Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Who am I ? (part 8) - Levels, law of karma and self healing

While, the earlier blogs on "Who am I?" has tried to explain some of the basic principles - from the next blog, I'll try and go deeper into energy dynamics and quantum relationships of existence, our relationships based on the same, relationship between mysticism and present knowledge of science and free will options to go with the flow.

Anything that is nuanced, complex, multi dimensional, multi layered and symbolic can be viewed and perceived at various levels of understanding. For example, at the most superficial level - one can see various Hindu Gods as idols or forms, or at less superficial level as part of a mythology with an interesting story, or going still deeper as moral stories and lessons of life or deeper still as symbols of values. It is at the final, most subtle level of energy dynamics and the movements of the quantum particles that one truly understands the symbolisms and the deep knowledge which created these symbols.

For example, Ganesha, the elephant God in Hinduism, could be viewed from the simplest level of understanding to the most complex

Level 1 : An elephant headed God who fulfils the aspirations of his devotees, with more impact of prayers on certain days and time.

Level 2: As the son of "Shankar" who as a child ran around his parents to symbolize that the importance of respect to parents, or who places the head of an elephant as a symbolism of the unity of man with all existence.

Level 3: The symbolism of his body parts - stomach as digestion organ of good and bad actions and a repository of wisdom, knowledge and experience, ears as awareness , trunk as a discriminating tool, which can uproot trees while being able to locate and pick up a pin too etc.

Level 4: At the most subtle level, Ganesha is a symbol of the lowest frequency of Muladhar and swadhistana chakra and has the same color (red and orange), earth as the lowest frequency element and therefore the starting point of evolution, an progress symbolized by the immersion of the earth element into the next higher element - water. And therefore, all activities of spiritual growth or business begins with praying to Ganesha.

Or the Mahabharata, a hindu epic, which could be viewed as

Level 1 : An interesting story of kings and their relationship, kingdom, governance, war and lives.

Level 2: A story with morals about how to behave with your family, enemies etc. How each of the Pandava brothers denote certain characteristics with Yudhisthir, the eldest being the symbol of Dharma whom one has to consult before any action etc.

Level 3 : Draupadi, the wife can be understood as the body with the five senses (husbands), a hundred tendencies that are the enemies of spiritual growth, Krishna, the God, as the saviour of the body as it is disrobed by the tendencies etc. Or, the chariot of Arjuna (the man) being reined and driven by the five wild horses of the senses and God the charioteer guiding the man towards a war against the evil etc.

Level 4: The Mahabharata could also be understood to have been taking place at all times within oneself, with the war between the good and the evil tendencies. Within this war, Krishna or God, through the profound "Bhagvata Gita"- exhorts one to fight the immorality unrelentingly leaving aside cowardice and relationships. The Bhagvata Gita is used within the sets of an epic war to impart knowledge on various facets of life, spiritual yearnings etc.

Level 5: The entire Mahabharata could be understood from the quantum perspective with the five brothers and other players defining various frequencies and the free will using the three frequency characteristics of Sattva, Rajjas and Tamas to define and guide one's life.

Similarly, Jesus and the new testament could also be understood at the basic story, moral, value level or at the level where it talks about advaita "The kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 117:20-21) and unity of the microcosm and the macrocosm  "But the kingdom is within you and without you" (Thomas p.3) or the origin of existence by involution "Spirit gives life, the flesh counts for nothing" (John 3:6; 6:63)

Prior to going into the next subtle level of quantum microscopic where I intend to explore much more complex subjects and relationships, let me put forward two other principles - the Law of Karma and the self healing concepts

Law of Karma

Why is there so much inequality between the rich and the poor, the ugly and the beautiful, the healthy and the deformed, the lucky and the unlucky, the ignorant and the wise, the saintly and the criminal at the time of birth?

Why should some be linguistic, artistic, mathematically inclined, or musical from the very cradle?

Why are some blessed, and others cursed from their births?

Is this inequality accidental or random and chance based? Or does it have a cause, process and an intelligence? Nothing in nature, a brilliantly designed and extremely intelligent system - is indiscriminate or accidental, everything has a root and outcome, therefore there must be an explanation beyond heredity, environment and natural evolution.

The universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction is called "Karma". All deeds produce Karma through four means - thoughts, words, actions that we perform and actions that others perform on our instructions . All intentional free will actions produce Karmas - good or bad (depending on the action), which has been broadly classified in Hinduism as

Sanchita Karma - accumulated Karma over many lifetimes.

Prarabhda Karma - part of sanchita Karma, that has ripened to appear in the present life

Kriyamana Karma - everything that we produce in the current life, which accumulates in sanchita Karma, to manifest in this life (prarabdha) or future lives.

The accumulated karmic tendencies, inherited in the course of previous lives, at times play a far greater role than the hereditary parental cells and genes in the formation of both physical and mental characteristics. But it needs to be understood that while Karma is an extremely critical part of life, it by no means controls our complete life. If it was, then it would be tantamount to fatalism or determinism or pre-destiny and free will would be an absurdity.

The Samyutta Nikaya ( a buddhist scripture) states, ""According to the seed that’s sown, So is the fruit you reap there from, Doer of good will gather good, Doer of evil, evil reaps, Down is the seed and thou shalt taste The fruit thereof." Thus, Karma serves as a deterrent, as well as an incentive to do good. One becomes kind, tolerant, and considerate. This law of Karma explains the problem of suffering, the mastery of so-called fate and predestination of other religions and about all the inequality of mankind.

