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Friday, September 14, 2018

Poetry Book Published

Thank you for supporting my writing on the Blog. I get more than 2000 readers every month.
I thought I will let you know that me my poetry book has been published.
There are 100 poems in my poetry book "Mystic Delights Through The Senses".
There are four distinct categories of experiences or inner perception from which these poems have poured forth. They are Nature, People, Places and the deep nature of our existence.
I am certain that the book will be an empowering read and a deep emotional experience.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Life and its Challenges


“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.
When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.
Life has a way to test a person's will.
Either by having nothing happen at all, or by having everything happen at once”
…………………The Devil and Miss Prym

“Supreme good is like water.
Water greatly benefits all things, without conflict.
It flows through places that people loathe.
Thereby it is close to the Way.” ……….Chapter 8, Tao Te Ching

The first quote is referred to by a close friend of mine on Facebook. When I read it I was immediately drawn to the wisdom of Tao Te Ching. In chapter 8 of the text the quality of water is explained. Life is a process of constant challenges. From the time of our birth and the challenge to take the first breath outside the mother’s womb to every moment in our childhood to overcome challenges. This process in early life and as a young adult is tackled involuntarily without any forethought. But this involuntary effort starts to diminish as we grow older. This is due to the continuous external inputs into our mind which creates concepts and perceptions which we assume to be the basis of our decision making. There is also another factor which adds additional pressure on our mind. This is the increasing expectations from our relationships both at the family and social level. Every obstacle we face is tackled from the shaky platform constructed by our objective perceptions which are based in our past. Albert Einstein, with his deep understanding, said:
"The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them”.
A current management theory pioneered by Claus Otto Scharmer of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is called “Theory U”. In thistheory the approach to problem solving in today’s data intensive complex business world, is to follow the following steps.
First we need to suspend past patterns. Next we have to see with fresh eyes, next we have to undertake a process of redirecting and this can be achieved by seeing through our intuitive heart level, next we have to let go of the past perceptions and this will result in perceiving new patterns. These sequence of steps will position the problem solver in a presencing and virgin mode to conceptualize new patterns from the data presented. Based on this input, a new prototype solution can be built up.
The step of letting go is that which is most stressed in many spiritual traditions. It is the forerunner to facing hurdles and obstacle in our own realization of our abundant potential. This is the gift of the universal consciousness which is readily available to tap into and is very much present in the deeper layers of our own being. This new knowledge is that which fortifies our core strength and leverages our capacity to flow effortlessly around every problem we face.
Now it is the very same thing that we read in the Tao Te Ching.
There are the following attributes about water as ennunciated in the Tao Te Ching; they are “Supreme good”, “beneficial” and “devoid of conflict”. Whenever water encounters an obstacle, it either flows around it or over it or through it depending on the size and shape of the obstacle. It does not stop and ponder. The action is spontaneous and there is no knowledge of the past but a grasping of the current situation. It benefits all depending on what and on whom it bestows its quenching and nourishing quality. It is always operating in a non-conflict way which means it is supremely aware of its true destiny. Whether in the process of wetting or eroding, what we humans perceive as good or bad, it is ultimately beneficial to the common good. This take us to the last line “Thereby it is close to the Way”. In Buddhist philosophy and Taoism, the emphasis is on the “way” and not the “destination”. This is quite contrary to many spiritual traditions where the emphasis is on the goal or the ultimate destiny. This approach to life of being in the way, increases our Self-awareness to the maximum level as we are focussed on the moment and not on the experience of the past or the anticipation of the future.
These are empowering thoughts.
Love to you all.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

A Plane and Vehicle of Existence


“A noumenon can become a phenomenon on any plane of existence only by manifesting on that plane through an appropriate basis or vehicle; and during the long night of rest called Pralaya, when all the existences are dissolved, the "UNIVERSAL MIND" remains as a permanent possibility of mental action, or as that abstract absolute thought, of which mind is the concrete relative manifestation.
No one could say that a bar of metal dropped into the sea came into existence as it left the air, and ceased to exist as it entered the water, and that the bar itself consisted only of that cross-section thereof which at any given moment coincided with the mathematical plane that separates, and, at the same time, joins, the atmosphere and the ocean. Even so of persons and things, which, dropping out of the to-be into the has-been, out of the future into the past – present momentarily to our senses a cross-section, as it were, of their total selves, as they pass through time and space (as matter) on their way from one eternity to another: and these two constitute that "duration" in which alone anything has true existence, were our senses but able to cognize it there.” ……………Secret Doctrine, I 37, 38
The wisdom of Madam Blavatsky is laid bare in the statement above. A bar of metal occupying various levels or as we can say in science, various coordinates in three dimensional space, seems to go through a transformation from that ‘which is not’ to that ‘which is’ and finally into that ‘which is not’. This sequence of events is on the assumption that the bar of metal is dropped out of an invisible balloon high up in the atmosphere, to an observer who is sailing in a boat in the ocean. He or she witnesses a point of appearance defined by specific location in space and time and then into a coordinate in space and time, at its impact at very surface of the water, where it disappears.
All manifestations, from the subatomic particles to the universe, have a beginning and an end in the plane of existence to an observer. The mandatory condition is that the witness has to exist in the very same plane of of the object’s existence.
From the perspective of consciousness, the consciousness of the observer brings into his field of observation, all space-time probabilities into a single defined event at any moment of time, namely; a beginning and an end. This is what we call the collapse of the probability wave function through an observation in Quantum physics. Hence the vehicle that transports this reality and observation is the personal consciousness of the observer.
By the very same logic with which we have defined the plane and vehicle of existence, there could be infinite number of planes and vehicles of existence which are outside the boundary of a specific individual consciousness. The capacity for expanding the boundary of any individual plane and vehicle of existence (consciousness) to encompass all existence is far beyond any singular subject – object interaction. This is because all potentialities of realization both in the microcosm and the macrocosm lie within the observing boundary. In trying to define or theorize any reality outside a verifiable space-time boundary, leads us to the field of abstraction which lie outside the boundary of observation. All mathematical tools are abstractions. All abstractions from the conscious mind starts with an a priori axiom or set of axioms which are the results of concepts which are beyond verifications and hence not scientific (Gödel's incompleteness theorems). This leads us to the position that all mathematically derived and inferred observations resulting in any theory is susceptible to falsification.
Hence the derivation of the first part of the opening statement to this article;
“A noumenon can become a phenomenon on any plane of existence only by manifesting on that plane through an appropriate basis or vehicle; and during the long night of rest called Pralaya, when all the existences are dissolved, the "UNIVERSAL MIND" remains as a permanent possibility of mental action, or as that abstract absolute thought, of which mind is the concrete relative manifestation.”
A relative manifestation of the UNIVERSAL MIND can only have a limited potentiality in itself. But by tapping into the relational bond between the relative mind and the UNIVERSAL MIND the hard boundary of individual consciousness can be transformed to possess a quality like an osmatic membrane to tap into the UNIVERSAL MIND. This process can only be activated purely at the subjective experiential level. This is what every mystic experiences.
Love to you all

