Governments can only survive if the masses accept them as the legitimate authority for their survival. Fear and Wisdom compete for a place with knaves and others.

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Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, 1513.  “Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.” The great philosopher David Hume recognized that the opinions that support government receive their force from “other principles,” among which he includes fear, but these other principles are “the secondary, not the original principles of government.”

 

 

 

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Jag Ghoomeya, I have looked for you everywhere in our world. Sultan, Kathak dance, Svetlana Tulasi, Kumar Sharma. Ketaki Gulab Juhi Champak Banna Phoole, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Manna Dey, Jayteertha Mevunthi, Pt. Anand Bhate. Raag Yaman.

Jag Ghoomeya, After having searched the world I found you in my heart.

Ketaki Gulab Juhi Champak Banna Phoole, The flowers Ketaki, Rose, Juhi and Champak blossom as if God were taking away the sorrows of this world.

Ketaki gulaab joohi, Champakban phoole, Rithu basanth apno kanth, The season of spring, our garland godi garwaa lagaay, is proud of her blossoms as a maiden. Julnaa mein baithe aj pee ke sang jhoole Bound together, the season and song sway with her. Ketaki gulaab joohi champakban phoole Gail gail kunj kunj, in the joyful forests guun bhanwaron ki goonj where bees make their home, raag rang ang ang, with melody Chhedat rasiyaa anang, come to spread honey among the flowers. Koyal ki pancham, upon hearing the song of the Koyel bird Suun dhuniyaa dhukh Bhoole, the world forgets its sorrow. Madhur madhur thori thori meethi bathiyon se gori, Providing sweetness in small doses Chit churaaye hasath jay, bees steal hearts with abandon.   Chori kar sir jhukaaye, with their head bowed, they admit theiving.  Seesh jhukaaye chanchal lat,  Known for the characteristic,  their demeanor acknowledges mischief,  Gaalan ko chhoo le, all the while tempting us with promises of glory. Ketaki gulaab joohi Champakban phoole. The flowers of spring the Ketaki, Rose, Juhi and Champak bloom in the forests and delight the world.

An ideology as old as the hills; how to separate the moral from power. Satyagraha in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Go to this site, Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World (2011). Author, His Holiness, The Dalai Lama of Tibet.

“Our men are fighting the government for the sake of truth. We must encourage them in this fight. We must bear bravely whatever harassment the government may subject us to…The boycott of alcohol and foreign clothes is a task women have to do. Men are not blessed with the kind of common sense we have, for we understand the language of sorrow better than men.”

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catullus_1. Catullus’s letter to Cornelius. Latin with English translation.

Cui dono lepidum novum labellum, To whom do I dedicate this new, charming little book, Arida modo pumice expolitum, just now polished with a dry pumice stone? Corneli tibi namque tu solebas, To you, Cornelius, for you were accustomed, meas esse aliquid putare nugas, to think that my nonsense was something, iam tum cum ausus es unus Italorum, then already when you alone of Italians, omne aevum tribus explicare cartis, dared to unfold every age in three papyrus rolls, doctis Iuppiter et laboriosis, learned, Jupiter, and full of labor. Quare habe tibi quidquid hoc libelli, Therefore, have for yourself whatever this is of a little book, ualecumque quod o patrona virgo of whatever sort; which, O patron maiden, plus uno maneat perenne saeclo, may it remain everlasting, more than one lifetime.

Freedom is a state of being capable of making decisions without external control. Kathak Fusion. Rani gumpha andAshtapadi, Monisa Nayak.

The Music Room, Italy. Jalsaghar, India. Miyan ki malhar. Song of the Beloved. Ustad Salamat Ali Khan.

The Music Room of a Palazzo

 

Jalshaghar, music room, India.

Jalada boondana barasae, The drop of water as rain piya bina ko jiyara tharasae, is like the beloved for whom souls thirst yuun yuun avath morae badariya, the clouds scattered in their journey morae ankhiyan barasae are like tear drops falling from our eyes.  pa ni…ga ma re re sa…

Between faith and fanaticism lay reason; Sakhi, companion. Raag Kedar. Pandit Kumar Gandharva, Hindustani classical music.

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Sakhi nikata neera,Companion come close sundar pathahi  your paths are beautiful  madhuri murati, and fragrant, madhana mohana, Lord Krishna, God, jo han jore badhana sabha sadhana dekhi hamare, who is strong of build, in order that all can see and devote themselves to you O God. Saware Kishore sura, Beloved Krishna whose song muni ek nari sohi, biij lalitha sahaja, brings saints and humans together in glorious assembly, bichore, allow it to be spread all over, sura dheerajai dhari, understand though that the song takes time to be absorbed param karam safal kari, because it speaks of the highest works that are offered and fullfilled by your Grace. And sunna bikal hoye sukh ko jane make hearts happy. Lochana laao barahi bari, gadhan dhoye
Bring your blue hued eyes so that they may bathe our mortal bodies, sin. Sakhi sura prem nagana gai aapon hoye, Companion, song and love are joined together and become one as souls. Thulasi kaari koun jaane kahan se aayi, Blessing all, where did you suddenly come from? Surath aapan hoyae, allow your visage to become ours.

Individual liberty and the State of Satyagraha. Conscience in the age of truth and revolution.

Mind of Mahatma Gandhi vis a vis CS Lewis  

The living hell of predatory governmental power over the innocent pursuits of peaceful people.

       When a man fasts, it is not the gallons of water he drinks that sustain him, but God.

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Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err and even to sin. If God Almighty has given the humblest of His creatures the freedom to err, it passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.

CS Lewis and the conspiracy of Empire. A most reluctant convert; Individual liberty in an age of deceit and revolution.

Individual liberty as peaceful pursuits of innocent people

Throughout his work, Lewis infused an interconnected worldview that championed objective truth, moral ethics, natural law, literary excellence, reason, science, individual liberty, personal responsibility and virtue, and Christian theism. In so doing, he critiqued naturalism, reductionism, nihilism, positivism, scientism, historicism, collectivism, atheism, statism, coercive egalitarianism, militarism, welfarism, and dehumanization and tyranny of all forms. Unlike “progressive” crusaders for predatory government power over the peaceful pursuits of innocent people, Lewis noted that “I do not like the pretensions of Government—the grounds on which it demands my obedience—to be pitched too high. I don’t like the medicine-man’s magical pretensions nor the Bourbon’s Divine Right. This is not solely because I disbelieve in magic and in Bossuet’s Politique. I believe in God, but I detest theocracy. For every Government consists of mere men and is, strictly viewed, a makeshift; if it adds to its commands ‘Thus saith the Lord,’ it lies, and lies dangerously.”

Lewis addressed not only the evils of totalitarianism as manifested in fascism and communism, but the more subtle forms that face us on a daily basis, including the welfare, therapeutic, nanny, and scientistic states. “Of all tyrannies,” he stated, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals. Throughout his books, he defended the rights and sanctity of individuals against tyranny not just because he opposed evil, but because he considered a life in freedom—including both social and economic freedom—to be essential: “I believe a man is happier, and happy in a richer way, if he had “the freeborn mind.” But I doubt whether he can have this without economic independence, which the new society is abolishing. For economic independence allows an education not controlled by Government; and in adult life it is the man who needs, and asks, nothing of Government who can criticize its acts and snap his fingers at its ideology.”

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The Spirit of Truth. The Rabbinate in Jerusalem or Yerushalayim of Gold. Sawarae, Beloved of God.