ve already mentioned, it’s about walking along with him towards the light, i.e, awareness. If you understand it correctly, Devotion is not a blindfold, it’s a means to awareness.

So, devote yourself to whatever that you’re pursuing and towards the master who’s guiding you and taking you along the journey you wish to travel.

Thank You

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Namasthe!

This blog is mainly for the readers of Bharath! [ Bharath is not just a geographical area, it is an idea, a lifestyle, or in other words, Bharath is a culture!]. And I’m writing this because of what I’ve experienced when I say “Namasthe”. Some people say “Hi” even after they’ve heard what I’ve told [I don’t know, do they think it is religious?], and when I answer a call and say “Namasthe”, the other person acts as if my voice isn’t audible to them, as if there’s something wrong with the call connection when all they are is confused and second-guessing whether they’ve called the right person. Why so? Is “Namasthe” new? Is it strange?

Namasthe is not just a symbol, a gesture, a tradition, or a part of religion. Of course, it is all that but not just that. “Namasthe” is something beyond all that. Namasthe is a reminder!

Namasthe is not just merely about acknowledging someone’s presence. It should remind us of many aspects of life.

Humility

When we meet anyone and say ‘Namasthe’. We are bowing, at least figuratively, and embracing the fact that there is a possibility of knowledge you do not have residing in the person you just met. In simple words, you are acknowledging the possibility that the other person may be wiser than you. It is an opportunity for us to practice humility!

Oneness

The greatest philosophy of Bharath is oneness. You might call it “Advaitha” in the spiritual sense, “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” in a social sense, or say “we are earthlings” in a more general or biological sense. But essentially, in all those views, we all are one. That is, a yogi, in the Advaitic sense, acknowledges that all are one because the ultimate consciousness within is one. A socialist may see everyone belonging to one group, one family, one nation, one humanity, or one world. Or a scientist or a reformer might acknowledge that we all are essentially made up of the same materials and hence we are one. Essentially we are one. And every time we say “Namasthe” let us try to remind ourselves of this Oneness.

Compassion

When there is oneness, there’s no discrimination, there are no biases, no dislikes. One will be compassionate to all. Namasthe is an opportunity to be compassionate. Each time we say “Namasthe” we must try to remind ourselves this, to be compassionate.

Divinity

Each time we say “Namasthe”, we’re trying to see GOD (divinity) in the other person by bowing (at least figuratively) to him/her. So, where does that lead us to? To a culture that sees divinity in every individual!

Culture

Humility, oneness, compassion, divinity. Think about it. How great would a society be with all these qualities installed in every individual’s heart? And I’m not asking you to imagine something that I’ve cooked up. This has been our culture for more than hundreds of centuries. We’ve just forgotten, that’s it. Every time you say “Namasthe” (optimally before and after any conversation), you should be reminded of this great culture – Sanathana Dharma, and be proud to be a part of this great culture!

Instead, what do we do? We say “hey”, “hello”, “hi”. Do these words have meaning? Does it instill (if at all) greater values than “Namasthe”?

I’m not saying this to joke about or downgrade other cultures. Sure, hey, hi, hello may be used to greet others. It’s their culture, they can surely follow that. But is it a wise choice to swap this culture for your own culture? Are those cultures worth overshadowing Bharath’s culture?

Are you ashamed of this great culture? Or, aren’t you courageous enough to be part of this culture in the public?

Do not be ashamed to say Namasthe instead of saying “Hi”, “hello”, or “hey”, do not be ashamed to join your palms instead of shaking hands. Initially, it may seem hard or it might even lead to some socially awkward situations, but continue to respect your culture by continuing to practice saying Namasthe. If you’d like to wish someone “Good morning, good afternoon, or good day” sure you may, but after “Namasthe”. You can WISH after you acknowledge all that “Namasthe” stand for.

