During my childhood in India, I was brought up to believe that if you are gifted with talents, those talents are not yours - because they come to you straight from God. It's not a chance or an accident that you have the special gifts and talents. You should leverage those God-gifted talents for the purpose of advancing society and mankind, and importanly, for helping others who are in dire need. Life is a give-and-take process. The more you will give back to society, the more you shall receive from God. This upbringing and philosophy of life have kept my feet firmly on the ground. I am truly grateful to my parents and teachers who guided me with such wonderful lessons of life and humanity.
If God kills, lies, cheats, discriminates, and otherwise behaves in a manner that puts the Mafia to shame, that's Okay, he's God. He can do whatever he wants. Anyone who adheres to this philosophy has had his sense of morality, decency, justice and humaneness warped beyond recognition by the very book that is supposedly preaching the opposite.
My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.
The three letters in "GOD" represent three important aspects of the Supreme Power IMHO, namely Generation, Organization and Destruction (of evil) that ensure an amazing balance and wonderful justice in our world. Interestingly the same three aspects are presented in Hindu Philosophy, manifested as "Trimurti" or "Trinity" comprising Lord Brahma (Generation), Lord Vishnu (Organization), And Lord Mahesh (Destruction of evil). There is an astounding resemblance in the thought processes from the East and the West. And that's truly fascinating!
Today, I am pleased to share the best knowledge and philosophy for life, from Bhagavad Gita by Lord Krishna. It is as follows: “The man who sees me in everything and everything within me will not be lost to me, nor will I ever be lost to him. He who is rooted in oneness realizes that I am in every being; wherever he goes, he remains in me. When he sees all being as equal in suffering or in joy because they are like himself, that man has grown perfect in yoga.”
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exaulted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy...neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
Accidents will occur in the best-regulated families; and in families not regulated by that pervading influence which sanctifies while it enhances... in short, by the influence of Woman, in the lofty character of Wife, they may be expected with confidence, and must be borne with philosophy.
Although a system may cease to exist in the legal sense or as a structure of power, its values (or anti-values), its philosophy, its teachings remain in us. They rule our thinking, our conduct, our attitude to others. The situation is a demonic paradox: we have toppled the system but we still carry its genes.