Bruce Lee on Self Regulation Versus External Regulation

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Bruce Lee the philosopher brought us some insightful comments on self-actualization. Now he’s back with more goodness.

InBruce Lee: Artist of Life, Lee talks about the curative power of awareness.

The important thing to remember and to understand is that awareness, per se – by itself and of itself – can be curative. Because with full awareness you become aware of this organismic self-regulation; you can let the organism take over without interfering, without interrupting; we can rely on the wisdom of the organism. And the contrast to this is the whole pathology of self-manipulation, environmental control, and so on, which interferes with this subtle organismic self-control.

Our manipulation of ourselves is usually dignified by the word “conscience,” which is nothing but a fantasy, a projection onto the parents. The “road to hell is paved with good intentions,” and any intention towards idealistic change will achieve the…

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A COMPLAINT

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The only complaint I have

Is against myself.

There is no point complaining

To anyone if they can’t fix it.

No point in wasting words

That bounce off the walls

And back at your ears,

In an empty chamber

That has bars for windows.

There is no one who can

Fix my longstanding complaint,

Except One.

And He doesn’t seem much concerned

About it.

Maybe, He has too much

On His mind.

So, he chooses neither to reject it

Nor to accept it

And therefore, fix it.

He leaves me in a limbo of a life,

Quite conveniently for Him.

If it can be called a life;

Neither swimming nor drowning,

Neither burning nor extinguished,

Neither resplendent green nor bone parched dry,

Neither shining at noon, nor setting at dusk,

Just gray and ashen and alone,

Painfully alone.

THEY DEAL ME CARDS NOT ALWAYS FROM THE TOP OF THE DECK.

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They deal me cards

Not always from the

Top of the deck.

Sometimes, they pull one

From the bottom

And sometimes, from the middle.

They think they’re fast

And that they can get away.

When I ask them,

They conveniently deny it,

Telling me not to argue

Over the hand I am dealt,

And the quality of the Dealer.

And then I ask them for

Another hand.

They shuffle the deck,

Fast and hard,

To cheat my eyes

The skilful hands of

The Dealer.

The Daughters of India And You!

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Two years after a horrific crime, a documentary was made. The following dialogues are fictitious in nature and is written in response to Daily Post's prompt - A House Divided

The Daughter: I never criticise a film or novel, or any work of fiction, you know. Because, I feel a lot of hard work goes into producing a work of fiction, and one who is not qualified enough should never attempt a criticism. But, these days I see, everybody has turned into a critic!

And you are on a banning spree of late. How many voices do you want to curb?

The Father: Banning? Hold on! What are we talking about here! ‘India’s Daughter’ is it? 71cfb469b7cfbcd7fb2e31acff8cb7c0_1

The Daughter: What else do you think is the latest controversy surrounding you!

The Father: By the way, I’m absolutely cherishing how you have referred ‘India’s Daughter’ in context of fiction. I’m glad you…

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Review: The Nissan GT-R

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The Godzilla is faster than you think!

You don’t know what raw power is unless you’ve been crushed into your seat, as you accelerate from a dead naught to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds.
Not everyone can or has experienced this feeling, except for maybe some Formula1, IndyCar or even some fighter jet pilots pulling extreme G’s in the air. Yet, most people on this planet will never know this feeling. Most of you think that only a Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari, Bugatti Veyron or a Koenigsegg can give you that feeling. They’re wrong.

Meet “Godzilla” a.k.a. the Nissan GT-R. Not the prettiest monster you’ve ever laid your eyes on, but certainly not the ugliest one on the road. But Nissan-GT-R-Nismo-2015-First-Delivery-In-US-14still a monster largely due to its immensely powerful R35 3.8 litre DOHC V-6 with twin Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries turbochargers that churn out 473 bhp at 6400rpm with a six-speed automated manual transmission that makes it hit a top speed of 311km/h. Not bad for a 1.7 ton behemoth, eh? Godzilla!

