March 31, 2020

A Grand Design: Pandemic of Benevolence

Coronavirus pandemic is potentially a historical turning point for humanity that could transform nations, politics, economies and societies by unshackling us from belief systems of the past and opening doorways for the age of benevolence.

Imagine a future in which borders have little significance any more and so does race, colour, gender, caste, or sexual orientation; there are no more wars, nuclear and conventional weapons no longer exist; crime has reduced dramatically and so has poverty; everyone has access to clean drinking water; we have cleared islands of waste in the oceans; food is free of harmful chemicals; cancer is far less prevalent and has multiple cures; man made laws are losing relevance as humanity recognises greater laws; power generation and transportation requires no fossil fuels, causes no pollution; corporations care for the planet; humans treat animals with love; news media cover positive aspects of stories; women have greater respect and say in society; people recognise the importance of beauty, poetry, music, love in their lives; they no longer feel that their fate is to suffer in silence, instead, they embrace joy as their primary purpose; living in Nature replaces living with luxury as the highest common aspiration; politicians are honest and transparent; and we even have help from our galactic relatives.

If the above passage sounded idealistic and utopian it is my assurance that as you read through this post, you would find in it a conceptual framework on which it is based. As you do, it is my hope that your perception would shift from "totally bizarre" to "what if!"

A Most Exciting Period for Humanity

Earlier this month, I was describing the idea of a black swan event (high impact, low probability occurrence) elsewhere without realising that we were in the midst of one. In my defence, the WHO had not yet declared it a pandemic. Days later as the reality sank in and as I contemplated the events in light of the lessons learnt from the teachings, I realised that it's the most exciting development for humanity that could catapult us into another era. A much bigger change than the environmental benefits we see around ourselves awaits us. Is it possible that the event is the result of ongoing evolution of human consciousness and is taking us towards change we cannot conceive today?

Little Reason for Fear and Panic

First of all, I want to offer some perspective that may give you solace from constant fear being promoted in the media. I would say that as long as one maintains social distancing and hygiene there is actually little reason to worry. Precautions are crucial and I am glad that decisive action at an early stage has enabled India to fare far better among large countries.

The media has not reported that so far the virus has had a limited impact in India compared to more industrialised nations. Some would say that is the result of inadequate testing, but the figures do not support that notion. The media reports that per million population, testing in India is 60 times less than UK but they don't mention that causalities in India are 1050 times less (0.02 in India vs. 21 in UK). Compared to the U.S, testing in India is 82 times less but deaths are 500 times less per million population (0.02 vs. 10). It is true, we lag behind in testing but we are much further behind in the impact of the virus on the population.

The Atlantic magazine has outlined four possible timelines for the lifespan of virus ranging from two months to two years. I will hazard a guess that we will see the virus suddenly disappear within their most optimistic scenario #1, anytime from next week to end May. This “false alarm” outcome would of course be fantastic, but also produce “a lot of head-scratching” among public-health experts, reports the magazine.

It's also important to recognise that most cases of infection lead to only mild symptoms with a relatively quick recovery. A large share of positive cases are of people who have no symptoms whatsoever. So, even if one contracts the disease, please understand that it's not the end of the world. A family friend in UK who is a physician with the NHS has contracted the disease along with her husband, also a physician, as well as their two children. Yet they are not worried.

So my suggestion is, take all recommended precautions but then let go of anxiety and worry. Cultivating a positive outlook will be extremely helpful at this time. The opposite of fear is gratitude. If you can find things in your life to be grateful about, you will take back the power you unknowingly gave away as fear.

Let's also acknowledge that with more than half the population in lockdown around the world currently a large number of deaths are being saved due to air pollution and traffic accidents avoided during this period. Remember that air pollution is the single largest environmental health risk that takes an estimated seven million lives annually worldwide. About two million more die in traffic accidents. Both figures are by WHO.

Could the Outbreak Have a Higher Purpose?

I believe that is the case. I will answer that question in three stages: by offering a look inside our mass consciousness; unveiling the benevolent agenda behind the pandemic; and finally, describing how it's leading to an astounding future.


Part 1: An Unseen Picture: The Two Polarities in Our Mass Consciousness

A key principle in the teachings, suggest that all physical reality has consciousness as the underlying principle. This applies to individual experiences as well as national or international events. What we think individually or collectively, over and over again, that is, whatever vibration we hold - its equivalent is always manifested as our experience.

The present age in which we find ourselves is characterised by extreme polarity between two forces in human consciousness. Whenever polarities develop in the life of a person, a relationship, nation or a planet, there tends to be a trigger event that offers a choice. This trigger can cause one to go deeper into polarity and pain or it can open a transformational doorway. What happens thereafter depends upon the choice taken by the person or the collective.

If we consider the present age and try to discern the forces underlying mass consciousness, we can see the two polarities that have been in conflict over the last fifty years or so. On one side is the energy of conservative attachments and on the other is the energy of progressive desires. What does that mean?

Conservative attachments in the context of a person or collective is the notion that when they are faced with unpleasant stuff, they refuse to address it and instead continue to cling to their old way of doing things. It represents the refusal to change regardless of the energy of evolution that is always propelling them to move out of the box in which they have decided to imprison their reality. This clinging energy sabotages the evolution of the individual or the collective in all other areas.

This energy is represented today by those who hold the positions of power and influence in governance, economy and other spheres. In terms of age, I would say the majority of those above the age of fifty today represent this energy. If we consider the present political leadership in the two most powerful countries, United States and China, we see that one is deeply controversial and conservative while the other is an authoritarian regime. The energy of conservative attachments can be seen in all other countries and other populations but is most clearly evident in these two nations that are key players in the pandemic situation unfolding right now as will be seen in near future.

Progressive desires is the other force in an individual or mass consciousness that is the opposite pole of conservative attachments. It is the energy of desperately wanting change or pushing for it without having a sense of whether the change is appropriate at the time or not. It is the wild desire to jump out of the box and rush forward in a new direction when the individual or mass consciousness may not yet be ready to do so.

In today's political context in U.S and China, it is the protest movements that represent the energy of progressive desires. In the United States: the occupy movement of the previous decade led by those disenfranchised from economic and social order; protests against Donald Trump in recent times, including the multiple women's marches; the 2017 people's climate march, last year's climate strikes led by activist Greta Thunberg and so on are all examples of this energy. In terms of age, this energy is represented by the youth, specifically, those younger than 30 years of age.

China's neighbouring Hong Kong has recently witnessed quite remarkable protests, largely driven by the youth that continued non-stop for several months until the outbreak of the epidemic. Often in dramatically large numbers and in very creative ways, the protestors who won a local election recently, have been protesting against the move by China to exert greater control over the region.

