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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

My Poetry Book Published


Please do forgive me for this long absence.
I am currently on completing my (Two Books) project to get these published.
My poetry book is published by Notion Press and it is placed on many online platforms including Amazon, Flipkart and Notion press partner stores in India, Malaysia and Singapore.
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Liberation from Forms


“But those who fully worship the unmanifested, that which lies beyond the perception of the senses, the all-pervading, inconceivable, unchanging, fixed and immovable — the impersonal conception of the Absolute Truth — by controlling the various senses and being equally disposed to everyone, such persons, engaged in the welfare of all, at last achieve Me.” ………….Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12 verses 3-4
“While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops, and from lust anger arises.” ………….Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 verse 62
These two verses of Bhagavad Gita fully capture the highest mode of worship of the Divine.
From our childhood we develop a methodology of perception which relies entirely on the input from our senses. This is the inherent nature of human existence. We conceptualize space and time as two separate entities and place our sensory inputs as memories in our conscious brain. The physical brain is designed to store and translate our perceptions as experiences. These individual experiences create an emotional response leading to thoughts and action. Hence our very existence seems to rest upon these sequence of inputs and outputs. This dimension of existence results from strong social, religious and historical legacy.
As the consciousness of humans evolved with the increase in brain capacity to process more and more information, we heavily relied on the wise inputs from teachers and philosophers which could readily give answers to our existential questions. It reached its full expression through Parmenides, a Greek philosopher of 6th century BC and known as the Father of Metaphysics, when he said “For thinking and being is one and the same.” It was further emphasized by Rene Descartes, the 17th century philosopher, mathematician and founder of ‘Continental Rationalism’, When he said “Cogito Ergo Sum” which means “I think therefore I am”
This rational mind set is the main bottle neck in the expansion of our consciousness to a more empowering domain in which true wisdom lies. The sensory field is that which lies before the door step of the infinitely vast mansion where lies all the treasures of spiritual and purifying wisdom leading to the Pleroma of Divine consciousness. Most of us are enamoured by the glitter of antechamber of objective reality that we never attempt to reach the Divine threshold which is narrow as the eye of a needle.
When ritual worship was instituted, starting from the agrarian age (20,000 BC), humans never understood the meaning of rituals and showered their worship to Divine forms that were installed so that the limited human perception could use these symbols, icons or objects as a medium for grasping the supernatural or the unmanifest, we stopped at this very threshold with a false presumption of God as an exterior object and not as an immanent, all pervading essence of all creation including man.
Carl Jung captured this aberration and also pointed to the route through which we can liberate ourselves.
“We move in a world of fantasies which, untroubled by the outward course of things, well up from an inner source to produce an ever-changing succession of plastic or phantasmal forms. This activity of the early classical mind was in the highest degree artistic: the goal of its interest does not seem to have been how to understand the real world as objectively and accurately as possible, but how to adapt it aesthetically to subjective fantasies and expectations." …………….C.G. Jung, Symbols of Transformation
The “plastic or phantasmal forms” which Jung talks of are the result of our conceptual mental maps which have been constructed throughout our lives. But we were not abandoned to be rooted in false reality but were provided strong artistic images and powerful mythologies through which we can invoke these tools in a two way process. The first is by deeply understanding and second is to adapt and transform these inputs to expectations articulated in our inner being,
These objective understanding and subjective experiences can either be processed in a linear fashion or in a holistic nonlinear mode. In the linear implementation, which by far the most common, we understand the implicit surface values and the resulting subjective experience and employ an action rooted in ego satisfaction. But in the holistic, nonlinear mode we are able to leverage the interconnected web of deep wisdom which these seemingly innocuous symbols or images or mythologies portray.
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 verse 62, captures how we are held captive by our attachment to sensory inputs by our debilitating emotions of lust and anger when the ego is denied its own dictates.
From the foregoing deliberations, we need to understand that all forms of worship and rituals must go beyond the mere symbols or icons but should act as a gateway, through a contemplative mind, to a self-transformation.
Love to you all.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Unconscious in Countless Forms


