Thursday, April 20, 2017

Clear-cut evidences. God is a computer programmer (3)

PREFACE:

I wrote in the earlier parts, about why it is likely that God is actually a computer programmer and the Universe is just a computer game. The hypothesis was well received, but it was just a theory. And how does one validate a theory?

Hindu philosophy consists of six darshanas (philosophies, worldview, teachings) one of which is Nyaya darshan.  This darshana’s significance is the systematic development of logic and methodology to validate a theory. So, let us use some of its key processes to check whether this hypothesis of “God is a Computer Programmer” meets its rigid criteria.

There are four means of obtaining knowledge – perception (by the five senses), inference (conclusion based on the basis of reason and logic), comparison (a consideration or estimate of the similarities or dissimilarities between two things or people) and word/ testimony of reliable sources (like the study, research of scientists and/or credible people like Rishis).

As you read the theory, you may find problems, doubts, contrariness and errors. That is natural for a new theory that makes claims that is in contrast to the traditional worldview. So, let us correct or resolve them by a systematic process of reasoning and technique.

We shall break up the validation of the theory in two parts.

Firstly, in this blog, we shall make some logical explanations about why the Universe cannot be anything else except a computer simulation.  And in the next blog, we shall look at some experiments and findings of quantum mechanics and see if the results of those landmark experiments validate our theory.

God is a Computer Programmer (part 3)

For centuries there has been strong views and arguments on either sides on the two contrary schools of thoughts about existence

1. Material makes the mind (materialism – a theory or belief that nothing exists except matter and its movements and that consciousness and will are wholly due to material agency.), or

2. Mind makes the material (spiritualism – a theory that the is the only reality and that it controls matter.)

In this part 3, we shall show that the Cosmos operates through the spiritual model in which materials are created through spirits or the mind. And there are enough indications to show that that mind is from outside the Universe. And that existence is nothing more than a computer simulation. In short, we are living in a computer. And a computer programmer has made the software.

Let us look at five broad arguments to make our claim
1.     Big Bang
2.     Pixelated Universe
3.     Programming
4.     Maximum Speed
5.     Identical parts

Big Bang:

The Big bang started from a tiny particle (size of half a proton or less than a billion, millionth of a cm) 13.8 billion years ago and then kept on expanding its space like a balloon. This is our cosmos. While nearly all of the cosmos seems to be an empty void, in reality this vacuum of “space” comprises the interplanetary medium. It includes various forms of energy.

Now we know that energy cannot be created nor destroyed. So, if entire cosmos is filled with energy, then where did so much energy come from?

But, if the Universe is a computer simulation, then the program always start from the will of the computer programmer and begins from zero state. Every time a virtual reality starts up – a Big Bang appears from the perspective of the game. Information influx starts from zero state. Reality starts from nothing because before starting, there was no space-time.


Pixelated Universe:

Physicists discovered that matter is indeed quantized (sub-divided into small but finite particles). Matter consists of fundamental, indivisible particles, billions of times smaller than an atom.  Hence, nature is actually a matrix of computable bits of space, time and energy in quantized form. Everything is made up of individual bits. Which means that the Universe is made up of components and therefore, it is computable.

Like a moving picture that actually consists of millions of pixelated images, the Universe is also made up of billions and billions particles that come together to create reality. These particles are finite and therefore computable.


Programming:

Prof. James Gates is an American theoretical physicist, known for his work on super symmetry, super gravity and super string theory. He discovered strange, error-correcting codes deep in the equation of super symmetry.  This special code consists of strings of bits of ones and zeros that are embedded deep in the reality matrix. So, there is now a discovery of coding that has created this universe and is at the base of existence. Prof James Gates talks about this form of computer code, which he refers to as “adinkras”.


The core structures of reality work similar to how a computer works. For example, when we paint a picture using computer software, the core state of the colors and shapes in the picture are made up of ones (on) and zeros (off). We do not see the picture as ones and zeros, because the Central Processing Unit (CPU) processes the binary codes as colors and shapes. Binary codes are very simple but with the right combinations, they can help computers create magnificent things.  Creation seems eerily similar to the Matrix films, which depict a world where everything in a human being’s experience is the product of a virtual-reality generating computer network.

