Sunday, July 19, 2009

Right Mode of Asking

I bargained with life for a penny
And life would pay no more
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store

For life is a just employer
He gives you what you ask
But once you have set the wages
Why, you must bear the task

I worked for a menial's hire
Only to learn dismayed
That any wage I had asked of life
Life would have willing paid.

-- “My Wage” by Jessie B. Rittenhouse

Life offers us abundance in terms of her own bounties. Due to our own self knowledge we pre-judge the capacity for us to receive. Most often the receiving is associated with creation of imbalance. We always receive at the expense of somebody or something. The self predominates in any mode of acquisition, whether it be in love or life.

Today one of the most sought after new age mantra is ‘Law of Attraction’. A concept pioneered by many avatars of new age gurus. The book “The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne and other literature speak volumes on the concept that we are only a short step from obtaining whatever we want from life, money, health, power and relationships. This step is intention, a thought process. Like in all prescriptions for any remedy, the fine prints have to be read in detail to know how this wonderful secret can make you the man or woman you want to be.

To evoke the law of attraction and to make it operative as a cosmic link, a number of small steps are needed and it requires a broad understanding and slow process of assimilation to reach a stage where the thoughts can acquire the needed drive to open the portal or flood gates of universal abundance.

The first step is to realize the nature of reality of all existence. Deepak Chopra writes: “We are not onlookers peering into the unified field of separate, objective reality - we are the unified field. We can reach beyond the physical body and extend the influence of intelligence. Every thought you are thinking creates a wave in the unified field. It ripples through all the layers of intellect, mind, senses, and matter, spreading out in wider and wider circles. You are like a light radiating not photons but consciousness. As they radiate, your thoughts have an effect on everything. Your relationship to life is the same as that of one cell to your whole body. One cell can talk to your whole body. One cell can influence your whole body. You can talk to the whole of life - influence the whole of life. The whole of life is as alive as we are. The distinction between 'in here' and 'out there' is a false one - as if the heart disregarded the skin because it was not on the inside.”

The second step is building a harmonious relationship with all creation and this action removes the
mental categories and their associated tension and resistance. We learn from science that when two dissimilar metals are brought together, there is a barrier potential which can increase the resistance to electrical current flow. Similarly removal of identity of the self creates a zero resistance field and an unhindered flow in the seamless cosmic environment.

In the third step, the very act of attracting the resources abundant in the universe becomes an all pervading process because we become an integral part of the cosmic plan and will not be alienated to perceive resultant actions as not being beneficial or adequate for oneself. This is called surrender to the divine will but termed in modern terminology as ‘Law of Attraction’

As Jessie Rittehouse says beautifully in her poem if we are receiving less in life it is because we have asked for it and not because it is given to us. The tremendous meaning behind the words of Jesus “Ask and it shall be given” can be better understood in the light of this knowledge that we have today.

Love to you all


  1. Dear TIB,

    Nice photograph and really nicer thoughts.

    The way I read Mathew 7.7 was bit different. I studied in a christian school and there they used to read Bible everyday. I had a discussion with one of the teachers on the reading of Mathew.

    In Mathew's verses these words "Ask and it shall be given" come in the midst of talking about how 'we have to do to others what we aspire from them'

    Essentially mathew talks something like:

    "Can we find out fault with others, while we are also at fault..? What we ask is what we get. What we seek is what we find. What we knock opens for us. When even a criminal knows how to gift his children, will the holy father not know how to gift his children..? So we need to do others what we expect them to do to us. This is the universal law postulated by prophets"

    I had argued it is essentially the law of action and reaction and not about asking something specific to God and getting it.

    So according to me Mathew talks of law of action-reaction as prophets postulated and reminds us how we have to be with others.

    I am not a christian theologist. I did it just for discussions.

    Ofcourse people told me that I am wrongly interpreting Bible as I have not read it completely and is an ignoramus.

    In either case, whether it means we reap what we sow or it means whatever we want we achieve, ask and it shall be given seems true.


  2. Dear TBT,

    Thanks for sharing your take on the post, especially on "Ask and it shall be given".
    Your point of 'law of action-reaction' is absolutely right,but is a limiting in nature. This is a classical Newtonian view. This assumes categories such as, us versus them or me versus him. But for law of attraction to be operative the ego oriented categories must be eliminated at the level of the psyche. This is the meaning of the sayings of Jesus and Rabbi Hilal "Do unto others what you would like them to do unto you". This egalitarian positioning with all creation is the basic requisite for law of attraction to be operative.
    It is only then that the divine potential has free and unimpeded access to the individual consciousness

  3. Dear TIB,

    You are right in a way.

    Stating it as Action-Reaction seems to be stating like we vs them. But then as you said it is a classical view and perceivable more easily on a macro scale.

    Understanding that we are part of whole and if we break the ego and surrender ourselves to the whole,
    we can synchronize ourselves and our life with cosmic consciousness is the quantum view on a micro-scale, but difficult to achieve in practice.

    But the Law of action-reaction happens at macro-scale because we are all part of that whole at the quantum scale.

    In my view both are same and if we understand that we are part of this action-reaction sequence, we can soon realize ourselves as the part of the whole.

    I wrote a blog on this action-reaction sequence here

    Pl. do read and feedback.


  4. Dear TBT,
    Consciousness is the basic building block of Purusha & Prakriti and hence the essential constituent at the macro and the micro level. Dualities and categories are the result of fractured or fragmented consciousness.
    Therefore at the level of universal consciousness there is no action and a resultant reaction.
    But as you say attaining this status is difficult and this is the reason that the concept of Saguna Brahma was introduced and your article is based on this concept.