Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Tropic of Cancer (Karkata Kranti)

Let's discuss here some zoology, geography, astronomy; before we move to psychology. 
Nomenclature : (Reference : dictionary.com)
Tropic (Kranti) : either of two corresponding parallels of latitude on theterrestrial globe, one (Tropic of Cancer)  about 23 1 2° N, and the other (Tropic of Capricorn)  about 23 1 2° S of the equator, being the boundaries of the Torrid Zone.
Cancer (constellation) : the craba zodiacal constellation between Gemini and Leo, covered by the Nakshatras named PunarvauPushya, and Aslesha. 
Cancer zodiac (Kartaka Raashi) the fourth sign of the zodiac, symbol ♋, having a cardinal water classification and ruled by the moon. It spans the 90-120th degree of the zodiac, between 90 and 125.25 degree of celestial longitude, which the Sun transits this area on average between June 22 to July 22 each year.
tropic : a combining form with the meanings “turned toward, with an orientation toward” that specified by the initial element (geotropic ), “having an affinity for, affecting” what is specified (lipotropic; neurotropic; psychotropic), “affecting the activity of, maintaining”.
Cancer (Kartaka Rog) a malignant and invasive growth or tumor, especially one originating in epithelium, tending to recur after excision and to metastasize to other sites; any evil condition or thing that spreads destructively; blight.
Crab (Karkata) : any decapod crustacean of the suborder Brachyura, havingthe eyes on short stalks and a short, broad, more or less flattened body, the abdomen being small and folded under the thorax. 
Crab and Cancer are synonymous (termed Karkata), in Sanskrit, the language that defines this country. The Tropic of Cancer passes squarely through the Indian subcontinent, and in India, we are Cancer-tropic, i.e. we have an orientation to this Cancer, called the Crab mentality
The Crab mentality is the Cancer of this country.
Why are we so jealous? Why cannot we praise others? Why are we insecure about someone else's progress? Why we bring others down (instead of pulling oneself up)? Why we hate those  who are talented? Why we hate those who are hardworking? Why we refuse to acknowledge someone's efforts? Why we wish someone-else's downfall, instead of working towards our own progress? Why wee cannot tolerate anyone ahead in the race, and thus criticize him/her to feel some solace? 
Maatsarya(Envy and/or jealousy) : It is one of the six Ripu-s or enemies of the soul. 
Real life examples : 
1) Duryodhan was constantly envious of the Pandavas, when the latter built the prosperous kingdom of Indraprashtha. His envy culminated into his death.
2) Why do we bitch about our bosses (because s/he is more powerful than us). 
3) Why do we isolate the class-topper and bitch about him/her (because we cannot manage the excellent grades as him/her). 
4) Why we say we hate Aishwarya Rai (because she is too beautiful).
5) We say America does not have a great family values and culture like ours, when in fact, we are jealous of it being a developed country?
6) Why does Kolkata say "we are intellectually superior than Delhi/Bombay", when in fact, they are jealous of the fast-paced, more systematized, more disciplined, industry-oriented lifestyle there?
7) Why we say "Chinese Government is dictatorial", when actually we are jealous of their rapid pace of development? 
Chemotherapy : Go for excellence, which gives you a sense of security. Jealousy comes from insecurity. But breaking someone else's house does not make your house look better. You can give heart-felt compliments to others, only if you are yourself competent and complacent. You can praise others genuinely only of you are yourself praiseworthy. Otherwise, all praise is just lip-service. Be satisfied your own life, and you will never need to get jealous. It is beyond "I am OK, you are OK". It is "I am good, you are good". 
Look at successful people : they praise, encourage, even guide. They are genuine well-wishers who will never pull you down. A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. 
Refer to the iconic blockbuster 3 Idiots : "Dost fail ho jaaye to bura lagta hain. Par dost agar first aa jaaye, to aur bhi bura lagta hain". By the end of the story, the speaker of the above line is proud of his dost, because, he himself is quite successful as a wildlife photographer by then. You will praise others when you will have nothing to lose. 
Radiotherapy : Stop putting yourself down! Stop belittling yourself, and don't confuse it with humility. Only very established, successful, and accomplished people can be humble. Others act humble only to deflect jealousy. 
Instead, work hard and establish some self-esteem. Put your CV together and consolidate it. Make some sacrifices and pull up your socks. See how jealously will be washed away by the sweat and toil. See how genuine your smiles will become. 
Let the Crab be in the sky. Let not the Cancer descend on you. 

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