Monday, August 25, 2008

Marvel of memory

"Great is the power of memory, exceedingly great, O my God, a spreading and limitless room within me. Who can reach its uttermost depth? Here are men going afar to marvel at the heights of mountains, the mighty waves of the sea, the long courses of great rivers, the vastness of the ocean, the movement of the stars, yet they leave themselves unnoticed” …. St. Augustine

The picture you see on the left is the Colour-enhanced light microscopy of Pyramidal neurons forming a network in the brain. These are nerve cells from the cerebral cortex that have one large apical dendrite and several basal dendrites. (Image Credit: Dr Jonathan Clarke. Wellcome Images)
There are trillions of neurons in the human brain.
There was a news in the last week dailies about a man who could recall from memory a 81 digit number. The miracle of man unfolds everyday, whether it be in athletic performance or in the employment of his intellect in stupendous achievements in science and technology.
It is now scientifically acknowledged that the human brain can not only tap into information gathered through conscious activity but has the capacity to reach beyond into the field of universal consciousness. Dr. Karl Pribram's findings are validated in selective experiments in the research arena.
Meditation is the tool to employ for this journey beyond the 'conscious data' retrieval. When in deep meditation we pass through level after level of consciousness. These changes take place in a very subtle mode and the heightened self-awareness will lead us to a strong feeling of coming home.

Love to you all


  1. As a result of technological advancements, modern computational techniques such as data mining etc can be related to athletic performance or special ability of human mind,where as employment of one’s intellect and soul retrieval techniques are to be used for noble causes with wider scope aimed for universal solutions. In the former case we can see human beings are striving to achieve new ‘records’ where as in the later case, it is trying to understand the truth in humble way using few known tools.

  2. Very well put, Pramod.
    Science and technology can take us to the very limit of structural and material advancement or greatness but it then leaves a void. People get burnt out and retire early (in sports) or have others end up as basket cases (frustrated and mad). True fulfillment comes only through deeper travel into the universal consciousness.

  3. There was a news article yesterday that electrical stimulation of the brain may improve memory and recognition in elderly people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease results from a study hint. 2 days back there was a news about Margaret thatcher(written by her daughter) that she is suffering from dementia which has left her struggling to remember the simplest facts. Whereas previously you never had to say anything to her twice as she'd already filed it away in her memory bank. But she snaps into iron lady mode whenever she is reminded of her enemies during her days in power.

    Best Regards

  4. Thanks for the feedback, Venkat.
    Since the brain functions through electro-chemical activity, it is but natural that electrical or chemical simulation will lead to temporary compensation or improvement. Because of the way the neurons are connected in the six layers of the cortex, with extensive feedback, the art of bringing memory back is still a very imperfect science.
    As your story of Margaret Thatcher demonstrates, it is only conscious stimuli that can trigger neuron firing as the synapses formed, due to certain strong emotional response, are more enduring. This is the reason that the Iron Lady recalls events that involved strong emotions. These emotions could be love, anger, fear etc.,