As a former climate activist in India, for about eight years I was part of the energy of progressive desires until I questioned my approach, abandoned activism, and sought answers within. Since then I've moved towards organic cultivation, living in a garden in our family farm while discovering and practising the teachings.

So these are the two poles that have been on the opposite end of the spectrum in mass consciousness - one refusing to change old beliefs and the other rushing to embrace new ones without thinking through it. I will come back to these two forces in the third part. For now, let's return to the pandemic for a moment.


Part 2: A Pandemic in Disguise: Unveiling its Benevolent Agenda

A profound paradox of our age is that we live in the best of times and the worst of times. This is not a new phrase, the difference, and that is what makes it profound, is that the worst aspects of our times are now working for the best.

Imagine a game of soccer in which no matter who scores the goal, it's counted under the tally of the team you support. I've come to believe that's where humanity is right now! There has been a massive change inside mass consciousness that is barely perceptible on the surface to an ordinary person and yet it is deeply profound in significance.

It started around five decades ago but mainly catalysed in a significant way since 2012. We thought nothing has changed, yet everything has been changing right under our noses. The year 2012 was not about the end of the physical world. It was always about the end of the era of old energy and the beginning of a new benevolent age.

Human nature has been changing for the better. We are moving towards becoming an evolved consciousness, no longer shackled by the need for suffering. This doesn't mean that what we call evil has suddenly disappeared from the planet. It means that no matter how it plays out, no matter what it does, the energy that we call evil will now work for good. This means that aspects of humanity that are negative will be exposed and it will be transformed into good.

Stay with me for a thought experiment. Let's superimpose this goody-good image on the pandemic and see what we find out. We know that the disease has caused pain to thousands of families and for billions it has been a mind numbing experience to watch it unfold. If the notion of evil working for good is true, this entire series of events must hold deeper significance than what appears at the moment.

Is there an analogy we can find that will offer meaning? Oh yes, when a patient is to undergo a surgery for removal of a tumour, there is nervousness and fear before the procedure. The patient is then taken to the operating room, administered anaesthesia and the tumour is taken out. What if the pandemic is only a symptom of a malignant tumour inflicting humanity and we are collectively being prepared for surgery right now?

If that is true, this suggests that over the coming months and years, the pandemic would expose negative, even horrendous aspects about humanity and eventually we would eradicate them. We are already learning a number of lessons about the ways in which we live and consume natural resources. I believe we will learn many more lessons about ourselves in times to come.

Could these lessons also be about the origin of the disease, the way it was suppressed, the way it spread, the timing of its occurrence, and finally, the way we responded? Already there is a first whistle blower account, could there be many more to come? I have reason to believe that we will find out unconscionable human acts relating to this pandemic that will shock the world. Here is a scenario that is how I think it's likely to play out.

As we learn unpleasant things about ourselves, implicating people in power, there will be much uproar and many will say humanity has reached the lowest low and there is no hope. If that happens, I want you to remember that the higher reason for the scandal is to share knowledge about the tumour. When there are even greater tumours revealed and the shock gives way to calls for change and humanity comes out on the streets calling for a revolution, you will know that all is well and that the patient is on the way to the operating theatre.

This is what I meant that events which seem negative are now working for the good of everyone. Instead of being shocked by the negativity, we have the capacity to respond in a way that a mature consciousness would - by understanding that it here to offer us choice. The choice is to acknowledge the negativity and work towards overcoming it or ignore it and allow it to get worse. We must seize this amazing opportunity and choose change.

In the third and final part, I will describe how the outbreak is catapulting human consciousness towards another age.


Part 3: The End of Normal: Our Astounding Future

I started the post with a seemingly utopian image of future and showed in part one the underlying forces in mass consciousness at play. In the second part I suggested a possible scenario in which I expect the pandemic will unfold in coming years and why it will be a benevolent outcome in the bigger picture if we choose change.

Mired in Old Beliefs

Let's get back to the two forces of mass consciousness that I talked about earlier, conservative attachments and progressive desires. For several decades there has been a war going on between these two, not necessarily led by the same group of people or even the same philosophy or ideas over the decades. It's about the _nature_ of the ideas with one extreme representing protection of the status quo at all costs and the other trying to jump out to the new. Each side thinks it is right.

Now comes the most important aspect regarding this ongoing war. Our belief systems. Right now we are so mired in our personal and collective belief that it has kept us tied to the old energy, slowing down our movement towards higher consciousness. This belief system is the last gauntlet before the shift is made and overcoming it is humanity's greatest challenge.

Many of our conscious beliefs are actually echoes of unconscious beliefs that are much more powerful and over which we have no awareness as they are rooted in our unconscious. Laurie Santos, professor of psychology at Yale runs a course on happiness, that has been taken by over a million learners, that illustrates some of our unconscious beliefs.

Using the latest research in positive psychology Santos poses questions such as, why do we always misjudge what would make us happy? From a higher perspective of the teachings, the lessons today's science offers may not be the most important ones, yet they reveal part of the system that traps us inside the hamster wheel called pursuit of happiness which basically requires us to expend a lot of energy running all the while to reach nowhere in particular.

Lessons from the Pandemic

Now with the coronavirus pandemic people of all sections of society in all parts of the planet have been affected. The resulting lockdown of half of humanity has suddenly stopped the hamster wheel in their everyday lives. This unexpected and forced leisure has opened the possibility for inward reflection for people who never before could afford it or wanted any of it. I consider leisure as a critical requirement for inner growth.

As suggested earlier, at the most fundamental level what we face today is about choice. We must contemplate every aspect of our individual and collective lives and decide whether we wish to resume running inside the hamster wheel when leisure is no longer available or step outside and change in some significant way.

The choice is open whether it relates to our relationship with mother nature; our relationships with each other; our patterns of addiction through which we consume resources; the way we lead our lives, be that may about flying around the world or living in concrete boxes; honouring connectedness with all beings or living disconnected lives; whether we continue to value protection inside comfort zones or strive for resilience; whether we continue to believe in the illusion of development and progress or learn to question those beliefs; whether we indulge in gratitude or fear; and, whether we value faith or cynicism.

The End of Normal

Nobody could have imagined that the world would grind to a halt within a matter of weeks of spread of a disease. A great blessing is that "we've always done it this way" is no longer a valid excuse for anything. This implies that what was true in the past does not necessarily have any bearing on the future. This is a momentous change. Nothing that we held true in the past is true any more. Truly the greatest gift of the pandemic is the challenge it poses to our beliefs.

How Many People Would Actually Change?