Of course, I must admit my case too. I greet “Namasthe” most of the time, to my friends, colleagues, or relatives. But I still forget to say it sometimes. Like, when I say “hi” when the person greets me with a “hi” first [which I think is fine because by that you’re respecting the other person’s greet, but still..]. Or when I forget to say “Namasthe” while leaving, I tend to say the automatized reply “bye”. So, I’m also a work in progress, nevertheless, I’m continuously treading on the path that I just mentioned.

So, through this blog, I urge you to remember the great culture you are part of and try to live that culture, starting by installing “Namasthe” as your default way of greeting. Be it in a digital chat, or humane scenario. And every time you say “Namasthe”, try to remind yourself or reflect on the points I mentioned – humility, oneness, compassion, divinity, and our culture!

Thank You

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Monthly Wrap! (July)

Monthly Wraps are blogs that are up on the last Sunday of the month which include:

  1. Blogs of the month
  2. Book recommendations 
  3. What did I curate? Resources I’m binging on – of course, I’ll be choosing the major ones. Just a brim of how much I curate!
  4. Reminders & Reflections to ponder – Of various of my reflections of the month, I’ll choose one or a few. And some re-realized reminders!
  5. My writing journey/ my book updates 

Here’s July’s “Monthly Wrap!”

Blogs I wrote this month:

  1. Blog 62: Worm & The Wise
  2. Blog 63: Live a little?
  3. Blog 64: Busy? Read this!
  4. Blog 65: CREATE = ART
  5. Blog 66: Monthly Wrap! (July)

Book Recommendations:

This month I could read 7 books:

  1. Ultralearning by Scott H Young is a good book. Though we don’t use this term, we all already know this methodology of ultra learning. We’ve been even using it without being aware of the workings of the process. The author however, makes you aware of that process. And hence this book might help you learn the art of learning more consciously from now on.
  2. The Art of Impossible by Steven Kotler is a great book! It gives clarity on high performance. And one of the key aspects that pushes us to embrace this book is that, this book has the latest scientific discoveries about the workings of our brain, it’s states, etc. And the author with extensive research of all those discoveries, has given a very practical guide for us to meddle with the art of impossible.
  3. The practicing mind by Thomas M Sterner is a good book. It reminds us that any form of pursuit, including life, is more about the journey. He says, process over product. The author being a musician and a professional piano constructor, rebuilder and repairer, he shares his experience in ‘flow’ and through it reminds us the importance of ‘flow’ that helps us stay in the present.
  4. Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks is a great book. If you are someone who is interested in music and/or neurology, you’ll love this book. By sharing case studies and his own experiences in dealing with various patients with neurological problems, the author brings us a great opportunity for us to understand the workings of brain more deeply.
  5. The millionaire next door by Thomas J Stanley is not a book I would recommend to anyone. All it conveys is to be frugal and plan your finances. Apart from that, there’s irrelevant data like which automobile to buy.
  6. The simple path to wealth by J L Collins is also not a good book on finance. I now understand why there’s hype around the book “Psychology of Money”, because there exists not many great books on personal finance. However, I still think “Psychology of money” is overhyped considering it unnecessary lengthy examples. But it is still a good book.
  7. The Brain by David Eagleman is a refreshing book. It gives us a mini tour around our brain and its working. It is not deep, it is more like an index and thought provoking.

What I curated:

Movies:
  1. Shang-Chi
  2. Central Intelligence
  3. Artemis Fowl
  4. Ralph Wrecked the Internet
  5. Death on the Nile
  6. The Odd story of Timothy Green
  7. Dead Poet’s Society
  8. RRR (Great movie)
  9. Rocketry : The Nambi Effect (I thought Kalam was great, then there’s “Nambi”)
Series:
  1. Man V. Viral
  2. Maggie
  3. Rehearsal (watching)
  4. Mahabharatha (re-watching)
Trailers:
Few (must watch) YouTube videos:

