Shabda Media started as a response for people wanting to “see” things as pictures, rather than reading them as text. As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Some of the ideas that are discussed in the Books and Blogs (such as inverted semantic trees, the tripartite nature of reality, the causality that proceeds by conflicts rather than consistency, etc.) evidently benefit from visual material. The danger of that visualization, however, is that one may treat these pictures as physical things, rather than as “mental models”. You are advised to treat these pictures as conceptual rather than physical models.

Over time, we found another group of people who were more interested in “listening” rather than “reading” or “viewing”. This seemed to be completely contrary to the previous need which required visual material because textual reading is hard (even though you can pause your reading to think, while you generally do not pause audio). But evidently, this is a mode in which people are now listening to books, blogs, and podcasts, and the medium continues to grow by leaps and bounds. We developed podcasts for this purpose.

Then, there are many people who like to read, listen, and see — all at the same time. Clearly, that requires animated videos, with text, pictures, and audio, simultaneously. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to get to that so far, but hopefully, we will do that someday.

The media content available on Shabda Media is not different from the content that is also available through Books, Blogs, or Forums. The difference is simply that the previous content is textual, and the content here is visual, audio, and (will be someday be) video.

The content on Shabda Media is produced by Ashish Dalela. It generally lags behind the textual content. While we want to progress simultaneously on all fronts, we are hampered by time. If you would like to help, you can reach us through the contact page.