Five and a half years ago I would have dismissed this post as a hopelessly romantic yarn. We tend to be reflexively cynical and that was my reality as well. Since then I've had a system upgrade, so to speak, and gained a new set of beliefs and body of knowledge that I simply call, the teachings. The teachings suggest that we are all connected in consciousness and therefore in the reality of one, numbers are insignificant. They say that if less than half percent of population changes a set of beliefs, it will affect everyone. They also suggest that one must begin with oneself and that our thought is the only reality we can truly control. And thought determines everything.

Birthing A New Consciousness

Remember, I said the two polarities have been held back by our beliefs. As the coronavirus pandemic has begun to dismantle our belief system, the moment this change is processed by mass consciousness, the moment we acknowledge it, what results is new consciousness.

Imagine a giant slingshot in which humanity is placed in the centre. The person holding back the stretched rubber band is our beliefs, the rubber band pulling the humanity forward is the coronavirus pandemic, the two ends on which the rubber band is tied are the two polarities in mass consciousness. As soon as humanity is released from the grip of its beliefs it would rapidly propel forward into the air, far away from the present reality towards ascension.

The energy of ascension is here. We are in a transition towards higher consciousness. This shift is evident in all spheres of life and you can see it if you know how to look. As I write, we are witnessing birth of a new consciousness on Earth. Whether it takes ten years to realize or thirty depends upon the choices you make today.


In Closing: Expect the Unexpected

In this post I have tried to illustrate some concepts that are very difficult to speak about in the mainstream as they exist outside of our common narrative, the body of knowledge and beliefs that make up science and history. A small but expanding circle of readers are familiar with the ideas contained in books published under the genre of mind, body and spirit. What I refer to as the teachings are derived from a set of books that came in my path over the last few years. The ideas in this post are informed by concepts from: Anastasia of Ringing Cedars, Abraham Hicks, Kryon, Matt Kahn, Lyssa Royal Holt among several others. They are also informed by some specific guidance released earlier this month regarding the pandemic by Kryon, Lyssa Royal Holt and Matt Kahn.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books offering guidance on transitioning towards higher consciousness that is in the reach of everyone. The image they project is of a benevolent future in which all of those unbelievable things I mentioned in the beginning will come true. If you are a reader of these books you may already know that something like this is coming. If you practice these teachings in your own life, you may know it experientially by having witnessed change in your own life with the change in your beliefs.

I close with a prose poem penned by Kitty O'Meara which went viral on social media earlier this month:
And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

March 23, 2020

Metaphysics in Movies: Out on a Limb (1987)

Part of the series in which I recommend movies that force us to consider aspects of reality beyond the physical. 

Out on a Limb (TV Mini Series 1987)

Key Theme: Spiritual quest of Hollywood actress Shirley MacLaine

Section: Both parts, especially part two with the journey to Peru

Why is it Notable:

#1. For a fascinating portrayal of the inner struggle she faced in her quest to seek meaning in life;

#2. for including unexplained phenomenon in the film without the fear of ridicule and far ahead of its time;

#3 for the extremely short turn around time from book to movie (three years) and especially remarkable for an actress to act as herself in a biographical movie

About This Film: 

Six time Oscar nominated actress Shirley MacLaine portrays herself in screen adaptation of her autobiography by the same name. It was made for TV in two parts, first one is two and half hours and second part is around two hours. It starts with her affair with a politician from England which leads her on a journey to seek answers to the questions she has about her life and relationships. A character called David acts as her spiritual guide in this journey. The second part is mainly about her struggle to come to terms with the teachings she learns from David and through experiences she has herself.






March 22, 2020

Metaphysics in Movies: Flatland (2007)

Part of the series in which I recommend movies that force us to consider aspects of reality beyond the physical.

Flatland (2007)

Key Theme: Examines the world of dimensions through the perspective of geometric shapes.

Section: Entire film

Why is it Notable: 

Demonstrates the difficulty in conceiving a reality beyond one's everyday world even when that reality promises much more than the present (or perhaps because it promises much more).

About This Film

Written by a schoolmaster in 1884, Flatland, the novel, remained largely unknown until Einstein's theory of relativity proved the existence of a fourth dimension (time). Note, there are two animated Flatland films produced in 2007. One is called Flatland: The Movie, a 33 minute animated short film with voice over by known Hollywood names (recommended and available on torrent), and the other is a longer, full length film that is available on YouTube.


Metaphysics in Movies: Mindwalk (1990)

I love watching movies that do more than just entertain. For a long time now I've been meaning to start a series of posts on movie recommendations with themes of metaphysics. However, in order to ponder issues that are beyond everyday existence, a fundamental requirement is leisure. Unless you can remove yourself from everyday struggles and have the opportunity to focus on the bigger picture, there can be no inner growth.

These days, with a million distractions and the breakneck speed of life in which we engage, few can afford the luxury called free time. Until today. With a billion people under lock down in 35 countries today, now seems like the best time ever to reflect and contemplate about life and the meaning of existence. This is exactly what metaphysics is all about: contemplation of "the ideas" behind "the things."

In these posts, I'll write about movies that force us to think beyond the physical world as either part of their main plot or in certain sections. I will even include those films which are perhaps not written with the intent to illustrate a metaphysical aspect, but do so quite well nevertheless. First in the series is Mindwalk.

Mindwalk (1990)

Key theme: The interconnected nature of world problems

Section: Entire movie

Why is it Notable:

# 1) It includes a good primer on the difference between the two physics and what it means for us. The two physics, of course, are: Newtonian physics or "physics of the big things that fall" and the weird sub-atomic world of quantum physics (even though the film doesn't get into the truly weird parts like the observer effect and quantum entanglement);

# 2) it traces the root of modern problems to the idea of mechanistic thinking, which is fundamentally the idea of separation between man and nature, and shows through history, why this male principle is so deep-rooted in our society; 

#3) it emphasises the need to move to the feminine principle / right brain trait of nurturing, caring, and holistic thinking.

About the Film:

Few films are written by physicists, Mindwalk is one of them. This little known independent production is set in a medieval island in Europe in which nothing much happens except conversations between three people. One of the characters is Jack, an American presidential candidate who couldn't make it beyond the primaries. Another is a little known poet named Thomas, also an American who moved to live in Europe. Both of them are having a bit of a midlife crisis and are seen conversing while strolling around the city's picturesque spots until the third character, the main protagonist of the film, a woman named Sonia who is a physicist, enters the conversation.

One of the writers is Fritjof Capra, a physicist with a career spanning several institutions in Europe and America including a stint at a particle accelerator. Capra is most known for his 1975 book "Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism" which continues to sell well in spirituality category to this day. In it he argues: “Physicists do not need mysticism and mystics do not need physics, but humanity needs both.” The film is loosely based on his 1982 book, The Turning Point. I recommend this movie not for its recommendation in the conclusion (systems theory) but its diagnosis of society's problems (separation and left brain thinking / male principle).


