Saturday, March 11, 2017

What is Spirituality?

Essentially, spirituality is the individual's search to understand the Universal truth.


So, what is the Universal truth?


It is a fact that we are all in this world, to play endless games (re-births! Are they for real? We will discuss this later), to make us ready for the next stage in our evolution.

Over the course of time, we will try to find logical and rational reasons for the meaning of life on Earth.

Spirituality is a subject that we learn, like any other.

And like any subject, the students of spirituality rank from being in the kindergarten to the ones who have achieved the doctorate level.

One tends to understand inherently the ways and means of the cosmic system and consciousness over a period of time.

One trait I have seen in spiritual people is compassion for self and other fellow beings, humans, animals and others; a universal love which encompasses all the living and non living beings.

A spiritual being does not want to disturb nature. He/she enjoys being one with nature; blend in and feel the bliss.

A spiritual being likes to lead the straight path, which is the path towards realising the universal truth.

A spiritual being knows and understands that there are different roads that lead to the destination. He/she is not restricted but open to external thoughts and validations to reinforce their belief.

We have heard, accept and understand that "All roads lead to Rome".

It is believed that we have been using this metaphor since the 12th century, due to the well known fact that the well designed road network of the Roman Empire, spread out like wheel spokes.

A spiritual being need not be religiously inclined though. Because, he/she knows that religion is also one of the paths that lead to the goal.

As we reach farther in the path towards realisation, we find out that all the paths converge and lead to the same goal. When we look back, we find that there are people who follow the different paths, at the start of the journey; this includes those of the non-believers, who fight amongst themselves to establish their path as the only true one.

The methods may be different, but the result is the same.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Solved "XAMPP: Couldn't start MySQL!"


The error XAMPP: Couldn't start MySQL! seems to be an issue related to one or more corrupt log files; system running Red Hat. It was sorted out by the following steps.

Corrupt log file in MySQL


A review of the error log revealed the following 

170308 19:44:18 mysqld_safe mysqld from pid file /opt/lampp/var/mysql/ip-192-168-2-1.pid ended
170308 19:48:20 mysqld_safe Starting mysqld daemon with databases from /opt/lampp/var/mysql
170308 19:48:20 [Note] Plugin 'FEDERATED' is disabled.
170308 19:48:20 InnoDB: The InnoDB memory heap is disabled
170308 19:48:20 InnoDB: Mutexes and rw_locks use InnoDB's own implementation
170308 19:48:20 InnoDB: Compressed tables use zlib 1.2.3
170308 19:48:20 InnoDB: Initializing buffer pool, size = 512.0M
170308 19:48:20 InnoDB: Completed initialization of buffer pool
InnoDB: Error: log file /opt/lampp/var/mysql/ib_logfile0 is of different size 0 5242880 bytes
InnoDB: than specified in the .cnf file 0 134217728 bytes!
170308 19:48:20 [ERROR] Plugin 'InnoDB' init function returned error.
170308 19:48:20 [ERROR] Plugin 'InnoDB' registration as a STORAGE ENGINE failed.
170308 19:48:20 [ERROR] Unknown/unsupported storage engine: InnoDB
170308 19:48:20 [ERROR] Aborting

Remove the corrupt log files


Since, the log file is corrupt, we will be removing the log file and try and start the session.

sudo rm /opt/lampp/var/mysql/ib_logfile0
sudo rm /opt/lampp/var/mysql/ib_logfile1

Then, start/restart lampp using 

/opt/lampp/lampp start
[or]
/opt/lampp/lampp restart


MySQL started again!

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