G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

Shel Silverstein : “Talked my head off Worked my tail off Cried my eyes out Walked my feet off Sang my heart out So you see, There’s really not much left of me.” ~

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Thursday, December 15, 2016

येकाच्या लाळा गळाल्या...ते नागवींच लोळों लागलीं...Samarth Ramdas, Homer Simpson and Us

समर्थ रामदास :
"येक हात हालविती। येक पाय हालविती।
येक दांत खाती। कर्कराटें॥
येकांचीं वस्त्रें निघोनि गेलीं। ते नागवींच लोळों लागलीं।
येकांचीं मुंडासीं गडबडलीं। चहुंकडे॥
येक निजेलीं अव्यावेस्तें। येक दिसती जैसीं प्रेते।
दांत पसरुनी जैसीं भूतें। वाईट दिसती॥"...

‘येक हाका मारूं लागले। येक बोंबलित उठिले।
येक वचकोन राहिले। आपुले ठाईं॥
येक क्षणक्षणा खुरडती। येक डोई खाजविती।
येक कढों लागती। सावकास॥
येकाच्या लाळा गळाल्या। येकाच्या पिका सांडल्या।
येकीं लघुशंका केल्या। सावकास॥
येक राउत सोडिती। येक कर्पट ढेंकर देती।
येक खांकरुनी थुंकिती। भलतीकडे॥
येक हागती येक वोकिती। येक खोंकिती येक सिंकिती।
येक ते पाणी मागती। निदसुऱ्या स्वरें॥’
 (सौजन्य: समर्थ साधक)

आता 'येकाच्या लाळा गळाल्या', 'येकांचीं वस्त्रें निघोनि गेलीं। ते नागवींच लोळों लागलीं।' 'दांत पसरुनी जैसीं भूतें।'.... वगैरे माझ्या किंवा होमर सिम्पसन यांच्या बाबतीत खरे असेल....

courtesy: 20th Television and creators and developers of "The Simpsons"

... पण झोपणे काहीवेळा सुंदरही दिसू शकते...

'Sleep', c1800

Artist: Francisco de Goya

“Untitled, Moscow, Russia,” (2009-2011)

Photograph by Jana Romanova/Andrea Meislin.