He traveled all the way to Athens and on a humid day made run to Marathon village all by himself in heat and traffic. [super crazy :)]
These are some notes from the book:
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you start to think, Man this hurts, I can’t take it anymore. The hurt part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand any more is up to the runner himself.
To keep on going, you have to keep up the rhythm. This is the important thing for long-term projects. Once you set the pace, the rest will follow.
I just run. I run in a void. Or maybe I should put it the other way: I run in order to acquire a void.
Human beings’ emotions are not strong or consistent enough to sustain a vacuum.
Growing older and slowing down are just part of the natural scenery.
You can’t please everybody.
When you’re young, you really need to prioritize in life, figuring out in what order you should divide up your time and energy. If you don’t get that sort of system set by a certain age, you’ll lack focus and your life will be out of balance.
I’m no great runner, but I’m definitely a strong runner. The more I ran, the more my physical potential was revealed.
Life just isn’t fair, is how it used to strike me. Some people can work their butts off and never get what they’re aiming for, while others can get it without any effort at all. But even in a situation that’s unfair, I think it’s possible to seek out a kind of fairness.
Human beings naturally continue doing things they like, and they don’t continue what they don’t like.
No matter how strong a will a person has, no matter how much he may hate to lose, if it’s an activity he doesn’t really care for, he won’t keep it up for long. Even if he did, it wouldn’t be good for him.
I don’t think we should judge the value of our lives by how efficient they are.
The body is an extremely practical system. You have to let it experience intermittent pain over time, and then the body will get the point. As a result, it will willingly accept (or maybe not) the increased amount of exercise it’s made to do.
Nobody’s going to win all the time. On the highway of life you can’t always be in the fast lane.
Nothing in the real world is as beautiful as the illusions of a person about to lose consciousness.
The most important quality a novelist has to have is: talent, focus, endurance, patience .
Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest.
People have certain inborn tendencies, and whether a person likes them or not, they’re inescapable. Tendencies can be adjusted, to a degree, but their essence can never be changed.
As you age you learn even to be happy with what you have. That’s one of the few good points of growing older.
If something’s worth doing, it’s worth giving it your best—or in some cases beyond your best.
To deal with something unhealthy, a person needs to be as healthy as possible.
In most cases learning something essential in life requires physical pain.
If pain weren’t involved, who in the world would ever go to the trouble of taking part in sports like the triathlon or the marathon, which demand such an investment of time and energy? It’s precisely because of the pain, precisely because we want to overcome that pain, that we can get the feeling, through this process, of really being alive—or at least a partial sense of it.
Spent reading J Krishnamurti lecture which is converted as book title why do you live with stress. It is a very short under an hour reading.
This are some Kindle notes from the book :
The common factor of every human being is that they suffer: agony, despair, loneliness, unhappiness, a great deal of sorrow, fear and so on.
Each human being, represents the whole of mankind.
Until the mind is free of pressure there is no new way of living: you may join communes, start a new way of cooking and all the rest of it, but that is not freedom from pressure.
Knowledge is the accumulation of various experiences, various incidents, accidents, dangers, and so on, registered as memory.
The brain is extraordinarily old, conditioned according to its memories.
Our actual daily life is based on the memories of the past, our relationship with each other, man and woman, friends and so on, is based on the past.
All our activities, all our social, moral, religious, the gods, everything is based on thought.
Thought has not created nature – the mountains, the rivers, the trees, but man thinking about them makes use of them, like the chair. So thought has created the world in which we actually live.
Thought is the response of memory. Without memory there is no thought. You cannot function radically, or sanely, or logically, or illogically, without thought.
Thought has created illusions, which are also reality.
Being limited, being broken up, being part of time, thought is never complete. complete order is only possible when thought has realised its limitation and therefore accepts that limitation which has its proper place.
We said thought is limited, broken up, part of time, which is the movement of knowledge, therefore utterly, completely limited.
Whatever that thought does, being limited, must be continuous disorder. That’s an absolute fact, irrevocable.
Thought is really the most mischievous thing in life, the greatest criminal.
Picked First & Last freedom by J Krishnamurti 2 weeks back. The book is collection of his discourse on various topics.
These are some of my simplified Kindle notes from the book:
Relationship invariably results in possession, in condemnation, in self-assertive demands for security, for comfort and for gratification, and in that there is naturally no love.
Relationship means communion without fear, freedom to understand each other, to communicate directly.
Society is the product of relationship, of yours and mine together. If we change in our relationship, society changes; merely to rely on legislation, on compulsion, for the transformation of outward society, while remaining inwardly corrupt, while continuing inwardly to seek power, position, domination, is to destroy the outward, however carefully and scientifically built.
Self-knowledge cannot be gathered through anybody, through any book, through any confession, psychology, or psycho-analyst. It has to be found by yourself, because it is your life; without the widening and deepening of that knowledge of the self, do what you will.
Peace will come only when you yourself are peaceful, when you yourself are at peace with your neighbour.
A mind is not sensitive when it is crowded with ideas, prejudices, opinions, either for or against.
