Saturday, January 14, 2017

Suspended Between the Opposites

A suspension between the opposites, (i.e., an ego in the banal world who does not know he is also an eternal being), followed by a breaking of the blockage, the stasis, through a transforming dialogue of the Ego with the Self, allowing movement and flow, and leading to the living birth of an unanticipated created third :
"The confrontation of the two positions generates a tension charged with energy and creates a living, third thing, not a logical stillbirth in accordance with the principle ‘tertium non datur’ [law of the excluded middle], but a movement out of the suspension between opposites, a living birth that leads to a new level of being, a new situation." ……………………C.G. Jung, The Transcendent Function
Perhaps the best visualization of the above theme is the painting by Salvador Dali “Christus Hypercubus”. Dali utilizes a traditional Christian motif of Christ’s crucifixion being surreally revealed  upon as in a mystical revelation, yet the cross is formed by an unfolding octahedral hypercube (a four-dimensional cube). The artist’s metaphysical, transcendent cubism is based on the emergent art form of cubism
In this painting there is an emergence of Christ from the cross into a new dimension. The entire crucifixion theme is loaded with the theme of being suspended  between polar opposites. Christ being crucified between the two thieves of whom one is good and another bad, reflects this theme. We lose the greater significance when we are rooted only in the physical image of the event.
What Jung calls “…..a living birth that leads to a new level of being” is a stage of evolution in the human to a new level of consciousness. The purpose of crucifixion is to unite the two dimensions of the ego personality of the individual in the horizontal dimension and the cosmic or Divine level in the vertical dimension. This is why the Roman cross, an instrument of execution, which had only a horizontal bar is shown in the teaching of Christianity with a vertical extension bringing forth the esoteric meaning hidden in this event.
This theme figures in the science fiction novel “Factoring Humanity” by  Robert J. Sawyer. In this novel, the author brings out the initiation of transcendence of the Homo Sapience to the next evolutionary level by a stream of signal which is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for nearly ten years and it is left to Heather Davis, a professor in the University of Toronto, psychology department, to devote her career to deciphering the message. Once it is deciphered it reveals a technology that can rip the very fabric of space time. This means that access consciousness can instantaneously connect on a Galactic scale beyond the limitation of four dimensional solar consciousness. This leads humans to evolve to the next stage of their being. What is important and what this novel brings out is that the moment we are able to transcend our limitation of consciousness in the four dimensions of spacetime, we can actualize our innate potential to transcend beyond our ego dominated nature.
“To be receptive to the highest truth, and to live therein, a man must needs be without before and after, untrammelled by all his acts or by any images he ever perceived, empty and free, receiving the divine gift in the eternal Now, and bearing it back unhindered in the light of the same with praise and thanksgiving in our Lord Jesus Christ.” …………Meister Eckhart
The highest truth cannot be availed if one is rooted in the past or the future. The very nature of being struck to the past denies the evolutionary potential in man to become operative and trying to look for truth in the future is futile exercise as the complexity of the evolutionary process makes any perception in the future dimension a mere illusion which will be rooted in ignorance. If we understand our Divine and cosmic nature and the capacity of our consciousness to transcend our current nature, which is the aggregate of our fossilized perceptions, then we reside in the fertile moment of here and now. A state of emptiness which has infinite potential of manifesting to the fullness of the highest truth.
“The teaching of the Eastern philosophies and of Jung are that all of our stories of right and wrong are but reflections of the yet unreconciled polarities that make up our ego’s. To ‘free’ ourselves from our constricting beliefs and make peace with ourselves and the world, we have to learn to embrace and bear apparent paradox (more on this in my next post). Jung, thus, compared individuation, the process of becoming whole, to incarnation, for to the extent that we claim our wholeness we allow ‘God’ to incarnate in this world.” …………’Truthless Truth Blog’
If we want to transcend towards the higher truth then every moment of our lives has to be a reincarnation or a new birth and this birth has to happen by painfully extracting ourselves from the existing dimensions of conditioned consciousness into a new realm of being.

Love to you all

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Need for Parables and Puranas