"Consciousness, continually in danger of being led astray by its own light and of becoming a rootless will o’ the wisp, longs for the healing power of nature, for the deep wells of being and for unconscious communion with life in all its countless forms." ……….C.G. Jung, Symbols of Transformation
All form of worship, whether it be rituals or an object of worship such as an idol, are aimed at the transformation of our waking consciousness which is led astray by our own nurturing through family, society and the teachers of both worldly knowledge or well as spiritual wisdom. This is what Jung says in the above quote. This corrupted consciousness is the foundation for our Maya or illusions of reality. This is termed as ‘Avidya’ in Vedic philosophy. But by Divine ordination every creature is destined to ultimately merge  with the cosmic consciousness. This is what the Catholic theologian and palaeontologist, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in his study of evolution proposed that all cosmos is evolving towards a Omega Point. This also the concept in Vedic philosophy of a Brahma’s day and Brahma’s night, where all manifestation or evolution happen during the Brahma’s day and the period of ultimate dissolution or Pralaya in Brahma’s night. Created consciousness resides in duality as the distorted image of the Divine.
The individual consciousness is not left to its own fancy in its rampant existence but provided with a deep layer of revealing wisdom in the very ecosystem where we exist. Sri Aurobindo, in one of his interviews, said with a great insight:
“It is not sufficient to realise the higher consciousness in meditation. Its working presence should be felt even while doing the ordinary works of life. But Supermind proper is Divine Consciousness which arranges and guides the movements of the Universe. This Consciousness must be made to be our normal nature, and allowed to descend and transform our mind, life and body. Human effort is of no use. There should be complete surrender so that the higher power will come down and work. It is not difficult to realise Supramental Consciousness but it is very difficult to make it active. Therefore several great souls after realising this consciousness worked through mind and reduced it to mental terms. Therefore they could not experience the working of the Supramental Consciousness in its true nature.”
There are two points which Aurobindo makes in the above statement which are of prime importance. The first is that “Divine consciousness arranges and guides the movement of the Universe”. This defines the unfathomable truth as to the very structure of both the microcosm and the macrocosm. In this context it is apt to an ongoing debate among mathematicians whether new mathematical proofs are ‘created’ or ‘discovered’.
Hungarian mathematician, Paul Erdos (1913-1999), one of the greatest minds, strongly supported the view that mathematical proofs are discovered. Erdos often referred to “The Book,” in which God had written down all the most important and elegant mathematical proofs. He insisted that mathematicians didn’t create mathematical proofs; if their proof was an important one, they had discovered it in “The Book.” Though Erdos didn’t believe in God (who he termed the “Supreme Fascist”), he argued that while you didn’t have to believe in God, you did have to believe in “The Book.”. This is what we call ‘laws of nature’ which define the structure and dynamics of all the matter from quarks to the cosmos.
The second point Aurobindo makes is that “Human effort is of no use. There should be complete surrender so that the higher power will come down and work”. This is the “healing power of nature” which Jung talks of. This surrender is not of a passive nature. It is a dynamic acceptance or faith, through a laser focus, for full receptivity. As Divine consciousness, which is present in all structures and in its dynamics of the universe, is the basic substrate of all manifestations, only the highest level of resonance can open up its content to the individual. For perfect resonance, the impedance of the source and the receiver have to be exactly matched. As Divine consciousness has no impedance, the receptive individual consciousness must also have a Zero impedance. This is the concept in Buddhism of ‘No Mind’. This also is the nature of the surrender that Jung articulates. Let me conclude this article with a quote from Robin Robertson, a contemporary Jungian analyst, clinical psychologist, university professor, writer and lecturer:
“I’ve tried to show how my own creative work has either “emerged” from the unconscious or been “discovered” already lying in the unconscious, waiting for discovery. In some cases, something or someone in the outer world was involved in this process; in other cases, the unconscious provided the impetus on its own. Though I haven’t been explicit in pointing it out, I think in virtually all cases, there has been a synchronicity of events that have led to these works appearing.”
My sincere hope is that this article is helpful in fine tuning our receptivity to the Supermind or Divine mind or Cosmic mind, by whatever name we might call it, with our limited consciousness.
Love to you all.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Discovery or Manifestation


