Life of Pi

This book was an amazing distractor.
It got me interested in “Shiva, as Nataraja, the cosmic lord of the dance, who controls the motions of the universe and the flow of time” (p. 46-47).
This part reminds me of the conversation I had at Sarbjeet’s the other night with Koushik and Ambarish, in which I tried to parallel social interaction from a communicational point-of-view and quantum physics. My main metaphor was Shroedinger’s Cat. Here’s a translation of the original paper for the seriously inclined! I think they were both a bit dismayed that such application could be made (j?), and even by respected physicists like David Bohm (not just poorly informed laypersons like myself!). Since my original exposure to these ideas comes from Shemaya and a book she and her friends discussed some years ago, The Quantum Self, I suppose I ought to salvage it from my shelf and finish reading it.
Here is how Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi, describes Hinduism:
“There is Brahmin, the world soul, the sustaining frame upon which is woven, warp and weft, the cloth of being, with all its decorative elements of space and time. There is Brahmin nirguna, without qualities, which lies beyond understanding, beyond description, beyond approach; with our poor words we sew a suit for it – One, Truth, Unity, Absolute, Ultimate Reality, Ground of Being – and try to make it fit, but Brahmin nirguna always bursts the seams. We are left speechless. But there is also Brahmin saguna, with qualities, where the suit fits…” (p. 48).
and I must stop 🙁

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