“The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “ You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” …………Matthew 13: 10-15
“The unconscious is the dark being within that hears what our conscious ears do not hear, & sees what our conscious eyes do not perceive. It allows those unnoticed impressions to grow & moulds them into itself. We only become aware of this unheard hearing, this unseen seeing, when the unconscious sends us these forgotten images in dreams & visions.” ………………C.G. Jung
Today we commemorate the feast of Epiphany in the Catholic calendar. You may be wondering why I have chosen to post an article on the importance of parables and puranas in spiritual empowerment on this festive occasion which in the early stages of Christianity had a greater importance than Christmas. In the eastern Christian tradition there was a fourfold significance of the feast of Epiphany. They were the; Divine manifestation, Royal kingship, Advent of light and the Royal nuptial. The common mystical theme underlying these fourfold celebration is the revelation of Divine consciousness in each person.
The three wise men from the east represent the three dimensional manifestation of humanity which is the physical being and therein is hidden the fourth dimension of timeless Divine light or consciousness represented by the star of Christ. It is only Mary and Joseph, the humble shepherds, the three wise men who are granted the vision of the manifestation of Divine consciousness taking the human form in Christ. The birth of God as Man is nothing but the mystical manifestation of Divine light which was hidden during Advent of one’s seeking soul revealed to the discerning individuals representing the Bhakti, Karma and the Jnana paths through which one can attain Divine consciousness. The implicit faith and devotion of Mary and Joseph in this mystical birth represents the Bhakti marga or path, the shepherd toiling in the cold night represent the Karma marga and the three wise men represent the Jnana marga which is tortuous journey and which is purely guided by their own Divine light brought to the forefront as a guide to transcendence.
Now examine the quote from the Gospel of Matthew. The need for mythological path through telling of parables and Purana are for those whose inner realms of consciousness is blanketed by ignorance and has to be awakened through metaphorical inputs to their sensory domain through which a key would provide to unlock the deeper chamber wherein the secrets of the Divine Kingdom are stored.  When one is open to this process the very inner domain would provide the needed tools to further expand one’s consciousness to attain the higher status of consciousness. The saying “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand………..” points not to the wakeful state of consciousness but to spiritual slumber which is a state of blindness and deafness to the deeper reality of human existence.
Now the significance of Jung’s saying can bear its fuller meaning. It is almost in identical words that Jung talks of the two possible states of human existence. These are the conscious and the unconscious. The conscious state is corrupt due to constant erosion by false perceptions of reality but the power of the unconscious which is untainted has immense potential in this revelatory process. When Jung says: “We only become aware of this unheard hearing, this unseen seeing, when the unconscious sends us these forgotten images in dreams & visions.”, what he means is that the forgotten images in dreams and visions are those inputs that take root in a waking consciousness through mythological narrations and powerful stories that nudges us towards reality that lies beyond the wakeful state.
The events of the visitation of the three wise themselves evoke metaphorical significance of a very spiritual nature. I would like to take one event in particular which I feel is of great importance to us individually. The disappearance of the star of the Divine child when the three wise men are in the region of Herod’s kingdom. The kingdom of Herod represents the power corrupted consciousness and its influence to obliterate the guiding Divine light and the moment they leave his domain the star reappears.
Let this festival of Epiphany prompt us to seek the Divine light in each one of us beyond the darkness of illusion.

Love to you all 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Heart Centred Prayer

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him………” …………………Matthew 6:5-8
"When the energy field is too scattered then by default you fall back on the only program that you can run, which is mental-egoic, divide-and-conquer, separate-to-see ~ it’s the kind of program that the West has been running for 2500 years. So it’s only the kind of crazy mystics that model for us what undivided perception feels like.
Centring Prayer artlessly and innocently without realization that this is what it was doing was laying the physiological groundwork for a developed capacity for non-dual awareness. The heart has been seen as central to the physiological underpinning of non-dual consciousness and non-dual selfhood." ………….Cynthia Bourgeault
I would like to open the first post of 2017 with what I feel is the urgent need of the hour. The importance prayer has almost disappeared from the world of the youth and it is fossilized in empty words and often repeated obligatory ritual in which the mere recitation is given any importance. It is quantity rather than quality.
We live in a world that is seeing an exponential increase in noise pollution and this pollution is not restricted to the auditory nature only but has also, through technological evolution, invaded the private mental space of the human being. The increasing influence of the virtual media especially among the youth today has shut out the route to inner reflection and the silence of the senses which is so very essential to reach down to the inner dwelling of the Divine.
It is in this context that the words of Christ uttered 2000 years ago begins to assume a great significance. The prayers of the hypocrites and the public prayers of proclamation in the places of worship of all religions cannot provide the much needed communication with the Divine. The intention of public prayers in places of worship was to create a homogeneous intention energy field in the universal unconsciousness so that this increased and multi-fold energy field can be tapped by the devotee through his or her own positive intentional resonance. But by default, in a public sphere of prayer, we tend to descend into the realm of the ego mentality and become self-centred both in our attitude as well as in our intentions. Before we look at the mode of individual heart centred prayer, I would like to dwell upon what the effect of group resonance can have on a global scale when there is a  silent intention of a small group.
“In 1974 an experimental study observed three different gatherings of over 7,000 people meditating each morning and evening for three consecutive weeks.  The study took place in Fairfield, Iowa (December 17, 1983-January 6, 1984), The Hague, Holland (December 21, 1984-January 13, 1985) and Washington, DC (July 1-July 10, 1985).  The results were astounding.  According to the Rand Corporation, a think-tank based in California, “acts of global terrorism resulting in fatalities and injuries were reduced by 72%.”  Time series analysis was used in this study to rule out possibilities that the reduction in global terrorism was caused by pre-existing trends, drifts in data or cycles.
Scientists believe this is due to a coherent resonance being created in the Unified Quantum Field by those meditating.
The 7,000 people meditating created a Field Effect of harmonious coherence that spread throughout the collective–which in turn helped to reduce acts of terrorism (incoherent, disruptive energy).
This effect, which has also been called the “Maharishi Effect,” has had over 600 scientific studies conducted in 33 countries and in over 250 independent research institutions. The evidence overwhelmingly correlates synchronized group prayer and meditation having extremely positive social, political and economic benefits to the world.  Positive correlations for numerous health benefits to the individual were also observed and confirmed.”
This study is continuously conducted by the Institute of Noetic Science (IONS) under its “Global Consciousness Project (GCP)”
This phenomenal effect has to start at the individual level and the laser sharp non-dual awareness is the fundamental requirement. It is only when we can lose our self-identity at the ego level and see ourselves as an inseparable part of the universe we can truly move into the realm of a heart centred prayer. The Anahata or heart chakra is the meeting point of the ascending, earning, supplicating, terrestrial energy of the human manifestation  and the descending, universal non-dual consciousness energy of the Divine. In prayer we seek this union and the place of union is heart.
All mystics had a deep understanding of this Divine truth.
The Qur'an continuously mentions focusing on the heart:
"Bring to God a sound heart, a heart that can respond."
There's a direct revelation from God to Prophet Muhammad  called  Hadith Qudsi where God says:
I cannot be contained in the space of the earth,
I cannot be contained in the space of the heavens,
But I can be contained in the space of the pure loving heart.