"'Homo creatus est' means that man was created. We are inclined to turn our backs smilingly on such a statement, thinking naturally enough of the first chapter of Genesis. But it is really a psychological declaration of the first importance: does man feel himself to have been created or not? Do we feel that we have created ourselves or have we rather found ourselves? Most people feel the latter, one day we found ourselves and said "I" for the first time. But had that "I" been created or did it just happen? This is quite a different question and a very difficult one. Our feeling gives us no answer. We can only say that we gradually discovered ourselves with our gifts, our vices, our qualities and our imperfections. No proofs lie to our hand whether this conglomeration had a purpose, an intention, behind it, or whether it was the result of blind chance." ………………….C.G. Jung, ETH, 01/12/1940
The creation stories of many traditions of mythologies project a self-emanation of the created world, including, man, from the Godhead. This leads us to the query as to how a material perishable created complex can be an image of God. But God declares His intention of creating man in his image in the Judeo-Christian as well as in the Vedic texts.
“The "Sātapatha Brāhmana" relates the creation of men and animals. "Prajāpati was formerly this (universe) only. He desired, 'Let me create food, and be propagated.' He formed animals from his breaths, a man from his soul, a horse from his eye, a bull from his breath, a sheep from his ear, a goat from his voice. Since he formed animals from his breaths, therefore men say, 'The breaths are animals.' The soul is the first of breaths. Since he formed a man from his soul, therefore they say, 'Man is the first of the animals and the strongest.' The soul is all the breaths; for all the breaths depend upon the soul. Since he formed man from his soul, therefore they say, 'Man is all the animals;' for all these are man's."[1]
The ‘Enuma Elish’ (also known as The Seven Tablets of Creation) is the Babylonian creation mythology, is more elaborate and Marduk, the chosen leader of the younger Gods is assigned to defeat the progenitor of Chaos and darkness, Tiamat and her divine assistant, Quingu. Both Tiamat and Quingu are killed and out of the blood of Quingu, man is created. Why I have elaborated on this myth is the clear demarcation on the two natures of man, the lesser state of the  Ego which is the lower consciousness of chaos in the precreation state of darkness and the innate higher nature of the Self.
In the Genesis, man as the pure image of God in the Garden of Eden before the awareness of his Ego through a separated state of the Anima symbolised by Eve. This is stated in:
“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” ………Genesis 1: 27
And the fallen (lower Ego state of consciousness) Adam, as per Judaic Kabbalah a descent from the state of ‘Adam Kadmon’ to a state of “Malchut’ in the tree of life.
Now we can see from where Jung is coming as to the self-discovery of the created human as ‘I’. It is our predominant objective awareness as ordained reality that prompts us to declares ‘I am’. This is a position which we find difficult to comprehend as our subjective consciousness of our true nature is dulled into dysfunction due to layer of conditioning that we have been subject to through evolutionary, karmic and socio-religious prompting.
In his encounter with the Divine in the book of Exodus 3:14 when Moses asks God who he is, God replies "I AM WHO I AM". This is a powerful statement which asserts the nondual nature of the Godhead. This is a radically different positioning from a discovery of humans as “I am” in a purely dualistic perception.
This provides us with a platform to answer the question “Are we created? Do we feel that we have created ourselves or have we rather found ourselves?”.
Both answers are correct in as much as that we find ourselves in the psychological dimension with a self-identity at early childhood and continue to assert this discovery in the psychological realm to fortify our Ego. But the true purpose of our creation is to manifest our primal nature which is the unmodified Divine consciousness in which we were created.
Mythology and sacred writings have pointed out this through their stories. The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Acts of Thomas have told us these ‘stories of return’ which I had quoted in some of my earlier articles.
This is life long process of shifting our limited awareness from a purely objective and conditioned orientation to one of self-awareness rooted a subjective domain.
Love to you all.

[1] Hindu Mythology, Vedic and Puranic, by W.J. Wilkins, [1900],

Monday, May 28, 2018

Role of the Shadow in Our Lives


There is Sufi story with which I would like to begin this article.
A man entered a village and went to see the Sufi Master. The visitor said "I'm deciding whether I should move here or not - and I'm wondering what the people here are like?" The Sufi Master said "Tell me, what kind of people live where you come from" The visitor said "They were robbers, cheats and liars" The Sufi Master said "You know, those are exactly the same kind of people who live here" The visitor left and never came back. Another visitor entered the village and asked the same question of the Sufi Master "I am thinking of moving here - can you tell me what the people are like?" Again the Sufi Master asked "Tell me, what kind of people live where you come from?" The visitor said "Oh, they are the kindest, gentlest, most compassionate, loving people. I shall miss them terribly" The Sufi Master said "Those are exactly the kinds of people who live here too"
There is a practice in the native tradition of an African tribe called “Ubuntu”.
A human being from an Ubuntu perspective should be kind, generous, friendly, living in harmony with himself, the environment and others, and at one with the creator. “This is what Africa can teach the world,” said Credo Mutwa, the respected Zulu Sangoma, “We have forgotten how to be human beings, and we must remember quickly if we are to save the world. Life is an instrument and we have lost the ability to play it. People live but they are not alive. We must use life and play it like an instrument and make beautiful music.”
If a person in the tribal community commits a grave mistake, this person is brought to a common area where all the local community gathers around the offender and starts reciting all his good qualities and deeds. This is the process of immersion of the person in all his goodness so that his negative elements which were responsible for his wrong doing is washed away. There is no blame.
We have examples in the lives of great spiritual masters of this method of removal of all negativity from society. Christ when the woman caught in adultery was brought before him to be stoned as per the law of Moses, reveals the negativity in each person in the crowd who are calling out for the woman’s punishment by saying: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” They all went away starting from the oldest first and Christ says to the woman: ““Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” ……….John 8: 3-10
It was Carl Jung who stated the shadow to be the unknown dark side of the personality. According to Jung, the shadow, in being instinctive and irrational, is prone to psychological projection, in which a perceived personal inferiority is recognized as a perceived moral deficiency in someone else. Jung writes that if these projections remain hidden, "The projection-making factor (the Shadow archetype) then has a free hand and can realize its object—if it has one—or bring about some other situation characteristic of its power." These projections insulate and harm individuals by acting as a constantly thickening veil of illusion between the ego and the real world.
If we develop a position of constantly projecting our shadow, all perceived objective attributes, irrespective of their inherent qualities, becomes negative in nature. This type of feed forward and feedback in our daily relational transactions strengthens the individual ego complex and plays havoc with our emotional intelligence.
A typical example is the life of Adolf Hitler. whose personal shadow aspect of the psyche was strengthened towards anti-Semitism due to his own early childhood perception of his ancestry.  Even before Hitler came to power, there were rumors that he was of Jewish descent, a detail of personal history that would be highly damaging, even humiliating to him, and which he went to great lengths to quash. The idea was primarily derived from the fact – not a secret – that his father, Alois Hitler, was illegitimate. Early childhood of Hitler was spent in Vienna which had open anti-Semitic atmosphere.
We are shaped by our social, religious and knowledge environment from early childhood and undoing many of the damages which build up our shadow side of our psyche is a spiritual exercise.
Now the opening Sufi story bears its full meaning when we realize that we bring to our table of transactions what we inherently qualify to be our perception of the objective world through projected attributes of our psyche. This knowledge is the feedback in the process of stabilization of relationships in a mode for empowerment and not unidirectional unqualified control.
Love to you all.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Blending the Mind and the Soul


