Monday, March 5, 2012

Spiritual Journalism through the eyes of sastra

Journalism can be fun. Spiritual journalism as literature can be delicious. George Orwell had a lot of fun writing books like Animal Farm or 1984 from this perspective. Joseph Campbell was a master at exploring all of this. Fun stuff.

People are saying that journalism as it was  is dead. But I feel that spiritual journalism is very much alive and kicking. I would love to explore journalism from a sastric-perspective. That doesn't mean demonizing the world. Rather it is about appreciating how all the archetypes of the demigods and demons are playing out in human society today. I feel there are tools like "socionics" that can be used to illustrate these inter-relations in human interactions.

The Srimad-bhagavatam is wonderful because it explains all the archetypes in relation to Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. We have both individuality and identity. Our individuality is our unique self. Our identity is created by our association. We are constantly accepting and discarding identities like we put on and take off clothes. But we never lose our individuality.

The demigods have influence over gross-matter. Planets are made of gross matter. The seasons are affected by the earth going around the sun. The revolution and waxing and waning of the moon affects the oceans and seas on earth.

From a literature perspective, I think it would be really fun to explore all of these dynamics from a journalistic perspective. All the conflicts and resolutions of the devas and demons in the Srimad Bhagavatam can be appreciated viewing the BBC, Algazeera or CNN.

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