Let me close this appeal to all my readers that in the New Year, in what so ever religion we seek the Divine, we will move to a heart centred prayer in our lives. As Rumi says:

“Close down speech's door and open up the heart's window!
The moon will only kiss you through the window.”

Wish you all a blessed and peaceful New Year.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Inseparability of God from the Self

“If the ego does not exist as a separate entity, then the god image does not really exist either. God is a consequence of consciousness, it is born in the human soul parallel to the nativity of Christ. That God requires conscious man in order to come into existence was first stated clearly by Meister Eckhart. He was a depth psychologist manqué.” ……………….Edward Edinger, Commentary to Aion
“The individual ego is the stable in which the Christ child is born” …........Carl Jung, Psychology & Religion
Usually at Christmas time I post about some unique dimension of the meaning behind the nativity of Christ. It Is unfortunate that even those who have been given the mind to deeply reflect simply conform to the age old practice of a celebration rooted to the material plane thus loosing the all important spiritual content which this commemoration is meant to evoke.
Hence it is good to listen to a great Catholic mystic, such as Meister Eckhart, on his take on nativity of Christ. Every event portrayed in the life of Christ has a personal dimension to the individual spiritual self. God is a consequence of individual ego consciousness without which we do not have either the powerful subjective experience of the Divine nor the ritualist objective symbolism to reach deep down into one’s soul for a subjective experience of God. This is the reason why both Meister Eckhart and Carl Jung placed the birth of Christ in the individual ego consciousness.
In the celebration of the Holy Mass, the ritual of communion is to evoke the transformation of the human nature of an individual’s soul through its many trappings into its unpolluted Divine nature through the ritual of consuming the consecrated host.
A colossus in the understanding and interpretation of mythology writes:
“This is an essential experience of any mystical realization. You die to your flesh and are born into your spirit. You identify yourself with the consciousness and life of which your body is but the vehicle. You die to the vehicle and become identified in your consciousness with that of which the vehicle is but the carrier. That is the God ... Behind all these manifestations is the one radiance, which shines through all things." ……………. Joseph Campbell, “The Power of Myth”
The essential metaphor here is "You die..." Here this means, metaphorically, that you experience in a subjective mode a transformation in conscious awareness that completely relocates and transcends all previous awareness. Misinterpreting this metaphor literally, that this is speaking of life after death, and hence the Divine access only after death, is the fundamental mistake that many religions make and which Joseph Campbell and depth psychologist like Carl Jung tried all their life to address. Yes, this deeper interpretation is the essence of the standard Catholic doctrine, and it is common to many spiritual and mystic traditions, but its literal interpretation is a mistake, and misses the whole point.
This has raised some valid points as to “Is not the body which is vehicle of the Divine, is itself a manifestation of the Divine” I do not refute this claim that the body is the glorious manifestation of the Divine.
But when we say that the body is the vehicle, it is a metaphor and in no way demeans the manifested radiance of God's creation. But this understanding is often downgraded due to our over indulgence in the material nature of our existence and a new level of conscious awareness is needed to bring forth the Divine within from its material trappings.
This is the reason that in Bhagavad Gita, the body is compared to the chariot, the mind to the horses, Lord Krishna, the Divine, is the charioteer but it is the individual ego of Arjuna which directs the course of battle. The whole of Bhagavad Gita is God prompting words of wisdom to the individual ego of Arjuna.
The mind, body and soul (or consciousness) cannot be segregated in their true subjective nature, this is reason for Joseph Campbell saying “……..Behind all these manifestations is the one radiance, which shines through all things."  but are only objectively segregated at the individual ego consciousness level.
The whole human is Godliness and this is reflected in Teilhard de Chardin's saying: "We are spiritual beings having human experience, not human beings having spiritual experience"
To go back to this realization we need a metaphorical death of the physical.