The simple process of using binary codes to create things within the hardware of computers is similar to how Creation creates our external reality or material world.

This data fits simulation hypothesis better than materialism.



Maximum speed and finite size:

Nothing has ever been seen that travels faster than light. So, maximum speed has an upper limit. If reality is a computer simulation, then the program needs a finite processor. If there was no maximum speed cap, then all processes would become infinite, and our theory of world being a computer world would be false.

The Universe is expanding like a balloon. Which means that there is a boundary and a finite size. Without a boundary and a finite size, it would become impossible for a computer simulation.





Identical parts:

Every digital object created by a computer has an identical building block because every object is created by the same code. While the processed image looks different, the digital pixels embedded within the image are identical.

Similarly, every object in the Universe looks and seems different, the parts at the quantum level in the same class is the same, be it photons or electrons or similar. Every object arises from the same.  

Therefore the simulation hypothesis suggests that this is the case because the same program creates each bit.



Conclusion:

Taken together, all these show sufficient evidence that the Universe is a computer simulation and we are all avatars/players in a program made by a computer programmer called GOD.


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But, is this enough evidence? How does the theory match the cutting-edge experiments in science and the latest theories of quantum mechanics? Let us examine that in depth in the next blog.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hypothesis - God is a Computer Programmer (part 2)


PREFACE
The hypothesis that I present here for a new worldview on existence is an extremely rational and logical explanation based on empirical evidences and cutting edge experiments. It would be diametrically opposite to all that one has read, heard or believed in for all one’s life. If read with an open mind, it can alter one’s concepts of life, God, religion and everything that is profound in your life. A world view that could challenge the perspectives built over generations, faith, traditions and social life. Old traditions, views and practices builds a groove in one’s mind map, making it very difficult to remove the impressions built over decades.

It is my earnest request to focus the search light of reason and logic before accepting or rejecting this theory. If I can create a sliver of doubt in the minds of the readers and make them read and think more about this alternative worldview, then I would have achieved my objective.

Like the illiterate mathematics genius Srinivasan Ramanujam who found mathematics equations through intuition, I got my understanding of Truth and Reality during my automatic meditational trance. I received the answers to my questions (1) Who am I? (2) What is existence? (3) What is my role in existence? And (4) How best do I play that role, NOT by way of deep and detailed study or by a brick-by-brick building of a theory. Ramanujam got the answers to maths problems in a vision and then had to work backwards to find the basis of the answer. Similarly, my understanding of Reality came during these meditational trances, or as Ramanujam calls it, through “Words of  God”.

To validate that these answers were authentic and not figments of imaginations or mind games, I started research and studies to validate and verify the intuitive or subjective knowledge that I gained. The process was top-down rather than bottoms-up.

So, let us begin this journey into the unknown. Use the beacon of reason to explore a completely new perspective. For more information, google “Simulated Reality” and read articles and scholarly writings on the subject. You could also watch videos on you tube.

God is a computer programmer – part 2

Hypothesis
A few decades back, computer games were very basic like a Pacman, Motor racing etc. Today, we are playing computer simulation games that are extremely sophisticated and complex. The transformation in the complexity of the games is due to two reasons – one, increasing level of computational speed and two, demand and creation of a high level of interactive games.

MMORPG
I would like to introduce you to a genre of online computer games called Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). This is a genre of games that is  played online in the computer by a massive number (millions in some cases) of players taking on roles or avatars simultaneously.

Player : A player joins the game by selecting an avatar or character that will be part of the online computer game. While selecting an Avatar, he can individualise and give it important characteristics to make the avatar unique. So, the player is offered various options of characteristics (some games have over 120 different options) from which he has to select.  Some of the choices that he has to make is – proportion of each element from the five elements (air, fire, water, earth or ether), decision which brain cortex is more developed, whether he is strong or intelligent, whether hot headed or calm, whether family oriented or fighting for the team etc etc.

Millions of people join this game, each of them simultaneously creating an avatar for themselves. These avatars can enter the game from anywhere in the world. These millions of avatars play the game, engage with each other in a dynamic environment that keeps on changing and evolving - every micro-second.

