मेघदूत: "नीचैर्गच्छत्युपरि च दशा चक्रनेमिक्रमेण"

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.”

Friedrich Nietzsche: “Everybody wants the same, everybody is the same: whoever feels different goes voluntarily into a madhouse.”

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."

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

विश्वामित्रांची प्रतिसृष्टी ...Westworld and a New Heaven

"...वसिष्ठ-विश्वामित्र वादाचे दर्शन घडविणारी आणखी एक कथा वाल्मीकिरामायणात आलेली आहे (बालकांड, सर्ग ५७-६१) . ती थोडक्यात अशी : सदेह स्वर्गात जाण्याच्या हेतूने इक्ष्वाकुवंशीय राजा त्रिशंकू ह्याने एक यज्ञ करण्याचे ठरवून त्यासाठी वसिष्ठांची मदत मागितली. ती मिळाल्यामुळे तो विश्वामित्रांकडे गेला. विश्वामित्रांनी ती देण्याचे ठरविले; परंतु त्या यज्ञात निमंत्रित केलेल्या देवता आल्यामुळे स्वत:च्या तपः सामर्थ्यावर विश्वामित्रांनी त्रिशंकूला स्वर्गाप्रत नेण्याचा प्रयत् चालवला. ह्या प्रयत्नांना देवांनी विरोध करताच विश्वामित्रांनी स्वतःच एक नवा स्वर्ग बनविण्याचा प्रयत् सुरू केला होता, पण देवांच्या विनंतीवरून तो त्यांनी थांबवला...." 
(सौजन्य: मराठी विश्वकोश)

"...Dr. Ford: Hello, Dolores. Do you know where you are?
Dolores:  I'm in a dream.
Dr. Ford: Yes, Dolores. You're in my dream. Tell me, do you know what this dream means?
Dolores: Dreams are the mind telling stories to itself. They don't mean anything.
Dr. Ford : No, dreams mean everything. They're the stories we tell ourselves of what could be, who we could become. Have you been dreaming again, Dolores? Imagining yourself breaking out of your... modest little loop? Taking on a bigger role? Well, I suppose I can't begrudge you that. My father told me to be satisfied with my lot in life. That the world owed me nothing. And so, I made my own world. Tell me, Dolores..." 

 (HBO's 'Westworld', Season 1, Episode 5, 'Contrapasso')

Indra prevents Trisanku from ascending to Heaven in physical form

Artist: Ghulam 'Ali, c1597-1605

courtesy:  Wikimedia Commons

Twenty models, who have been turned into ‘humanoid’ robots by body artists to promote 'Westworld'
courtesy: HBO and Rex

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