What if Buddha and Christ lived in Modern World?

Just watched a Japanese animated movie (anime) which explores this question. It’s named Saint Young Men.

Buddha and Jesus are on a vacation to Japan. They wear T-shirt and Jeans, get excited when they see vending machines and look forward to discounted sales.

Jesus is often called Johnny Depp and is also mistaken to be a Yakuza (Japanese mafia). He also loves blogging. (I wish I could add him here!)

Buddha actually followed Christ. So, he just tries to enjoy what he sees while trying to be calm over things he does not expect to happen.

Both Buddha and Jesus are recognizable from their hairs but people just see them as strange foreigners. Some people sometimes pray in front of Buddha but they think it’s only because of his weird appearance.

While the movie was hilarious, I got sad thinking that such a creative take would be hardly accepted in conservative societies. Saint Young Men could be hard to digest for conservatives. But I truly believe that the Gods would love visiting modern Japan.


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More Updates on Activity Log

Anand @dancinglightofgrace and I checked the activity logs and discovered two more facts:

  1. Deleted ‘drafts’ are recorded as deleted ‘posts’. He has written about it is in previous post.
  2. Some activities are absent from the log. For instance, Anand had posted a notice titled ‘Drafts’. The Activity Log shows comments for it but does not show the time it was posted.

We have settled the problem here but I feel we should let know WordPress that the Activity Log is bugsy. Hope they can fix it as soon as possible.

Updates: Activity Log

Hi Anand @dancinglightofgrace,

This morning, as soon as I woke up, I curiously scrolled down the Activity Log on WordPress mobile app.

I went down and down until WordPress stopped me.

Turns out, the Activity Log on the app shows more activities than that on website (wordpress.com/home) and dashboard (WP Admin).

So, I looked almost all the activities available. I focused on December 20. Between December 19-21, Pam had trashed your posts. You said 60. There are more restored posts than trashed. And it’s puzzling me. I think you can also check the Activity Log on your mobile app.

It’s also shocking because Pam said she would not delete any post without the confirmation from authors.

I also have a question for you, Anand. Why did you delete the post “Polite Notice” on January 10? We said we would be transparent, didn’t we?

I would also like to apologize to Catherine @wynstep for my pre-mature judgement that she might have been involved in the trashing the posts and that she could harm the site. I’m extremely sorry, Catherine.

#admin-updates #news-and-updates #activity-log

Author Story: Ryunosuke Akutagawa

Around 2013, while looking for stories with multiple points of view, I discovered In the Grove. I was fascinated by the story and noted that it was adapted into the movie Rashomon but forgot the name of the author.

In 2018, I got more interested in Japanese movies and literature. I looked for Rashomon, the movie. After watching it, I was interested in reading the source material. That led me to Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories translated by Jay Rubin. I began with In the Grove then Rashomon and fell in love with the way Akutagawa’s style.

Ryunosuke Akutagawa (1892-1927) is known as the Father of Japanese short stories. His works primarily deal with despair, darkness and madness. Although Rashomon is his most popular story, I believe Hell Screen is his magnum opus. It is the story of a painter Yoshihide, who is ordered by Lord Horikawa to depict nine levels of Buddhist Hell on a huge folded screen. Despite his brilliance in painting, Yoshihide cannot draw anything which he has not seen. This problem leads into a tragedy for Yoshihide and his daughter.

Despite his reputation as writer who told dark tales, Akutagawa he also wrote comedies. One of my favourites is the metafictional “Green Onions”. He tells he has to finish the story before the morning and proceeds to tell about a girl who works in a restaurant in his town. This girl falls in love with a young man. But she does not know anything about him. While they go on a “date” to see the circus, the circus has moved to a different place. Just as starts doubting the young man’s intentions, a twist in the tale brings a humorous end.

In his early days as writer, Akutagawa wrote stories based on older periods of Japan. He depicted the darkness and rotten scenario which was also similar to his time. His own financial problems, fear of descending into madness like his mother had, and the actual descent into madness form the stories of his later period of life. As I read these stories, I felt helpless. Akutagawa had become my favourite writer and I did not want him to suffer. However, the pain and darkness gripped him. They would leave him only after his death. Akutagawa committed suicide through overdose of barbital (a sleep-inducing drug) at the age of 35.

In his short literary career between 1913-1927, Akutwagawa wrote about 150 stories. Sometimes, I wish he had not suffered mental illness and had lived longer. Sometimes, I wish there was someone who could have taken him out of the dark pit he had fallen into. His stories and his life also make me question the dangers of financial insecurities and artistic obsessions. I wish life were easier for artists!

