Sunday, February 8, 2009

Persevere, Preserve and Proliferate

Long ago in an ancient land, there lived a very wise man who happened to be the Vizier at the court of a great Sultan.
Months and years passed by and the great Sultan died, and his young prince replaced him. Being young, the prince lacked experience. He started spending more than what his father used to. The wise Vizier decided to teach the brash prince a lesson!

The prince set a contest and as a reward, decided to give the winner whatever he wishes, boasting of his wealth, being under the illusion that his wealth is virtually endless. The Vizier won, and asked the prince for the prize: a single grain of wheat and a chess board!

"What?! Just a grain of wheat! Are you insulting my wealth?" yelled the prince.
"No! Your majesty!" The Vizier explained. "You have to promise to double that grain of wheat for every square in the chess board until the all squares are full.”
"I would think you being so smart", the young prince said. "You would ask for something more substantial. Anyway, if this is your wish I will grant you that."

But when the Prince started to load the board as per the wish of the Vizier he found out that on the 64th square he needed a total of 18,446,744,073,709,551,615 grains. This quantity was way beyond all his wealth and all his land could procure.

Why I chose this story is to indicate the lack of patience in most of us in advancing towards a higher level of consciousness through our meditation, action or prayers. We seem to be discouraged by the lack of immediate or short term benefits. This action of continued and steadfast seeking is brought out in the Gospel of Thomas:

Jesus said, "Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All."…. Saying 2

The next step in the process is to preserve and then proliferate. The entire material universe came out the initial one grain of energy. We today accept that the universe expanded in an exponential mode in the very beginning. If we believe that we are from the same source then we carry the potential to expand provided we are aligned to the same forces or consciousness that shaped the evolution of the universe. Preservation in the cosmic scale is a continuous transcendence and this is true at the human level. The fundamental energy is conserved but the nature and form can vary.
This understanding is the beginning of proliferation due to which human consciousness reaches sublime levels. Mathematics and science enables us to appreciate the grand design of the entire evolutionary process.

Love to you all

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