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Seeking Bubble Reputation


It was really so nice to discuss  ‘The Seven Ages’ by William Shakespeare with the 9th graders. As a student of grade 9, I had read this poem.

Here, is the complete poem:

The Seven Ages of Man
(By William Shakespeare)

        All the world’s a stage,
        And all the men and women merely players;
        They have their exits and their entrances,
        And one man in his time plays many parts,                      
5      His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
        Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms;
        And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
        And shining morning face, creeping like snail
        Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, 
10    Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
        Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
        Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
        Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
        Seeking the bubble reputation
15    Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
        In fair round belly with good capon lined,
        With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
        Full of wise saws and modern instances;
        And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
20    Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
        With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
        His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
        For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
        Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
25    And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
        That ends this strange eventful history,
        Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
        Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

I remember, poetry and Literature as a whole has always attracted me. The idea of the abstract fascinated my imagination. The other day, a good friend of mine said that she could never analyse the abstract referring to the poems that we teach in class. But, I have done fairly well in this area. Since early childhood, I had the habit of dwelling deep into the meanings of poems, lyrics of songs, that too the high philosophical ones. For example, the Hindi Film song, “Mein Zindegi ka saath nibhhata chala gaya, har fikr ko dhuye mei urata chala gaya”. Though, we cannot actually ‘throw away our worries like a breeze of air. “Jo milgaya, usiko muqaddar samajj gaya, jo kho gaya mein usko bhulata chala gaya”. Wonderful lines with very deep meaning and of course a lot to learn. These lines actually teach contentment.

Now, contentment is something which usually comes to people at a very later stage of life. But, for people who are high in Philosophy of life, like me, it comes pretty early or let us say, maturity comes much earlier.

Well, let me come back to my original topic, ‘The Seven Ages’ by the great William Shakespeare. I don’t wish to lecture on the greatness of William Shakespeare, as we always do in our English classrooms. I always say to my students that the stature of William Shakespeare is so huge in English Literature that he holds the position of a subject (100 marks paper) in the study of English Literature for earning a Master’s Degree. What I personally admire about him is his great understanding of Human Psyche, Behaviour, Personality etc.

In this poem, ‘The Seven Ages’, the poet presents a huge philosophy, something which can be found in almost all the holy texts of the World. He starts the poem by declaring :

” All the world’s a stage,
        And all the men and women merely players;
        They have their exits and their entrances,…”

He compares the life of a Human Being with a Stage, where everyone play their part. All men and women are mere actors. This point proves that there is a Director, directing this stage of life and assigning roles to these ‘mere players’. And, the funniest part is these ‘mere players’ during their act, start thinking themselves to greater than all or even the creator. They do/talk absolute nonsense, and think that they are not being observed by anyone. But, the truth remains that every action is being observed and recorded for which we all are accountable.

Another point that I wish to discuss here is again inspired from these lines:

       “Then a soldier,
        Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
        Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
        Seeking the bubble reputation….”

Here, by the word ‘soldier’, the poet refers to ‘Adults’. The stage of life, which comes after teenage and before Middle Age. It can range from the age of 20 to 45. How aptly, Shakespeare describes this stage of life!

I absolutely agree with all the points, stated here. I would like to focus upon two characteristics: ‘Jealous in honor, and
                                                       Seeking the bubble reputation….”

As a student of Psychology, I always observe human behaviour, very keenly. I know people, who are so ambitious, opportunistic and competitive. They take everything as a competition. They always want to be the best always. They feel insecure if they find others going ahead of them (Jealous in honor). And, out of this insecurity, they can go to any extent. The funniest thing is that, what they are seeking, with all their hard work, has the status of a bubble (Seeking the bubble reputation). So, finally what they attain with all their efforts doesn’t even last long, it is just a temporary feeling of joy or moment of recognition.

The biggest lesson that life teaches is that everything temporary in life. It is completely futile to run behind something which is not real. They chase a reputation, defeating others on the way and finally achieve the desired goal, which is short-lived and temporary. So, finally what are they gaining by all these efforts is actually nothing. It can be a temporary satisfaction but the negative Karma that they are creating by hurting people is something they need to think about. As Karma doesn’t have a ‘Bubble Reputation’.











Multiple Intelligence Theory – Understanding of Interests Help in Choosing the Right Career


By []Krishna D.

Dr. Howard Gardner introduced and proposed the theory of ‘Multiple Intelligence’ in his book, “Frames of Mind” in the year 1983 and since then the theory has got universal acceptance. Many educators and educational Institutions have embraced this theory in meeting the learning requirements of the learners at various levels. The reason behind the overwhelming acceptance is the fact that there are eight possible ways of imparting education and also to understand a child’s interests and intelligence.

Dr. Gardner believes that every individual has either one or more than one of the following intelligences:

1. Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence

2. Logical/Mathematical Intelligence

3. Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence

4. Musical/Rhythmic Intelligence

5. Visual/Spatial Intelligence

6. Interpersonal Intelligence

7. Intrapersonal Intelligence

8. Naturalistic Intelligence.

1.Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence: People with verbal/linguistic kind of intelligence have a flair for languages; they nurture interest towards learning different languages and are able to do it quite faster than many others. They show special interest towards reading, writing and interacting with people. They like to participate in debates, discussions, seminars etc. They enjoying listening to lectures and taking notes. They are excellent in remembering any kind of information even dates. They are good in grammar, syntax and structure. They have the ability to explain things in details and teach people. People with verbal / linguistic Intelligence perform well in positions where they get opportunities to utilize the skills of language articulation. Usually they excel as teachers, lawyers, writers and politicians. They learn well through reading, listening to lectures in the class, taking notes, interacting with friends and do well in exams because of their good memory power.