#authorstory #Akutagawa #biography

Alice in Mathland?

  1. Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland aka Alice in Wonderland was published in 1865.
  2. Lewis Carroll is the pen name of Charles Dodgson. He was a mathematician at Christ Church College, Oxford.
  3. Alice in Wonderland was originally narrated by Dodgson on a boat trip to the three girls, Lorina, Alice and Edith, the daughters of his friend Henry Liddell. Alice asked him to write the story down.
  4. [Source]

  5. Alice in Wonderland is one of the most influential nonsensical fantasy. It has been adapted into numerous picture books, films and TV shows. It’s influence can also be felt in Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbour Totoro.
  6. In an article in NewScientist, Melanie Bayley says Charles Dodgson was a conservative mathematician. He did not like the newer concepts of imaginary numbers, quaternion rotation and symbolic algebra and he satired these ideas throughout the novel.
    #triviatuesday #trivia #Alice-in-Wonderland

Nepal’s Unity Day(?)

The worst thing about politicizing everything is that everyone is divided. We can’t even agree what unity means.

Today is Paush 27 according to Nepali calendar. On this day, 299 years ago, Prithvi Narayan Shah was born in a small kingdom of Gorkha.

Despite its small size, Gorkha had a huge reputation. King Ram Shah (six generations before Prithvi Narayan) was known for being just. People used to say, “If you go Kashi, you’ll find Gods. If you go Gorkha, you’ll find justice.”

Gorkha is also famous for Gorakhnath, the legendary cow-protecting Yogi. It is said Gorakhnath himself had blessed Prithvi Narayan in his dreams.

Another legend says Prithvi was the incarnation of Bhairav, the ferocious incarnation of Lord Shiva. Bhairav is also known as protector in the ethnic Newa community of Kathmandu.

Gorkha always had eyes on Nepal Mandal (present day Kathmandu Valley) because of its fertile soil and trade with Tibet as well as India (mostly Benaras).

Prithvi Narayan’s father Narabhupal Shah attacked Nuwakot (north of Kathmandu) to disrupt trade with Tibet. He lost because Jayanta Rana committed treason. Narabhupal lost his mind. He died 3 years later, which meant Prithvi became king at the age of 20.

Prithvi’s first mission was to defeat Nuwakot. He lost in the first attempt. Won in the second. Jayanta Rana was caught and flayed.

Prithvi toiled hard for the next 24 years. In the year 1825 Bikram Sambat (1768 AD), he won Kantipur (Kathmandu). This is the day Modern Nepal was born.

Prithvi had many challenges during his campaign. The most challenging was the British East India Company. What began as a desire to win Kathmandu became a desire to unite all the small states and create a big nation in order to defeat British India.

The argument that has been running against Prithvi Narayan is that he just annexed the states, but not the people. They say, he did not unify us as Nepalese.

The counter argument is that he took the blessings of Living Goddess Kumari, the incarnation of Taleju Bhawani as soon as he became the king. He did not destroy the culture.

I say we were lucky that someone like him were born at that time and began the unification campaign. His son Bahadur Shah and his grandson Rana Bahadur Shah continued the campaign until British India got very wary and retaliated.

Many Indian states lost with British India. Modern India came into existence in 1947. Despite some setbacks, Nepal is one of the oldest nations in Asia. It’s something to be proud of.

When monarchy ended 15 years ago, politicians fed us with the idea that Prithvi Narayan was a ruthless man who cared nothing but expanding his small state. Paush 27, which was being celebrated as National Unity Day, stopped being officially noticed.

People are still celebrating the birth of the Warrior King, though.

Dear politicians, he fought all the battles so that you can call yourself a Nepali and play your political games. If he had not begun unifying, who knows if Nepal would have existed.

#unity-day #Nepal #history


Good Morning Anand,

I received a new message from Catherine. Her response was positive. She understood my perspective, I guess.

On the other hand, she did not write anything about the trashing of your 60 posts on December 20.


#updates #admin-updates


Still trying to understand how this site works

1. I did not put my email address on Contact form but anything written there gets redirected to my (probably all admin’s) email address. I didn’t know about it until this morning.

2. Found messages from Catherine and Rehan sent through the Contact form on my email. Rehan has already been added as an author. So, even if I saw it late, it has been addressed. I forwarded Catherine’s message to Anand.

3. About Catherine, though. She communicated through Contact form (I didn’t even know if it worked, my bad!) but did not write any comment here. It would have been easier to comment, don’t you think?

4. I sent Catherine an email with apologies and my point of view. Hope she understands. Fingers crossed.

#news #news-and-updates #admin-updates

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