Awareness is a state in which there is no condemnation, no justification or identification, and therefore there is understanding; in that state of passive, alert awareness there is neither the experiencer nor the experienced.
A man who does not demand anything, who is not seeking an end, who is not searching out a result with all its implications, such a man is in a state of constant experiencing.
Have you ever tried to be alone? When you do try, you will feel how extraordinarily difficult it is and how extraordinarily intelligent we must be to be alone, because the mind will not let us be alone. The mind becomes restless, it busies itself with escapes.
To be creative in the truest sense of that word is to be free of the past from moment to moment, because it is the past that is continually shadowing the present.
For the discovery of truth there is no path. You must enter the uncharted sea – which is not depressing, which is not being adventurous.
There is no freedom if you are seeking an end, for you are tied to that end. You may be free from the past but the future holds you, and that is not freedom. It is only in freedom that one can discover anything.
We gossip about others because we are not sufficiently interested in the process of our own thinking and of our own action. We want to see what others are doing and perhaps, to put it kindly, to imitate others.
There are two facets to memory, the psychological and the factual. They are always interrelated, therefore not clear cut. We know that factual memory is essential as a means of livelihood but is psychological memory essential? What is the factor which retains the psychological memory? What makes one psychologically remember insult or praise? Why does one retain certain memories and reject others? Obviously one retains memories which are pleasant and avoids memories which are unpleasant.
Meditation is the beginning of self-knowledge and without self-knowledge there is no meditation.
This week for a change i picked up collection of poem/conversation by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar. The book is poets version of conversation happening between Karn, Krishna, Kunti, Duryodhan in the battle field of Kurukshatra, part of epic saga Mahabharatha. Credit must be given to Ramdhari Singh Dinkar for his imagination and writing this.
Instead of adding my notes, I am adding some YouTube videos for you all to watch and listen to the content of this book.
I would strongly recommend everyone to watch this video which talks about life and learning of the famous Poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar.
The most famous section on the poem is where Krishna comes to Duryodhana asking him to give back kingdom to Pandavas and not doing so will result in battle which is not good for human kind. I am adding the recitation of the part by Manoj Bajpayee, award winning bollywood actor.
Another important aspect of this poem collection is that it depicts how mighty was Karn and that all of a sudden everyone including Krishna tries to persuade him and join Padavas side.
Listen to recital below where Krishna is persuading Karn to join Pandavas side
If I had enough $$, I would have defiantly made a movie to show the world how mighty was Karn. 🙂
The mighty warrior The great leaning for us all is how to keep Dharma, Karma and our relationship everything intact and keep doing what we have to do.
Its been over 3 months for me since i quit my full time job. One of the area which fascinated me all this while was data analysis. Over coffee Anurag Ramdasan, a friend and mentor few months back suggested me to check https://data.gov.in/
After reading through and spending time on YouTube, Python Pandas felt like the package worth learning, spending time on.
So, What exactly is Pandas?
Pandas is a Python library used extensively for data analysis, with millions of tables and rows. Python being one of the easiest language to pick and wide community support, makes an excellent choice. You can find more details and use case of it on its official website http://pandas.pydata.org/ Also did I tell you, it is open source. 🙂
Installing Pandas is very easy, all you need to do is to use pip or anaconda, popular Python package managers.
After downloading the CSV file which has percentage literacy rate mentioned from year 1951 to 2011 on every 10 years basis. The idea or the task i felt how can i get a table with state wise literacy rate (%) for Bihar, Gujarat and Assam (These are one of the many states in India) in the year 1991, 2001, 2011.
I have embedded iPython notebook below, which has Snippet with step by step explanation of the process and commands I used for this exercise :
Last weeks reading was Wheat Belly by William Davis MD. In the book, author talks about how over century wheat has evolved from being a wild grass to staple food and is key part of all our meals. While wheat has cured world hunger, its genetic modifications have also resulted in carrying modern day disease.
Reading this book will scare shit out of you and make you feel that all the disease you are or your parents/society is suffering from, wheat is one major villain.
Some of the disease which Wheat is responsible for causing includes
Coeliac disease – the devastating intestinal disease that develops from exposure to wheat gluten.
The paralysing delusions of schizophrenia.
Exposure to brain-active exorphins (the counterpart of internally derived endorphins)
Exaggerated blood sugar surges that trigger cycles of satiety alternating with heightened appetite
The process of glycation that underlies disease and ageing
Inflammatory and pH effects that erode cartilage and damage bone, and activation of disordered immune responses.
Unlike me, you must be thinking if at all it is possible to have a life minus wheat. The author says we will have cravings for sometime but it is possible. In the book, author has planned out 7 days wheat free meal.
Author ends up the book on the note:
Fourteen-chromosome wild grass has been transformed into the forty-two-chromosome, nitrate-fertilised, top-heavy, ultra-high-yield variety that now enables us to buy doughnuts by the dozen, pancakes by the stack and pretzels by the ‘family size’ bag.
I consciously decided this time not to share my kindle notes rather write a small snippet from the book, hope you all like it.