Wish you all a renewed birth of Christ consciousness and a blessed new year.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Triune Female Forces

There are two dimensions to the triumvirate of female supernatural beings in mythological texts. They are the roles in the spiritual domain and the psyche of the individual.
“In Greek mythology, the Fates were three female Deities named Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos who shaped people's lives. In particular, they determined how long a man or woman would live. Klotho spins the thread of life, Lachesis determines the length of the thread and Atropos cuts the thread when she decides your time has come. In Rome they were called Parcae Nona, the weaver, Decima the measurer and Morta cut the thread.”
The image of a triple goddess may be linked to very ancient worship of a moon goddess in three forms: a maiden (the new moon), a mature woman (the full moon), and a crone (the old moon). All these symbolisms bring to light the mortality of created beings.
This is a spiritual dimension in which the role of the goddesses bring meaning to the life process. Why should human beings be born, grow up and then wither away. The inevitability of the common fate is sanctified through a Divine agency. Ancient religious mythology assigned a benevolent attribute to the trinity of male divinity and a probable response, in the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome, was to assign the role of an organizing agency to the female triune divinity.
Vedic philosophy provides a more intricate dimension to the trinity of female goddesses. The goddesses Lakshmi, Sarasvati and Parvathi have a very complex and morphing relationship with the male trinity of gods, namely; Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. While the role of the gods are more cosmic, the goddesses are assigned a more human related role of providing life empowering knowledge. Wealth, fertility, love and devotion; as well as of divine strength and power. It is in this philosophy that both the male divinity and the female divinity are assigned positive roles and all negation of these gifts originate in the karmic field and it is up to the individual to mitigate these influences.
Triformis is a threefold nature. In witchcraft this is viewed as mother, maiden and crone of the great goddesses. In ancient times the triformis goddesses were often called ‘Trivia’ which Latin means ‘crossroads’. Aeschylus, the Greek tragedian, equates Artemis  with Hecate and Catullus. The symbolism is the confluence of life functions of birth, life and death. These goddesses were assigned the role of protector of virgins, aids for birthing mothers and guardian of the underworld.
The Egyptian pantheon contained three natures of the mother goddess but what made ISIS so universally famous is she became the first Goddess to embody the persona of all three Universal Goddesses in ONE form.
We have briefly looked at the spiritual mythological roles and now let us look at the roles they play at the level of the personal psyche.
Whenever there is a dramatic shift in the course of one’s life the interplay of three can be seen in all mythological context. Abraham is visited by three angels and they foretold the birth of a nation through Abraham, though Sarah, his wife was beyond the age of conception. It was left to him to believe and he is tested.
Shakespeare may have based those fate-deciding ‘weird sisters’ on the goddesses Fates—the Moirai of Greek myth or Parcae in the Roman version—of whom there were also three. The three witches of Macbeth may be the original dramatization conveying a deeper yet sinister meaning to the mythology wherein the trinity play a role as a catalyst to the personal ambitions and ego driven desires of Macbeth. The idea of the Fates may have influenced Norse belief in the Norns, also a trio of divine female arbiters of destiny. Shakespeare had other intensions to convey. As mythology had a very close route to the psyche of the individual and conveys a set of meanings that ordinary language fails to do, the three witches could be seen as three dimensions of the psyche of Macbeth. The Three Witches represent evil, darkness, chaos, and conflict, while their role is as agents and witnesses. This is an internal process in the ego mind of Macbeth but visualized through the external agency of the witches for the audience to comprehend.
Darkness, chaos, and conflict are all state of one’s mind. This is clearly demonstrated in the very opening dialogue of the witches which is: "Fair is foul and foul is fair". This answers both the doubt in the mind of Macbeth on the strange appearance of the witches as well as the presupposition of the justification to the prophecy about to be told.
Fate, which according to the socio-cultural and religious context in which one lives, could be predestined or in a more spiritual sense, well within the capacity of the individual, through free will, subject to spirit empowering rectification.
While more esoteric spiritual traditions taught of the capacity within the humans to change one’s life destiny the majority of people from a pagan tradition believed is the subject of arbitration in the hands of the divine. This is the reason that mythology and its symbolism holds up a mirror to the psyche thus empowering it to take control.
May the power of mythology empower us spiritually.

Love to you all

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Creation in Egyptian, Hebrew and Vedic Tradition