“O Teacher, what shall I do to reach to Wisdom?
O Wise one, what, to gain perfection?
Search for the Paths. But, O Lanoo, be of clean heart before thou startest on thy journey. Before thou takest thy first step, learn to discern the real from the false, the ever-fleeting from the everlasting. Learn above all to separate Head-learning from Soul-wisdom, the "Eye" from the "Heart" doctrine.
Yea, ignorance is like unto a closed and airless vessel; the soul a bird shut up within. It warbles not, nor can it stir a feather; but the songster mute and torpid sits, and of exhaustion dies.
But even ignorance is better than Head-learning with no Soul-wisdom to illuminate and guide it.
The seeds of Wisdom cannot sprout and grow in airless space. To live and reap experience, the mind needs breadth and depth and points to draw it towards the Diamond Soul. Seek not those points in Maya's realm; but soar beyond illusions, search the eternal and the changeless SAT, mistrusting fancy's false suggestions.
For mind is like a mirror; it gathers dust while it reflects. It needs the gentle breezes of Soul-wisdom to brush away the dust of our illusions. Seek, O Beginner, to blend thy Mind and Soul.” ……….”The Voice of the Silence” by Madam Blavatsky
In the short passage above, Madam Blavatsky captures the entire essence of the true nature of liberation which all spiritual traditions teach. Let us analyze some of the deeper layers hidden in these pronouncements.
The very first advice which the master gives is to “search the paths”. This reveals that there are innumerable paths through which one can travel in one’s search for wisdom. The common fallacy which predominates the spiritual landscape today is that there can be only one assured path to liberation from our ignorance and our ultimate enlightenment. This is strongly pronounced in monotheistic religions. This trend which has been the cause much bloodshed in the world and is the basic cause in the evolution of fundamentalism that conveniently takes a firm footing in the power-mongering political agenda of many countries. Spiritual path should be an individual’s choice after a period of open guidance in the early stages of one’s life.
The role of religion can be compared to a walker which a caring and loving parent gives a child while he or she takes the initial baby steps. Once the child has learned to walk, the aid for further mobility is leveraging the inner potential of the child by proper nurturing and providing the means for a healthy lifestyle. The walker or any external aid has to be dispensed with once the discernments of the individual reaches a certain self-sustaining stage in life. By providing a ‘spiritual-walker’ throughout one’s life, we are totally curtailing the spiritual upward mobility of the individual.
The next advice from the master is the possession of a clean heart. A clean heart cannot be the product of a belief system which debilitates the mental and emotional intelligence of a person, especially in his young age. A clean heart is the product of three dimensions of living. The first is ‘respect’. A respect for all that is life empowering. This includes our parents, elders and teachers. It also includes the whole ecosystem from which we derive our physical and emotional sustenance. The next is a compassionate outreach to all creation. This is reason that the Buddha gave such a top priority for Ahimsa in its true holistic dimension. The last is an ethical and moral attribute in all our relationships especially with all life. The web of life is a Divine gift in which we are called to participate in a role of nurturing. Any thought, word s or actions which is counterproductive to this true purpose cannot be the true path to the spiritual wisdom we seek.
Third important advice is the damage of “Head-learning”.
All bookish knowledge that we may master will not lead us empowering wisdom as the work of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, “Faustus” brought out in an elegant drama. Head-learning without moderation from a heart based emotional and experiential foundation leads to ego glorification and sense gratification. This is when the master speaks of when he says “…….To live and reap experience, the mind needs breadth and depth and points to draw it towards the Diamond Soul…”. If all the knowledge we gain is purely out of the rational mind, then what we gather is result of illusionary concepts which have their origin in inputs from other minds whose matrix is entirely different from the fundamental nature of any individual’s mind-matrix.
The mind is an intermediary tool or device gifted to us at our human birth. It comes with a preconditioned evolutionary aberration and further gets modified in our worldly nurturing. Our duty is to remove these modifications which distorts our grasp of our true inner nature or empowering spiritual wisdom, only through which we can realize our life purpose of ultimate union with the Divine.
By blending the mind and the soul, we bestow the power to restore the rational mind to become a translucent intermediary in our relation to the created world and the creator.
Love to you all  

