MindYourBusyNess: June 2010


Filter and boosters are two very common components of any modern machine. Probably you must have heard about these. Filter is a component that separates and stops something from a flow. We use a tea filter to filter out tea leaves from tea, a dust filter in air conditioner or an air /fuel filter in our cars to filter out unnecessary ingredients from air/fuel. A music system will have an electronic filter to weed out unwanted signals/sound frequencies called noise. The booster, on the other hand, gives support and strength to the item(s) of interest. We take energy booster drinks and use electronic boosters. The TV and phone signal you see is boosted and processed and filtered many times before presenting to your eye/ears. As we have filters & boosters in machines, we also have these components working for us in our daily lives .These may be in form of people, events objects or any other elements. Do you have spirit boosting memories of events, books, movies or persons in your life? It can be your mother, fiance (e), best friend, guru, idol, gazette, important moments or anything which gives you that effect. The presence of these elements is enough, sometimes a mere thought about them. Once you feel connected to them, you are energized. Similarly you may have people, objects and positions which guard and filter your interests and save you from unwanted exposes. These may be your well wishers, family members, subordinate staff, privileges granted to you or objects like garments or house. Filters and boosters have opposite roles to perform. A thoughtful selection of these makes you comfortable depending upon the item(s) of your interest. Are you able to handle these two components to your advantage in your daily lives conveniently? Especially in case of people, there are chances that we employ a filter in place of booster or vice versa. The loss in such a situation is colossal. Your rivals, competitors, enemies may be wearing the mask of your well wishers or friends. Can you clearly identify these two categories of people in your life? It may not be so easy. Find out and love your boosters. Recognize and thank your filters. Identify people working against your interest. Realize their limitations & compulsions. If possible, open an honest dialogue with them at human level. They can be turned to your filters or booster in spite of their professional compulsions. More filters and boosters you have in your systems, more refined is your life.


The border of two states happens to meet (or separate) on a point on the busy road in front of my house. I leisurely watch the flow of traffic from my balcony. One thing I have noticed many times is that people coming from the left side often stop before entering into the boundary of the new state. The car drivers fasten their seat belts while two wheelers riders wear their helmets. After crossing the border they do stop at traffic lights and wait for traffic signals to turn green. The same traffic lights are operating also at the left side also but no one cares for these lights. The sudden change in the behavior of the citizens is a clear indication of of the differences of the law and order situations between the two neighboring states. Although both the states have similar rules, the implementation and sensitivity levels are different in both the states and accordingly these have earned their reputations by people. Peoples are also divided into two similar camps like this. One category,akin to the state on the left side, allows things to happen to them by others. Those people are taken for granted by others. On the other side, there is a category of people where you need to be conscious while talking/dealing with them. They directly or indirectly remind you of your part of obligation, if you cross the limit. They respect and are sensitive to their beliefs/values and cannot be taken lightly. Which category of people you belong to?


Icebergs are the huge pieces of natural ice sailing in the sea. 90% portion of iceberg is hidden under water. Only 10 % is visible. In olden days, many boats were damaged by colliding with these structures. That time, sailors often used to underestimate the real size of iceberg by considering the visible portion only. Due to ignorance, they used to think that the piece of ice is very small which will be brushed away on collusion with their huge boats. But in reality, it was their boat which was much smaller in size than the iceberg and accordingly it had to bear the giant force of impact with a very big structure. Human mind is also like iceberg. Only a small portion of it is active or conscious. The main part of it is dormant or unconscious. We often make mistakes like old sailors and consider conscious part only as complete mind. We use our conscious or visible mind to plan, work & calculate. Our perception of things is based on our understanding of systems & logic behind everything. Accordingly we construct machines, buildings, superhighways, spacecraft & computers. But at times, many of us realize that logic doesn’t work. The unexpected happens. Sometime it is our own behavior. After the event has taken place, we can always post mortem and establish the ‘facts’ logically. But in real time we do go through many events which are par logic. Whenever we have a clash between man-made arrangements (like old time boats) and naturally evolved items (like icebergs), the limitations of logic is exposed. We pay the price of ignorance and new insights & techniques are developed. We repeatedly do the mistake of judging the behavior of naturally evolved object/event with the same standards as we apply to man-made objects. The objects/events developed naturally have a vast hidden portion which cannot be viewed by the limited view finder of logic. In fact the beauty of life/nature is its uncertainty about the outcome of events. Life is interesting because the future is unknown. Otherwise it will be mechanical like machines. The elements of hope & fear give us strength to go beyond logic. So don’t get disheartened when calculations fail or logic doesn’t seem to work. Do leave some room for unknown/unexpected results and enjoy this experience also as it comes. Let your life become a fair game not a match already fixed. Let the best player win-it may be your opponent also.