Monday, July 30, 2012

Who am I (part 2) ---- I am you

Thank you for some excellent,lucid, informative and interesting responses to the earlier blog.

Today, in a simple, laymen language without using religious or didactic language - let me try and explain my concept of reality and its implication on my life and thought process....

Till the sixth century BC - Greek, Indian and Chinese philosophers professed that science, culture, philosophy and religion were not separated but an indivisable one. Then the Eleatic worldview of the west started prevailing with assumption of a Divine Principle standing above all Gods and men. This principle eventually led to an intelligent,personal, benevolent God standing above the world and directing it. Thus began the separation of matter and spirit and led to the dualism in western thought.

The dualistic religious movements in the west along with the Eastern religiosity consisting of various Gods, their messengers and their books created a worldview where humans were only connected directly one-to-one with the creator and sent to the world for various purposes - leading to claims and counter claims of superiority, proselytism (religious conversion) and competition leading to violence, strife, wars and tremendous unrest and indescribable horror and misery.

In the seventeenth century, philosopher Rene Descartes proposed the 'Cartesian' division of nature as two independent realms - the mind and matter. Modern scientists started seeing matter as dead and completely segregated from themselves and the world as materialistic, working on principles of a Monarchical God. This view has led to huge advances in the field of science,technology, organizing of cities, political structures, medicines, agriculture, economy and similar. But due to this worldview, individuals started identifying themselves as separate mind and separate body parts with the futile expectation of the mind trying to control the separate compartments of talent, feeling, beliefs, individuality leading to endless inner conflicts generating confusions, stress and frustrations.

The inner fragmentation mirrors our alientation from nature and from our fellow beings treating natural environment as separate from us and therefore to be exploited by different interest groups. This fragmented view is further extended to society which is split into different nations, races, religions, groups and political entities leading to the present ecological, political, social and cultural crises.

Opposed to these worldviews of dualistic religiosity and materialism - I believe that I am the infinite, the unlimited, the boundless, the energy, the shakti, the integral part of the whole. And so are all of us. I AM YOU.That the entire existence and each of its part is an integral part of each other with the same infinite and sourced from the same energy. As the Upanishada says "He alone sees, who sees all beings as oneself."

The subtle high frequency universal energy or consciousness has through a process of involution (slowing down of frequency to create grosser matter) created matter in various combinations of gross energies. Its like the slowing down of frequencies for changing state of matter like the conversion of water vapour to water to ice.

The relationship between the inside and the outside can be best described with the verse
"As is the atom, so is the Universe;
as is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm;
as is the human body, so is the cosmic body;
as is the human mind, so is the cosmic mind,"


This is not a abstract notion but "my truth and reality" and has led to extraordinary changes in my worldview, behavior, emotions and thoughts in the last six years. I would like to share the same in the next blogs, along with the scientific understanding of "What I am".

7 comments:

  1. well done dad... it got over too soon for my liking though... probably because i was enjoying it a lot

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  2. It's a nice world view to have, Mayank. I wonder how many would understand the basic premise of what you understand. :-)). But I guess one most keep making the effort. Cheers.

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  3. Well said Mayank. I resonate with Manaan, 'it got over too soon' ...
    'as is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm ...'

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  4. Mayank: Thank you for the blog.

    The reality seems only one -that spirit exists every where and that is the only real else none appears to be a reality. The thought process and life ensue only from the spirit. Due to the presence of the spirit a thought first comes in our mind, it then drops down in the heart lung region wherefrom the air is forced up through the voice box and finally the thought becomes words and sound before people hear us. When we do not want to speak, the thoughts still originate in the mind and it manipulate itself in to action such as raising hand to saluate someone, or writing the thought or anything. It is very complex process through neurons and muscles. But in the center of every thing in this universe and in us is the spirit or roughly talking life.

    Personal, benevolent god appears to be more important than the God as people know. It is the personal God only who we can converse with, communicate with and not the infinite God which standing above the world and directing. I do not know where and what is above the world mean. The dualism remains only until we know and realize the singleness which threads the entire cosmos together.

    There is no West or/and East in the spiritual world. These are all man made and may change any time. So is everything else including rituals, religions, sects, languages, caste, and even thousands of gods. Thanks for your interest.

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  5. Hi Mayank
    Without indulging in linguistic prowess or expanding the realm of self to Brahman,universe,infinity etc...I have got my answer for this life....and that is in the words of Gautam Buddha " The whole trip of this life is to make ones emotions rational". My quest will be to attain that state....it is also known as the state of self realisation and described and understood in Buddha's words.....As for the creator....recommend reading " The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins.

    Love
    Mustan

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  6. I have differet opinion, as I understand, mind as highly sophisticated developed object of matter and hence in final analysis matter is primary. This, however, does not infer, that I am materialist in sence of worldly love.
    Humans, most developed living creature, on this earth have developed enough to investigate and find about mind, which now seems to be controlling themselves, which is right. Still, we must understand that individual is part of society and his mind will vascilate around social concious level and not far off. Example it was beyond Newton's caliber to discover General Theory of Relativity as speed of sound was not breached till then(Newton was not less intellegent than Einstein)!
    Well, so I am part of society and society is formed of millions of me and like. Unfortunately, we are divided in many classess, where two are prominant, first who control our national wealth(Corrupt and looters) and second we who are being looted.
    kk16085@india.com

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  7. Cool writing, and philosophy. My assertion is also that -
    Involution of energy leads to our existence as matter, and at the same time have a mind (brain matter + communication capability). The essentially unique representation of this combination of body+mind is what we refer to as "I". Reconnecting this "I" to the universal energy, starting that communication, is essence of spirituality.

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