Monday, April 30, 2018

Creativity Needs Long Incubation


“Creativity involves not only years of conscious preparation and training but unconscious preparation as well. This incubation period is essential to allow the subconscious assimilation and incorporation of one’s influences and sources, to reorganize and synthesize them into something of one’s own…. The essential element in these realms of retaining and appropriating versus assimilating and incorporating is one of depth, of meaning, of active and personal involvement.” ………….Oliver W. Sacks
Oliver Wolf Sacks, was a British neurologist, naturalist, historian of science, and author. Due to his own introvert nature and extreme shyness, he never married and always loved solitude. This is one of the reasons why he could understand the inner dimensions of creativity. I am not decrying the need for companionship or relationship in life but when these relations makes one to be subjugated  by the ego dictates of those with whom one has a relation, the state of one’s mind is preoccupied, in a defensive mode, to preserve or surrender to the dictates of one’s own ego demands.
A relationship nurtured at a much deeper level, beyond the sensory and physical needs, could empower the deployment of a symbiotic potential augmenting the individual’s capacity transcending the four dimensional consciousness in which we normally operate.
The two modes of operation of the mind are laid out by Oliver Sacks. They are “retaining and appropriating” and “assimilating and incorporating”. In the first mode there is a huge amount of data which gathered through our senses. These information and experiences are retained in a disjointed form in our memories and they can be at our beck and call at any instant of time. This is how many teachers and leaders in our education system operate. But a good teacher or spiritual master, researcher and innovator goes a level deeper with the knowledge bank he or she has built up. These type of persons are creators.
A creative individual is capable of synthesising the huge amount of disparate knowledge, through a deep understanding of the network of relationships in which the constituent of his knowledge base exists.
There is a current theory of human creativity and the classification is called the 4 C model of creativity. This is not the context to discuss this topic. However I will quote from a paper by two leading proponents of 4 C model.
“There are many other theories, ideas, and studies revolving around Big-C. One example is Gardner’s (1993) concept of the creator’s Faustian bargain with the devil, for example, in which a creator is willing to sacrifice everything in their life for the use of their creative gifts, such as Einstein’s isolation, Freud’s ascetic existence, or Stravinsky’s combativeness. Another method is Gruber’s case studies of great individuals (i.e., Gruber’s 1981 classic study of Charles Darwin), in which he takes the point of view of the Big-C individual and shows how the creator evolved into a great creative thinker.” [1]
This Faustian bargain is the long incubation in which everything is discarded with a sole purpose of gaining all the knowledge in the world.
“The idea that a period of incubation might leverage creativity has not only been suggested by creative minds, but has also been stressed in creativity models. Wallas (1926) proposed that the creative process entails four stages: Preparation (acquisition of knowledge to some task), Incubation (process that occurs when conscious attention is diverted away from the task), Illumination (creative idea flashes into sight), and Verification (creative idea is subjected to evaluation).” [2]
In the domain of spiritual life this same principle is applicable and this incubation process leads to a transcendence to a higher level of consciousness. In many spiritual traditions, sleeping in caves, temples or powerful tomb are recommended to the initiates as a ritual practice. The spiritual practice in I Ching Dao, the ultimate purpose of dream incubation is developing a creative relationship with Original Mind, which is the ultimate spiritual healing power.   
Love to you all


[1] Kaufman, J., & Beghetto, R. (2009). Beyond Big And Little: The Four C Model Of Creativity. Review of General Psychology, 13, 1-12.
[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3990058/