The Riddle That Seems Impossible Even If You Know The Answer

My New 1 Million Dollar Business

11 MUST HAVE Chrome Extensions for Productivity!

Nupur or Zubair? Single Handedly Responsible For Riots Across India

Reminders & reflections to ponder:

  • Genuine attempts at mimicking something (except the nature), doesn’t make it art. In other words, A genuine copy is still a copy, not art!
  • All that you’ve realized should impact your actions. If not, you’ve simply not realized.
  • Mere acknowledgement of a truth is not realization of the truth. When there is no experience, there is no realisation.
  • If your child does not have parts that you regret, then it’s not enjoying a fulfilling life.
  • We all see our future. We see it in our imagination. We need to believe in, and do what we can. And observe how the future unfolds rather than enforcing it to happen in any particular way.
  • Everyone is busy. All that matters is what they’re busy at. Living meaningful, balanced and hence fulfilled life, or merely existing, meaningless, unbalanced and hence unfulfilling loop of time.
  • If you are underprivileged, you are privileged
  • In any true art form, there does not exist the word ‘perfect’. The only word that exists is ‘ beautiful’.
  • When you’re young, exercise is a choice. When you’re old, it will be mandatory/ compulsory. Choose wisely.

My Book Update:

  • Have worked a little this month. Wrote the introduction to my next book.
  • Since I’ve realized that these ups and downs are a casual part of any creative journey, I’m not making it too hard on myself. Again, it’s the perfect balance between being cautious and calm.

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

CREATE = ART

In blog 4: Live to Inspire Creatives, we saw what I call the “Magic Cycle of Inspiration”. And through that we now know that to constantly be in the loop of inspiration, we need to CREATE and SHARE. In that blog, we discussed why those two elements are important. Continuing the discussion further, in my book ( I don’t know whether you’ve read my book yet) I mention, that’s how most people can choose to LOVE what they do and SERVE themselves and people at the same time.

However, in this blog, I’d like to dive even more into “CREATE” specifically. Even though CREATE is a simple and easily understood verb, However, many a time the meaning of it may veer off its meaning.

CREATE?
A process that involves creativity and self-expression in such a blend that both those elements contribute originality to the process as well as to the product, is called CREATION. When I say CREATE, I’m referring you to, being involved in such a process.

CREATE = CREATIVITY (Originality) + Self-expression (Originality)

Or you can also say CREATE: ORIGINALITY

Art is that which has these characteristics. It’s purely the process and the product of the process “CREATE”. I’m not just saying ART=CREATE, I’m saying, CREATE=ART. That is, if something is said to be CREATEd, it definitely must be ART and ART only. It might be even a new scientific invention, it is an art, because don’t you think that the inventor is trying to express himself through it? And of course, you’ll agree that an invention involves creativity and creativity that’s unique to the inventor’s life, don’t you think so? (By the way, please do not confuse “Discovering” with “inventing”).

Of course, to be real, there does not exist a creative work with self-expression that’s not original, if there’s no originality, it’s not purely creative work, nor is it truly self-expression. Does that make sense?

I’ve talked about this in one of my YouTube videos too. Self-expression comes from individual unique human experiences. Each individual’s unique experience itself is that acts as a breeding ground for Creativity too. Because unless there’s a particular unique need in the individual’s life, there’s no need for creativity (we’ve known this quote “Necessity is the mother of Invention”). And it need not even be mentioned that these experiences are what, that give us originality.

One cannot separate Creativity, Originality, and Self-expression in the process of “CREATE”. But still, there’s a lot of confusion among people, regarding this process called “CREATE”. They tend to express what’s already expressed that resonated with them, without no originality in terms of creativity used. I’ll ask you this: if you make something that is the same as and has the same impact as another piece of creative work, then, is your work really creative? Is your work truly unique self-expression?


Genuine attempts at mimicking something do not make it art. In other words, A genuine copy is still a copy, not art!

Of course, mimicking nature is an exception to this statement. Mimicking Nature is one of the purest forms of ART.