The Sanskrit “na” means “waters” it indicates the “primal waters” from which everything came. This is also found in the Egyptian scriptures where everything comes from the “primal waters” and in the Bible it says "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." …………….Genesis 1:1-2
“That which lies within the “waters” and from which everything comes is known as “Narayana” the “nara” meaning “waters” and the “ayana” meaning “dwells” that which “dwells within the waters”. From Narayana comes a lotus upon which Lord Brahma is born who proceeds to engineer the universe and in the Egyptian scriptures a lotus appears from the primal waters from which “Ra” appears who proceeds to engineer the universe.” ………….. James Robinson Cooper
I am happy to say that I am a friend with J. R. Cooper who is an expert etymologist in Sanskrit which is the proto Indo-European language and deeply connects Greek, Latin and many East European languages. It is his above post in Facebook that inspired me to write this short article.
In the discipline of life science, it is common belief that, the origin of life may be traced to formation of protein and according to major theories, this could have occurred in an ambiance of water. This could have been in the ocean or deep sea vents where volcanic activity provides the right energy for formation of bacteria or a pre-packed extra-terrestrial delivery from a water bearing meteor or comet.
In a recent scientific paper, it has been proposed that when You start with a random clump of atoms, and if you shine light on it for long enough, it should not be so surprising that you get a plant.  This is the observation of Dr. Jeremy England, Assistant professor at MIT. Complex self-replicating structures can form given the right combination of initial conditions. This same physics can be used to explain how the right temperature and atmospheric conditions and the presence of an attractor (which is atmospheric dust particles) can create self-replicating patterns such as hexagonal shaped snowflakes. Hence the two basic constituents of creation are matter and energy but a third important player who makes the difference between organized forms of matter and life is the organizing principle of replication and evolution which according to spiritual science is patterns in the consciousness field or Akashic field. Now let us go back to scriptures which tried to address this process through the limitation of language.
In the Sumerian mythology the text ‘Enuma Elish’  also invokes waters from which creation takes place.
Suriya or Agni in Vedic mythology and Ra, the Sun god in Egyptian mythology or more directly, the spirit of God which produces light, the very fundamental first creation in the Universe after the Big Bang are all related to a hyper dimensional energy domain which cascades down in creation to form both matter and the energy, which in spiritual tradition is given various names,
In the mythology of Ra, it is believed that he rose out of the waters or ‘Nun’.  In certain other creation myths, Ra emerged from primeval waters known as Ra-Atum and created Tefnut (Moisture) and Shu (Air). From this first divine pair sprang the entire creation. What should be noted is that ‘Tefnut’ and ‘Shu’ though in common language denote moisture and air, it signifies matter and life giving spirit. There is a better word in Sanskrit ‘Prana’ or life force.
The Hebrew Talmud explains that the letter ‘mem’ represents the word of God through which all creation comes into being or the Torah and the open 'mem' represents the revealed Torah and the closed 'mem' represents the Torah’s secrets. In essence ‘mem’ represents water or the womb. water is the womb of Creation. This is the opening verses of Hebrew Torah and Christian Genesis. What is the waters which the scripture talks of? Since the earth’s waters had not yet been created, the waters mentioned here is the womb from which Creation emerged, the place of gestation before the world came into existence.
We can see the helplessness of the authors of these myths struggling to give meaning to a dimension which is beyond human comprehension.
Perhaps the most appealing and candid enumeration of the creation story in spiritual mythology is from the Rig Veda in Mandala 10 and Hymn 129.
I would like to close this article with the English translation of Arthur Llewellyn Basham which appeals to me as it tracks the cosmic dimension:
Then even nothingness was not, nor existence.
There was no air then, nor the heavens beyond it.
What covered it? Where was it? In whose keeping?
Was there then cosmic water, in depths unfathomed?

Then there were neither death nor immortality,
nor was there then the torch of night and day.
The One breathed windlessly and self-sustaining.
There was that One then, and there was no other.

At first there was only darkness wrapped in darkness.
All this was only unillumined water.
That One which came to be, enclosed in nothing,
arose at last, born of the power of heat.

In the beginning desire descended on it -
that was the primal seed, born of the mind.
The sages who have searched their hearts with wisdom
know that which is, is kin to that which is not.

And they have stretched their cord across the void,
and know what was above, and what below.
Seminal powers made fertile mighty forces.
Below was strength, and over it was impulse.

But, after all, who knows, and who can say
whence it all came, and how creation happened?
The gods themselves are later than creation,
so who knows truly whence it has arisen?

Whence all creation had its origin,
he, whether he fashioned it or whether he did not,
he, who surveys it all from highest heaven,
he knows - or maybe even he does not know.

Please note the words such as ‘Cosmic water’ and ‘unillumined water’, which have been used in translation. The common denominator is the word ‘water’ which when substituted by ‘consciousness’ gives you a spiritual perspective making it more meaningful.
I have tried to point out the commonality in various mythological tradition regarding the creation story but as long as humanity exists it will continue to probe this great mystery.
Love to you all.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fallacy of Absolute Certainty


