The Seed of Ignorance/The Tree of Wisdom

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“To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge.”

Benjamin Disraeli

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Plant the seed of ignorance
It inspires us to ask
Questions that truly matter
Questions that often go amiss
Right questions
Or even the wrong ones!
It gives us
More than knowledge
It grows us
The tree of wisdom!

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Today’s scribble is a consequence of this article I stumbled upon. If you have time, do give it a read.

Also. Sorry for a slight delay in the new post… but it’s been those kind of days… 🙂

Happy work days!

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Let Me Introduce… The Mystery Man

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Today, I want to tell you about the Mystery Man.

I call him so because I don’t know him much.

I only see him.

I think he must be around 70 years.

Why does his age matter more than any of his other description?

Because in this part of the world, where getting over 60 is automatically assumed as a period to rest on your laurels, the Mystery Man is here to learn something new. Something completely alien.

Something complicated and difficult even for us — the so called young ones.

He is here to learn 3D designing.

And I see him drawing 3D cubes. Everyday.

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.

Aldous Huxley

Mystery Man is lean, almost sickly. His skin is wrinkled. And he is dressed in the most mundane of ways you can imagine.

His bespectacled eyes, though. They are so… rich. Satisfied. Happy.

A part of me wonders whether he is alone or has a family. Because, generally, in our culture, when a person grows old, his children take care of him (and they, mostly, do this out of love rather than compulsion).

So does he not have any children? Or are they just away? What about his wife? Is it just a hunger for knowledge that brings him here? Or did some unfortunate event force him to take up the challenge?

Every day, I want to talk to him. I want to know his story. To know his need. To know his inspiration. To know his drive.

And I want to thank him for unintentionally giving me a renewed determination, confidence, and a true motivation.

But, being the shy guy I am, I don’t

All I do is watch him.

Watch him squint his eyes at the computer screen as he fumbles with his mouse, hovering the cursor over complex software buttons.

Watch him frequently adjust his spectacles and smack his lips with an unhurried dedication toward building his cube.

Watch him triumph with a smile on his face.

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Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

Mark Twain

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.

Sophia Loren

A Start (Big Day for My Country?)

The text on the book says: “Nepalko Sambidhan” or Nepal’s Constitution. Apparently, it has turned out to become one of the thickest constitutions in the world!

Might not be much of a change
Might not mark much drastic turn of events
What it is, is just a start
But a start was all we ever needed

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The nation celebrates to the late hours of the night. I can still hear the cheers and screams of joy! Today is a big day for my country.

After years of struggle, domestic conflict, instability, and discussion, our President announced Nepal’s first-ever constitution that was issued by the direct involvement of the public.

“Nepal’s Constitution 2072” (Nepalko Sambidhan) comes as a beacon of hope for a better tomorrow. (And a subtle, if little, distraction from the pain of the dreadful #MegaQuake that struck early on in the year).

It might not be the most perfect of constitutions that could’ve been written (mainly because of a huge number of people that still disapprove it), but hopefully, the current government will soon be able to address their issues in time, and lead us all, together, to a better and brighter future.

Jay Nepal!!!

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And as always, thanks a bunch for reading!

Will You Ever Burn Out?

 

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You wake up at 7
Go learn something new
A class, a lecture, or a stroll through the nature
Whatever

You do this up until the day job begins
Somewhere around 10, maybe
Then for over next 10 hours or so
You work your socks off
Say till around 9?

You come back home
All fucked up
Tired as anything
Wanting only to embrace the pillow

But you don’t
Because there’s that devil inside you
That devil who wants you to go on
That devil who knows what you truly want

Its name is Passion
And as long as it burns inside
It won’t let you burn out

So you go on
As long as its possible
Defying the science of stupid
Ignoring the discomfort
Embracing the fear
Accepting uncertainty
You keep at it
Whatever it is that you love
Draw, write, compose?
You stick to it
And flesh out your creation
You cure your itch
Until that devil Passion is satisfied
Until it finally allows you to sleep
And sleep you do!
Oh so soundly

Until the next morn
When you wake up at 7

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The answer is for you to decide. Will you ever burn out?