Friday, April 6, 2018

Blessings of the Flesh


Let me open this article with a quote from one of the earliest Church fathers whose wisdom was rooted in a deep understanding of Christ and through him the Divine. If God created human beings in his image why was physical domain consigned to the fall by the Church. We will examine this question and certain revelatory truth that we perceive through evolutionary biology.
“The tender flesh itself will be found one day
- quite surprisingly - to be capable of receiving,
and yes, full capable of embracing the searing energies of God. Go figure. Fear not.
For even at its beginning the humble clay received God’s art, whereby one part became the eye,
another the ear, and yet another this impetuous hand.
Therefore, the flesh is not to be excluded from the wisdom and the power that now and ever animates
all things. His life-giving agency is made perfect, we are told, in weakness -  made perfect in the flesh.” [1] ………….Saint Irenaeus of Lyon (c.130-c.202)
“So the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground, breathed life into his lungs, and the man became a living being.” [2]
The ‘humble clay’ which Irenaeus talks of is probably, in the early earth when water carrying comets or asteroids crashed into the earth pulverizing the solidified volcanic rocks, the first substrate in which complex molecules such as RNA (consisting of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen, which come together in very specific conformations or structural arrangements) are  put together when sufficient atmospheric electrical activity is present in the form of lightning. This has been experimentally proven in laboratories.
It was Bernal (1951), however, who first suggested that clay minerals played a key role in chemical evolution and the origins of life because of their ability to take up, protect (against ultraviolet radiation), concentrate, and catalyze the polymerization of, organic molecules. [3]
I have quoted this biological evolutionary concept in order to point out that creation is not one time act with the wave of a Divine magician’s wand. One of the current theory of evolution in which I have a strong belief is that of “autopoetic continuous evolution” towards higher complexity or Theistic Evolution.
To our current knowledge, man stands at the very front end of this 3 billion years of evolutionary complexity. In our bodies, consisting of 35 trillion cells, there is a massive scale of replication of DNA going on every second of our lives. An example is our entire skin gets renewed in 18 weeks.
We still cannot comprehend, at the very primal quantum level at which the course of our evolutionary pathways are laid out, what is the driving force? While scientists are attributing this process to physical laws with its limitations, spiritual masters are attributing this process to the substrate of Divine or Cosmic consciousness.
The basic truth is that we carry in this framework of flesh, which includes all material composition of the human body, the driving force of life which the Divine gift reflecting the very creative energy. Every life form from the humble bacteria to man is invested with intelligence and provided with sustenance. The natural forces in work through our Harmons resulting in emotions are Divine investment and have to be rightly utilized both for self-preservation and for empathy and compassion towards all creation.
When the resources provided for the wellbeing of the flesh are over indulged or deprived, the natural harmony of the body is upset. The house of God becomes structurally weak. These conditions result in self-destruction at the physical level through disease and a runaway process of craving and low selfhood.
The constant indoctrination of the corrupting nature of all that is our physical self leads to a  psychological condition resulting in low self-esteem This in turn leads to the biggest trap of dragging one into seeking success, popularity, or power at all cost.
St. Augustine went on a hyper drive on the concept of the sins of the flesh (original sin) which he claimed came through the yielding to the temptation of the flesh by Adam and Eve. This was mainly a reflex action to his own condition due his own past life of reckless debauchery.
St. Jerome, the first author of the Latin Bible and great Church father who was the advocate chastity for the clergy, confesses:
“O, how often have I thought myself to be in the midst of the vain delights and pleasures of Rome, even when I was in the wild wilderness.” Again, “I, who for fear of hell had condemned myself to such a prison, thought myself oftentimes to be dancing among young women, when I had no other company, but scorpions and wild beasts. My face was pale with fasting, but my mind was inflamed with desires in my cold body: and although my flesh was half-dead already, yet the flames of fleshly lust, boiled within me, etc.” [4]
I would conclude this article from a very apt concept in Vedanta. On the practice of Yoga, Sadguru says:
“The very body is divine as far as yoga is concerned. One aspect of Shiva is that he is Angaraj. Angaraj means the king of limbs. You may be doing Angamardana, which is a process of gaining mastery over the limbs. Shiva is the king of limbs because he has completely mastered them, and now the very body has become divine. If the system, which is moving from unconsciousness to consciousness, becomes 100% conscious, if even the physical body becomes utterly conscious, then this is a divine body. That is what it means when we say Shiva is Angaraj. These limbs can be an unconscious mass of flesh, or they can become so conscious that they are like a divine body. This is about transforming a piece of flesh into a deity.” [5]
We have this inbuilt potential of transformation but it requires a great effort in moving our involuntary functions such as the bodily functions such as breathing, heartbeat and liver function and our mental function into the domain of conscious awareness.
Let us make a small beginning.
Love to you all.



