Sunday, June 29, 2014

Lalon Shah the Great Bengali Poet and Folk Singer

'' They are curious to know what Lalon's faith is,
 Lalon says The shape of caste eludes my vision.
Circumcision tells a Muslim from others,
But what is the mark of his woman?
The Brahman is known by his thread,
How do I tell who is a Brahmani? '' -      Lalon Shah

       Fakir Lalon Shah also known as Lalon Shah (c.1774–1890), was a Bengali philosopher, poet, folk singer and humanist. His poetry, articulated in songs, are considered classics of the Bangla language. People call him mystic and metaphysical saint. But he was nothing but a simple realistic man who had passionate love for mankind. So, he preferred to help and make them aware and conscious of their destiny. Almost all his songs reveal this fact.The melodies, tunes and themes of his Baul songs (one kind of folk song that reflects the fusion of both Hindu bhakti movements as well as the Sufi songs) in Bangla reflect the metaphysical philosophy as well as the natural beauty, social reality and the facts of common people of Bangladesh.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

'Living life tomorrow's fate, though thou be wise,
Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise.
Pass therefore not today in vain,
For it will never come again.'    
-Omar Khayyam

   Omar Khayyam was influential scholar of the medieval period born in 1048 in Persia. He was an admired mathematician, philosopher, astronomer and poet. He also wrote treatises on mechanics, geography, mineralogy, music, and Islamic theology, though he is known more widely for his existential philosophy and poetic expression of his beliefs about and struggles with the limitations of human life.  

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Men’s Traditional Belief and Madonna-whore Complex

        Most men have some common objection about women that they are very unpredictable or tough to define. But men  never question the root of their belief about women. As social being we inherit some common belief by family or social conditioning that controls our mind subconsciously. Because of family or social conditioning two people can see the same thing in completely different perspective. According to society where sexually frustrated people were raised to believe that sexual activity or just being sexy is a dirty and shameful act, both men and women believe that women have to either be complete prudes or totally promiscuous.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hypetia - The First Female Scholar of Alexandria

        You might have heard about the Lighthouse of Alexandria or the Library of Alexandria but do you know that the first female mathematician and philosopher of history was born in Alexandria, Egypt on (355 or 370 - 415 AD)? The name of this Great Female Scholar was Hypetia. She was an Alexandrine Neoplatonist philosopher who was the first well-documented woman in mathematics. Hypatia is known for her chastity, virtue, and beauty as much as for her ideas in an era of Belfast-style conflict between pagans and Christians.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Wat Rong Khun - Biggest Buddhist Temple

            Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai, Thailand is unlike any Buddhist temples in the world. It is established by a the famous well-known Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, who had accumulated savings over a period of 20 years from selling his paintings. Construction began in 1997.

Wat Rong Khun is different from any other temple in Thailand, as the all-white, highly ornate structure gilded in mosaic mirrors that seem to shine magically ; it is designed to be viewed in the moonlight hours. The white color stands for Lord Buddha’s purity; the white glass stands for Lord Buddha’s wisdom that "shines brightly all over the Earth and the Universe."