 

Wu #poetry #drawing #tao

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Still Life Drawing (the base seems a bit off, I guess)

Take a vessel
Top it up with water
Now pour some wine

What happened?
Did it hold the wine?
Did it fulfill its purpose?

Now imagine our mind
as that vessel
Filled to its limit

With knowledge
With ideas
With meanings

Somewhere in this chaos
We lose the blissful ignorance
The vacancy of the mind!

Obsessed with fulfillment
We forget that it can’t exist
Without the emptiness!

So why not stop for a while?
Pause, take a deep breath
And revel the emptiness inside!

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Wu is a Chinese word that translates to “Emptiness”. Lao Tzu explains the concept of “Wu” best in Verse 11 of The Legend of Tao (english translation by Michael Rossman):

“Spokes join the rim to the hub,
but the wheel’s use depends
on the hole in the center.

We make a bowl from clay,
but emptiness makes it useful.

We cut out doors and windows,
but vacancy makes the room habitable.

So what’s there is advantageous,
but what’s not is what makes it useful.”

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Thanks for reading!

 

The Story Inside! #haiku #doodle

Staring at nothing

Hoping for you to show up

I’ve waited too long!

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Is your Persistence strong enough to force out That Awesome Story past the Writer’s Block?

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“If a story is in you, it has to come out.”

-William Faulkner

Why 2 blogs?

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So a few weeks back I started a new blog called Curing the Itch.

I thought I would use that blog for exploring my new journey toward Visual Arts (sketching/digital painting/motion graphics/vfx) and would use this blog for my regular writing/poetry/book reviews stuffs.

But in these few weeks, I have had two new revelations:

1st: It is utterly difficult managing two blogs at the same time. It is also very confusing for myself and my readers.

2nd: Art is art. No matter how it is expressed. Be it be illustrated, written, sang, animated, etc. So… why two blogs!?

There really was no point in creating a separating a blog for writing, the other for sketching, and maybe a third for motion graphics, or whatever. All those are a part of me and I can express all those through this one platform.

Many of you did me great honor and favor by following both my blogs. But I don’t want to make it any more confusing on my part, and want to deactivate the other blog (for now!) before too many others follow it.

I apologize to all the followers of “Curing the Itch”.

Thanks for staying with me!

 

 

P.S. If anyone else has gone through similar problem and have any feedback or suggestion for this… it would be much appreciated. Thanks!

The Battle #haiku #drawing

 

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Me vs. Time | Round ???

There are days I wish

For a single day to have

At least forty hours!

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Many things to do

So many places to be

Ah, but not much Time!

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I’m sure every person in the world goes through a constant battle with time to fit in all their “to dos” within the stipulated 24 hours limit. Many succeed, no doubt. But for others, it’s always a constant struggle.

So I thought this battle warranted a scribble, albeit a simple one.

On that note. Have a great weekend!

P.S. I wanted to draw this one in greater detail, but then I thought… wouldn’t that be defying the purpose? 🙂

Yin Yang (The Duality of Life)

My first Digital Painting (drawn from scratch!)

My first Digital Painting (drawn from scratch!). Yay for me!

Would we crave for light the way we do
If there never was a moment dark?

And would we be happy the same way
If we didn’t know what it meant to be sad?

Questions exist to be answered
Complications are there to be solved

Challenges arise to be conquered
Failures are there to be won

One exists to give other the life
The duality prevails to keep things whole

The Yin Yang of life is beautifully simple
Yet, the Yin Yang remains unknown

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The inspiration for the above poem, of course, comes from the “Tao Te Ching” by Lao Tzu. But no words can truly explain this duality of things than the immortal words of Lao Tzu himself. So I must leave you with this excerpt of “Tao Te Ching” (Translated into English by Derek Lin):

“When the world knows beauty as beauty, ugliness arises
When it knows good as good, evil arises
Thus being and non-being produce each other
Difficult and easy bring about each other
Long and short reveal each other
High and low support each other
Music and voice harmonize each other
Front and back follow each other”

-Lao Tzu (Translated by Derek Lin)