March 03, 2020

Magnetic Engine is About to Enter Production Soon: Kryon

In this channeling given at Phoenix, Arizona on 11, January 2020, Kryon talks a little bit more about the magnetic engine that he spoke about in December 2019. Without giving away too much technical details he says it's about configuring magnets in a special array that provides push and pull. The key aspect, he says, has something to do with "phase relationships." At the end Kryon says it's to enter production soon.

A cursory search led me to a company in South Korea started by Russian engineers that is taking pre-orders for such a device. It's called Infinity SAV and it's got a US patent for their overunity device. I won't be surprised if Infinity SAV or others like it (I'm sure there are several more) are acquired by the likes of Tesla / Google / Apple etc.

Here is the select part of Kryon channeling:
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[...] I said this one other time right before this year. I said what I told you to expect is happening. No longer is the idea of a new kind of electricity production of fantasy. No longer is it something in an inventor's mind. Because right now, I will tell you the magnetic engine is here. And it's here in many  incarnations. It's been here for a  while. It's been invented and now it's here and then there are those who are starting the second generation already. Suddenly everyone is looking at it!

Now what is that magnetic engine? The simplest way all of you can understand it is that there's incredible power in magnets. They push and they pull against each other. And the lifespan is forever!

You never looked at it as a source of moving wheels and creating electricity or anything. You decided it would be better if you had a little explosions with fuel and all of your cars were internal combustion and all of your machines. No one was using magnetics. And yet it's the biggest most lasting power you were given. And now suddenly it's everywhere.

Magnetic motors that will supply electricity for buildings, for homes, for devices, someday for cars, is here. It's here.

Now, an old paradigm says "well Kryon you don't know how the earth works here you know it's not gonna be here for long because when the when the utility companies find out about it they're gonna squash it, you know. Because they want to sell their electricity."

I'll tell you these utility companies will breathe a sigh of relief. Some of them will decide they're gonna be in the magnetic motor business. They're gonna embrace it with open arms because it's what the answer is.

Imagine that cold spell happening and you don't care about the [electricity] infrastructure and you don't care about the [transmission & distribution] wires because there are none. Because there's a magnetic motor perhaps it's not on the roof perhaps it's buried. That's gonna create electricity for you no matter what. No matter how cold it gets. It just goes and goes and goes. Never has to be looked at, or refuelled until the bearings wear out. That is the answer.

It's coming. It's coming for the production of cool and heat and more. We told you there'll come a day when there are no more batteries either. Storage won't occur to be what it is today. All of these things are here. A new technology called the super cap is here. All this is on purpose so that you will survive through these things, dear ones.

In many years you will come back perhaps and listen to this and realize the question I'm asking. Don't you find it interesting that the earth seems to be getting all of this at the same time when it always existed, in order to solve a problem that they haven't really even identified yet [referring to cold spell].

There are so many things that may not  make sense at the moment that will soon when it comes to these weather changes, the inventions that are happening, the reasons for them, and the cities that are  involved. There's more than I could tell you it wouldn't make sense right now but it's beautiful.

Imagine inventions being given to you now because consciousness is starting to move in a higher way. So you will see these things and realize these things and be able to survive even the coldest cold. You'll be able to survive and you won't have to move. Clever things are presenting themselves [...]

Not just the inventions but the consciousness that's using them, finally, will start understanding that magnetics is the way for so many more things than just motors. I told you years ago that you had before you - unlimited power with magnetics. Without fuel, without resources from the planet. Things that were given to you then. All you had to do - was make an arrangement of the array of the magnetics so that they would push and pull each against each other forever in an array that made sense for that situation. And watch for phase relationships between the parts.

Now, that's as far as I'm going to go because it would infringe on things that are happening right now. But today is the first phase and the second phase will surprise you.

By the way, if you want to track the history of electricity, when you stopped using whale oil to light your cities and you went to electricity it was direct current. Until Tesla came on. Tesla, he found something very very interesting. He used something called  "phase relationships" to give you alternating current which is what you use to this very day. You see phase relationships has always  been the answer. I will leave it at that.

Magnetic engines are here, dear ones. Production of power and electricity without wires, without fuel, without natural resources being used, without oil, without gas, will start to be manufactured soon. Right on schedule. Right on time.
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Transcribed from YouTube subtitles extracted using Downsub.

January 09, 2020

Kryon Says Free Energy is Here. Heralds the End of Fossil Fuels.



Kryon is a non-physical entity channelled by Lee Carroll, a former audio engineer. Lee has been channelling Kryon since 1989. The following predictions / themes are transcribed from a Kryon channelling given on December 8, 2019 at Newport, California.

Headlines are mine and so are comments in [brackets].
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Light is Winning

I've been telling you the quotient, the balance, the ratio between light and dark has started to move. It started to move greatly. It's responsible for so many things you see now that you didn't see before ever on this planet. When integrity starts to matter and there's actually those who are starting to make differences in the society. Like yours, a modern one, where injustices are starting to be seen and dealt with. Injustices that have happened for hundreds of years are now at the forefront. Are not acceptable. The cheating, the misbehavior. All of these kinds of things are starting to show themselves. This is cosmic law. This is what happens when light starts to win over darkness.

[Light winning over darkness is a perennial Kryon theme that appears almost in every other channeling. It refers to, in metaphysical terms, the exact physical ratio of benevolent energy or light represented by love, laughter, kindness, inspiration, and other positive emotions and malevolent energy or darkness represented by fear, anger, hatred etc, existing on the planet. I believe it is the same aspect that Anastasia in Ringing Cedars books describe as "forces of darkness" and "forces of light." Note that some might not like the term I used, malevolent energy, to describe what Kryon refers to as darkness. They say that there is no evil and that all energies are neutral and come from the same source.]

Simultaneous Inventions

You create what you what you think about. You create the level of darkness or light that you project. You are high creators, dear ones. And I'll give you a concept perhaps you never thought of. It's all part of the fog of duality. Have you noticed or have you analyzed or even thought about the fact that inventions on this planet almost always happen all at once at a certain time? So whereas one man or woman may have invented something that would change the earth whether it was electricity or radio or whatever. You come to find out it's been happening all over the earth at the same time wherein perhaps one person only beat the other by a week. Isn't it interesting that these things happen all at once. When it's time.

