Learning additives1- Few concepts we didn’t know had names!

Yesterday, I was going through a share on facebook Things-you-didn’t-know-had-names’. It had words like petrichor (smell of rain hitting the ground), vocable (the ‘na na nas’ and ‘la la la las in song lyrics that don’t have any meanings), lemniscate (the infinity symbol) etc.

This made me think about some of my newest learnings and I thought of doing a post on them. Here goes a brief description of some of them-

Energy Vampires- Consider a situation in your workplace. You have a colleague. Energy wise you and your colleague are at different wavelengths. You find them negative and difficult. You somehow manage to deal them with smile and silence used judiciously. They talk everything negative and bad. You try to change the topic, they drag you down. They speak more and leave. You are left feeling exhausted and drained.

If you can relate to the scene mentioned above, you have a dedicated term for describing behavior of your colleague, ‘The Energy Vampire’.
According to Wikipedia, “energy vampire” refers to people whose influence leaves a person feeling exhausted, unfocused, and depressed.

Image: youtube.com/watch?v=4TTnnQ4ZJWs

The analogy I gave above was to facilitate better comprehension. I presented what I understood of the concept. However, when it comes to learning, I share a different perspective on this. My personal take is bit different. My take; maybe in above scene, both the individuals are energy vampires for each other.

No one advocates negativity. We always find people espousing positivity. And I am no exception. I am a positive thinker and an extremely vibes conscious individual. But here is a disclaimer; I don’t believe in seeing something or someone in isolation. A person’s behavior is actually an interplay of lot of factors. Sometimes we might be clueless as to what actually that other person is undergoing or has underwent. We easily tag a person as someone who doesn’t understand us. But this holds true for them as well. We too do not understand them either. Same holds true for negativity. We find them negative. We want to get rid of them. What if they find us irrationally optimistic and impractical? What if they too want to distant themselves from someone who in their pursuit of virtuous goals and principle, talks everything positive? What if they don’t understand this and tag it as unreal?
This reminds me of a scene in movie Tareey Zameen Par when Amir Khan picks a foreign text written on a box and asks a person to read it, presses him hard, forces him and thrashes him for not reading. Fact; the person truly did not know how to read that language.

All said and done, concept of ‘energy vampire’ does exist formally.

Triangulation:  Psychology has a dedicated name for this commonly observed phenomenon.For this one, I will let Wikipedia do all the talking. According to Wikipedia, ‘Triangulation is a situation in which one family member will not communicate directly with another family member, but will communicate with a third family member, which can lead to the third family member becoming part of the triangle. The concept originated in the study of dysfunctional family systems, but can describe behaviors in other systems as well, including work.’
Image: www.co2partners.com/monads-dyads-and-triads/

Tikkun Olam- Tikkun Olam is believed to be a Jewish concept and according to www.reformjudaism.org.uk, ‘Tikkun Olam is envisioning an ideal world. Often translated to mean ‘repair of the world’, and even as social justice, tikkun olam underpins our religious way of life and perspective that works towards a time of peace – not just ending war, but a time of prosperity, health and justice for all.’

tikkun olam

Prima facie, the concept looked similar to Utopian state but on delving deeper I found that rather than place centric, it is more of action centric and emphasises on moral and virtuous conduct. According to my interpretation it was more of Karma oriented concept for betterment of world.

This concept is quite debatable. Scriptures and people differ in their interpretations.Irrespective of its accuracy, there is fair amount of information in public domain.This concept has become my favorite learnings in past few days. Talk anything planet and I am held captive.

Om mani padme hum– Few days ago, while I was in an inconsequential conversation with a friend about monasteries;she asked me, “Do you have any idea what all are written on prayer wheels?” I replied without thinking, “They are mantras and spinning the wheel is believed to have same effect as reciting those mantra.”
I felt I knew it.






Image: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_mani_padme_hum

[Distracted me- Family vacations were a routine in childhood. During such family vacations me and my brother always fought for ‘upar wali berth’ in train and our parents at ‘nichey wali berth’ had to bear our random droppings of curiosity! 😀

Me and my brother are chalk and cheese siblings. We had different ways of dealing with our curiosity. And Papa was (and he is) always our first search engine. On one such vacation, I remember visiting monastery for the first time. Here is an excerpt of conversation while we four (Papa, Mumma, my younger brother and me) were walking down the monastery corridors full of prayers wheels.

Curious Me-“Papa, what are these designs?”
Papa-“Beta, these are not designs. These are mantras. And this is called a prayer wheel. As in home, we recite mantra, similarly here they have it written on these wheels and spinning it equals reciting it.”
Happy Me. Contended Me.

Now, have a look at this.

My super curious and nagging brother, Ishan- “Papa, why I need to spin this?”
Papa-“It is a prayer wheel beta. It’s holy.”
Ishan-“What are these designs in prayer wheels?”
Papa-“Beta, these are not designs. These are mantras. As in home, we recite mantra, similarly here they have it written on these wheels and spinning these wheels equal reciting mantras.”
Ishan-“Mantra is recited during Pooja. And Pooja is performed at home. Papa, why we don’t have this prayer wheel in our home?”
Papa- We do not have a practice of keeping it. I think Buddhists keep its miniature version at their home.
Ishan-Who are Buddhists?
Papa-Followers of Buddha are called Buddhists. They are……..
…..and it goes on and on and on…..
No matter how much Papa tried, Ishan always had an upper hand.
All through, my mother kept smiling. And with random attempts as communication facilitator, I remember she chose to keep her safe from our curiosity droppings! And I also remember how she use to chip in like a ‘Queen’ when Papa would request her to rescue him “Tum bhi samjhao kuch in dono ko.”

Distraction over.]

That reply to my friend’s query was immediate because I thought I know that. But she reacted, “I know this. But what exactly is written there?”

Phew! I was not in full know of the things. And this one time resorting to Google Baba came handy than making a phone call to Papa.

After googling it out, I was shocked to notice that how sometime things go unnoticed. The calming audio I often hear is actually the same mantra recited over and over again. That mantra is read, “Om mani padme hum.” It is a six syllable construct and is popularly written in Tibetan. The six syllable denotes purification of six realms of existence.

According to Wikipedia, The middle part of the mantra, maṇipadme, is often interpreted as “jewel in the lotus,” Sanskrit maṇí “jewel, gem, cintamani” and the locative of padma “lotus”, but according to Donald Lopez it is much more likely that maṇipadme is in fact a vocative, not a locative, addressing a bodhisattva called maṇipadma, “Jewel-Lotus”- an alternate epithet of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. It is preceded by theoṃ syllable and followed by the hūṃ syllable, both interjections without linguistic meaning.

Hope this small collection of new concepts (new for me at least) was worth investing your time.
Stay invested.

Happy Learning!

Purvi Srivastava

Purvi Srivastava

Journaling has always been a part of her daily routine.But now, she has shifted from pen paper journal to blog. Blogging is her new found journey which she confesses, was overdue.
She is presently working at a reputed position in a Maharatna company.
Purvi Srivastava

Purvi Srivastava

Journaling has always been a part of her daily routine.But now, she has shifted from pen paper journal to blog. Blogging is her new found journey which she confesses, was overdue. She is presently working at a reputed position in a Maharatna company.

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