The avatars are given the power of choice, intelligence and free will.

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The players 
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The Avatar
Background : This computer game uses the five elements as well as the four forces of nature to create a fascinating and dynamic environment. The ever-expanding Universe beginning with the Big Bang and the formation of the various heavenly bodies, the earth, the inhabitation of the Earth with slowing down of the gases to form solids, the beginning of living beings starting with plants, insects, fish, birds, animals and finally mammals, all connected with each other in a wonderful pattern becomes the background of the game.

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The maya or the matrix
Design : The laws of nature and parameters of the Universe take on values that are consistent with conditions for life of the avatar rather than a set of values that would not be consistent with its existence as observed on Earth. If, for example- the electrical force between the electrons, the range of temperature of the sun, air pressure, gravity, the dance of the helium and carbon nuclei, the natural calamities like earthquakes, rising water levels, volcanic activity etc. did not lie within a certain range, the avatars would die. Similarly, within the microcosm - if there was a slightest difference in an organism at the chemical, genetic, cellular, tissue, organ or system level - life would not exist.

Everything is beautifully balanced. The level of oxygen, nitrogen and other gases, the oxygen and nitrogen cycles, the water cycle, the cyclic nature of life, day, seasons and years. The gravitational force that makes us live on earth and for the earth to rotate and revolve. The brilliantly designed Universe with its millions of solar bodies.
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The macro design
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To the micro (super string)
Intelligence: While accepting that the microcosm has the same intent as the macrocosm, I would like to give just few examples of the purposeful intelligence of the game.

·         The avatar playing through the human body consisting of 10 trillion cells, each of them receiving thousands of signals every second in the form of proteins and molecules.

• A cell in the lung, for example, has its own intelligence to receive and process the millions of signals, convert them into chemical reactions which are appropriate for its cellular regeneration, propagation, functioning of the lungs, functioning of the respiratory system and the health of the body to create conditions for existence and prosperity of all its parts. A cell in the kidney with exactly the same physical characteristics of the lung cell would perform different chemical functions appropriate for its role.

• There seems to be a capacity to make choices operating inside each cell in our body, down to the level of individual proteins and enzymes. DNA itself is a kind of "text" that functions through a coding system called "genetic code," which is strikingly similar to codes used by human beings. Some enzymes edit the RNA transcript of the DNA text and add new letters to it; any error made during this editing can be fatal to the entire organism; so these enzymes are consistently making the right choices; if they don't, something often goes wrong leading to cancer and other diseases.

• Luther Burbank worked on the cells of cacti to demonstrate its innate intelligence "While I was conducting experiments to make 'spineless' cacti," he continued, "I often talked to the plants to create a vibration of love. 'You have nothing to fear,' I would tell them. 'You don't need your defensive thorns. I will protect you.' Gradually the useful plant of the desert emerged in a thornless variety." 
·         As so on and so forth

Game : What a brilliant game !

The avatars do not just have interaction and engagement with the other human avatars in the game but everything else in the Universe – rock, soil, plants, fish, birds, insects and animals. All of these are bound by separate rules and characteristics. Then, there are pet animals and birds that can interact much closer with human avatars. All these living beings including human avatars have a pre-determined life-death cycle. All parts of the environment and avatar are connected at the source level. In the next few blogs, we will go deeper into the game aspect.

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A typical MMORPG

Imagine: Do check some of the MMORPG games on the internet to understand the level of the computer simulation that is prepared right now, with extraordinary graphics and virtual reality. Now imagine the level of MMORPG that a computer programmer can create in the next 10000 years? Don’t you think that a good programmer can make OUR Universe with humans? Can they not create an environment based on the five elements and the four fundamental forces that is similar to our Universe?

Elon Musk says “There is a one in a billion chance that we are NOT living in a computer Simulation.”

But :  But, this is just a hypothesis. Where is the hard evidence, proofs and findings that establish that our Universe is a computer simulation?

Next time we shall look at some of the evidences, proofs to establish that we “exist in a computer simulation”. We shall also look at the recent findings of quantum physics and see if our hypothesis fits its findings.