Or some tend to forget their originality and try to make something weird in hopes to make it, a creative work. Simply weird, is not ART. I repeat, Simply WEIRD is not ART! I think self-expression is what gives this distinction. It is truly his/her own self-expression that has the unique stroke of creativity, and that is ART!

I’d like to mention more quotes that I’ve written in the past related to this blog. All of them are true and I’ve already shared them before, but they are worth mentioning again. I hope they act as reminders!

An artist’s duty is to make his creative thoughts, emotions, memory, and any form of self-expression into a tangible piece of work – an artwork.

Art is not just a skill. Art is how one uses that skill.

An artist is someone who uses his creativity and imagination more than mere intelligence and memory. The latter are just accessories.

Creativity is a process where there’s something intangible created. And it is an artist’s duty to make that intangible into tangible, and who’s not an artist?

Create means art, art alone!

Everything that you create that’s one of its kind is an art! It can be copied but cannot be recreated. In other words, anything that you create that has its own essence (originality) is an art! And also, the word Create suits only that way, CREATE ART. If you said CREATE, it must be art, if not, it’s not CREATE, the word you are looking for is copied, imitation, or mimicked.

Well, It’s not bad to be a hack. But please, don’t pretend to be an artist!

Being called an artist is easy, being an artist is hard. But please choose the “hard”. Please be an artist in the world of hacks!

Artist is not a status quo. Being an artist is a responsibility! Summon enough courage to take that responsibility!

Thank You

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Busy? Read this!

Before I start, I suggest you read this blog very slowly, mindfully, reflecting, and trying to answer every question you come across throughout the blog, till the end!

Busy? Who is not? Everyone is busy. Everyone’s busy in some kind. Whether they know it or not, many people use the word ‘busy’ very often than necessary. Does that mean they are more aware of it? Not necessarily. Actually to most people, the reality is far from it. Before I get into that, I feel like I should address this first.

How do you know?

I’ve come across people who use ‘busy’ most probably out of compulsion and all to avoid or give a valid reason for their absence. I’ll tell you what, never say you’re busy, to your close ones! Never ever! And if possible, restrain yourself from saying it to anyone, for that matter! Sure, you might have been occupied. You may convey the same, by saying – ” I’ll call/chat/see to it after my class, or meeting or ______ is completed”. Because sure you may be busy. But the word ‘busy’ does not give any clue on the significance of the kind of ‘busy’ you’re in. And hence, it doesn’t suggest you’re busier than the other person. How do you know? And do you think that your ‘busy’ is more significant than the other person’s? How do you know? Do you think that the person who reached out to you for anything is enjoying life not trapped in time? How do you know if the other person did reach out to you despite his ‘busy-ness’? How do you know?

Do you know?

Why do you think you are busy? What kind of ‘busyness’ are you in? Are you aware of how much time is occupied by each particular action you perform in your daily life? Are you aware of the answers to these questions? I mean, I’m not saying you should have an excel sheet measuring each of your activities. That would be against what we’re trying to do here, it would be time-consuming, instead of time conserving. Speaking of tracking time, are you aware of your screen time? Are you truly occupied that much that it’s hijacking your freedom? Or, Are you using the word ‘busy’ to instill more significance into your life?

Know!

Try to know the answers to those questions mentioned above. Be aware of what kind of tasks occupy your daily life, and the significance of each of those tasks. Be aware, first of all, of the necessity of the task you’re executing. What I mean, is to urge you to wonder if the activity you’re performing, is even necessary. If you observe your daily actions, you’ll come to know many aspects of your personality. Your daily actions show your priorities. And your daily activities determine your life. Meaningful & balanced daily activities = Meaningful, balanced & fulfilling Life. Hence get aware of your time spent on various activities. Track your screen time (most smartphones now come with a “Digital Wellbeing” feature in-built ). And once you track, observe and look for patterns and see if your words and actions are matching. If not, there’s a lot to work on, within yourself.

