Time and space, continued

Grasping the intricacies of time and space continues to be one of the most interesting aspects of the natural world.

Ancient Indians had pondered for long how the interplay of desha (time) and kaala (space) takes place.

It is interesting to note the sanskrit word varsha which can a year (as in time) or a country (as in Bharatavarsha, or the land of Bharata).

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Time and space

Understanding time and space from a scientific viewpoint is one of the eternal quests of mankind.

Transcending time was also one of the goals of the ancient Indians. Thus the phrase “sanatana dharma” (eternal dharma) is used to describe the Hindu religion.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna narrates how he is the embodiment of Time, as he reveals his universal form.

kālo ’smi loka-kṣhaya-kṛit pravṛiddho
lokān samāhartum iha pravṛittaḥ
ṛite ’pi tvāṁ na bhaviṣhyanti sarve
ye ’vasthitāḥ pratyanīkeṣhu yodhāḥ

This can be roughly translated to:

Time I am, destroyer of the worlds. Even without your participation, the warriors arrayed in the opposing army shall cease to exist.

– Bhagavad Gita, 11.32

Serving

Serving up a good user experience is one of the prerequisites of any software.

Sufficient redundancy and non-stop access is essential for any server implementation.

Generally, service appears to be one of the basic aspects that needs to be learned to achieve success especially in the IT world.

Math

The discipline of mathematics is interesting as a lot of it mostly takes place inside one’s head.

The inspiration for mathematics perhaps came to our ancestors from nature and solving everyday problems such as counting seeds.

It remains one of the sciences which relies entirely on the mind.

Unplanned

Expecting too much perfection often makes the result of the work too boring.

Often, the unplanned produces great output perhaps because it allows for innovation at every turn.

Trying

In order to achieve anything, it is well known that one needs to start somewhere.

There is mostly not much that occurs without trying.

Of course, one needs to know where one’s limits lie.

Intent

Often, historical incidents are shaped as much by unintended consequences as by intentional actions.

Generally, it is dangerous to form theories about such complex systems as human history.

Perhaps, notice can be taken by people about the unintended consequences before undertaking drastic actions.

Change

As time has passed, human beings have continued to have a significant impact on the green cover on earth.

What was once a sprawling cover of wildness has been reduced significantly.

It would be interesting to note how this trend continues over the next few centuries.

Think

With evolution, nature enabled species to survive and thrive.

Human being have got the extraordinary gift of consciousness.

This has enabled thinking, memory and a host of other features.

As compared to the rest of the species, over the years, humans have developed codes of morality.

This has given guidelines for individual and social conduct. These guidelines, as developed over thousands of years in India, are collectively known as dharma.