[1] Adapted and translated by Scott Cairns, Love’s Immensity: Mystics on the Endless Life (Paraclete Press: 2007), 5-6.
[2] Genesis 2:7 – International Standard Version
[3] Bernal J. D1951The Physical Basis of Life. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. 364p.
     To find more information about this publication, try searching -  PubMed/NCBI - Google scholar
[4] Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians
[5] http://isha.sadhguru.org/blog/yoga-meditation/demystifying-yoga/from-piece-flesh-to-divine- force/

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Media and the Mind


"Have you ever looked at the flame on a log? One night when I was backpacking, I was watching the flame on a log, and I couldn't see where the flame touched the log. Either there was a gap between the flame and the log, or the flame was so pure and colorless that it couldn't be seen. In a similar way, there is an absolute base in the heart where there is emptiness. This is the place before the Truth becomes alive, before it leaps out into existence. And here, even the union of the heart subsides into a ground of being that is so simple. It is that place 'where distinction never gazed,' as Meister Eckhart called it, where even oneness makes no sense, where the mind of insight has fallen silent, where the heart has fallen silent, and there is just a resting in the simple ground of being." ……………Adyashanti
In grasping reality, the mind goes through various stages and retentions. It also draws upon the varied depositary of memories of related or similar events. The observation of Adyashanti is a very deep insight. Rarely any one of us understand the above fact that out of pure non-observable energy, the flame comes out to the external world.
From the point of view of cognitive sciences, there are many functions of the brain which are autonomous like breathing, digesting and many other biological functions. If the brain has to go away from these autonomous functions into a sequential information processing mode then the processing time and the energy required to keep humans alive would be enormous and subject to malfunction endangering life. Hence vital biological functions are programmed to be autonomous.
Now the brain also acquires capacity for autonomous functioning when certain precision activities in our daily lives need to be performed. There are plenty of examples such cycling, driving a car. Apart from this professional sportsmen and players, over a period of time, acquire instant reflexes which bypasses the full frontal neocortex functions. A good example is the response of a professional baseball or cricket player. When a cricket player faces a fast bowler, bowling at nearly 145 km per hour, the time for the ball to travel the 22 yards of the pitch is within half a second. To follow the trajectory and to respond the batsman cannot operate on a purely rational mode. He acquires a store of autonomous function mapping based on various parameters for which he has learned and trained to become skilled.
Why am I pointing out all these factors is because we think we have full control over our rational mind. The embedded layers of our mind which forms the ground of being of our psyche is built up by exposure to the constant barrage of information flooding our mind through various senses.
This fact is very clearly understood by marketing companies. The profile of corporate players who exploit this nature of mind encompasses different products from food, personal care, home comforts and many more. A false sense of assurance, far beyond the real and sometimes imagined, is promoted incessantly through the media.
The social networks have become an easy and very low cost tool for these players. The reason for the phenomenal growth of companies like Amazon, is the use of social media with powerful software for data mining to predict and suggest products and services suited to specific customer.
There are material available in the social media which completely alters and impacts the academic performance as well as personal orientation of youth in relation to their personal and social behaviour.
Many of you are aware of the disaster caused among misguided youth with the introduction of the “Blue Whale Challenge” on the social media. The number of suicides, both reported and unreported, indicates the extremity to which the young mind can be altered.
The false sense of comfort which most of the advertisement companies promote on the social media goes unabated. The entertainment industry is one that capitalizes on this perceptual need created through the media in terms of long haul soap opera both in the west as well as in the east. There were time when I used to travel to UK in the 1980s and 1990s when social drama was very limited but now with cable and dish TV  and internet channels like Netflix and YouTube, the access to the entire media entertainment is at the beck and call of your hand-held remote.
All this flood of information puts the human brain on overload and what the brain does is go on to a selective filter mode and pushes some of the repeated themes and contents into the autonomous mode which completely operates as bedrock on which one’s perception of reality is built.
The other danger we face is this type of autonomous functioning based on false reality totally block our inner self and one becomes soulless. Most self-destructive behaviours, from personal suicides to a personal sacrifice in terrorist acts, are the result of this condition. The extreme insensitivity to social harmony and ecological health is the result of this mental conditioning
Today the main culprit in what is happening in the Middle East, terror acts in Europe and the school shootings in the US are the result of the crony capitalism dominating our markets. The biggest market driver of war, terrorism and violence is the ammunition industry. The wars in Kuwait and in Iraq were primarily motivated by the vested interest groups in capturing the region’s oil wealth through dictated trading routes.
In December 2016, responding to a question from a journalist about whether or not there is a link between Islam and terrorism, more specifically addressing the fatal attack on a priest by a Muslim extremist in France the previous week, Pope Francis said,
“Terrorism grows when there is no other option, and as long as the world economy has at its center the “god of money” and not the person.” This is fundamental terrorism, against all humanity,”
No religion endorses terrorism. It is only the conditioned mind subjugated by fueling ignorance and media promotion of a false reality by interested groups, which are the perpetrators of this evil.
Love to you all