A screenshot of the Digital Wellbeing app on my phone showing my screen time.

Do you find yourself scrolling through social media for hours and yet on the other side, do you find yourself complaining you don’t have time to read books, meditate, or make art? You have a lot to work on! But no worries, as I always say, once you are aware of a problem, you’ll soon be aware of its solution as you now work on that problem that you are aware of.

One of the best ways to think about conserving and getting better time management is to parallelly think in terms of energy, along with time. Many times, if we can find ways to conserve energy (not compromising productivity or effectiveness), we end up conserving time too.  And sometimes, strategically expending energy on certain activities can give you back more time to you later! Ex: Expending your energies on reviewing your week, planning, exercising, writing in your journal, and meditating can actually save a lot of time.

And we must realize, that it is not only in actions. Our bodies and mind are also constantly busy. So you ask yourselves, how well you are utilizing each of those types of activities – mind, body, and action at hand. What all do you use your brain power/brain time for?

We all have heard “It’s not lack of time, it’s lack of priority”. But have you realized it?

Everyone is busy. All that matters is what they’re busy at. Living meaningful, balanced, and hence fulfilled life, or merely existing, meaningless, unbalanced, and hence unfulfilling loop of time.

I request you to ponder over the questions you came across, in this blog. And if necessary, feel free to read this blog twice!

Thank You

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Live a little?

Live a little? There’s little truth to it. Or in the right words, it’s a part of the truth.

PLANES OF REALITY

The universe, the reality, consists of various planes of reality. Imagine, layers, planes that are forming this reality. If the topmost layer is the absolute truth, the bottom layers are the truths of the transactional reality. And sometimes we are confused due to this. We do not consider the idea that all truths are not of the same significance, or in other words, we don’t dive & think enough to know the deeper truth.
I’ll be writing more about (such) confusions, in the future.

This blog is about one of the examples of such confusion. Ok, let’s get into it.

LIVE A LITTLE?

If you have to say to yourself “Live a little”, then what that means is that you are not living otherwise. You are not living a fulfilled life, you are existing far from Life! So, the phrase “Live a little” is only relevant then. In other words, It makes sense to take a break and live a little, if you’re not already living it.

What that statement is actually trying to say is, at least for once in a while get off the rat race.

However, that applies only to (the majority of the population), who’s actually in the rat race, i.e, pursuing meaningless doing meaningless.

It does not apply to you, who is living a life that’s filled with meaning, a balanced life, a life of service to humanity, a life of fulfillment. You don’t need to take time from ‘thriving’ to ”live a little”. Does that make sense?

If you’re already living a fulfilled life, you don’t even need to stop to think about ”living a little”, because you are ‘thriving’, i.e, you are living your life to the fullest!

REST & RECOVERY

However, the phrase ‘Live a little’ is not to be confused with active recovery/rest period. Active recovery is required for ‘thriving’, hence, it is part of Life! A peak performer knows what he’s doing, he also knows recovery is part of peak performance, so he ensures he gets enough active[intentional] recovery period regularly. He’s resting and recovering so as to live more and thrive to the fullest of life he is. So, rest/recovery is definitely a necessity, however, it must be to ‘thrive’, to live to the fullest, and not to ‘live a little”.

At the beginning of this blog, I mentioned the idea of the existence of planes of realities/truths. I hope by now (after reading the blog), you’re able to notice that ‘Live a little’ belongs to lower planes of reality. ‘Live a little’ is undoubtedly true and good advice for one in the rat race. But we must see deeper. Can we possibly try to abandon the race itself? Can we make our lives a journey where the journey itself is the reward and not what may come after? Can we stop postponing ‘Living’? Can’t we live & thrive ‘now’ rather than simply existing in the anticipation to live in the future?

What I mean to convey through this blog is that, Start living in such a way that you don’t have to ask yourself to ”Live a little”. By the way, if you are interested to know more about living a fulfilled life, you may find it helpful to read my book “The Flower of Fulfillment“.