“Science does not aim at establishing immutable truths and eternal dogmas; its aim is to approach the truth by successive approximations, without claiming that at any stage final and complete accuracy has been achieved.” ………………..Bertrand Russell, ‘Sceptical Essays’
“Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.” …………..Karl Popper
"Do not think that the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice non-attachment from your views in order to be open to receive other's viewpoints. Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge. Be ready to learn throughout your entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times." ……………….Thich Nhat Hanh
This article comes out of the personal urge to change the mind set of people who have grown entrenched in a milieu of autocratic parental and societal control in all departments of their lives. These especially include their view on religious practices and cultural influences that shape their lives.
There are two areas which had been heading on a collision course throughout history. They are science and religion. In the current times, however, there has appeared a glimpse of a spiritual alternative through the deeper enquiry in science. A cosmic religion which was foreseen by people like Albert Einstein
Purely due to historic reason, religion has stamped its irrevocable authority on individuals and society. The diktats and dogmas of religion have outlived their social, cultural and individual consciousness dynamics that existed when they were formulated. In the last 500 years, science has exploded and expanded its outreach to provide answers to many complex questions which were earlier answered mostly through a religious background with few individual who usurped authority in the name of the Divine. A clear example is the Geocentric view of existence in the west. The freedom to think and formulate one’s own understanding through deep enquiry was denied and the carrot of heavenly reward or hellish punishment was dangled before a hapless society. The east survived this dictatorial domination for a long time until the impact of the founding fathers faded through usurped spiritual leadership which set up sectarian cultural and religious constructs. The west suffered the imprisonment of true spiritual flowering at the level of individuals with the installation of monotheistic religions in Hebrew, Christian and Islamic religions. Any attempt to percolate down to individual experiential revelation and resulting pronouncements were declared as heresy and punished ruthlessly.
The consciousness of humanity is evolving and this is an undeniable fact. Man has moved on from the age of archaic, magical and mythological consciousness into the realm of the rational during the age of enlightenment. In the twentieth century humanity is stepping into the age of integral consciousness. Twentieth and twenty first century philosophers, psychologists and scientists confirm that an integral view of reality is mandatory. Though great spiritual masters like Buddha had pointed out that all that we perceive is a dependent arising from the substratum of non-being or emptiness and the great philosophy of Advaita of Adi Sankara elucidated the non-dual nature of reality, the vast majority of humanity continues to be trapped in the attachment to world resulting from sensory perceptions and their resulting concepts.
The clear difference between true science and religion is the damaging precept of infallibility. Most religions operate from an unsurmountable platform of Divine authority. While the advances in science and the deeper probing is made possible through a process of conjectures and refutation. The first two quotes from two philosophers, Bertrand Russel and Karl Popper, clearly demonstrates the basic framework in which true science operates. There are no immutable truths in science and through this position further enquiry is enabled without fear of condemnation or excommunication from a richly sharable group of intelligentsia or a group of people to whom the resulting truth can be an enabler in their transcendence to a richer existence.
Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk puts it very aptly by saying "Do not think that the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth.” The attachment to this state of thought itself is a big blockade to receiving further valuable inputs from around us.
It is very vital to know that truth cannot be obtained purely through the mind. Mind is an instrument to launch a series of experiences. These experiences leads to a incrementally richer state of being. This is an intuitive internal process and our entire life’s purpose is to have a series of richer and more fulfilling experiences so that our consciousness may ascend to a higher level. Let me close this short article with a quote from the great German philosopher, Immanuel Kant:
“But to unite in a permanent religious institution which is not to be subject to doubt before the public, even in the lifetime of one man, and thereby to make a period of time fruitless in the progress of mankind toward improvement, thus working to the disadvantage of posterity - that is absolutely forbidden. For himself (and only for a short time) a man may postpone enlightenment in what he ought to know, but to renounce it for posterity is to injure and trample on the rights of mankind.”
These are very strong words and the thoughts I have tried to open up in this article are not to endorse rampant freedom without recourse to all the knowledge and wisdom that has been unfolding. The seeker must employ his mind in an open enquiry on the canvass of all wisdom that has evolved over the time in the full blossoming one’s own consciousness..
Wish your journey a fulfilling experience.

Love to you all.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Self-Revelation of Future in the Past

"Schopenhauer wrote a wonderful paper on 'An Apparent Intention in the Fate of the Individual' . . . He says that when you go through life, this character appears, that character appears, and it all seems accidental at the time it is happening. Then when you get on in your sixties or seventies and look back, your life looks like a well-planned novel with a coherent theme. Things have happened, you realize, in an appropriate way. Incidents that seemed to be accidental, pure chance, turn out to be major elements in the structuring of this novel. Schopenhauer says, 'Who wrote the novel? You did.' " ………………Joseph Campbell, "Mythic Worlds, Modern Words
Today I received a notification on my Facebook page from the official Joseph Campbell Foundation Facebook page and the quote is what I have started this article with.
This immediately resonated with two references in scripture. The first is from the Book of Jeremiah:
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations." …………Jeremiah 1: 5
The second is a verse from the Gospel of Thomas where in Christ when asked “when will the end come” by his disciples, responds with the following saying:
“……………."Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is. Congratulations to the one who stands at the beginning: that one will know the end and will not taste death." ………….Saying 18, Gospel of Thomas
In the first verse it is the voice of God speaking to Jeremiah and we can see the personality of Godhead being isolated from man and the second verse is purely a self-knowledge. Both are pointing to a fundamental truth
The writing of Arthur Schopenhauer, the German Philosopher, reveals a timeframe of instantaneous perception of events in our lives from moment to moment and how we attach a purely accidental nature of occurrence without assigning a value to the process of emanation. This fallacy is the result of residing in the purely materialist and physical nature of any specific event. The all-important dimension of interacting unitive consciousness and web of life in which all events are played out falls outside our limited perception.
This deeper understanding is possible today if we delve into the discipline of Quantum Cosmology. Do not be perturbed by the invocation of an area of science which most of humanity finds difficult to grasp. I will try to explain in a simple language what is basically involved. In quantum physics, which is increasingly applied to cosmology, any two fundamental particle such as photons (light particle) that are derived from the same source are correlated and their functions are identical but in opposition (here we are talking of a spin of the photon -Clockwise or anti-clockwise). This correlation is instantaneous and is not limited by the four dimensional space-time construct. If all the photons which are the most abundant entity in the manifest world and through which we observe any event and were created moments after (400,000 years after the Big Bang is a very small period) the Universe came into existence (Universe is 13,700,000,000 years old) and could be termed as the first manifest creation (this is coincident with the scripture) then all that is manifest and derived from this first source are entangled and correlated.
It is a misperception in human mind of events in a time frame which causes the classification as past, present and future. In the cosmos the light or the photons we see today coming from a Galaxy or a star from vast distance of millions of lightyears (a lightyear is the distance which the photon has taken to travel in one year, this is equal to 9,500,000,000,000 kilometres) are always in correlation.
This means what we see as something that originated in the distant past, remote in space is the very same thing that is a direct derivative of what happening at the present location and it will be the same that will cause what will happen in the future but we do not have the capacity in our perception to go beyond space-time. The universe does not exist is a four dimensional manifold but in a multi-dimensional enfolded structure.
The fundamental reality in the Cosmic domain is entirely different from the reality in our physical and sensory reality.
It is through an emergent phenomenon that we inhabit a place and time in this cosmos but this emergence is a pre-programmed ‘integral consciousness derivative’ to which we have no access.
The way to gain access to this higher level of consciousness is through spiritual plane which is resident deep within our consciousness which has the same construct as the deeper reality of the universe. Tools that are available are the scriptures, mythologies, contemplative existence and to essentially access the deeper knowledge revealed by science.
In Chaos theory the emergent properties of a system are basically determined by the initial conditions. In order to understand chaotic systems we need to appreciate the interconnectedness of all existence which has been pointed to us by Quantum physics and by the wise sayings of spiritual masters.
Let me end this article with an observation by a leading contemporary thinker, who is both a physicist and a System Theorist:
“Quantum theory thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe. It shows that we cannot decompose the world into independently existing smallest units. As we penetrate into matter, nature does not show us any isolated "building blocks," but rather appears as a complicated web of relations between the various parts of the whole. These relations always include the observer in an essential way. The human observer constitute the final link in the chain of observational processes, and the properties of any atomic object can be understood only in terms of the object's interaction with the observer.” …………………..Fritjof Capra
Love to you all.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Encountering Emotions through Your Authentic Self

