Interdependence Day 2019

On this the 147th birthday of Sri Aurobindo and the 72nd birthday of India, I request you to contemplate your role in the great march of this world in seeking a divinity within and without.

We live in blessed magical times as I’ve stated here:

It’s a fine morning to ponder again Sri Aurobindo’s five fold dream stated by him here: which I summarize now:

… for a revolutionary movement which would create a free and united India.

… for the resurgence and liberation of the peoples of Asia and her return to her great role in the progress of human civilization.

… for a world-union forming the outer basis of a fairer, brighter and nobler life for all mankind.

… for the spiritual gift of India to the world [to become an established fact]

… for a step in evolution which would raise man to a higher and larger consciousness.

So what are we doing to create a united India? What are we doing to uphold Dharma?

Oh Liberty, until when shall the cross be kept apart from the crescent, kept apart from the lingam before the eyes of God?

It’s our world now, let us exert our free will and BUILD SOMETHING PAR EXCELLENCE!

lovingly yours,
Shasa Ferret

Heroes Unite, Pacifists First

Enough limited identification with nation, city, community, and religion.

It is these barriers that usurp the light of divinity that shines down on us. Stop us from being ourselves – illimitable love!

I’ve said before #GoodThingsAboutOtherCountries, other people, other races, other lands, other religions, other species, other genders etc.

It is acceptance of each other as we’ve accepted ourselves that is indeed the order of the day.

I name the first hero, Pacifist Supreme. Let’s look at the principle, not the man – MK Gandhi whose spirit lives in us and is there when the hunter misses his shot, the general fails to press the detonate switch and we hug our past enemy, kiss and make up. I urge you to live “5 minutes of heaven” on Earth and then stretch it to infinity.

Our past is full of wars, some over principles. So let’s keep the principles, forget the war, remove the defence (offence) budget, and “kill the past and come back to life”.

New Joys

Why young people don’t buy cars and apartments anymore

Nowadays, the traditional measure of success — owning an apartment and/or a car — is out of date. An increasing number of young people around the world don’t want to buy them.

Research shows that the so-called millennial generation, who are now 30-35 years old, rarely buy houses and even more rarely — cars. In fact, they don’t buy super expensive things at all. In the USA, people under the age of 35 are called ’the generation of renters.’

Why does this happen?

Some sociologists say the current generation of young people differs from their parents’ generation. They have other values.

The youth today has reconsidered the concept of success, which means:

Successful people don’t buy property — they rent.

If you want to be considered successful, invest in experiences: travel, do extreme sports, build startups.

The point is that people now don’t want prosperity and stability — all they want is flexible schedules and financial and geographical independence.

People have started to have no interest in material things

Why own a car if you can take a cab? It’s almost a personal car with a driver. And it’s not more expensive than having your own car. Why buy a house in a beautiful place and go there for vacation, if you can find a place to stay through Airbnb in any corner of the planet? You don’t have to overpay for rent or buy a property in a country you love. The same thing with real estate in your hometown:

You don’t know how long you’ll stay where you live.

You can take on a mortgage for 40 years, or you can accept the fact that you’ll spend your whole life in a rented place.

You’ll probably change your job in the next few years. If you rent, nothing prevents you from moving closer to the office.

According to Forbes, modern young people change jobs every three years on average.

The concept of ownership is no longer relevant

James Hamblin, The Atlantic’s columnist, explains the phenomenon as follows: ’Over the past decade, psychologists carried out a great amount of research proving that, in terms of happiness and a sense of well-being, spending money on new experiences is much more profitable than buying new things. It brings more joy.’
Experiences help us make friends

Social interaction between people is crucial to whether they feel happy or not. Talking to others and having a lot of friends makes you a happier person. But would people rather hear about how you spent a year in a wild country or about how many apartments you’ve already bought?

Remember that even a bad experience can become a good story. Material things cannot.
Buying things makes us worry

There’s one more thing. The things we own, especially if they’re very expensive, make us worry about their condition. If you buy a car, you’ll flinch every time someone’s alarm sounds outside. If you buy a house and fill it with expensive items, you’ll be afraid of being robbed. Not to mention the fact that a car can be scratched or break down, and a super expensive TV might break after a year of usage. But no one can ever take away the experiences you have.

Every purchase will go down in price over time

Our parents weren’t able to travel as often as we do. There wasn’t the possibility to have so much fun. They didn’t have so many opportunities to start a new business. Therefore, they invested in houses and cars, and we don’t want to do that. After all, every purchase, if it’s not a house or an apartment, will depreciate over time. And if we think about how quickly real estate depreciates during a crisis, then everything becomes even more obvious.

Experience is the only thing that matters: it won’t go down in price, and no one can steal it.

TAKE HOME MESSAGE – The Author of the above article is from the USA and has explained of a growing trait in the USA. But India is not far behind. More and more of my friends, family and people I know who live in metros like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Bangalore are shifting to the above mindset.

The change is happening really fast.

And experience has become the new age motivator.

Very soon youth in developing cities will understand the power of the above and adopt it.

It’s an evolutionary change, where we are moving away from Materialistic value to Higher Emotional Value to Life!

If we consider the Maslows Pyramid, this is a further step towards greater happiness.

If we consider what Krishna Said in the Bhagwat Gita- Detachment is essential to experience Bliss!

If you still depend on Materialistic approach to happiness.. Then this is a great time in the social evolution of society to experience the other side, without being considered a Rebel or having to break too many comfort zones!