Thank You
Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Worm & The Wise

We’ve all had that one friend who everyone called ‘a bookworm’ or at least we know someone who our parents called a bookworm. And of course, there are people who your parents call smart (in honor of their exam scores) but you’ve realized them to be just ‘a bookworm’.

It’s been a topic of interest for me for a long time. When people notice someone who reads a lot, they label them as either a bookworm or a Wiseman. What distinguishes between the two? But of course, in this blog, I’ll not be talking about what people think of another person, instead, we’ll be seeing, objectively, what makes one a wise person? And when is a person not wise, but a worm?

We all know almost intuitively the answer to these questions. And yet, we either fail to even ponder these questions, or we fail to use the insight from them in our lives.

We’ve come across people like this. One who reads a book similar to ‘Built to Serve’ or listens to a podcast called ‘Greatness Guide’, but fails to respect & serve the old members of his/her own family. One who has read a book similar to ‘Atomic Habits’ (or Power of Habits) and yet fails consistently to install any new good habit and remove his/her bad(compulsive) habits. One who has read a book called ‘The Alchemist’ but has failed to pursue his/her dreams. One who reads a book called ‘The War of Art’ and yet fails to even remember the last time they defeated their resistance to make art. We’ve also come across one who has read a book called ‘Courage is Calling’ but still fails to make the leap, in other words, he fails to be courageous enough to stand for himself.

A person who reads a lot of books, but does nothing concerning what he has read can be referred to as what we all call ‘a bookworm’. [ It’s sad that most students of Gen-Z are in fact, bookworms, whether they realize it or not.]

And the irony is, it is these kinds of people who talk ill of books, especially non-fiction, and even specifically, self-help books. They would have the right to speak of books if at all they had tried implementing what the books have offered in their own life.

Books are a tool that can help us understand reality. However, bookworms don’t see it that way, they probably think what they read is entirely different from reality. Forget about understanding reality, they aren’t able to connect what they’re reading to their life.

The Wise, however, is quite the opposite. All he reads is quickly turned into wisdom. And hence it is in his every cell and action. Of course, when I say reads, I not only refer to reading books, but I refer to all forms of consumption. Podcasts & lectures he listens to, videos & even the movies ( with great values in them) he watches, everything, everything that he consumes, he reflects on to turn them into wisdom. [Which is also the equation I present in my book too for the wisdom petal, Knowledge + Reflections = Wisdom ].

 Of course, it is not a new philosophy, it has been part of Jnana Yoga for ages. It is referred to as SHRAVANA, MANANA, NIDHIDDHYASANA. Shravana is the consumption as I mentioned earlier. Manana is the contemplation or reflection. Nidhiddhyasana is the meditative & final stage that leads to enlightenment. However, it’s not to say that these must be in sequence only, they can be and must be practiced parallelly for the best growth in terms of awareness.

And also, it’s not possible to just consume knowledge without reflecting on it.

The more the power of knowledge you have, the more the power of reflection you require!

From my re-flect-citation notes

 [Observing your thoughts, i.e, self-reflection becomes very important as your brain thinks more and more. And more complex problems.]

Containing the power of knowledge is not an easy task. It’s very hard and risky.

From my re-flect-citation notes

No wonder the bookworms do not act on what they’ve read because they’ve actually not learned/realized anything, he has just read through. Without reflection, it’s not learning, because it won’t stay.

However, the Wise becomes the wise because he knows & will manage to balance and contain the power of knowledge.

So here’s the question underlying the core of this blog, Are you wise or a worm? And by the way, if you’re not a reader, you may not be a book worm, but you have all the chances of being just a worm. : )

If you haven’t yet, you can choose what you want to be, from now on. Just ponder about what you’ve consumed and recheck whether you’ve lived up to it.

Now go back to the top of the blog and start reflecting on it.

Thank You,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

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