Saturday, August 27, 2005

Hinduism and Linux

Windows came up with its 98 version. The users of this version claimed it to be the best version.

Then after some time came the NT version of windows. Again the same claim by the its users that this version is the best and the last.

Later came XP. Once again the same claim repeated by its users that this is the best and last one.

All the users of each windows version have been trying to monopolize all the users of the world to their own version.

On the other hand we have linux. It is not monopolised by one seller or creator, but different users have added to it. And each user can create a module which suits his requirements. It gives a lot of scope for the user to improve, and does not claim exclusive privelages.

Does it ring any bells...if not try reading the above statements by replacing 98 by Jews, NT by christians, and XP by Islam. Each claiming that the previous was also a prophet, but theirs the best and last.

Replace the linux by Hinduism.

Sayantams further additions to this geekdom:

hinduism's basic tenet is: एकम् सत् विप्रा, बहुधा वदन्ति ।
(ekAm sat viprAh, bahudA vadanti: the truth is one, though the sages know it as many). in simple layman terms it means there are many paths to the to the truth, all are equal paths, as long as each path is followed with devotion and persistance. this ulitmate truth is also called ब्रहमाण(brahmAn), a formless supreme entity. thus one may worship any `god' born out of this brahmAn, and reach a state of realizing this truth, or nirvana.

curiously, linux has some similar leanings as if the whole concept is born out of hindu philosophy. linux is one single OS, the ultimate embodiment to computing: freedom of choice. that is the `ulitmate truth' of computing so to speak. linux comes in many forms and can be `applied' to large servers, to desktops, to handheld devices to embedded controllers. no two machines working on linux are the same. there are a multitude of options available for each computing need. thus each user, no matter what flavor of linux one uses, what application he uses uses, he works towards the `ultimate truth' of computing. thus, linux too promotes `the many equal paths to the truth'.

of course, hindu philosophy is very vast, and my first para was a miniscule component of it, yet its the `first principle'. but, even in the great 6 schools of thought, there is a link to the `first principle'. realizing it just requires the will to rise above chanting `ऊँ नमह शिवाय' a hundred or a five hundred times. just a piece of trivia, there is a whole philosophy of `Shadakshari Mantra' behind this seemingly simple chant.

similarly the world of linux is very vast. there is knowledge abundant, only it requires the will to rise above the `Start' menu!


Blogger Infinity said...

nice posting!

9:51 PM  

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