Thursday, April 9, 2009

Raising the Dead

Good Friday is an apt time to think of the whole concept of life and death. It is unfortunate that we sometimes live as though the process of life is an accident and we seem to be resigned literally to our fate. As I say life is a process it must have an origin then a sequence of actions to achieve the desired result or goal and then we have a final outcome or product. This is a open ended process. But is human life a open ended process?
There are two broad realms in which human life can be studied; the physical and the spiritual.
In the physical realm, the process of life begins with the birth and ends in death. This is an easy to understand straight forward process. The picture becomes complex when we include the spirit domain, with its associated life giving energies in the quantum level both biological and psychic.

The process of living on a conscious level is more to do with thoughts rather than with biological process. Biological processes are self sustaining as long as the ordained entropy is operative. Ordained entropy is programmed complexity evolution within a closed system. But the main question that comes to mind is whether we can assume the human body-mind system to be a closed system. We are, for all practical purpose, a closed subsystem within the Gaia (Earth) closed system. This network of subsystem within subsystem can be extrapolated to extend to a cosmic scale, the moment we analyse actions at extremely small scale (subatomic) and their effect on a macro scale. This is where the inseparability of the physical and spiritual exhibits itself.

The continuous evolution from being alive to being dead is captured beautifully, in the verse, by Rene Daumel in his unfinished book “Mount Analogue”. Daumal was self-taught in the Sanskrit language and translated some of the Tripitaka Buddhist canon into the French language.

“I am dead because I lack desire;
I lack desire because I think I possess;
I think I possess because I do not try to give.
In trying to give, you see that you have nothing;
Seeing you have nothing, you try to give of yourself;
Trying to give of yourself, you see that you are nothing;
Seeing you are nothing, you desire to become;
In desiring to become, you begin to live.”

These words can be applied at all three scales namely; cell level, human level and cosmic level. It depicts the continuous movement from potentiality to actualization and back to potentiality.

Potentiality signals birth and actualization signals death.

Love to you all


  1. Very enlightening TIBS,and the interrelationship, body-mind-soul, has been presented with an alienated beauty. Culmination,of life, coming to its fruition, is death, not a cessation. Great!

  2. Thanks Bhaskar for your appreciation.