My partner's father, Mr. Carroll, was born before the Wright brothers flew. How does that feel to you? How long have you had flight? Does it appear to you that that might have been on time, on schedule, given to the planet all at once? Were you aware that the Wright brothers only beat the French by two weeks on powered flight? It was happening all at once. The fog of duality lives and gives you things you need or the things you think about or the things you've created. [...]

Let's talk about flight again. Don't you find that interesting, come with me just for a moment, and think about this. How many eons have humans been watching Birds? The Chinese for over a thousand years had rockets, the balloons. All of these things you would think would naturally have led you to understanding flight to gliding. At least the ability to jump off mountains as you do today without power and be able to land exactly where you wish to. Nobody was doing it. Nobody was thinking of it. For an intelligent species who has been wanting flight for thousands of years, watching Birds for thousands of years and you only just got it. This is what we're talking about. As the fog of duality lifts, it does so with those who are placed here right here on this planet at the right time at the right place. Just like Tesla.

[See also, Wikipedia: Multiple discovery | List of multiple discoveries]

U.S Democracy Must Fail In Order to be Reformed

"Kryon, I don't want you to talk about inventions I want you to talk about what's gonna happen because of duality." Okay, I'll start there. Your government's in trouble and I'm not talking about the leader. I'm talking about the system. What the leader has done is to insert a big stick in it and turn it and the hornet's nest that was always lurking there is afoot and so your beloved democracy and Congress is spending all of its time fighting each other instead of passing laws for you. Nothing is being accomplished.
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then they do it where they all realize this has got to change if America is going to have the laws that it needs and moves in the direction that it needs. For all the things that government is supposed to do right or wrong, even at the very basic things, it is supposed to provide, it's broken. So I want you to look for it to get worse before it gets better.

[Kryon has in the past explained Trump, most recently in November 2019, in a channelling at  Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the same channelling you can also listen to him speak about aspirations of  Kim Jong-un, another global leader he sometimes speaks about.]

Unethical Pharmaceutical Companies to be Exposed

Next year there are gonna be some more things like what have just happened with Monsanto (referring to lawsuits revealing they knew that Roundup was carcinogenic). I want you to look at that very closely because I predicted that one. There will come a time when you could not get away anymore with a big corporation knowing that their products are killing people and nothing happens. And now it has. That's just the beginning.

Inappropriate pharmaceutical companies who do not honor human life and keep people sick for money will be exposed. That's inappropriate Pharma. You see, there are some things happening that you should know about, there's starting to be light in pharma. You saw it today. You saw medicine start to go a direction that you didn't expect. Perhaps you saw it in the stage today. That's medicine, that's science, it's beautiful. It's helping the planet. Look for this as well.

[Kryon has spoken about this several times in the past. Seems imminent now.]

Magnetic Engine (Free Energy)

This is the one that's close to my heart and I've been telling you it's here it's coming and it has to do oddly with magnetic. The magnetic engine is here. The push and pull of magnets in a special configuration or array pushing and pulling upon themselves can move things in a circle and the only thing that they consume at all is your interest. The parts may wear out of the wheels that they spin but the power that propels them will last thousands of years.

If you've ever played with a magnet or a pair of them you know what I'm talking about there. Forever! How long has this planet been playing with magnets and how long has it taken you to understand that that's where the power is going to be produced? What came over you that you had magnets all along and you went right for the internal combustion engine and the answer is that's the fog of duality that had not lifted yet to give you something that was going to help the planet. Help the planet. No more consumption of fuel for power. Ever.
  
End of Energy Storage

I'll say it, prepare for this. The end of batteries. There will be no batteries. Just like there was no film (referring to end of photographic film with the emergence of digital). I said it and there'll come a day when you say he was right. Think for a moment. Of all of the electronic devices you have and inside there's a miniaturized motor, not even as large as a battery, that always is trickle charging and always working and always spinning to create the power needed for your device. That's the magnetic engine dear ones. It's here. Already it's being developed now. It just has to be refined. It's already here.

[Kryon has spoken about such a device for a long time but it's the first time, to my knowledge, where he has described it as a magnetic engine / motor, and given hints to the time-frame for launch - next few years based on the present description. I always presumed it to be decades in the future.]

Electric Vehicles (Magnetic Engine + Super Capacitors)

This is in the field that's coming. No more charging any devices, no more batteries. "Oh that's just little things. What about your cars?" No more batteries. You have the same kind of thing, electricity produced all the time. It never stops. It doesn't even stop when your car goes off. It's always there. “What about the storage devices that you might need like batteries that recharge so you can drive a car? Certainly you can't drive a car on a trickle charge?” And that is where you don't know what you don't know. In come the super caps. You haven't seen them yet but they're coming. Storage without batteries.

Helping Mother Earth

All of these things are now starting to appear. Do you understand how this will help the planet? Oil’s gonna be really cheap because you won't need it. Not for fuel. That's just the beginning. The end of batteries is coming sooner than you think, for the reasons I've given you. And it expands exponentially.

Air Travel with Magnetic Engine

On travel now. “Kryon I can understand that. That's great, until you get the airplanes. You're not gonna be, you're not gonna have electric airplanes.” Yes you are. You don't know what you don't know. Can you imagine a time when you stop pulling things out of the planet? You just stop it there. No longer needed.

Electrical Desalination of Water

I've only scratched the surface, because water is next and here it comes. Real time desalinization of water is here. It's here on three fronts. Three inventions without heat involved. Only electricity and that's going to be easy to produce with the electricity for the magnetic engine. You see where we going? Do you think that's gonna change how things work?

Centralised Electricity Distribution to be Obsolete

The end of the grid. Have you noticed that the grid is failing. It's not working. It's not going to work for those when it's too cold. It's not going to work when you have fires. You're gonna produce your electricity locally either in your house or your neighborhood and you will not have wires from a central source. That's coming. That's already been tried. It's here. That's how close you are to these things. That's what's coming in these next years.

Exploitation of Children to be Exposed

But in the year of duality (2020), put on your flak jacket, and get ready for a lot of dirt to be exposed in areas where you didn't think there was any and get ready for children to be involved. I'll not say anymore.

You’ll remember 2020 dear ones. I give you these things in love because light is winning. You wouldn't have the fog like this lifted to give you these inventions unless you needed them. An accelerated planet with higher consciousness. Where you don't need to be burdened down by the things that have always given you a problem. Where you have power that is now easily made. You have water which you can you can desalinate easily and that leads you to bigger things dear ones making your societies so they eliminate disease finally. Where you won't be able to have banana republics anymore, or dictators anymore.

You Must Expose Dirt to Clean it Up

Connection with the planet! That's gonna start coming back. That's a future. But you're gonna go through some things that are ugly before you get there. Ugly because you didn't expect them. But all of them are healing you, your society your planet.