"..............as soon as you are conscious of your Self as separate from the mood, the Self helps you to protect yourself against dismemberment by the following fact: you are confronted with two things, the mood or the emotion or whatever it is on the one side, and the Self on the other. You must be conscious of two things, of what you are and what the mood is. You can say: "This mood is myself, it belongs to me," and then you lose sight of the Self, you are identical with the mood and you are gone, you are away, and quite unprotected. Or you can say: "Yes, this mood belongs to me, it is part of myself, but I am also conscious of the Self," and then you are protected. So it is a subtle mental operation in that you are conscious of two things." …………………..C.G. Jung
The ills that plague the world, especially the youth and adults, is the trap of getting hooked to a negative experiential situation in life that results in a negative emotion or mood. The more we reside in this state and not identifying this mood inducing experience as something external to your inner self, the ego sees this experience as threat to its dominance and assumes the guise of the mood or emotion as your own authentic self. This is a clever ploy used by the ego to construct a shield around the self  so that it can keep its dominance over your authentic self.
But negative emotions are very much needed to respond to life situations so that a healthy psychosomatic status can be maintained. Humans naturally and automatically desire what inherently feels good, and recoil from what feels bad, including emotions. This is a normal thing to do as we have evolved from our primal nature as anthropoids through a process of survival where the fight or flight response to any physical threat was essential. This evolution of survival response has evolved into a flight response in our current level of civilization and consciousness as the external threats no longer lie in the physical domain but in the psychological arena. Hence we do not desire difficult emotions like sadness, embarrassment, anger or anxiety? As the hunter and the prey were vying for the state of survival in our early ancestors through fight or flight,
in this information age we inevitably abhor any negative emotion without trying out the exercise of using these emotions to our psychosomatic betterment.  The problem emerges when we get so good at avoiding our emotions, we lose the access to the important function they serve. This response to owning up to negative emotions happens only through the ego. When faced with situations which generate negative emotions, we should train ourselves to step aside from our ego and allow the self to analyse the situation and respond. A few moods or emotions and their evoked response from the ego and the needed action from the Self are illustrated.
Ego response to situations which have been categorized by Dr. Mario Martinez, an expert on the discipline of Biocognitive Medicine:
  • Shame – There is something wrong with me – this can be countered by honouring ourselves
  • Betrayal – the value and relation attached to something or someone has been violated  – this can be countered by commitment
  • Abandonment – Lack of a reciprocal response to any trust attached, especially with people. – this can be countered by Loyalty
Resulting moods or emotions:
  • Guilt – I have done something wrong
  • Sadness – The immediate communication to our ego is that there is a loss.
  • Fear and Anxiety – There is a perceived danger
  • Anger – A feeling of being manipulated or wrongly assessed
There are two essential purposes for which emotions arise in us and they are signals for action and a need. These are intimately connected with our biological functions, especially the release and action of hormones (steroids, peptides, or amines). The needs lie in the hierarchy as described by Maslow which are basically psychosomatic in nature. When the need is taken to the level of craving and attachment and stagnating at one level of the hierarchy, then there is resulting hormonal imbalance.
I would like to point out one example which is very common in people today. Adrenaline and cortisol normally are secreted in response to a perceived threat in the environment. The effects of stress hormones on blood glucose, heart rate and respiration increase oxygen and nutrient supplies to muscles and temporarily shut down the maintenance of the body's other systems. This so-called fight-and-flight response to perceived environmental threats gives organisms an evolutionary advantage in making them better able to survive.
In the modern world, with increasing stress due to ego imposed expectations and not from the physical environment, we do not utilize the adrenaline or cortisol release which leads to high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes. Prolonged release can result in healthy cell mutating. Stress happens to be the most common cause for cancer.
What I am getting at is the emotions themselves are utilitarian inputs but we tend to anchor them in the ego domain. The psychic conditions of individuals which operates in a constant and increasing mode of ego affirmation builds a false self. What Jung and other spiritual masters who have given a deep thought advise us to learn to evoke our authentic self in response to any emotional input, positive or negative, and listen to its prompting. This mindfulness has to be practiced over a long period of time.
Let me conclude with a beautiful quote which is the prescription for awakening our authentic self.
“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.” …………………….Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
Love to you all