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Inner Kingdom of Man


“…… Every thought of man upon being evolved passes into the inner world, and becomes an active entity by associating itself, coalescing we might term it, with an elemental - that is to say, with one of the semi-intelligent forces of the kingdoms. It survives as an active intelligence - a creature of the mind’s begetting - for a longer or shorter period proportionate with the original intensity of the cerebral action which generated it. Thus, a good thought is perpetuated as an active, beneficent power, an evil one as a maleficent demon.  And so man is continually peopling his current in space with a world of his own, crowded with the offspring of his fancies, desires, impulses, and passions; a current which reacts upon any sensitive or nervous organization which comes in contact with it, in proportion to its dynamic intensity.” …………..“The Occult World”, by Alfred P. Sinnett, 1884 edition
Alfred Percy Sinnett was an English author and theosophist. He has captured the composition of the subconscious world of an individual in a language that, as best as possible, describes the cumulative process through which every thought from the human mind is either attenuated or amplified to form the building blocks on which the subconscious structure is built up. These building blocks which can be fundamentally classified as ‘Qualia’ or units of consciousness comes with attributes which are generally termed as “a good thought (which is perpetuated as an active, beneficent power) or an evil one (which is described as a maleficent demon), but I would rather use the Vedic attributes of ‘Guna’, namely; sattva (goodness, constructive, harmonious), rajas (passion, active, confused), and tamas (darkness, destructive, chaotic). Though we may unconsciously and spontaneously conceptualize the nature of a current situation and evolve a suitable response, deep down the base on which these individual positioning happens very much depends on the cumulative state of our subconscious consisting of the admixture of the three gunas. The perfect balance of three gunas leads to a harmonious triad of supreme power that has limitless creative potential.
I would like to add a further analysis of the extended process that continuously takes place in an individual’s psyche. The Jungian construct of the entire world of consciousness has to be called upon to understand this process of the psyche. Individual consciousness is the immediate manifest component of the aggrandized subconsciousness of any individual as described at the start of this article. But this whole world of individual consciousness is the floating iceberg in the field of Universal unconsciousness. The universal unconsciousness is the grand integral of the entire evolutionary history of human consciousness which further extends into the planetary and cosmic consciousness.
From this conceptual view point of the entire structure of the world of consciousness, we can understand that we are connected to the entire creation. This grand unified field being in perfect creative harmony, spontaneously acts on any variations from the perfect state.
The last sentence of the above quote; “ ……. And so man is continually peopling his current in space with a world of his own, crowded with the offspring of his fancies, desires, impulses, and passions; a current which re-acts upon any sensitive or nervous organization which comes in contact with it, in proportion to its dynamic intensity.”, is a vital truth, This has further been validated by our current study and understanding of human consciousness and human Biology.
Epigenetics is a new type of science that is growing in popularity and promise in the scientific world. Epigenetics is the study of cellular and physiological traits, or the external and environmental factors, that turn our genes on and off, and in turn, define how our cells actually read those genes. It works to see the true potential of the human mind, and the cells in our body.
This is a science that even eminent scientists are beginning to see the potential in. Sir Adrian Bird defined epigenetics as the structural adaptation of chromosomal regions that register, signal and perpetuate altered activity states. Another scientists with decades of experience who is also leading the way with epigenetics is Dr. Bruce Lipton, who has written three major books on the field and how it can enrich our own lives.
Every thought we put out is not only has a unidirectional outward flow and influence but is very much a universal flow which also influences our inner world at the genetic level. Today every medical practitioner knows that mental stress is the biggest killer and a cause for a variety of diseases such as hypertension, heart ailment and cancer.
Let me conclude with a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley written by this great cosmic visionary in 1821
'Throughout these infinite orbs of mingling light
Of which yon earth is one, is wide diffused
A Spirit of activity and life,
That knows no term, cessation or decay;
That fades not when the lamp of earthly life
Extinguished in the dampness of the grave,
Awhile there slumbers, more than when the babe
In the dim newness of its being feels
The impulses of sublunary things,
And all is wonder to unpractised sense;
But, active, steadfast and eternal, still
Guides the fierce whirlwind, in the tempest roars,
Cheers in the day, breathes in the balmy groves,
Strengthens in health, and poisons in disease;
And in the storm of change, that ceaselessly                    
Rolls round the eternal universe and shakes
Its undecaying battlement, presides,
Apportioning with irresistible law
The place each spring of its machine shall fill;
So that, when waves on waves tumultuous heap
Confusion to the clouds, and fiercely driven
Heaven's lightnings scorch the uprooted ocean-fords--
Whilst, to the eye of shipwrecked mariner,
Lone sitting on the bare and shuddering rock,
All seems unlinked contingency and chance--                     
No atom of this turbulence fulfils
A vague and unnecessitated task
Or acts but as it must and ought to act. 
                                                                        
Love to you all