2. Logical/Mathematical Intelligence: People with Logical/Mathematical intelligence have the ability to think in a logical manner. They have the ability to reason things. They are good at mathematical calculations. They are good at solving problems. They can play chess quite well. They excel as engineers, computer programmers, software developers, economists, accountants and scientists. They learn well when they are given logical and analytical problems to be solved. They perform extremely well in aptitude tests. They like to solve riddles and puzzles.

3. Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence: People with bodily/kinesthetic intelligence enjoy physical movement. They like to play and dance. Physical activity is more important for them. They do very well in the field of sports. They usually associate themselves with dance and the theatrical performances. Most of them fare well in similar professions. They learn well when the learning involves lot of physical activity more than classroom lectures.

4. Musical/Rhythmic Intelligence: People with this intelligence have musical bent of mind. They have natural inclination towards music. Music in any form attracts them. Students with such intelligence learn well in a musical environment. They have good listening skills. They appreciate music in any form or language and have sensitivity towards it. Naturally they fare well as singers, musicians and composers.

5. Visual/Spatial Intelligence: Such people have strong sense of judgment. They are good at imagination. They have strong ability to visualize. They have an artistic bent of mind. Naturally they fare well in creative arts. With their power of imagination they become good artistes, painters, designers, directors and architects. Students with this kind of intelligence learn well when their creative abilities are triggered by creating favorable environment in the classroom.

6. Interpersonal Intelligence: People with interpersonal skills have good social awareness. They understand people and their way of thinking. They have the ability to strike a conversation with a stranger. They never hesitate to talk to people. They are often described as extroverts. They become stars in any party they visit because of their conversational skills. They have team spirit. They fare well in public relation kind of jobs. They do well in the hospitality Industry and also as marketing professionals. Such students can do wonders if they are put in a team. They learn well in situations where they are required to talk and convince people.

7. Intrapersonal Intelligence: People with this intelligence have good self awareness. They perform better in isolation, than in teams. They are usually described as introverts. They do a lot of self- introspection. They understand themselves very well. They communicate with themselves quite often. They avoid conversation with others unless they are forced to talk. They fare well in desk jobs where there is no requirement of talking. They prefer to work silently on their own. They shine very well as writers, painters, philosophers, scientists and computer programmers.

8. Naturalistic Intelligence: People with naturalistic intelligence have inclination towards nature. They prefer to be close to nature. They like naturalistic atmosphere around them. Such students can learn better in natural settings. They do well as conversationalists, gardeners and agriculturists.

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The Power of the Mind – Can the Mind Attract Positive Energy From the Universe?


By []Krishna D.

Everyone wishes to lead a life which they have always dreamt of. There always remains a gap between the actual life and the life of dreams. The gap between reality and dreams can be removed through an attitude of optimism, hope, willpower, determination, focus and hard work. The Law of Attraction suggests that we attract vibrations towards us. Now whether we attract positive vibrations or negative vibrations, it entirely depends upon us. If we want positivity around us and in our lives, our thought process should be directed towards positivism, so as to attract positive vibrations from the Universal energy. The Law of the Universe also suggests that everything that we send comes back to us. If we send the signals of hatred, envy, enmity, anger and everything that attracts negativity naturally negative energies will get stimulated and will be attracted.

The human mind has tremendous power. It has the power to attract the energies of this Universe. So, it all depends upon us to take charge of our emotions and learn how to use them constructively towards building a better life, a better society and ultimately a better World for everyone to life happily. The emotions of anger, frustration, irritation, depression, annoyance, resentment, bitterness and envy need to be removed from the mind. It is not very easy but can be achieved through practice.

The mind needs to be trained to be happy, calm, serene, peaceful, hopeful, joyful, blissful, contended and positive to bring an atmosphere of peace and serenity in this world. A happy and optimistic person always makes the right decision, makes the right choices and understands the opportunities to make life more satisfying. A person becomes more confident, secure and intelligent.

Training of the mind is possible through reading good books written by spiritual leaders, chanting the holy name of God, speaking and maintaining company with enlightened people. The company of people who entertain negative thoughts should be avoided. Upliftment of mind also takes place through noble deeds like helping the poor and needy, giving food to the hungry, charity, donations and humbleness.

Faith, belief and trust are again important pillars of a strong mind. A strong mind always looks for opportunities towards self growth and development. Such people believe in expansion of their skills and abilities. They always try to grow beyond boundaries and aim to achieve the unattainable. They follow a journey of inspiration, creativity, faith, firmness and perseverance. To live happily and create a life of positivism, we need to undergo a process or a journey starting from now, this very moment.

The Universe has abundance of positive energy. When we are able to train the mind and direct it towards attainment of spiritual, peaceful and constructive goals, we will be able to attract abundant positive energy from the Universe. The great author of ‘The Alchemist’ Paulo Coelho also gives the same message that when we focus our attention towards our goal; the whole Universe conspires to make it happen for us, creating opportunities all through our journey and guiding us with signals.

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