Monday, 30 March 2015

Ganga Ma

Can Indra's wing-shorn salients capture every Schelling focality?
Or Tara's tear born Buddhas forever renew non-locality?
That all sons she drowns till her true mate reminds
Shekinah's spate not saves but binds.


Son Mars Mother Earth said...

Hi windwheel,

Is this some kind of love poem, or is it some kind of depression based one? I hardly understand it.

I wanted to converse further, but you stopped there, so I didn't bother much afterwards. I also want to ask you a few other questions, if you don't mind?


windwheel said...

Not a love poem or anything psychological but a bhakti apercu in the tradition of Ramprasad Sen.
Thomas Schelling is a Nobel laureate Game theorist who developed the notion of focal points as 'natural' solutions to co-ordination games. Salients are natural focal points. According to Hindu mythology, mountains once had wings are were able to fly from one place to another. Indra cut off their wings so they became rooted.
Non-locality or action at a distance appears to arise when agents co-ordinate their actions based on a Schelling focal feature. Buddhism- especially the Vimalakirti- appears as a 'field theory' with action at a distance. Tantric Buddhism, emphasizes the role of Tara.
In orthodox Hinduism, Ganga has the following features
1) drowning her sons (actually Vasus) except Bhishma
2) Granting liberation
3) daughter of the Mountain and/or Daksha
Finally, the Jewish Shekinah (presence of God) has a particular relationship with Mount Sinai and the Torah.
Given this background, what the poem says is that there can't be Schelling focal solutions for all co-ordination problems otherwise non-locality would be canalised as macroscopic. Another way to say the same thing is that intentionality can't be intensional. Now Buddhism has a workaround for this by invoking the notion of antarabhava or liminal state. However, Ramprasad Sen has an even more direct and startling way of expressing the underlying paradox that theistic grace operates by a sort of violence and I am paying homage to him to my limited ability in this poem.

You are most welcome to converse further- privately if you wish. My email is

Son Mars Mother Earth said...


Game Theory - one subject I've always loved, but found no time to learn. :( But I am optimistic of learning it sometime in the near future though :)
Very interesting explanation for a short interesting poem. I never knew mountains could fly. I must delve deeper into it to know. Moreover, I'm only following Saiva Siddhantha school of thought, which doesn't involve too much of these kind of stories but God Shiva's, anyway, I'll learn these whenever I get the time.

SMME / Iniyavel Sugumar.