It's too bad you have to expose the dirt to clean it up. But you will clean it up. Gone are the days will you expose the dirt and simply cover it up for more dirt. That's gone. You will not let it exist.

The New Human

That's the old soul lineage. It's why you're here, it's why you're listening to this channel. That's why we love you the way we do. You signed up to be here right now, young person. Senior. You signed up for it. So you would carry a higher consciousness than anyone ever has on this planet so far.

In a new energy that we have been talking about for 30 years. It's here. And you are working the puzzle like you never have before. I want you to remember this. Step out of that reality which is dark. Or filled with fear or disappointment. Start understanding you're here for a reason you're not a victim of the planet, you're born magnificent.

Get on with what you came for. Self-worth is the issue and it's time to take it because all that you've been told so far is incorrect. You are here with a reason, a purpose. You're the ones who will make a difference on the planet now and later, in this life and the next one, and the next one. You'll return knowing more than you know now with greater wisdom and light. It's just the beginning of a new human.

That's enough for now.

And so it is.
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January 02, 2020

The Peace is Already Here

On this day, 2nd of January 2020, I proclaim world peace for all humanity. The end of wars is here. We no longer need to fear large wars, or annihilation through nuclear weapons and global warming.

Nor do we need to be afraid of powers that seem to be too powerful, or too corrupt. What about economies going into a tailspin to collapse everything around us? Not going to happen. All of this is on the wane.

The question isn't "how do you know?" It is in the field. It's not just my truth or my own proclamation to make. Anyone tuned in to The Field knows this to be true. There are now millions of people consciously aware that human consciousness is rising and that it's the answer to everything.

The question is, will your allow it to become your truth?

To offer help is a brand new documentary, ten years in the making, that showcases a teacher whose teachings are close to my heart: Kryon (channelled by Lee Carroll). Also featured is journalist and pop-star of science & spirituality world - Lynne McTaggart, as well as biologist Bruce Lipton. All three were mentioned in my previous blog post.



The 1 Field is slated be released mid 2020. Synopsis | More clips

April 16, 2019

Sharing the Garden Spirit

A personal account of my relationship with Nature in the garden and the unexpected journey on which I was led.

Almost two years ago I started living in a garden. Our family built a small cabin on ancestral property, we moved in with minimal belongings, and devoted ourselves to gardening and organic cultivation. Deep in the rural heartland we are surrounded by agricultural fields and distant hills. For the casual visitor, there’s little to distinguish us from any other home with a large garden. We may have more fruit trees and there’s a strange formation of trenches but we also have the usual features – a lawn, a few ornamental trees, vegetable patches, flower beds, and a pathway. I am not a gifted gardener either. In fact, I don’t do much gardening apart from occasional sowing, weeding, and harvesting. We often hire help.

Yet, shortly after we moved, my wife and I started observing what others may call strange phenomenon. I had sensed early on that there was something special about this place. Then a series of unending synchronicities began presenting us with opportunities to improve ourselves. We had to work on ourselves, our relationships, and, our purposes. It was as if an invisible force was guiding our lives. Most significantly, I felt being led on a journey of discovery of the true nature of our reality and my role in it. I found out that as soon as I created and clarified an intention, it would begin to materialise. Could it be that as we were raising the plants and trees of the garden, the garden was raising us?

We had no doubt that was the case. A garden is more than the sum of its parts. It’s the consciousness behind it that defines it. Is it designed as a pretty landscape around the house or is it a purpose onto itself? The relationship we hold with our garden is a special one. It is distinguished by our belief that each plant, the living soil, the air we breathe, and the garden as a whole, is a living entity connected with all-that-is. This garden spirit, if you will, not just listens but is able to respond. This is not a vague, feel-good feeling that one would think couldn’t possibly stand closer scrutiny or analysis. It is indeed a feel-good feeling but one based a rational belief which I now understand is part of a large body of metaphysical concepts. These ideas are so removed from the mainstream human consciousness of how we view the world and our place in it that there is no easy way to introduce them to the unacquainted. Yet esoteric ideas are finding greater acceptance every day.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start at the beginning. Five years ago I had no interest in metaphysics, ecological spirituality, new age, or spirituality of any other flavour. I was as deeply entrenched into the physical world as one could be. As a climate change activist I advocated the need for drastic emission reductions through policy by revealing to the public the extent of climate breakdown and implications of our national obsession with economic growth. I was not well-known but well-respected among my peers. In a short period I had about two dozen public-speaking engagements including at top-ranking institutions (IIFM, IIT Delhi, IIT Mumbai) and once on national television (NewsX) during prime time, and some international media coverage (BBC, Reuters). I led an online community focused on climate solutions, formed a renewable energy company, spearheaded an ambitious advocacy campaign of my own called Climate Revolution Initiative, received a respectable mention of my work in a book, and made enemies with national press which I thought were ignoring the story of climate crisis and the need for drastic cuts.

By around 2014, not satisfied with progress on climate policy, my own work, and personal lifestyle, I had begun to question my approach and got myself interested in organic farming. (As an aside, we do not farm commercially at present. Only the surplus goes to the market). I came across individuals who had already left the city to farm. One such evening I found myself in Coonoor, a small town nestled amidst Nilgiri hills, in the house of someone who made the move more than a decade ago. One of the most successful filmmakers of 1990’s, this person, who graciously welcomed me in his home and later became a friend, left Mumbai to live on a twenty two acre property adjoining forests.

I will never forget how I felt the next morning. Waking up, I opened the window and it was like magic. I was surrounded by lush green landscape enveloped in mist with terracotta roof cottages in the distance. With his move, my friend had chosen to live among trees instead of buildings, animals instead of cars, mountains instead of skyscrapers. The pristine air carried water, not particulate. It spoke to me. That was it. Suddenly, what was a fantasy until then became real. The visit was a tremendous boost to my aspiration to live on the land.

Then one day someone introduced me to the books. The Ringing Cedars series by Russian author Vladimir Megre contain teachings by a woman named Anastasia, who the author had met in 1995 in Siberia during a business trip. An extraordinary and advanced human, she lives along with a few of her kin, in seclusion in Siberian boreal forests where her ancestors have been living for hundreds of generations similarly secluded from modern human settlements as well as native inhabitants of the region. Anastasia is an uncomfortable concept for many who would rather believe she didn’t exist. When I read the first book her teachings on Nature and human potential appeared remarkably refreshing and completely unlike anything I had read earlier.