I will end with an interesting hymn from the Rig Veda (the oldest Veda). It says that there was nothing till an idea or desire manifested itself into existence. Gods were then created by the avatars of this manifestation. So, man created God. This “Nasadiya Suktam” or the hymn of Creation seems as if it was written about a Computer Programmer, getting ready to create the game of life.

There was neither non-existence nor existence then.
There was neither the realm of space nor the sky which is beyond.
What stirred?
Where?

There was no distinguishing sign of night nor of day. 
That One breathed, windless, by its own impulse. 
 Other than that there was nothing beyond.

Desire came upon that One in the beginning, 
that was the first seed of mind. 
Poets seeking in their heart with wisdom 
found the bond of existence and non-existence.

Their cord was extended across. 
Was there below? 
Was there above? 
There were seed-placers, there were powers. 
There was impulse beneath, there was giving forth above.

Who really knows? 
Who will here proclaim it? 
Whence was it produced? 
Whence is this creation? 
The gods came afterwards, with the creation of this universe. 

Who then knows whence it has arisen?
Whence this creation has arisen –
perhaps it formed itself, or perhaps it did not - 
the One who looks down on it, 
in the highest heaven,
only He knows 
or perhaps even He does not know.”
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

God is a computer programmer - part 1

Since 2003, I had been trying to find answers to these four existential questions:

Who am I?
What is existence?
What is my role in existence?
How best can I play that role?

In Feb 2003, I got a spontaneous kundalini awakening and started slipping into automatic trance for many hours at a time, especially during the night. Sometimes, I used to sit in a trance-like state for 8 hours to 10 hours. My wife, Minal, used to keep pillows around me, in case, I fell on my face.

During this trance-like state, I found the answers to the above four questions. The answers came to me automatically during the state. This is the subjective knowledge that comes directly to someone who is in that state of receiving. The mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, an illiterate worker also got his knowledge through subjective process. You may find many more examples in 
http://www.mayankgandhi04.com/2010/04/subjective-knowledge-ii.html

But how could I be sure that what had occurred in my body was kundalini awakening (I was an atheist till then, and had no clue of kundalini and similar epiphany) and not a fanciful imagination and secondly how would I be certain that the answer to my four questions were authentic? I started wondering if this was some kind of megalomania? Or a perversion of the mind? Or was this some fanciful notion playing in my mind converted into "my" variety of truth? Was my mind playing games? Does my theory stand up to the beacon of rationality and logic? Were these profound understandings or some kind of bullshit masquerading as one? Was I crazy?

Things were happening within my body and my mind was not willing to accept that it was because of “Grace of God”. I did not believe in GOD.

Hence, I tried searching for validation of kundalini awakening and the answers to my questions in different religions, sacred books, quantum physics as well as autobiographies of saints and evolved souls. Fortunately, I found reference and description of the process of kundalini in many books and explanation of the same, which was similar to what happened to me. So, I concluded that I was not crazy, and what had happened to me was authentic and not a product of an overworked mind. That was a great relief. You could read about it in http://www.mayankgandhi04.com/2010/08/who-am-i-part-3-mystical-experience.html.

I was searching for similar verification or validation about my understanding of existence. I was examining desperately for someone or something that would validate my theory of the Truth. For the kundalini awakening, I found many accounts and write-ups which gave me the comfort that I was not alone. In spite of reading and searching for many years, I was unable to find similar thoughts or even a partial validation. This search, stretching from 2003 to 2017, was in vain.
For validation, I needed testimony of past or present reliable experts. The reliability of the source was important, as legitimate knowledge can only come from the words of reliable sources. Not finding any record of any authentic views to validate, I decided to put my views on the net with a hope that someone would read it and contact me.  I started writing and publicizing my blogs on the first two questions of “Who am I” and “What is existence?” from 2010.

In the blog http://www.mayankgandhi04.com/2011/03/leela-game-of-life.html, I stated that this entire existence is just a game and we are just characters in that game. Similar to a MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role playing game) genre of games, there is a pre-determined environment and that we are characters in a simulated reality game. God is in reality the computer programmer who has created this extraordinary game played by billions of individuals. I called this game “LEELA”. We shall discuss this in next blogs….