Since its introduction in December 2007, the Nissan GT-R has become famous for sports-car performance, functional design and first-rate interior accommodations. Its performance philosophy is simple: must perform as good as a Porsche. And boy does it with style, winning several awards along the way including Top Gear’s Supercar of the Year 2007, Evo Magazine’s Car of the Year 2008, Automobile Magazine’s 2009 Automobile of the Year and Popular Mechanics’ Automotive Excellence Awards 2008 (Design), to name a few. The GT-R is said to have beaten Porsche Carrera at the hallowed tarmac of the Nürburgring, with Toshio Suzuki at the wheel.

nissan-gt-r-r35-liberty-walk-performance-godzilla-full-black_1-630x380And now, the looks department. Nissan chief creative officer, Shirō Nakamura, the man behind GT-R’s square lines, felt that the car had to reflect the spirit of contemporary Japanese Culture, and found no better inspiration than the popular Japanese anime series Gundam. However, the car’s rear and taillights were designed by American designers, while the European claim is only to the roofline, giving the GT-R a very tempting profile silhouette.

GT-R’s interior is very functional. One might call it very German, even, in terms of efficient design and use of space. But for the driver only. The seats, though a bit high for a performance car, have an intuitive rotating and sliding control with electric motor adjustments. 2009-Nissan-GTR-SpecV-2It is this seat configuration that offers excellent visibility. The door armrest and side panel is thickly padded and very comfortable. The dashboard is filled with dials and gauges displaying boost level, engine oil temp, oil pressure, coolant temp, transmission oil temp and transmission oil pressure that are well positioned to make it easier for a driver to concentrate on the road. Remarkably, Nissan involved the creators of Gran Turismo video games, Polyphony Digital, while designing GT-R’s multifunction display. Talk about life imitating art! Add a set of Bose media system, and you’re ready to rock the world out of their minds!

They make about a 1,000 of these a month. No, not because they can’t make more of these on an industrial scale, but because perfection is best when hand made. Nissan attributes this very limited production capacity to the very tricky assembly process for GT-R’s fine-tuned engine and its dual-clutch gearbox. Plus, putting together something as classy as this baby with all the parts made from carbon fiber, ceramic, steel, titanium and other such exotic materials, which we only read and never see in our cars.

Despite the production numbers, this car is still a rare sight. And in Pakistan, there’s ONLY one, making it the fastest car in the land! Incidentally, it happens to be owned by one of our very own speed demon, Usman khan, who, also, happens to hold the unofficial title of The Fastest Biker in Pakistan, with his Kawasaki ZX-14.

The GT-R shows Nissan’s no-holds-barred approach to automotive excellence. It is an extreme machine. The Godzilla is fully capable of leaving high-priced exotica choking on dust. As advertised.

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(Written in 2010.)

A Salute to the Broken-Hearted

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This is for you, whoever you are. You, who have been destroyed by “the one who loved you”. I too have been destroyed- not by love, but by hate. Because the one that I loved used me, abused me, and in the end- discarded me as rubbish.

Me! Of all people. It’s true.

This is proof that even the strong become weak in the race of love. You can only hope that you can hobble your way to a shaded tree in the end, and take refuge.

I was destroyed by a man who I gave my heart to. And he toyed with me. Like a cat.

With porn.
With hate.
With rage.
With pay-backs.
With more porn.
With stalking me.
With even MORE porn.
He betrayed me to the depths.

In the end, he destroyed me.
The worst of all, is that he believes that it is I

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Moon Love

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Ramblings From Jewels

 

“At night, I open the window
and ask the moon to come
and press its face against mine.
Breathe into me.
Close the language-door
and open the love-window...”

                            ~ Rumi

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You can’t tell it from my photo, but there was THE most beautiful moon last night!  I was driving home from running a few errands and saw it glowing up there with its beautiful, luminous face.  ❤

I tried so hard to capture a shot that would do it justice, but in the midst of the inner city, with all of the tall buildings and power lines in the way; in addition to the below zero winds blasting at me, this was the best I could do in the moment.

I came upon the Rumi poem a while back and thought it was so lovely.  I can’t open the actual window right now with the…

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