While Bhagvada Geeta goes a step further in chapter 2, verse 47 stating "Seek to perform your duty, but lay not claim on its fruits. Be you not the producer of the fruits of Karma , neither shall you lean towards inaction."

So, while the law of Karma is like the charge and discharge of electrical energy, it is postulated in the Geeta that absence of intentional action will not create a Karma, even though one keeps on doing action. Therefore, acting without intent to get results, will discharge the sanchita or accumulated Karma, while not gathering any new Karma. Hinduism also postulates that when all accumulated Karmas get over, then an individual gets moksha or freedom from the cycle of life and death.

I will explain the science and logic of these entire processes in subsequent blogs.

Self Healing

Our mind body system is designed to heal itself. All one needs is a removal of obstacles and physical, mental, psychological and emotional blockages for the free flow of energy. This can be accomplished with or without the help of others. For example, if you cut your finger with a sharp object, the wound heals on its own and unless the damage is extensive, the repair job is perfect. Even the fingerprints are reconstructed. Exactly the same self-healing processes occur all the time in all possible parts of existence.

The brain is like a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) which directs the energy where it is needed the most. Therefore, pain is a cry for more energy and once the power is received for a while, the pain ebbs. Even if we abuse our body, it tries to heal itself, unless the damage is extensive and we continue doing mistakes for years. Severe illnesses are largely result of our complete ignorance on both: the physical level (diet, poisoning, lifestyle) as well as on the mental level (bad mental hygiene and discipline, wrong understanding of purpose of life). The mind-body system has almost unlimited self repair capabilities, but most of people deny themselves any access to them.

Within everybody is a system called Homeostasis. The property of a system, is to regulate its internal environment and a tendency to maintain a stable, constant condition. For example, a human body is 98.4 F in sub zero external temperature in the Arctic as well as in the scorching heat in the Sahara desert.

Do give your views. Thanks for your time and attention.


  1. Mayank,

    I read 3, 4 and the latest. I read few yesterday. It is clear that you are exposed to the spiritual part of the `shrusti`, which exists within each human, however, not exposed. It takes time to reach to this stage for many. You are thoroughly and truely involved in the process of spritual life`. Wish you to go ahead and explore more and share. It is also true that commercial compulsions have put people off from spiritual attainments. However, one such attainment of yours can help many to understand the importance of spiritual life and thereby help to bring in required peace for human race. Animals spend much peaceful life in Jungle than men and women in concrete jungle.

  2. Dear Mayank:

    It was indeed a fine expression of your thoughts. However I would consider the following to reach further –the goal of human life and existence:
    1. The law of Karma: Everything you wrote is good and seems right, but can one remain without doing any Karma? If not, then we must do such a Karma that while doing that Karma one does not get any result of it. There is such a Karma. Else one would never be free of bearing the result of Karma, to do further Karma, and then again do Karma to bear its results. It would be an endless cycle. Hence one would never get Moksh. Plus why does one want Moksh? Is that the goal of the human life –to be free of the cycle of births and deaths? No, there appears to be something more than the Moksh. You do not want to become sugar you want to enjoy the taste of the sugar and praise the Lord, sing the glory of the good Lord God.
    2. Self Healing: Yes, again you right. Even the biggest wound heals automatically. Isn’t it the miracle of that merciful God? The human body is truly miraculous. Look at the nature; the Imli (Tamrine) gives fruits without any motive, money, or reason, mother gives birth without any motive, money or reason, and so on. Not only that, the God gives our daily food –the perfect food, at the right temperature, at the right time, in the right amount when we need it. Just we do not know where and when we get but we get it. Human body is truly miraculous. It can remain without food and water or even air. Hira, Manak, Ratan gets his energy from gazing at the Sun. Many others get it from different sources. One saint once told that body gets used to living how you want to live. Anyway, why go for body and its healing? Why not go beyond the body, mind, intellect, id, ego and SELF? And be the SELF. You will have the whole cosmos within you what is outside you. The start has to be done with selfless Karma which yields in service and service alone.

    Thank you for lively thoughts and your attempts to explore existential TRUTH –the SELF, the GOD, the ATMA, the PARAMATMA. What else you want to call it?

    With best wishes and regards, sincerely,
    Hari OM

  3. good meaningful and convincing interaction. this is what is required. however, the problem is with scarcity of spiritually inclined people which restricts the interaction between limited people, who are already having better hand in the subject matter, reverse should happen.

  4. Dear Mayank,

    You are almost saying what Sadhguru is saying. Except that Sadhguru offers to help do away with past Karma as well as present Karma. When I realise that I am not the body, and start seeing body separate from real me, That is when I think all the Karma's can be set aside.
    There are certain programs, which Sadhguru/teachers of Isha Yoga conduct, which helps in understanding how to do what I have said above.

    I am thoroughly enjoying reading your blogs.

    Sadhguru will be in Mumbai conducting program in November.


  5. There are Karma Yoga, Gyan Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Sankhya Yoga, Hath Yoga, Vibhuti Yoga, Isha Yoga, Shiva Yoga, and many many more Yogas. Do they all lead to ONE reality? Why not go after Yoga -the union with God or SOUL or SELF - only, if that is the goal of all Yogas?

    Satguru shows the way but the Shishya has to walk until he or she realizes that everything is done by the Satguru. Only when a seed loses its identity in the soil, water, sunheat, air, and space, it buds. Satguru is the soul of the Shishya and Shishya is the body of the Satguru.