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Deeply Hidden Reality


“I have no doubt that our thinking goes on for the most part without use of signs (words) and beyond that to a considerable degree unconsciously. For how, otherwise, should it happen that we sometimes “wonder” quite spontaneously about some experience? This “wondering” appears to occur when an experience comes into conflict with a world of concepts already sufficiently fixed within us. Whenever such a conflict is experienced sharply and intensely it reacts back upon our world of thought in a decisive way. The development of this world of thought is in a certain sense a continuous flight from “wonder.”
A wonder of this kind I experienced as a child of four or five years when my father showed me a compass. That this needle behaved in such a determined way did not at all fit in the kind of occurrences that could find a place in the unconscious world of concepts (efficacy produced by direct “touch”). I can still remember — or at least believe I can remember — that this experience made a deep and lasting impression upon me. Something deeply hidden had to be behind things.” [1]……………….Albert Einstein
"I see much more about the flower than my friend sees; there's not just beauty at this dimension, there's also beauty at a smaller dimension." [2]……………..Richard Feynman
The above two quotes are from two of the leading stalwarts of Physics in the twentieth century.
Einstein, lucidly explains in a very sequential method, how we lose sense of the revelatory experiences when these are in conflict with our a priori conceptual artifacts. This can further be explained from an evolutionary perspective. From the time humans were hunter-gatherers our perception of reality was targeted toward survival. These concepts ensured that we build a reality in our mind, without any modification, through what is unambiguously dictated by our senses namely the sense of sight, sound. Touch, smell and taste. The mythological age which came with the agrarian settlements tried to bridge the gap between the concepts which had evolved through sensory perception and what was dictated by our subconscious or the universal unconscious through a revelatory process. This bridge constructed through mystical experiences and transferred to stories for ease of communication remained fossilized in the human psyche as mere objective events in the external world thus assigning a fictitious or historical attribute to these narratives.
The rational age did not provide any means of repairing or bridging the conceptual gap but further destroyed all experiences outside those which conformed to concepts deeply embedded in our space-time objective reality.
As Einstein points out about his wonderment as a child about the movement of the needle of a magnetic compass, the classical concept which resulted from an Aristotelian thinking that there need to be a prime mover as a cause for any effect to take place, leads to wonderment as how without any cause perceptible to the senses an effect can take place. If there was a flight from this wonder and a total rejection had taken place about this unseen reality, which is the magnetic field of the earth, it could not be conceptualized for further verification and rational ratification at any point of time.
In science, this course of conflict between new experiences (new observations) and a given expectation through a priori concepts started widening. A best example is the observation seen with light in double slit experiment. Here we see light behaving both as a particle and as a wave. There is no defined or permanent state of reality. Today we see increasing conflicts in understanding gravity and space-time. The granular or quantized nature of the very fundamental reality at the micro level, which is beyond rational concepts, is the very source of emanation of all reality we observe at the macro scale. This is reflected in the quote from Richard Feynman when he says "I see much more about the flower than my friend sees; there's not just beauty at this dimension, there's also beauty at a smaller dimension."
These insights lead us to keep our options open and allow us not to be hijacked by our preemptive resolution of conflicts arising from deep thinking through our existing concepts. This holds good not only in science but all the more in our own journey of realization of our true Self where we have been indoctrinated with externally determined debilitating concepts.
Let me close this article with the saying in the Gospel of Thomas where Christ says:
“"Let him who seeks cease not to seek until he finds: when he finds he will be astonished; and when he is astonished he will wonder, and will reign over the universe!" [3]
Love to you all.

[1] “Genius in Their Own Words: The Intellectual Journeys of Seven Great 20th-Century Thinkers”25 Jul 2002
by David Ramsay Steele and Arthur C. Danto ………….page 24
[2] https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/01/01/ode-to-a-flower-richard-feynman/
[3] http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/thomas/gospelthomas2.html

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.
It is available internationally through Amazon online stores and Infibeam.
Enjoy the book which I promise will be a delight to read at an easy pace.
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My blogs should be rolling from October 2018
Please bear with me till then.

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/