About a month back, I was sitting and talking to my friend, Chetan, about one of my heroes – Elon Musk. We were discussing about his vision to change the world and humanity. His company Tesla is working on electric cars, Lithium-ion battery energy storage, and, through their SolarCity subsidiary, residential solar panels.  His other company, PayPal is one of the world's largest Internet payment companies. He is also the co-founder of SpaceX, working to enable colonization of Mars, OpenAI that is working on cutting edge Artificial Intelligence as well as Hyperloop - coaches travelling in vacuum tunnels at speeds upto 1200 kms/hr.



While talking, Chetan mentioned that Elon Musk was saying that the universe is a computer simulation. Wow! After 14 years of search for validation, I seem to have found someone talking the same language and that too, Elon Musk – someone whom I admire.

Crazy with happiness, I delved deep into the internet, watching hundreds of scientists saying the same thing. Watched youtube videos on simulated reality late into the night. Don’t know how I missed it earlier.  This was redemption. I was not alone.

In the next few blogs, I will go deep and explain the scientific and rational basis of this assertion. I will go far beyond what the western scientists are saying. Meanwhile I end this blog by quoting Elon Musk:

There is only a “one in billions” chance that we’re not living in a computer simulation. Our lives are almost certainly being conducted within an artificial world powered by AI and highly-powered computers, like in The Matrix.

“The strongest argument for us probably being in a simulation I think is the following,” he told the Code Conference. “40 years ago we had Pong – two rectangles and a dot. That’s where we were.
“Now 40 years later we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously and it’s getting better every year. And soon we’ll have virtual reality, we’ll have augmented reality.
“If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality, just indistinguishable.”

Friday, October 28, 2016

Karma Yoga (part 4)

I am confused.

The Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali and most scriptures of Hinduism say that the final stage of spiritual growth is Samadhi (a state of intense concentration achieved through meditation). A stage at which union with the divine is reached. So, when union is achieved – the individual identity is merged into the Divine, where one’s personality or individuality is lost.

But the Divine has given us life and created a person, an identity for a particular role in the Universe. If we attempt to merge with the Divine, are we not shirking our role and defeating the purpose of our birth? Samadhi cannot be the final step.
Meaning of life needs to go beyond Samadhi. After we access and merge with the vast Divine Consciousness, we have to bring this power back to one’s life and use this immense consciousness to do selfless service.

So, my formula of spiritual life is CCMSSS.

C ~ Clarity of purpose of existence

C ~ Cleansing of body to prepare to accept the Divine energy

M ~ Meditate to access the Divine energy

S ~ Surrender to allow the Divine energy to flow through me. Like a small fish going with the flow of the river.

S ~ Samadhi to merge myself into the Divine energy


S ~ Sewa or service that is selfless using this Divine energy 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Path for life - just some notings - read carefully

To see, understand, access and experience the Divine is the path to the truth, salvation and true freedom. 

The ego appears during the manifestation of the subtle Divine into a gross human. This ego separates the Divine Consciousness from the human. We therefore live in a veil of ego, desire and unconsciousness which conceals the Divine from us.

To experience and access the higher and deeper Divine Intelligence and Energy, we have to get unshackle the forces of the lower nature and through sadhana, awaken the Divine Shakti which will transform our consciousness into that of the Divine Consciousness. One will have to go beyond mind altogether, to have the real complete experience.

The Divine has three aspects
Ø  The Cosmic aspect from which and in which all is created or manifested in the universe.

Ø  The Manifested aspect is the Divine energy present in all beings. Right now, it is a manifestation which has to express its will to grow from ignorance to light.

Ø  This Transcendent aspect is all bliss and light and divine knowledge and power towards which we need to rise and bring it into our life and consciousness.

There are three major spiritual paths that can be explored

1.       One realises the cosmic aspect of the Divine, the aspect from which and in which everything is created or manifested, which is separate from me. The manifested aspect then unlocks the limitations of ignorance and surrenders itself to this image of the Divine that the mind has built. This is a realization, but a limited one.

