Thursday, January 18, 2007

Mind - the multi-channel TV

I remember Sri Sri Ravishankar in one of his satsangs quoting that, most of us let our minds become a 100 channel television. I was able to relate his quote to my mind and it has become more synonymous with the recent advancements in television technology like Plasma TV, HDTV, IPTV and more. The mind surfs so fast that, sometimes we see only the advertisements being broadcasted in all the channels. Interesting ads targeted at acquiring this, possessing that, fulfilling dreams, satisfying expectations, saving big bucks, improving credit history, consolidating debts, relishing the delicious caviar, owning the whole world and more, all without shouldering any responsibility and making an effort.

Then it stops at a technology channel to grasp a few things that might help blabber in today’s meeting. Jumps in to a sport channel manifesting itself into a Sachin or Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan for it appears to be the only way to shelve the frustrations of not being able to be a part of the school team or the college team. The Discovery Channel or the Animal Planet is the next jump, hoping to gain knowledge on mother earth, swearing to become an active member of Green Peace or Blue Cross, and then jumps back to the technology channel. Happy home coming turns out to be the SUN TV mega serial only with the exception of Pogo TV or M TV that is visited in between. With all this in a day, Adult channels are not spared. Finally, settles in spiritual channel that lets the rest of the channels to pour into it, so that the TV can be shut down in the night.

Sometimes, the channels run day and night. Many a times, multiple channels run simultaneously. A thriller movie, an action movie, a music channel, a sports channel, a financial channel, an adult movie and a spirituality movie, all running at the same time, is when is confusion. Migrating to IPTV, I believe, would o ffer video-on-demand, enabling me to opt the right channel at the right time, like the good old poem -

A time to be born and a time to die;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

A time to mourn and a time to dance;

A time to embrace, and a time to refrain;

A time to loose, and a time to win;

A time to rend, and a time to sew;

A time of war, and a time of peace.

Life moves fast. It rushes us from heaven to hell in a matter of seconds, turning our minds into a multicasting television. Opting to be an IPTV is wise in a life where pain being inevitable and suffering being optional with video-on-demand.


Anonymous said...

With too many channels its both good and bad. If you can managa to have few TVs in living and at bedrooms then its fine thou. It more of age factor on what you watch except the cartoon channel.

Shiva said...

Priya, infact, I rarely watch the TV. Still, the multicasting mind TV is on and on and on ..........
As you said age plays a key role to tune your mind to the right channel. In addition, as mentioned in you "Better Person" post "Its a transition of what kind of education, job and network you have it." also matters a lot

Deepa said...

indeed...multichanell mind is on and refuses to shut up