Rene Descartes (1596-1650) is a household name among scholars. This French philosopher, mathematician and scientist was the first philosopher to reject any appeal to ends—natural, preternatural or supernatural–, in explaining natural phenomena. The Catholic Church placed his works on the Index of Prohibited Books a few years after his death. His dictum “Cogito ergo sum – (I think therefore I am”), is hailed as an ever-quotable dictum by all and sundry. The complete dictum runs thus: “Dubito ergo cogito, cogito ergo sum ( I doubt therefore I think, I think therefore I am.)”
According to Mahamuni Milton, thoughts wander through eternity. The Rig Veda Says: “Let noble thoughts come to us from all sides.” Again, let me quote Milton who says:
“The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.”
There are, we should know many matrices in mind. Some are of quick conception and easy delivery. Many are barren. Some conceive but miscarry.
His or Hers is a good mind that cultivates unclouded thinking. Some think hard and many hardly think. Thinking is a hard process. A mind which is no better than a waste-paper basket collects mickle dust and muckle dirt. Mind should be cleansed frequently. Saiva Siddhanta lays emphasis on Adhva-suddhi. The ways through which we tread must be kept spick and span. Meditation helps cleansing.
I learnt the art of thinking from my mentor Tiruloka Sitaram. He lived like a creature of the elements that lived in the colours of the rainbow and played in the plighted clouds. He could therefore sing the Gndharva Gānam.
It is a truism to say that the more you read, the more original you become. The proof is in my SAYINGS that are printed in this bijou but not picayune work. The SAYINGS are, in the main, intended to cause mirthquake in the reader. The incidental benefit is instruction which will strengthen the reader and enable him/her to face the quotidian problems that mushroom ubiquitously.
Goldsmith referred to the loud laughter that spoke the vacant mind. Vacant means care-free. Anxiety, angst and agony are anathema.
Let us cast away the accumulated burden which we bear willingly and of course unnecessarily. Let us live liberated while yet alive. Then we can travel on life’s common way in cheerful Godliness.
The SAYINGS are meant to inculcate the message that it is our duty to live in happiness, what though the circumstances be.
I am grateful to Prof.S.Thiagaraja Sarma for his perceptive and enthusiastic Foreword. According to him, random thoughts cohere well and have about them a wholesome roundedness to which discerning eyes should get accustomed.
I congratulate my young friend Kadir on his neat printing of this work which I hope, will establish a beckoning intimacy between the book and its reader.
I express my thanks to Sulu for his suggestions and careful proof-reading.