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Cosmology of the Vedas

“Just as a spider weaves its web from the heart by its orifice, the breath of the Lord [the prâna] from the ether is manifesting the sound vibration through the mind in the form of the different phonemes. Full of nectar comprising all the shapes that branch out in thousands of directions, the Master, decorated with consonants, vowels, sibilants and semivowels, has expanded from the syllable OM. By the elaborated diversity of expressions and metrical arrangements - that each have four more syllables -, He Himself creates and withdraws again the vast, unlimited expanse [of the Vedic manifestation of sound,” ……………….Srimad Bhagavatam 11.21.38-40
“Residing in the heart of all beings they have from Me remembrance, knowledge and reasoning; I am certainly knowable by the Vedas, I am its author and the one who knows its meaning surely too.” ………………..Bhagavad Gita Chapter 15:15
The verse from Srimad Bhagavatam is perhaps, to my understanding, the best way to express in a metaphysical language the reality and process of creation which now science is struggling to grasp. The elements of expression of creation can be mapped to the findings in Physics and mathematical constructs of cosmology.
Let me explain the expression of the Vedic texts in the verse and their correspondence to current cosmology andis described physics.
The ‘breath of the Lord [the prâna]’ is the ‘Quantum perturbation’ or the ripples in the ‘false vacuum’, which is called ‘ether’. This is the eternally present vibration whose average amplitude and power cancel out and maintain a perfect potential and kinetic balance of non-manifestation. But when the fluctuation reaches a particular potential, it is released as a creative potential with its own vibration (known as sound vibration) leading to a local spacetime with its own existence in isolation until it is drawn back in to the substrate of ether or false vacuum. The emanation of manifestation is described as 'nectar comprising all the shapes that branch out in thousands of directions, the Master, decorated with consonants, vowels, sibilants and semivowels, has expanded from the syllable OM'. Which is an analogy of how construction of words and sententences that finally leads a meaningful set of linguistic information construct, so also through various fundamental forms of energy vibration, matter evolves into existence. This 'metrical arrangements - that each have four more syllables' symbolizes the four dimensions of spacetime in which we perceive all manifestations in this universe.

This is the scenario of a cyclic universe existing within a multiverse which is receiving more acceptance in the scientific community. Though this isolated existence, as our universe in which we live, runs into vast volumetric space and trillions of years of time, in the dimension of the multiverse, it is but a mere momentary perturbation in the vastness of the creative potential. The vastness and longevity are the limited perception of the human consciousness.
This mapping of science and metaphysics can be better understood through an analogy.
In a vast expanse of water where constant ripples are being formed, as shown in the attached image, any contact and withdrawal with the surface can cause a bubble to rise up through the surface tension and hover over the surface as a self-existing bubble unattached to its source and if this happens in perfect vacuum then the bubble floats for a certain amount of time until it comes in contact with the surface. Though this is an analogy in two dimensional surface, this can be applied by extrapolation and stretch of intuitive imagination to a multi-dimensional space. The individual bubbles have a closed potential domain but would have the tendency to migrate to the plane of zero potential substratum as the bubble expands and loses its sustaining energy. The relation that defines the bubble volume is inversely proportional to the net creative potential. The net potential of the ether being zero its volume is infinite and hence the Divine potential is infinite with an orchestrated symphony of creation and annihilation thus maintaining the Divine equipoise,
This Divine equipoise of potential is the Divine consciousness which is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient.
It is important that this great truth which revealed in the Vedas has to be grasped in the very core of one’s being. This is the essence of what Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita verse 15 of chapter 15.
Let me close this short article with another wonderful quote from the Nasadiya Sukta (after the incipit ná ásat, or "not the non-existent"), also known as the Hymn of Creation, is the 129th hymn of the 10th Mandala of the Rigveda (10:129). It is concerned with cosmology and the origin of the universe.:
"Who really knows?
Who will here proclaim it?
Whence was it produced? Whence is this creation?
The gods came afterwards, with the creation of this universe.
Who then knows whence it has arisen?" ………………………..RV, 10:129-6

I am very grateful for this understanding which I deeply feel within myself and this is my personal perception and if you are benefitted by this exposition, I am indebted to you.

Love to you all