Stuff Philosophers Are Made Of


There has always been this philosophical side of me that which is deeply interested in matters of god and spirituality. Friends were often aghast by my philosophical perspective failing to get an answer for Why I was interested in matters of god in the blossom of youth instead of doing stuff they consider sane for a 20 year old, like hangout with friends and ogle at the svelte figure of a woman. Moreover, I could never really understand why being philosophical is considered weird. Or is there a reason why one should be ashamed of having a philosphical outlook towards life? Often, the world looks low on such people. Philosophy and spirituality in my opinion, is certainly not a path taken up by losers, it is a path for the heroes, chosen by the likes of greatest men history has ever produced. It is a road less travelled by restless souls who put in undying efforts to understand and reason the existence of life and a purpose behind it. 

It is saddening to know that a person is considered weird if he practices a spiritual life and adapts philosophy into his thoughts. He is mostly the one who is left out, the one whose out of the box thinking is considered abnormal. Inspite of that he wouldn't give a damn about how the rest of the world thinks that he is a complete fool. For, he knows that a dogs bark ain't worth noticing. Philosophers like Tagore, Socrates, Plato, etc, These are the kind of people who left everlasting traces on the sands of time and ironically the world that once branded these men as fools, now praises them for their accomplishments in life and works in philosophy. 

A very common trait which you might have noticed in a philosopher's life is that, he is lost in his own thought. He is a man who takes pleasure in solitude. And note that, he is not a loner. He is a lover of life. He hears the world whisper something to him, something that rest of the world is too busy to even notice. He sees the world as a puzzle, desperately trying to find out the missing piece. His intellectual brilliance is far beyond what one can imagine, for he constantly believes in the infinite. He ignores the brickbats and taunts of the world. He is neither afflicted by worldly happiness nor is ever overwhelmed by grief. He is lost in his ecstasy experiencing a beautiful love-hate relation with life. 

At times, he sheds ecstatic tears of joy looking at how wonderful the creation of god is. At times, he suffers from the pain of being seperated from an eternal force that binds his soul. It is out of this intensely intoxicating sweet pain that crsytal jewels of wisdom like Geethanjali are made of. A philosopher possesses a heart of gold as soft and tender as that of a mother. Albeit that he is a rebel by birth. Unlike the rest of the world, he walks the road less travelled going against the flow of life to fulfil his mission and life's purpose. He is not a dull witted loser who stays quiet staying aloof from the people around him. His mind is an electric dynamo, constantly churned in a sea of thoughts. He questions life in a way none could ever question. When overwhelmed by untameable emotions like anger or lust, he sternly rejects a surrender, rather he conquers them by force failing to be a slave to the forces that act on him. Ultimately he becomes a master of his senses, gains all the wisdom of life by a never ending process of learning and finally parts with his body with a smile on his face, knowing that the purpose of his life has been fulfilled and the never ending quest of life and death has come to an end. Philosophers are heroes by birth, one of their own kind on this face of earth. It is indeed an interestingly rare phenomena to find people who are too philosophical in thought. 

So Dear good for nothing ill speaking layman!

Your five point formula of taking birth, growing up, earning money, getting laid and hitting the bucket would never ever suffice to reach the heights that these philosophers had reached. So stop throwing tantrums on such people and get a life!

9 Responses so far.

  1. I agree with the vehemence towards those rebuking people, who show interest towards philosophy or spirituality. But the fact that these people don't care what the dogs are barking contradicts showing any retorting.

    You seem to be confusing philosophy and spirituality. One doesn't imply the other. Also its just overrating oneself to think that people are not bent towards God at a young age.

    My point is you should get rid of such concerns as to what people think and move ahead on the philosophical/spiritual path. When people begin their journey on it, they'd realize you have journeyed far ahead of them :)

  2. Vamsi says:

    Shyam Baba! It is not like I am pissed off with the world's perspective about such people. Philosophers don't give a damn about what others think about them. I just wanted to give a reply on their behalf to the world. :) As the title clearly states I just to throw some light on 'Stuff philosophers are made off' :)

    PS: Spirituality and philosophy may be considered as two different subjects altogether but they go hand in hand. Philosophy is more like a minuscule version of spirituality where the quest begins, spirituality is where it ends. You can see this in works of many philosophers like Tagore for example, his works of philosophy have an intrinsic love for god that is hidden. :)

    BTW thanks for visiting my blog after a very long time :)

  3. I liked this post a lot !
    Its an eye-opener for the fools who think that philosophers are loners.
    Infact i'm also a very spiritually inclined person!
    I totally agree with whatever you have mentioned in this beautiful post :-)
    All your views are mentioned so nicely. And the flow of your thoughts is awesome!
    Needless to say, SUPERB post once again! :-)

  4. Oh, this is a good one, I got this recently "behave like a 21 year old boy please, enjoy your life for God's sake!" And I was like, what the hey! I am ajar-amar-avinashi, am I not? :/ I am enjoying my life and what do you know, for God's sake only! Hmmmph!

    It definitely frustrates me too. People just stop looking at your face because your comments are not "chill dude, it happens", you make an in-depth analysis and your keywords are peace, Karma, God, thought, energy, aura, love ,life (sans the sucks part), detached and so on! Now, who wants to hear all that.

    Oh, but I also have friends (hmmm the plural was not really required) who say "Oh you see situations so objectively, that is *so* difficult", and that makes one philosopher, in real sense. Give a detached account of a messy situation.

    But you know this Vamsi, I am sure, once you are really involved into this "own's work" and this eternal quest for peace you kind of stop caring about what they say. I am yet to reach that stage. For me the ultimate stage would be if in a crowd I hear my name and I don't turn to see who is gossiping about me. :P

    Reading the comments above, personally to me, there is no difference between spirituality, philosophy and anything else. Once you know who and why you are, all these are just terminologies in.

    Good write up, hope they read this ;)

  5. Vamsi says:

    @FrozenWell It amuses me to know that there is a fellow 20 year old who thinks on the lines of philosophy. However, I strongly suggest and feel that you should not care for what the world speaks about you irrespective of whether it is good or bad. The world changes colors. The same people who speak ill would turn out to be those who will praise you when you achieve something. So good luck with your lief man and thanks for reading my blog :)

  6. Samadrita says:

    Ah this happens everywhere, even anime-lovers or otakus are viewed as freaks by many. In any case, philosophy is not for people who do not think too deeply about stuff and are much too engrossed in worldly affairs. Btw there's a typo in that line...you wrote Pluto instead of Plato.

  7. @Samadrita Thanks a lot for mentioning the typo. You saved me from further embarrassment. And thanks for dropping by too :D

  8. gr8 work dude.. really dude i must say we both are like minded in this subject.. it is really very heartening to have a friend who is actually very interested in philosophy.. u have even expressed my point of view on philosophy and i feel weird and happy to have met you again after 10 years and discussing about it.. even i face the same situation u r in as even my friends feel about me the way u mentioned in the blog.. but unlike you i cant express what is in my head.. looking forward in meeting you again and have an everlasting discussions... when r u coming back to hyd..

  9. VeeKay says:

    @Vijayender Thanks ra. Even I am glad that we've met after so long :)

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