2.       There is another path, taken by innumerable saints from all religions and sects. Not only does one realize the cosmic aspect of the Divine, but achieves transcendental realization too. Loses both oneself as well as the world in the transcendental Absolute. Lose individuality, surrender and become one with Divine energies and its manifestations. There is no personal or divinely individual consummation. All lose themselves to the Divine. This stage of Samadhi has been the highest stage of spiritual growth in any religion.

3.       But we have all been created as separate individuals to play a role in existence. My aim is not to just lose my individuality and personal role by surrender to the transcendental aspect of the Divine. My aim is to realize and also to manifest the Divine in the world, bringing down for the purpose of a yet unmanifested Power. I have to bring it down, and from where shall I bring it down — since it is not yet manifested in the cosmic formula — if not from the unmanifested Transcendence aspect of the Divine, which I must reach and realize? I have to bring it into the cosmic formula and, if so, I must realise the cosmic Divine and become conscious of the cosmic self and the cosmic forces. But I have to embody it here, and it is through the manifested aspect of Divine in the individual alone that this can be done. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Karma Yoga (part 3)

The Gita and the Vedanta thought process leads from ignorance to knowledge. A knowledge that teaches escape from the cycles of births. Understanding of a journey that starts from the lower consciousness but leads to the highest consciousness and beyond for salvation.
This intellectual understanding while extremely important, would still be only speculative; it could not have any spiritual value. Like reading a recipe without experiencing food. Thus, it is not by “thinking out” the entire reality, but by a change of consciousness that one can pass from the ignorance to the Knowledge.
For direct experiencing of Reality, this knowledge will have to be converted into spiritual experience by intensive sadhana of Yoga and Tantra. Deep and intensive practice can lead to opening of chakras or inner consciousness. And on opening of chakras, the journey from lower consciousness to higher to supreme consciousness begins.
This journey of evolution gives access to the Divine Intelligence or Divine energy. But, it needs to be remembered that accessing the supreme consciousness or the Divine energy cannot be the final destination. This should never lead to an individual achievement of the Divine realization for the sake of an individual, but something to be gained for humanity. This Divine energy needs to be brought down to Earth-consciousness and should be used for betterment of humanity and existence.
And this work should be done without desire of name, fame, power or any selfish motive, but as a surrender to the Divine.
So the sequence should be
1. Knowledge through reflection, books and scriptures
2. Experiencing through practice and meditation
3. Evolution to Supreme intelligence and having access to Divine energy
4. Using that Divine energy and intelligence for selfless work for humanity (karma yoga).

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Karma Yoga (part 2)

We are always in activity, even in inactivity. Most of the voluntary activity that we do is determined by the mind. The mind generally runs towards sense gratification increasing attachment and greed. How can we make it work for service to others?

Existence is the unfolding of the Divine plan. This process or flow is fuelled by Divine intelligence and energy. From the vast Universe to the cell, from the material world to the human race, from the smallest unit to the infinite, from the Big Bang to the present, the flow of the Divine Plan is intelligent, evolutionary and cyclic. This flow is not independent of us; we are a part of it, as participant not just observer.

The Divine plan, flowing from millenniums, seeks to enhance the lives of those in existence. Being a part of the Divine, we need to plug into this plan, and thus it becomes our function and duty to work for the betterment of others. An analogy would be that the Divine flow is like a river and we are the small fish in that river. It is our choice to go with the flow or against. It is our choice to work for service to others or use our narrow, sense-driven false concepts and ego to swim against the direction. Life would be much happier when going with the flow than against.

I have chosen to go with the flow. A surrender to the larger intelligence. Transform one’s own limited consciousness into the Divine Consciousness, to be its vessel, channel, instrument in one’s active nature. Attempting the way of spiritual self-giving and surrender to the Divine, abandoning ego and desire even in the midst of action.

This style of operation may sound very illogical and senseless to the normal, but am trying to transcend logic and sense and loving it. Whenever there is anything that I need or want to take decision, instead of reacting, just let it go. And believe it or not, after the next morning’s meditation, am able to respond with clarity. Success is HIS and failure is HIS. Have left everything to the Divine and its working. As the larger consciousness has substituted my limited one, the mind has become more of an observer than a player.


This is the true karma yoga – dedicating all through surrender to the Divine, without ego, desire or outcome.