As climate activist I had closely seen where technology driven world was heading. The books showed me what our world would look like if it was driven by the love of Nature instead. All that was needed was to focus inward and to create for one’s family one hectare of living space - a space of love. A garden designed with conscious awareness. Anastasia created a remarkable vision of our future that was full of hope and benevolence. This was complete antithesis to the ideas of doom & gloom of climate science I was led to believe. I embraced her vision like a terminal patient would a promising new treatment. I stopped delivering talks and gradually severed all contact from the world of climate science, resource depletion, and policy advocacy.

By then I had already started organic cultivation on family land in our village. I would travel from the city once a month, water the fields, sow the seeds or do whatever needed to be done and come back to the city home eight hours away. Like most people who get back to the land I was convinced my future lay in organic farming. But the books suggested that serving the land in reverence was a much higher aspiration than serving the land for market. Anastasia spoke of creating a family homestead on one hectare of land and painted a vision of what that would do for the family if they held a relation of love with it with conscious awareness.

When I started reading Ringing Cedars I couldn’t stop and finished nine books in less than two months. Yet, the books are as demanding as they are enjoyable. They require an active imagination and an ability to open one’s heart to its unusual ideas and ask “what if it was true.” I never stopped thinking about the ideas revealed and it actually took me several years to process them. The biggest leap in learning came after we built a small cabin on our land, created a garden, and my wife joined me after leaving the corporate sector.

Shortly thereafter synchronicity led me to a flood of esoteric books each of which expanded on the ideas presented in the Ringing Cedars. Authors like Esther Hicks, Michael Roads, Dolores Cannon, Eben Alexander, Lee Carroll presented metaphysical concepts from the other side of the veil. On one hand I found scientific validation behind some of their ideas in the work of developmental biologist Bruce Lipton, and the remarkable work of journalist Lynne McTaggart who showed how consciousness influences physical reality. On the other hand, work by quantum physicists Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner revealed the limitations of science when it comes to some of the most fundamental aspects of our existence.

What struck me most was the overwhelming volume of published material available in the public domain on esoteric topics. They may have some variation on the details but the core concepts can be found to be common to all. Most new age material has been published over the last 30 years but there are some books from about a century ago that match concepts presented in recent books. Often there are communities around one author or subject that have no idea that another writer elsewhere has written about the same or similar concepts in another way.

One of the core lessons of all teachers, if I could limit it to a single sentence, is that the non-physical has primacy over the physical. If this was true, it meant discarding everything I knew about how the world functioned. I learned that the greatest secrets of the universe lied outside of what we have been taught. Once we understand them all creation will be seen as magnificent beyond description, just, and astoundingly beautiful. As I began to reflect on these teachings and practice them consciously in everyday life I started to experience them as real.

One of the first synchronicities led me to discover the work of Joseph Cornell who, in the 1970's, developed Sharing Nature training in U.S. It's a Nature awareness programme conducted in natural surroundings that employ innovative games and activities to uplift participants' consciousness. This award-winning experiential training programme is now popular in over forty countries worldwide. When I first came across the training, just the act of watching other people engaged in play that connected them with Nature filled me with tremendous joy. In Joseph Cornell's workshops Nature was accorded the same degree of reverence that the Ringing Cedars books spoke about. By engaging in these activities anyone, regardless of their background, could experience the benefits of a joyful union with Nature. I contacted Sharing Nature, U.S, to bring the training to India and we will soon do the first such programme in the country. Details can be found on our website: Sharing Nature India.

In Sharing Nature training a popular activity is called ‘Interview with Nature’. It’s one of my favourites from the ensemble of all the wonderful activities created by Joseph Cornell. Perhaps because it allows for, in the most direct manner, the contemplation of Nature. In this activity participants are asked to choose a natural feature like a tree or an animal, imagine that they were that life form, and interview it. They are to write down the answers that first come to their mind.

A few days ago when my nephews were visiting, we lay down in the grass and decided to play interview with Nature. The eight year old chose to interview a wasp and the twelve year old went with a tree (page 2). I chose the garden spirit as my subject. The responses of course are influenced by my own consciousness and the ideas that have taken root in my mind. You can read the response below that appeared in me as I interviewed the garden spirit.

How old are you?
I was born around the fourth week of November 2014. That makes me four years and four month old. [the activity was conducted on 22nd Mar 2019]

Where do you come from?
You could say that I was born in your mind when you read book one and imagined living in Nature. If you wish to go further back, you could trace my birth to Anastasia’s dream in which she imagined that Valdimir Megre would write books whose readers would one day create their own gardens. That was 1995. That makes me 23 year old. Today, there are thousands of my counterparts from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Germany, Australia, U.S, and elsewhere around the world. All of them were inspired by Anastasia. If you wish to go further back, as a garden spirit I am part of Gaia, mother earth, which also is a spirit. So really, I do not have a beginning. Nor do I have an end since consciousness is eternal.

Have you always been the same size?
My size cannot be seen with eyes but I do have one. The more my creator thinks of me or pays me attention, more do I grow in size. The more care he and his family provides, the better do I flourish, both in spirit and in physical form.

What is it like living here?
The material part of me lives here. As spirit I’m not limited by space. I am here for sure but I’m elsewhere as well. It’s difficult to define it in human terms since you think in a linear, three-dimensional fashion. In the spirit world there is no separation, everything is one. Your scientists are struggling with it too in the world of quantum physics where one object can be at multiple places at the same time. They have been trying to figure it out for over a century. One day they will. When they do, it will begin a new era for humanity. A day will come when you will walk into a forest and see with your instruments all the trees looking at you. You will even be able to measure the beneficial energy you receive from them in such an exchange.

What events have you seen in your life?
I saw the joy and delight with which you conceived of me. I experienced the excitement when you anticipated me over the years. I grew each time you believed you will bring me to life in the physical world or create me one day. Each time your conviction gave way to doubt I slightly diminished in size. Thankfully those moments were few and far between. Most of the time, you were confident. The only question was where and when.

Who comes to visit you?
My physical counterpart is visited by all who come to me. But I am also visited by others when you share your story with them. When you tell them about the garden, what you grow and what motivated you to make it part of your life.

How do you benefit others?
How a garden spirit assists its creator and assists humanity as a whole is a puzzle to which you have given considerable thought. It is something you must strive to continue working. Not with the intellect but with your feeling, by listening to the heart. It’s not something for me to tell you at this time as you still have a lot to learn and experience. You already know that I am and will continue to bring you the opportunities, but you must get the answers on your own.

How do others help you?
Who is to say who helps more - the others me or I them? It’s an exchange. Others help me by joining their thoughts with me. When they think of me, in joy, I grow too as consciousness. I benefit immensely whenever one thinks of me in an uplifted mood. At such times, they elevate themselves, you, and many unseen others. When people visit the garden, contemplate a flower or a fruit tree, and when you share your story and they react with delight they unknowingly also sow seeds of their own future garden. Whether the garden gets materialized in physical form or not depends upon whether they identify it as their aspiration and how well they cultivate it. They may or may not water this seed. Regardless, just the act of sharing the story in uplifted consciousness brings good to all.

March 27, 2019

Rahul Gandhi's Cash Transfer Scheme Could be A Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax

Its principal architect could very well be Jairam Ramesh, the former minister of environment, a close aide of Rahul Gandhi and Congress' chief strategist for 2019 elections.

Rahul Gandhi, leader of Congress - India's main opposition party - announced a major cash transfer scheme yesterday aimed at poverty alleviation, ahead of the upcoming elections. News reports say the amount will cost the national exchequer Rs. 3.6 Lakh Crore which is more than the central government subsidy expense (2.9 Lakh crore).

There's no clarity on how such a large sum is to be raised. Meanwhile the party has clarified that it will be additional to existing schemes and subsidies. It just occurred to me that the scheme could be another name for a revenue neutral carbon tax.

"Carbon tax" is term for taxation which is introduced on fossil fuels in order to reduce their consumption. The term "revenue neutral" simply means the income from the taxation is returned back to the public in some form. It's a great equaliser - make the polluting rich pay the taxes and then distribute the collection among the poor in a Robin Hood style. Hurray for environment, hurray for the poor.

A revenue neutral carbon tax is "the fairest, most effective, most efficient single policy tool in the fight for a habitable climate," says Charles Komanoff, on Carbon Tax Center website, who co-founded it twelve years ago. At that time it seemed to me that way too.  I campaigned for a revenue neutral carbon tax at every platform at which I had an opportunity. In this post from 2010 I explain the concept:
A revenue-neutral carbon tax means all the money collected from it is distributed back to the people -- divided equally to the population. So let's say if Rs.1 Lakh crore is collected every month is divided equally among 100 crore people, each person's share is Rs.1000. 

Which means, if a rich person, who consumes a lot of energy had paid say Rs.10,000 in terms of carbon tax -- extra cost incurred on energy made expensive -- then he has a loss of Rs.9000. He will naturally do all he can to save energy. 

A person with average energy consumption, having spent Rs.1000 in higher energy costs will get all his money back and he'd be able to even save some if he pursues energy efficiency.

A poor person who consumes very little energy, having spent only Rs.200 in higher energy costs will actually have a profit of Rs.800 - a substantial sum for him. 

So carbon tax can actually alleviate poverty in India by moving money from the rich to the poor, reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions and incentivising renewable energy.  
A version of revenue neutral carbon tax is in place in British Columbia, Canada and has been fairly successful. But nowhere has it been deployed at such a large scale and creates such high income as the transfer promised by Congress. This scheme, if it is to be generated from carbon tax, takes an approach in which the transfer is made not to everyone but to the poorest fifth of the population.

I have, of course, no inside knowledge that the cash transfer will be funded by carbon tax. You can call it conjecture but I base it on my intuition. Rahul mentioned that they have consulted various economists who have supported it. This is in line with the statements of major economists supporting revenue neutral carbon tax.

I have long suspected Jairam Ramesh to be the man behind Rahul Gandhi's makeover. Prior to elections Ramesh has been conspicuously absent from the limelight. Apart from book tours and occasional interviews he was rarely in news. This is quite uncharacteristic of someone who loves to face the camera and take the mic. To me this suggests an active behind-the-scenes engagement. Each time I come across Rahul Gandhi hurling a jumla (witticism) in his speech, and he has been hurling quite a few, I sense Jairam Ramesh to be behind it. Ramesh denies to be Rahul's speech writer but does admit to have offered "points" when asked. A recent report suggests he has taken a leading role in working for the 2019 elections.

During his stint as environment minister Jairam Ramesh had plenty of opportunity to consider all sorts of policy mechanisms for emission reduction including carbon taxation. It was he who first introduced coal cess, a form of carbon tax (it's another thing that in terms of carbon tax which is usually calculated as $/ton, the cess amounted to a paltry figure).

Rahul Gandhi's scheme is termed NYAY, for Nyuntam Aay Yojana (minimum income scheme). Literally translated, the word 'nyay' means justice. Because climate change is said to unfairly hurt the poor the most even though they are said to contribute least to it, justice is the appropriate term for the scheme.

Yet another reason why I suspect it is carbon tax is because Congress has refused to disclose how they will raise the funds. The taxation part is the tricky bit because carbon tax will hurt businesses that are energy intensive. So there's good reason for the party to hide it from the public and focus instead on cash transfers.

July 28, 2018

Richard Dawkins Searches for Enemy of Reason and Finds Himself

What is a tree? Is it just material or is it something more? Satish Kumar schools Richard Dawkins in metaphysics.


I stumbled across this video and absolutely loved it.

This is unedited footage recorded for a 2007 TV show on superstition led by Richard Dawkins, called 'Enemies of Reason.' Very little of these 37 minutes made it to the episode that was aired. In the show, Dawkins purports to expose people who are supposedly superstitious, anti-science and therefore anti-reason.

Satish Kumar is an environmentalist and editor of Resurgence magazine. He also founded the Schumacher college (there was a time, years ago, when I really wanted to enroll there). Satish considers himself spiritual and has been openly critical of science. So Dawkins goes to him presumably to make him say something into which he could poke holes. Something befitting the label of 'enemy of reason.'

But what this uncut version actually shows is the exact opposite. By the end, it is Dawkins who comes across as the one who is unwilling to listen to reason as he fails to understand Satish's point of view, sticking to his own even when he is unable to defend it. Video comments are filled with people who used to admire Dawkins but agree he totally lost the plot on this one.

The first ten minutes they discuss what it means to be holistic. In the rest of it Satish is trying to explain to Dawkins what he means by the word spiritual. It's really cool. It's Metaphysics 101. Even though it's a very basic introduction, like learning to write the alphabets of the language of metaphysics, yet these first steps are essential since we're not used to looking at environmental issues in this way. Satish gives several effective analogies while Dawkins fails to offer any good ones of his own to defend the scientific, rationalist view he advocates.

The best part is the last seven minutes when they discuss the difference in worldview engendered by seeing Nature only as physical, mechanistic, and separate - the scientific perspective - compared to seeing it as holistic, interconnected and something more than physical - the spiritual or metaphysical perspective.

But more than the entertainment, it's a primer on why you can't really change the mind of a skeptic. The fact that a skeptic does not change his mind doesn't have anything to do with your arguments. It has to do with the his steadfast refusal to change his mind. So important lesson: do not bother with skeptics.